Bugolgi JunGol – Moa Korean Restaurant

Bugolgi JunGol - Moa Korean Restaurant

This is Bulgogi in a Spicy Korean Stew. It has tofu, rice cakes (not the american kind), bulgogi (korean beef) and noodles. There’s veggies and other stuff in there too. If you like sharing, this is a korean dish for you because it can serve up to 4 people. It costs about $30 too.

It made me sad though, because this was a farewell visit to this restaurant for a good friend of mine. She used to come here every week for two years, now THAT is loyalty! And it also means GOOD food!

Moa Korean Restaurant

12300 Wilkins Ave
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 881-8880

Iron Age – Korean BBQ

All you can eat (AYCE) Korean BBQ. Honestly, If you have never had Korean BBQ, it’s like a whole other world if you aren’t used to it. Even my parents, seasoned Asians, told me once that they felt like they were in a foreign country when I took them to try it (not this place though).

Iron Age is expensive for my “eat less than $5 if you can” bred nature. $18 for Set A AYCE and $22 for the larger set B. Your whole table also has to pick the same thing, you can’t have half-a-table set A and half-a-table set B.

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The Setup

You start out with Korean side dishes (banchan). Most Korean restaurants will have banchan. You also receive 4 dipping sauces, which you will need because most of the meat here is served unflavored. The exceptions being the pork belly and the marinated meat. Yes, that is a burner in front of me because the food cooks on the table.

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Raw Steak

The meat comes raw, but it cooks rather quickly.

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Cooked meat

And when cooked, inhaled quite quickly. The waiters will come cook the meat for you, but as a seasoned goer, I tend to cook my meat myself because I like my meat just right and not overcooked, which can happen if the waiter has many tables.

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Raw Pork Belly

The pork belly is my favorite. It comes in two different flavors, garlic and pepper paste. I like the pepper paste the best. The pork belly is so flavorful on its own that you can always request pork belly without seasoning too, if you like. 

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Pepper Paste Pork Belly and Cow Stomach

On the left, delicious spicy pork belly and on the right, not for the squeamish cow stomach. This is not tripe. It is actually quite delicious, I had never tried it before but the taste was delicious! The cow stomach is rather chewy though, so eat at your own risk.

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Cooked Cow Stomach

This is a much tastier looking picture. But there is a lot less meat there than in the raw picture because the meat was being devoured as I was taking the picture. It also shows what the grill looks like after you finish cooking. The burned black side is where we cooked the pork belly and the slimy brown side is where we cooked the cow stomach. I recommend letting the waitress cook the cow stomach and getting it with something else as it takes a long time to cook.

Iron Age
1054 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

(301) 424-1474

The Loving Hut – Vegan Vietnamese Food

My best friend (Z) just recently moved to Falls Church. I was extremely happy because this opens my area of restaurant visits to a much wider area. I don’t like traveling for food if there isn’t a good reason. My best friend is a vegetarian so she was quite excited that I found this place. She loves Vietnamese food and will sometimes eat pho even though the broth is not vegetarian. 

Golden Rolls

Golden Rolls

 The Golden Rolls have cabbage, carrots, taro, onions, mushrooms, bean thread, and served with sweet and sour sauce. I didn’t taste them but Z and her boyfriend seemed to like them fine. They looked very golden and very delicious. They were your classic spring rolls.

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Summer Rolls

The summer rolls vegan ham, vegan shrimp, lettuce, mint, and cucumber. It is served with almond hoisin dipping sauce. The sauce was to die for. I think it was the best summer roll dipping sauce I have ever tasted. The summer rolls actually tasted good and the shrimp tasted a little like real shrimp.

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Blissful Fried Rice

 It was fried rice. What can I say about fried rice? Apparently, Z’s boyfriend only ever gets fried rice when he goes to an Asian restaurant. I have promised him that I am going to take him to a restaurant where he will have no choice but to get something else.

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Sesame Eggplant Tofu

The Sesame Eggplant Tofu was kind of bland. I think I will try something else next time. I’ve been assured there will be a next time. My biggest complaint is that there was no meat. Yes, I’m quite aware that I was in a place that had no meat, but seriously, that is what this dish was missing. If it had meat, I think it would have been delicious. Pork or sliced beef would have rounded out the taste quite well. 

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Pho

Can’t forget the pho. It was the whole reason we came to this meatless place. Z went on this whole rant about how soy protein needs to be seasoned for it to have any taste. I wish I could have recorded it, but she just gave me a look when I told her to write it down for me. Basically, it comes to this, the broth was good, but the protein tasted like nothing. The pho would have been much better with tasty meat.

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Mango Bubble Tea

This was the best part of the meal. Mango bubble tea is my utmost favorite. The thing is, it was more like a smoothie. This thing was like pure mango puree. This was the real deal, not that nasty stuff they make with powder.

