22 for July/August: New Restaurants Encore

I have a bit of travel coming up in July and August (some of it will be vacation!) and will need to eat. In theory. There are also a fair number of restaurants I want to check out in Washington, D.C.

Since I’m short on new goal ideas, why not recycle another one I did last year? Why indeed.

 

July/August Goal: Eat at 22 new (to me) restaurants (at least half should be in D.C.)

 

It would be fairly easy to go to new restaurants while traveling, so I added the twist at the end.

Good eating to all!

Refresh your memory on last year’s (same, same) goal: 10 for November/December: New Restaurants in D.C.

Maybe the food will look like this?

Maketto

Food Stuffs from the Pacific Northwest to Immediately Cram into Your Piehole

There are certain things you know you should be eating if you grew up in Washington state.

As often as you can.

Non-negotiables.

Print this and carry it with you at all times.

Do not delay.

 

Fair Scone
Where: Washington State Fair (né Puyallup Fair)
Puyallup Fair Scone

Ivar’s Fish and Chips
Where: Ivar’s of course! Multiple locations, but we* like Ivar’s Salmon House on Lake Union.

 

Mocha (16 oz, hot or iced)
Where: Roadside coffee stands (Located everywhere, including the Bikini barista ones if that’s your thing…)

 

Dick’s Deluxe Burger
Where: Dick’s Drive-In (Five locations in Seattle and one in Edmonds)
Dick's Deluxe

Taco Time Soft Taco (Crisp burrito is also acceptable)
Where: Taco Time (Many PNW locations)

 

Salmon (Grilled on a cedar plank)
Where: Any restaurant that serves it or any backyard BBQ that grills it
Salmon BBQ

Jo-Jo’s (From the hot case)
Where: Any convenience store/gas station that has them

 

Cream Cheese Dog (aka a Hadley Dog before a game or at 2am)
Where: Any street hot dog stand that serves it in Seattle
Cream Cheese dog

Mac & Jack’s African Amber
Where: Mac & Jack’s Brewery in Redmond or any local bar or stadium that serves it
Mac & Jack's

Garlic French Fries
Where: Safeco Field or CenturyLink Field

 

Chicken Teriyaki
Where: Teriyaki restaurants (Located everywhere. Yelp lists 1,627 near Seattle and 893 near Tacoma alone…)
http://www.seattleweekly.com/2007-08-15/food/how-teriyaki-became-seattle-s-own-fast-food-phenomenon/
Teriyaki

Apples (Get Honeycrisp. Cramming your face in pie form is also acceptable)
Where: Everywhere, but we like Prey’s Fruit Barn near Leavenworth.

 

What would you add? Thai food? Geoducks? Ewww.

 

*We equals me.

New Capitol Hill Restaurants in 2014

Skip the family time and read this post instead. Sorry, I meant vice versa.

Just do both.

One of my ongoing goals is to ingest food stuffs at all eateries on Capitol Hill. It’s a big area. Check out the map here: Capitol Hill and Surrounding Areas.

That doesn’t faze me. But since there is always new places opening, it’s a never ending quest. I can die trying.

I went to 15 restaurants that opened in 2014. I didn’t make it to all the new openings. Most notable one I missed: Rose’s Luxury.

Here is a completely pointless and randomized bracket to declare the winner of the new restaurants I visited.

bracket

Bracket 1

Driftwood Kitchen vs. Impala Cantina y Taqueria – Do have the Brussel sprouts at Driftwood, but I’m more about the tacos. Advances: Impala

Ocopa Peruvian Restaurant vs. Bye. Advances: Ocopa

Driftwood vs. Ocopa – Ocopa’s ceviche is fabulous. No comparison.

Advances to the Final Four: Ocopa

Bracket 2

DC Harvest vs. Shake Shack (Union Station) – I like the idea of Shake Shack when it’s hard to get and I can only go occasionally. Opening one in Union Station ruins that. Advances: DC Harvest

The Spot Deli vs. Bullfrog Bagels – The tacos at The Spot Deli were fine, the space is not. Advances: Bullfrog

DC Harvest vs. Bullfrog – The Rueben bagel is quite nice, but DC Harvest’s food is nicer. One is more of an upscale restaurant, the other is a breakfast/lunch counter. Both are worthy.

