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Place: Kimchi Hana

Item: Bi Bim Nyang Myun

My experience: Bi Bim Nyang Myun is one of my favorite Korean dishes. It’s sweet at first but then the spicy sauce starts to tingle your taste buds. For those who can’t take some heat, you shouldn’t get this dish. However, for those who love spicy foods, you’ll like this chewy noodle dish. The one at Kimchi Hana is more on the sweet side.

Rating: 3 ½

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Place: East Side Pockets (Rhode Island)

Item: Gyros pocket wrap and a falafel appetizer

My experience: Wow, I finally found a great gyro place. They use fresh and good quality ingredients. It’s an upgrade from street food because the bold flavors are definitely there. The best part was that the prices are very reasonable, great for students. Within the gyro wrap, it contains 6+ sauces and ingredients. Each ingredient triggered my taste buds (sweet, salty, etc). One thing I didn’t like were the falafels, mostly because I’m not a fan of it in the first place. If you like falafels, you should try it! This place is a must if you’re in Rhode Island. They’re pretty famous in the area for the friendly service and large portions.

Rating: 4

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Place: Starbucks

Item: Peppermint mocha

My experience: The holiday drinks are back! I’m so happy that I got to try the peppermint mocha because it reminds me of Christmas and the holiday spirit. First, the visual of this drink was awesome. For these holiday drinks, you should take a peak at the drink before you consume it, they’re pretty! The flavor of the peppermint was strong and lively. It reminded me of mint chocolate chip cookies and a York peppermint patty.   

Rating: 3 ½

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Place: Wawa

Item: F'real strawberry milkshake

My experience: If you’re craving for some delicious artificially flavored milkshakes, grab one of these at Wawa. When I go, I always get the strawberry milkshake. They come in different flavors and you can choose the consistency (thickness) of the milkshake. It’s worth a try!

Rating: 4

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Place: Boston Market

Item: Turkey breast with spinach and mac&cheese. 

My experience: Ordering turkey was one of the biggest mistakes I have made that day, I regret it very much. I cannot believe I spent around $10 for such a distasteful meal. The turkey was dry, cold, and bland! I liked the sides but the turkey ruined it for me. I’m going to stick with the chicken from now on.

Rating: 2

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I’m back! 

It’s been a while. I’m sorry :( 

Today, I bring you “the Benedicts” from a neighborhood favorite diner. My cousin and I decided to get brunch on a rainy day. We both got the egg Benedicts because this place is known for this dish and we’ve been craving for a hearty-cheap meal. The “Florentine” Benedict contains spinach and feta cheese on an English muffin, it’s my favorite so far (keep in mind; I’ve only tried 2 of 6 Benedicts). I wasn’t a huge fan of the “Crabcakes” because they used imitation crab meat. But what do you expect when you’re paying $8.95 for seafood in central Jersey? I won’t complain. However, the eggs were poached to perfection. One thing I just realized is that they forgot to put the Hollandaise sauce on top of the eggs…it was still good though! Of course, I didn’t forget to add some Tabasco sauce on everything (love that stuff). And yes, I recommend that you get the “Disco fries” instead of the home fries on the side. You’ll pay $1.50 extra but it’s worth it and you’ll will satisfy your cheesy cravings. Just walk it out later. 

Place: The Park Ave Diner (NJ)

Item(s): The Florentine and Crabcake Benedict (with Disco fries) 

Final Thoughts: The food and service was good but BYOW (bring your own water). Trust me.

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This place is outdoor only so don’t expect to have the normal in-dining experience. There are a couple of tables (with umbrellas) on top of a large patch of sand. In other words, a sandbox. We weren’t able to get the all-you-can-eat deal since the crabs aren’t in season. Instead we ordered a bunch of sides ($4-9 each) and a half bushel of medium crabs ($85). The deal was pretty good, we weren’t able to finish the whole box! The only down side is that in hot weather - you’ll die and the flies will attack your food.


