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Posted on September 9, 2015 by Ching under Food and Drink.
I had the pleasure of dining at Public for the first time last week when we had our work visitors, Eric and Alex from AllConnect. All I could think was, “Why haven’t I eaten here before?”
I had the slow-cooked ribs based on our server’s recommendation. They were super delicious. I think these ribs were even better than some of the ribs I’d had at our best barbecue joints. Seriously. They had great flavor and they were fall-off-the-bone tender. Delicious!
Here are pictures of some of the delicious meals that were ordered that night…
I didn’t have any of the buffalo cauliflower but I guess it’s a popular starter.
Please don’t ask me what all these dishes are because I honestly don’t remember. Anyway, they all looked delicious and everyone seemed quite satisfied with their choices. I was so impressed with my food that I decided I just had to take Brian. We ended up going there for dinner two days later.
One of my favorite things, besides the delicious, food is the ambiance. They have really interesting decorations and toy trains everywhere. They also bring you the bill in a book, which I found really clever and neat because I love books!
This is their take on the Cuban sandwich.
I wanted Brian to try the ribs so I ordered them again.
Strawberry shortcake with champagne infused strawberries and homemade whipped cream. It was so good. I would go just for dessert!
I ate so much the night that Brian and I were there that I told Brian that I’m a competitive eater. I had to explain my gluttony somehow, right? Anyway, he didn’t believe me. “I’m serious,” I said. “Whatever that other table is having, I’m having two of.” We both laughed.
Jokes aside, we had a wonderful dinner. I think we’re probably the last two people in Wichita to discover Public but, just in case you haven’t been, I highly encourage you to go. I give it two thumbs up.
Posted on September 5, 2015 by Ching under Food and Drink.
Here are some pictures from our pig out session at La Bodega last weekend. We lucked out and dined during happy hour so we not only enjoyed half off our pitcher of sangria but we also got to try several half-priced tapas.
This is our favorite potato dish there. It’s very flavorful.
We got to try two different meatball dishes. Please don’t ask me what they are called because I honestly cannot remember.
This is goat cheese with some kind of marinara sauce. It was great with the bruschetta.
These are the chicken and chorizo skewers.
We finished our meal by drinking the last drop of sangria and churros.
The best part about La Bodega is that it’s right next to several stores we love like Trader Joe’s, Lululemon and the Apple Store. Can’t wait to go back!
Posted on August 18, 2015 by Ching under Food and Drink, Reviews.
Churn & Burn is probably the best ice cream shop that you’ve never heard of or tried before. That could be for several reasons: their location, which is not really in the best part of town, and it’s not a chain. If you’ve never been though, it’s definitely worth checking out for several reasons: they have a really cool coffee and ice cream concept, they make their own ice cream (which is actually pretty good), they do cool stuff with liquid nitrogen that’s really fun to watch, and they have vintage arcade game tables.
My friend Jeri kept posting about it on Facebook so we finally just had to check it out. Plus, we really had no reason not to. Churn & Burn is technically on our side of town.
They have lots of delicious flavors. Their ice cream kind of reminds me of the ice cream that Marble Slab (in Bradley Fair) serves.
This is that thing they do with liquid nitrogen.
Brian getting ready to play some games.
Incidentally, Jay and Becca actually know the owner. They saw our Facebook post while we were there and decided to pop in since they were in the neighborhood. They used the opportunity to say hello to the owner and visit with me and Brian also. It was great catching up with Jay and Becca. We hadn’t seen these two jet setters in a while.
Anyway, don’t mind the tacky plastic sign. They were on the other end and just recently moved to this end of the strip. Don’t judge a book by its cover, remember? We just learned this. Also, don’t judge a book by its location. This part of town may not be great but this place definitely is, so come check it out.
Posted on August 16, 2015 by Ching under Food and Drink.
Have you tried food from the Kamayan truck yet? It’s probably the best food you’ve never tried. I highly recommend checking it out. It’s my new favorite food truck because they serve some of my Filipino foods that I can’t get anywhere else. Here are some pictures of dishes that they offer to whet your appetite.
These are the Asian tacos. Not really Filipino but it usually helps to serve people something familiar. I prefer the pork dishes, though.
Brian and I have tried a few things. I don’t have any pictures of the porchetta because, the day I got them for us, I had to drive across town to Brian’s office and, by the time I got there, I was so starving. Brian was starving too. We were so hungry we just scarfed up the food and, by the time I remembered that I needed a photo, all we had were empty boxes. We ate every bit of it; including the achara, which I love.
Achara is a Filipino food condiment made from pickled green (unripe) papaya. You can see some of it in the photos above. It’s so good. If you’d like to make yourself some, here’s a link to one of the recipes online; or you could save yourself the effort and just buy some from Kamayan. Theirs is really good.
If you want to track the truck down, like their Facebook page to follow them around town just like I do. The best time to try them is for the bigger events like Food Trucks at the Fountain because they save the lechon (pictured above) for special occasions.
Lechon is the best. It’s my favorite thing ever and there aren’t many places you can get it. That’s why I look forward to when I can get it from the Kamayan truck. The skin of the lechon is the best part. You must try it and let me know what you think in the comments.
Posted on August 10, 2015 by Ching under Food and Drink, Relationship, Reviews.
Here are some pictures from our low key anniversary dinner at Luciano’s, a restaurant that we’ve heard so much about but have never been to until now.
This is Brian’s interpretation of Kilroy.
Our delicious starter, which consisted of two different types of mozzarella cheese, prosciutto (from Parma, Italy), kalamata olives, olive oil, and salt.
I liked the cozy ambiance of the restaurant. It’s quiet enough for a nice, intimate conversation also. Brian and I agreed that it’s a great place for a date.
Brian had the baked lasagna.
I had the pasta carbonara.
And, we each got dessert. Tiramisu for me.
Creme brûlée for Brian.
Brian and I really enjoyed our dinner at Luciano’s. Even though they did card us and I didn’t have my purse with me. At least our server used good judgement and realized that if I’m married to an old man like Brian then I must be equally old. LOL.
I’m really glad they let me drink otherwise I would have missed out on the delicious sangria. It was so good that I had two glasses of it. Even Brian liked it. The only downside is that you could only order it by the glass. A carafe to share with Brian would have been nice.
Anyway, great dinner overall. I highly recommend Luciano’s. Brian and I will definitely be back, with or without a special occasion to celebrate.