Advances to the Final Four: DC Harvest  

Bracket 3

Sona Creamery & Wine Bar vs. Pizza Parts & Service – Not sure why they closed Taylor Charles Steak & Ice, depriving us of Philly cheesesteaks, in favor of another pizza joint on H St. Also, the pizza is nothing special. Advances: Sona

Copycat Co. vs. Micho’s Lebanese Grill – This is a tough one in the first round. That’s what happens when you create a randomized bracket. I’ll visit both again. The dumplings at Copycat are good. But Micho’s gets the edge. Advances: Micho’s

Sona vs. Micho’s – Micho’s has become a standard lunch spot for people at my office. It’s really good, cheap and very close. I go here more than any other place on this list. Having said that, the scones at Sona are amazing. And the owners are from Washington state.

Advances to the Final Four: Sona

Bracket 4

ShopHouse (Union Station) vs. Barrel – Seems like ShopHouses are opening everywhere. Okay. Pass. Advances: Barrel

Medium Rare vs. Po Boy Jim – Medium Rare does one thing and does it well. Steak frites. But the shrimp po boys at Po Boy Jim are not to be missed. Advances: Po Boy Jim

Barrel vs. Po Boy Jim – All the po boys I’ve had at Po Boy Jim deserve your attention and the upstairs space is decent (don’t sit downstairs), but I can’t choose it over the sleek new bar serving ‘brown water’ aka bourbon. And I don’t even drink bourbon.

Advances to the Final Four: Barrel

Semi-final 1

Ocopa vs. DC Harvest – DC Harvest’s S’mores Pot du Crème and friendly bartender are ultimately thwarted by Ocopa’s straight amazing Peruvian food. All of it. In my mouth. Now.

Advances to the Finals: Ocopa

Semi-final 2

Sona vs. Barrel – Sona is a good place for brunch. And someday I’ll try the wine and cheese. But I’m giving Barrel the nod here, because Penn Ave. SE will do well to keep adding good bars. The burger is tasty and the rest of the menu looks intriguing.

Advances to the Finals: Barrel

Finals

Ocopa vs. Barrel – Peruvian food. That is all.

Winner: Ocopa

Peruvian food wins
Peruvian food wins

Eat and Be Merry

Happy Christmas! My second to last random goal of 2014 was to visit a plethora of new restaurants in D.C.

November/December Goal: Eat at 10 new (to me) restaurants in Washington, D.C.

How did I do?

Result: 15 restaurants. Success!

(Pause here while I run my victory lap)

–huff huff —

Okay, I’m back.

I’m too good at this self-refereed random goals game…undefeated so far this year. Witness. Maybe I cheat?

Food Highlights

DC Harvest’s S’mores Pot du Creme. Damn!

DCity Smokehouse’s The Brisket Champ. Oy!

Sona Creamy & Wine Bar’s scones. Gimme!

Yoon Ha’s Kitchen and Deli’s bibimbap. Boom!

Food Lowlights

Not a fan of ShopHouse’s peanut sauce. (It’s like a Chipotle or Roti for Asian cuisine)

Bolt Burger is nothing special.

Here’s a handy list, restaurantwise, to put on your refrigerator.

Print This!
Print This!

Dessert porn…

S'mores Pot du Creme at DC Harvest
S’mores Pot du Creme at DC Harvest
Scones at Sona Creamery & Wine Bar
Scones at Sona Creamery & Wine Bar

Five Random Food Porn Photos Shared in November ’14

Since November is the month for turkey and for cramming all manner of edibles in your pie hole, I’m sharing only food photos.

I’ve made my choice, but don’t expect any turkey or pie.

A CSA veggie melody
A CSA veggie melody
Get you some Bi Bim Bap at YoonHa's Kitchen
Get you some Bi Bim Bap at YoonHa’s Kitchen
Cachapa at The Corn Factory food truck
Cachapa at The Corn Factory food truck

 

Meatless Thanksgiving Dinner! (well there's salmon)
Meatless Thanksgiving Dinner! (well there’s salmon)
S'mores Pot du Creme at DC Harvest
S’mores Pot du Creme at DC Harvest

Now stay hot and bothered with a nice latte.

Latte

 

 

Eat Tokyo

I’m not ゴジラ (aka Godzilla) stomping on buildings and chomping on the chewy denizens fleeing underfoot through the streets of Tokyo.

But I am one to feast on all culinary offerings plucked down in the scant space between my bowl of rice and Yebisu lager. When in Tokyo, feast. I did.

Let’s join hands and skip hungrily among the blurry, uninspired food pornesque photos I display for your indulgence.

Okonomiyaki:  a Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients. Okonomi, meaning ‘what you like’, and yaki meaning ‘grilled’ or ‘cooked’.

