I absolutely love this place! I found out about this place when I was making a list of places to check out awhile back and I finally got to it. I was impressed by their yelp reviews so I had high expectations and fell in love the moment I walked in their doors. This restaurant gives you both French and Vietnamese food under the same room. If you find that weird don't be because most of Vietnamese food has a French touch to it. France colonized Vietnam in the 17th century and all was history including the French/Vietnamese food fusion!
I fell in love with the interior and atmosphere of this place. It's very open and also has a classic cafe feel to it. They have nice jazzy music and plenty of seats inside and outside. The kitchen isn't connected to the inside dining area, which is kind of nice because you don't have any noise distracting you while you relax. The waitress was super nice and the food came out fast and hot! Just the way I like it. I had the chance to sit by the large windows so I had a great view outside while enjoying my meal. There was no rush and it was actually quite peaceful. I'm curious why they don't have more customers to fill up this nice place.
I ordered some egg rolls and pho off their menu and have to say that these are probably the best egg rolls I have ever had. Excluding the ones my mother make. It's probably on the same level as my mothers actually because they taste very similar and they both are filled with the same mixture. These plump egg rolls have a meat mixture of pork and shrimp filling, carrots, wood ear mushrooms and glass noodles. Superb!
All I can say is wow! This is one of the best pho I've had at a restaurant. I notice that compared to other phos I've had there was no bean sprouts, herbs, tendons, tripe or meat balls, but in all honestly I didn't even notice until halfway in my bowl that it was missing. Alésia really does not skimp out when it comes to their food. This bowl was filled with all sorts of beef cuts which was super soft and it almost melts in your mouth. The scent of the broth is really strong and made my mouth watered while I was in a rush to take my photos. The noodles were probably my most favorite part of the dish. It was really chewy and cooked perfectly. None of that mushy noodles or ball of noodles that you get at other restaurants.
I also want to add that this dish didn't taste artificial at all which is another reason why I love it. I'm tired of restaurants making food full of sugar and other unnecessary ingredients. This was super fresh food cooked to perfection! This place really knows how to serve their Vietnamese food and I'll be glad to come back for more Vietnamese and also try out their French dishes!
I have skipped out on two of the past Food Truck rally because there wasn't anything new to try. I decided to go to this one because I heard some Orlando trucks were going to be there and that got me excited. I will have to say hands down I find Orlando food trucks more interesting, but I think it could be that they aren't from around here.
I didn't really get to eat much from the food truck rally but I'll show you a few pictures from today. Here's some pictures of the locations and trucks.
Two new trucks that I tried out was Two Asians & A Grill and Tasty Stacy. I wanted to try Nubu since I thought their name was interesting but I didn't find anything that was calling out my name on their menu. There were a few other trucks but sadly I'm not a hotdog nor burger fan so I had to pass. I was looking for something different and fun.
From Two Asians & A Grill I couldn't decide what to get so the guys helped me out. I ended up with their hibachi fried rice with steak. Not too shabby. I wasn't a fan of their "goodie goodie?" sauce but their rice wasn't too bad. It was served hot and fast. The fried rice had enough seasoning that I didn't have to call for emergency soy sauce and the rice was soft and fluffed! Oh and there was corn in the fried rice, something I usually only find in my own homemade fried rice :)!
Their menu also had hibachi noodles or sushi. I have seen this truck before in hyde park but it was parked in a parking lot full of darkness a few weeks ago. I joked around saying they should take it out and BAM here I see it at the rally!
Next stop was this newly put up truck called Tasty Stacy. I thought the name was super cute, but that wasn't the only thing that was cute. The sick interior (pink leopard chairs) and pink decal just calls every girl and possible guy over. The ladies working were cute too, plus their adorable accessories. Super friendly!
I ordered their Penne Pasta with Pesto and also got to sample their Shrimp & Rice. I have to say that I didn't expect to get such a large amount of pasta which I never finished. The food is really fresh and all homemade which can explain why it may take a little longer to get your food than usual. The penne pasta with pesto was really light in flavor. It was good but possible not my favorite since I'm a huge flavor person. The shrimp & rice has a nice tangy kick to it and at the same time it's creamy and light. If I didn't have rice earlier I would have def gotten the shrimp & rice because it's such a nice refreshing dish.
I have noticed that after the First food truck rally in Tampa all the other rallies have been very calm. There's no 2 hour long lines and the locations are nice. There's even tables and chairs to sit while enjoying your meal and some music. It seems to be just a fun outing for the kids, dogs, friends and family!
As usual I'm a giant Whatever pop fan so I had to end my day with a popsicle. I absolutely love their Honey Blackberry Green Tea popsicle. I'm not even lying when I say I can eat a few of their popsicles at one event but I try not to! I also grabbed some beef and cheese empanadas to go from Mr. Empanadas and tried some Parmesan cheese fries from Fire Monkey I believe.
Chipotle has recently started carrying brown rice as an option and I love it! Brown rice takes a while to get use to because it's nothing like the fluffly white rice most people are normally use to. It's a bit harder and grittier and also nuttier in flavor. It's healthier and it also does not rise blood sugar quickly like white rice does.
Yum! My love for chipotle has just became overflowing.
I love the food at Soobak but since it's so far from me I'm not able to visit as often as I want to. It is a place to really check out because they offer sushi, japanese and korean bentos and also frozen yogurt!
Nothing super fancy but it is pretty darn good and cheap!
I've been really busy lately with finals and I have officially applied for USF and their Mass Communication/ Journalism & Media Studies. I've been thinking about it for the longest time and decided to just go for it. I have my A.A. and finishing up my Crime Scene Technology degree... so we'll see how things go :)