Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Seasons Cafe

I will get a "real" review and pictures up when I go back with my camera. I just wanted to check this place out after class and I don't regret it! They have a pretty simple menu but the one thing I was excited about was their shaved ice which was really yummy! I can't find this anywhere locally so I was pretty excited that Seasons had them (they opened recently). Their banh mi was not too shabby either. I'm not a typical bread or sandwich eater but it was good :).

I can totally see this place booked in as my "usual" place to go to. It's really inviting and everyone (employees and customers) are super nice. Woot woot :D

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Taro Boba @ Halong Bay

I know I was really really disappointed because Thuy's Cafe couldn't make any decent boba... Well my friend told me that a few buildings down in the same plaza at Halong Bay they made some pretty kick butt taro boba. I went over there before class one day and wooooieee it was good! It wasn't too sweet and it was blended nicely. I was a little hesitant because this is a dim sum/Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant, but man was it good. It was definitely taro and the boba wasn't too hard or soft. It was pretty nice, I wouldn't say it was perfect but it was good :).

Quick and Easy Breakfast

I grew up in a Chinese/Vietnamese household so there are a lot of Asian fusion going on in this house. This simple dish is a traditional breakfast that I've been eating since I was a little child. Simple sunny side up eggs with Chinese sausages and green onions. Oh, and don't forget the drizzle of soy sauce! It makes a difference I promise you! The soy sauce gives it a more rich and salty taste so you can do without salt but pepper is a must! Serve it up with some toast and the day might as well be over.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Tampa Bay Area Hit List

I'm trying to gather up places that I would eat/chill at before or after my classes which are now located in St. Petersburg. If you have any suggestion please do leave me a comment! I'm trying to make a hit list to visit because I don't know much about this area. Thanks!

OKAY -update- So after looking at this list I decided that I should make one for Clearwater and Tampa. I would like suggestion for all Tampa Bay area. Please and thank you! I'll probably explore more of St. Petersburg area because my classes will be down there but I live in Clearwater.

:) Thanks!

My Hit List (places I would like to try or places I just absolutely love/addicted to)

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Thuy's Cafe - St. Pete

Okay okay... I hate doing negative reviews but I'm just moody today.

I went to Thuy's Cafe today to try for the 3rd time this year to see if their boba is alright. I regret it. Just like last time I took a few sips and I was done.

I don't want to be to negative since this place seems to get some good reviews but sadly I tried and tried but seem to be disappointed each time.

You could say I'm pretty picky with my food but I don't let good food go to waste. I'll keep coming back because I know I'm going to get what I like. I always give places a few chances before calling quits and this is the place I called quits at. I've tried their boba and oh man. They need some work.

Read my rant here

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Banh Xeo

My mom makes the best banh xeo I've ever had. I've actually never see this served in restaurants but I've had it in Vietnam and also at relatives houses.

This dish is really simple, you have your batter mix, onion, fresh shrimp, pork and bean sprouts and you're ready to go. My mom likes to spice things up so she always adds little things into the batter.

I'm sure there's many different names for these but I simply call these Saigon crepes. Filled with fresh goodness and eaten with nuoc mam cham.

You gotta have them served hot and fresh because that's when they are the best! It's so crispy and light!

(Please excuse my Hercules plate... it's an REALLY REALLY old plate but still useable!)

Monday, August 15, 2011

A new semester

A new semester is starting and I'm excited. I'm not sure if this will leave me more time to do more blogs or keep me tied up. We'll see what happens but I hope you all continue to look around for more foodies!

I love school shopping :)

I'm hoping in starting up an cultural dinner once a month but gathering people that are actually committed is pretty hard :( especially with this economy. Well :) send me comments and like me on Facebook because I'm getting pretty lonely! Haha :)

Soy braised pork belly

This is a traditional dish I see cooked at home all the time. I'm not the biggest fan because of the fat and skin from the pork belly but the flavor is amazing! Easy to cook and also spiced up any way you like it.

This dish is sweet and savory and amazing with rice. I can even eat the rice covered in this sauce and be happy :). The egg is just an plus but a must!

My way spaghetti

Spaghetti my way :)

I like ground beef over meatballs and my favorite utensils to eat with is chopsticks!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Banh Mi

Mom came home with some :) This is something I have a love/hate relationship with because I'm not a big bread lover. Once in awhile it hits the spot though!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Chipotle - Salads

I've been really addicted to Chipotle, especially their salads! I know this picture does no justice, but Chipotle is amazing! (In the picture it's a salad, half barbacoa and steak... the lady thought I wanted extra sour cream so she loaded it... and it was just meh! but it's okay I forgive her because I love Chipotle so much!)

If you haven't had Chipotle before I think you should step on by and grab yourself some :D! They have burritos, tacos, burritos bowl, salads, kids meal and so on! You can customize your meal with what you like and off you go~ What so great about this place is that you can find them almost anywhere!