 

Mix up your ingredients and start cooking!
Mix up your ingredients and start cooking!
Looking good...
Looking good…
Oh yeah! Wait, is that mayonnaise over there?
Oh yeah! Wait, is that mayonnaise over there?

 

Okajoki – Izakaya seafood restaurant: a series of small plates served as courses, the last was a delectable fish.

Nice tofu
Nice tofu
Crab legs, eggplant, edamame. Check.
Crab legs, eggplant, edamame. Check.
Final course!
Final course!

 

Sukiyaki: soup you cook at your table and eat directly from the hot pot.

Let's boil these.
Let’s boil these.
Lots of goodness.
Lots of goodness.
It is on!
It is on!

 

Choco Cro: a chocolate bar cooked inside a croissant!

Chocolate in a croissant. Yes, please.
Chocolate in a croissant. Yes, please.

Choco Cro 2

One Taco, Two Taco, Fish Taco, Big Taco

For my random goal in June, metrics to measure success are few. Taco bingeing? So I’m making an executive decision.

June Goal: Try as many different tacos as possible.

Result: Success!

It’s true. I basically took it easy in June. But let’s look at some of the metrics I can employ. You may find cause to judge me harshly and unfavorably, but I will still sleep well tonight.

TacoMetrics (patent pending)

  • 49 total tacos eaten
  • 21 homemade tacos eaten
  • 7 new taco places tried
  • 5 fish tacos eaten
  • 1.63 tacos per day
  • 1 big taco eaten

Good tacos

  • TaKorean BBQ’s (both the food truck and the stand in Union Market): Bulgogi Steak taco
  • The Big Board’s Taco Tuesday: Mahi Mahi taco
  • Tacos El Chilango’s: Chorizo taco
  • District Taco: Al Pastor taco

Not so good

  • District Taco: Fish taco
Just a taco
Just a taco
Homemade
Homemade
Tacos El Chilango
Tacos El Chilango
Big Taco
Big Taco

Attack of the Killer Vegetables and Other Meat Mishaps

So. It’s done. 31 days as a vegetarian. I did not turn green. No plants sprouted from my head.

May Goal: Go vegetarian for 31 days. No meat. No eggs. No fish. No joke.

Result: Success.

I didn’t quite do it over 31 consecutive days. There were two ‘meat mishaps’ – if you will – but I did do two extra days as penance. I’ll explain.

Why did I do it?

Living in the USA, I have that luxury (#firstworldproblems). I know a few people who are vegetarian and even some vegans. I’ve had to organize workshops or conferences with food options that accommodate all preferences. I’ve traveled with (or overheard) people as they tried to navigate the cultural resistance or lack of comprehension with the not eating of meat. I was curious what it would be like. Simple as that.

What did I learn?

Lesson 1: Starting out you feel more tired than usual. It gets better but never really goes away (granted it was only one month).

Lesson 2: The vegetarian options at most restaurants are at best 10-15% of the whole menu. Aside from salads, this is often in the form of a veggie burger or a sandwich. Food trucks tend to have 4-7 main dish options and almost all trucks have at least 1-2 vegetarian dishes. A slightly better ratio than restaurants.

Lesson 3: I didn’t lose any weight, but I wasn’t trying to either. I ate with my usual voracity. If anything, I ate more just to sample different things.

Lesson 4: People would ask ‘Why are you doing this?’ Then their eyes glaze over and they say ‘Good luck with that.’ There’s a bit of dismissive and condescending attitude out there…

Lesson 5: I won’t stay vegetarian, but I can get on board with eating less meat. I don’t need meat every meal.

Lesson 6: Good vegetarian recipes abound. Yet, there is still something wrong with any dish that has pretensions of meat. I’m looking at you veggie sausages, veggie burger patties, seitan ribs and veggie meatloaf. Don’t do it.

Lesson 7: The only true temptation to slip off the lofty perch of vegetarianism is in a social setting where they keep bringing more and more appetizers to share – all with meat. All scents and enticements. Your only solace is to camp out by the lonely veggie tray and protect the cauliflower and slim carrot sticks from the circling buzzards not content with their meat fix. Outside of that, it’s easy to choose the veggie options from a menu.

Lesson 8: The first day I ate cake during our office’s weekly tea time. There were probably eggs in it. After that I didn’t worry too much about baked goods. I ate cake again. The spirit of the goal was not to eat omelets, balut or other eggs prepared in any multitude of ways. One egg in my cake? I’ll live.

