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Dinner of Awesome

Just came back from some SERIOUS DINING with a suite of LJ users: colomon, a2macgeek, mandolinjen, matociquala, green_key, jillfelice, (ETA) a2gemma(end edit), THE CONFUSION PRINCESS, the infamous pirate king, and the Kitchen Chick herself. (And. Uhm. I'm forgetting someone(s).) Here's the Kitchen Chick's rundown of Chia Shiang, which is where we ate. It is foodie heaven.

I liked and even loved, most of what we ate, which was a Chinese banquet. Some of the dishes were so complex and arresting that I couldn't outright love them--it was good to sample, and not have a whole meal of them. I could contemplate eating a full meal of the, uhm... pineapple fish, I think; certainly the chicken and chestnuts, which is featured in the above review; the lamb with cumin; and maybe two or three other things that I munched on as they went past and I've now forgotten. But the most impressive things on the menu would be hard for me to contemplate as a whole meal. Mainly, the fish stew and the spicy chicken we ate were so intense and multi-flavored that I kind of went on culinary overload, and it was hard to cleanse my palate afterward. In fact, bizarrely, my tongue and whole mouth kind of went numb while eating them, which I'm told was due to Sichuan peppercorns. The ConFusion Princess actually wondered aloud if she were having a neurological event. That was a good question.

I ended up "cleansing" my palate at one point with... Duck Stuffed with Everything. Eight Treasures Duck? It was ah-mazing. I would get that again. In a heartbeat. In fact, this duck may be why civilization must continue to function at current levels.

I have been experiencing a weird kind of synesthesia lately, where tastes read in my mind as experiences. "This tastes like stepping out of a hot tub onto cold decking" was a recent experience--tonight I had "This is like driving toward Estes Park on a chilly summer day, with the windows cracked and the heat on." (I think I said, "Tastes like Colorado," when trying to explain it tonight, but that was inadequate.)

Anyway. Good times, catching up with folks I don't often catch, and meeting new folks.

PS See you at Penguicon?


( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 1st, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
Me stuffed with duck stuffed with everything is a slow, happy creature indeed.

It was wonderful to see you! Why do we not get together more often? Can we fix that?
May. 1st, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
I had no idea you guys lived so close by, so there is absolutely no good reason not to hang out, is there! I think we can fix that.
May. 1st, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)

Also, oof.
May. 1st, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
*nods* And also, oof.

("Send Tuna" cat is the closest thing I have to a food icon. Must remedy this.)
May. 1st, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
It was very good to see you, too :)

I believe Eight Treasures Duck is indeed the correct name. That was an exciting new one for all of us! Chicken with chestnuts has been a staple for mandolinjen and I ever since she first picked it more or less at random at that meal with the Kitchen Chick.

We're all just sitting around the living room, stomachs bulging, laptop keyboards clicking.
May. 1st, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
And all of us commenting on your post, apparently!
May. 1st, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
So it would seem! :)
May. 1st, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
It's The Thing to Do.
May. 1st, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
I'll hit Chia Shiang with you guys, anytime. That was fantastic.

Hope the bellies shrink in a timely fashion. :)
May. 1st, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
BTW, the person you're missing is a2gemma.
May. 1st, 2009 03:45 am (UTC)
When we heading out Saturday?
May. 1st, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)
What's the earliest you'd consider leaving? I wouldn't mind being there and registered before 10AM panels start (there are a few at that hour that I'm interested in).
May. 1st, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
How about 9?
May. 1st, 2009 11:28 am (UTC)
I'd been hoping to go to Penguicon, but Cordelia has birthday party to go to and a soccer game on Saturday, and Scott will be working at least one day this weekend. Ah, well. I was hoping. Maybe next year.
May. 1st, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
I wonder if your synethesia will end up being bivalent--whether you will be stepping out of a hot tub onto a cold deck and you will say, "This feels like Eight Treasures duck."

nice entry tag, too, btw.
May. 1st, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
I was there, too!
*sniffle*sniffle* You forgot me!
May. 1st, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
Re: I was there, too!
I don't think I knew your LJ handle! Sorry :(.

Hey, I forgot someone else, too. Mike?
May. 3rd, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
So sorry not to get to visit with you. Daniel is usually a pretty upbeat little kid.

Once every five-six years not often enough :(.
May. 4th, 2009 09:21 am (UTC)
Ah, someone who loves food as much as I do. Sounds delicious. And I like the way you are describing the way the food tastes.
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