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Place: Captain Chris’ Crab Shack (North East, Maryland)

Item: A half bushel of crabs, sides (onion rings, fried oysters, cheese sticks, jalapeno poppers)

Rating: 3 ¾

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Final Thoughts: This place is perfect for 70-80 degree weather. The portions are good and cheaper than most places. I had a fun experience :)

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My final stop for my spring break was RISD. If you know me, I need to eat Korean food at least once a day. The Korean inside me craved for something spicy and sweet. Cheese tukbooki is loaded with carbs and calories yet so satisfying. Stephanie and I chose to get bibimbop which was a lot healthier. After our huge lunch we walked it off around the mall haha.

Thanks again Steph, it’s always fun to hang out with you! :)


Place: Sura (Providence, RI)

1st Item: Cheese tukbokki

Rating: 3 1/2

2nd Item: Stone pot bibimbap

Rating: 3 

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Final Thoughts: Not the best Korean food I’ve ever had but it did its job, satisfied.

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Karan and I craved for some good comfort food on a rainy day. We had our usual GT (girl talk haha), I’m thankful that have such a supportive friend by my side.

Let’s get back to the food. These pictures look delicious right? Well, let’s just leave it at that. I’m a fan of Stuff Yer Face’s stromboli and potachos (so good!). However, the cheese steak and ecstasy fries were a huge disappointment. The fries alone were good but the dried up cheese and bacon didn’t compliment the fries at all. I don’t understand why this item is on the menu, it can’t even compare to the other appetizers. When I think of a cheese steak, I imagine a perfectly sautéed-moist beef hugging layers of melted cheese in a warm and toasty bun. This “cheezzyy” cheese steak only offered dry meat topped with a thin layer of cheeses. I liked their concept of the three different cheeses but the way they placed it on the sandwich left my taste buds confused and dissatisfied.

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Place: Stuff Yer Face (New Brunswick, NJ)

1st Item: Cheezzyy cheese steak

Rating: 3

2nd Item: Ecstasy fries

Rating: 2

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Final thoughts: I’m still a fan of Stuff Yer Face but they weren’t able to produce a nice gooey cheese steak for me.

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Place: Hala

Item: Yaprak (stuffed grape leaves), Gozleme (Turkish pancake with sweet potatoes), Biber dolma (stuffed peppers).

My experience: We were about to pass this place but the lady at the window caught my eye. She was making handmade Turkish pancakes from scratch. The dough was rolled into a circle and then placed onto a heated black lid. The sweet potato Turkish pancake was delicious. The grape leaves were quite sweet, which was unexpected because the ones back in the States are very sour and acidic. I prefer the sweet ones. I wasn’t a big fan of the stuffed peppers. The consistency was gooey and bland. The sweet potato pancakes were a hit, I would get those again. 

Rating: 3 ½

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Place: Noodle Gourmet

Item: Sweet & Sour chicken combo

My experience: Grace and I agreed that our favorite dish at Noodle Gourmet is the beef chow fun. However, I decided to try something different this time. The sweet and sour chicken had the right amount of sweetness but it lacked sourness. The dish didn’t have a lot of different dimensions when it came down to flavor. I probably won’t get this again but it’s worth a try for those who enjoy sweet dishes.

Rating: 3

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Place: Shake Shack

Item: Shack Stack, cheese fries, and a strawberry hand-spun shake.

My experience: If you’re from the east coast, you must try out Shake Shack. My favorite part of this burger was the ‘shroom’ which is a crisp fried portobello mushroom filled with melted muenster and cheddar cheese. Sounds amazing doesn’t it? The shake was very rich and was a little too sweet for my taste but it was pretty good. However, the fries didn’t amaze my taste buds. The fries were okay, not something I would purchase again since the they tasted like any other fries.

Rating: 4

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Place: Stuff Yer Face

Item: Potachos (original with spicy beef topping/pulled porktachos) and a super stromboli  

My experience: Oh, I’ve been craving potachos for some time now. Don’t expect to get a salad when you’re here. This place is literally meant for you to ‘stuff yer face.’ They offer large portions and you’ll leave with a full stomach. However, I can’t say that it’s made from high quality ingredients but when for those greasy, cheesy, fried cravings…Stuff Yer Face is the place to go. Their famous 'potachos’ are great starters, it’s basically thinly sliced potatoes (kind of like kettle chips) topped with either pulled pork, spicy meat, sauce, sour cream, tomatoes, onions, and peppers. It’s a great place to grab beer with your friends and chow down on those late night cravings.