Meat Mishap #1

For lunch around day 10, I ordered the veggie dish from an Ethiopian food truck (Fojol Bros of Benethiopia). When I got back to the office, I discovered they had given me beef! I was hungry, the food trucks were gone by then and I don’t waste food, especially meat. I ate it. End of story.

Meat Mishap #2

During the European Union Embassies’ Open House I went to the Czech Republic Embassy. I purchased the food and beer tasting. Someone handed me a bowl of goulash (guláš). I devoured it. Twenty minutes later I remembered I was trying to be vegetarian. Oh well.

Things I ate

  • Veggie sandwiches (from Sidamo’s, Toscano and Taylor)
  • Pizzas (four cheese and margherita)
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches (mostly homemade)
  • Quesadillas (mostly homemade)
  • Veggie chili
  • Veggie red curry
  • Salads (mostly homemade)
  • Veggies over rice Indian style
  • Nut hemp burger, garlic kale, jerk eggplant, spinach sea relish and more (raw food)
  • Hummus with pita chips
  • Veggie ramen/veggie dumplings (Toki Underground) – Pause here and go get you some of this. Do it!
  • Cook at home meals (Thai cuisine)
Khepra's Raw Food
Khepra’s Raw Food
Indian veggies on rice
Indian veggies on rice
Brie and blackberry grilled cheese (I made this!)
Brie and blackberry grilled cheese (I made this!)

Don’t veg out!

Keep On Keeping On (Foodtruck Style)

‘Continue to give, continue to live, for what you know is right.’ – Curtis Mayfield

Ever since my original post about food trucks in March (Keep on Food Truckin’), I’ve kept the lunch torch burning roughly once a week at these ever-moving food slingers. I circle these wagons at the Massachusetts Ave and North Capitol St watering hole, near Union Station.

I also descended upon the monthly Truckaroo fest in July (at the Fairgrounds near Nationals Park) and Trucko de Mayo (in the RFK Stadium parking lot) where the options were boundless.

I’ve now been to over 40 food trucks in DC. Since there are probably still over 100 in existence, I’m a long way from tasting all of them. There are plenty of good ones. See the list below. Those in blue are the ones I recommend most. As such, many of the others are still recommended.

Also have a peek at some fresh food truck porn.

Tapas Truck
Surfside – Fish Tacos
Floridano
Mass and North Capitol
DC Crepes
Basil Thyme – Lasagne

Amorini Panini
Tops American – Sausage with Bacon
Tops American – Italian Sausage

Cajunator – Po’ boy
Fried Shrimp Tapas
Fire & Rice – Bibimbap
Lobster Roll
Red Hook Lobster Pound DC
Chupacabra – Tacos
What the Pho? – Banh mi sandwich
Tropic Taste
Afghan Meals
Sate Indonesian
Mayur Kabab House
Best Mexican Burritos and Tortas – Tacos

  1. DC Crepes
  2. Pepe Food Truck (José Andrés) – More expensive than it needs to be but so good.
  3. Cajunators
  4. Surfside – Fish tacos! All day!
  5. Big Cheese
  6. The Orange Cow – Cookies and Cream ice cream…
  7. Sol Mexican Grill
  8. Mojo Truck
  9. Cirque Cuisine
  10. Tapas Truck – Tasty small bites. Try them all, but especially the fried shrimp and the corn fritters.
  11. Ball or Nothing – I would like to try this one again. The meatball sandwich had sprouts (?)…and by the time I got around to eating it, was cold.
  12. Mayur Kabab House
  13. Something Stuffed
  14. Fire & Rice – The tasty Korean bibimbap went down great with a fried egg on top.
  15. El Foridano
  16. Tropic Taste
  17. PORC (Purveyors of Rolling Cuisine) – The BBQ Pork sandwich was good.
  18. Red Hook Lobster Pound DC – Okay, I had this. The Lobster Roll was fine, but I’m just not a lobster guy. Especially at the low, low price of $15.
  19. Carmen’s Italian Ice
  20. Sate Indonesian FoodGreat chicken cubes on a stick and corn fritters.
  21. What the Pho? – The name says it all.
  22. Best Mexican Burritos & Tortas – I kind of agree with their assessment.
  23. Korengy – Good Korean food.
  24. Amorini Panini Truck
  25. Fresh Afghan Meals
  26. Yellow Vender
  27. Tops American Food Company – Amazing hot dogs. Italian sausage. Yes. Sausage with bacon and red peppers. Yes. Good. Yes.
  28. Chick-fil-A Food Truck – It’s Chick-fil-A!!! In DC!

