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The Lomo Saltado at El Marino was so good, I was craving it again the next day. Lomo saltado is a classic Peruvian dish that has Chinese influence. It is marinated beef stir-fry with onions, tomatoes, and french fries. Yes, french fries are in this dish! The fries soak up the sauce and gets soggy. The sauce is just so tasty; I wanted to mop up every last drop. 

Upon doing some research, I found that there is a big community of Chinese in Peru. Most of the Chinese immigrants came from Southern China: Macau and Guangzhou during the 19th century as contract laborers. Today, Asian Peruvians make up about 5% of the total population in Peru.

This dish represents the fusion of the two cultures. I also tried the Sopa de Criolla which is a beef noodle soup with milk and poached egg. It’s delicious as well. Can’t wait to go back to El Marino. 

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"Houston’s has the best ribs.  I think there’s one in Jersey", says my uncle.  And so, that is how we took a road trip to Hackensack, NJ to find the only Houston’s restaurant in the state.  
We decided to do an early 5PM dinner on Saturday, but it still wasn’t early enough to beat the crowds.  The maître d’ said the wait was 45 min-1 hour. The wait was totally worth it.
For starters we shared the spinach artichoke dip which I thought was pretty standard; nothing too special.   Uncle and I both ordered the BBQ Ribs.  Little cousin had the Hawaiian Ribeye and Aunt had the Roasted Prime Rib.  The ribs were so tender they literally fell of the bone. It came with french fries and coleslaw which was superb as well.  I tried a piece of the Hawaiian Steak and it was just so tender and juicy.  It’s no wonder my little cousin claimed that she wanted to come back and said she’ll use her own money to have this meal again. I would also love to come back; this time to try their famous veggie burger. 
Houston’s, One Riverside Square, Space 181, Hackensack, NJ 07601

"Houston’s has the best ribs.  I think there’s one in Jersey", says my uncle.  And so, that is how we took a road trip to Hackensack, NJ to find the only Houston’s restaurant in the state.  

We decided to do an early 5PM dinner on Saturday, but it still wasn’t early enough to beat the crowds.  The maître d’ said the wait was 45 min-1 hour. The wait was totally worth it.

For starters we shared the spinach artichoke dip which I thought was pretty standard; nothing too special.   Uncle and I both ordered the BBQ Ribs.  Little cousin had the Hawaiian Ribeye and Aunt had the Roasted Prime Rib.  The ribs were so tender they literally fell of the bone. It came with french fries and coleslaw which was superb as well.  I tried a piece of the Hawaiian Steak and it was just so tender and juicy.  It’s no wonder my little cousin claimed that she wanted to come back and said she’ll use her own money to have this meal again. I would also love to come back; this time to try their famous veggie burger. 

Houston’s, One Riverside Square, Space 181, Hackensack, NJ 07601

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Katz’s Delicatessen is a rooted establishment located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan since 1888.  The deli is famous for their smoked meats (pastrami and corned beef sandwiches) and hot dogs. They are also famous for a particular scene in the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally.
You are handed an orange ticket when you walk in.  Don’t lose this ticket as this is how your tab is tallied.  If you lose the ticket, you’ll be charged $50 for a “lost ticket fee”. Hand in your blank ticket even if you don’t eat. 
Tables along the walls are for waiter service; though it is much more fun to stand on line behind one of the counters and watch your carver build your sandwich.  They will usually give you a small sample of the meat.  Also be sure to tip your carver! He might give you a few extra pieces. 
Other favorites are liver and onions and a hot bowl of matzo ball soup. Want breakfast at midnight?  Try their tongue sandwich with fried egg. 
Open until 2:45AM on weekends, we found that it’s a great place to stop by after a night of bar hopping in the LES.
Katz’s Delicatessen, 205 East Houston Street, New York (Lower East Side)

Katz’s Delicatessen is a rooted establishment located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan since 1888.  The deli is famous for their smoked meats (pastrami and corned beef sandwiches) and hot dogs. They are also famous for a particular scene in the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally.

You are handed an orange ticket when you walk in.  Don’t lose this ticket as this is how your tab is tallied.  If you lose the ticket, you’ll be charged $50 for a “lost ticket fee”. Hand in your blank ticket even if you don’t eat. 

Tables along the walls are for waiter service; though it is much more fun to stand on line behind one of the counters and watch your carver build your sandwich.  They will usually give you a small sample of the meat.  Also be sure to tip your carver! He might give you a few extra pieces. 

Other favorites are liver and onions and a hot bowl of matzo ball soup. Want breakfast at midnight?  Try their tongue sandwich with fried egg. 

Open until 2:45AM on weekends, we found that it’s a great place to stop by after a night of bar hopping in the LES.

Katz’s Delicatessen, 205 East Houston Street, New York (Lower East Side)

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Sunday morning, I work up at 8AM.  Turned on the TV and watched Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods: Vietnam episode. So of course, I had a craving for pho and spring rolls.  Good thing there is really good Vietnamese restaurant nearby.  I popped in for lunch and got the #1 (large) Xe Lua: Rice Noodles Beef Soup with all sorts of beef and offals. Add in a squeeze of lemon, a spoonful of chili sauce, mint, and bean sprouts and you got a really really good bowl of soup.  I couldn’t tackle the spring rolls after this.  
Viet Ai, 189 Ridgedale Ave. Florham Park, NJ 07932

Sunday morning, I work up at 8AM.  Turned on the TV and watched Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods: Vietnam episode. So of course, I had a craving for pho and spring rolls.  Good thing there is really good Vietnamese restaurant nearby.  I popped in for lunch and got the #1 (large) Xe Lua: Rice Noodles Beef Soup with all sorts of beef and offals. Add in a squeeze of lemon, a spoonful of chili sauce, mint, and bean sprouts and you got a really really good bowl of soup.  I couldn’t tackle the spring rolls after this.  

Viet Ai, 189 Ridgedale Ave. Florham Park, NJ 07932