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Special Seitan – Just Jackie’s Food Truck

April 5, 2013
Just Jackie’s Food Truck, Philadelphia PA
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Maple Glazed Seitan Sandwich
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ImageI made it just in time to catch Just Jackie’s Food Truck at The Porch at 30th Street Station. It was such a beautiful day to try out this new food truck.

The Maple Glazed Seitan Sandwich, at $7, was pretty good. I loved the sweet but not overwhelming maple glaze on the chopped seitan. The seitan was really hard to chew, though, and got caught in my teeth – a lot. I loved the sweet sauteed kale, peppers, and mushroom the most, especially the kale! However, I found there to be too much of the vegan horseradish mayo. It was a little too creamy and spicy, and some bites took over the rest of the ingredients. The bun was fresh and chewy, which was good. Overall, I liked the uniqueness of the sandwich, something you rarely find on a food truck. 

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Drexel’s Dragon Food – Kim’s Dragon Asian Food

April 3, 2013
Kim’s Dragon Asian Food, Philadelphia PA
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General Tso’s Chicken
Ramen with Shrimp and Vegetables
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ImageKim’s Dragon Asian Food is one of the most popular food trucks in Drexel’s food truck row, with such a long line! I liked the photos on the menu and everything looked clean and colourful, unlike some of the old, rusty Chinese food trucks. 

The General Tso’s Chicken was quite decent. The sweet, sour, and spicy sauce was tasty and had the right texture. The broccoli soaked it up nicely. The chicken had a nice, thin, but crunchy batter, although it got a little soggy after a while. I was also surprised there were mushrooms and cabbage in it, but I liked them.

ImageThe Ramen with Shrimp and Vegetables was a nice change to the regular lo mein. It was basically instant noodles ramen but not too overcooked so was still a little ‘toothsome.’ I liked the spicy chili oil that had flavour and not too greasy. The shrimp was tender but a little overdone while the mushrooms were a little underdone. The other vegetables were good, though, especially the baby bok choy. 

I can definitely see why this truck is so popular, especially considering how few Chinese food trucks there are around Drexel, unlike around Penn. And you just can go wrong with having school colours and mascot either. 

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Terry’s Terrible Turkey – Terry Cheese Steak

ImageApril 2, 2013
Terry Cheese Steak, Philadelphia PA
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Turkey Bacon Egg & Cheese
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ImageThis breakfast sandwich was by far one of the most disappointing ones I have had ever. The baguette was like any other one but there was not nearly enough cheese except for one bite in the middle of the sandwich. The eggs were thin and a little overdone. The turkey bacon did not have as much flavour as regular bacon so it did not add much to the sandwich. I think I will stay away from turkey bacon from now on… and Terry Cheese Steak. 

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Simple and Sweet – Yue Kee Mobile Kitchen

April 1, 2013
Yue Kee Mobile Kitchen, Philadelphia PA
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Szechuan Tofu
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ImageI was honestly disappointed when I opened the container of Szechuan Tofu from Yue Kee. I was hoping for a more authentic spicy sauce and an array of vegetables. What greeted me were fried tofu cubes and plenty of bamboo strips. However, the sweet, thick sauce caught on to my palate and the pungent but familiar taste of the bamboo was welcomed. The tofu could have been softer since it was steamed and not fried, but it was simple and not too greasy.

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NY No More – New York Gyro

March 30, 2013
New York Gyro, Philadelphia PA
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Chicken over Rice
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ImageSo I was on my fifth straight day of eating various forms of Chicken over Rice. This time, it was back in Philly at New York Gyro. I’ve seen so many people constantly lined up by the small food cart. All my friends say it is the best Chicken over Rice. And I’m glad to say, they were correct.

The chicken came in a whole bag of chili and spices marinade, making it almost bright red. It was then cooked until it was juicy and tender on the grill. I waited so long, though, because he made a new batch and stacked nearly twenty boxes with rice and salad before he started putting the chicken in. Then he put the white and hot sauces on five of them before handing them out. It took around twenty minutes, which for a food cart meant to be fast, is totally unacceptable. The rice was ‘al dente’ and fragrant, though, with the chicken tasting absolutely delicious despite the extremely powerful hot sauce that again caused my stomach to be uneasy. A little less next time, and with such a generous portion, this is the place for Chicken over Rice!

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Still More Chicken and Rice – King Tut Halal Food

March 30, 2013
King Tut Halal Food, New York NY
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Chicken Over Rice
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ImageBefore leaving New York, I just had to get another Chicken Over Rice, this time from King Tut Halal Food. Only in New York City can you find Mediterranean food carts still having a constant stream of customers at 8 p.m. 

This one was at least only $5, despite not having a free soda. The chicken had flavourful seasoning from the marinade and spices. However, the hot sauce was really overwhelming and my stomach did not appreciate it. I did like how the creamy white sauce was not drowning the lettuce. The rice did become quite soggy in some parts so while some flavours were good, there were still some room for improvement.

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Cafe at its Best – Panera Bread

March 30, 2013
Panera Bread, New York NY
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Mediterranean Egg White on Ciabatta Signature Breakfast Sandwich
Easter Egg Cookie
Cobblestone
Peach Pecan Crunch Muffin
Bear Claw
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ImageJust like Au Bon Pain, I love the atmosphere at Panera Bread. Freshly baked pastries and goodies, made-to-order sandwiches with fresh ingredients, and a warm, cozy feel in a very relaxing cafe atmosphere. Whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner, I would always be happy eating here.

