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Ruminations on food, cooking in and eating out in our area.


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Enquirer Weekend editor Julie Gaw tends to order the same dish every time she eats at a restaurant, but periodically ventures out to discover something new and fabulous. After living in China, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Thailand for more than 8 years, she craves tasty Asian food. E-mail her at jgaw@enquirer.com.


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Friday, May 16, 2008

Moving on...

A quick note to let Foodies know I will be moving to Georgia soon, so today is my last day at the Enquirer and hence at the Foodie Report.

Wishing you all wonderful gastronomic experiences. I need to start compiling my list of spots to eat at before I head to points south.'

A few quick notes on spots I've been to lately -

Relish in Deerfield Towne Center. Great fun, great atmosphere, funky music. Will definitely go back. But it's pricey. Between two of us, we had the recommended one small plate, one large plate per person, and one drink each. Nothing crazy expensive (ie, no filet mignon or lobster tail) - just yummy shrimp, scallops, a Manhattan, a lovely mojito martini.... And our total, for TWO people, was $86, which seems pretty hefty for a meal with no leftovers. One observation: they're located across from Regal Cinemas Deerfield, which is great... but are teenage movie-goers going to plunk down this kind of cash? Great concept, but prices need to come down. My suggestion: try it for lunch and (hopefully) save some $$. Or just get drinks. They are very hip for that, with a great little patio.

Sichuan Bistro on Mason Montgomery Road. Again, this continues to rock for Chinese food. We try all kinds of new dishes here, since about 9 out of 10 of them are simply stunning. Last night: stir fried potato strips (spicy), stir fried pea shoots (seasonal, not on the menu, lovely green leafy veg), chicken w/ "yacai" (some crazy preserved Sichuan veggie that also gets served w/ their stir fried string beans, which are divine) and peanuts (multiple levels of flavor, AND spicy), house lo mein (soft noodles), dumplings, pork w/ chive flowers (leeks) - just yum. And this is hugely affordable. Last week two of us had 4 dishes for $46 - and made two entire meals out of it. Can't really complain about that.

Happy eating!


5 Comments:

at 4:40 PM Blogger Rachel said...

Best of luck to you!

 
at 2:30 PM Anonymous TJ Jackson said...

Good luck Julie :-)

so who is the new weekend editor, and is he/she (knock on wood) an omnivore?

 
at 9:03 PM Blogger Heather said...

Just a note on Relish - I went and there was 2 of us with drinks and we had 6 of the "small" plates and drinks and it was not even $60...I really enjoyed it and can't wait to go back!

 
at 11:37 AM Blogger Jackie said...

So we went to Sichuan Bistro last night after reading the awesome review... our experience was interesting. Don't get me wrong, the food was delicious, but we received some interesting treatment. On a busy Saturday night, we were the only table that was totally Caucasian (there were a few others eating with Asian groups), something that we were excited to see, as it has been our experience that the best ethnic food comes from restaurants where people of that ethnicity flock to. We giggled when we realized we were the only group that was given forks and not chopsticks (even our two- and four-year-old eat with them), but not so much when we started to get the vibe that we were not particularly welcome. Our food flew out of the kitchen (a good thing, I guess) but each dish was a bit strange... our kung pao was missing peanuts and so mild that our toddler ate it, our crispy pan noodles were wiggly as lo mein, and the sesame chicken we ordered for the kids was more like a soup of sweet and sour sauce. It was all very tasty, but was it being rushed to get us out of there? Needless to say, we did make a quick retreat when we realized the table of Asian twenty-somethings next to us was obviously making fun of my husband's shirt. I think we'll get take out if we ever try them again...

 
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