Friday, September 23, 2011
xo - Dee
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Spice Thai (no, not the chain Thai Spice – don’t be lame) is located in Lake Forest and although I’ve passed it a gazillion times on my way to other, less interesting places, I’ve never given it the chance it so definitely deserved.
We walked in the doors and the restaurant was practically empty, only one table occupied. I immediately had doubts. If a place is good, shouldn’t it be packed? Maybe even a waiting line?? Nay, not at this place.. maybe just a hidden gem that has yet to be discovered? Well, I’m here to blow that shit out of the water.
We were properly greeted and shown our table; alas, no inappropriate “please” – I was immediately excited.
Thai Iced Tea – I had to, so yummy.
So here comes the food. I wanted to get a really good feel for the style and quality of food here, so we may have ordered more than expected – I didn’t think so, but clearly the staff did as immediately upon taking our order, we’re offered a larger table “for all the food.” LOL! >Enter fat kid shame here<
Appetizer: Chicken Larb – I effing love this stuff.
Typically a ground meat (they give you a choice of which) with sliced red onions, cilantro, mint, chopped chili (for spice), toasted ground rice (adds an amazing crunch), and a lime juice/fish sauce mixture.
Something different – carrots, and less sauce than I’m used to. Still yummy. For you savory/citrus addicts out there, this makes swallowing worth it.
Next, our entrees: I had the crying tiger as a desperate attempt to give this dish another chance because I had completely given up on it, and since Pagnus suggested this dish specifically, I had an obligation to my readers to try it one more time. Chef had the Green Curry with Tofu (the usual), and we decided to share the mixed Pad Thai.. Too much? Nah...
Crying Tiger – Spice Thai Style
Pasting that pic in here literally just made my tum tums growl. Yeah – it was that good. Look at the meat.. it’s cooked PERFECTLY. It is served with a chili lime sauce and a sweet-ish house sauce. Ignore the house sauce, solely devote your taste buds to the meat and the chili lime sauce – I want this in my mouth right now. Teehee!
Green Curry with Tofu:
Initial thought? Ew – that shit looks nasty and to hell if that’s going in my mouth. I’m one of those that tends to eat with my eyes, so this.. was NOT about to happen. I let Chef test it out, I know, I’m the bestest. How unselfish of me to have someone else try something I immediately swore off. I care I tell ya! Being that he really is a Chef I do, on occasion take his word for it when he says something’s good. Even this one scared him, BUT he tried it anyway, then had me try it, and now.. you should try it. It’s tasty. It really is. One complaint, more watery than I would prefer, but there are those out there that prefer this over the thicker version that I’m more partial to. To each his own, except here, on this blog, it’s my way so HA!
Alright, last, but not least the Pad Thai (and PS – the staff was right, this was too much damn food, I left with a box of leftovers):
Homerun, but honestly in my experience, the Pad Thai has never ceased to satisfy.
/Swallow It, make eye contact, and do it with a smile on your face, they like that.
On a side note, the service was great, not even one inappropriate “please!” Discomfort only came once the only other party in the restaurant departed and we were left there alone to be slightly overly coddled and looked after. However, this I can appreciate.
What I do disagree with, and it’s not just at this place – TV’s in a non-sports bar & grill type of place. If I’m going to a restaurant, I’m going to eat, enjoy my food, and have a nice conversation with my company, not listen to or watch a game and subsequently ignore the person I’m with. This is the only thing that has to go. It’s a nice place, they should value it as such and to those who want to watch a game? There’s a sports bar a few doors down so please be on your way.
PS - Pagnus, whoever you are.. I heart you for this suggestion! You restored my faith in Thai food and I thank you for that.
xo – Dee
Friday, July 15, 2011
What can I say.. shit’s been crazy in these here parts, but I’m sayin’ eff that biz and getting back to swallowing my way to fame… Like most do. HA!
Alright, no food tonight, just the announcement, but I've got a hint.. PAGNUS – this next one’s for you doll! Check back – do it.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Now you should know, I’m a devoted lamb girl when it comes to Greek/Mediterranean. So my default order is always, without fail, the Full Size Lamb Pita Combination.
You get a choice of two sides with any combination, I had the Cheese Pie (for an extra charge), and some Tubbouleh. The Cheese pie is a warm, soft, fluffy dough filled with Mediterranean cheeses that will have your mouth singing with Dee-light and for those of you less informed on what Tabbouleh might be.. Tabbouleh is a refreshing salad comprised of very finely chopped parsley, mint, tomato, onion, and bulgur tossed together with lemon juice and olive oil. It’s a great blend of textures and flavors.
The lamb pita has grilled lamb, shredded lettuce, tomato, Mediterranean pickle, and Tzatziki sauce all stuffed into a piece of fresh out of the brick oven pita bread... That’s not all though, I SWEAR there’s garlic crack in it. It is flat out tasty!! The lamb is cooked perfectly too – tender, juicy, and super flavorful.
