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  1. I have only one night to dine, where should I eat? Carnevino Alex Bartolotta I have never been to any of the above.
  2. Once I have saved $500, I will purchase a Vita Prep. The speed control and blades are the best in the business. From making soups to sauces to purees, nothing beats a Vita Prep plus a $100 chinois.
  3. Congrats, indeed, to Eliot, Chris and the NOCA team. The award up for grabs is actually Best New Restauant U.S., not Southwest, which makes it an even greater accomplishment. For a complete list of semi-finalists, click here. Way to go, Eliot! =R= ← Sorry for the wrong info, I was confused.
  4. Congratulations to NOCA. After barely being open for 7 months, the restaurant is a semi-finalist for the James Beard Foundation Best New Restaurant Southwest. NOCA has definitely changed the City of Phoenix Dining Scene.
  5. The photographs speak for itself! Good job Ronnie! I can't wait to get the chance to go back and dine at Noca.
  6. we are limiting the covers for a bit, but ring me at the restaurant manana and I will make sure you are taken care of... E ← I called, Frank put me down for 6:30pm this Saturday, party of 2. I'm excited!
  7. E, Are you guys boooked up for this coming saturday?
  8. Did anyone notice how hard Ruhlman judged Flay's food?
  9. So can I walk-in this coming Saturday night for Simple Supper?
  10. Day 4 - rain has mainly stopped Late (2pm) dim sum lunch at: Majesty Seafood Restaurant Pan fried stuffed tofu sheets Char Siu Bao Shrimp and Chives Siu Mai Steamed Sticky Rice - this had shredded dried scallops along with chicken meat Har Gaw - look at the size of their dim sum. This Har Gaw was filled with 3 whole shrimps! Dessert - Egg white, milk and coconut juice custard steamed in young coconut Majesty Seafood Restaurant 3rd Floor, Regent Center Building 88 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong Little advice, Majesty offers 10% off entire bill after 2 pm. I preferred this dimsum over Luk Yu Teahouse. Majesty might not be historical but the quality of food, price, value and service is way ahead of Luk Yu.
  11. Day 3 Typhoon Signal Number 8 - most businesses were closed till noon... I stayed indoors and enjoyed this: After the Typhoon Signal was lowered to 3, I ventured out to the following: and bought the following baked goods to eat on the street: Late lunch at: for some Chinese BBQ Salted Egg, Sausage, Roast Pork, Soy Sauce Chicken Suckling Pig My love for Soft Shell Crabs led to this dish: Salt and Pepper Soft Shell Crabs
  12. I guess I have to revisit Chuk Yuen for the cheese lobster! I really liked the food at Chuk Yuen, I didn't say it was bad in anyway, I just saw quite a few tourists there.
  13. Day 2 continued... My family and I started to walk the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui in search of dinner. We randomly stumbled upon Chuk Yuen Seafood Restaurant Random pictures of live seafood at the restaurant entrance Live Mantis Shrimps Giant Clams and Abalone Jumbo Prawns Live Lobsters Garoupa or Grouper two ways, filet and braised - I preferred the braised grouper over the filet. The filet was a little dry and firm for my taste. Minced Squab Lettuce Cups - this dish was mighty tasty Steamed Jumbo Prawns w/garlic - one of my favorite ways to eat jumbo prawns Dry Fried Chinese Long Beans w/ red chiles - one of my favorite long bean dishes, this was seasoned well and very tasty. The long beans were wider and of different variety. Fujian Fried Rice - look at the pic, need I say more? Overall, I enjoyed this meal. The restaurant didn't have a bigger selection of live seafood in their tanks but was adequate enough for my palate. I sensed that this restaurant was inbetween a tourist trap and also catered to locals. I saw quite a few Japanese tourist groups in the restaurant while we were dining. There are two locations for Chuk Yuen. Chuk Yuen Seafood Restaurant 35 Kimberley Road Tsim Sha Tsui Tel 3106 5868 Fax 3106 5636 Chuk Yuen Seafood Restaurant Basement, Hong Kong Pacific centre 28 Hankow Road Tsim Sha Tsui Tel 2722 0633 Fax 2722 6961
  14. I will post another short report on another dim sum place that a local brought us too (if Image Gullet doesn't give me a hard time) to compare with Luk Yu. In terms of quality, (like you said) I thought Luk Yu was ok, not bad but not outstanding and I believe it was quite expensive compared to other Dim Sum places.
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