After a long day of browsing the Irvine Spectrum Center, we decided tor refuel at Luna Grill. The food wasn't bad, but it also wasn't outstanding. We tried the gyro and chicken kabob. I liked how the dishes came with salads. The chicken was tender but not that flavorful. The gyro wasn't super good. At least the rice and pitas were good.
In Taiwan, one would expect amazing Asian food. That's a given. But cultures spread from one country to another, Taiwan now also has a whole assortment of international food, like this restaurant. Though you don't typically find Italian food in Taiwan, I'm sure glad I did because Bite 2 Eat sure is cooking Italian cuisine well. To start off, we tried a savory and sweet pizza for appetizers. For the savory, the BBQ chicken was a great choice. The combo of white sauce and barbecue sauce was a party in my mouth. As for the sweet pizza, we tried the sweet apple and cream cheese. This was really exciting because I had never tried sweet pizza. After one bite, I was in love. Where was this all my life? This pizza was the perfect combo of ooey gooey cheese, sweet cream cheese, and crisp apples. Plus the fact that all of that was on top of a pizza base makes it even better.
If their pizzas were that delicious, I couldn't wait for our main courses. I ordered their seafood risotto and it was so creamy, amazing, and had an abundance of seafood. I savored every grain of it. Another risotto dish I recommend is the chicken pesto risotto. First of all, I didn't know you could have pesto risotto but I'm glad someone experimented with that combination. The risotto was very fragrant and the chicken that topped it all off was super succulent. Some other amazing dishes are the salmon and seafood linguine. And for dessert, their luscious creme brulee and fluffy tiramisu are musts. As shown from all these mouthwatering dishes, these Taiwanese chefs know how to cook Italian food!
Boca is a neighborhood restaurant that we just had to try. To start off, their garlic flatbread is a wonderful appetizer. It's garlic cheesy deliciousness. Moving onto main dishes, their calzones are awesome and huge, stuffed fulled with cheesy goodness. As for their pasta, it's pretty good too, but nothing special. Their clam linguine has lots of clams, so that's a bonus. The gnocchi has a nice texture with average flavor. I think that their dishes were pretty expensive considering how average the food was.
After a morning of exploring the beaches in Fort Bragg, we were in need of food. We decided to go to Piaci's because pizza is good for any situation. To start, we ordered a caprese salad. This was a yummy combo of tomato, mozzarella, and a touch of basil and balsamic vinegar. Then for the main course, we ordered a pizza with two flavors. Half of it was the sorrento, a wonderful blend of pesto, chicken, and mozzarella. I'm starting to appreciate pesto on pizza more. The other half of the pizza was the four seasons. This combo had Canadian ham, mozzarella, tomatoes, and mushrooms. All in all, Piaci's had just what we needed to refuel after hiking all morning.
We ate dinner at The Dead Fish for a fancy night out with another family. We split 'couple' sizes of the ciopinno and kettle baked chicken. These are pretty large portions and stock full of delicousness. The ciopinno is a tomato based, Italian seafood stew. The Dead Fish's version had crab, mussels, shrimp, corn, and many other yummy items. This stew was very aromatic and a great mixture of tons of seasonings. *Insider tip: they give you bread so dip that into this stew to soak up all the goodness. You can thank me later for that ;)
As for the kettle baked chicken, it was a wonderful combination of crispy skin and succulent meat. I don't understand the type of magic they use to make the skin that crisp and delicious. The chicken also comes with lots of veggies so that's always a plus. For a 2 person dish, the kettle chicken had tons of food and hey, that means leftovers for the next day! I particularly enjoyed the smashed baby potatoes that resembled Pac Man. Other than the main dishes, we ordered the crab chowder and beet salad. The crab chowder was soooo good omg. The soup was creamy and luscious with bug chunks of crab. The beet salad was also pretty yummy, but over-priced for a small portion. All in all, I left The Dead Fish with a satisfied and full stomach and excitement for the leftovers for tomorrow.
After walking around the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, the ranger informed us that there was a little town called Manitou Springs nearby that had awesome, authentic food. And well, we go where the food is :P PJ's Bistro caught my attention because I had never tried Polish food. I've heard good things about it, so we decided to eat here for lunch. This was a very smart choice btw. Experiencing Polish food the first time, we ordered Pj's platter with pierogis, cabbage rolls, and a choice of meat (we chose beef stroganoff). PJ's pierogis are the bomb! They have a creamy potato filling inside and a nice sear on the outside. It's very much like a Polish dumpling. The cabbage rolls were equally amazing as well. However, let's just take a moment to appreciate the beef stroganoff. It's sooooo delicous omg. All the seasonings in the sauce are perfect.
All their meats were served over a potato pancake. The Hungarian goulash was no different, wonderful pork over a layer of potato at the bottom. It's very smart how the potato pancake is at the bottom because it soaks up all the wonderful juices. To top off an extravagant meal, the kind waitress gave us a crepe stuffed with berry cream. This too was yummy and devoured within seconds. Mmmmm. As I'm writing this, I'm considering spontaneously flying back to Colorado just to eat PJ's food again. That's how mouthwatering this whole meal was.
