Sunday, August 05, 2007

Baby Blues Barbeque IS LAME!!!!!

Okay. This blog is called "thinking about what to eat next" but I hardly ever write about what I want to eat next. I think about what I want to eat next ALL the time, but most of the time the cravings go away or I'm just too lazy to blog about it.

Today I saw Baby Blues BBQ on the Food Network again and boy I can't stop thinking about the food the ribs. I saw this episode twice in the past but never caught the name of the place until today. I heard that the place was in California so I was hoping it was near by. Luckily for me I have internet connection and the place is in Venice, which is about 20 or 30 minutes away from where I am staying at the moment. I am craving some ribs (the big ones that were featured in the show). The corn looked too. Gosh, I am SO hungry right now! I am going to try to stop by the place this coming week. Wish me luck ! (I don't have car so it'll be a challenge to convince the driver to take me). (I've been bugging him about Roscoe's Chicken and Waffle for over a month and I still didn't get to go there yet! Good thing I've been there once or else. Grrrrrrr. (The food at Roscoe is pretty good too. I've been to the one on Sunset).

For more information, menu and pictures click on the link above or just cut and paste

Baby Blues BBQ
Danny Fischer - Rick McCarthy (onwers)
444 Lincoln Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291 USA
Tel: 310 396-7675

I can't wait! I'll bring a camera!

LAME-O !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I went today (August 9, 2007) and wow the restaurant was nothing like they showed on TV and online. I ordered the LONG ribs...and damn, they were the same size as the baby back ribs! WTF! I was still hungry after I ate and I'm a little person! I could have had a better meal at Tony Roma's or Lucille's. I was EXTREMELY Disappointed. On top of the "okay" food the service was horrible! It took us 25 minutes to get our food and the place WASN'T even busy! Hello! It was 4:15pm everyone is still at work! There were a total of 10 other people in the place which is not that much! I ordered sweet tea but they did not give it to me but they charged me for it. Of course, I had them take it off the bill. The Mac and Cheese was not fresh. The meat was semi-burnt which made it hard to taste the meat. The hot sauce wasn't as hot as they claimed. I will never ever go back. The food is extremely OVER PRICED! This goes to show you that you should not trust what you see on TV. It's a good thing I did not bring my camera.

Also, the plate that the food was served on was plastic which made it difficult to cut the ribs.

There was only one semi-good thing about the place.

Although the hot sauce wasn't as hot as they made it seem on TV it wasn't as bad. The sauce was more sweet than hot. On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the hottest....the XXX Hot sauce was only a 3. It's on the same level as that "rooster sauce" (sriracha). If you want hot food go try some vindaloo (that's Indian food).

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Bomb Ass fries at BLAZE on Thayer St.

Hello! It's been an extremely long time since I've blogged.

March -- not sure what happened in March. But I do know that I didn't try any new Asian restaurants, plus there aren't any that I'm interested in going too. Speaking of Asian restaurants...Haruki is opening a Haruki Express on Waterman St. I'm not sure what the food would be like and I won't be around to find out either since I'm moving back to California. YAH! Anyway....I had really bad sushi today from East Side Market Place...I don't know why the food is considered "fresh" when it's shipped from California...that's why I made sure to buy cooked fish eel. (I was too lazy to order take out and I was picking up a movie from my P.O box at the market anyway).

April -- We went to Red Stripe a few times...the grill cheese sandwich is awesome...but extremely oily. Their roasted tomato soup is the best I've had so far, but then again I don't usually order anything vegetables. Anyway, for $9 or $9.50 you get this HUGE (I'm not kidding about the huge part) grilled cheese sandwich grilled with pear, some sort of cheese, and prosciutto...and your choice of roasted tomato soup (yummy) or fries...skip the fries...they are always TOO salty!(you’ll leave the restaurant extremely bloated if you order the fries). But if you want to try them just have someone else order them and eat off of her/his plate. They usually give you too much fries anyway.

