Great People, Great Food.

Last night to get away from the stress of the holiday season, a bunch of my co-workers (and former co-workers) met up for dinner at a real Chinese restaurant on the Lower East Side called Congee Village. The place is really awesome inside with multiple floors and can seat big parties.

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The table has a glass circular set-up that spins so you can serve yourself buffet style right at the table. We let our asian friends do the ordering and everything was so, so good. I love chinese food, but I’ve truly only had americanized versions like general tso chicken. I can’t name everything but here are just some of the dishes we shared.

pork belly over preserved vegetables

pork belly over preserved vegetables

The green is bok choy I believe (sauteed) and the red-ish circular things are lotus roots

The green is bok choy I believe (sauteed) and the red-ish circular things are lotus roots

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One of my plates

One of my plates

I love the idea of ordering a bunch of dishes and sharing them, plus the small plates made it easier to not overeat. Usually when I eat chinese food I eat WAY too much and feel sick. I had multiple of these small plates but left feeling just a little full, not crazy. Everything was crazy good and my company was even better!

Meina & Angel! Former co-workers. We miss you!

Meina & Angel! Former co-workers. We miss you!

 

Erman, me & Sharde

Erman, me & Sharde

My giiiiirl

My giiiiirl

 

The whole gang of Chanel!

The whole gang of Chanel!

My co-worker Celine brought her husband and cutest daughter Olivia with us. We had so much fun with her!

how cute is she?!!

how cute is she?!!

After dinner we went to get bubble tea. Bubble tea is one of my favorite things EVER, however I can’t drink the milk tea anymore because of my dairy issues. I ordered just a plain black iced with half the sugar and lychee jelly. It was good, but nowhere as good as the milk black. Hopefully they will start to make it with soy someday?!

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Love this girl! She's gorgeous!

Love this girl! She’s gorgeous!

It felt good to be out laughing and having a good time. I definitely do not do it often enough these days!

Have you ever had authentic Chinese food?

If you like bubble tea, what do you order? My 2 favorites of all time are coconut milk black with honey instead of sugar and honeydew milk black! Mmmmmm I miss you, dairy.

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