Friday, May 27, 2011

Food Photo Friday - Bún Riêu

Bún Riêu? What is that?? Well I didn't know how to explain it so according to Wikipedia (lol..), bún riêu is a Vietnamese meat rice vermicelli soup with a tomato soup base that you top with a shrimp paste. Sound gross? No way! I love my dad's bún riêu. He makes the soup base from scratch, adds in eggs + shrimp/crab mix, tofu, two different types fish meatballs (chả cá), and tomatoes. It's a lovely mix of everything I love. Also, you can't beat that it's HOMEMADE! =) Yum yum...

 The smaller pot.. There was a bigger one in the fridge ;]
Look at all the tofu and fishballs floating =)
 Honey's bowl.. The picture doesn't do it justice. It. was. HUGE.
 My bowl =)
 The optional veggies you can add in.
Can't forget the garlic chili paste and fine shrimp paste!!

[Please excuse the quality of the photos. The lighting in my kitchen is terrible and using my flash makes the photos look too bright. So I worked with what I had..]

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Foodie Quickie

Last Tuesday, May 17, was my friend's 22nd birthday. He chose BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse for his birthday. Good choice, buddy. BJ's is one of mine and Jonhnny's favorite places to eat. We used to go to the one off Brodie Ln in Sunset Valley.. But that was about 30 minutes away from home for us. I'm so glad they opened one at the Arbor Walk. We aren't big on beer, but we are big on ROOT BEER. BJ's brews their own beer AND root beer. Besides from good root beer, their food is mouth-watering. One of our staples is the Thai shrimp lettuce wraps. Jonhnny and I are still trying to figure out the recipe. He even wanted me to work here to find the secret =P

Strawberry Margarita
Note: Beware of this beast. I was sipping it and it tasted just like juice. I was like "Where's all the alcohol?" Ohh.. I took back that statement after 30 minutes. =(
 Thai Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
There's 4 wraps per order.
 Grilled Chicken Pasta with Broccoli
My dinner. The chicken was a little dry and cold... I was a bit disappointed, but I got over it.
 Pulled Pork Sandwich
This was honey's dinner. It was our first time trying it was ok. Don't think we would order it again.
Pepperoni Calzone
Our friend, Armando's, dinner

I think Jonhnny and I had an off night that night when we ordered their food because we were trying to "try new things" on the menu. Sadly, the two items we chose weren't that great. But I know their other items are slammin'!

Wednesday, May 18, I was scheduled to film for Eat St. on the Cooking Channel. The set was stationed at The Evil Wiener (a place I had been wanting to try for so long).. I didn't expect too much that day so I just showed up, stood in line, and waited to order. When I got to the front of the line, I got to meet Anna, the owner of Evil Wiener. She was super friendly and nice. I ordered the Alamo (wiener with queso, pico de gallo, and tortilla strips) and french fries. I waited around and thought someone would come up to me and ask me to shoot for the show. Sadly, no one did. So I got my food and sat at a table and ate with my pup alongside me. I guess it didn't bother me too much that I didn't get to shoot because the food was delicious. I can't wait to go back with my boyfriend and show him what he missed!

 The Alamo
Drooling aren't cha? ;]
Crunchy Fries =D
Just a bit of seasoning + Ketchup... Sometime simple is the best way to go. 

After the Evil Wiener, I popped into Polkadots Cupcake Factory for four cupcakes... YUMMY =)

2 Boston Cream Pies, 1 Peanut Butter + Chocolate, 1 Strawberry Shortcake
Man I love that peanut butter frosting... I'm drooling now!

Man after finishing that post, I wish I had a lettuce wrap with a hot dog and a cupcake for dessert. Sigh... =(

Friday, May 20, 2011

Food Photo Friday - Farewell, Fortune

I've been working at Fortune for about 6 months and am sad to say that Fortune will be closing its doors after Sunday. I've enjoyed working here so much. I couldn't have had a better work family. I'm sad to see it go, but I'm happy I had the chance to work with amazing bosses and coworkers and eat the delicious food here. Fortune is famous for their dim sum and seafood and after eating and working here, I know exactly why. I'd like to share one of my last meals at Fortune with ya'll.

 Fresh Crabmeat and Fish Maw Soup
Mongolian Beef
Braised Jumbo Shrimp
Snow Pea Leaves with Garlic (SO DELICIOUS!!!!)
Salt n Pepper Tofu

Farewell, Fortune. Thanks for the terrific memories. It was nice while it lasted. <3

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

May Madness

Wow. It's been a BUSY month! I haven't even done a Food Photo Friday blog in two weeks. Really hope this update makes up for the past two weeks that I haven't updated this blog. =)

May 1st -- Daddy's Birthday
My daddy turned 53! And he's still lookin' young. Hope he passed down those genes to me =P

Brownie Cupcakes!!
 Making his wish =)
 Blowing out the candles
 Cute moment between mommy and daddy. Look how happy she looks =)
 Daddy got his boots!!
 Daddy and Honey
Mommy, Daddy, and Me =)
 Daddy and the kiddos, Poppy and Snugs
He is the BEST father in the world =)

May 3rd -- Team Steve Fundraiser
A friend of Jonhnny's siblings suffered a seizure due to epilepsy. They had a fundraising event at Pluckers to help raise money to help Steve and his family (20% from food and non-alcoholic drinks sales would be donated). Steve is doing much better and I had the lovely chance of meeting him. Got to meet lots of new people that night and everyone was super nice! =)

Fried Pickles... Yum!
 Honey's Root Beer and my Pluckers Lemonade
100 Wings! =D
20 Lemon Pepper, 20 Buffalo Medium, 20 Gold Rush, 20 Teriyaki, 20 Spicy Ranch (MY FAVE)
 The 7 of us pretty much finished all the wings. 
Granted I was the only girl.. The boys can eat!
 Fried Twinkies!!!!
 My buddy Sang and I
 Honey's step-brother, Mitchell... Their last name is Dang... MI DANGGG =P
 Lovely Steve and I! =)
Mitchell and I

May 6th -- First Dubstep Concert
I had never been to a Dubstep concert before and my cousins, friends, and boyfriend are totally into Dubstep. We got to go see Rusko (one of the MANY DJs) at Stubb's BBQ and I have to admit that I really enjoyed it. I didn't think I would since I'm not really into Dubstep, but Rusko had so much energy on stage and I loved it! Here are some bad quality cell phone photos lol.

Rusko dancing on stage
The aftermath of it all... Bottles were everywhere! 
IHOP after the concert since nowhere else was open that late =P
I felt like a complete fatass after eating all that..

May 9th -- Homemade Phở (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)
My parents make AMAZING Phở.. They haven't made it in about a year so they thought it was about time that they did. My boyfriend, Jonhnny, got to try it for the first time and he loved it. It's truly a foodgasm in your mouth. WOOT!
Honey's ginormous bowl
My little bowl =P

May 13th -- Bobby Bones Show's Second Chance Prom!!!!
I called into the Bobby Bones Show a couple of weeks ago and won 2 tickets to the BBS Prom. My hubby and I went with my cousin and her boyfriend (also my boyfriend's BFF). We had so much fun and got to see All 4 One perform!
Honey and I <3
My cousin, Tiffany, and I =)

Us again =)
Bobby Bones!!!!