The Looong Weekend

So I went to visit the DC Area last weekend. I took like a bajillion pictures, but loads of cruddy ones. You know, eyes closed, blurry, dark, etc. I keep meaning to post up about the weekend, but the thing is, we did SOOOOOO much, I’m tired just thinking about it.

Approximately: (and it got longer than I meant it to be.) My problem is, I can’t stop thinking and talking about food. :p

  • Shopping:
    So much. Sooo sooo much shopping. OMG, CT and Kay together are frightening! Actually CT by herself is frightening, but together, wow. We went glasses shopping for CT, but didn’t buy anything. We stopped by Victoria’s Secret and spent way too much time going through underwear in the sales bins. Dude, at some point, it’s like, I’ll pay full price! Just stop digging through underwear, let’s go!!! I did make $5 though, cos Mike said he’d give me $5 if I put an underwear on my head. Puhlease, too easy! Although I haven’t gotten it yet. Also, K knows Lakeforest Mall backwards and forwards. Everytime we wanted to go somewhere she gave precise instructions. I’ve never been in a mall without needing to go look at the map before. On Sunday, we went to Potomac Mills to do our shopping cos Yut and I both needed jeans and some other stuff. At the end of the day, only Kay could keep up with CT, the rest of us were lagging behind. Still, it used to be a biannual trip to shop with CT, but it’s been like a year and a half, so we were in dire need:p Oh and besides actual shopping I raided CT’s drawers and K’s closet.:)
  • Food:

    Thai Sa Mai Thai House (8369 Snouffer School Rd. Gaithersburg, MD 301.963.1800) – yummy Thai from a mom and pop place. Loved their Pad Thai and the yellow (kang?) curry especially. I think CT likes the green curry more. Not sure what Mike, K, or Yut thought. No photos cos we were all hungry. Service was okay, but honestly, it’s just the pop serving and the mom cooking, so you can’t expect much better. He was running around like crazy and couldn’t keep up. They were both super nice though. Official opening time was 11am, but we got there at like 11:20 and they weren’t there yet. We were trying to decide what to do when they showed up though, and they were super nice and apologetic about the whole thing. I think they thought we’d been waiting for a long time, but no, not really. :)

    Palena (3529 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, DC 202.537.9250) – CT offered to take us out early on, so this was the only place we made reservations for ahead of time. Actually it’s probably the only place that needs reservations. But anyhows, it was amazing. It’s prix fixe, you pick 3, 4, or 5 courses, so CT and I both did 3 (appetizer, entree, and dessert) while Yut did 5 (first course, 2nd course, entree, cheese course, and dessert). I also got the wine pairings. It was expensive, but a great value. So yummy. My mouth is watering a little just thinking about it. The wine pairings were great, and not at all expensive, definitely worthwhile. And our waiter was really nice. Basically, Palena is good across the board, but sometimes (frequently?) hits these high points that are amazing.

    The gnocchi; amazing. I think gnocchi is something they always have in one form or another, I think it’s always worth getting.

    oxtail ravioli
    Oxtail Ravioli, also amazing. Really good flavor, not at all dry. Just perfect. Maybe even better than the gnocchi, I’m not sure.

    frutti de la mare (something like that)
    Frutti Di Mare or something like that. Various seafood. Everything was delicious, and cooked perfectly, it’s just that the gnocchi and ravioli were soooo amazing that the seafood was overshadowed. This was CT’s first course, maybe she feels differently.

    Squab and Foie Gras
    Squab and Foie Gras, excellent. Honestly, I don’t have enough superlatives for this. Or maybe I’m just not thinking of the right ones. Anyhows, CT and I got seafood (fish) entrees, which were really good, done perfectly. It’s just that I’ve had it done as well at other restaurants too. But that squab and foie gras was … to die for.

    At some places, it’s tempting to skip dessert. Don’t do it at Palena. Seriously yummilicious desserts. If they allow people to go in just for dessert it’d be worth it. I had goat cheesecake, which was creamy and dense, the way I like it. The other ones were amazing too.

    Ambrosia Grille (802 Hungerford Dr Rockville, MD 301.251.5816) Good Greek food, and lots of it. Also really reasonable. We went with YB and Steve cos it was close to YB’s place and they wanted to go grocery shopping after dinner cos they were having a barbecue later.

    Papou's Special
    This is what I mean by a lot of food. I thought getting the Papou’s Special would be a good way to try a little bit of everything, but geeeeez, it was more like a lot of everything.

    Mama Wok & Teriyaki (595 Hungerford Dr Rockville, MD 301.309.6642) Good Chinese food, popular with my parents and the rest of the family, so it must be at least good:) It was the big family dinner of the trip, so lots of my family were around. No photos of the food cos we got to eating.

    Pho 81 (19735 Frederick Rd Germantown, MD 240.686.2068 ) Good pho, stick to it. Actually I’ve only tried the pho and the summer roll, but the summer roll was just ok. I’ve had better pho (here in the East Bay) and worse pho (Pho 75 in Rockville, if I remember correctly). This was pretty good though.

    Full Key (2227 University Blvd W Wheaton, MD 301.933.8388 ) My fave Chinese place:) It’s yummilicious! We like the soy sauce chicken (but anything roasted is pretty good, I think?), clams in black bean sauce, garlic pea sprouts, Chinese broccoli and beef chow fun, and this fish thing, but I forget what it’s called in English. My mum and CT like the wonton soup, but I’m just okay about it.

  • Other Activities:
    • We visited YB’s new place, which was nice. Soooo neat, almost hotel like — impressive, except it’s YB. :p
    • Met Lewis! Actually I forgot to say hi when he and K came over. I was like, “Oh, you’re Lewis!” and then I started taking photos. I totally realized later though, cos I said hi:p Also, like 15 minutes after we met him, we’d talked him into playing cards. Muahahahaha! He wasn’t too good at Hearts (although not bad for a first timer), but he was pretty good at Scotch Bridge (aka Up and Down the River or Oh Heaven Oh Hell). He was a good sport about it all. And he likes pomegranate Italian soda, so obviously a sensible fellow with good taste.
    • Reinstalled K’s computer. Actually I didn’t finish cos I got tired:p I shoulda brought my external harddrive and burned some software before I got to MD. Oops, next time! Sorry K.
    • Watched X-Men: The Last Stand. Wasn’t as good as 1 and 2, but if you just go into it expecting a regular summer blockbuster style movie, it’s fine. (Maybe more on this later.)

Yeah, that’s all I can think of. But it’s a lot. Dude, I wouldn’t characterize the trip as a vacation that’s for damn sure. I thought that it’d be good to try and keep a more regular schedule this trip; go to sleep at a regular time, wake up in the morning (vs the afternoon), you know, normal. But instead what happened was we woke up early and went to sleep late everyday. Which is just wrong! So wrong on so many levels! Well ok 2. Whatevs.


  1. don’t forget the deep fried shrimp with heads at full key! that stuff is goooooood… (drool).

  2. Oh you mean the salt and pepper shrimp, I think. Yup, delicious:)

  3. lol u crack me up~~ how can u not call that a vacation! its like a shopping vacation! just what everyone needs when life piles a load on you. buy loads and loads of clothes!! muhahahha =) can’t wait for winter… heheh… and the after christmas sales… MUHAHAHAHHAH @@

  4. K, I’m with you.

  5. You two should read Confessions of a Shopaholic:p

    Also, it was tiring, even you two were tired, admit it!!!

  6. ah, tired? yes! defeated? noooooo~~~ lol

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