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Craving Passadis Del Pep

23 Jul

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What kind of restaurant doesn’t have a menu? The kind of restaurant that doesn’t need one, which is exactly what Passadis del Pep is. Once we found this hidden gem down an alley and through a little passageway (a passadis in Catalan) in Barcelona, which can be a little hard to find, we were so happy that when we got seated, we didn’t have to order our dinner. Everyday, Passadis Del Pep prepares a new selection of beautifully presented, fresh mariscos (seafood) and whatever is brought to the table is what we get. After receiving a half bottle of cava (local champagne), dishes come straight from the kitchen to the table, as if we were guests in some one’s home. The courses; however, don’t ever seem to end. First, came the clams and sea snails, then the gambas (shrimp) and calamari, and after that a plate of salted shishito peppers. Two different kinds of prawns came next, and then we were warned that after already devouring seven amazing dishes, there was one more course before the main dish. Most people stop there, but we didn’t. We got the rice with squid and then we were asked to choose a main course, “pescado or carne?” I had the fish and my bf had the meat, which came out with a side of potatoes. For dessert, we shared the crème Catalan and chocolate profiteroles. We each had a cup of Café Americano, they brought out a few bottles of chilled dessert wine, which we could pour for ourselves and we were also offered any other alcoholic drink of choice. I could only handle a few sips. Passadis Del Pep was an unforgettable, almost 3 hour, dinner experience. Barcelona saved the best dinner for last, when I thought it couldn’t get any better.

Craving Newport Seafood Restaurant

20 May

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When we’re feeling Hangry (Hungry + Angry), what is a sure bet place to eat to make us feel Fappy (Full + Happy)? I’d put my money on Newport Seafood Restaurant in San Gabriel, which is where my bf and I ate w/ our food soul mates and 3 adopted little sisters (Face’s sisters). We were all Hangry to the max, but unless we were the owner’s friend, a friend of a friend, a VIP, a frequent flyer, a high-roller or what ever title it is that usually gets our names to the top of a list, we had to wait for our number to be called. We saw dishes pass by that looked so good, we were peeking into the dining area to glimpse at all the food that we could order and to see if any tables were filled with Fappy people who were ready to make room for the Hangry ones. It was almost as if we were in Vegas right before before our 21st birthday, waiting for the second we could finally throw the dice down at the craps table. After about a half hour wait, we got seated. We ordered family style and had the clams, fresh cooked shrimp, Newport-style lobster, bean curd with black mushrooms, on choy, crab fried rice, salt and pepper pork chops, and cubed beef. The last two dishes are not pictured. The beef dish was the first thing that came out and was eaten before I even knew what happened to it. The pork dish came out in the middle of a major food devouring session and at that time, my hunger dictated that satisfying my seafood cravings was more important than taking a picture of a pork chop. Coincidentally, both are dishes I don’t eat; however, both dishes were thoroughly enjoyed by every one else just as much as all of the other dishes that were on the table. During the meal the Lazy Susan was spinning around like a roulette wheel, but instead of cashing in on some dough, we were raking in (well, more like scooping up) other riches onto our plates, the richness of amazingly good Chinese food. At the end of the meal, sure enough, we were all Fappy, a feeling which is very similar to feeling like a winner. Winner, winner, lobster dinner!