The Mediterranean Egg White on Ciabatta Signature Breakfast Sandwich was good, with lots of egg whites, spinach, flavourful roasted tomatoes, Vermont white cheddar, and basil pesto on a toasty ciabatta bun. Despite the quality, this was overpriced. The sandwich was too small for almost $5. Image

The Easter Egg Cookie was very generic but also very pretty with its colourful sugar icing and chocolate candies. The shortbread cookie itself was crumbly and buttery. This was one celebratory cookie!Image

The Cobblestone is a pastry made with cinnamon raisin dough, apples, streusel, and icing drizzle. It was such a splendid treat. I love raisins, apples, and spices together. Add to that streusel and icing and voila, the perfect, tastiest treat you can find. The dough could have been a little more moist but apart from that, it was delicious.Image

The Peach Pecan Crunch Muffin was okay. The muffin was not too sweet and was moist and dense. I liked the large pieces of peach inside, making it juicier. I wished there were pecans inside as well as on top, though.Image

The Bear Claw had that artificial almond taste but it was not overwhelming to the point that it becomes revolting. The pastry was flaky and the almond slices on top were nice. There could have been more filling so that you get it in every bite.

I wish there was a Panera on campus or even in center city. It is on the more expensive side but sometimes, the atmosphere, quality, and just overall feel of the place is worth it. 

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Famous in NYC – Halal Food

March 29, 2013
Halal Food, New York NY
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Chicken over Rice
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ImageMy first attempt at the famous Chicken over Rice in New York City. Kitty and I were craving it since early evening so we finally decided to get some outside the subway station from Halal Food food cart. 

It was delicious! The chicken was tender and was marinated nicely. The seasoning was prominent but not overwhelming. The rice was fragrant and the amount of white and hot sauce was in perfect ratio so that it was creamy and not overly spicy. The only downside was that it was $7 and did not come with a drink. I guess that’s what you get at Times Square. 

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Thai in Times Square – Pongsri Thai Restaurant

March 29, 2013
Pongsri Thai Restaurant, New York NY
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Tom Yum Goong
Chicken Pad Ped Nor-mai
Shrimp Pad See Ew
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ImageI met up with Kitty to stay overnight for competition at NYU the next day. We were planning to go to Central Park and find the Alice in Wonderland statue since we could not get tickets to Mamma Mia! but it was windy and freezing. Feeling like some comforting Asian cuisine, we decided to give Pongsri Thai Restaurant a try since the reviews were good and it was nearby.

The Tom Yum Goong was a nice start. There were quite a few tender jumbo shrimp inside and lots of button mushrooms. The soup was hot and sour and not too greasy, which is why I like a good tom yum soup. The lemongrass was quite pronounced as well.Image

The Chicken Pad Ped Nor-mai was a stir-fry dish with plenty of bamboo shoots, onions, carrots, and bell peppers in a hot chili paste. We asked for very spicy and boy, it was VERY spicy. I loved it! Yes, I had to drink water, but it certainly warmed us up good. The chicken was overcooked, though, and so a little dry. The presentation was quite nice for a stir-fry dish, though!Image

The Shrimp Pad See Ew was really good with lots of shrimp, despite the shrimp being a little overdone and not as springy as I would like. The sweet soy sauce was a little oily but the flavour was mild and really good. I especially liked the broad rice noodles with the Chinese broccoli. There was not much egg to be found but the flavour made up for that.

The restaurant was crowded and clearly a popular casual place with friendly service, tucked away in a relatively unseen spot near Times Square. The food was quite good for the price and I would definitely come back here again for some great tasting good. 

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Nibbling on the Train – Au Bon Pain

March 29, 2013
Au Bon Pain, Philadelphia PA
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Garden Veggie Breakfast Sandwich
Chocolate Trio Cake
Golden Raisin & Crème Torsade
White Chocolate Macadamia Cookie
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ImageBefore heading to New York via Amtrak, our group met up outside Au Bon Pain so I stepped in to grab some food for my first train ride on Amtrak.

Their new Garden Veggie Breakfast Sandwich was actually quite good. The ciabatta could use a crispier exterior but was otherwise warm and chewy. I really enjoyed the sweetness of the caramelized onions with the roasted red and yellow bell peppers. The cheddar cheese faded into the background but the eggs were nice and still tender. The veggies made it good.Image

Also new was their Chocolate Trio Cake, a mini chocolate Bundt cake filled with chocolate chips and topped with lots of walnuts. The walnuts added a nice crunch and nutty richness to the otherwise sweet and chocolaty dessert. It was dense and moist, especially with all the chocolate chips. The chocolate drizzle on top did not stand out but the other flavours were more than decent.Image

The Golden Raisin & Crème Torsade was okay. The pastry was not too flaky, which appealed more to me. There could have been more raisins and crème as both were lacking so the pastry was not exactly very flavourful. I did like the sticky glaze on the outside but it made my fingers sticky.Image

Finally, the White Chocolate Macadamia Cookie was also just okay. I prefer my cookies to be ooey gooey. This one was barely soft enough in the center and the edges were too hard and crunchy. At least I still enjoyed the white chocolate and macadamia nuts.Image

Au Bon Pain can be quite pricey but their products are at least very fresh. It is sad that we no longer have one on campus, just when I was really looking forward to eating their food everyday. Thankfully, 30th Street Station is not too far away. 

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