soups

Cafe Alsace

Have you been to Cafe Alsace? I recently went there and I ordered the lunch special, which was a crepe filled with lamb, feta and grains(?) with a side of a mushroom (cream based) soup. Yum.

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I enjoyed my meal (not the best meal — but still yummy) and I loved the soup  (I’m a sucker for soups).

Pros:

  • hole in the wall joint
  • intimate
  • perfect for lunch
  • owner had pretty blue eyes, was polite and nice (also has an accent- LOVE)

Cons:

  • one person working the room.
  • had to wait a considerable amount of time until my glass was refilled w/water
  • did not inquire about what I wanted to drink

What should you wear when dining for lunch:

  • don’t wear your gym clothes
  • don’t need to dress up
  • don’t wear stilettos
  • midtown attire would look odd here!
  • sun dress, business casual, or school clothes

Venue great for:

  • first casual date
  • cheese platter with girlfriends
  • latte’s with mom or dad
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Chinese Food: Chong Qing Hot Pot (Atlanta)

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I was recently on Instagram when one of my friends posted an awesome picture of “hot pot.”  I soon googled it, and realized that I think I would LOVE it, so naturally I googled “Best hot pot in Atlanta” and this Yelp! review appeared: http://www.yelp.com/biz/chong-qing-hot-pot-atlanta.

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I soon messaged some friends in hopes of tasting this foreign delight, and not to my surprise they also were excited to check it out.

We headed over to the venue late Saturday evening around 8ish, and it was in a Chinese Strip Mall next to a ViP Chinese Buffet restaurant.

Chong Qing Hot Pot is located in a food court and only accepts CASH. There is an ATM machine there, but it’s one of those machines that charges you a service fee.

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(Lamb Spicy Hot Pot)

On to the food: I was lucky enough to try a sample of things since I ordered a variety of things with a few friends. We ordered a beef hot pot (not spicy)  and a lamb hot pot (spicy). Being the spice addict that I am I really enjoyed the spicy broth over the non-spicy broth. I tried dan dan noodles, orange chicken, & egg drop soup. All of it was good ….and all of it was, surprisingly, well priced (each item was under $10)!

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(Dan Dan noodles)

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(Chili Chicken –actually not sure what this is!)

I will definitely go back to this food court and I will definitely sample some of the other Chinese food vendors in the food court too — specifically the Chinese BBQ vendor!

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Have you been here? If so, what did you think?

Korean Dumpling Soup

Hey Friends,

I am obsessed with dumplings they’re so yummy, and make such an easy snack! You just throw them in a steamer or microwave them.

So recently, after purchasing some frozen dumplings from Trader Joe’s, I reflected on my childhood and this amazing soup I had at my korean best friend’s relatives house (shout out to Lena). I soon began to crave the soup & all I knew about it was that it was a dumpling soup. After doing a basic google search, I found a recipe that seemed easy enough to mimic and seemed to be on track with what I thought I had that “cold” California day as a child.

Here is a link to the recipe!

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First, I heated up some sesame oil, and then added onions and garlic.

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Then I added beef broth!Image

I added red pepper flakes!Image

I added thinly sliced mushrooms.Image

After it came to a boil, I added the dumplings and let them cook in the broth for 8 mins, and then I enjoyed the soup!

I hope you give this recipe a try! It’s really good and RIDICULOUSLY easy!

Love!