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Mexican Yums & Wegmans Love

I have another dinner from our road trip that I want to share.

I usually don’t like Mexican food, but last Thursday (I think?) night it was late when we got into Tulsa (Oklahoma) and I didn’t feel like making an effort to find a good place. We decided to go to Monterey’s Little Mexico restaurant right near the hotel. (Funny how we went to another restaurant called Monterey the night before.)

We started off with free chips and salsa (score!):

 Mexican Yums & Wegmans Love

I can’t find what I ordered on the online menu, but here it is:

 Mexican Yums & Wegmans Love

It was a grilled chicken breast with a side of rice and beans, plus sauteed veggies. I don’t like beans so I asked for extra veggies instead. But I kept the rice – it was delicious (I usually hate rice). I actually finished this whole plate. Bobby got this gigantic margarita:

 Mexican Yums & Wegmans Love

I think he almost finished it, with a little help from me. It was pretty yummy but not very alcoholic.

I really liked Monterey’s in Tulsa – I hope they come to New York soon!

Today I had a yummy *vegan* meal from Wegmans (a grocery store in NJ and NY that I worked at in high school). Back at Cornell, Bobby and I (and others) would make midnight runs to Wegmans and buy humongous bags of sour gummy worms. We were an odd group.

 Mexican Yums & Wegmans Love

I got 2 packages of a butternut squash dish (butternut squash, spinach, cranberries, and onions with a whole lot of oil and a few spices) and a veggie medley dish (zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, red peppers, green beans, and some more oil). I love Wegmans’ prepared food. I think I like it more than Whole Foods’ hot bar. I have to figure out the recipe for the butternut squash one. I don’t think it’ll be too hard.

Do you buy prepared food? Why or why not?

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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.

 Favorites on both sides of the US

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

 Favorites on both sides of the US

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

 Favorites on both sides of the US

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.

 Favorites on both sides of the US

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

 Favorites on both sides of the US

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.

 Favorites on both sides of the US

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.

 Favorites on both sides of the US

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

 Favorites on both sides of the US

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?

Foodbuzz Festival: So many yums (tasting)

You all know how much I heart Foodbuzz. Now look at all these awesome samples that I heart as well (from the afternoon tasting). I can’t possibly post everything I tried, but here are the pictures that came out well.

 Foodbuzz Festival: So many yums (tasting)

Brandi‘s Stuffed French Toast:

 Foodbuzz Festival: So many yums (tasting)

Sabrina‘s Egg White Veggie Frittata Muffins:

 Foodbuzz Festival: So many yums (tasting)

Frog Hollow Farm‘s dried fruits (and Warren pears! So amazing).

 Foodbuzz Festival: So many yums (tasting)

Frog Hollow Farm also had a variety of chutneys and conserves, which were incredible. This was my favorite booth of the afternoon.

Some kind of shrimp and scallop ceviche from Fuego (can’t find a link):

 Foodbuzz Festival: So many yums (tasting)

A cool table with non-traditional shortbread made by Botanical Bakery:

 Foodbuzz Festival: So many yums (tasting)

Handmade marshmallows (pumpkin was one of the flavors) by Gateau et Ganache:

 Foodbuzz Festival: So many yums (tasting)

Chocolate covered nuts. I brought some of these home for Bobby and he has been calling them "poo balls". They are delicious despite their odd nickname.

 Foodbuzz Festival: So many yums (tasting)

My favorite candy of the day, made by Nina. Her Single Malt Scotch Bar was awesome.

 Foodbuzz Festival: So many yums (tasting)

Annie the Baker‘s cookies. Amazingly buttery and delicious. They tasted just like cookie dough.

 Foodbuzz Festival: So many yums (tasting)

p.o.p. candy‘s toffee – I had so much of the chai one. It had nuts and dried fruit.

 Foodbuzz Festival: So many yums (tasting)

Yummy (and pretty) chocolates.

 Foodbuzz Festival: So many yums (tasting)

Fabulous spreads.

 Foodbuzz Festival: So many yums (tasting)

479 Popcorn. My favorite was the curry (odd because I don’t like Indian food).

 Foodbuzz Festival: So many yums (tasting)

My other favorite dish of the day – Vineyard Pantry‘s Autumn Savory Tartlets (little pastry filled with wild rice, butternut squash, blue cheese mustard, cheese, and more). I can’t wait to experiment with their products.

 Foodbuzz Festival: So many yums (tasting)

A crazy cool beet meringue goat cheese savory dessert thing. It was a work of art (and quite tasty).

 Foodbuzz Festival: So many yums (tasting)

Olives.

 Foodbuzz Festival: So many yums (tasting)

Shannon‘s savory bread pudding.

 Foodbuzz Festival: So many yums (tasting)

I still have pictures from dinner, but I’ll save them. I met so many amazing people, including Emily from Foodzie – what a cool woman. That is a company I would love to work for.

A big thanks to FOODBUZZ for an amazing weekend.

In other news… wish me luck – we’re moving this week. (We’re taking off Tuesday instead of Monday.) Road trip from Sunnyvale to Princeton with two cats. Will be interesting.

Happy Monday! (Or Sunday, if you’re up late.) What did you do this weekend?

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