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When I last left you, I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my mom. I am happy to say that she has made it safe and sound, and we’ve been having an amazing time together. Perhaps the funniest moment came tonight on our way home from dinner. It is a BLIZZARD out there right now, and as we were walking, a huge gust of wind literally blew us backward! We both had umbrellas and they basically took on a mind of their own and ran away from us. I haven’t laughed that hard in a very long time.
I have several foodie highlights over the past two days that I want to share. When my mom first arrived, we headed to Big Bowl for lunch, a fantastic restaurant that I reviewed in this post.
I started out with a glass of Pomegranate Ginger Ale. It was so delicious - they actually use fresh ginger when they are making it! Combined with the sweetness and tart of the pomegranate juice, it was a very refreshing drink.
My mom and I each started out with a bowl of the Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup (Pho).
This soup is made with rice noodles, herbs, lemon and chili pepper, along with huge chunks of chicken. It’s hard to eat with a spoon because the noodles are long, but it’s worth a little slop all over the face because the taste is hearty and perfect for a wintry day.
For our main course, my mom and I ended up splitting two appetizers: chicken potstickers and shrimp spring rolls.
Both were delicious. The sauce you see on the right hand side of the white plate is actually peanut sauce - WOW. I had never tried peanut sauce before, but I always knew I would love it - and I was right! I need to make it for myself sometime this winter. Anybody have a favorite recipe?!
It was another successful trip to Big Bowl. If you have one of these restaurants in your area, I highly recommend it - you really can’t go wrong with anything on their menu!
Another exciting new find was discovered at another old favorite - Cosi!
Yes, there is a bite taken out of the sandwich - but only so I could show you what’s inside This is called the T.B.M. Light - It’s made with tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzarella and fat-free Cosi vinaigrette. Make sure to ask for it heated up - it makes a huge difference!
The vinaigrette is so flavorful and tangy! It really compliments the tomato and mozzarella well, and when you heat it up on Cosi’s Etruscan Whole Grain Bread, you have a fantastically filling meal.
Bobby and my mom shared an appetizer sampler to start.
It included potstickers, crab wontons, egg rolls, spare ribs and beef satays. I tried a bite of each one and they were all very tasty. But not as tasty as this…
Mmmm - a freshly made California roll! It featured real crab, avocado and cucumber - and went very well with peanut sauce Told you I liked it!
For the main course, we decided to split two dishes because the portion sizes are quite large - you really get your money’s worth! We chose the Mongolian and Kung Pao flavors with all three “meats” - beef, chicken and shrimp. It came with brown rice - my favorite!
Both dishes are incredibly flavorful. I served up a plate of rice with about 1/4 of each main dish. Turns out we needed the fuel, since we’d be walking against the wind all the way home! The extra weight helped keep us from flying away Haha, bad joke I know.
Between studying for finals and having fun with my mom, it’s been a busy start to the week, indeed! I am looking forward to the end of the week, when I will be going home for winter break. I leave you with a fun picture - look what finally arrived on my doorstep!