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Japanese Fried Chicken Cheetos

While I came up empty handed on my quest for those crazy Mountain Dew flavored Cheetos, I did find a couple bags of Fried Chicken and Pepper Cheetos in Tokyo last month…

I’ve always loathed the mascot I share my first name with, Chester Cheetah, who is used much more prominently in Japanese packaging…

Clearly peppered…

These Cheetos weren’t half bad. Although I don’t really know that they tasted anything like fried chicken. It was all black pepper to my taste buds…

These were a definite step up from those godawful KFC fried chicken potato chips, which tasted like nothing but burnt cooking oil…

Filed under Tokyo Japan fried chicken pepper Cheetos cheese doodles

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Some friends from Disney Korea visiting the city for the first time wanted real New York pizza, so I took them out to Brooklyn to Juliana’s for one of Patsy Grimaldi’s famous pies! 
We went with their classic Margherita with pepperoni and fresh garlic.
And as an added bonus, Patsy himself was working last night!!

JULIANA’S PIZZA
19 Old Fulton St.  
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-596-6700
http://www.julianaspizza.com/

Some friends from Disney Korea visiting the city for the first time wanted real New York pizza, so I took them out to Brooklyn to Juliana’s for one of Patsy Grimaldi’s famous pies!

We went with their classic Margherita with pepperoni and fresh garlic.

And as an added bonus, Patsy himself was working last night!!

JULIANA’S PIZZA

19 Old Fulton St. 

Brooklyn, NY 11201

718-596-6700

http://www.julianaspizza.com/

Filed under NYC Brooklyn pizza Margherita pepperoni garlic

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Torta Cubana at Tehuitzingo, NYC

Pastrami on rye at Katz’s.

The pork sandwich at Rocket Pig.

Cold turkey and tongue at Bloom’s.

These are probably my three favorite sandwiches in New York City.

But this one just moved to the top of the list…

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The Torta Cubana from the new Taqueria Tehuitzingo!

Tehuitzingo Grocery is over on 10th Avenue and sells fantastic tacos out of a little kitchen in the back. Now they’ve branched out and opened a full blown restaurant on 9th Ave. with an expanded menu, including this beautiful beast on a bun.

What’s on it, you ask?

They wrote it down for me…

A deep fried beef cultet (milaneza res)

Beef al pastor

Ham

Head cheese (queso de puerco)

Sausage (salchicha)

Cheese

Sliced avocado

Jalapenos

Lettuce

Mayo

It’s enormous and only costs eight bucks!

This is one sandwich worth making the trip to Port Authority for!!

Oh, and they’re open 24 hours…

TAQUERIA TEHUITZINGO

578 9th Ave.. off 42nd St.

New York, NY 10036

646-707-3916

http://www.tehuitzingo.net

Filed under NYC taqueria torta sandwich beef ham cheese

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BrewDog Roppongi, Tokyo

The Scottish scoundrels behind BrewDog brewery continue their plans for worldwide craft beer domination by opening their first brew pub in Tokyo, right in the heart of Roppongi…

I popped in for a few brews on my last visit and snapped a few pics to share with you all. Here’s a quick look…

While the prices are a tad high, as you can see, the staff was super friendly and extremely knowledgeable about beer, both their own and the the other brewers’ selections; the vibe was chill and quite mellow, with low music and soft lighting; and while I didn’t eat, I hear from friends that the food is excellent! I’ll most likely be spending a little more time here on my next visit to Tokyo.

Also, I hear an exclusive Japan-only BrewDog beer is in the works!

BREWDOG ROPPONGI

Roppongi 5-3-2

Saito Bldg, 1F

Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032 

Japan

http://www.brewdog.com

Filed under Tokyo Japan BrewDog Roppongi craft beer bar

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Sunday breakfast at home felt a lot like “Chopped” here today. Mutsumi decided to just fry up some leftovers so I wasn’t expecting this to hit the table. She really “transformed the ingredients”, as the judges like to say, and came up with a beautiful presentation!

