Wednesday, December 26, 2007


I started my afternoon with lunch at Azia. I'd been here once for drinks with a friend from California when she was visiting. Mostly it's higher priced than I prefer to spend, but lunch is better than dinner for that. So I gave their food a try. Nice quality food, good flavors, good presentation. Their Cranberry Cream Cheese wontons were interesting, though an odd flavor (the spice was *just* not blended in well enough).

Their Burmese curry Ahi-Tuna steak could be a favorite. But really, it costs more than I want to spend on a regular basis. Not bad happy hour specials either; and their drinks are fun.

Decision, I'd go there if others wanted to. The food is quite good, and I loved having a slow lunch, paying attention to the flavor and texture of every bite. But I'm not thinking this place is going to be a regular for me. It's just too expensive for more than an occasion.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Tonight was another adventure in new restaurants, and this time even new cuisine. I went to Peninsula for Malaysian food.

The only disappointing part of the meal was the reisling I ordered. Which was the cheapest on the menu, so not all that surprising. For an appetizer I had roti telur, a crispy Indian style pancake filled with eggs, onions & bell peppers. Served with spicy curry chicken & potato dipping sauce. It was light and delightful, if a little larger than I was expecting.

And then I ordered the Peninsula Char Kway Teow, Malaysian stir fried flat rice noodles with shrimp, squid, bean sprouts, & eggs in soy chili paste. My first hint that it would be good was when the waitress got visibly excited and said it was her favorite noodle dish. And then when she was bringing it to me, a couple that had just been seated stopped her to ask what it was because it smelled amazing. And then said "I want what she's having" when they ordered. And the other two people sitting near me asked what it was as well.

Looking at their orders of satay and egg rolls also looked really good. That being said, I'm a fan of the spicy, but it looked like they had non-spicy as well for my friends who are not all about the spice.

I have no left overs. I was very hungry when I sat down and it was too good to even stop eating. I will so be going back to this place.

Have I mentioned I love living off of Eat Street? Yum.

Next places I need to try are also down at that end of Nicollet, Harry Singh's Caribbean, and Christos for Greek.

ETA: I have since found out that this not a place to bring your friends who have shellfish allergies. They are not good about keeping things separate enough for their safety. Still, the food is tasty.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Galactic Pizza

I'm sitting at home, drinking my homebrew on an empty stomach, waiting for my pizza bianca to arrive.

Work was...gah! And after deciding to cancel a visit to St Paulie Grrl to get work done, work didn't happen and I spent an hour and a half having things not work and twiddling my thumbs.

I'm sick of things not working and feeling ineffectual because I can't get things TO work, and I suck at being a "driver" of things to get other people to do the work in a timely fashion.

Hence the drinking on an empty stomach. And I have more where that came from if I want. *grumble* Motivation to get stuff done? What's that.

*waits by the door for pizza*

ETA: This place is FABULOUS. Reminds me of Emma's in it cool different pizzas. Except I got one delivered by a superhero. :) (With a slice of Muddy Paws cheesecake and OMG I don't understand why I didn't try these two things before. Is in heaven.)

Saturday, November 3, 2007

The Mediocre Waitress

Tried a breakfast joint down the street called The Bad Waitress.

If the serve yourself thing was a little more novel, I would have found it endearing. But it seems like every hipster hangout is heading to this model lately and I'm getting annoyed by it. The decor is okay, the music is okay, the staff is okay. But if the food was great I could have embraced the schtick of the place.

The food was meh. At least, my food was meh. The pancakes did look huge. I'll give it a second shot some day. But I was not impressed. It's one big benefit is being a block and a half from my place.