RESTAURANTS WE'VE VISITED
Pho Thanh My - Vietnamese
B3: Bun Thit Nuong
(Vermicelli Bowl with char - glazed pork)
How can I not love a restaurant with my name in it? Well, to be honest, of the 3 Vietnamese restaurants in town, this one is my favorite. Not just because of the name. Saigon Cuisine is quite comparable with pretty good eggrolls. I also prefer the flavorful broth of their seafood noodle soup over Pho Thanh My. Vanlang on S. University also held my attention for a time, but they've changed ownership, and they didn't have competition at the time. The only downfall is no beer or wine is served here.
X3 Mi Xao Do Bien
Seafood stir - fried egg noodles
Ya Ya's Euro Bistro
The girls were out of school today, so we agreed on Ya Ya's for lunch. I have always loved Beef Carpaccio, ever since I waited tables for a short time at The Terrace, one of Jerry Barakat's first restaurants. It was always fun to watch the cooks prepare the entrees. This is one I don't think I could duplicate. Gianna's favorite part of the appetizer is the crunch of the fried capers. I love the combination of the arugula, citrus vinaigrette, and thinly sliced rare beef. I ask for the goat cheese on the side. I also love the local, fresh, and natural motto at Ya Ya's.
Ya Ya's is located at The Promenade at Chenal in Little Rock, AR.
We ate at Papa Sushi today for lunch. In 2001, it was Vermillion Bistro, when Jereme proposed to me there. The server had brought a tray with a flute of champagne and a dark napkin on top. He folded back the napkin, and there was my little blue box. Jereme still points at the table every time we go. I'd been working at Clear Channel Television with Fox & UPN at the time. He'd called me at work and said that we had a date that evening. It was quite unforgettable.
The atmosphere is still nice today. The dish we liked most at Papa Sushi was the Pao Pao Shrimp. I'm considering an attempt at creating it in my own kitchen. Jereme loved the shrimp chips that came with it.
The Tuna Tataki was the other dish that I ordered. I had to remove the jalapeno slices, and I liked it better with the side of Ponzu sauce that I requested.
We usually order seaweed salad when we go out for sushi. It's always so good, dressed with a light ginger sesame flavor. This bowl was large enough to split.
Today I tried the house soup. It's an onion broth with thinly sliced mushrooms and a bit of imitation crab. I enjoyed it, but I think I like the Miso Soup better. It's just a flavor I enjoy more.
We will definitely be back for the Pao Pao Shrimp!