t says: The chicken one is the only weird one … (but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t try it).
t says: A funny little thing I came across recently:
This half-liter of water comes in a cute white paper carton. As you can tell from the design elements, it appears to be aimed at hipsters and clearly costs more than a bottle of Dasani or Poland Spring or BJ’s brand water. Why’d I buy it? I had to know: is boxed water better? A few things struck me as odd upon further reading the label. Apparently, the box is not made from recycled paper, rather, from paper that can be recycled … but plastic can be recycled too, right? And it clearly says that “our boxes are recyclable only where facilities exist” … so I guess it means that I have to do some legwork before sticking this in the recycling bin (at least they gave me a website to look at: recyclecartons.com). Furthermore, they boast that the trees they used to make this paper came from some kind of certified forest – I presume one in which trees are replaced as they are “harvested”? Does that make it alright/better? I have no idea. Is there still net negative trees? Maybe. I did like the idea of being able to ship flattened boxes more effieciently – so that’s probably a legit environmental benefit. BUT, there’s also a dirty little secret that isn’t obvious until you buy one of these: the inside of the box appears to be lined with some kind of metallic liner – so there’s probably additional materials and processing going on that further hurts any environmental claims (once again, what do I know about making paper cartons?).
But really – the big question is about taste: does it taste good? Answer: nope. It tastes like plastic … which is peculiar because it’s not from a bottle. It reminds me of a Poland Spring that had spent all day baking in my beach bag at the shore on a 100+ degree day. ‘Nuff said.
A high-cost source of water, that tastes not good, and of dubious environmental benefit. Bummer. I guess I should mention then the only real reason to buy this product: you look cool drinking water out of a paper carton. Duh!
t says: It’s been a while since we’ve dined at a Jose Garces joint. Sure, Amada will always hold a special place in our hearts, it’s a bit too pricey for “normal” weekend dinners (as is Tinto). JG Domestic has pretty much fizzled out in our eyes. Distrito’s a bit of a hike. Village Whiskey is fun, but I can’t put away those shortrib-smothered-fries like I used to. Garces Trading Co is pretty much dead to us now, after deciding to charge corkage, the disbanding of the market, and a previous bad experience. So now what? Enter the new Cuban Diner inspired Rosa Blanca. The crew met up a week or so ago and put it through its paces …
March 2014, Weekend Dinner, Party of 4. The atmosphere’s cute. Garces is trying to walk the line between a take-out business and a sit-down business, so the front of house has this come-and-go feel, while the main dining room is more “formal” … but don’t let that word scare you – this is not a formal place by any stretch of the imagination. To be honest, it’s probably the most casual Garces restaurant I’ve been to. I was happy to see children around – it really added to the diner-esque atmosphere!
In all, the gang was really happy with Rosa Blanca. It’s definitely not fussy, not fancy, not pretentious Cuban-inspired cuisine. v felt that there was a lot of faithful representations in there, with some notable exceptions (e.g. that curry lamb, and apparently there was one dish that was Puerto Rican, not Cuban, which for some diehards could be a point of contention). The service was still working out the kinks and trying to hit the right balance of pace, smiles, and confidence in what they were doing. Certainly the kitchen is doing a fabulous job. I only hope that the uniqueness of Cuban cuisine is enough to keep us coming back for more. It’s tough because the style of food is almost weeknight-ish, but done up a little (and priced up enough for) a weekend dinner … where there’ll be a lot of competition from the likes of Kanella, Mercato, and company. I guess time will tell … but trust us – the food is good!
t says: a was down for a quick trip to a food truck today and noted that Kung Fu Hoagie had set up shop on 38th and Chestnut-ish. We tracked them down and had them whip up a couple of their banh mi sandwiches. Personally, I went for the tofu “meatball”, figuring that they weren’t trying to imitate real meat, rather, just moosh together some tofu and seasoning and go from there. a was bold and went for the “beef”. I don’t know how his was, but check out mine:
a says: My unpictured tofu “beef” had great flavor and freshness, but the only issue was slightly soggy bun and chili paste was less hot than usual.
t says: vendors take note: no one likes a soggy bun. Boy am I glad I ate mine right away and didn’t wait ’til later – it’s the only way to avoid bun sog.
t says: I just had to share it:
t says: I was flipping through some of my previous photos on my phone, only to find that there were a few dynamite breakfasty items I’ve had recently. While no one particular visit is entirely substantive for a single post, I decided it might be fun to smoosh together some highlights. And here we go ….
t says: I had some pictures in my phone from a lunch that a and and I had at the Fat Ham, just waiting to be unleashed onto adsz. But of course, I had been procrastinating … and procrastinating … and procrastinating … until now! LaBan’s review just came out, reminding me of just how much we liked it! No time like the present! While we may not have had the emotional crisis that LaBan went through (he got absurdly bent out of shape over the sauce of the hot chicken), it was a damn good meal. Check it out:
While this is “only” a lunch, if it is any indication of what dinner may promise, then the Fat Ham has destination dining written all over it. I say “destination dining” because let’s face it – who’s going to venture out to that weird little void between Penn and CC? Certainly JG Domestic isn’t drawing any crowds, but maybe the Fat Ham will? I hope so!