We are at Red Stripe....too many times...twice in May...May 1st and May 9th....after awhile the food gets boring...except for the roasted tomato soup. They have this awesome turkey liver mousse, but it’s expensive ($15 for a shared plate). I'm sure there was something else in it but I only remember "turkey." If you order the share plate it comes with 2 other or 1 other pate, duck, and salami. The jam (or chutney) that comes with it compliments the pate/meat very well. Ever since I had their turkey mousse pate I’ve been trying a sorts of pates from the cheese shop on Wayland, Whole Foods and even East Side Market place…but NOTHING compares to that. I should ask them where they get theirs from …I doubt they made it.

(May 17th, After writing about the roasted tomato soup I called in an order this afternoon. BTW the service is a little slow so if you're in a hurry or just want your food sooner tell them you have to leave soon. It works.)

We recently went to Blaze. I think they had/have one on Hope St. but they opened a new one on Thayer. The food was pretty good. Here's what we ordered.

0. Roasted tomato hummus (okay, are you starting to notice a trend of things I like? roasted tomatoes?) with some sort of toasted's # zero because it was FREE! How cool is that!

1. Sweet Potato Fries -- YUMMMMMY! Battered and deep fried, but still so good and you can STILL taste the sweet potato. This appetizer comes with this awesome Cajun mayonnaise base dip -- I loved it. And an okay tamarind wasn't thick enough to be called a dip.
Cost: $4.95, not bad.

2. Mushroom Ravioli -- I loved it! I usually don’t like to order anything without a lot of protein because I hate feeling hungry an hour after I just ate...but this wasn't bad! It was good! It had a little pork somewhere in the dish but I didn't see any. The sauce was thick which made the dish taste so good. You HAVE to try this dish if you ever eat here. Cost: $14.95, a little pricey but it's worth it (I ordered a pasta dish from The Kartabar for $12 or $13 dollars...and damn it was SO BAD! no flavor! no nothing! I could have made a better dish with $3 and my eyes closed and hands tied behind my back...yes, it was that bad!).

3. All American Burger --TOO DRY. I asked for medium. It was well done. Not good. But the salad that came with the burger was pretty good I guess. Cost: $7.95, too much for a bad burger

Our waitress (Sarah M.) was extremely nice and helpful! Too bad all waiters/waitresses aren't like her. So if you decide to try this place ask to be seated in Sarah M's section. She's the cute tall girl with the glasses.

Here's a quote I found online,

"You may find Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Steak Argentine or RI Style Calamari. For the Chocoholic there is Lava Love, a warm Chocolate Cake served with House Made Ice Cream. MMM Delicious!!!"

Yes, I heard that the desserts are very good, but we didn't have enough room for more food so next time I'll let you know if it's "MMM Delicious!!!" I think I'm going to order the Lava Love...with a name like that who could pass it up.

Next restaurant destination: Somewhere in Montreal, QC and then onto Waterman Grille.

272 Thayer St.
Providence, RI 02906
(401) 490-2128

This address is not online yet so you should write it down. =) or come back. Thanks for reading!


Saturday, February 24, 2007

FoccaciaPart 3

Okay, this is my 3rd attempt! I can't seem to get it right! Well, at least the bread was cooked thoroughly and the dough had some time to rise before going into the oven. Did I mention that I don't have a rolling pin so I used a wine bottle that I wrapped in foil? So rolling the dough isn't easy and I don't do it more than twice.


Sunday, February 11, 2007

Foccacia ... pizza with no topping...same thing

Okay I said I would post some photos of my second looks a lot better than the first one I made since it's actually flat. But I over cooked it so it didn't taste that great. The first one I made tasted better even though some parts were uncooked. Oh well. I'll try again.

Next on the menu? Chicken stir fry with broccoli...maybe teriyaki?