Sunday breakfast at home felt a lot like “Chopped” here today. Mutsumi decided to just fry up some leftovers so I wasn’t expecting this to hit the table. She really “transformed the ingredients”, as the judges like to say, and came up with a beautiful presentation!

Filed under home cooking chorizo eggs tortillas

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Elysian Brewing Co., Seattle

Before I left Seattle a few weeks ago, I made sure to stop by Elysian Brewing to taste their new seasonal offerings…

One of Seattle’s most renowned craft brewers, Elysian had nine specialty beers on tap that day.  I sampled six…

Prepared for my “flight”…

From left to right as pictured below, the beers that afternoon were…

Capitol Hill Beer - A pale ale “brewed on the hill, for the hill”.

Oddland Ginger Berry Brown - A brown ale made with local raspberries, blackberries and boysenberries with a touch of juiced ginger.

Daedalus Irish Stout - An Irish-style dry stout, as advertised.

Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale - A pale ale made with a variety of hops and blood orange peel.

Loser - A pale ale heavy with malt, made in conjunction with Sub Pop Records, celebrating their 20th Anniversary.

1554 Dark Lager - A guest beer from New Belgium Brewery in Colorado, an easy-to-drink delicious dark beer that doesn’t feel like a meal.

An aerial view…

We didn’t intend to eat, but when a plate of beautiful buffalo wings passes by your table, how can you not order some for yourself?

With fries for good measure…

The Oddland Ginger Berry Brown was probably my favorite beer of the day due to its complexity. The ginger hits your nose immediately, but vanishes as you sip, with the berry flavors not kicking in until well after the beer is already in your belly. Fascinating to drink!

One other thing I have Elysian to thank for is turning me on to this amazing local hot sauce they use…

As their name implies, the beers at Elysian Brewing definitely offer a taste of paradise!

ELYSIAN BREWING CO.

1221 E Pike St.

Seattle, WA 98122

206-860-3977

elysianbrewing.com

Filed under Seattle WA craft beer brewery ale lager ginger berries wings fries

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Japanese Orange & Hazelnut Kit Kats

I love that Nestle Japan sometimes does split bags of new flavors of Kit Kats so you can sample more than one variety!

In this case, Orange and Hazelnut…

Thing is, these aren’t originally Japanese flavors; these are part of their World Assort series where they introduce Japanese fans to different Kit Kats that Nestle has produced in other parts of the world…

However, the wrappers in this case failed to note which countries these Kit Kats were originally from…

Also, I love how the split in the bag is not 50/50… you get six Hazelnut Kit Kats and seven Orange!

Filed under Tokyo Japan seasonal Nestle Kit Kat flavor

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Al Safadi, Dubai, UAE

While there may not be a strong local Emirati food scene to explore in Dubai, there’s a plethora of incredible Middle Eastern options to enjoy!

One afternoon, my food-loving friends at Disney Dubai were kind enough to take me for Lebanese cuisine at one of the city’s most popular restaurants… Al Safadi!

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A plate of fresh vegetables brought to the table for use as you see fit during the meal…

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Fresh squeezed lemonade with mint…

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Olives and pickled vegetables to start…

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Hummus with pomegranate…

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Hummus with spiced minced meat and pine nuts…

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Fresh baked pita…

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Rice stuffed grape leaves…

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Spiced potatoes…

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Makdous…

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These are oil cured baby eggplants stuffed with nuts and chilis…

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Deep fried cheese rolls..

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Fried kibbeh…

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Kibbeh is minced meat with onions and bulgur, usually served raw, but it was too hot out to chance tartare, so we had them fry it…

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Mixed grill with chicken, kebabs and lamb…

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And my favorite dish of the afternoon, what they called “Lebanese pizza”…

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I believe it was “manakish”, stuffed with ground lamb, onions and spices then baked, served with garlic sauce…

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Eating in Dubai gets better and better!

AL SAFADI RESTAURANT

Dubai International Finance Center

Sheikh Zayed Road

Dubai, UAE

+971-4-343-5333

http://www.alsafadi.ae/

Filed under Dubai UAE Al Safadi Lebanon Lebanese hummus kibbeh