Top Thai

So what else is new? Yes, Asian cuisine rules! Hence, last Saturday, we tried Top Thai Restaurant for the first time. This quaint, hole in the wall Thai restaurant packs in a lot of stars. Don’t let the unassuming, tiny space deter you from dining in because you will surely miss a good Thai resto.

I failed to take a picture of the resto itself. Maybe next time.

We started with Somtum salad (green papaya,tomato, peanuts and chili in Thai-style lime dressing) and it was good.

top thai

Thai iced tea, anyone? Surprisingly, it agreed with my palate despite the warning from the waitress that it may be too sweet for my taste.

top thai

These Crispy Veggie Spring rolls with plum sauce was another good pick.

top thai

Long green beans with shrimp and mussels in Thai basil brown sauce was a nice addition to the meal.
top thai

top thai

And, what’s Thai dinner without Pad Thai? So, we just had to have it too.

top thai

Starbucks rounded up our Saturday night date. This time, I opted for shaken iced tea lemonade while my husband went for 5 shots of espresso, as usual. Lately, I’m drawn to their cake pops. I figured, it must be less calories because of their diminutive size. I’ve gained quite a few pounds lately so I need to start counting calories…..

starbucks

starbucks

starbucks

Deep Fried Crispy Fish Craving

Two Saturdays ago, going back to dine at Pho Hoai was a very predictable move. Why? Because my husband’s cravings for fried fish had to be satisfied sooner than later. He’s been wanting to try their fried fish at this restaurant but I’ve always swayed him to order other dishes primarily because I try to shy away from fried food as much as possible. Since I couldn’t prolong it any further, fried fish it was! Served with the typical Vietnamese sauce, it was awesome!

Service was impeccable as always.

pho hoai

pho hoai

pho hoai

pho hoai

pho hoai

pho hoai

pho hoai

And what’s the best way to end our dinner? Starbucks! I think it has become an addiction.

starbucks

starbucks

starbucks

A Breather

It’s been a relatively stress-free and easy day for me today. I haven’t had too many days like this one lately so I’m just happy that I finally have it.

I have piles and piles of magazine subscription that I haven’t laid my eyes upon. There are books on the bookshelves that have been waiting for me just the same. Sometimes when I look at them I can’t believe that I allowed these things to pile up on me.

But today, I’m determined to just spend this day doing tasks that I consider to be ‘no-brainer’.   And that includes browsing the net till my eyes can’t take it any longer. In fact, I have already chanced upon this website that’s load full of cute and utilitarian stuff for kids.

I better get off from here and enjoy what’s left of this day. Not too long from now, I will have to attend to the kitchen and see what I can whip up for dinner.

Another Visual And Gastronomic Feast

It was another gastronomic feast as always every time we dine at Parkview. We were seated immediately as soon as we got there but not long after that the restaurant became crowded. We weren’t in a rush to leave however, so we still took our usual pace and we lingered for a little more than two hours.

As regular diners at this resto, we pretty much know what to order. With the vast choice of dishes in their menu, there is something for everyone. But for people like us with ‘repetitive disorder’ (lol) we have not even scratched the surface of the menu option. We just stick to what we are used to. We venture out of the norm once in a while but not a lot of the time.

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

There was no need for my husband and I to go to the nearest coffee place. He agreed to get his espresso fix right there and then so we matched it with a lusciously decadent Blackout Cake. How sinful!

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

parkview diner

Nagoya Sushi

It was time to break the Vietnamese food Saturday habit. This time switching to Japanese cuisine was in order. It was our first time to dine at Nagoya Sushi and we were more than satisfied.

The restaurant is not that big. Typical of a Japanese resto, the ambience is nothing out of the ordinary and we liked it that way. Service was really good. Our waitress was very attentive and was able to explain and answer all the questions of my ever inquisitive husband.

nagoya sushi

nagoya sushi

nagoya sushi

Food was really good.
nagoya sushi

nagoya sushi

nagoya sushi

This bowl of sashimi was super fresh and we devoured it.

nagoya sushi

And yes, the carcass of the fish was there. It made for a very visually appealing presentation, although it may not be for some who are squeamish. My husband who is now oriented to the way Asians eat fish was really fascinated with the eye of the fish.

nagoya sushi

nagoya sushi

nagoya sushi

nagoya sushi

Starbucks was our dessert destination. My husband can’t skip his Saturday espresso fix and this time, it was 5 shots.

starbucks

starbucks

starbucks

starbucks

starbucks

Pho Tay Ho

Two Saturdays ago, we couldn’t decide which resto to go to for our usual Saturday dinner. We didn’t want to drive that far so my husband suggested that we go down a famous strip where Asian restaurants abound.

Bingo! After considering to dine between two restos: Japanese versus Vietnamese, we went for the latter.

Being that it was Mother’s Day weekend, the restaurant was packed to the seams. We somehow got lucky though because we were seated almost immediately. Apparently, because we were only a party of two, it was easier for us to get a table versus the larger parties who had to wait awhile.

We have our established go-to Vietnamese restaurant. It was our first time to dine at Pho Tay Ho. While the food is as good as the one we go to frequently, the ambiance in this resto did not ‘get’ us. It’s not to say that we’re not ever going back because the food is as good and it’s closer but I have to say that ambiance counts a lot.

pho tay ho

pho tay ho

pho tay ho

pho tay ho

pho tay ho

After dinner, we headed to Starbucks for my husband’s espresso fix. There’s no turning back for this man who used to hate coffee. He’s now addicted to espresso.

starbucks

starbucks

starbucks

Healthy Combination

All types of meat and poultry have been ‘banned’ in my kitchen for almost four years. And I’m so glad to say that I don’t miss them nor crave for them. My system has already adapted pretty well with just ingesting veggies and fruits and seafood at the most twice a week.

In fact, I can still vividly recall attending an after Thanksgiving party in 2013 when my tummy had some kind of ‘revolution’. I didn’t want to be a party pooper so instead of just eating my normal type of food, I made sure to taste all the dishes and that included different types of meat and poultry. Needless to say, I paid the price. I had a queasy stomach, and I didn’t feel right till the following day.

That’s the reason why I know that I can be the easiest to please guest in a party. A couple of veggie dishes will do and will be highly appreciated. In fact, this is my typical food at home.

roasted butternut squash

sauteed kale

Most of the time, I whip up three different veggie dishes. This roasted butternut squash and sauteed kale with red pepper flakes plus a hefty serving of salad completes my typical meal.