The service here is great too.. most of the time. I’ve only encountered one visit when I left empty handed and disappointed. The time was 8:03pm, to my defense this was only my second time in so I had no idea what the hours were. There were customers inside eating, ordering, and the door was open. So I entered, and was very quickly turned away as they, “closed at 8pm.” I was in the process of asking if I could just grab an order to go when I was interrupted and reminded yet again that they were closed. Ever get the urge to just yell, “BITE MY ASS!!!” at someone? I sure did, but held back, because in all fairness.. they closed at 8. (but those guys can still bite my ass HARD for their attitude about it)
Anyway, I gave it another try a few weeks later and was happy yet again. So my advice to you - check the hours before you enter, or you might just find yourself requesting that a chunk be taken out of your ass orally, and not in a good way.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
So Beans, hmm what should I call her.. I don’t know her well enough to give her a nickname.. let’s call her shmelshmissa, and I are venturing to Viva Las Vegas this fine Easter weekend. Never heard of it? Click the link silly! Should be fun – I know, I know.. you’re going to miss me SOOO much, but don’t worry! I’m going to release my inner Fat Kid all over that town and will be ready to report back on all the goodies I stuffed my face with as soon as I’m home.
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There’s gonna be some serious swallowing all over that town!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Fukada is worth the Swallow.
I’ve only ventured here a few times, but each time it’s been Dee-licious. Fukada is a cool little Japanese restaurant in Irvine.
This time I went with a craving for Soba noodles in my combination, but unfortunately they were all out. I think we chose a shitty night to go because like I said before, this place has always been great. This time, the food was still great (aside from them being all out of Soba), but the service lacked. Don’t get me wrong, these ladies are always friendly, but this time they were taking forever to take our order, bring our order, bring our bill, and take it back.
Still, I refuse to hold this against them. I will return to fulfill my Soba craving.
So what did I get?
Seafood Salad Combination with Spicy Tuna Don. *Nom Nom Nom Nom NOM*
Lightly seared Salmon, Tuna, and Yellowtail on a bed of greens with a ginger dressing. Simple, but oh so good.
Spicy Tuna Don – Exactly what it looks like, spicy Tuna mixture on white rice with a smidgen of Wasabi garnished with some dry toasted seaweed. Side note – typically I would order this with brown rice, but some crazy person (Chef) told me that some other crazy person (Chef’s brother, Squid) had informed him that it’s not good to eat brown rice in the Winter... Yeeeaaaahhhhh... I don’t know about all of that, but hey.. any reason to not order the healthier option! Fat Kids Rejoice!
If you’re a fan of Spicy Tuna, or Japanese food all together, you must try this place. It’s so good. The Spicy Tuna Don is addicting, I’m convinced in the words of Dave Chapelle, “They sprinkle some crack on it.”
As most men would say.. Tis nicer to Swallow than to Spit. ha! gross.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
We all know Sushi can be expensive.. and I’m not even close to wealthy, well-off, rich, or financially comfortable... YET. So, when I can’t afford to go to Yoshi’s, Maru, or Hapi Sushi (this is where I go to treat myself) I venture over to Minato Sushi in Lake Forest. Minato is the best place to go for inexpensive yet decent quality all you can eat Sushi. Just $24.95 for AYCE Dinner, and $18.95 for AYCE Lunch.
Mexican Roll – California Roll topped with spicy mayo and Sriracha.
Philadelphia Roll – Salmon and cream cheese.
Salmon Sushi – One of my fave’s.
TNT Roll – Tuna Tataki on top of spicy tuna roll.
Albacore Sushi – Hands down my favorite thing to order here, it’s so tender it practically melts in your mouth, and they top it with Garlic Ponzu and a green onion garnish. The peppery seared albacore with the citrus savory sauce is a perfect blend of flavors, you can’t help but order more and more and more.
This was a nice little treat the owner/chef James made for me. Hamachi (Yellowtail) Sushi, all dressed up.
*All orders are full size (8pcs for rolls, 2pcs for sushi) I just kept forgetting to take a pic before my inner fatty could come out and eat half the plate.. I’m tellin’ ya, I’ve got a problem!*
Green Tea Ice Cream is included in AYCE.
Wrap it all up with a Cucumber Slushy. I think it’s cucumber juice with lemon-lime soda and perfectly slushed ice. It’s super refreshing!
Chef/Owner James is awesome, as well as his other chef Young, they’re both funny, they’ll drink with you, talk to you, and make you special orders without having to ask for them, they both make the place an all around blast.
When you’re on a budget and want some decent Sushi and a good time go to Minato and.. wait for it..
PS - Have you ever gotten ice out of your ice maker and it tastes like Garlicy Sadness and Death?? Wtf is up with that?