Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mi peru

Many thanks to Mars for introducing me to this place. Great place w incredibly horrible music (it's been bad every time we come here). The food will outweigh anything negative. Quick waiters will bring you hot rolls w the green spicy sauce while you ponder the menu.

There's lots of cool stuff on the menu like grilled veal hearts (?!) & tiger milk but if it's your first time here, get the ceviche mixto, Peruvian corn, ocopa, and jalea.

The cerviche is classic; basic but perfection. Tender chunks of fish, squid, octopus marinated in lime juice and served w sweet potato, yuca and friend corn. Loads of onions on top- eat them they are important to the dish.

The Peruvian corn is amazing; very starchy and GIANT. The flavor and consistency is completely unlike the normal sweet corn. Must try. Why do we only have 1 variety of corn at the supermarkets?!

We didn't get the jalea this time but it's great. Their fried yuca is excellent; creamy inside and crispy ouside- light and airy, none of that super greasy heaviness. Will update as we come back.

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Friday, August 12, 2011


Woodlands again... At last! We have been opting for udipi down the road since it's closer. Both places offer terrific vegetarian Indian cuisine although udipi seems to focus more on the south where woodlands touches on both.

We got the iddly manchurian as an app as well as a rasam soup and some papadams w mango chutney. The iddly was crispy and smothered in a Chinese style soy glaze. The texture was somewhere between fried tofu and polenta. Very good and a unique texture experience- almost meat like.

My soup was good as well; a sour and spicy broth. I have a hard time distingushing the flavor components in Indian dishes so I'm at a loss for words. Although the soup was nothing special (I have high soup standards).

Papadams and chutney was perfect as a starter. The light and airy papadams were not oily at all; dusted with some sort of spice powder.

For my main course, I got the Bagala bhath; it's a yogurt rice with cucumbers and mustard seeds. Surprisingly, it was served cold/room tempurature almost like a savory tapioca pudding. It had similar flavors as a raita; but dense with basmati rice. The rice seemed to be broken or crushed; and the spices were mild but worth noting. Cilantro and large dried chile peppers topped it off(not a spicy dish by any means). Highly recommend! Came with a papadam, a sour mango pickle and yogurt sauce(didn't know what to do with it). Again, very good and different!

The vegan voice got the coconut uthappam, an Indian pancake. Similar to the korean pancake in the sense that they both seemed tapioca/rice flour based. Chewy, springy pancake was served with sambar, coconut chutney and a spicy coconut chutney. Very good as well.

"the crepe itself was definitely coconuty alone but with the chutney/sambar the dish is filled with coconut flavor. "

Everything and drinks came to $30!! What a deal! Better yet, come by for their lunch buffet. Amazing! (even better after a long run to reload!)
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Las carnitas

I used to love this place but had a few bad experiences recently. They used to be quick and delish and always offered some freebies (soup, Honduran chips/sauce) but I came by today to wait about 30 minutes for a takeout order. Actually I'm still waiting. 30 minutes of being ignored. Folks around (odd select few) received snacks as they waited. I didn't. I didn't get any salsas either. Disappointed doesn't begin to express how I feel right now. See my previous post for the good old days. Yes they have a good lunch special but make sure you have some time to spare. Not sure if I will go back for anything other than the soups.

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