Soft Drink Review: Paldo Aloe

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Details: Official site is http://www.paldofood.com/User/Product/Beverage01_list.asp. Bought a small bottle for around two dollars in New York City.

Paldo Aloe drink is a common aloe drink brand and, if you’ve ever had aloe flavored drinks before, is pretty good.

If I were to try and describe aloe flavor, it just taste like a fruit I guess. There is a lot of sugar in this so expect to be about as sweet as any sweetened drink in America. There are also chunks of either aloe or aloe flavored jelly. I enjoy the jellies.

Overall, it’s a good drink.

Score: 7/10

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Snack Review: Wei-Long Spicy Tofu Skins

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Details: Also known as 卫龙 亲嘴豆皮 豆C 川香麻辣. I bought a pack for about two dollars in New York City. Couldn’t find an official site, but here’s an Amazon site selling the stuff, though it is B grade: https://www.amazon.com/Wei-Long-snack-slices-Flavored/dp/B07BZSV3M7/ref=sr_1_8_s_it?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1534798785&sr=1-8&keywords=weilong%2Bsnack&th=1

This is one of the spiciest things I’ve ever eaten. I assume the C refers to a grade on how spicy it is. I found Amazon.com selling A and B grade versions, which I’m assuming are less spicy purely based on how fucking hot the bag I ate was. My freaking gosh.

Overall, this was fire given form. Nearly killed myself trying to finish the bag. If you like spicy and are perhaps a vegetarian, this is the snack for you.

Score: 5/10

Soft Drink Review: Bikkle

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Details: Bikkle is owned by Suntory, whose official English site for soft drinks is https://www.suntory.com/softdrink/index.html. It does not list Bikkle for some reason.

Bikkle is a Japanese, yogurt based drink. It is pretty damn good. It’s not carbonated.

I love yogurt based drink like Calpico and Yakult. Bikkle tastes like those products, but perhaps slightly creamier, or leaning slightly more in flavor to an almond milk. Whatever the case, it’s pretty good. I bought a small bottle of it for around three dollars in New York City.

Overall, a good drink I recommend anyone to try as long as you like dairy based products.

Score: 7/10

Movie Review: A Simple Favor

Details: More information can be found at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7040874/

Score: 6.8/10

A Simple Favor is a suspenseful, mysterious crime drama that can almost be classified as a comedy. If you like Gone Girl with a healthy dose of Anna Kendrick style humor and Blake Lively style fashion, then you’ll likely enjoy this movie.

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Book Review: Crazy Rich Asians

Details: More information can be found at the official site for the author which can be found here: http://www.kevinkwanbooks.com/

Score: 6.6/10

Crazy Rich Asians is the book upon which the movie was based upon. It’s the first book in a trilogy of books about a fantastically rich Singaporean family and the drama associated with Singaporean high society.

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Video Game Review: PokeMMO

Details: More information can be found at https://pokemmo.eu/

Score: 7/10

Many years ago, I played a game called PokeMMO. I quit because I thought Nintendo would shut it down, but they didn’t. So I revisited the game and decided to write this review. PokeMMO is a fan made massive multiplayer online that (as of this time) allows players to play Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green, Emerald, and Black/White, in a single, seamless world where players can interact with each other.

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Restaurant Review: Huabei Dumpling Ramen Shop

Details: Located at 133-58 41st Ave, Flushing, NY 11355. A claimed Yelp page can be found at https://www.yelp.com/biz/huabei-dumpling-ramen-shop-queens-2

Score: 7/10

Huabei Dumpling Ramen Shop is a new ramen place in Flushing. It’s Japanese ramen made by Chinese people and with a heavy Chinese influence.

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Restaurant Review: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

Details: Located at 1221 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020. Official site is https://delfriscos.com/

Score: 7/10

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is a high-end steakhouse with good regular steaks, dry aged steaks, and even high end Wagyu. I came here mostly to try a good quality, dry aged steak since I’ve never had it before. Unfortunately, my expectations were unreasonably high and high end, dry aged steak is still just steak.

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TV Show Review: Voltron: Legendary Defender, Seasons 1 Through 7

Details: More information can be found ay http://www.voltron.com/ and https://www.netflix.com/title/80075595 and https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5580664/

Score: 6.8/10

Voltron: Legendary Defender is the newest reboot of a popular decades old cartoon. Originally from Japan, subsequent reboots have been American produced with animation often happening in Asia somewhere. This is still the case with this new series. Legendary Defender is a good show that, as is often the case, gets progressively better in terms of narrative and animation quality with each subsequent season.

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Restaurant Review: The Grey Dog

Details: Located at 242 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011. Official site is http://thegreydog.com/

The Grey Dog is a chain of restaurants that primarily serve brunch. I came here for dinner.

I ordered the fish tacos which cost about sixteen dollars and came with either fries or a salad. The tacos were larger than the miniaturized tacos I was used to getting in Manhattan restaurants, but the food was still okay.

Overall, the place was pricey with average food. I’m not sure I’d recommend it. I didn’t have brunch here though so I can’t speak to that. They also have one or two vegan things that got my vegan friend’s stamp of approval.

Score: 6/10