Not a fan of pastrami, but I loved this sandwich.
Smoked & Stacked opened in DC last fall and it’s brought a range of sandwiches to the Shaw area. Better yet, Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley announced she planned to focus on the eatery towards the end of 2016.
My friend ordered the Chicky Chick, while I ate the Stacked. We both deemed the pastrami would be worthwhile for a return with its delicious flavor in between two pieces of moist milk bread. It’s small, but heavy enough to hold you over till the next meal. Each sandwich came with a sliced pickle on the side.
Smoked & Stacked is located on 1239 9th St NW.
In an attempt to escape the cold, I visited Justin in Florida and we ventured to Miami. The Kith Treats x Cap’n Crunch pop-up experienced a delayed opening due to Hurricane Matthew‘s timing. Compared to the pictures of the New York pop-up, the Miami location offered far more space within the Lincoln Road shop.
Shout out to Girls On Kicks who featured me on her blog for my post on the gram.
Shirt: Anti Social Social Club.
Jeans: 8 Seconds.
Sneakers: Yeezy Boost.
Try Asian fusion at Gigi in Wynwood, Miami.
Warmed up this winter with a giant bowl of udon.
I curved my typical ramen venture and instead decided to try udon at TsuruTonTan in New York. There’s only a few places in DC that serve up this Japanese dish, but I felt pleased to see New York offered a restaurant that primarily served this bowl with pride. I read a few stories about long waits on Yelp, but I arrived a few minutes after noon on a weekend and didn’t wait more than 10 minutes. Upon entering, I noticed this beautiful wooden carved artwork that reached the ceiling. It’s mesmerizing to look at while waiting for your party or table. The staff, bartenders and ambiance felt welcoming.
We ordered the spicy tuna cones; each came carefully placed in a small box of uncooked rice. It’s the perfect appetizer since it’s raw, cold and almost a tease for more to come. After all, the bowl of udon is huge. I placed my chopstick to show the size of my lunch. I didn’t come near finishing it, but I desperately wanted to. The housemade noodles took home the gold, while my tempura turned half soggy since it stewed in the broth for a few minutes. I suggest ordering the Tsurutontan Deluxe to try a bite of everything. The menu remains extensive with more than 30 bowls to choose from (not including donburi). I also didn’t need to pull up Yelp for pictures since the entire menu features images of every dish.
TsuruTonTan is located on 21 East 16th St in New York.
Hyundai Card Center and rice ice cream.
I didn’t believe my sister when she told me a melting pot of cultures could be found in Itaewon. Tourists, foreigners, young adults and more filled the neighborhood’s busy streets. Flags from different countries waved above roads.
We stopped first at Gelati Gelati, an ice cream shop with a unique flavor I deemed a must-try: rice. It tasted similarly to a sugary bowl of carbs, but I also paired with with green tea, which added a nice taste of matcha.
We popped into Anthracite, a coffee shop similar to BAT in that it felt like a unique community space rather than a place to grab a cup of joe. We walked by the entrance to UNDERSTAGE by Hyundai Card where a small area beamed purple lights on furniture. We entered the VINYL & PLASTIC by Hyundai Card store where a mixture of Korean and American music filled the establishment.
Jacket: 8 Seconds.
Sneakers: Adidas Core Black Ultra Boost.