Favorites on both sides of the US

Bobby’s cousins are so sweet. I’m going to miss them a lot. On our last night in California (Monday, November 9th) we went out together to Blue Mango (our favorite restaurant) in Santa Clara. Blue Mango is a Thai restaurant and they have a separate vegetarian menu (I haven’t used it in a while). We shared a bunch of dishes…

Appetizer: Heavenly Stuffed Wings – de-boned chicken wings stuffed with ground chicken, silver noodle, cilantro, water chestnut and black mushroom. They came with this great sweet dipping sauce. This was kind of scary at first (fried! processed! breaded!) but the deliciousness made up for it.

For dinner we shared 4 dishes. The Blue Mango Fried Rice – a big house special: chicken fried rice topped with sweet garlic pork.

The Green Curry – eggplant, bamboo, and bell pepper are soaked in coconut milk, with a hint of basil (cannot be mild).

Mushroom Mountain, as usual – soft tofu, baby corn, bamboo, straw mushroom, and bean sprout stir-fried with a bit of green curry paste. Sesame seed are sprinkled on for a beautiful finish.

And Basil Chili Chicken, also as usual – with bell pepper and onion.

After dinner we went out for dessert (frozen yogurt) at Golden Spoon – pumpkin pie and chocolate flavors. The toppings were raspberries, mango (not ripe, unfortunately), and crushed brownie bits.

Blue Mango never disappoints. And neither does Golden Spoon. If you ever get a chance, go there! (I’m talking about the Blue Mango on Stevens Creek – I hear the other one is not so good.)

Now that I’m in NJ I don’t have Blue Mango. But I do have Edo Sushi! Bobby, Julia, and I all went out for dinner tonight. I love this place. Edo Sushi is a Japanese and Chinese restaurant on Route 31 in the same shopping center as Pennington Market. It’s about a 10 minute walk from my parents’ house.

First is the tea… (unlimited and free – my two favorite qualities). Notice my cool NY key chain – it’s kind of vintage because it has the twin towers on it. I think I got it back in middle school.

I got chicken and broccoli with the sauce on the side (brown sauce).

The other pictures didn’t come out, but Julia got veggies and tofu with the sauce on the side (also brown sauce). Bobby got the Dragon vs. Phoenix – chicken, shrimp, and veggies stir-fried with yet another brown sauce. He also got a big pot of rice.

We finished everything. The check came with pineapple cubes and fortune cookies. Yum! I love Edo’s.

This dinner was nice after my indulgent afternoon… My parents gave me a massage + facial combo for my birthday and I finally used it. I went to Sydney Albert Salon Spa in Princeton. I’d highly recommend this place – I’ve been going there for years and I’ve always loved everything. Their haircuts are amazing, the facials are fantastic, and the massage was wonderful. Bobby also got a massage and he loved it.

While we were getting pampered, our Relocube arrived. Now we have to unpack it. I’m going into the city tomorrow, but when I get home I think we’re going to try to start sorting through all of our stuff. It’ll be a big project.

What’s your favorite restaurant?

19 Replies to “Favorites on both sides of the US”

  1. Ahhh Edo Sushi…I can’t believe it’s been that long since I’ve been home! Maybe I’ll make a trip just to Edo’s while I’m in town for the reunion haha

  2. Yum, I love green curry. Basil chili chicken sounds so good too, as does the fro-yo, of course! 😉

    I don’t actually have a favorite restaurant—there are too many good ones! I like new American, Japanese, and some Thai places, though. 🙂

  3. it’s not my fave restaurant (i don’t go there for the ambiance) is pepe’s pizza in new haven. you have to wait on line for almost an hour and the waiters bark at you but man oh man. it’s what pizza is supposed to taste like.

  4. that broccoli and chicken looks so CLEAN. i wouldnt be able to find any restaurant in 100 miles from here that would serve plain broccoli and chicken without it being doused in loads of oil, butter, cheese, or mystery sauce. i dont eat out, but i sure as heck like my own food! 🙂

  5. Mmm, what fabulous meals! But I just really want that soft serve! Pumpkin anything is good in my book 🙂

    My favorite restaurant is Borrowed Earth Cafe. It’s all raw and soooooo good.

  6. Its funny, “Blue Mango” also sounds like a fro yo shop name. Isn’t there like a Red Mango in some parts? Same with Golden Spoon- probably could pass for a thai restaurant of sorts. LOL.

    I loooove curry..

  7. The Blue Mango dinner looks amazing!! I can’t pick a favorite restaurant – way too hard. I do love the restaurant my husband and I had our very first date at. But it’s so popular we can never get in! So you are living back in NJ now for good? Welcome back to the East Coast.

  8. Thai food is my favorite cuisine here – it is much closer to my Chinese one. I love pad thai, and green curry with duck, and of coz Thai tea. But I have NEVER see that stuffed chicken wings! lucky you! they looks really delish!!! Have a safe trip back,

  9. Oh my gosh….yummy!! I love thai food but I know that a lot of the thai food we get in America isn’t really authentic (according to my friends who are thai…hahah they are SUPER critical of American thai restaurants!) My favorite is shrimp vermicelli noodle salad!!

    YAY for frozen yogurt! Count on California for always having froyo in every corner you turn on! The pumpkin sounds right up my alley! I actually tried making some this weekend and it turned out quite yummy! 🙂

  10. Blue Mango?! It’s funny here in NY we have Red Mango! I didn’t know that there were 2 different frozen yogurt places called Blue and Red Mango.. weird! lol

    There are SO many vegetarian restaurants that I love in this city, and many pizza places as well… but if I had to pick I’d say Wild Ginger is still my fave… if not this new asian restaurant near me, Qi.

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