We got to spend some time visiting a Amy in Philadelphia and had a great time EATING! I never realized Philly had such amazing food.
June 20, 2011
Right now, we’re in South Carolina for school and we get to eat some yummy southern cooking.
The best food we’ve had so far is from our day trip to Charleston. The first place we went to was Sweatman’s BBQ. I wrote on my fb that it was the best BBQ ribs I’ve ever had and yes, brother, I will explain.
(Most of this information is from Anthony Bourdain’s ‘No Reservations’ show that we watched before we ate here. I felt a little silly snooping around their grills in the sheds out back.)
At Sweatman’s, it’s different than what I’ve had before because:
1. Use a mustard sauce (southern thing; I actually prefer ketchup-based sauce, BUT this didn’t need much sauce, it was THAT good.)
2. Roast the whole hog and then separate it to ribs, white meat, dark meat, and then cracklings (skin-so good!)
3. Banana pudding (who knew i’d like it that much?)
The BBQ guy on Bourdain’s show said this is 100 mile BBQ because people will drive that far to eat it. The first 5 pics are from Sweatman’s and the last 4 are from Hominy Grill.
The second place we went to was Hominy Grill. A lot of famous ppl that have been there-Anthony Bourdain, Alton Brown, Rachel Ray, Anthony Hopkins (saw his pic in the bathroom), etc.
There was great service and all the food was from local farms. I felt like the food was solid, but a little pricey for me for southern food.
Dessert let down: I was actually waiting for dessert to try their chocolate pudding (which Alton Brown said he said it was “the best thing he ever had”), but they ran out. Oh well, I guess we’ll have to come back, hehehe 🙂
May 7, 2011
I know it’s a little early for our 3 year wedding anniversary, but when you have a chance of a lifetime you take it! Now I might be a little dramatic, but it’s all in good fun 😉
Background: So if you’re a foodie, you’ve heard of Grant Achatz and Alinea. It’s one of the two 3-star michelin rated restaurants in Chicago. So Chef Achatz opened a new restaurant in April called Next. It changes its menu every 3 months and the opening menu is “Paris 1906.” This restaurant doesn’t just have reservations, it has tickets. So in order to buy a ticket in the first month it was open, you had to have signed up BEFORE it opened and been on their waiting list. They only release a few tables per day and sometimes, there are more than 1000 people logged on to their website!
Long story short, D signed up early and was able to get tickets! AH!
Here are pics, course by course and with my commentary 🙂 Enjoy!
Once in a lifetime. Cross it off the list!
April 10, 2011
So…I’ve never owned a dutch oven. I never grew up with one. Chinese ppl don’t really cook with them. I never knew they existed. And then after I heard about how amazing they were, I found out they are SUPER expensive! So I never thought I would want one… but after playing with a friend’s, we might just have to invest in one!
Thanks Q for letting us play with your Dutch Oven! Thanks xiao mei for playing with us! You are def. a better baker than I…
Now the q….to buy or not to buy?!!
February 17, 2011
Today is 元宵节 (Lantern Festival) – the first full moon after CNY. Chinese people traditionally will eat 汤圆 aka Tang Yuan on this day. They are basically little rice flour dough balls stuffed with various sweet fillings and boiled either in plain water or a gingery sweet broth.
We’ve always bought frozen ones from the Asian supermarket, but with the encouragement of our international student friends, we decided to make our own this year. It seems rather daunting at first, but it was actually fairly easy…
We made the filling first – Debbie’s favorite: black sesame.
Then it’s off to wrapping… which was actually the hardest part of the whole thing.
February 14, 2011
Valentine’s Day 2011.
You know, I used to care so much about V-day…like esp. when we were dating. BUT now that we’ve been married, it doesn’t seem as important…
SO, instead of going OUT to eat, we stayed in and had KOREAN BBQ! He really knows the way to my heart 🙂 What beats staying in the comfort of you own home, paying less than half the price of a restaurant, and having the after smell that permeates your rooms to remind you that you wanna eat more bbq, haha.
Here is a picture of the spread: spicy pork, zucchini, kim chi, and mushrooms. (Can you find me?)
Of course, candles are supposed to be the romatical part of the night.
Here are some close ups. Oh man. I’m drooling…I think I want to eat some more now.
We ate so much and still have more for another day-yes! Sometimes staying home for special occasions is better than going out 🙂
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!
February 13, 2011
I know Hot Pot is not the most traditional Chinese New Year food, but when it’s -10 degrees outside, there’s nothing like Hot Pot to warm you up!
A few shots of the spread…
Some of our international student friends from China/Taiwan…
Some of our friends brought the spicy soup base from China… it’s filled with szechuan peppercorn (for that numbing spice) and chinese herbs
This has nothing to do with food, but our entertainment of the night: CNY Spring Gala (a variety show that every 1.5 billion people in China watch on CNY’s eve) projected on our wall.
And… karaoke! hahahahaha
Rina belting out a song…