Archive for June, 2006

an el paso dinner

Alvin’s craving: Arroz Con Pollo
Alvin’s location: YMCA @ Avalon
Beancurd’s solution: El Paso

el paso
look for this sign on W. Houston & go downstairs

Last night was the first time I’ve seen Alvin since I’ve been back from my extended time away from nyc.  I took him to the place the gang and I went to for my birthday last year [where, incidentally, I bumped into Diana who decided to dine there with her family].  I like this place because of it’s good prices and their big pots of paella and arroz con pollo.  Also, because of my Asian-ness, I appreciate their freebies.  Everyone at the table gets chips and salsa, warm bread and butter, and a salad- even if you’re sharing an entree!

   chips n dip
chips & salsa [we had two baskets of these babies]

El Paso is this little holey type restaurant down West Houston.  By the looks of it outside, there’s nothing spectacular, but inside, there is a ton of artwork and all the workers are Spanish [authenticity?].  They have this wonderful 1 1/4 pound lobster deal for less than $20 for all of you seafood lovers out there.  Me, I’m allergic to shellfish so I’ll have to pass. 

Apparently, Alvin’s craving rubbed off on the majority of our party and we ended up ordering 3 orders of arroz con pollo.  Aldous switched from Lobster to steak and then finally settled on the chicken.  Rachel was the unique one.  She got the Paella Valenciana [Rice, Seafood, Chicken and Spanish Sausage].  The guys didn’t like the rice much, but they liked the juicy and tender chicken.  They said the rice at my alma mater is better .. I’m thinking because the rice is not as dry here?  I like that the juices of the chicken seep into the rice, giving it extra flavor.  Rachel didn’t have any complaints about her paella.

      arroz con pollo      
chicken and rice =D

[half of the paella]

We did manage to have dessert after this.  Well, Rachel and I did.  The rest of the group passed.  We went to Ciao Bella, my all time favorite gelato place to date.  We split the Peaches and Cream and Mocha Chip gelato.  No pictures.  Sorry.  Too busy gulping it down.

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In celebration of Corinne’s 3 wonderful months working at RFI and of my safe return to the NYC, we decided to catch up for dinner at “her” fusia.  The fusia previously mentioned and one we’ve often visited is further south.  Corinne’s been going on and on about this place ever since she’s started at RFI.  I figured it was finally time to trek over and see what all the fuss was about.  The bad thing was that both of us managed to eat ourselves crazy that day and neither of us was hungry come 6PM.  So what do you do when this happens?  Don’t just order a drink- order appetizers!

ginormous meatball sized tuna tartar
ginormous meatball sized tuna tartar

She introduced me to their spicy tuna tartar.  Not your typical looking tartar, now is it?  This baby lies on slices of mango and seems to have been toasted slightly all around so there’s a crispness to it [you can see some of the crisps on the plate], and the ball is topped off with sesame and fish roe.  I would definitely come by just for this thing alone.  She also had some corn and asparagus soup with this, which is not pictured.

spring rolls
spring rolls with lime sauce

I decided on spring rolls b/c I lurve the Viet spring rolls and this came with their own sauce [lime flavored].  I actually enjoyed this much more than I thought I would.  I was half expecting some re-fried frozen ones but it tasted like they made these at the restaurant.  I also ordered a papaya salad which I wasn’t impressed with.  It had carots, mint [ack!], peanuts, papaya shavings, and lettuce in a minty dressing.  I poured my lime sauce over it but it didn’t help too much.  It looks pretty but it didn’t taste very pretty.  Maybe I didn’t enjoy it because I’m not a fan of mint or I thought there’d be more to it but it seems like Papaya Salad from Fusia is a look but don’t touch plate.

papaya salad
papaya salad

And finally, where’s one of the two of us.

corinne & tina

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Hello to all my lovely readers out there.  After a little over two months, I’ve finally gotten off my lazy ass [ok.. technically there was no getting up needed] and created a new and hopefully improved site!  This is going to be all food, all the time- except for my occasional rantings that I feel are imperative to share with the world.  Anyway, I am uber excited b/c I’ve been added to the list that’s considered “food porn.”

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