Flavor so Good that Your Eyes Get Blurry; Digging into Some Spicy Thai Curry!

Gaeng Dang Red Curry

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Until 1939, the country we call Thailand was known as Siam. It was the only Southeast Asian country never colonized by the West. This helped Thailand to maintain its own special cuisine (cooking style). However, that cuisine had already been influenced by Thailand’s Asian neighbors. Outside influences such as Chinese cooking methods, IE, the introduction of frying, be it stir frying or deep frying have become what is now probably Thailand’s favorite cooking method, especially stir frying and the use of the Wok.

From nearby India came not only the Buddhist religion, but also spicy seasonings such as cumin, cardamom, and coriander, as well as curry dishes. The Malays, to the south, further shared seasonings, as well as their love of coconuts and the satay. (simon-sauces.com)

Today’s Restaurant

KrungThai Restaurant – San Jose, Ca

Average Cost

Around $13 -$15 for a dish

Rating (1-10)

8.5

Recommended Dishes: 

Gaeng Pla Duk, Gaeng Dang Red Curry

It’s the weekend and time to start off the weekend with a bang!

Are you going for burgers and beers? Or Hot Wings and Beers? Or maybe tacos and beers?

If you are looking for a spice party in your mouth while cooling it down with a beer then maybe Thai food is in your horizon….

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My Eye starts to Twitch when I need a Cajun Chicken Sandwich Fix!

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The Acadians – Frenchmen who settled in “Acadie”, the wilds of Nova Scotia – were forcibly driven out of Canada in 1755 by the British and shipped off to regions as disparate as Massachusetts, the West Indies, and Uruguay. This exile was called Le Grande Derangement (“the great trouble”). After returning to France, one of the largest groups of exiles landed on the shores of South Louisiana. Over time, more waves of Acadians reunited with fellow refugees, and they became known as “Cajuns”.

Acadians were hunters, farmers, and fishermen well-versed in the art of living off the land. They were given land grants upriver from New Orleans and moved into the swamps, bayous, and prairies of Louisiana to start farms and ranches. Unlike the cosmopolitan Creole cuisine, which is largely thought of as more refined and seafood-centric, Cajun food leans toward the rustic and rural, featuring wild game, pork, beef, and cured and fresh sausages.(langloisnola.com)

Today’s Restaurant

St. John’s Bar and Grill – Santa Clara

Average Cost

$15 for a burger, fries and a soda

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

Any burger or chicken sandwich of your choice!

It’s Thursday and just 1 more day to call it a week!

I need something exciting and adventurous to bite into..

Hmmmmm..Something fulfilling and something that makes my mind journey to another place other than work…

I got it!!

The light bulb turns on and my tongue begins to water as an image of an enticing chicken patty in-between two buns squeezes itself into my mouth and massages every inch of my palate..

Where can I find this exotic temptation that has been envisioned in my mind? The one and only St. John’s Bar and Grill!

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I’ll Bounce in a Hydraulic 4 Door Coupe for Some Tasty Egg Flower Soup!

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The first Chinese restaurants in America served authentic Chinese dishes with modifications borne from necessity. They were known as “chow chow” restaurants, marked by triangular yellow flags and known for their cheap prix-fixe specials and all-you-can-eat dollar menus. The eateries were created by the Chinese for the Chinese, using local ingredients that were available to them. These substitutions occurred mostly in the vegetable department: broccoli for kailan; carrots, peas, and white button mushrooms in place of mustard greens or shiitakes.

The restaurants became a target of ridicule by Westerners who cringed at the thought of eating whole animals, poultry feet, and bird’s nest. Rumors spread that the Chinese were consuming rats and dogs. The restaurants were quickly dismissed as barbaric. The tide eventually shifted. Around the 1880s in New York City, a growing community of bohemian writers and intellectuals began to embrace the exoticism of the food (and readily welcomed chop suey’s 63-cent price tag). By the end of the 20th century, chow chow restaurants could be found in every major city.(firstwefeast.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Mandarin Gourmet – San Jose,Ca

Average Cost

Around $13-$15 per plate

Rating (1-10)

8.5

Recommended Dishes: 

Egg Flower Soup, General Tso’s Chicken, Broccoli Beef

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No offense to Panda Express but authentic Chinese food is at it’s best. 

Better than all the rest.. 

The one dish that puts all off brand Chinese food to the test.

It will definitely put some real hair on your chest.

In an all out food fest!

If any of you reading this has had an opportunity to dine at an authentic Chinese food restaurant then you know there is a difference between Chinese fast food compared to authentic Chinese food.

Authentic Chinese food is lighter, has an environment of elegant dining and the best way to know if you are at the right place is if there are a lot of Chinese people eating there.

“Hey Trev, Are you being racist? Why did you say that tons of Chinese people have to eat there in order for it to be truly authentic?”

“My sweet judgmental friend, my fiance is 100% Chinese and I got this information from her so calm down..I am for the people and the man of the people…Just making sure you know the real deal. No holds barred!”

Anywho..Back to the story..

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Happy Cinco De Mayo! I’ll Toss my Tupe for a Tasty Dish at Casa Lupe!

