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Wasabi By Request

Posted on August 31, 2012 by under Food and Drink.    

Old Town Sushi Bar By Wasabi on Urbanspoon

Misty was in the office yesterday for an informational training session on electric vehicles so we decided to have lunch together. We hadn’t seen each other in a while so it was nice to have the opportunity to catch up. Misty selected Wasabi, a restaurant that we both love. It’s been a while since I’d been there so I was happy about her choice. I always welcome any excuse to eat at Wasabi.

Brian loves Wasabi also and would have met us at the restaurant, but he had to meet Benjamin Franklin at the new house to get an estimate on a hydro backup sump pump install. Had he known that they wouldn’t come until much later in the afternoon, he would have joined us. Instead, he spent the entire day waiting for them to call him, which they didn’t even do until they were at our house.

Brian said the BF rep waited in our driveway for five minutes before calling him. Brian was a little perturbed by this because he specifically asked for 30 minutes of lead time. They were supposed to call him right before they headed to the house at the latest. Brian had to haul butt to the house to meet the guy.

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Anyway, back to lunch. I ordered a bento box. I’d seen other people order it, and it seemed like a good value. Here’s what you get for a little over $8 — miso soup, salad (which I normally don’t eat because I’m not a fan of ginger dressing; yet, surprisingly, I like the version they use at Wasabi), choice of meat (I got tonkatsu pork), tempura vegetables, steamed rice, 4 pieces of California roll, and half an orange.

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Misty got the ninja roll, which she regretted soon after ordering. She forgot that she had tried it before and only found it to be okay. It wasn’t her favorite. I didn’t get to try it, but I thought it was expensive (almost $14) for the portion of food that you got.

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Misty had never had mochi ice cream before and I was craving it so I ordered some for us to share. I got the mango flavor, which is my favorite. I ended up eating most of it, but Misty said she liked it.

Anyway, Misty and I paid about the same amount for lunch, but I got way more food than she did plus dessert. If you’ve never tried the bento box lunches at Wasabi, you have to. It’s great particularly if you’re hungry. Not so great if you’ve got your heart set on their specialty sushi. Just depends on what you’re in the mood for, I guess.

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It Must Be Curry Week

Posted on August 30, 2012 by under Food and Drink.    

Darcy mentioned to me that she made curry this week. Here’s a photo of Darcy’s curry dish. I’ve not tried it, but it looks really good.

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Lucky for me, mom decided to make chicken curry on Tuesday so I managed to get my curry fix after all. Darcy says that her version is more like what they serve at Bella Luna. Mom’s curry is sweet like Thai yellow curry.

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It was yummy. Thanks for feeding me, mom! (One of these days I’m going to get Darcy to bring a sample of her curry to work so I can try it.)

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The BISTRO at 151

Posted on August 27, 2012 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

Not to be confused with the “Cafe 151” in Wichita, KS. This is one of the restaurants that is located in the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

We ate at BISTRO at 151 on Sunday evening after our group decided that we were hungry around 8 PM, since we had such a late lunch at Giordano’s.

The menu is a variety of different items ranging from soups and salads to sandwiches and steaks. Since we got there so late in the evening they didn’t have a lot of seating. They had already shut down a large portion of the restaurant and we were being limited to the bar or a 35-minute wait. We chose the bar, of course.

We sat down got our menus and realized that the meals here were not going to be cheap. The cheapest item on the menu was around $8.00 and it went all the way up to about $30.00 for the steak.

I wasn’t that hungry and I really try not to eat that late in the evening so I just had a small chicken quesadilla appetizer.

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I was not impressed with my meal. It was alright but not worth the $12 price tag. The guys in my group decided on more substantial meals.

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We went there again for breakfast. This time we all had the $22 breakfast buffet.

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The Bistro at 151 on Urbanspoon

This was a little better. Again, I am no longer a big buffet eater but for the money you do have a pretty vast selection. The buffet is definitely the way to go, though. The $22 buffet price also includes coffee and juice. It actually costs more to go a la carte. Yes, the coffee and juice were that expensive. I am already looking for a different place for breakfast. The food is good. It’s just too expensive. [Check Urbanspoon Chicago. ~ Ching]

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Posted on August 26, 2012 by under Reviews, Things to Do, Travel.    

I had to make a trip to Chicago for some training. I asked a few of my friends, where to eat in Chicago. They responded with Giordano’s. So I asked the group I was with if they wanted to go and they agreed that it sounded like a good place. And, it was right down the street.

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When we walked in they handed us a menu. They told us it would be a 15 minute wait, and then told us that we could order the pizza while waiting for a table since it took 45 min to get a pizza made. This was a little concerning but we figured what the hell, the place is packed, it must be really good.

We started with the bruschetta appetizer. It had really good flavor and was actually a really large portion.

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The pizza was not just large, it was gigantic.

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Giordano's Pizza on Urbanspoon

This was a medium three topping stuffed deep dish pizza. We each got two slices and we still could not finish it.

We thought about taking it back to the hotel, but we didn’t have any fridges or microwaves in our rooms.

I would have to say that this was a really good place. Prices are reasonable for what you get. But be warned. The wait is pretty long. So keep this in mind if you are making plans for a date or something.

Speaking of dates, I think I will need to make plans to bring my wife back here for a vacation at some point.

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It’s Not That Kind of Journey

Posted on August 25, 2012 by under Confessions.    

Brian and I had a funny conversation on the way to the new house to meet the Lowe’s delivery guys this morning. We have funny conversations all the time, so much so that I’m convinced it would make pretty good TV. Except I’d end up playing the role of a ditzy, Asian airhead. For someone presumably smart, some of the things that come out of my mouth are downright daft.

This conversation occurred right as we passed The Journey Church on Harry.

CHING: Let’s check out this church since we’re going to be living in this area now.


CHING: Don’t you want to go to church?

Brian just gave me a look of disdain.

CHING: It looks promising. Besides, I like Journey.

BRIAN: It’s not that kind of Journey!

We both cracked up. Brian added that, right at that moment our old friend Le Blanc (who used to say on a regular basis that I made is head hurt because of some of the things I’d say) was having an aneurysm.

It seems that there’s no convincing Brian to start going to church. Not by deception, coercion, or manipulation. He’s obviously not going to buy that Journey the church is in anyway associated with or related to Journey the band.

I wasn’t quite ready to give up yet, though. I looked up the church web site just now to get more information so I can make another attempt at persuading Brian to check it out. That’s when I found this photo.

I was like, “See! It is that kind of Journey!

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