Crumbs Cupcakes

Crumbs Cupcakes

I visited Crumbs Bake Shop in Burlington, MA to satisfy my sweet tooth. I’ve heard wonderful things about their flavors and wanted to give it a try (also, it was my birthday) 😛

The amount of flavors they have is almost overwhelming (in a good way). The ability to purchase a sample pack (filled with tiny cupcakes, as shown above) is a bonus. They also have LARGE versions of their popular flavors.

The flavors shown above are (in no particular order):
Red velvet, lemon, apple cobbler, dulce de leche, milkshake, birthday cake, vanilla on vanilla sprinkle, carrot cake, chocolate/vanilla/strawberry, banana bread, and I can’t remember the pink one at the top! Oops 😛

Their website is set up nicely and you can even hover over the cupcake pictures to see what it would look like on the inside (most of them have fillings in the middle).

The ONLY downside I would say about this (other than calories) is the price. These are made with quality ingredients and you certainly get what you pay for. For a special occasion, or for treating yourself every now and then, this is a must have.

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Nabeyaki Udon

Nabeyaki Udon

Once again at my favorite local Japanese restaurant, Takumi on a cold day. It was REALLY cold outside and the Nabeyaki just called out to me from the menu. I had to stray from the normal Unadon (eel on rice) to get this hearty soup.

My apologies for the cell phone picture. I need a better quality camera to take to restaurants that isn’t my giant Canon.

The broth is a dashi stock, which is a light fish broth made from bonito flakes, konbu (seeweed), soy sauce, and mirin. It is topped with prawn tempura, kamaboko (fish cake), carrots, green onion, soft egg, chicken, shiitake mushrooms, cabbage, and bamboo shoots. This all sits on top of thick and almost chewy udon noodles. And on the side is my personal favorite, shichimi!!! (seven flavor chili pepper). I put this on pretty much everything and go through these bottles faster than any other herb/spice (including salt and pepper).

I wish there was something else in the picture other than the small shichimi bottle for size reference because this kettle of soup is HUGE! I could not finish it (and I was pretty darn hungry). Similar to eating Pho, this warms you up from the inside and made the cold weather almost non-existent.

And for $11.50 with a salad during lunch, you can’t go wrong 🙂

First Trip to H Mart!

First Trip to H Mart!

All of these goodies and I used NONE of them in a bento. 😦
But I did eat it all (the picture above is not the entire haul)!

Imagine Costco but all Asian (and no membership required). That is what H Mart is. I went with a few friends after work one afternoon and took the trip to Burlington, MA. Not only is this a grocery store, there is also a pseudo anime shop, gigantic seafood section, Asian appliance section, tons of fresh produce, and AMAZING FOOD COURT! Fresh ramen, super fresh (and fairly cheap) sushi, bounties of Korean dishes (like soondubu jjigae and jjajang myeon)! Then there’s the bakery. Oh man, the bakery. I gained 10 pounds just walking in there but it was totally worth it.

Much of the produce (and there was more here than my local regular grocery store) was cheaper than at the conventional grocery store. Certainly cheaper than the local Asian market (most likely because they buy from here and have to mark it up). The price difference isn’t huge, but there is certainly potential to save money by shopping here if you buy these things often.

Juts a tip, shopping carts are not allowed in the food court (which is right by the entrance to the store). My suggestion would be to go in without a cart, get something to eat, then go back out and grab and cart and begin shopping. But don’t fill up in the food court because sample paradise awaits you (if you are shopping on the weekend).

There’s an entire room dedicated to kimchi. Oh yea, and you can sample ALL OF IT!

Pretty much the entire back wall of the store is seafood. Fresh, whole seafood. There’s a sign hanging with information on how you can order your fresh fish and you tell your fish monger which method you prefer (whole, gutted, head off, chopped up). And for the most part it’s CHEAP! I personally think this is a great way to sample different kinds of fish without blowing up your wallet. WARNING: there are TONS of fish to choose from! You might want to have a slight idea on what you would like to try beforehand or it can get a bit overwhelming.

I can go on and on about this place. Wish I knew about it sooner. Do yourself a favor and hop on Google to see if there is one by you. If you have any amount of interest in Asian ingredients you will not be disappointed.