Green Plate, Round Two

I was recently craving sushi, so returned to Green Plate Asian Bistro* to sample something different from their (fairly extensive) menu.  Last time, I ordered the Steak Teriyaki Bento Box, and remembered it was pretty good, so I thought I’d try another bento box.  #roundtwo

I ordered the Sushi Bento Box this time, which includes five pieces of chef’s choice sushi.  I was originally going to order it last time but since my waitress didn’t know exactly what the chef’s choice sushi included when I asked her, I ended up ordering the steak teriyaki instead.  After seeing what I was missing out on, I immediately regretted my decision and vowed that I wouldn’t make the same mistake twice!

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Four-Course Lunch in The Black Crab on MSC Divina

Dining on a cruise ship is the best!  Today’s adventure… the MSC Divina out of the Port of Miami!  Italian-style cruising, somewhat similar to what Costa Cruises offers.

I experienced a four-course (really, five-course) lunch in The Black Crab dining room.  I’d ordinarily tell you about my tour, but since I’m exhausted from spending nearly a day onboard and in the sun — the sun really saps my energy — I’ll just cut to the chase and show you some pictures from my culinary adventures.

First up, the appetizer… Smoked Salmon Roll with chive cheese mousse filling.  The “chive cheese” was only a little piece of chive garnish atop the plate.  Also, what’s the difference between “cheese mousse” and cream cheese?!  The dollops of sauce in the foreground were tasty though… kind of like Big Mac sauce.  Not sure what the green veggies in the back were, as they weren’t mentioned on the menu… I’d rate this plate an okay-fine.

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Next up, the soup… Ca’ppuccino, cream of Porcini mushroom soup topped with frothed milk, served with a mini cumin croissant.

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Seared Ahi at Salt Creek

I love traveling because I get to try so many different cuisines, but on the flip side, traveling can also be exhausting, sometimes making me crave sleep even more than food.

During my travels on the West Coast, I was starting to feel like a glutton for eating out every meal, especially after eating at Toulouse Petit, and by the time my work travels brought me south from Seattle, Washington to Valencia, California, I was more than ready for another salad — even though I don’t typically tend to prefer meals consisting mostly of leafy greens!

In Valencia, I dined at Salt Creek Grille*, which offers a variety of salads, burger, and fish/meat entrees.  The menu looked great, especially the fish and meats, but I couldn’t bring myself to order anything heavier than a salad with perhaps a small helping of fish or meat…

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Cajun-Creole at Toulouse Petit, Bon Appetit

As previously blogged, my latest project at work has brought me on an adventure to the coastal metropolis of Seattle, where I spent a couple evenings exploring the culinary sites that the city had to offer.  One evening, my journey brought me to an establishment named Toulouse Petit*, a Cajun-Creole Frenchish kind of place.

After being seated, I immediately noticed that their menu was extensive, and after spending 15 minutes (or more) perusing the booklet, decided to order an appetizer and an entree.  What to order though?  So much to choose from!

IMG_0712First up, the Rustic Duck and Wild Boar Terrine!  I’m always in the mood for delicious meats, and this classic charcuterie sure hit the spot!  It almost reminded me of a firm pate, and was superbly paired with the sweet and sour flavors of the side salad, and relatively neutral flavor of the crostini.  Palatable to the eyes, palatable to the taste.  Good.

Since I’m at a Cajun spot, I have no other choice than to follow up my appetizer with a culinarily authentic main course!  And what better option to pick than a nice, hearty bowl of gumbo!  Toulouse Seafood Gumbo, that is.  Made with housemade shrimp stock, dark mahogany roux, crawfish, shrimp, pacific fish, and housemade andouille.   Continue reading