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Blazer Wings

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Blazer Wings
Last week I ate at Sharp's Roasthouse and had a delicious pulled pork sandwich. Take a look at that post for a mouth watering look into that experience.

This post is the prequel to that meal. Before I had the pulled pork sandwich I had an appetizer of their signature Blazer Wings! They seemed like must have when I saw that every table had a bottle of their in-house hot sauce for sale on it.

These wings did not disappoint. The sauce was savory, spicy, and sweet all rolled into 1. Served with some carrots, celery, and ranch dip - it is the perfect shareable appetizer.
#sugeoishi #chickenwings

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Kansas City Pulled Pork Sandwich

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Kansas City Pulled Pork Sandw...
I recently visited Sharps Roast House in Seatac, Washington to try some of their in-house smoked BBQ, and I was blown away.

First, this is right near the Seatac Airport, an area I don't normally associate with great dining experience. Second, this isn't a chain yet the entire operation looked very professional, clean and most importantly unique.

When you walk in you see they have whiskey barrels rotating as they are oak aging their own blend of bourbon whiskey. I was there for lunch so I didn't get a chance to sample that. Nevertheless I am sure I will be back soon to give it a taste.

For lunch I had the Kansas City "Pulled Pig" sandwich and french fries. The fries were seasoned and fried to perfection. It was a great blend of light and crispy. The sandwich itself was their pulled pork soaked in their homemade KC sauce. It was topped with coleslaw, fried onion strings, and mayonnaise and served on a delicious bun.

These ingredients sound extremely simple, but the way it was put together and the quality of the meat in question created an amazing sandwich. My only complaint (and a compliment at the same time) is that there was so much meat that it came spilling out the back. What is BBQ without getting your hands dirty, right?

I highly recommend checking out Sharps Roast House, and I am super excited to come back to see what other delicious meals they have on the menu!
#sugeoishi #pulledpork #frenchfries

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Mongolian Stir Fry With Gyoza

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Mongolian Stir Fry With Gyoza
Buffets are very dangerous, none more dangerous than Mandarin Buffet & Grill in Bellevue. While they have a lot of dishes my favorite is to make my own stir fry.

It's really great, you choose your noodles, veggies, meats, sauce - and they fry it there for you on the spot! It's fantastic! When I do my stir fry I like to use 2 different kinds of noodles (thin and thick). I like to fry a fresh egg in it, with jalapeños, mushrooms, and a bit of chicken.

Unfortunately I found the chicken not very flavorful this time around. In the future I think I will request double sauce - which in this case was spicy garlic.

The 2 gyoza I grabbed from another tray at the buffet, I couldn't help myself they were so delicious!

A little tip, if you are doing the grill I recommend filling 2 plates and frying them together. You get more food and it is much quicker than going back for seconds!
#sugeoishi #stirfry

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Thai Kitchen Alternatives: Tom Kah Soup

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Thai Kitchen Alternatives: Tom...
Wow the last few posts seem to have flown right by! Here we are at the final of my 4-part series on "Thai Kitchen Alternatives". Overall my experience trying some different dishes has been very positive. I will likely continue to indulge in their delicious Traditional Pad Thai in the majority of my visits - but I will be sure to mix it up once in awhile!

Today's entry is on the Tom Kah (coconut chicken) soup. Full disclaimer, I don't consider soup a meal. It is a side/appetizer at best. That being said, the portion they give you at Thai Kitchen is pretty impressive.

This soup contains chicken and mushrooms cooked in a coconut broth. The number of mushrooms and chicken present give it almost a hearty appearance, which helps me as far as the perception of this being more than an appetizer. Within the soup you will also find galanga (of the ginger family), lime leaves, and lemon grass. It is topped with cilantro to add to the presentation.

Like the Panang Curry in part 1, this is a great Fall dish when the weather starts cooling down. The portion is perfect for sharing if you want to split this with somebody else and still order an entree, which I am likely to do on my next visit.

Well there you have it, that concludes the 4-part series on "Thai Kitchen Alternatives". I hope it was informative and gave you a few ideas on different things to try should you be in the Bellevue area with a hankering for quality Thai cuisine.

Which was your favorite? Take the poll below and let me know!
#sugeoishi #chicken #tomkah #soup
Which Thai Kitchen Alternative do you think looks the best?

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Thai Kitchen Alternatives: Thai Iced Tea

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Thai Kitchen Alternatives: Thai ...
It's not just food that can be suge oishi - drinks sometimes fit the bill as well. That is exactly what we will be covering in part 3 of "Thai Kitchen Alternatives" today.

Normally when I visit Thai Kitchen I stick with water. That is generally due to my love of all things spice. On a scale of 1-5 stars, I eat my food at a 5 star level. During this particular visit to Thai Kitchen I stuck to a more mild temperature for these dishes.

To wash down the epic flavors of Thai food, I decided to have a Thai Iced Tea. Not only is this drink a lovely orange color, but it is very refreshing. It may look rather creamy but like the Yum Neuh Beef Salad featured in part 2 - it was very light.

