Friday, February 21, 2014

Ninja Restaurant in New York City

A ninja themed restaurant in the TriBeCa neighborhood where the waiters are dressed in ninja attire and perform various displays and tricks while serving food.

The food itself was pretty mediocre, sushi rolls were barely holding together and the steak didn't have much flavor.  Of course, with themed restaurants like this, most of the quality comes from the service. The waiters were very friendly and entertaining. Strictly speaking, they weren't exactly ninja-like, but they kept things lively. The restaurant also featured an in-house magician who went from table to table.
Oh, and there's fire. Lots of fire.


getting a little worried there

more fire

Friday, October 18, 2013


Was up in Boston for a wedding last month, and had a couple hours to spend in the city. So of course most of the time spent looking for food.

Boston, as seen from North End Park

surrounding area around Quincy Market

Quincy Market

inside Quincy Market

row of shops inside Quincy Market

Lobster roll from Boston & Maine Fish Company
Unfortunately, it wasn't very good. The roll was very hard and just had a little lobster meat slathered on top with nothing but lettuce actually inside the roll.

forgot what this is called...

Mike's Pastry, famous cannoli shop

inside Mike's Pastry
The line didn't go down the block, so it wasn't as crowded as usual.

getting cannolis

Mike's Pastry box

Unfortunately the cannolis were so good that most were consumed before I had time to take a photo >_>

contrast between historical and modern Boston

The site of the  Boston Massacre

markers on the Freedom Trail

The red guide line for the Freedom Trail

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Arashiyama (嵐山), Kyoto (京都), Japan (日本)

Arashiyama (嵐山), Kyoto (京都), Japan (日本)

Oi River

Togetsukyō Bridge

somewhere outside of Sagano?

Sagano Bamboo Forest

Sagano Bamboo Forest

scenic train that runs along the Hozu River
(which later becomes to Oi River, and then becomes the Katsura River)

Rice paddy in Takai, outside the Torokko Kameoka Station トロッコ亀岡 on the otherside of the mountain

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Kyoto (京都), Japan (日本)

Kyoto (京都), just North of Nara, was the former capital of Japan so there's lots of history to see there, including 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Here's a few I was able to visit while there.

Byodo-in (平等院), but over a thousand years ago as a country-side retreat but is now a Buddhist temple.

different angle

somehwere.... i forget where...

The main hall of Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺), one of the most well-known Buddhist temples in the country.

Otawa Waterfall as seen from the wooden deck in the previous picture.
The people are lined up to drink from the water. Each of the three streams is suppose to bring different benefits.

Kiyomizu-dera, from a different angle

a niomon by the Kiyomizu-dera temples

small street by the shops next to Kiyomizu-dera

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Todai-ji (東大寺), Nara, Japan

Todai-ji (東大寺) is a Budhist Temple complex and consists of several temples and shrines.  A great place to visit for those who are interested in Japanese history and culture, but probably not as interesting for others. The site is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

stone marker outside the entrance

the main entrance gate

central gate that leads to the main temple


Great Buddha Hall (大仏殿 Daibutsuden)
Didn't have time to get interior shots :(

This is the world's largest wooden structure until the 1990s

Deer are considered sacred protectors and many tame deer wander around the area

large bronze bell

Monday, December 31, 2012

Nando's Peri-Peri

Portuegese chicken restaurant that started in Africa, located in Washington, D.C.'s "Chinatown"(in quotes because DC's Chinatown doesn't have many Asian stores). The price isn't bad given the location and the food is decent.

inside the restaurant

Lemon-herb chicken with fries and garlic bread. The chicken isn't bad, it's juicy on the inside and has a definite lemon flavor on the outside. The garlic bread was a bit bland though and soggy.

Mango-lime chicken. It looks just like the Lemon-herb, but definitely has a tangy, mango flavor to it.

Story of Peri-Peri on the wall

Outside the restaurant

Outside the restaurant, the Chinese sign just says "Chicken Restaurant"