Sunday, February 22, 2009


Just got back from dinner at SobaKoh with Mabel, Priscilla, and Crystal. This restaurant has been on Mabel's eat list since 2006 when she first saw their NYT review.

Mabel and I like the place. The dishes are all very nicely put together. We split chawan mushi and tempura. I got cold soba with salmon roe. It wasn't the dipping style. It was the pouring the sauce over the noodles style. I like the texture of their noodles. Mabel got cold soba with sea urchin. Priscilla got hot soba with duck. Crystal got a hot soba with soft shell crab. The crab came on the side. It was essentially tempura with a whole crab which was pretty awesome.

The only other place I've gone for soba is Soba-Ya, and I like this place better. The price was a bit more than I expected, and the portions might not be completely filling (though you can order extra noodles), but for the quality I think it's worth it.

309 E. 5th St (near 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-2244

Monday, February 16, 2009

A Salt and Battery

Mabel and I went to A Salt and Battery for lunch today for fish and chips. It was pretty good. A tiny place with a huge kitchen, it looks like mostly a take-out and delivery place. But we ate there. They had British sports radio on. The guy running the counter surprised me with his heavy British accent. It sounded like someone pretending to have a British accent but Mabel assures me that wasn't the case. The fish was crispy on the outside and very good. The chips were thick and good for soaking up malt vinegar. Most of the menu is fried. They have a deep fried British-imported Mars bar that I might order one day.

A Salt and Battery
112 Greenwich Ave (btn 13th and 14th St)
New York, NY 10011

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Banh Mi Saigon Bakery

Mabel and I just got back from getting the best sandwiches ever.

This is the scene at Banh Mi Saigon Bakery.

That's a jewelry store on the left. The sandwiches are in the back.

We got the pork sandwich. It was so good. The ingredients weren't the highest quality, but they put everything together perfectly. The pork was warm, the pickled vegetables were cold, the bun was toasted and crisp and soft. And only $3.75 a sandwich. All sandwiches should be so good.

Banh Mi Saigon Bakery
138 Mott St (btnGrand and Hester)
New York, NY 10013
(212) 941-1541

PS They are closed on Mondays. We found out the hard way.

Update 2/7/09
Mabel wants me to emphasize how much she loves these sandwiches. "They were amazing! I ate them even though I didn't want to eat anymore."

Sunday, February 1, 2009

In-N-Out Burger

On our way back from the weekend in Palm Springs in November, we stopped by In-N-Out Burger for lunch before our flight.

Mabel couldn't leave California without having at least one meal at In-N-Out Burger. After we dropped off Robin for his flight to Boston, Mabel, Ben, mom, and I decided to drive away from the airport on Century Blvd until we ran into an In-N-Out. Right as we were able to give up, we found one.

Right after I took this picture, I overheard someone say, "Why'd that guy just take a picture of this In-N-Out?" Why do people take pictures of anything? I see the Empire State Building on my way to lab every day, and I don't take pictures of it. But it's not every day that I see an In-N-Out.

I love these burgers. They are perfect. Mabel was very happy.

It turns out that there is an airport shuttle to an even closer In-N-Out that we didn't know about. But this was close enough. We stopped by a Yoshinoya on our way back to the airport for dinner to take on the flight, and then back to the airport.

In-N-Out Burger (near LAX airport)
3411 W Century Blvd
Inglewood, CA‎ 90303

10025 Hawthorne Blvd
Inglewood, CA 90304
(310) 412-7964

Tahoe Galbi

Way back in November, we went to California to celebrate Mabel's mom's 60th (and 61st) birthday. On the way from the airport to a weekend in Palm Springs, we had lunch at Tahoe Galbi in LA's Koreatown.

This is her mom's go to place for Galbi after church. It was very good.

Tahoe Galbi Restaurant
3986 Wilshire Blvd. (Wilton Pl.) Map
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 365-9000