After taking a tour of the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center (super awesome and inspirational btw), we stopped for dinner at Rasta Pasta. All their dishes are a blend of Jamacian and Italian flavors. It seemed like a combo too good to be true, so we just had to try it. All the dinner portions came with salad and garlic bread. Our waiter was super friendly and gave us all the salad dressings for us to try because we couldn't decide. My favorite one was probably the citrus vinaigrette. It added a lot of brightness to the salad. As for the main course, I ordered Chicken Montego Bay. This dish was composed of lucious alfredo sauce, tender jerk chicken, tons of veggies, annnndddd pineapples! I was surprised by how much the pineapple added to the dish. It was the secret ingredient for sure. I really 10/10 recommend the Chicken Montego Bay. You'll want to eat pineapple with every pasta dish from now on.
My sister ordered the Natural Mystic, which had pineapple curry. It was a pretty good and unique dish. As for my parents, they split the Rasta Pasta. If you pay an extra $3, you can split a dinner portion to two lunch portions, which is a great deal! What wasn't that great tho was the actual dish. The sauce was wayyyy too spicy. Only order this if you can handle a lot of spice. If you can't, just order the Montego Bay, it will truly change your life. I can definitely see why this delicious food was featured on Triple D on Food Network.
Happy Fourth of July! These holidays are all about spending time with family and what better way to do that then through food? Our relatives went to Belotti, where apparently my great cousin's husband is the head chef there. I thought that was pretty cool. he helped make the amazing, deluxe feast for my family. They started off by serving two sets of each appetizer. The Belotti antipasto was awesome with a huge selection of cured meats, cheese, and crackers. The battuta was a ribeye dry aged beef tartare. This dish was really unique, I had never had anything like it before. My favorite appetizer though was the vitello tonnato, slow roasted veal with a tuna sauce. The veal was super tender and paired with that tuna puree, mmm so good. The last two appetizers they served were the anguria (watermelon with feta cheese) and lattuga (lettuce salad). These dishes were plated with edible flowers and lots of elegance.
Now I was pretty content and full after the appetizers, but wait, there was more! Belotti then brought SIX plates of pasta to our table. Six different styles of pasta, all mouthwatering good!!
1.) Agnolotti di Lidia (beef, pork, escarole, spinach stuffed pasta): OMG this is super scrumptious. If anything, order this dish. It also has the amazing beef reduction all over the pasta.
2.) Pappardelle: This dish had a winning combo of mushrooms and the best thick noodles slathered in beef reduction.
3.) Bigoli al sugo d'anatra: I aboslutely loved the Bigoli noodles and the very flavorful duck. These noodles kind of remind me of Asian style noodles lol.
4.) Consoncelli (beef, prosciutto, pork stuffed pasta): This opened my eyes to a new view on stuffed pasta. Who knew it could be this marvelous?
5.) Scarpinocc de parr (veggie stuffed pasta): I really enjoyed the sage and brown butter sauce that came with it.
6.) Gnocchi alla bolognese: The doughy, chewy texture was amazing and that meat sauce is the bomb.
And then because no feast is complete without dessert, they brought out these amazing sweet treats. The coconut gelato was super luscious and had great flavor. I really enjoyed the panna cotta. I've actually never eaten a panna cotta I've liked until Belotti. Theirs was creamy and I could not get enough of it. Lastly, the tiramisu was layers of delectable goodness. These desserts were definitely a magnificent way to end the meal. After a meal full of the bestest dishes ever, my visit to Belotti expanded my love for Italian food (and my waistline :P).
Near our hotel in Watsonville, we found a delicious seafood restaurant called The Fish House. I just had to try it because my seafood philosophy is this: I see food and I eat it. Hehe.
They had a wide selection of seafood and pasta. It was so hard to choose! The waitress, who was super friendly and upbeat, told us about their special that night, the halibut. She made it sounds super yummy, so my mom just had to order it. The fish was super tender and every bite was a flavorful explosion. Then, my sister ordered the oak grilled swordfish. it wasn't as good as the halibut, but still enjoyable. Both of these came with penne pasta and seasonal veggies.
The other dish we ordered was the combination pasta. This dish was delicious with homemade linguine and a boatload of seafood. It was a bowl full of amazingness. The Fish House's portions are pretty big and filling, so I just ordered a Caesar salad and mooched off of the other dishes. Overall, my experience at The Fish House was a satisfying experience with amazing seafood.
Santa Cruz is a great tourist hot spot with a playful boardwalk and great picture opportunities. I would also recommend going down to Capitola Beach, for there are super colorful buildings there for awesome Instagram pictures and well, it's a beach. Now being a tourist sure stirs up an appetite, so we went to Kianti's Pizza and Pasta Bar for dinner.
I ordered the combo calzone and it was delicious!! It was definitely worth all the carbs. The calzone was an awesome explosion of stringy cheese and flavorful pepperoni. This dish was super filling and satisfying. My family also ordered a half spinach and half spicy chicken pizza because well it is a pizza bar as the name says. The pizza was average, but still enjoyable because all pizza is great. The only dish i wouldn't recommend is the house ravioli.
It may look appetizing and it was in fact good. However, the next day, my sister got food poisoning from it. She was throwing up all over the hotel room. Therefore, don't order the ravioli to be safe. Don't want to ruin your vacation with food poisoning. Kianti's has so many other good options, so choose one of those. (I would recommend the calzone :P)
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