Taste of China Part Deux + Wild Wings Cafe

18 04 2010

Readers, you get a special treat today. Two back-to-back restaurants!

Yesterday night, Chris’ parents and his sister came to visit him. We went out to eat at Taste of China. When we arrived at the restaurant, it was jammed packed with people and we had to take a number. About 10 minutes passed and we were seated at a really big table meant for 8-9 people. Most of the waiters looked stressed, walking briskly around trying to take everyone’s orders and bring around dishes and drinks.

Our selections:

  • Hot appetizer: 3 scallion bubble pancakes (葱油泡饼).
  • Hot appetizer: Hot & Spicy Beef Rolls (麻辣牛肉卷).
  • Cold dish: Sliced beef and beef tripe with hot pepper sauce (夫妻肺片).
  • Chef’s Special (Entrée): Roast fish with green onion (竹塔烤鱼片), which is fried fish sautéed with onion and chili powder and ground cumin.
  • Meats: Braised beef with tomato in hot pot (蕃茄牛腩锅)
  • Entrée: Braised beef fillets with chili sauce (成都水煮牛).
  • Veggies: Oilseed Rape (油菜).

The food was delicious. We also got a big tub of rice, which helped with the spiciness. I especially liked…everything! But in particular, I enjoyed the sliced beef and beef tripe with hot pepper sauce, the roast fish, the braised beef with tomato and the braised beef fillets in chili sauce (so essentially, everything!). The oilseed rape was good too, and so were the scallion pancakes. We ate most of the food, and only the oilseed rape, braised beef fillets in chili sauce and a very small portion of rice were left. We boxed our leftovers and Chris’ parents gave them to us.

Scallion pancakes

Sliced beef and beef tripe with hot pepper sauce

Hot & Spicy Beef Rolls

Braised beef with tomato in hot pot

Roast fish with green onion

Braised beef fillets with chili sauce

Hmm, doesn’t everything look so appetizing? Very good food in very good company :)

Today, Chris and I went to Wild Wings Cafe. The restaurant is located right next to the Amtrak station, on West Main Street, towards downtown Charlottesville. I must comment, the parking lot is super bumpy and not at all paved. When we went into the restaurant, initially we were going to be seated upstairs, but the hostess discovered there were no seats left, so we were seated in a booth downstairs. Our menus were handed to us, and Chris and I began looking at the menu of this highly popular restaurant, which we never set foot in until today.

Our selections:

  • Appetizer: Steel Town Spuds (a generous portion of Big Fat Fries or crispy Buffalo Chips covered with ranch dressing, bacon, scallions & melted cheese) – we chose the Big Fat Fries!
  • Main course: 25 piece sampler, 5 flavors (Jalapeño cheddar, the Slayer (hot garlic wings), Ragin’ Cajun, honey mustard, Flaming Parmesan). All the wings were served with celery and homemade bleu cheese or ranch dipping sauce. We asked for both sauces.

These wings were super yummy! I especially liked the Slayer and honey mustard. Chris’ favorite was the Flaming Parmesan. Unfortunately, we forgot the camera back in the dorms, so there are no pictures of these fantastic wings :( However, we really like Wild Wings Cafe! Can’t wait to go back someday!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

15 02 2010

Yesterday was both Valentine’s Day and Chinese New Year: The Year of the Tiger. Ergo, an exciting day!

Chris and I went back home this weekend to celebrate with our respective families. Friday was the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony. It was a great opening ceremony, though when they were attempting to light up the torch cauldron, one of the tiers holding up the cauldron didn’t come out, so the 4 torch bearers had to stand there for +2 minutes looking super awkward.

Vancouver Olympics Mascots

Coincidentally, Sunday also happened to be Chinese New Year. Happy Year of the Tiger, everyone!

Chris and I returned to school Sunday around 1. He had badminton tryouts at 2 and I went to find a friend to watch the movie “Valentine’s Day”, starring Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Kathy Bathes, Bradley Cooper, Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher, George Lopez, i.e. an ensemble cast. Anyways, it was a good movie to watch on Valentine’s Day with a girlfriend. We came back around 8:30ish, and I parked my car and walked back home.

Valentine's Day Theatrical Poster

What awaited me was truly awesome.

Chris had prepared a table and on the table were beautiful, colorful daisies, a bottle of Martin’s Rake Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2008, a pan of lasagna, and strawberries dipped in chocolate. It looked so amazing! And the food was delicious. Lasagna was fantastic, the strawberries dipped in chocolate were divine, the flowers looked gorgeous, and the wine was so complimentary. It was a fantastic Valentine’s Day dinner. I also gave Chris my present to him: a Snoopy Valentine’s Day card and a Claiborne tie clip.

Valentine's Day Roses and Daisies

Chris bought two boxes of strawberries, so I still have another box and I reheated the chocolate, so there’s still some left! And as for now, we are going to eat dinner. Bon appetit!

Happy Valentine’s Day 2010 + Happy Chinese New Year!