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Dinner in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter – Monsoon and Yogotango

A few weeks ago I flew to San Diego for the weekend to celebrate my law school BFF’s 30th birthday.  Boy, this is the year for 30th birthday celebrations, eh?  Anyway, my flight got in right on time at 6pm at the San Diego airport, BFF and her husband picked me up, and we headed right downtown to the Gaslamp Quarter.  We all love Indian food, so we’d chosen Monsoon for our dinner spot.

The place was cute and surprisingly slow for a Friday night.  It turned out that we didn’t really need reservations after all.  We decided to share everything so we could get a taste of several things.  We started out with kabuli kulcha.  What the heck is that?  Yeah, that’s what I wanted to know too.  Have you had naan?  It’s like that except that it has bits of cherries, coconut, and raisins stuffed in it.  I wasn’t too sure about it, but it turned out to be delicious.  We then enjoyed three mains – chicken tikka masala, chicken vindaloo, and chicken biryani.  All three were very good.  Vindaloo has never been my favorite, but it was pretty good.  I’d never had biryani before, and that was a real treat.  I couldn’t believe how flavorful it was.  The tikka masala was, as expected, my favorite.  Though I usually order my Indian “very hot”, we asked for everything to be mild.  It still had plenty of flavor; I didn’t even miss the burn.  The made-to-order naan was very good as well.  Accordingly, I would definitely recommend this restaurant, though I’m not sure I would go without a coupon from Restaurant.com (purchased with a coupon code of course) since the portions are a bit small for the price.  The only additional thing to note is that the service was very spotty; getting more rice took much longer than it should have and, frankly, the server should’ve brought more than one teeny dish to start.  That said, I’d still return.

We walked around a bit and then tucked into some fro yo from Yogotango, which is just down the street from Monsoon.  They have several flavors, more than the famous Pinkberry (which I will surely visit while in the LA area later this month on my JetBlue AYCJ Pass!), and plenty of toppings.  I had strawberry and vanilla with Cap’n Crunch Crunchberries, and it was a perfect combo.  They have a cute gimmick too – if you can guess the weight of your yogurt with toppings (and they’ll even tell you the weight of your yogurt before toppings), your yogurt is free.  Cute!  I’d definitely go here again.

September 13, 2009 at 7:03 pm Leave a comment

Triangle: Taste of Durham

Check out the fifth annual Taste of Durham at the Imperial Center tomorrow. 

What is it?  A food, wine, and beer tasting event with live entertainment.

When is it?  Tomorrow! Saturday, May 23, 2009, 11a-7p

How much is it? That’s a little more complex – it’s $4 in advance or $6 at the door to get in to the area.  Then you buy coins to pay for whatever tastings you want to do.  A coin is $1.  1 coin will buy a soda or water; restaurant samplings will be 1-5 coins; each beer or wine tasting table will be 1-2 coins; and beer/wine concessions will be 4-6 coins.

It sounds like a great thing to do tomorrow.  Have you been to one of the past events?  I wish they had more info on the website.  While they do have information about the food sampling,  they don’t have much info on the wine and beer side of things.  Frankly, those are the things that would get me to attend.  If you attend, let me know!  Hopefully I’ll find out some more info about this and attend next year.

May 22, 2009 at 1:59 pm Leave a comment

Restaurant Week Review: Savoy

Last night I had dinner at Savoy (Raleigh, NC) with my husband and 5 of our friends.  Savoy is one of the participating restaurants in Triangle Restaurant Week, so it was 3 courses for $25.  We were all looking forward to trying a new restaurant, and we were even pretty excited about the menu.  The overall consensus was that the food was pretty good, the atmosphere was nice, and the service was pretty bad.

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May 13, 2009 at 1:48 pm 1 comment

Dinner at The Big Easy

My husband, two friends, and I went to dinner at The Big Easy in downtown Raleigh on Friday night.  It’s been a while since I’ve written about a Raleigh restaurant, so here ya go.

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March 2, 2009 at 8:13 am Leave a comment

Doing good for NOLA and surrounding areas

Mardi Gras is coming soon – it’s February 24 this year.  What does that have to do with helping to revitalize New Orleans and surrounding areas?  One Tripso writer suggests that those who can’t help out by visiting should order a king cake!

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February 6, 2009 at 9:18 am Leave a comment

TTT: MenuPages

Next time you’re planning a trip to NYC, San Fran, LA, Philly, Boston, Chicago, or South Florida and have some time to plan where you’ll be eating, you might like to check out MenuPages.  MenuPages not only helps you find the type of restaurant in the area you’re visiting, but it also provides menus and reviews as well. 

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February 3, 2009 at 7:23 pm Leave a comment

Triangle: Red Bowl

We enjoyed dinner here (just now). Jason liked the General Tso chicken. My Spicy Thai Basil chicken was good, and we both liked the potstickers. Ah, if only it were cheaper!

P.S. It’s in Cary.

October 30, 2008 at 5:58 pm Leave a comment

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