Chicken Tostada with Rice and Beans

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Cinco de Mayo, ( Spanish: “Fifth of May”) , also known as the Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla,  national holiday in Mexico in honour of a military victory in 1862 over the French forces of Napoleon III. When in 1861 Mexico declared a temporary moratorium on the repayment of foreign debts, English, Spanish, and French troops invaded the country. By April 1862 the English and Spanish had withdrawn, but the French, with the support of wealthy landowners, remained in an attempt to establish a monarchy under Maximilian of Austria and to curb U.S. power in North America. On May 5, 1862, a poorly equipped mestizo and Zapotec force under the command of General Ignacio Zaragoza defeated French troops at the Battle of Puebla, southeast of Mexico City; about 1,000 French troops were killed. Although the fighting continued and the French were not driven out for another five years, the victory at Puebla became a symbol of Mexican resistance to foreign domination. The city, which was later renamed Puebla de Zaragoza, is the site of a museum devoted to the battle, and the battlefield itself is maintained as a park.(britannica.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Casa Lupe – Mountain View, Ca

Average Cost

Around $13-$15 per plate

Rating (1-10)

9

Recommended Dishes: 

Chicken Tostada, Tacos, Burritos, Margaritas!

Cadillac Margarita

Its’ Cinco De Mayo Mi Amigos and I am happy to celebrate with my Mexican brothers and sisters to do cheers in celebration on this great day!

What better way to celebrate than some delicious Mexican cuisine with an ice cold margarita. Nothing to it but to do it!

During this day every year, I make sure to stop by  the nearest Mexican restaurant and indulge in some Mexican heritage cuisine. I won’t be caught dead eating anything other types of food to make sure I take part in the celebration.

None the less, Mexican food is fantastic any day you choose it! So I am glad to oblige!

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I’ll have a Tantrum like Conniption Fit over some Barbecue Tidbits!!

Barbecue Tidbits - Sausage, Hotlink, Chicken, Steak, Pork

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Tidbit #1:  In 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered… barbecue?  Well, his love for it anyways.  In his log, he noted that a giant “serpent” (speculatively an iguana) was prepared by natives using an outdoor wooden fire device. The Spanish word for these devices, “barbacoa,” was actually the Europeans’ interpretation of the original Taino name.  Oh, and Columbus’ reaction to this crunchy amphibian treat? It simply “taste like chicken.”

Tidbit #2:  George Washington’s barbecue parties were better than yours.  We’re talking 48 bottles of fancy French wine better.  We know, it’s shocking, but Mr. Washington did in fact go hard.  In a diary entry from 1769 (don’t worry, that’s before he was President), he writes that he “Went in to Alexandria to a Barbecue and stayed all Night.”  Translation:  George partied too hard and passed out on the couch.  It’s ok, George, we’ve all been there.

Tidbit #3:  Forget cars and lightbulbs– in the 1920s, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison popularized charcoal. Along with EB Kingsford, they teamed up to create the first wide-spread, commercially manufactured charcoal briquettes the world had ever seen.  Scrapped wood and sawdust from Henry Ford’s auto plants in Detroit were recycled and transformed into easily lit charcoal, which popularized the barbecue for everyone from flappers to rag-a-muffins. It might sound like we’re razzing you, but we swear we’re on the level.(myglassrule.com)

Today’s Restaurant

My Big Brother’s House – San Jose, Ca

Average Cost

A whole lot of brotherly love 🙂

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes to BBQ with family: 

Fried Chicken, Pork and Beef Ribs, Hotlinks, Tidbits, Collard Greens, Potato Salad, and Corn!

Favorite Food Celebration Dance:

https://youtu.be/GfPg5LjGYz8

In my Morpheus from the Matrix voice:

“What if I told you that you can eat all of your favorite barbecue meats in one bite without using more than 1 hand?”

“Trev, If you told me this I would definitely listen! My ears are percolating!! What type of sorcery would make this happen?”

“My dear friend living in the unknown, let me display this glorious magnificence upon you..”

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You Got Me Singing “My My My” for some Sushi at Sen Dai!

Unagi Rolls

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Sushi (which actually refers to the seasoned rice on which raw fish is served, not the fish itself) was originally sold as street food in Japan starting around the 8th century. It is said to have arrived in the U.S. in the late 1960s, with the opening of Kawafuku Restaurant in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo. Some claim that sushi restaurants opened in America as early as 1950, but Kawafuku put the cuisine on the map, catering to Japanese businessmen and their American colleagues. A small number of sushi restaurants began to open outside the confines of Little Tokyo, and the cuisine gained popularity, especially with Hollywood celebrities. The creation of the now ubiquitous California roll helped to propel sushi forward, as crab and avocado were more palatable to Americans than slabs of glistening raw fish. Cosmopolitan cities like New York and Chicago soon followed suit with sushi spots of their own, and by the late 1980s, sushi was a full-on craze, with an enormous rise in the number of Japanese restaurants towards the end of the decade and into the 1990s.  (food52.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Sen Dai – Milpitas, Ca

Average Cost

Sushi – Around $6 for 6 pieces Bento Box – Around $13

Rating (1-10)

9

Recommended Dishes: 

Sushi, Teriyaki Salmon, Salmon Misoyaki, Edamame

Miso Soup

It’s the weekend and time to get into live action!

The Avengers just came out, the Mayweather and Pacquiao fight is going down tonight and bottom line it is a nice day out and time to get outdoors and enjoy some festivals!

What better way to start off the weekend than celebrating with a great exotic meal. I enjoyed this exciting launch of the weekend at a fantastic Japanese restaurant named Sen Dai!

Let’s talk about it…

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