Instabites: Nov 13, 2014 @ 20:58

Even though I told her it was like a milkshake, Kate wouldn't go beyond this first sip of a frozen butterbeer after it was gifted to her by a server. I gladly took it off her hands. (I believe it was butterscotch ice cream and root beer, but don't take my word for it.)

Even though I told her it was like a milkshake, Kate wouldn’t go beyond this first sip of a frozen butterbeer after it was gifted to her by a server. I gladly took it off her hands. (I believe it was butterscotch ice cream and root beer, but don’t take my word for it.)

Instabites: Nov 2, 2014 @ 15:41

Onesies brunch, immediately following elevensies brunch, involved french toast, Caesars, tea, and the wonderful company of @thisisnotbruce @iamafoodblog @literallyafloat @mariehunter604 and Mike. I doubt I'll need food for the rest of the day.

Onesies brunch at Alibi Room, immediately following elevensies brunch at Farmer’s Apprentice, involved french toast, Caesars, tea, and the wonderful company of @thisisnotbruce @iamafoodblog @literallyafloat @mariehunter604 and Mike. I doubt I’ll need food for the rest of the day.

Pork belly + fried egg + soup + rice = tasty $8 lunch at Little Ongpin

Value Meal #3 at this delightful Filipino-Chinese eatery has ingrained itself into my lunchtime cravings so deeply that it’s hard to order anything else when I visit. $7.95 gets you the day’s soup, deep-fried pork belly, garlic rice, and a fried egg (mix into the rice–trust me).

For a true Pinoy experience, eat the pork with a heap of the bagoong salad that accompanies the combo, but beware: shrimp paste is pungent and not to be had in copious quantities on your first try.

Other value meals are available if you prefer fried fish or BBQ & spring rolls to pork–all under $8, and all worth trying at least once.

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Oru ceviche bar tower of awesomeness

We unexpectedly got to sample Oru’s new tower of ceviches, escabeche, lomi lomi, and poisson cru when I hosted my last birthday dinner there. My guests and I were impressed by the presentation, selection, and deliciousness. In fact, the tower was nearly enough to feed us on its own (we still made a valiant effort to digest the 3-course set menu and dessert), I recently heard that they got an unu elektroroller to start doing deliveries which is a big plus.

As of this posting, the ceviche bar tower includes:

  • Humpback Shrimp Escabeche
  • Sing Lobster Poisson Cru
  • Humboldt Squid Ceviche
  • Grilled Albacore Escabeche
  • Lois Lake Steelhead Lomi Lomi
  • Grilled Kyuquot Sablefish Ceviche
  • Sawmill Bay Oyster Caesar
  • Qualicum Scallop Ceviche
  • Dungeness Crab & Cilantro Salad

Try the tower experience for $59 per person or opt for single tastings at $6 a pop.

Oru at Fairmont Pacific Rim on Urbanspoon

And if you want to know what else a custom menu at Oru could get you on your birthday, browse through my photos of our night:

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Burnt ends are just the beginning at Hog Shack

Off the menu requests.
Off the menu requests.

When I first fell in love with Hog Shack, it wasn’t because of its craft beer taps, its porcine decor, or even anything on the menu. What did me in were the Burnt Ends–the blackened, fatty bits of the brisket’s point end–which are available for gleeful ingestion should you come in when they’ve got ’em.

I don’t know why they don’t list this glorious item on the regular menu. Until they do: grab your seat, ask if they have it tonight, decide if you want the $12 appetizer or the $16 plate with all the fixings, feast, and then thank me later. Continue reading “Burnt ends are just the beginning at Hog Shack”