Monday, August 22, 2011

Todai

A couple of Sundays ago, my brother, Ashte', his fiance', Jenna, her mom, my friend Ian and I went to Todai, a Japanese seafood buffet in Fair Oaks mall. Although it was only about 5 in the afternoon, the place was packed!




Jenna and mom. Peep Ian and Ashte' politickin in the background.



There they go, there they go



What a friendly thing to see as soon as you walk in the front door!



We were there for dinner, which was $29.95 per person.



See? Packed!



Todai (like TOE-die) had all kinds of offerings, ready to eat until you couldn't take anymore.





I wasn't sure what to put on my plate, but then I soon spotted my favorite, lobster bisque!



And crab meat! Oops, it's imitation. I actually like imitation crab meat, but not in soup. What else is there?



Ashte' wasted no time filling his plate.



My first plate in progress. I'm pretty selective, even at a buffet. See that dumpling on the left? That's crab rangoon. About 5 minutes later, I discovered how YUM-MY it was!



The crawfish kept looking at me.







More crab!






Fruit! You know I can't resist getting the fruit.



Todai really has something for everyone.





And all types of sushi and sushimi.









Even the dessert looked like rolls. They were sliced so small that you could get a little bit of everything.






My final first plate with the lobster bisque.



Smashing it



The lobster is served just about every hour at designated times, and Jenna was nice enough to bring me one (it's stuffed). Doesn't it look like this crawfish and lobster are getting it on?



Jenna and her mom were nice enough to crack multiple crab legs for us, which is great because I'm an amateur and I always mess it up. Yum!



And dessert! We were all stuffed. The mango ice cream and fruit crepe made on the spot = more yummiliciousness.



If you're super hungry and like seafood, take a trip to Todai. And don't forget to call me so I can come with you! :)

Insana

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I Got a Haircut

I got a haircut last night. And I like it. It was the first time I got my haircut and wasn't sweating bullets in the salon chair. I must be a woman now.



Yippee!



Insana

Monday, August 1, 2011

Georgetown Cupcake!

Thursday, I finally got a chance to visit the acclaimed Georgetown Cupcake, the cupcakery made famous by the reality show "DC Cupcakes" on TLC, featuring sisters and business partners Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis. Despite the cupcakery explosion of 2010, people flock to this location, take photos of it as if it's a historic DC landmark like the monument (the way I did below), and routinely line up in 90+ degree heat to taste the deliciousness (or famousness) that is Georgetown Cupcake.

See the group of people waiting on the right of the photo? They are waiting to enter Georgetown Cupcake. It is currently 91 degrees and 11:30 am. On a Thursday.



Whew! Finally made it inside.



So did all of these people.



They have tons of flavors to choose from, like Milk Chocolate Birthday (which means it has sprinkles on top), Chocolate Ganache, Red Velvet and more. The flavors of the day (Thursday) were Chocolate Banana, Chocolage PB Swirl, Coconut, Key Lime, and Pumpkin Spice.



Pssst, guess what? Georgetown Cupcake has a Facebook page. Big deal, everyone has a Facebook page. But everyday on their Facebook page, Georgetown Cupcake features a secret flavor of the day, not listed on their daily menu. If you request it by name, you get it for free! I overheard a woman in line ask, "Is the Facebook special still going on?" and hightailed it to Facebook on my phone. The secret flavor of the day was: Strawberry Lava Fudge. Would I be too late to order one? Had 100 lucky people already asked for one by 11:30 am? We shall see...

Mmmmm these looks so good!



While I waited for my order of a half-dozen cupcakes ($15, or $2.75 x 5 cupcakes), I visited the bakery window to see the employees creating the little edible fondant hearts, stars, flowers and whatever other toppings that make Georgetown cupcakes so pretty.



Other smarter people called their orders ahead, which waited to be picked up.




And before I knew it, my order was ready! There it is, on the top left, my free Strawberry Lava Fudge cupcake! Shouldered by vanilla and chocolate and milk chocolate birthday. On the bottom row are chocolate ganache, red velvet and strawberry.






Are they good? Well, I'm not sure I've ever had a bad cupcake in my life. The consensus is that the frosting is fantastic, but the cake is meh, which, to me, balance out. Maybe that's just me. I know one thing though. I've been to Georgetown Cupcake, so now I can try every other cupcake spot in DC. Poor me, lol.



Insana