Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Fancy Lee and Monsoon Dish up Asian Fusion in Babylon

For some reason, I always crave Asian foods during the New Year holiday season. Who knows why. Maybe because my body sees the salty goodness as a rebellion against turkeys and pork loins and all the rest of the traditional holiday foods we have downed over the past two months. Luckily, my hometown is not lacking in options. 

Asian restaurants like Fancy Lee, Monsoon, Aji 53, Sumou and more dot Montauk highway from west to east -- perfect representations of how restauranteurs dealing in Asian cuisines have built their business plans to cater to the mid- and upper-class residents of the suburbs of NYC. My town and others like it are brimming with customers who love the idea of sushi-meets-nightclub-meets-expensive cocktails in a modern interior. Throw in some upscale chicken and broccoli for the land lovers and voila: ya rollin' in $$$. All of these places will stay busy as long as they keep the dim lights, pumping music and ever-evolving sushi roll options. I'm down for any of these places -- if someone else is payin'.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Dim Sum at Nom Wah Tea Parlor

 
I finally netted a poor sucker to gorge on dim sum in NYC with me. I haven't had enough experience with this heavenly service of small Chinese plates, and I'm usually faced with a lack of people who might be willing to try some of the more funky choices. Therefore, when Charles is around, I must take advantage of the opportunity. Nom Wah Tea Parlor tucked in on Doyers St. is regarded a less intense experience than cart-laden powerhouse Golden Unicorn and the like and is the perfect place to test out foreign dishes at your leisure.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

A Secret About McDonald's Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger

The Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger at McDonald's looks really great on the drive through menu. It looks big and juicy and enticing. Voluminous. Looking at the picture on the light up board, I was excited that I was getting something special. New. Especially on the way home from New Years Eve the morning after. It looks like the perfect item to combine with some chicken nuggets and a few stolen bites of a McRib. 

Friday, January 4, 2013

Southampton's Clamman is Good for Lunch

Charlie and I decided to take a ride out to the Hamptons the other day to get a quick seafood lunch and some fresh air. Our destination was the village of Southampton and the Clamman fish market just outside of it. It's about an hour drive east from my house on Sunrise Highway, Route 27. Guess what happened on my way there: big old speeding ticket. Happy new year to me! Start it off January 2nd going the same speed as everyone else (76 to be exact) and get a huge fine just for living my life. I've never been pulled over before, but my tear ducts were rendered inactive by anger when the officer approached my window. Good thing lunch was cheap.
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