Archive for the ‘Oriental’ Category

Based on the recommendation of Cammy on my New Places to Review post, Charley and I hit up Korean Hot Stone Grill last week. And it was good! I’ve driven by the place a hundred times on my way to Sonic Happy Hour, but never thought much about what kinds of food they serve. That part of Wichita has tons of restaurants, but honestly? None of them are fantastic. Well, now I’m going to want to eat Korean food everyday for lunch!

Bento box = lotsa lovin’ for a lunch price

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Ever since I heard there’s a place in Wichita that 1. specializes in fried rice 2. has a cheap (read $4!) combo of rice and eggrolls and 3. makes it fast and as you order it, I knew I had to go. Unfortunately, I wasted a lot of time before I got there. And I have to say, for $4, it’s hard to find a better deal in Wichita. I mean, sure, if you want a full buffet of Chinese food, you’re not going to get what you want. But quick and tasty, why not go here instead of boring McDonalds?

This is what it’s like to find your soul mate after giving up believing he exists.
Where have you been all my life?

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OK, first of all, I want to say I LOVE Delano. I feel like I’m in a small town in western Kansas when I’m there. I wish the part of town were a little nicer (safety-wise) and there were houses with basements and I’d TOTALLY move there! That said, Karla and I didn’t intend to actually eat IN Delano (well, it’s probably still technically Delano, but I always consider Delano on Douglas). We WANTED to eat at The Biggest Cheese, but they were closed. Everybody boo The Biggest Cheese! But, seriously, if anyone knows their hours or if they’re closed for good, let me know. We will be devastated if they’re dunzo. In lieu of eating pizza, Karla drove up and down Douglas and we decided to eat at Egg Roll King. Because, HELL YEAH!

地獄呀!

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Katie, Des and I get together every few months. We make dinner, drink wine, catch up, and usually post a few funny only to us statuses. They’re some of my favorite nights. This month was my night to host. Hosting means you put together a menu including an appetizer, entrée, sides and dessert. You get the entrée ready before anyone arrives (in theory), then you drink wine and cook, and finally drink more wine. Good times are had by all. I’d been wanting The Land of Plenty cookbook for a while, so this was my excuse to buy it. I immediately felt in over my head.

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I just ordered (from Amazon) Fuchsia Dunlop’s Land of Plenty. I’ve read a lot of reviews about the book, and it sounds like it’s amazing. I planned to leaf through the book at Barnes and Noble or Borders before purchasing. But this morning I thought, “What the hell?” And bought it. I can’t wait to try it! Of course, promptly after hitting “submit” I realized I should have checked a few used bookstores around town. Damn it. Oh well, too late. Next time.

Hopefully I’ll be able to put together a full meal (appetizer, entree, side and dessert) out of this book for the next dinner and wine night. Katie, Des and I get together every few months. And the next one’s mine to host. Hopefully since I have a decent stock of ingredients from my semi-recent trip to Lucky Market, I won’t have to buy too many ingredients! If anyone’s used this book and has suggestions for what to try (or avoid), let me know. Remember: We’re cooking AND drinking wine. Although, I’ve read the recipes are fairly simple.

I’ll keep you up to date on how this progresses. In the meantime, stay perched on the edge of your seat.

My friend Sara and I have been trying to get together for lunch and tackle an item on my “Operation: Southeast Wichita” review list for awhile. With summer coming to a close (and her return to school imminent), we finally seized the day. At Ah-So Oriental. And it was Ah-So GOOD!

Macro shot of a food that’s also a song title. Intrigued? Keep reading to find out more!

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