What could be better on a cold winter night than a steaming hot bowl of Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup. That is what drew us to Rice & Noodle on one this particular occasion.
February is a very festive month for us. We kick it off with my brother’s birthday right after Valentine’s day, followed by my wife a week later and my dad just barely making February on the very last day of the month.
Lancaster, PA can be a surprising city. While often times people only think of “Amish Country”, Lancaster city itself has quit a few gems to discover. One visit that inspired me to start up again was my lunch at the historic Belvedere Inn.
Some great people like Lancaster Transplant and Lancexplorer have done a great job of sharing some of these gems and I thought I was time I start showcasing this beautiful city a little bit more. Maybe others will be encouraged to discover them as well!
A few weeks ago Chipotle showed up in Lancaster. It took us a little while but today we finally made our way there. It was fairly crowded, not overly so, but because they hardly have any tables, the whole place was full. So we decided to opt for takeout. The smell of the grill going was great on the way in.
Thanksgiving just passed us by and I’m sure there was a lot of tradition and innovation in all of your kitchens. Our kitchen was more of a collaboration than usual. The reason I say that is because when I was little it was basically my mom cooking. Then when I learned how to cook and learned that I enjoyed cooking, I took over. My mom would step in from time to time to answer a question or two but she very gladly handed it over to me. One of the dishes I did own, however, was the cranberry sauce. Continue reading
This last week was the Lancaster Taste the World in Downtown Lancaster.
Susan and I are always excited about this event but due to the rain, she stayed home and I ventured out with my dad (he heard about the pig ears and the cactus salad and was more than happy to go). Our first stop was Upohar.
I feel like it’s been a while since I experimented with something new. A couple days ago I was reading The Amateur Gourmet, which I read every day, and Adam Roberts mentioned something about crispy chicken skin. Now, I have always loved chicken skin and I did have the idea of chicken chicharron that we had once upon a time, but reading how easily he made it (read all about it here) made me decide to give it a try. I mentioned it to friends but everyone balked at the idea. None the less, I decided I was going to give it a shot.
As I started writing this post I suddenly realized how far behind I am in these posts! You see February is a big birthday month and to celebrate my brother turning 31 we went to Carrabba’s Italian Grill. I was curious since I’ve had a couple good comments about it and I wanted to see how much of it was true. We started off the evening with a Sangria. I wouldn’t say that it was something that would compel me to rush back but it was a decent enough accompaniment to our meal.
Since our move to the US, one of the things that we really missed was going out to Café Saúl for a crepe so when I heard that there was a good place for crepes in Lancaster, we just had to check out Rachel’s Creperie. We made this a family outing and went with my parents. My wife decided to go for the banana nut crepe which, while simple, packed a vivacious combination of banana, Nutella and peanut butter.