Well, we haven't had much money lately, so we haven't been eating too interesting. I made mushroom, broccoli and beef stir fry one night, the food pimp made madras curry ground lamb another night, hot dogs and chips and salsa another night, chef boyardee one night (it was late after band practice). I did make pork and chicken adobo one night. It's a Philippine stew made with soy sauce, brown sugar, black peppercorns, garlic, vinegar, and I add coriander seeds, mushrooms and fish sauce. It was disappointing though because when I ate it, the flavors hadn't married, and it tasted too sweet and flowery (the flowery part was from coriander seeds). But by the time the food pimp ate it, it was delicious. He ate 3/4 of it for dinner that night and lunch the next day.
Friday, though, was an interesting day. The food pimp, otherwise known as chefmhampton, drove up to LA for a screen test for Bravo. They want to film a reality series about a personal chef and the family that the personal chef works for. The screen test went really well, the casting director loved him (of course), so we'll see what happens. The only problem is that he doesn't cook for a family. So he would have to find one. When he got back into town we ate at a Thai place in the same shopping center as Wired. We have eaten at several Thai places here, and on the whole they've been pretty tasty. This was the first horrible Thai. The food pimp got tom kha soup, which was actually very good. But then he got beef salad. The beef was cold, which would not really be a problem, but it tasted like it was cooked a few hours before, and it wasn't really seared either. I got pad thai figuring it's hard to really fuck that up. I was wrong. It was red. It tasted like ketchup and a little soy sauce and sesame oil. I was so starving though that I ate it.
Later on Friday night, though, we stopped at Aiberto's on the way home from celebrating our friend Jordan's birthday. Aiberto's is the dirty taco shop down the street from our place that's open 24/7. It's really hit and miss there. The food pimp got the carne asada plate, which looked okay. I got the carne asada fries, which is usually not bad. That night it was delicious. The fries were cooked to order and they were nice and crispy. Usually, they are old and limp.... the carne asada was tender and flavorful, and it had the right amount of guacomole, cheese and sour cream. Nothing like heavy mexican food after a night of drinking.
Yesterday we went to National City for Filipino food. If any of you come visit, make sure we take you there. The best restaurant is called Tita's Kitchenette. It always has a line. It has a huge steam table and you get a combo with rice and two choices for like $6, and it's about 5 pounds of food. There are about 25 items to choose from, plus the grilled kebabs or whatever at the end of the line. The food pimp got stewed squid in ink sauce and chicken adobo. Both were delicious. I got roast pork and veggies. The veggies didn't look so great, but this food is so heavy that I feel terrible all day if I get two protein dishes. There is this seasoning vinaigrette that they have there - it's just vinegar, lemon juice, garlic and pepper - we just soak all the food in it and it makes everything all more delicious. Well, we have to go eat lunch now.
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