Hi Guys! Soooo glad today is Friday, finally.
Last night we took Charkey and Nora out for dinner for an early Valentine’s Day celebration because they going to their grandma’s for the weekend so we are doing our own thang.
We took them out to this awesome Vietnamese restaurant in Falls Church, VA called Present. I’d been there twice before and was always blown away by the presentation of the food, plus the taste of course. Vietnamese ranks in my top 2-3 cuisines of all time.
While waiting for our food, we goofed around a bit.
Bunny ears! Haven’t had those in a photo in a while. That’s Nora for you.
Plus Charkey and her dad.
So cute. On the way to the restaurant, he told her that the reason it was called Present was because all the food was gift wrapped when it arrived at your table. ha.
Luckily, the food didn’t take too long because we were all huuuuungry. oTo start off, we ordered the Green Paradise Spring Roll and fried calamari – the special.
These were so fresh and delicious, and something I have to make at home again soon!
I thought the calamari was just OK, but Wil absolutely loved it, which was fine by me. I only had 2-3 pieces.
For the main course, I got this amazing dish called Treasure from the Sea.
This photo makes it look really busy, but the plate itself was actually stunning. The bowl was a half of a pineapple, scooped out, and then inside there was a salad of calamari, pineapple, sweet onion, lemongrass, carrot, fried garlic, roasted peanuts, all topped with tiger shrimp. It also came with those rice cracker chip things (that’s the official name) that melt in your mouth. This dish I’ve ordered once before because the flavor is just out of this world. Somehow, they have it as an appetizer on the menu, but its actually huge, but don’t worry – I managed to eat the entire thing.
One other thing I love about the restaurant is they decorate all the plates with radishes cut into flowers – so old school, but so beautiful.
I asked the waiter about them, and he said that there is one guy who cuts these all day long, and each one takes 10 minutes! We thought they would have a machine for them given the number that we saw during just our meal, but nope, hand made.
Before leaving the restaurant, we all made a wish in the fountain, per instructions from the little ones.
You have to take orders from munchkins in matching outfits.
What’s your favorite ethnic cuisine? Do you like Asian food? What’s your favorite? I think Asian wins out very slightly over Mexican for me, but my two favorite kinds of Asian cuisine are Vietnamese and Japanese, hands down. I could eat them every day and die happy.