Our friend Jorge was in town the other day and invited us to have dinner with him, Sid, and Laura at P.F. Chang’s. It’s been a while since we’d seen Jorge and even longer since we’d been to P.F. Chang’s, specially since we don’t live in that side of town anymore. We had a wonderful leisurely dinner with the group. Here are some photos…
Chang’s chicken lettuce wraps are a must have item at P.F. Chang’s. It’s their signature appetizer, kind of like how bang bang shrimp is to Bonefish Grill.
We also had some crab wontons, which I love, and spring rolls.
Sid ordered the flaming red wontons, which I didn’t try because I don’t like spicy foods. Brian had some, though. He said they weren’t that spicy.
For our meal, Brian and I shared our usual — Mongolian beef with eggplant instead of scallions. I love the eggplant at P.F. Chang’s. So yummy!
Jorge had the quinoa “fried rice” which is a special summer item. He says it’s his current favorite. Laura ordered some more chicken lettuce wraps and Sid had noodles.
I wasn’t going to drink, but couldn’t help myself because everyone else was. I had the Long Island rum tea which tasted even better than it looked.
I think it has been about a year since we’ve been to P.F. Chang’s. I’d forgotten how good the food is. Though I noticed that the prices are much higher also. I guess that’s inflation for you.
Anyway, here’s a picture that I found from our last visit to P.F. Chang’s… The photo was taken on August 3, 2012 when I was almost 15 lbs lighter than I am now. Man, those were the days! I’m going to have to stay away from P.F. Chang’s even longer if I ever hope to drop back down to that weight/size again. LOL.
Brian and I finally got to try the Hopping Pita, it’s one of the newest food trucks in town. This one serves Lebanese fusion cuisine, or so the side of the truck says.
Brian had the chicken shawarma, which was pretty good but not quite as good as Bella Luna. I did appreciate the side of salad and hummus and crunchy pita chips that comes with each order. Both the salad and the hummus were very good; although I must agree with my friend Andrea — they really don’t give you enough chips.
I decided to be different and ordered the lamb and beef special.
It was good but, in hindsight, I think I should have stuck with the chicken. LOL.
We got to try the Flying Stove’s new menu last week. It was delicious!
It wasn’t on the diet, but you just can’t pass up Flying Stove when it’s parked down the street from your work. LOL.
This is Apu’s curry chicken wrap. It’s not like the curry chicken wraps that I’m used to… Delicious, but I prefer the curry chicken wrap they serve at MIF Deli.
This is the Mexican fruit cartel. Different, but good. It had a spicy kick to it.
Of course, you can’t eat Flying Stove and not get truffle fries. It’s their signature side. I wish I could eat anything and not get fat. Ugh. Why, oh why, did I ever have to be cursed with such slow metabolism? Blech.
Mom felt like having a margarita the other day so I thought I’d help her out by offering to join her. No one should have to drink alone. LOL. Besides, I’d had a really tough, busy week at work and could use a drink myself.
We ended up at the Los Cocos in Derby which is really close to mom and dad’s house. Plus, they have $1.99 margaritas everyday. If you don’t really care about what kind of margarita you’re having and just want one, Los Cocos is the place to be. LOL.
I know it’s not premium but their frozen margaritas aren’t that bad actually. They have a variety of flavors but I always get the mango one. It’s pretty yummy.
Here are some pictures of our dinner.
Jenni wanted some guacamole for our chips.
Mom had some kind of chicken salad. Not something you’d think of ordering at a Mexican restaurant but to each her own, I guess.
I think this is Brian’s chicken quesadilla.
I was a bad girl and had carnitas. I didn’t eat all of it this time, though.
This is Jenni’s steak quesadilla. You can’t really tell it apart from the previous picture except that I recognize her top in this photo.
It’s not very often that mom extends a dinner invite but, when she does, it usually means it’s her treat. So you don’t ever want to turn down a dinner invite from mom. Thanks for buying us dinner, mom! It was delicious!
I actually got to take a lunch last week so I decided to invite the Dills. Jay had a BNI meeting so he couldn’t go but Becca and Mama Dill were free.
I don’t mind eating lunch by myself but eating with friends is definitely much more fun. Specially if they’ve never been to the restaurant because then you will like you’re opening their world to something new and exciting.
The Anchor has been around for many years so it’s definitely not new. However, I’m always excited to go because the Anchor is one of my most favorite food establishments. I’ve never had anything there that I didn’t like.
Truffle fries and fried pickles are must haves when at the Anchor.
This is the chicken bacon avocado sandwich with peppered steak soup on the side.
I had the chicken bacon avocado the last time I was at the Anchor so I knew what it tasted like already. I got to try a little of the soup, though. It was yummy. I would totally eat it on a bed of white rice.
I had the three-piece chicken tenders and homemade potato chips this time. That’s what Brian and I normally get whenever we go to the Anchor because we can split the five-piece. It’s more than enough food for the two of us.