While I will continue to stick with water for the majority of my visits - a Thai Iced Tea is a nice change of pace when you want something different.
#sugeoishi #thaiicedtea #thaikitchen

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Thai Kitchen Alternatives: Yum Neuh Beef Salad

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Thai Kitchen Alternatives: Yum...
Welcome to Part 2 of my 4-part series on "Thai Kitchen Alternatives"! I hope you are enjoying reading these as much as I did eating, photographing, and writing about them.

Today I will cover Yum Neuh Beef Salad. Please don't quote me that I have the name correct - I was calling it 'beef salad' while I ate it (how North American of me). Generally I associate rice noodles, rice, and curries with Thai cuisine. Not often do I think of ordering a salad.

I was glad to have tried this one out. It would make a great appetizer split amongst several people for sure. It was a light fragrant meal. A bed of romaine lettuce topped with tomatoes, cilantro, mint, lime juice, and smoked chili sauce - what a great way to start a meal.

While yesterday's dish isn't an alternative I would be adding to my rotation, this salad made a great shareable portion for the next time I am out eating with my wife. Well done Thai Kitchen!
#sugeoishi #thaikitchen #beef #salad #yumneuh

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Thai Kitchen Alternatives: Panang Beef Curry

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Thai Kitchen Alternatives: Pana...
If you go all of the way back to my second post you will see that I love Pad Thai. Particularly Pad Thai from Thai Kitchen. The problem with this is that it means I rarely venture to try new things. Well I recently tried a number of delicious Thai Kitchen dishes that provided both variety in appearance and flavor.

This will be the first a 4-part series on "Thai Kitchen Alternatives".

Today's entry is Panang Beef Curry. Admittedly, when I do eat curry it is almost always Green Curry. I find the flavor of the curry and the combination of vegetables to be right up my alley. This one had a much more rich flavor in the curry itself. While I didn't love that the beef came in huge blocks (I prefer thinly sliced) it did have that 'melt in your mouth' quality as it fell apart with each bite.

Served with tomatoes and basil - it almost had a soup-like quality perfect for those chilly Fall days. While not my favorite, it was still an enjoyable dish and I was glad to have tried it.
#sugeoishi #beef #curry #thaikitchen

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Sausage Breakfast Sandwich

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Sausage Breakfast Sandwich
One of my favorite breakfast foods is a quality breakfast sandwich. This past weekend I was at PAX (Penny Arcade Expo) to celebrate all things video and board games. 4 days of wandering expo halls, sitting in on panels, playing games, and in general - being on my feet, really works up an appetite!

On the last day of the convention I paid a visit to Specialty's. They make handcrafted sandwiches that are awesome and fresh. In fact, they even bake their own break on premises!

At a little over $5.00 I was hoping this would be one of the better sandwiches I have had. Boy, was I not disappointed! It was 2 sausage patties surrounding a huge chunk of egg, cheese, and amazingly flavored bread. The picture here only shows 1 HALF of the sandwich. It was an amazing amount of food so I would deem this a great value.

They have a number of locations in California, Washington, and a few in Chicago. If you find yourself in the neighborhood of a Specialty's - check it out. You won't be disappointed!

#sugeoishi #breakfastsandwich #sausage
What kind of breakfast sandwhich do you prefer?

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Filet Mignon & Prawns w/ Rice Pilaf & Green Beans

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Filet Mignon & Prawns w/ Ric...
I am not always a fan of just eating hunks of meat, but when you are dining at a fancy place you should eat fancy foods.

On a beautiful evening I was lucky enough to be able to eat this juicy medium rare filet mignon. It was served with prawns, rice pilaf, and green beans. The green beans were admittedly my least favorite part of this meal - yet still turned out really well.

While a glass of red wine would have paired very nicely with this lovely meal, I am more of a beer lover. Specifically, I love IPA's and they happened to have my favorite IPA on tap - Black Raven Trickster IPA. If you find yourself in western Washington, I recommend you checking it out. And if you enjoy golf and good food, the Aldarra Golf Club in Sammamish, WA is a great location.
#suegoishi #filetmignon #prawns

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Pad Thai To Go

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Pad Thai To Go
No, this isn't the first time I have written about Pad Thai - and to be honest it won't likely be the last. Today I tried out a new service called Uber Eats.

With this service I download the app, find a restaurant, pick a dish, order it, and it's delivered to me! This is really helpful for me as my work days are extremely busy and I don't often have enough time to run out and grab lunch. The food prices are typical restaurant rates, but you do pay an additional $3.00 delivery fee. At first this seemed really high to me, but then when I thought about a tip percentage while at a restaurant - the price is comparable. The benefit here is the convenience. You get an ETA, the name and description of the driver's car, I was very impressed.

Today I chose the restaurant Noodle Land and decided to give their Pad Thai a try. While it wasn't quite up to the quality of Thai Kitchen's (see my first post) they certainly gave you a lot of food. So it was a really good value.

The delivery driver was friendly and quick. There is no need to tip the driver it is a quick exchange and you are on your way to enjoying a fantastic lunch.

If you are interested in trying Uber Eats please use my special code below when you register for the first time. You will get $10 off of your order, and I will get $5 off of my next order.


CODE
eats-ryanh24163ue
#sugeoishi #padthai #ubereats

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