Monday, June 30

4 meals in 1 day

last saturday was a day of eating. we started with cuban sandwiches from porto's (not pictured here, was too hungry). this was a late lunch, but we proceeded to meet our friends for an early dinner at 15 in silverlake. we had been wanting to hit up the $15@15 special for a long time (note! just saw on their site that it is now $19@15. lame.). between 5 and 6:30pm, you could get a nice 3 course meal for $15. so it didn't matter that we had just barely finished lunch. we had to have it.

olive tapenade. a classic and very delicious here.

tomato bisque. i liked it but i've had better. it was a good balance though - not too creamy and not too sweet. i despise sweet tomato soup. the portion was just right as well.

mac and cheese. didn't try this one but can you really mess up mac and cheese? maybe.

hearts of palm salad. beautiful, and HUGE. the four of us couldn't finish this.

destructor's pork chop - a little citrusy with really delicious corn salsa (no cilantro!), which was tangy and sweet.

i think this burger was bigger than my face.

ah, my salmon dish. i'm not a big fan of cooked salmon, but i didn't want anything heavy. the salmon was okay - nothing special, but the rice was a pleasant surprise.

it's black rice with pieces of fennel, and watermelon. i have to say the watermelon confused me. it didn't taste bad, but it didn't go with the rice. it just kind of was there, trying too hard. the blend of rice and fennel was so savory; the rice was also really moist and well seasoned. i could have just eaten that alone.

dessert! at this point i'm not sure how i managed to eat the whole piece of bread pudding. considering i'm not a big dessert person, this means a lot.

so after dinner, we went out for drinks. later that night, we had our 4th meal. you see, with gas prices being so ridiculously expensive now, we have to maximize every trip we make to the east side. otherwise it's just not worth it.

one thing on the east side we always want is thai food. so of course, we had to stop by ruen pair in thai town that night. i think i really should have stopped eating after dinner, because i felt so sick after my 4th meal.

this is our friend's duck plate. okay, that's fine...but THEN -

my friend miss phd ordered duck feet stew. yes. i grew up watching my grandmother eat chicken feet but this? the webs freaked me out. however, miss phd taunted me until i finally agreed to try one. conclusion? still gross. all i tasted was soft webby skin.

this is the egg salad. i remember thinking the whole time, "is there cilantro in this?" it was one of those weird things where i could taste something that was a little sketchy. i felt that at any moment i might vomit from full-on cilantro flavor, but that never happened. this was really delicious (except for the moments when i thought i tasted cilantro): tangy, a little spicy, and an interesting mix overall. good with rice, too.

after this we went home and i went to sleep, and i never wanted to eat again (well, just for a day).

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