The Weekend

I’d just planned dinner at Talde with Dave & Karrell, but Ryan and I were so excited we decided to bike there for brunch on Saturday. It was a shitty day, so it wasn’t too crowded. We had a great server and she started us off with a couple of Bloody Marys – spicy and garnished with pickled ginger and celery:
Brunch at Talde

For food we ordered the Lobster Bao Buns (which is like saying Lobster Bun Buns since bao basically means bun, DALE), which were good & spicy with huge chunks of lobster:
Brunch at Talde

Also the shiitake-spinach-scallion chang fun which were a little vinegary, a good contrast to the sausage-egg-cheese fried rice:
Brunch at Talde

I wanted something sweet so I suggested getting some scoops at Sky Ice, where I got Lychee Rose sorbet (too sweet for me!) and Black Sesame Ice Cream. I wish I’d gotten Thai Tea as well – Ryan got it and it is slightly bitter, so it went really well with the Lychee Rose.Sky Ice
There are actually tiny flecks of rose petals mixed in. And also little strips of nori.

For dinner we made this black olive salsa and also had last night’s leftovers – paté, piave, mortadella. Nothing too crazy because we had a concert to go to (after which Ryan bought a slice of Junior’s strawberry cheesecake to bring home).

On Sunday I gave Ryan two options already knowing which one he’d choose: Filipino brunch (Mom gave me some frozen bangus/milkfish last time I saw her) or dim sum. So we headed to East Harbor Seafood Restaurant in Dyker Heights. I am Chinese but the dialect I speak is the Taiwanese “hokkien,” so was completely lost here, where Cantonese is spoken.
Dim sum

But we survived – we managed to get ourselves on the list and seated within 5 minutes, ordered a pot of pu’er, and out-ate the mother-daughter FOB team sitting across from us.
Dim sum

Dim sum
This place has the best egg tarts! We got them still warm – my favorite.

Afterwards I still wanted more dessert – I was craving that one that is milk with red bean, grass jelly, and tapioca – no idea what it’s called but if I didn’t have to chew that shit it’d be sucked down in a flash. I thought Quickly was in the area but it turns out that Google Maps is a goddamned liar so instead we went to the Chinese grocery by the train station and got shrimp for dinner:
Salad & Scampi
I peeled & deveined the shrimp, then worked on the salad. Ryan finished up the pasta, just a standard shrimp scampi with grape tomatoes, garlic, sauvignon blanc, red pepper flakes, and parsley, finished with breadcrumbs.

I’m not too happy with the salad – I wish I’d left out the romaine. But at least the pasta was good!

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5 responses to “The Weekend

  1. By FOB do you mean “fresh off the boat” or “first on base”? Because whereas the latter could be cryptic, but first is a tad offensive…just FYI

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