I always recommend the Anchor to anyone who’s new to Wichita because you can’t find it anywhere but here. Mama Dill is from the East Coast so it was great that she could try a place that’s unique to Wichita. Little did I know that Jay and Becca had never been there, which amazes me considering that they just live (and work) around the corner from the restaurant.
Anyway, Jay didn’t get to join us the other day because of his BNI meeting so he and Brian decided that they’re both going to the Anchor for a man-date on Tuesday while I’m in Topeka for a meeting. LOL.
Brian and I had a wonderful brunch on Sunday with April, Gavin, Becca, Jay, Ashton, Mama Dill, and Linda. Thank you so much for inviting us, Jay! It had been a while since we’ve been there last and I’d almost forgotten how much we like it.
It’s not great for the diet, but we definitely have to put Legends back in the rotation — even if just for a yearly visit.
If you’re looking for a great place for brunch, I highly recommend Legends. I think it’s probably the best brunch value in town, hands down. The food is always really good and with Moe cooking made-to-order omelets, you can’t beat it.
We always like celebrating holidays and birthdays at Legends. We’ve gone less frequently over the last few years because buffets are not conducive to losing weight but, if you’re going to cheat on your diet, you might as well go all out. Legends is definitely the place to do it.
Brian and I finally got to try Freebirds!
The concept is a lot like Chipotle but they have funkier 70s era decor and they have way more food options. For instance, instead of being limited to one kind of rice, you have a choice between cilantro lime rice like what they serve at Chipotle or Spanish rice (the orange stuff).
Here’s the bowl that I created.
Here’s Brian’s bowl.
Here’s Brian checking out the surroundings.
Freebirds is way cooler than Chipotle. That’s for sure.
Decor aside, the restaurant is pretty much like a snazzed up version of Chipotle. I thought the prices were higher. Then again, it can be expensive to offer that much selection. If you know what you like and it’s available at Chipotle, then you’re probably better off dining there as it’s a better value. If you like having lots of options, then Freebirds is the place to go. Oh, and Chipotle doesn’t have queso and margaritas.
For many the 4th of July means fireworks. For us it’s another excuse to have a feast. That’s what we do on holidays anyway. LOL.
Brian and I brought a bottle of rosato and teriyaki chicken kabobs. It’s healthy-ish, but there were plenty of other unhealthy options for us to feast on last Thursday.
Mom made delicious fruit cocktail. The only thing missing was butong.
Some kind of salad. I didn’t have any.
She also made a spicy beef and sausage dish. It’s kind of like caldereta.
Sinigang na baboy. You can’t see the pork, but it’s there.
Pinatatasan. Pork and potatoes and mushroom. I’m not sure why the mushrooms are in there. Usually it’s just pork and potatoes. If I had to guess I’d say mom was cleaning out her refrigerator. LOL.
For dessert we had bico, which I’m not really too fond of…
..and Jen and Armando brought chocolate and peanut butter pie from the Copper Oven.
Brian’s mom also made some super delicious peach cobbler for us. My dad absolutely loved it. Best peach cobbler I’ve ever had hands down. It’s better than the life-changing peach cobbler I had from Jayleen Catering last year and better than the peach cobbler they serve at Bite ME BBQ.
It is so good that I actually want to learn how to make it.
Our favorite thing to do after our annual 4th of July feast is sit out on the golf course where we can see 360 degrees around us. We just sit in our lawn chairs and wait for the fireworks to commence.
No words can describe how amazing it is. Everywhere you look there’s fireworks. I wish I would have gotten some pictures of it. This is the best we can do.
Who needs to buy fireworks when you can enjoy everyone else’s fireworks show?
We celebrated the completion of the most recent training class by having lunch at a downtown Wichita landmark, The Anchor. I got to try their fried pickles for the first time. So yummy! I’m adding it to my “must order when at The Anchor list” along with the truffle fries.
This whole week has been really bad for the diet. It’s hard to pass up all of that delicious food, though. At least I didn’t eat everything pictured above, I guess. I just had one of these dishes. Can you guess which plate was mine?
Pictures of my food at Cafe Bel Ami last week…
They have great fattoush salad with feta. I’ve been hooked on feta cheese lately.
Everything is great at Cafe Bel Ami, actually. I’ve yet to eat anything there that wasn’t delicious. Of course, I get my usual most of the time — grilled tilapia. It was really good this time because instead of mixed veggies, it came with green beans. Their green beans are done really well. I made a happy plate.
The one down side about eating at Cafe Bel Ami is that they’re not fast at all. You can’t really expect to be in and out. It’s kind of a leisurely place to eat. You need to allow at least two hours. Seriously. They are never fast. Even on their slow days, they aren’t. The food is delicious, though. It may be worth it for some. For me, it’s a once in a while kind of treat.
If you don’t mind slow food, you definitely have to give this restaurant a try. It’s one of the nicer restaurants downtown (and one of my favorites). The menu prices are great too. The quality of the food is outstanding for what you pay. The service is equally good, slowness aside. Give this place a try and let me know what you think.