The July 4th Weekend

Yay for Independence Day! I got to go home to Long Island and chill with some friends throughout the weekend. I gotta say, it’s way relaxing just laying on my couch, watching tv, and letting my brain rot away. haha. This also meant that I got to eat for “free” – eating good Taiwanese cooking at home and mommy paying for the bill at restaurants.

As usual, I’m going to highlight some of my wonderful meals during this past weekend. However, please note that there are NO typical July 4th foods on this list – NO hot dogs, burgers, ribs, potato salad…so it’s actually not a very patriotic entry. haha.

On Friday, I was craving some Japanese food and went to the St. Marks area. My friend and I ended up at this restaurant called “Go” (St. Marks betwn. 2nd and 3rd Ave.), which is open from 5pm to 4 am. Yes, this is certainly a place for late night eaters. I had my typical Okonomiyaki:

If you’re wondering what the heck this is, Wikipedia does a good job in describing what is in it, etc. etc.

Afterwards we ventured to Saint’s Alp (betwn. 10th and 11th on 3rd Ave.). Now, if you go to NYU you should definitely know this place. But for those who don’t, it’s a popular tea spot near campus that recently changed their menu but has relatively cheap drinks and small Taiwanese eats. Yum Yum. One of my favorite drinks is Black Sesame Shake. It’s SOOOO good that we decided to tip the gentleman who was waiting on us using the shared tip calculator. He really deserved a fair share for his service and for the overall quality of the bistro.

Oh man. Just looking at it makes me drool…so if you like black sesame, this is definitely the drink for you.

Being that one of my awesome friends moved into an apartment in the West Village, we went around the area and decided to go to Sapore (55 Greenwich Ave, on 7th Ave). It’s relatively cheap for Italian food, and they had a nice area to sit outside. I actually didn’t get their pasta, but a panini with proscuitto, mozzarella, basil, tomato:

It came with fries and a small “salad” (basically a few greens) on the side. Pretty good, though I had a hard time eating it as a sandwich. As a result, I resorted to the fork and knife. It was nice just being able to sit outside and enjoy the city…

Since I went home this past weekend, I got a chance to eat at lovely local restaurants. My family and I had a craving for some Italian food and drove to La Piazza (Plainview NY 11803). They’re known for their pizza but I just got their Penne Pomodoro with meatballs:

It was pretty good. The leftovers are still in my fridge though. As you can see, it was a nice sunny day outside. I didn’t even have to do anything to this photo to make it bright. Yay for summer!

All in all, a great break from work. I can’t wait to go home again this upcoming weekend. Fun times!

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