Vegan Pancakes V spot

It’s unlikely for me to go to a Vegan restaurant especially for brunch, but when I heard the V spot was serving unlimited mimosas and focused on Latin cuisine, I was ready. Being that the V spot is not far from Barclay center in Brooklyn, it wasn’t a tough commute to make so I invited friends to meet me. Before I even get into the food, my waiter really made the experience what it was. He was not only attentive, but he also took the time to talk to us as he joined into our conversation about world issues (we invited him). He was so intelligent and knowledgeable so it was refreshing to meet someone so dope here, plus he filled the mimosas up right on time.

I started with the bean empanada, which I’ve never tried but was looking to eat something new. It tastes exactly how it sounds, no added wow but dipping into the sauce here really made a difference in flavors.

Bean empanadas V spot

I ordered the vegan pancakes as my friend ordered the tofu rancheros and we waited some time before it hit our table. The butter for the pancakes tasted like the butter I’m used to eating even though this didn’t have an ounce of dairy. I was really impressed at how good the butter was and lathered up my pancakes. I would have preferred more strawberries though, as they seem to be the ignored part of my dish, thrown on top of my pancakes for what seemed like no reason at all. I mean, I asked for them but they weren’t what I was expecting. Maybe I missed having whipped cream.

Vegan Pancakes V spot

I could tell something was off from the flavors that I’m used to but the pancakes were really good. The tofu rancheros however, took my soul. I reached in for a bite of my friend’s and ended up ordering my own. It really felt like they covered this in scrambled eggs and the flavors were popping out from left to right. I would order this a million times over and it really sealed the deal for me at the V spot. Go there and get this dish, you will not be disappointed.

Tofu Rancheros V spot

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mikey likes it ice cream

If you follow me on twitter, you know how much I love ice cream but Mikey Likes It Ice cream ?.Like the obsession is serious. So much so, that I went to try Mikey Likes It Ice Cream twice in a week in the Lower East Side. What I liked most, aside from this being a black owned business, and the fact that Mikey has an incredible story, is that the flavors are consistently changing.

Mikey Likes It has the funkiest clock on the wall with the faces of people whom past flavors were based on but the “regular” menu is nothing close to average. This is a taste buds party. What really gets people going though are the waffle sandwiches that they make on sight to go with your ice cream. I opted for the red velvet waffle, but they have blue velvet as well. My first time here, I indulged in a classic flavor, the pretty in pink but on my second trip, tried the flavor of the month. The servers here are also very sweet, even when overwhelmed and they let you try some flavors! If you like ice cream, you’ll love Mikey’s.

 

mikey likes it ice cream
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PYT BURGER with waffle fries
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PYT Burger was on my to-eat list for a long time and the great part about most places in Philadelphia, is that they serve adult shakes. It was a nicer day when I walked up to PYT so we opted to sit outside and enjoy the ambiance. Our server took longer than we would like but she was very pleasant and didn’t mind all the questions we had.

PYT Burger

I ordered the PYT Burger since I planned to go back and try the rest of the menu someday. I also ordered the cookies and cream shake but I wish I had the birthday cake, which was one thee most amazing milkshakes I’ve had. The burger itself was hearty and I was pleased with the temperature of the burger that was spot on. Messy burgers are normally the best and the PYT Burger was no different. You do have to order fries separately so I went for the waffle fries, which were fried to perfection.

PYT BURGER with waffle fries

Now if Philly is too far, don’t fret. You can still get fine drinks with fine people in NYC at their latest opening at 334 Bowery. Welcome to the city PYT Burger!

Fine Drinks Fine People

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Cocktails at Dream Hotel

A few weeks before I was able to dine at Cherry, I had the opportunity to visit their sister location, Cherry Izakaya .  Being in the up and coming area of Williamsburg, I was surprised to find Cherry at Dream Hotel. Although, both locations give off different vibes and this one was just plain sexy. I was lucky enough to bring a date because this is exactly the kind of place you should bring one, too. It’s also perfect for a very important business meeting as Cherry is intimate and upscale.

Tuna Tart at Dream Hotel

Though I wasn’t too crazy about the Tuna Tart, the almond shrimp and sushi were delicious.

Almond Shrimp at Dream Hotel

I could order the almond shrimp for days and there was plenty of sushi to go around.

Sushi at Cherry in Dream Hotel

The Cherry Bomb Cocktail also peeked my interest and complimented most of the meal. You will feel relaxed during your entire experience here as the staff is equally accommodating as the menu is satisfying.

Cocktails at Dream Hotel

The real pleasure here was the Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake, which was plain decadence. I live for desserts and they sure know how do chocolate cakes the right way. So if you’re staying at the Dream Hotel, or just in the area, check out Cherry for dinner. You won’t be disappointed.

Dessert at Dream Hotel

 

 

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Cheeseburger Baby Miami
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I go to Miami enough to know where to grab a great bite to eat. Sometimes, when I’m having a craving, I try to rationalize how a few of my favorite Miami restaurants are just a flight away.

Check out these 4 places you must try in Miami.

Casandra Rosario Miami

Cheeseburger Baby | 14th & Washington Ave

Whether it’s for lunch or when you’re about to head in from a long night on Collins Avenue, Cheeseburger Baby is a much better alternative than the pizza spot in Miami. Though they have more than burgers, their thick shakes and hearty burgers will do you the justice you’re looking for.

Cheeseburger Baby Miami

Bolivar | 841 Washington Ave

Ocean Drive is far too crowded with tourist and overpriced pasta so when you’re traveling for a birthday, you may be seeking something more intimate for your group. Bolivar has heavy portions, live music, and plenty of sangria to keep the party going. If you’re traveling with a group and need some down time from the festivities, this is a great place to have that special dinner.

Bolivar Miami

Larios | 820 Ocean Drive

This is the only restaurant really worth visiting on the strip and it’s never crowded. The secret is out now but the delicious Cuban dishes at Larios, can’t be passed up. The appetizers are great for sharing and the location works from when you want to get back to the beach quickly. I try not to leave Miami without getting their stuffed plantain cups.

660 Anglers | 660 Washington Ave

Going on it’s third and possibly fourth plug on FoodBeforeLove, Anglers is my favorite brunch spot in South Beach. The menu has changed since my first visit but the quality of service and food has not. The bread here was haunting me for a while, it’s a must try. With the bottomless mimosas they offer, nothing on the menu will stop you from loving this place.

Shrimp Po Boy

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