Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Magnolia Bakery




Located in the busy streets of the Av. of Americas, New York this bakery houses one of the most creamy,smooth and flavorful red velvet cheesecakes I have ever had. If you think Cheesecake Factory Red Velvet Cheesecake is the bomb, then this one is the s*. No other description sorry. The cheesecake part just melts in your mouth when you take a spoon full, topping it up with a crunchy taste of the chocolate cookie crust at the bottom. What is most important, is that cheesecake is not overly sweet (like those at Cheesecake Factory), in fact if you are a fan of dark chocolate with that bitter sweet taste, this cheesecake is just for you. 
For those interested in paying a visit, just click on their website below!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Kashmir





First photo: Meat Samosa
Second photo: Murg (chicken) Tikka Masala
Third photo: Gosht Saag - chunks of boneless lamb, cooked with yogurt, spinach and spices.

During this "summer turning into fall" weather the perfect place to hit for a chill dinner (perhaps after work, or for the weekend) is definitely Newbury street. The streets busts with people sitting on the outside tables, chit chatting about their lives. 
Newbury offers a number of restaurants which have about the same style of menu. If not Italian or French food, then its a mixture of Euro American dishes. One restaurant, however, strands out: Kashmir - a Indian restaurant.
Kashmir offers seats both inside and outside. Because of the weather, we sat outside, however, the ambience inside is quite nice. Ornate with Indian decorations, Kashmir gives that "authentic food" vibe. To enhance the feel, soothing Indian instrumental music plays both inside and outside. All this, together with the soft 7pm breeze that slowly brings the feeling of Autumn, the experience is just relaxing...those that make you *sigh* and then smile and sit back.
In terms of food, I was a little disappointed with their plain Naan. It could be a little more crunchy and less oily. The chapatti we ordered was not what we expected either. We wanted the crispy one, and what they served was like pita bread.
A advice to spicy food lovers: if you want spicy, then definitely go for hot. We asked for the mild and I didn't feel much.
Other than that, it was alllll good. The Chicken Tikka Masala had more falvour than others I've had and the lamb in the Gosht Saag had the most tender and soft lamb meat I've ever had.


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