The namesake, Arroz Gordo, lit.: “substantial rice” is the celebratory dish of Macau. Reminiscent of paella, Arroz Gordo is a bountiful, home-style, layered rice dish usually prepared for family and friends on special occasions. Jasmine rice laced with sofrito, chinese sausage, salted duck and topped with portuguese chicken thighs, char sui pork, linguiça sausage, fatty prawns, clams, tea eggs, croutons, assorted pickles and sauces
Fat Rice is now 1. open for brunch/lunch and 2. takes limited reservations. Two reasons we have tried and failed in the past to visit.
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Dallas and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary with dinner at Mott Street. We’d never been there and thought the menu looked great, and luckily we were NOT disappointed. It was SO good. Probably the best dinner out I’ve had in a long time. I’d say the cuisine is… asian-ish. Not Korean, but the chef is Korean, so there are many influences. Asian fusion? Most things on the menu are meant for sharing and our waiter suggested 2-3 plates per person. This is what we ended up getting:
- GRILLED LEEKS: with sahmjang butter and chopped almonds
- KIMCHI & OAXACA EMPANADAS: masa shell served with chimichurri crème-fraiche
- EVERYTHING WINGS: crispy wings glazed with soy, jaggery and dried chilis, tossed with sesame, poppy seed, fried shallots and served with tzatziki
- SHORT RIB: marinated and grilled, tamale pave, jalapeño yogurt, radish
- STUFFED CABBAGE: napa kimchi stuffed with pork butt and sticky rice, pan seared
- BREAD PUDDING: with chocolate, orange, creme chantilly
Everything was great. I especially liked the kimchee empanadas, but every dish was one we would totally order again. And? Surprisingly delicious hot toddies. Also, I’m totally guessing, but I think the name Mott Street must be a nod to Mott Street in New York, which is pretty much Main Street in the Chinatown neighborhood.
After dinner we met up with some friends at Emporium in Logan Square. It was a friend of a friend’s birthday, so we had a few more cocktails.
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In 2009, Dallas bought me my first smart phone for my birthday: the iPhone 3GS. In 2012, he upgraded me to the iPhone 5, again, for my birthday. About a month or so, he did it again. My birthday/Christmas gift was the iPhone 6. The reason for the delay was because I didn’t know if I really wanted it. Nothing was really wrong with my iPhone 5…. nothing except I was a few versions behind and it made me feel a little behind, given that we design and produce cutting edge applications at work. I didn’t want to get too far behind and left in the dust!
I’d been doing some testing for work on a Nexus 5 and the screen was about the same size as the iPhone 6, so I thought I was ready to take the plunge. But when I got the 6, is when I realized, testing didn’t involve trying to text or do anything while holding a baby in one hand! The size of the phone is quite a bit bigger and does make things difficult, what with my small lady hands, at times. I got the phone on a Friday over lunch and had about one weekend of regret. I traded in my iPhone 5 (they gave me $104 for it) so there was no turning back. It wasn’t long before I got used to it.
Now, I think the benefits outweigh the size disadvantages. After about two years of not actually reading a book, only listening on audio, I have now already completed reading three books on my new phone. I also really love the touch id feature. No more having to type in a code every time to unlock my phone. I just hold my finger or thumb on it for a second and boom. Love it. Apple Pay has also been cool to play with. I say “play” because the only place I’ve ever used it was at Walgreen’s. It would be nice if it was more widely accepted… maybe some day.
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