Sichuan Style Hot Pot at Mala Tang

About a week ago, my twitter feed was going crazy with all tweets from my fellow bloggers and foodies about this place, Mala Tang. My husband had also mentioned to me a while ago about this new hot pot style place that he thought I would like. I love eating hot pot style; one of my favorite Cambodian dishes is cooked in a hot pot. So of course, it’s been on the back of my mind to finally try. So what is the deal with this Sichuan place in Arlington?…

(Food) Highlights of My Trip to Vegas

Besides the lights, shows and casinos, what else is Vegas know for? The food of course! Spending an extended amount of time in Vegas this past week let me get a really good sampling of some of the best cuisine Sin City has to offer. I definitely packed on a few pounds with the insane amount of calories I consumed, but in the end, it was all worth it. Here are just a few highlights from my eating adventure in Vegas. Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro I started of the…

Lunch at 901

A new restaurant recently opened up a block from my office and it created quite a little buzz here. A friend went there and she came back telling us about the delicious dinner she had at 901 Restaurant. So of course, I really wanted to try it out. So on a hot and humid Friday, a group of us made our maiden voyage to 901 for lunch. As soon as you walk in, you get transported into a very swanky and hip dining space. It seemed very modern, but inviting…

A Surprise Date Night at Ray’s the Steaks

On our way home, my husband, Tuan, and I were trying to figure out dinner plans; after throwing out a few ideas, he wanted to take me to one of our favorite places for an impromptu date night. We’ve been a fan of Ray’s the Steaks since they were at their old location next to Hell Burger. What really attracts me to the new location is that they now take reservations and the space is much larger. In all actually, we’ve never had a tough time getting a table; we…

Indulging in My Favorite Cuisine at Duangrat’s Thai Restaurant

My husband and I wanted to go out celebrating last night, and I got to pick. Without a doubt, I chose a Thai place. If you haven’t already guessed, I love Thai food and we decided to go to Duangrat’s, on Rt. 7 near Bailey’s Crossroads. We’ve been going here since we moved into the area about 4 years ago. I can always count on consistency and getting a great  meal. We started of the meal with the salt and pepper fried calamari. They do a great job with the…

A Much Needed Trip to Banh Mi DC

On the way home from work, I was really craving banh mi, otherwise known as Vietnamese Po Boys. For those who are not aware, a banh mi sandwich is composed of delicious meats, pickled daikon and carrots, cilantro, cucumbers and jalapenos, all tucked inside a super crispy loaf of french bread. And I’m not sure where my craving came from, but all I could think about was having one (or 2) of those sandwiches for dinner. Since I’m so close to Eden Center, you think it would make perfect sense…

Eating My Way Through the Virginia Beach Region

I was in the Hampton Roads/VA Beach region for work this week. My family and I go down to VA Beach almost every year, but we never spend enough time down there for me to get a good sense of the cuisine. So I took the opportunity this week to finally sample a wide variety of the local food. Chickahominy House – Soul Food Restaurant, Williamsburg, VA I carpooled with some co-workers on the ride down early Monday morning. As we were getting close to Richmond, we realized that it was 8…

Trying Out the Shake Shack in DC

Since the Shake Shack made it’s way down to DC from the Big Apple, there’s been a lot of hype. I keep reading tweets and blog posts about how groups of people are congregating there to try out this NYC staple; there have even been stories about the the ridiculous lines that wrap around the block. So finally, for an impromptu Family Food Adventure (FFA), we decided to check out what all the hype was about with the Shake Shack. We decided to have dinner around 7:00 pm on a…

Lunch at My Favorite Watering Hole

Cafe Asia in Rosslyn has been one of my favorite go to spots for drinks for a while now; mostly in part because my cousin in law is a bartender there and she makes the most amazing lychee martinis! So on a gorgeous Friday, my husband and I met up for lunch and we decided to go to Cafe Asia and actually have a meal. They actually have a pretty decent sushi selection; and during happy hour, the sushi prices are great! However for my lunch, I decided on the…

Crab Cakes at Gunning’s Seafood Restaurant

I found myself across the Potomac River in Maryland for work and based on a coworker’s suggestion — who used to live and work in that area — went to Gunning’s Seafood Restaurant in Hanover for lunch. This place was right off the main road, in a business park. Driving up, you couldn’t miss where everyone was having lunch, the parking lot was full; there were cars parked illegally all over the sides of the street. After finding what seemed like a reasonable parking spot, we walked up to the…