Eat it!

Eat Miami

In South Beach, Miami you can do plenty. Since this is a family friendly blog, let’s not go into details.

Ignore that. If you are overtly sensitive by nature, cover your eyes now, details are about to start flying.

One of the plenty is to eat. One way to eat is to forego the sit down scene and do a walking Miami Culinary Tour with tastings and sippings at multiple places.

Three of us descended on South Beach like an A-named  hurricane. Let’s call these three… Mickey, Carlos and Jeremy.

Mickey discovered and arranged the Tour. We met the tour guide and our group of 15 would-be-eaters in the early evening, blocks from our hotel. Dark clouds loomed. The tour guide strongly suggested we buy an umbrella in order to enjoy the serious amount of walking to come. We ignored her.

What follows is a snapshot of each of the dishes presented to us for our tasting pleasure. My iPhone didn’t take kindly to every location, but I’m posting the blurry and badly lit shots anyway because that’s what I do. Quality has never been an issue with this blog.

Plantain w/chicken and an empanada – samples of two Colombian dishes (Location: Bolivar Miami Beach – an exotic fusion of Colombian, Peruvian and Venezuelan cuisine) Food note: We also came back and eat a regular dinner here another evening.

Refajo – a mix of the soft drink called Colombiana and beer (Location: Bolivar Miami Beach)

Ceviche – raw seafood marinated in citrus juices (like lemon) and spiced with chili peppers (Location: Goyo El Pollo)

Arroz Chaufa – a Peruvian dish inspired by Chinese immigrants (Location: Goyo El Pollo)

Lobster Bisque (Location: Cha Cha Rooster)

Fried plantain chips (Location: David’s Cafe)

Cuban sandwich – ham and cheese and stuff (Location: David’s Cafe)

Cafe Cubano – a type of very strong espresso (Location: David’s Cafe)

Rugelach – a type of traditional Jewish pastry (Location: Jerry’s Famous Deli)

Pisco Sour –  a Peruvian cocktail (Location: Cevichery Restobar)

Causa de Camaron – a Peruvian dish with a big shrimp (Location: Cevichery Restobar)

Gelato – I had the Bacio flavor! Hazelnuts and chocolate! (Location: Milani Gelateria)

The gelato wheel
Bacio flavor

Additional photos (better ones) on the Culinary Tour’s website.

After the tour we nursed a few caipirinhas at Boteco on Espanola Way.

Paris in Photos and Other Moveable Feasts

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” – Ernest Hemingway

 

You don’t have to live in Paris to partake in this feast.  Three days will get you started. Grab a wheel of brie and a glass of red wine, A Random Journey is ready to take you on a brief photo interlude. Feel free to pause at any time to book your flight to France. I’ll be here when (if) you return. Unless you think I should go with you? Yes, I think that’s best. Hold on, I’ll grab my passport…

€3.50 each. Step right up!

 

 

Immovable

 

Fromage
Fromage et plus de fromage

 

 

Un baguette, ah ha ha, oh oh oh oh.
Un baguette, ah ha ha, oh oh oh oh.

 

 For those wondering when the feast will end. Proceed.

Arc de Triomphe
Arc de Triomphe…also known as a really big monument

 

Palais Garnier
Palais Garnier (Opera House)

 

That statue there
That statue there

 

The Louvre (you knew we'd end up here)
The Louvre (you knew we’d end up here)

 

 

 

One thing I noticed about the Louvre, there are a lot of twig and berries in full glory. Case in point…

Stuck in the middle with you
Stuck in the middle with you

 

I'm so bashful
I’m so bashful

 

I could go into more detail, but let’s change topics…

Venus. Venus was her name.
Venus. Venus was her name.

 

Stop looking at me!
Stop looking at me!

 

Notice how I didn’t post a photo of a certain painting? You’re welcome. If you really want to see it, open a new browser and Google ‘enigmatic smile’ and ‘ugly’. Scroll past the top searches of me and you’ll find it!

Eiffel Tower
Ah crap, what’s this one called…it’s on the tip of my tongue!

 

Top of the world
Top of the world

 

Café culture
Café culture

 

Counter culture
Counter culture

 

Nouveau riche culture
Nouveau riche culture

 

Presse de Foie Gras de Ganard au Jamon Serrano. Oui.
Presse de Foie Gras de Ganard au Jamon Serrano. Oui.

 Psssst…above is duck liver pâté with bacon…and some sort of annoying lettuce.

