March 1, 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Xi’an Famous Foods

In this solo dining adventure, Gary visits the first Xi’an Famous Foods not located in a Chinatown.

Ever since I first saw the Xi’an Famous Foods stall in the basement of a Flushing mall, featured in an episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, I’ve occasionally visited them before and after Mets games. When they announced they were opening a location in Manhattan’s Chinatown, I was excited since that meant I could eat their food without having to first see the Mets lose (tough times, these past few seasons). Not long after, they opened up a location in the East Village and with my Eater internship located conveniently close by, it was only a matter of time before I’d wander over. […]

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December 29, 2010 ~ 0 Comments


In this solo dining adventure, Gary complements the previous night’s Thomas Keller experience with lunch at Bouchon in Yountville, CA.

Alright, part two of the Thomas Keller dining adventure! This time, my college buddies and I went to Bouchon for lunch the day after dinner at Ad Hoc. Bouchon is the second restaurant Keller opened, the first being The French Laundry, which is just down the street from here, as well as being not too far away from Ad Hoc. Unlike his other two Napa Valley restaurants, Bouchon is a strictly à la carte affair, serving the sort of stuff you would expect to find at a very fine French bistro. […]

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December 10, 2010 ~ 1 Comment


In this solo dining adventure, Gary enjoys the sandwich stylings of Cutty’s in Brookline, MA.

The day after having lunch at Olecito, we had lunch at Cutty’s, a relatively new – at the time, anyway – sandwich shop, also in Brookline. Actually, we almost didn’t have lunch here because it was Saturday afternoon, we’d been watching the World Cup and just hanging out at casa de JP when we checked their website where it said that the place closed at 3 pm – we saw this at, oh, around 2:30 pm. With this knowledge in hand, we essentially raced out and walked as fast as our legs could get us there before the place closed which we did with just over five minutes to spare. […]

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November 30, 2010 ~ 2 Comments

Myers + Chang

In this solo dining adventure, Gary has an excellent, if unconventional, dim sum experience at Boston’s Myers + Chang.

Fair warning before we start – this wasn’t your typical dim sum so this won’t be the typical Foodie Call dim sum post. In fact, this is gonna be somewhere between the usual photo gallery post and a regular review. It’s still tough for me to do a real full review because this is still dim sum after all but it’s different enough to merit more than just a short paragraph. Any, off we go!

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September 14, 2010 ~ 1 Comment

The Slanted Door

In this solo dining adventure, Gary and JP enjoy a light Vietnamese lunch at The Slanted Door in San Francisco’s Ferry Building.

By this day, our sixth in the Bay Area, JP and I were, if not food weary, then at least nearing the end of our ropes. As good as the food is out there, you get to a point where you get a little tired of eating out all the time. Still, we needed something to eat on our last day out there that wouldn’t be trying (i.e. not heavy) and wouldn’t put too much stress on our thinning wallets (a misnomer really since we’re both heavy credit card users). […]

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