Monday, January 22, 2007


I've been wanting to make foccacia bread for a long time so last night I went and bought ready made dough. I sort read the directions, which is why the foccacia turned out looking pretty bad. I didn't take a photo of it because all I want to do it to forget about it. Let me tell you, it was horrible. The shape was horrible. Certain areas of the bread were raw. Yup. Raw: as in not cooked. It didn't taste bad; it was kind of good so we ate it. Okay, let's see where it went wrong. Instead of following the direction on the bag I followed Jamie Oliver's direction for "homemade dough." I think that's the first thing that went wrong. I let it rise, but it didn't seem to rise so I took it out of the bowl and started beating it. Emmm, you're supposed to beat bread so that the air comes out of it. Okay, that part was fine. I started rolling it out, but it was a little hard so I added some flour....I think that's where it went wrong. I started kneading it....that's where it went horrible wrong. I could no longer get it to go flat; it kept wanting to ball up. So I had to pretend that it was a pizza...I tried tossing it...that only works with dough that hasn't gone wrong. So anyway, I started to just pull it apart...luckily I was able to pull it apart enough for it to have some sort of stickiness underneath...that's when I had it back on the baking pan. I was able to stretch it out about 12 inches across and 9 inches high. I tried rolling it so that it the dough would even out, but the rolling didn't work. So I ended up with a mountainous landscape type dough (did I mention that at this time I also added some dry basil, which only stayed at one part of the bread. haha). Well, I guess I was supposed to let it rise again, but I just threw some salt, parmesan cheese, and extra virgin olive oil on top and threw it in the oven. (I poked holes in the bread in several areas so that the olive oil could stay put and cook in the oven...well, I think that was the purpose).

Next time I'll take a photo even if it's bad looking. =)

p.s the BEST foccacia bread is served at The Karta Bar on Thayer St. I think that they USED to serve them for free, but I didn't see them last time.They're really good though.


Saturday, January 20, 2007

Roast Leg of Lamb

Leg of lamb was on sale so I decided to roast one this weekend.

My first attempt to make roasted leg of lamb turned out pretty well (at least I think so). I got the main recipe from a Donna Hay cookbook that was given to us last year. Donna Hay called for 5 pound leg of lamb, but I was only able to get a four pounder. And instead of using only seeded mustard, honey and a bed of rosemary I added slivers of garlic, rosemary (see photo), olive oil, salt and black pepper.

Even though I had a 4 pound leg of lamb I followed the 5 pound recipe. The lamb roasted for 1.5 hours. The lamb was cooked, which was good because I’m a little paranoid about eating raw lamb (I’m okay with raw beef, but not lamb).

I also made green beans, glazed carrots and stove top stuffing...and of course rice.

(Before the extra virgin olive oil rub)

To see the rest of the photos and more click on the link above


Sunday, January 07, 2007

Thee worst restaurant in Providence is Sakura Restaurant

No words can describe how horrible the food was. The beef teriyaki was the worst thing I've ever eaten in my life (and I've had sea urchin before). I didn't bother eating the sushi that M-- ordered because from the looks of it they didn’t even look like raw sushi grade fresh.

I didn’t even bother offering some of my beef to M--. After awhile I told him that I would offer it to him, but that I’m not going to because it was so bad. I apologized to him for suggesting that we go there. I know it wasn’t my fault, but I felt so bad. He said he was okay (that’s because he’s very tolerant).

Here are the reasons why the beef dish (oh my gosh! I still can't get over how horrible this place was!) was so bad:

1) The beef was flat....meaning it was extremely thin (thinly sliced).
2) The beef smelled. It smelled of rotten beef because it was probably rotten. Before I even ate the meat I could smell how bad it was (and I'm the type of person that eats anything). I ate a piece and was seriously thinking about not touching my plate after that. I should have done so since I feel sick to my stomach right now.
3) The rice was soggy.
4) The beef was over cooked. (The reason why they over cooked the meat was to cover up that fact that the meat was rotten. They do this in Chinese restaurants, but it’s harder to detect because they cut the meat into smaller pieces AND they add ginger and a lot of garlic to over the smell).
5) The ramen noodles that came with the plate was nasty and was unnecessary
6) The beef tasted BAD. Need I say more?

