Thursday, November 8, 2007

Abridged version of last weekend food in my previous three posts...I've got to get back on track!

I'm headed off to Taiwan in a few hours and wanted to get this posted before I leave...therefore the following will be a very short summary of last weekend.

Patty and I went to Line Thai (in Sun City) for dinner last Friday. Our first time there - I've heard good things about it before.

We ordered:
  • Pad Thai
  • Green curry w/ chicken
  • Green Papaya Salad
  • Thai ice coffee
The Thai ice coffee was terrible. It had a very strange medicinal aftertaste. We only drank about a quarter of it - neither of us wanted to finish it (this is usually never a problem).

The Green Papaya Salad was just okay for us. The fish sauce dressing was pretty flat tasting.
Line Thai - Green Papaya Salad
The Pad Thai was slighty below average. The chicken was extremely dry.
Line Thai - Pad Thai
The Chicken Green Curry was probably the worst curry dish I've ever had. It was basically chicken, bamboo shoots, and green beans in coconut milk. There was almost no curry flavor in the dish. The chicken pieces also had very strange specks of brown/black on them (cooked blood?). Check out the picture - it's very "white":
Line Thai - Chicken Green Curry
The rice was also very quality stuff.

After reading many positive reviews of the place, it was a very disappointing visit.

On our way home I took Patty to Tortas Paquime for dessert. We ordered strawberries w/ cream and tres leches cake. Both were really good. I was too busy eating and forgot to take pics!

Saturday night we went to Verrado for their annual Founder's Day Celebration. Verrado is a very nice master planned community in Buckeye, AZ (about 25 miles west of Phoenix). The main reason for going was to see a free concert by Blues Traveler! The opening performers were Shiner and Ben Deignan. It was much bigger than I expected (I read afterwards that about 2000 people attended the festivities). We got pizza to-go from Grazie. The pizza was pretty decent though the meat (salami) was a bit too salty. It was very nice eating out under the stars while listening to a free concert. =)

Here's how it looked earlier in the evening:
Verrado Founder's Day CelebrationLater on, almost every patch of grass was occupied and we had people surrounding us. Besides the pizza, we also got a funnel was not good (too thin and crispy).

Sunday afternoon we went to the Litchfield Park Arts & Crafts Festival. This event was also much bigger than I had expected (I read that about 90,000 people attended the two-day festival). The only bad thing was that it was quite hot outside - around 95 degrees (in November!!!).
Litchfield Park Arts & Crafts Festival
For lunch, we headed to...Tortas Paquime!
We had a Shredded Pork torta, a Carne Asada torta, and a mango drink.

I though the Carne Asada Torta was better than the Shredded Pork Torta. The shredded pork made the sandwich a bit mushy overall. Also, I thought the bread was a bit better when I went the first time (on Thursday) - this time it was bit too soft (not toasted long enough). Here's a pic of the shredded pork torta:
Tortas Paquime - Shredded Pork torta
Sunday night, we were in Scottsdale and tried Ice Tango - a new yogurt and crepe shop.

We ordered a Nutella and strawberry crepe and a pomegranate yogurt w/ mochi (rice cake). We also tried a sample of their "twangy" flavor yogurt which is comparable to Pinkberry's plain yogurt.

The crepe was pretty good...though a tiny bit too sweet.
Ice Tango - Nutella and strawberry crepe
The pomegranate yogurt was very good. It was light and very refreshing. The only bad thing was that the outside of the mochi were a bit hard. The "skin" of mochi gets hard when out for too long. I'm guessing not so many people in the area are familiar with mochi so the turnover is low.
Ice Tango - pomengranate yogurt w/ mochi topping
I wish we lived closer to Ice Tango...

Yikes - this ended up much longer than expected! Time to go finish packing!!!

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