Girlfriends & Good Eats…NOM, NOM, NOM!

Food, food and more food. That was the theme for this past Sunday. I called up my girls, told them to throw on some threads and join me for an all day food excursion, and of course they obliged. I mean, my flossy posse loves to eat just as much as I do, we are FOODIES.​

We started our journey off with brunch, at a little, cute spot in Edgewater NJ, right outside of New York, called The Pancake Factory. Although we had to wait for about 30 minutes, the line was literally out the door with police controlling traffic in and out of the parking lot, it was worth it. The menu was filled with so many different things to choose from, including over twenty different kinds of pancakes. Now, I know I was in a “Pancake Factory”, but I opted for the Chicken and Nutella Waffles. When the food came out, I was pleasantly surprised that they had served me fried chicken pieces (DRIZZLED WITH HONEY), and not chicken tenders. I don’t know about you all, but that’s always disappointing to me.
​The chicken was fried to perfection, golden and juicy, and the waffle was fluffy and light. And to top it off, they offered freshly squeezed juices, which is always a plus. 

After finishing, I felt like I needed a wheel barrel to get out the door, but that didn’t stop me from heading out to further explore. And 45 minutes later, we ended up in the Brookfield Place to indulge in some ice cream. I know what you’re thinking, where did I find the room? Well, if you’ve been somewhat keeping up with me, you know I’m 29 weeks pregnant, so, there’s always room. 
The ice cream that spoke to me at the time, was the Dulce De Leche. Talk about rich, creamy and delicious. The ice cream was super velvety and smooth, and I was truly pleased. So much so, that I didn’t speak until I popped the last bite of waffle cone in my mouth. 

Our last and final stop, after walking off brunch and dessert, was Red Bamboo. Red Bamboo is a small restaurant, with an intimate ambiance, that serves Vegan & Vegetarian Cuisine, only…and I have one word, YUMM! ​The cuisine theme for the restaurant is Asian inspired and they have truly mastered this. Everything that entered my mouth excited my palette and made me rush for a another finger or spoonful.  

We started off with dragonfly dumplings, roti and popcorn “shrimp”(pictured above). These appetizers set the bar high, and immediately we were all pulled in and began raving about the dishes we had received so far. We joked about how becoming a full blown vegan would be a breeze, if we had someone preparing dishes like this for us, daily. 
As we continued our much needed conversation over dinner, we were given some time for our starters to settle, and then they brought out the entrees. Black Bean Ginger Stir-Fry, Garlic Fried Rice & Spicy “Chicken” and Broccoli. Again, some amazing dishes, and very filling. 

Overall, the day was a delicious success, and the next time I am visiting New York and the surrounding area, I will be revisiting these spots. 

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