Monthly Archives: November 2012

Shinsei

This restaurant is a hidden gem! Asian fusion cuisine is my absolute favorite, and I stumbled across this place while browsing through yelp reviews. It is super cozy, romantic, and kind of feels like an underground spot — located right next to Inwood theater, so it’s great for date night! Whether you’re craving sushi or hot food, they’ve got it all – and it always hits the spot.

The lettuce wraps are an appetizer to die for. They are served with hydroponic butter lettuce, and a sweet chili glaze. It gives you the option of chicken, beef, or rock shrimp. I always get the chicken, but I imagine the others will be just as good.

The surf and turf tataki is another appetizer that truly hits the spot. You want seafood, you want meat – but you don’t want to have to pick sides… It’s served with rare tuna and a medium rare tenderloin alongside a delicious and unique broccolini salad.

Now, let’s talk about my favorite thing on the menu… The crispy calamari salad is a fusion of flavors that really excites the palette. Just the right amount of calamari, heart of palm, a citrus vinaigrette, and pickled onions create this salad perfection.

Entrees… The hoisin baby back ribs are tender fall of the bone goodness. A half rack goes for $15 and it’s enough to fill you up well. The other dish I tried and truly enjoyed was the miso black cod served with bok choy and a sake-corn soup. You can’t go wrong with either of these options.

P.S- Half priced bottles of wine on Mondays. It’s a great opportunity to try expensive wines for a fraction less!

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Inwood Theater

It is essential to experience a movie at the Inwood Theater. They have one massive room filled with the coziest bean bags, couches, pillows, and blankets. The only con to this is, that you need to make sure and ask what movie is playing in that room. Typically it is the highest grossing or newest release film. Another great thing about this theater is that they serve liquor and beer! It’s in a great Lovers Lane area as well if you want to grab dinner at some great restaurants like Shinsei and Fireside Pies.

Now, on to the most important reason why you need to visit Inwood Theater. An independent movie called The Room was released in 2003. This movie is INFAMOUS, but not because it’s good, because it’s horrible… It has turned into a cult classic, and the Inwood Theater features at least a couple showings a month where cult followers come in, throw stuff at the screen, laugh, and yell out the cheesiest lines alongside the characters of this movie. Explaining it does not justice, it needs to be experienced!

I was lucky enough to experience one of the showings in 2011 where the director/lead actor Tommy Wiseau actually came in and did a Q&A. Stay posted, and I’ll try to find out details on if he is coming back again – because it is a hilarious and bizarre experience!

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R+D Kitchen

Houston’s is one of my favorite restaurants, so I was stoked about trying one of their concepts. When we arrived they told us it would be a 20 minute wait and let us know that the bar seating was available. We decided to wait, and they called us to a table after just 5 minutes. (I think the 20 minutes claim is a way to fill up the bar.)

The server approached our table with, “Hi, what would you liked to drink?”. She promptly returned with water and asked, “Are you ready to order?”. The server was attentive, but not friendly. This is the only part of my dining experience that was lacking.

We started with the deviled eggs… which were awesome and a total bargain for $4! Then my brother and I split the carnitas sandwich alongside the seared tuna roll. The sandwich was a little messy, but damn near perfect. Every ingredient contributed, and it was may more exciting than your standard pulled pork sandwich. The tuna roll was delightful. Don’t fret that R+D isn’t a sushi bar, the fish was still very fresh and tasty. I was also glad that they don’t serve traditional soy sauce, it seems to be a ginger soy or something of that type — it’s excellent. Be sure to ask about the rolls on the menu though, because there is not a description next to them – and I think some of them are much more exciting than they sound.

All in all, food and ambiance were fantastic! If you are a fan of Hillstone concepts, don’t miss R+D Kitchen. It’s also just a walk away from Sprinkles cupcakes… We’ll leave that for another post 😉

 

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Central Market

Move over Whole Foods…

Every foodie needs to experience Central Market. Hands down, it’s the best grocery store in the Dallas area. I have childhood memories hanging out on the large pieces of fruit they use as decoration in front of the store. Re-inacted below as a big kid!

Why does Central Market rock?

  • Massive selection of global beer + wine.
  • Lobster, crab, venison, tuna steaks, filet – (great quality).
  • Intriguing selection of exotic fruits and vegetables, you’re sure to come across beautiful shapes and colors you’ve never seen in your life.
  • Gelato, bulk candy, deli, bakery, cafe, ETC…

Basically, it feels like entering a world market filled with everything you could possibly want. If you want a healthy lunch, it’s a great place to grab a meal on the go and eat it there. Great idea for anyone on UTD campus since there’s a Central Market conveniently located a couple minutes away.

Two things you must try when you visit. 1) Blueberries & Cream cookies in the bakery. 2) Apricot Almond Chicken Salad.

Tune into their blog to hear about great new recipes, products, & ideas!

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