The only mediocre thing about the food was that the miso soup wasn't bad and the price for the food wasn't as expensive as Haruki. (I'd rather pay more for some-what good Japanese food than pay less to eat TRASH. Yes, they serve trash and I resent everyone that holds this place so high. Besides the food being very nasty, inedible and sicken the entire restaurant looked like trash. Seriously, even a person without an eye for detail can see the enormous flaws they have at that restaurant. The ceilings were old and dirty. The walls were cracked and dusty. And the bathroom --- well, it's comparable to the boys’ bathroom in the public schools. Okay, it wasn't as bad, but it was very bad. Did I mention that the blinds in the bathroom weren't closed all the way because they were broken and dirty (I saw this before I got the food) and that the soap looked dirty and crusty?)

This place serves trash.

I am so sick of the Asian restaurants here in Providence (except for Sawadee on Hope St.). The Asian restaurants here in Providence give non-Asians a false sense of what Asian food is like and that is not good. If you want real Asian food go to California (go to LA, Oakland, San Francisco, and any city in the Bay Area). My gosh, it's horrible how a lot of people think that this place is so great when it's not. Yes, they don't charge that much, but do you really want to eat trash? I hate to dog this place, but they get an “F-“ from me.

I read the reviews on yahoo and everyone seemed to like it EXCEPT one smart individual who said this place is overrated and YES it is!

Do not eat here unless you really don’t care about eating good food.

I would have been HAPPY to have had a frozen entree than to have eaten here.


Friday, January 05, 2007

Hay Market in Boston, MA

Once in awhile I like to go out of the state to get some fresh and CHEAP produce. We went last week and were able to get asparagus for only $1. Yes, one dollar. Pretty good deal. I got some herbs (cilantro (aka coriander), 3 bunches green onions, and parsley) for $2.25. At the market around the corner from my house, for $2.25 I would only be able to get one or two bunch of herbs. I wanted basil, but the guy forgot to bring them with him because he was going to a wedding the next day and had forgotten. Yes, he told me all of this and then he introduced himself and told me to come back next week. I said okay, but I don't think I'll be back for another month or two.

Penne with Newman's vodka sauce, served with baked Shaw's hot Italian sausage topped with parsely.

Cheap and easy. Less than $7 per person (or more like $3.50 per serving since we eat for two). Oh yeah I forgot about the asparagus. Add another 75 cents to the cost since I only used 3/4 of what I bought....(of course I forgot about the rest. I didn't have enough room when I roasted them).

Sorry there's not link to the Hay Market...but it's near the Holocaust Memorial in Boston. You can't miss it.


"cake like" mini brownies

During the holidays I tried to bake. I was planning on baking a lot of things but after the first attempt I gave up.

I baked brownies for the second time ever.

The brownies weren't so great. One of the reasons why it turned out so bad was because I thought that "cake like" meant that the brownies would be fluffy. Boy was I wrong. I also over cooked them. They weren't burnt, but I definitely over cooked them.

They were very cute, but they tasted bad so I had to throw them away. M-- eats everything I bake, but not that time. When I was tossing the brownies into the garbage a mini brownie fell. When it hit the ground it made a thumping noise. I picked it up and knocked it on the wall. Wow, it sounded like someone's knuckles hitting the wall.


Monday, December 18, 2006

Haruki East on Wayland Ave. is going DOWN hill.

Yes, I said it! They are going down, down, down. Their sushi is no longer thick and fresh. The food in the bento boxes are tiny seriously, I'm not joking. I ordered a beef teriyaki bento box which comes with California rolls and the beef. The beef was smaller than a 2x3 post-it. The broccoli didn't have the sauce that it usually had, and to top it off it took TOO long to get to our table. Our sake (salmon), sweet shrimp, and yellow tail came after we fished our soup/salad, but I swear we waited over 20 minutes for our damn boxes to get out. It was 1pm and I was starving!

Anyway, I also forgot to mention that the fruit that came with the box was NOT fresh. 4 day old container fruit at the market would have tasted a lot fresher than what they had in our box. I usually eat everything when I'm hungry, but not the unfresh fruit! For that much at least let us leave feeling a little satisfied. Geez. We need a new spot. The good about this place is that it's so close to our house! Oh well the salmon really satisfied my sushi cravings for Saturday morning. Unfortunately they didn't have salmon skin, WTF!