 

Fontaine Saint-Michel
Fontaine Saint-Michel

 

 

Obelisk (not stolen from Egypt FYI)
Obelisk (not stolen from Egypt FYI)

 

Missing a lock?
Missing a lock?
Jardin de Luxembourg
Jardin de Luxembourg
Luxembourg palace
Luxembourg palace

C’est tout ce que.

Keep On Food Truckin’

The DC food truck craze is still in full swing. Over the past year, the ranks of curb side purveyors slinging their delicious offerings has ballooned to well over 100. Last summer there was even a monthly festival called Truckaroo.

I’ve been sampling the different trucks that come to Mass Ave and North Capital (near Union Station) over the past few months. While I greedily eat these for lunch, I’ve managed to snap a few photos here and there. Let’s call it Food Truck Porn. Or not.

I’ve sampled from 17 different trucks so far (since Fall of 2011). Most have been quite good. See the list at the bottom.

Where's my food?
Where's my food?

Waiting

Mmmm...Carnivore BBQ
Mmmm...Carnivore BBQ
Sang on Wheels
Sang on Wheels

 

What are you looking at?

DC Empanadas
DC Empanadas
Beef Empanada
Beef Empanada
Bulgogi at AZNeats
Bulgogi at AZNeats
Chicken at Kabob Bites
Chicken at Kabob Bites

Tacos from Chupacabra Taqueria
Tacos from Chupacabra Taqueria
Lamb balls...
Lamb balls...
Hula Girl sandwich
Hula Girl sandwich
Tacos at TaKorean
Tacos at TaKorean
Empandas at Borinquen Lunch Box
Empandas at Borinquen Lunch Box

Stix Pak at Stix
Stix Pak at Stix
Stik Pak unpacked
Stik Pak unpacked
Tasty burger at Dorothy Moon's
Tasty burger at Dorothy Moon's

The ones I especially liked are in bold blue.

  1. Sang on Wheels
  2. Fojol Bros. of Benethiopia
  3. TaKorean
  4. Dorothy Moon’s Gourment Burgers
  5. DC Empanadas
  6. DC Slices
  7. Hula Girl
  8. Basil Thyme Truck
  9. Carnivore BBQ
  10. AZNeats
  11. Kimchi BBQ Taco Korean Grill
  12. Chupacabra Taqueria
  13. The Rolling Ficelle
  14. Kabob Bites
  15. Sauça Food Truck
  16. Stix
  17. Borinquen Lunch Box

The Washington Post also recently ran their own photo gallery on food trucks. I did not copy their idea…I just procrastinated…as usual.

Food Porn Tackles Thailand

Last year, I shared my poor attempt at food photography (in The Joy of Food Porn). Well, having no desire to quit while I was ahead (and frankly having no filters at all), I’ve congregated another crude and carelessly constructed collection of food porn. I use the term ‘food porn’ because I have a sneaking suspicion more people will ‘find a reason’ to read this post. It’s only a theory. I did it all for the cookie (sadly, no cookies…next time) and the readership bump.

This collection comes from Thailand, home of one of my favorite cuisines. I recently spent a couple weeks there and happened to find my camera in my pocket a few times. Imagine that. Let’s start off with a cascade of chocolate.

Flowing chocolate in the hotel lobby
Good old Pad Sa Ew
Something to combat the heat
A boat full of bananas
Fish balls on a stick
Duck curry

One evening I followed some ‘foodies’ to Sirocco to attempt their ridiculously priced Chef’s Tasting Menu. Sirocco perches high over Bangkok, with a mighty view from the 64th floor of the State Tower. Featured in the movie, The Hangover Part II, it has a stunning panorama of every inch of the city. For some perspective, a normal beer costs $10 and a typical glass of wine costs $15. If you are curious to read the full descriptions of the tasting menu, go here. Otherwise, have a gander at what silly money gets you.

Green and White Asparagus Velouté
Scottish Salmon Crudo and Tartare
Let's close in on the crudo
Pan Seared Soulard Foie Gras
Cleanse your pallette
Roasted USDA Prime Beef Tenderloin
Yogurt Mousse Cake

Now that you’re warmed up, here’s a random assortment of other foods I’ve consumed recently.

Oh my, a churro with melted chocolate in Costa Rica
 
 
Feast of crabs in Delaware
 
 
What's a Taco Toss?
 
 
Tossed tacos in Delaware
Big ol' mess of nachos at Nationals Park
Blue Smoke BBQ at Nationals Park

Burp.