The price is pretty reasonable even though I've seen the price raise (sad) but it seems that prices are rising everywhere. Honestly, I pick Chipotle over many fast food restaurant. This probably isn't the "healthiest" but I rather have Chipotle over McDonalds or any other places. They serve fresh food and you can even see them make your food :D!

MmmmmMmMmmMM Chipotle (I'm a happy girl!)


I'm a guilty girl because I probably have Chipotle about 3+ times a week. This is what I usually get :D.

Salad (because I love the dressing)
half barbacoa and half steak
mild salsa and a little bit of hot
sour cream
lots of corn salsa (i love my corn!)
and cheese :D

PERFECT for me!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Queen of Sheba - Ethiopian Restaurant

Thank you to Groupon.com for giving me a chance to try Ethiopian food locally. My friend Gabby was actually the one that brought it to my attention about Ethiopian food and was also the one to purchase the groupon coupon for us to get out and try something we knew nothing about. I was pretty excited but we both have been very busy so we ended up going to Queen of Sheba on the day of when the groupon coupon was going to expire.

It was pretty packed when we went but I noticed that everyone else was rushing to use their coupon before it expired. The experience was pretty fun and if I had to rate that night I would give it a 7. The atmosphere was fun and lively but the service was a bit slacking. They have a huge menu for you to look at and here's what I love! The menu is also available online on their website (I love when I can look at menus and have a idea what I would like to order before I sit down). Now here's something to keep in mind, the dishes are meant to be eaten with your fingers and hands and are shared within the table. I love sharing food and love when we can all eat happily together so I wasn't freaked out by it but I know some would think it's weird. It's a really fun experience so I would really advise you guys to get out there and share your food!

Lets start!

Gabby and I started out with appetizers and the waitress suggested the Appetizers for 2 for $8.50. I can't exactly remember what came with it but I do know we had to ask for the rest of our appetizer since it didn't all come out (maybe they forgot?, the thing is, on the menu they didn't list what was in the appetizer so I had to ask beforehand, after that I realized we didn't get everything she said...)

In the appetizer for 2 we got the Ana-babro (layers of injera filled with fresh jalapeno and Ethiopian spices and kebe.), Ethiopian tomato salad (diced tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, olive oil and lemon juice.), Buticha (ground chickpeas mixed with olive oil, diced onions, garlic, hot pepper and mustard), Azifah (whole lentils blended with dice onions, green peppers, jalapeno pepper, mustard, and olive oil), and Vegetarian sambussa (homemade thin flat bread hand-wrapped and stuffed with a combination of whole lentils stew, fresh garlic, onions, peppers and herbs. Served hot.).

I know for a fact... The ana-babro was killer spicy and the waitress was lacking in coming back with water so I pretty much felt like dying for a little while. It wasn't even a good spicy, I felt like my tongue was stabbed by millions of needles. The Buticha was pretty good though, it's really mild and very similar to hummus. The Azifah was just alright but I've never been a fan of lentils so it could just be me. Same with the vegetarian sambussa, because there was lentils in there I didn't like it that much and I already had a fire tongue from the ana-babro that I couldn't even touch the hot sambussa (I think I would prefer the meat sambussa they serve there) I did like the flat bread wrapping a lot, it was soft, chewy and had a little crunch to it! They had forgotten to serve us the tomato salad til the end and from picking it a little at the end I did like it but I wasn't in love with it.

For the entree we ended up ordering the Combination Queens Eight platter for two for $28.00 (dinner). For this dish I have no clue what anything is called at all, since it's an chef pick kind of deal. I know in the center (my favorite of the night) was some sort of chicken and egg stew. It was really good and it was the only thing I was eating, it had a few pieces of chicken on the bone and halved eggs mixed in their spiced stew. There's a few beef and chicken stew around the plate but none was as good as the center. The other sides are vegetable stews, some lentils, split peas, mixed potatoes, carrot and cabbage mixture. They were out of lamb so I was a little sad since I love lamb!

How to eat you ask?

Well they provide injera to grab your food with. Injera is a spongy and airy flatbread that's made from teff flour.

Oh and do not fear! They provide hand sanitizer at each table. THANK GAWD!

I really had a fun time with this, similar to Indian food that serves Naan which is typically eaten with curries. This injera was really airy and spongy which made it kinda fun and weird to hold. When you hold a piece up you can see all the tiny holes within the injera. They also use a large round piece of injera as a "plate".

Feel free to click on the picture for a gigantic zoom in!

Eat up! and enjoy the experience! I had a great time and am always on groupon looking for more deals and also my eyes open for more fun time :D I think this is a great way to gather some friends and try something difference for a change. I honestly did have a great time but I don't think I would think of Ethiopian food when I'm hungry or crave it. I'm just glad I had a chance to try it though.

Queen of Sheba - Ethiopian Restaurant

3636 Henderson Blvd.
Tampa, FL

phone: 813-872-6000
fax: 813-872-6007


Queen of Sheba on Urbanspoon

Oh, meet my partner in dine!
Gabby :)

Joes Crab Shack

I'm a sucka for crawfish! I can eat a few lbs in one sitting by myself :D (not so cute huh? haha)