Matt and Tia – A New Blog for Foodies

Hi everyone! I know I’ve been terrible about keeping my blog up-to-date (again). But that’s only because I have a new project to tell you about!

If you like food – eating, cooking, looking at pictures that will make you hungry – please check it out the new blog my boyfriend Matt and I have been working very hard on: Matt and Tia. Matt is a professional chef and I just really like to eat.

We want to bring you reviews, videos, recipes, pictures, and just about anything else you can think of that has to do with food.

We have also set up several other social media pages and we would really appreciate it if you could follow them, as well:

Facebook

YouTube

Instagram

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Thanks so much and looking forward to seeing you all on our pages!

Foodies in New York

I celebrated my birthday on November 6 and my boyfriend, Matt, celebrated his on October 25. Since we both had off yesterday, we decided to spend the day in Manhattan to do a little more birthday celebrating. I was very lucky to have been able to spend a lot of time in NYC growing up. However, Matt hadn’t visited in about ten years, so I was extremely excited to show him around.

We woke up bright and early to head up to Jersey City to take the PATH. We may or may not have gotten into a car accident (everyone is okay) which set us back a few hours, but we were able to take care of everything and get a rental car to continue on our adventure.

We took the PATH to 14th Street and headed to Chelsea Market. The two of us were overwhelmed by mounds of colorful spices, fresh fish, pickles, and other delights. We walked around, sampling anything we could and talking about what else we would eat. After, we headed up to the Highline for a nice walk on a beautiful day. There were so many people enjoying the weather, as well as taking pictures of some protest art posted on one of the large walls.

Next, we made our way to Momofuku Noodle Bar, which was absolutely the highlight of our itinerary. There was no wait and we were seated at a bar with a view of the kitchen. I ordered an apricot soju slushie and Matt ordered a spicy lychee one. For our appetizer, we had shrimp buns and for our entrees, we shared a bowl of Momofuku ramen and a bowl of chicken pho. Everything was superb and I want to go back already.

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Then, we walked around a bit and made our way to the Pour House across from Webster Hall. They had $6 Don Julio margaritas! Delicious. Times Square was next. All the buildings, lights, and masses of people were overwhelming, but the energy was exhilarating. We also made a stop at Rockefeller Center and admired Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

After that, the Metropolitan Museum of Art was next. It is one of my favorite museums in the world, but Matt had never been. I couldn’t wait to experience it with him. We explored Egyptian art, arms and armor, Japanese art, and so much more. My friend Candice from college was also in the City yesterday, and she ended up meeting us at the Museum. So that was a really nice surprise.

The three of us walked from 81st street and found ourselves at Milk Bar on 56th Street and 5th Avenue. Candice and I got cereal milk milkshakes and I split a piece of their signature crack pie with Matt. We continued down to 42nd Street where Candice left us to head back to Grand Central Station. Matt and I stopped at the Bryant Park Holiday Market before walking down to 33rd Street to take the PATH back to Jersey City.

We were exhausted by the time we got home, but it was a truly wonderful day.

What did you do today?

 

Valentine’s Day

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day. In Korea, it’s traditional for girls to make the day special for their boyfriends. Then, on March 14, boys do something special for their girlfriends.

I decided I would cook dinner for Steve. I planned on making fish ‘n’ chips because he loves it and can’t get it here. So, I went to the store in search of fish fillets. The only fillets I found were frozen and past the sell by date. Disappointment. It looked like I would have to use fresh fish, something I had never cooked before. So, I got a package of white fish and spent the majority of my day removing bones and skin. I probably won’t do that again any time soon. I also made tartar sauce and hand cut chips.

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Then, I went to go pick up the cake my Korean coworker had ordered for my during the week. When I got to the bakery, however, it was not there. Upset and unable to speak Korean, I flailed about and gave the workers my phone number. They literally went through every order they had with me, trying to match it. No luck. One of them even made a phone call (I’m assuming to a boss). After about 40 minutes of madness, I just bought another cake. It wasn’t the one I had wanted, but it was still very nice (and tasty).

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I went home and started cooking. Steve came over around 5 PM and surprised me with a beautiful gift basket full of candy! I loved it. We ate dinner, had the cake, and watched Bones and Keeping Up Appearances for the rest of the evening. It was a really lovely evening.

What did you do for Valentine’s Day?