By grace.g.yang · October 24, 2013
Under: Greensboro,Lunch,Mexican,North Carolina

After spending the afternoon at the High Point Furniture Market, we drove back to Greensboro and had a late lunch at Crafted, a taco joint in downtown Greensboro. My mom read that the restaurant was relatively new and wanted to take me and Ken there for their tacos (although I wanted to take Ken to Cookout, he wanted to go to Chik-fil-A, and I also wanted to get baby back ribs from The Fresh Market – too many places to visit on such a short weekend trip!)

We started out with their applewood smoked bacon that’s candied and has a spicy chocolate dipping sauce:


There was way too much sugar on the bacon (we peeled it off), but for $7.50, this was way too expensive for hard bacon bits.

Next, we had the grilled avocado with chorizo, pico de gallo, and cheese with tortilla chips:


For our main entree, we ordered the lobster taco (the Beanie):


This was a cold taco with small bits of lobster meat (I think I had a piece that was slightly icy because it was SO cold I couldn’t even eat it). This dish also had some pickles on it, which I thought was not a great addition to the taco. I wouldn’t order this if I went back.

We also ordered the bowtie taco, a fish taco with roasted corn and honey mustard:


The fried fish was nicely crisped but the rest of the dish was too sweet and really not edible. I think we must’ve ordered the wrong dishes because everyone speaks so highly of this restaurant; if we come back again during our next visit to Greensboro, I think we’ll stick to the original fish taco (with cilantro, radishes and avocados) instead of the fancy tacos.

High Point Furniture Market

By grace.g.yang · October 23, 2013
Under: My Life,Travels

Over the weekend, Ken and I flew to North Carolina to visit my mom and to visit the High Point Furniture Market. I’ve never been to High Point’s furniture market before, but twice a year, buyers and exhibitors from all over the world descend on High Point for a week to buy the newest trends in the furniture market. Here are some cool items we saw at market:

An industrial coffee table made of copper pipes:


Beautiful baby furniture with velvet tufted fabric:


A great display for diffusers – a beautiful alternative to the wooden chopsticks you usually put into the diffusers:


Different types of flowers on the diffusers:


These were all made out of glass – looks so pliable even though it’s all made out of glass:




A cool velvet chair that would make a nice accent piece in our apartment:


A glass vanity that reminds me of a House of Harlow zig zag cuffed bracelet:


Dining room sets:


And silk flowers:


There are 12 floors of furniture, accessories, lighting, and all types of interesting goods. We had so much fun walking through the convention center but were dead tired after spending the day there!


By grace.g.yang · October 22, 2013
Under: American,Brunch,Dinner,My Life,West Village

One of my coworkers said that she went to a new Italian restaurant in the west village, Rosemary’s, and said that I should give it a try. I was in the process of finding a restaurant to go to with Joe and we ended up having dinner at Rosemary’s on a busy Friday night. The food was very good – good enough for me to go back the next week with Sarah, her fiance, and Ken.

We went for brunch on Sunday morning and ordered a little bit of everything to share – we started with the focaccia with pork and pickled vegetables:


This focaccia choice was flattened on a panini press (when I went for dinner, we just ordered the plain focaccia that was topped with sea salt). This option was greasy, fatty, and so delicious. We also ordered the house-made mozzarella with sea salt and basil:


The mozzarella was very chewy (a little too chewy) and there also wasn’t anything to eat the mozzarella with (no additional bread!)

The chopped salad had olives, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, and tomatoes from their rooftop farm:


I ordered a breakfast plate with mushrooms, poached eggs, and potatoes with rosemary:


Sarah ordered the eggs in purgatory, a dish that included tomatoes and sunny side eggs with some of their freshly baked bread:


Ken and Josh both ordered the salmon focaccia with freshly shaved fennel, marscapone, capers and dill:


We all enjoyed our brunch and had such a fun time catching up – I was telling Sarah that I’m cleaning out my closet and she said she wanted to come by to pick through some of the clothes I’m selling (I literally cleaned out my closet and got rid of 50% of it!) – good thing I mentioned it!

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Chobani Soho

By grace.g.yang · October 21, 2013
Under: Cheap Eats,Lunch,My Life,Snacks,Soho

Ken and I love the yogurt at Chobani’s pop-up shop in Soho; they always come up with creative combinations that are simple to recreate at home but so delicious at the pop-up that we always go back. On this trip, we had my favorite, the plain yogurt with pineapple, coconut chips, and hazelnuts:


And also tried a new yogurt bowl that we’ll definitely be getting again: plain yogurt with micro-cilantro, avocado, mango and tortilla chips! What a weird combination and use of mango, but it definitely tasted good. My only complaint: the ratio of tortilla chips to plain yogurt was simply not enough! Definitely check this place out – it was originally supposed to be a pop-up but it was so popular that they decided to keep the lease!

Macy’s Culinary Council 10 Year Anniversary Party

By grace.g.yang · October 18, 2013
Under: American,Asian,Desserts

On Tuesday, Macy’s invited me to the most wonderful party at their restaurant to celebrate 10 years of the Culinary Council. All of their Culinary Council chefs were there to celebrate, including Marcus Samuelsson, Ming Tsai, Todd English, and Marc Forgione. The party was at the new-ish restaurant at Macy’s, Stella 34, and there were tons of cocktails:


The chefs all gave very thoughtful speeches about their experiences with Macy’s and how much they enjoyed working as a team:


And the chefs all prepared special dishes that were made fresh at the restaurant for all of us to try:


Here’s the full list of finger foods and drinks:


The cinnamon margarita was spicy and very delicious:


Marcus Samuelsson’s Doro Wat tacos were a huge hit:


The crab cakes with avocado and tobiko was spicy and refreshing:


Ming Tsai’s fried wontons were very crispy and had a nice chili dipping sauce:


And the soba noodles with fresh tuna was a fun dish to slurp up:


The restaurant was packed with chefs, Macy’s executives, and food bloggers – it was so fun to catch up with blogger friends and to also meet new people! I had a great time and it was so nice of Macy’s to invite me to the event. I’m super excited to try the restaurant some day; it has a great view of Manhattan and seems so different from the rest of Macy’s, which is sometimes too crowded to even walk through!

Sponsored post; I was compensated for this post by Everywhere but the opinions are my own.

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