The next day I went to Ruffles and had their pancake special. The price was very special. For $5.95 ($6.43 plus tax) I got a small cup of OJ, coffee (FREE refills), 2 soft fluffy pancakes, 2 sausages, 1 egg (over easy please!) and some home fries. Can't beat that! They serve brunch until 1pm. Word of advice, DO NOT arrive after 12pm because you might not get a seat. It's always packed after 12pm on Sundays. (Note if you're a fan of eggs Benedict or corn beef has I'll suggest you NOT order these. We ordered that last time and it was not all that, it was okay, just not great compared to Cafe Orlin's in NY or Zackary’s in Santa Cruz (I'm not sure if they're still there)).


Don't shoot me, but Trinity Brewhouse was BAD, not bad cool, but bad BAD!

Yes, it was bad. I ordered the Trinity burger and couldn't eat it. There was blue cheese in it. I like blue cheese, but not in my burger. That's my fault for not paying attention. One thing I can really complain about are the fries, they were bad. I'm not sure how to explain it; you'll have to eat them to find out. Okay fine, they were thin, but not crunchy. Some fries were uncooked. $9.95, not worth it! Next time I feel like getting a burger I'll head over to the Kartabar on Thayer. It's only $7.00 for a bigger and better tasting burger.

The Trinity Nachos were okay. We liked the chips because they were large and crunchy, but the whole thing lacked flavor. I think pickled Jalapenos would have added more flavor instead of Fresh Jalapenos. Overall the nachos were the best thing we had besides the PC Pilsner.

M-- got the grilled sausage platter. The Red bliss mashed potatoes tasted like they were sitting in water after they were mashed. Bad, bad, bad. And the thing was lacking flavor.....salt. The platter came with two sausages. One of the sausages tasted like extremely salty hot dog and the other just tasted expired. The sauerkraut was not fresh, it was not sour, it was all brown and tasteless. For $13.99 we got a lot for this platter, but too bad it didn't taste good. We were extremely hungry so we ate all the nachos, but didn't touch the mash potatoes after 2 bites. I eat anything even if it's bad because it's a waste of money not to eat it. So we packed half of the burgers, all the fries, and a sausage. On our way home I didn't feel so great so I might NOT eat the left over after all. We'll see. People eat anything when they're hungry. I think we should have ordered the fish legs. At least it would have been different.

Oh well, we wanted to try a new place; we did and didn't like it.

Go here for beer, not the food. If you want beer and food, I suggest going to RiRa (a few blocks away). Plus, RiRa has 3 plasma screen TV’s and on certain nights they have pub trivia or a show.

Best place for a burger:

284 Thayer St.
Providece, RI 02906

I always order the Kartaburger(again only $7.00, dinner!). And M-- usually orders Gnocchi Diablo con filet mignon-$13.50(dinner!). We've tried some of their specials and other pasta dishes, but we like this one better. The only complaint about the Kartabar is that their cocktail drinks are water downed, I think they water down their wine too if that's possible).


Saturday, December 16, 2006

Hibachi Steak House in Norwood, MA. YUMMY and CHEAP!

Hey folks, we had our company Christmas lunch yesterday. The Boston team came down and we went up to Norwood for lunch at a place call Hibachi Steak House. We went there last year and everyone loved it so we went back again.

