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by Moshan G '17

The Delicacies of Mamu Thai

The day was gray and windy, not an ideal Friday to go out and eat lunch with my friends during school. However, I still wanted to take a break from that unappetizing school lunch served every day. It seemed like a perfectly good opportunity to try out this Thai restaurant that has been so popular among my classmates and friends: Mamu Thai.

Photo Credit: Mindy T. from Yelp.com | Pictured here are Thai Iced Tea & Shrimp Pad Thai
Photo Credit: Mindy T. from Yelp.com | Pictured here are Thai Iced Tea & Shrimp Pad Thai

The walk to Mamu Thai took about 2 minutes because the restaurant is located just around the corner from our school. As I stepped in the restaurant, I was overwhelmed by the sweet aromatic smell of a mixture of spices: garlic, onion, shrimp paste, chilies, and something I couldn’t identify. It smelled like barbecue, but had a hint of lemony sourness to it. The small restaurant’s brightly-decorated walls caught my eye: on one side, there was a huge collage covered with signs that displayed pictures and words that were in both Thai and English. From the ceilings hung incandescent pendant lights, their warm yellow glow illuminating the entire restaurant, casting a cozy and serene atmosphere. Lined along the collage wall was a long wooden counter with five red bar stools beautifully embroidered with swirling golden thread. From the walls, which were painted with red and yellow, hung small paintings of Buddha. There was a panoramic glass window built into a wall, which allowed customers to see the kitchen from the dining area. Soft country music playing from the speakers filled the entire room.

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by Lydia S '15

Coffeed: Astoria’s Most Unique Coffeeshop

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Two blocks away from BSGE on Northern Boulevard is a large white building that resembles a warehouse, similar to the many other barren looking structures throughout Astoria and Long Island City (LIC). But if you manage to stumble inside the first floor of this building you will find “Coffeed,” the eco-friendly coffee shop that gives back to the community of Queens through 10% of their beverage sales and 5% of their food sales.

The first thing one would most likely notice is the casual setup of the café with mismatched tables and chairs strung

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by Lydia S '15

New Lunch Spot Near BSGE

What was once sketchy warehouses and vacant hair salons, the borders of Astoria evolves into trendy cafes and restaurants with the first step of Savory Foods Café opening.

Located on 36th Avenuimage-1e, the European patisserie café is an ideal spot for customers to drop in for their recommended coffee and chocolate flavored macaroons, cappuccinos and napoleons.

A block away from UA Kaufman movie theater, the Museum of Moving Image and Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Savory Cafe welcomes a wide variety of customers that range from high school students to Astoria residents and young couples.