Rating: 4  

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Place: Starbucks

Item: Java chip cappuccino

My experience: Personally, I didn’t really enjoy the Java chip frappuccino. I didn’t mind the flavor, it was the texture that threw me off. After every sip, there were chunks of java chips that remained in my mouth. I prefer drinks that are smooth and consistent. I would have liked this drink if it didn’t have the java chunks in it.

Random fact: I tend to stay away from pulp orange juice. 

(#personal preference)

Rating: 3

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Place: Sultan Kosesi

Item: Lamb kebab set

My experience: This place was my favorite restaurant that I ate at during my stay in Istanbul. Every single dish tasted authentic and homemade. The “pillow bread” was exceptionally good, it was both crispy and chewy. The lamb meat didn’t have a strange aftertaste and contains more meat than fat ratio. Almost everything was perfectly seasoned and fresh. I could tell that they used good quality ingredients and meats. I would haven given this place a rating of 5 if the (corn chowder) soup was better seasoned. If I go back to Turkey, I’m definitely stopping by this place again! 

Rating: 4 ½

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I spent the last day of my internship meeting with the Publisher and Editor-In-Chief of Food Network Magazine (role models), went on an interview, got some frozen yogurt with the marketing team, and said my goodbyes to everyone. I will forever be grateful for this opportunity to work with such an awesome group of people. I will miss the FNM family.

Afterwards, I ate some delicious Korean food at K-town in New York City with my girls, what more could I have asked for? This was a great way to end my internship! Jen and Grace suggested that we go to Pocha 32, which is famous for its resemblance of Korea’s outdoor tented food stalls. The budae jjigae is more westernized but it stays true to mixing all different sorts of ingredients together to create a stew. This one contained sausage, spam, dduk, ramen, squash, mushroom, cheese, etc. Next, we ordered some cheese ddeuk bok ki, which also contained seafood. Sadly, the portion was very small and pricey - $16. Plus, this wasn’t as spicy as I wanted it to be. But both Grace and I fell in love with the thick layer of melted cheese. If you know what kind of cheese they use, please tell me!

Place: Pocha 32 (New York City)

Item: Budae Jjigae

Rating: 3 ½

Item #2: Cheese Ddeuk Bok Ki

Rating: 3 ½

Final Thoughts: It can’t compare to the delicious food back in Korea but it’s good enough. Next time, I’ll have to try their watermelon soju!

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I give props to those who are pre-med/public health majors. One day, they’ll save lives through their….life-saving medical skills or by giving support, love, and care. Good luck Yunwoo, you’ll done fine :)!

We each ordered our own personalized burgers. As usual, I grabbed a moon burger with some of my favorite toppings: pepper-jack cheese and bacon. And those sweet potato waffle fries were pretty good but I wish they gave us more. Not bad, Moon.

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Place: Harvest Moon Brewery (New Brunswick, NJ)

Item: Harvest Moon Burger with extra toppings of pepper-jack cheese and bacon & substituted sweet potato waffle fries

Rating: 3 ½

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Final Thoughts: My only wish? I wish they used a different bun because it’s not soft and it falls apart so easily.

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When it comes to the quality of the ingredients, you get what you pay for but the satisfaction is worth more than $6. You’ll feel full and satisfied after one of these platters! Many people wonder or ask why someone would wait in long lines or come to the city just for chicken n rice. It’s salty, creamy, and full of wonderful carbs, my go to comfort food. Obviously, if you’re on a diet or if you want a gourmet dish, this isn’t for you. But if you want to indulge yourself in a good cheap eats, stop by the original halal cart!  

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Place: 53rd & 6th Halal Cart (New York, NY)

Item: Combination plate with rice and bread

Ratings: 3 ½

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Final Thoughts: The best late night snack! Be generous on the white sauce and be careful with the hot sauce.

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Place: Shake Shack (New York City)

Item: Shack Stack

My experience: When you go to Shake Shack do not get the regular burgers! The Shack Stack is the best choice, cheesy and satisfying. Although it’s a bit expensive for a burger, it’s worth the experience. The shroom is a “crisp-fried portabella mushroom filled with melted muenster and cheddar cheese” so good. However, if you don’t like cheesy things, I wouldn’t recommend it for you, only for cheese lovers.

Rating: 4

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