Hi, folks--mizducky here, a longtime FOY (Friend of Yoso) and regular commenter on this blog. Some time back, I asked Kirk, our fearless leader, if I might become a contributing blogger. He graciously said yes ... and then my life got hectic for awhile!
But here I am finally, doing my inaugural post as a contributor to mmm-yoso. And by way of introduction I'll list a few of my favorite place and things, foodwise. (You'll notice that at least a few of my favorites are also mmm-yoso favorites--there's a reason I like this blog!)
Saigon has been my go-to Vietnamese joint for some time now. They have a huge menu and do lots of things pretty darn well, and they're a nice easy cruise from my place. Most of the time I go on my own, and have one of their soups, like this bun rieu oc. But once in a blue moon I go with a bunch of people to share a bunch of dishes--last time I did that, I discovered and fell in love with this deep-fried boneless duck. Not something I could get away with eating every day, but my was it yummy. (Yep, mizducky likes to eat her namesake critter.)
Saigon does a respectable bun bo Hue, too, with a nice rich (if not very spicy) broth, but I agree with Cathy and Kirk that the place with the best bun bo Hue in town is Mien Trumg. Though they have recently developed this frustrating habit of being closed for vacation or something whenever I go out of my way to visit. At least there are plenty of other choices right nearby to console myself with.
I have a confession to make here: even though I'm supposedly way into healthy eating and weight management and all that, one of my guilty pleasures are big ol' Asian buffets. The one I'm currently fascinated with is Crazy Seafood Buffet up on Miramar Road. I haven't yet figured out what makes them think they're so crazy, but they do have an interesting variety of seafood, and while the quality sometimes varies, I can usually put together a fun meal here. (Okay, one crazy thing about them--their website says they serve pizza, and I've yet to see that there.)
In some ways I enjoy markets even more than restaurants--lots more stuff to look at and play with! The newest addition to my market rotation is Northgate Market down in Southcrest. I kind of think of it as the Disneyland of Mexican markets--it's huge, beautiful, and bursting with bazillions of food finds. Other markets I hit on a regular basis include North Park Produce, 99 Ranch Market, and various of the Vien Dong Markets.
And of course I enjoy cooking with the stuff I drag home from these markets. Here's a shot from a big dinner I did a couple of months ago featuring dishes from a variety of Asian cuisines--pictured are Vietnamese-style steamed whole tilapia and Chinese-style red-cooked pork belly. (I could have plated the fish a whole lot more elegantly than that, but it tasted great if I do say so myself.)
Anyway, there's a little sampling of the kind of food stuff that turns me on. Looking forward to sharing more of my food turn-ons in future posts. Thanks for reading! And thanks again, Kirk, for letting me play in your house.