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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

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).

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Revisited : Ramen Halu - San Jose

On our trip to Japan we have not had the chance to try any dipping ramen so hubby was curious about and was looking to try one. We found out that Ramen Halu offered dipping ramen (tsukemen) so off we went on a Saturday afternoon.

We got there at around 1 pm and there were people waiting. We put our name in and waited for about ten minutes. The lady asked if we would take a bar seating. We took it without thinking.

Turned out that their bar seating was very tiny. Just a two seater over looking part of their kitchen. I ordered a tan tan men and hubby ordered the dipping ramen and a rice bowl with chasu.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Ginger Cafe - Sunnyvale

This review was for take out food. My office was buying lunches for employees and decided on Ginger Cafe because of the close proximity. I have never heard of it before and was curious about it. Picked the basil tofu lunch special and was excited about. One reason because the previous week on our road trip we had this amazing stir fry with basil and tofu at a Thai restaurant in Vancouver, WA.

It smelled good when I opened it up. The lunch special comes with a choice of steam rice or egg fried rice and soup of the day. I chose steam rice and I could see that the rice was abundant. For the small eater, that box could last 2 meals.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Poke Poke Fish Bar - Santa Clara

sushi rice comes with a scoop of seasoned imitation crab
We have passed by this restaurant quite a few times before finally decided to give it a try. I think this restaurant had been opened quite a while before other similar poke restaurants opened later on.

The restaurant was located on the strip mall at the corner of El Camino and San Tomas Expressway. They are sharing parking spaces with another restaurant Blurr Kitchen, a Starbucks, Noah's Bagel, T-Mobile store, etc. So parking is a problem there.
Pickle ginger topping gives a sushi like taste to the poke bowl

Here one could customize their own bowls of poke. Start with the rice base, choose your fish, then pick your other toppings and finish with the sauce of your choice. Depends on what you pick the bowl starts around $12 something. Even with no additional topping in my opinion it's more than enough topping.

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Poke Poke Fish Bar
2362 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050
Phone: (408) 244-2110