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So I ended up at this place when I went to lunch with some former bosses of mine. Well it was definitely different.
So it's basically a gigantic handroll. I didn't really have any expectations, but there is probably more veggies in the roll than meat, which is odd since it's not a vegetarian roll.
I got the firecracker chicken roll. I guess I was expecting it to at least have some kind of kick...firecracker...fire....spicy? most things with the word firecracker in it usually have some kind of heat, even if it's just a little. This had nothing.
Also - word to the wise, you probably shouldn't put screaming hot rice on seaweed, toasted or not, it makes it very gross and impossible to eat. Even when they make sushi, the rice is never THAT hot. room temp is usually the way to go so that it doesn't jack up the seaweed and screw with the other ingredients in the roll.
Service was great, but there is absolutely no seating in the place, which is odd since it's an actual place, not some stand, or a walk up window.
They did just recently open, so I'm hoping that given some more time to work out the kinks they will be better. Like the concept, not the execution.
So cal was hit with some freezing cold weather - YES IT GETS COLD HERE - for us anyways. It was great time for some shabu. Trina D. and I usually head to Shabu Shabu Bar in Santa Ana because it's about half way between our houses, but we knew being Saturday night that place was going to be PACKED and the idea of waiting for hours to eat was not a good one. So she suggested this place.
It's in a shopping center with lot of other restaurants so parking can get a bit tricky, but near East West, there were a few spaces since they are at the end with nothing else around them.
The place is busy, but not crazy busy packed. For a Saturday night they had a pretty good stream of people coming and going, not with very many empty seats, but we didn't have to wait. Works for us.
Pricing is about par. I got the Prime Beef and that was pretty good. The veggies are a little lacking in variety but plenty. There was only cabbage, spinach, carrots and onions. I did miss the little bit of corn I would get at most of the other Shabu places.
This was a great place to go to when you don't want to stand in line waiting for an eternity for dinner. I'm sure we'll be back.
My friends and I were supposed to be eating glorious fried chicken at Addendum down the street, but after being at the last winery a little too long, we missed out and had to find another place to eat. After walking down the street, we decided to just go ahead and get some sandwiches. Glad we stopped by.
There are a variety of sandwiches, including an option of building your own. I had the Yountville sandwich - which was basically a turkey avocado sandwich with brie cheese. It normally comes with chibatta from Bouchon, but I switch it up for dutch crunch since I don't get to enjoy that at home. It was pretty delicious, but I probably should have gotten something that I couldn't normally get anywhere else just to be adventurous. But I'm glad with my choice.
Since it's in a little store, you can go find other items to go with your sandwich, like drinks, chips, cookies, etc. Prices are a little high for sandwiches, but it would be about par with a small deli, not Subway.
Parking is plenty, but the Deli part closes at 3.
wow. This place is known for their macarons, but we also went for dinner after looking at the menu after we picked up said macarons. Macarons are 5 stars! The 4 is really for the dinner
It's not cheap at all for a meal. It is definitely up there, however, the food was pretty good. Was it worth the large price tag, I don't know. I'm still going to have to think about it.
We went for the prix fixe dinner, which I didn't partake in because I had a mild case of food poisoning that I was recovering from and honestly probably would have been okay with just a bagel. I ordered the mini burgers (basically 4 sliders) and my friend got the prix fixe with foie gras and lamb with dessert, oh and it comes with 2 macarons. She loved her meal, and my burgers were quite yummy, with the 4 huge fries. It was not a pile of french fries, just these large fat logs of fried potatoes.
They come out with a dessert tray and let us pick from it - there are also other options in the menu that they make. After a recommendation from our waitress, we chose this mixed berry, cakey creamy thing that was pretty delicious. Glad she recommended it to us.
Unfortunately our waiter (guy that helped us before our waitress) didn't ask us if we wanted tap water and just brought us a 1 Liter bottle of still Evian which we had to pay for. We weren't exactly thrilled with that, since a) there was only 2 of us, the 500mL size would have been fine especially since we also ordered sodas b) we had to PAY for the 1L bottle c) we could have gotten FREE tap water.
In the well known St. Mark's square, is the St. Mark's Basilica. You can't come to Venice and not go inside.
While we were there, in the morning, the line was LONG and we didn't want to wait, since we were in Venice for one day, but later in the afternoon there was practically no line, so we went in. Absolutely beautiful inside. You could easily go in and out in about 10-15 mins if you aren't looking at every little thing. It's free to go in, but there are a bunch of separate sections to walk into that will cost you a few Euros.
Also - no backpacks - but purses and shopping bags of the same size are okay, so keep that in mind.
As part of our tour, we were taken to San Gimignano for about an hour on New Years Day. Because of this, a lot of things were not open, even though there were quite a few visitors milling about. The view in San Gimignano are amazing.
After a few tips from our tour manager, we were looking for a wild boar dish that he recommended as a local dish, so once we found this place and they were open, we walked in.
As I don't eat pork, I actually settled on the lasagna but my friend got the wild boar. This lasagna was nothing like I've ever had. First off it's not even red in color, because it's really a ragu and bechamel sauce, no red sauce included. Also just a bit of parm on the top, not the layers of cheese that we Americans are used to seeing. It was mighty tasty and I even commented that I might just need to make it this way. It had TONS of layers of pasta and the sauce, and since it's fresh pasta made in house, it was just so tender.
My friend devoured her wild boar pasta dish. I think it was papadelle but I can't remember for sure.
Overall the service was decent, some of the people in the restaurant spoke english, some spoke enough to provide service, some spoke none at all.
It's a rather small restaurant, so you could easily fill it up with a few large parties.
As part of my tour - coming here was an extra excursion for New Year's Eve. I think almost everyone added it on because it was NYE and they were supposed to have a special area for us in the back with service. We also got 2 drinks included and the entrance fee.
The place was PACKED. It's definitely an "American" style bar. We didn't have any of the food here, but the drinks were not watered down. Service was decent for the amount of people that were in the place. There is karaoke so of course as the night progressed it got more and more rowdy and stupid. We didn't stay too long since our group wanted to go out into Florence for all the other things going on for NYE. We basically got our drinks, left, came back for more drinks and left again.
The bathrooms are a bit strange. We all complained about how the flushing of the toilets were odd and the lights were sensitive to motion.
They had ESPN playing on the tv, so it kinda felt like home.