Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Pho Passion and Mintea - San Jose

Found out about this new establishment in San Jose and decided to give it a try. We got there on a Sunday afternoon close to noon. But there was nobody inside. I almost wanted to walk out again.

We were seated by the window and given the menu. The menu had pho on one side and different types of teas on the other. That's it. A very small menu. Out of the small pho menu I chose a safe one - rare steak with meatball. Hubby chose the sour and spicy seafood pho.

There was nothing special about the pho. The broth was decent but the cut for the steak was not. The meat was a bit chewy though it was served rare. I think it wasn't cut thin enough. Hubby's bowl had shrimp, shrimp ball and squid. The broth was decent but the shrimp was overcooked.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Pho Ga Nha - San Jose

fried egg roll with greens and sauce
This restaurant is located on a strip mall across from Grand Century Mall on Story Rd. Parking there is a bit tricky since the lot is small and that strip mall got other restaurants as well. We got there after lunch time almost 2 pm but surprisingly there was still a few people lining up for this restaurant. But we got a table within five minutes.

This restaurant was pretty new and just like Pho Hanoi they like to line up their tables with white paper. I seriously don't know why especially this restaurant because their tables already got glass top. Beside it's such a waste.

Anyway, I was curious with their chicken pho so that's what I ordered. But I found out that they serve fried chicken with dry yellow noodle too. I only know another restaurant that does the same thing. So hubby ordered that one.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Camy's Pizza and Hi Five Chicken - Vancouver, BC, Canada

Indian pizza with half tandoori and half butter chicken
Amazed by the Indian style pizza we had in San Jose, California we wanted to introduce our family in Vancouver to the pizza too. I found a few places but based on the reviews and menu I decided on Camy's Pizza. We went there on a weekday afternoon just before lunch hour.

The place was tiny and didn't have a lot of seats available. It's more like a take out place. It's located just across from a school and it's just the students' lunch hours. So we sneaked in between long line of kids and placed our order of half butter chicken and half tandoori. It took about 20 minutes to get our order.

We drove home carrying our pizza. And then saw this fried chicken place and thought why not get some fried chicken to go with the pizza. Brilliant.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Revisited : Motel 6 - Roseburg, Oregon

We stayed here on our first road trip to Vancouver back in 2013. Anyone interested in that posting can check it out here. This time our schedule again got us in Roseburg, Oregon. And since we were familiar with this establishment we decided to stop by again.

By the time we checked in it's around 9 pm. Tired from driving and lack of sleep I couldn't wait to get to our room. We got a room on ground floor facing the parking lot. This motel though pretty close to I-5 but not exactly by I-5 so it's pretty quiet.

When we walked in the first thing I noticed was the fragrant. I think it was a bit overwhelming though some guests may like it. The floor was laminate wood floor and there was an orange accent floor with matching orange curtain. The whole room looked renovated. Different compared to the old Motel 6 room we had previously.

Since we were pretty tired we didn't watch too much TV so I couldn't comment much on the channels. But we had good night sleep there and left early the next morning. On the road again.

side by side comparison with the photo from our previous trip in 2013

Motel 6
3100 NW Aviation Dr, Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: (541) 464-8000

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Angie's Malaysian Eatery - Burnaby, BC, Canada

fried beehoon (stir fry rice stick)
This time on our Vancouver trip we happened to have a small family reunion. Somebody mentioned Seria noodle. Curious I looked it up and found out this Angie's Malaysian Eatery that offers Seria kolomee among other things on their menu.

Seria is a small town in Brunei a small country in the island of Borneo of South East Asia. Brunei is next door to Malaysia but I guess there's not much demand of Bruneian cuisine and Malaysian cuisine is a better selling point.

The restaurant was not very big but it's a good thing it was not too busy so we could all fit in there without waiting. The menu didn't have pictures but they had stack of loose photos of the dishes they offered. Nice. I didn't bother looking at the pictures because I know what I wanted to order.

Had I looked at those pictures I would not have ordered the nasi lemak. When the nasi lemak arrived I was surprised to see the green rice side by side with the other condiments like fried chicken, fried anchovies and chili sambal. I have never had a green nasi lemak before and it didn't feel like the green color added any flavor to it. The fried chicken was not the type of fried chicken normally served with nasi lemak. So the nasi lemak was a big disappointment.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Blaze Pizza - San Jose

choose your topping
We saw this pizza place since it opened every time we went to Trader Joe's. We thought it was just another pizza place. But one day we received a coupon to try it out so off we went on a Saturday night.

We got there on a Saturday evening around 6 pm. The line was almost out the door. Some of the people there were on the way to the Sharks game at SAP center. As the line moving I looked at the menu and decided we would go for the bbq chicken from their Signature pizza category. Though we could customize our pizza but mozzarella, chicken, bbq sauce and banana pepper sounded like a winning combination.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Donut Delight Oriental Pastries - Union City

fish noodle soup
Referred to this place in Union City by a Burmese coworker as a place for Burmese fish noodle soup (Mohinga). Just by name one wouldn't think that they do anything other than donut. But reading the available reviews I found out that they do offer some burmese fare on weekends and dimsum as well.

So of we went on one Saturday morning. They supposedly open at 7 but just to be safe we got there at 10. The place was tiny and only had about four tables for about 14 people. It's more of a take out place. They don't advertise the Burmese menu only when we asked then they gave us a laminated menu with some Burmese dishes on it. We ordered the mohinga (fish noodle soup) and ohno kaukswe (curry noodle soup).