The food is pretty cheap compared to Haruki. I had the pleasure of introducing sushi to V--. She's never had sushi or faux sushi (California Rolls, etc). I didn't order anything too wild. I ordered the following sushi for us to taste: Sake (salmon), Unagi (eel), Toro (tuna belly), Habachi (yellowtail), and the caterpillar roll. I was so happy that she was so open minded. (I keep trying to coerce K-- to try some eel since the eel was not raw, but she wouldn't do it). She's never used a chopstick either so I had to tell her how. I hold my chopstick incorrectly, but I told her as long as the food doesn't fall that it was fine. I showed her how to use the soy sauce (low sodium soy sauce, which I told her that Asian's don't use that. They use the real thing, but I didn't want to bother asking for regular soy sauce). I showed her how to mix the wasabi into the soy sauce. Then we ate the sushi piece by piece. I told her that one way the soy sauce/wasabi can be applied to the sushi is by dipping a piece of ginger into the sauce and then rubbing the sushi or you can just dunk the sushi into the sauce, which is what we did. After we ate each piece I told her that she should eat a piece of sweet ginger to wash down the taste of the previous fish. Her favorite sushi out of the few that we had was the sake (salmon) and unagi (eel), which I also love too! I told her I was proud of her being so brave. She totally just dove in. She said that if she was going to try sushi she wanted to go with someone who knew something about it so that she won't order the wrong thing and decide that she hates sushi for life. That's a good way of looking at things! That's awesome. One thing that I forgot to order was salmon skin. I am so mad. I should have order California roll for her too, just so she can taste what faux sushi is like. I also ordered some edamame ($3.75, not a bad price). She liked that too. I think we fished one plate by ourselves.

For the main course we both ordered the samurai special. This dish consists of fillet mignon and shrimp with the choice of white rice or fried rice. Japanese people traditionally don't eat fried rice so I ordered white rice for the both of us. I think we were the only ones there who ate white rice. I like Japanese white rice more than fried rice. I explained to her the difference between Japanese rice and Thai rice and Chinese rice. We also talked about yellow sticky rice, which is a South East Asian thing (this was brought up because we were talking about her Laotian friend (FYI, people from Laos (Laos is in between Vietnam and Thailand).

I can't stop thinking about the food we had yesterday. Right now I'm trying to figure out if I want to get pancakes or sushi. The only reason why I would want pancakes is because it's a lot cheaper than getting sushi. hmmmm. They cooked the food in front of us! This year we didn't get the show they did for us last year. They only do the volcano, shrimp and knife tricks for dinner. Dinner is a little pricy so I guess that's why they have to entertain their customer. Oh well. The fillet mignon was cooked perfectly, medium well. The shrimp was tasty too. The order also came with onion soup (not into onion soup so I skipped that part) and vegetables. $12.50 for all of this. Not bad at all. You get more compared to a bento box at most restaurants. Please I ordered the most expensive thing on the lunch menu.

For drinks we got this thing called the Flaming Volcano. I think some people call it a Scorpion bowl. The drink is huge so V-- and I shared one (only $10.75). After that we ordered a cherry blossom. The drink is very cute, but not as tasty.

If you click on the title you can see the restaurant menu.

Hibachi Steak House
315 Morse St.
Norwood, MA 02062-5034


Thursday, December 07, 2006

Haruki East on Wayland Ave.

300 pound halibut

Last night we went to Haruki East for dinner.

I was being cheap so I decided to stay away from sushi. Choice number one was Kibe Beef: NY steak with mash potatoes and seasonal greens, $14.00. Yes, I know it's not "Japanese" but I like this dish. At the last minute I decided to go with "The Catch of the Day." Grilled halibut.

I should have stuck with my first choice because the halibut wasn't that great. The wasabi sauce that came with the dish was interesting, but the fish was still lacking salt. I poured some soy sauce on top of the fish, but that didn't do it any good.

I didn't like the fish, but I ate everything because I told myself that the fish was healthy and that it will fill me up. Oh well, next time I'll spend an extra $5 or more for some sushi (fyi, California Roll is not sushi, it's faux sushi. I hate it when people think they've had sushi, but they really didn't).

I like this place, but I don't think I'll ever order "The Catch of The Day" again.

Positive things about the place:

1) The atmosphere is really nice (they're always busy at night esp. on Fridays so make reservations!)

2) I like their fried ice cream esp. when it comes with blackberries. The last time I had it they served kiwi with it--Hate it.

3) The sushi's not bad

4) I heard the Red Snapper Cheek was very taste.


1) It's a little on the pricy side so if you can make it before 3pm lunch is a better bargain
2) The price (I hope you got my point).


I didn't feel so great when we got home from Haruki, but I'm fine now.


And I don't always eat good or expensive food. Today I had a Celeste personal pan pizza (with sausage). Their "Zesty Chicken" is much better and it's lower in calories. $0.67 Yes, 67 cents, you can't beat that!

Man, blogging makes me hungry.

If you click on the title you can read a review on Haruki East and you can also see their menu.
(Note: The prices have gone up. Sashimi deluxe is not longer $24, it's not $28).

Haruki East
172 Wayland Ave.
Providence, RI


Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Thank you Don

Thank you Don for the info. I'm pretty bad with names especially when it comes to things I don't like. M-- told me that he thought it was "Pakarang" but for some reason I thought it was Parakang.

Anyway, today for lunch I had white rice with beans and chicken stew from Carolina's on Broad Street. I love love the chicken stew. The hot sauce that they have there makes it even better! They have one English speaker there and she's not always nice, but the food is good and CHEAP! so it's worth it. You can't beat a $3.50 meal. I don't even think McDonald's can beat that price these days.

Have you seen that soup Nazi episode? Yes, she’s sort of like that, but not that bad.

I don't have photos, but maybe I'll take my camera to work next week so I can take a photo of the place and the food. Yum.

It's good to know that "Don in Prov" and a few other folks are reading my blogs. I just hope that they're not too boring. =)

Carolina Restaurant
864 Broad Street
Providence, RI 02907

They a lot a large assortment of meat/food, but I'm hooked on the chicken stew so I haven't been able to try anything else (it's been a year long addiction).

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Nasty ass Pakarang (not Parakang) in Providence, RI

Seriously folks this place was NASTY.

Just remember the name: Parakang, accent on the first A.
Do not go there unless you don't know anything about Thai food or good food in general.

Okay, it wasn't horrible. It was just very very okay. Before I get to the food, here are more reasons why I didn't like the place:

1) The menu was very short
2) They cost more than Sawaddee (My favorite Thai restaurant)
3) service was slow

The only good thing I can say about this place is that it was a large restaurant with hardly any customers...hmmmm, I wonder why.

Here's what I ordered:

Salmon and Ginger-yes, it was Salmon and ginger, but where's the "Thai" in this dish? It was bad, nasty and my stomach hurts now. Maybe I was expecting too much since everyone was raving about it. Plus they got an award for "Best Thai Food" in 2005. Yeah, that's 2005, and it wasn't like they got an award for 2004. Also, who's rating these places anyway? How do I know that this person rating this restaurant knows what s/he is talking about?

M-- got beef basil which was better tasting than my dish, but it was only good because it was yummy cow (dinner table talk was about slaughtering cows and killing chickens and knocking fish on the head).

Tom Yum soup was wack, W-A-C-K wack! It had too much sugar and the fish sauce was too strong. There was a lack of "sour" in the "hot & sour" soup.

The iced coffee wasn't bad, then again it's hard to mess up on iced coffee.

I told M-- that I no longer trusted non-Asian views on Asian food because honestly I don't think they've had enough to really compare what's great or not. Seriously though, I'm not trying to be racist or racial, but don't you think Asians know a lot more about Asian food since we eat it a lot more than American food? See, this is how we Asians see it. If we're trying to see if a restaurant is worth going to we survey the crowd and if we see a bunch of Asians we usually go in, but if we hardly see anything we run.

There was this restaurant in Oakland's Chinatown that served noodles. That place was always busy. 98 percent of their customers were loyal Asians, but 2 percent were loyal Americans (whites/blacks).

So what I'm trying to say is that Sawaddee is hands down better than Parakang. Someone said that she thought Sawaddee have down hill, but no I don't think so lady. Their pad Thai is so much better than Apsara (an Asian restaurant that she claims have better pad Thai). A restaurant that also serves Chinese, Viet and Cambodia food doesn't know that much about Thai food.

Sorry no picture, but don't worry they didn't do a good job on the presentation.