For a vegan place, the food wasn’t bad. I would come back here. But not without a reason, for example, having a vegetarian or a vegan with me. I’m just not a fan of meatless places. I adore meat too much.

Loving Hut

2842 Rogers Dr
Falls Church, VA 22042

(703) 942-5622

The Best Wedding Food This Summer

This past Saturday, I went to the last wedding of the summer. One of my good friends that I’ve known since I was a kid, got married. I cried, I laughed, I danced with my friends. Now, I’ve been to several weddings this summer and this one had the best food. It wasn’t the best because it was the fanciest or the most expensive, it was just well cooked and well received by the the guests. I don’t think anyone disliked the food.

ImageImageThe food before the reception was all meats and cheese. I have never been to a wedding that had this much spread for appetizers. There was a dry bar with soda and a fruit punch that was not overly sweet and quite delicious. They also brought out other appetizers but I honestly never found out what they were.

ImageThe salad was frisee, asparagus, red pepper and mushrooms. It was topped with salad dressing and we each got a piece of bread. I much prefer this type of salad to other more typical salads. This one just looks so much better than chopped salad thrown into a bowel with Caesar dressing.

I forgot to take a picture of the entree, but it was scallops sitting on a bed of mashed potatoes and spinach. Each person got a choice of steak or scallops and the sides were the same. The scallops were firm and perfectly cooked. Most of the time when I get seafood at a wedding, it’s overcooked. But the Hilton did a fine job of cooking the meat. Everyone seemed satisfied. We got a choice of champagne or apple cider for the toasts.

Edit: A friend gave me the pictures of the entree! Courtesy of Hannah C. –

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ImageThe dessert was a pastry with blackberries, strawberries and blueberries topped with vanilla bean ice cream. The pastry was flaky, the berries were sweet and sour and the ice cream was the perfect topping to hold the dessert all together. I loved it!

Overall, it was just enough food to fill you up, but after all the dancing (which for the most part I did the rest of the night), I got home and i was hungry again. On the other hand, I wasn’t overly full when I went to dance and that’s always a good thing. This was a really good choice for a wedding reception.

Hilton McLean Tysons Corner

7920 Jones Branch Drive
McLean, VA 22102
(703) 847-5000

Family Reunion Lunch

Family Reunion Lunch

What do you do when you have a huge family get-together and don’t want to go to a restaurant? Grocery-store roast chicken and random assortment of food!

This is always a good idea for when you want to save some money. We had so much left over food too.

Food: Rotisserie Chicken, corn on the cob, watermelon, tuna and salmon sushi, roast beef (under the watermelon)

On The Road – Showboat Branson Belle

I have been amazed how good the Showboat Branson Belle is! It has blown away my indifference towards variety shows especially show boat cruises. This was magnificent!

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Branson Belle Stage

So first, we get there and are shown to our seats. We got pretty good seats too, only 4 rows from the front. This turned out to be perfect so that we didn’t have to crane our heads.

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We then got to look around the boat while waiting for the show to start and for dinner to be served.

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Finally dinner was served. Now, I admit I forgot to take a picture of my salad. But really, do you need to see a picture of yet another salad?

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The food was good, not fantastic, but, you don’t come to a show boat for the food do you? I got both beef and chicken and it was simple and filling. The food wasn’t bland nor over-seasoned and so it was just fine to me. The biscuit was way too crumbly and the dessert was an ice cream cake. Not that ice cream cake is bad, I just didn’t want to use more than one sentence…oops, there’s two sentences.

Next came the show, there was plenty of variety. There was the host who was also a magician and comedian. The Showmen, who sang everything from classic american songs to boy band hits. The main attraction was Janice Martin, the World’s only aerial violin player.

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The Band

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The Showmen

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Janice Martin

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Blurry picture of aerial violinist

Janice Martin was beyond describing! There were parts of this performance where she was playing the violin upside down suspended from the silk and playing awfully fast. This woman is a one woman show. She can sing, play violin and piano, act (a little), and fling around on silk like it’s easy! There were definitely some people who were not impressed, but I was! This is definitely something to come see. Maybe Branson isn’t so bad after all.

Showboat Branson Belle
Categories: Performing Arts, Restaurants
4800 State Hwy 165
Branson, MO 65616
(417) 336-7050

On the Road – Cantina Laredo Branson

We have moved on to Branson Missouri. Home of a million theaters. I honestly think this tourist town is no different than Ocean City, MD or any such tourist town with the exception that there’s a million theaters rather than a giant beach. We decided for our first dinner to go to Cantina Laredo on the Branson Landing.

Top Shelf Guacamole

Top Shelf Guacamole

$9.99

We started out with the guacamole, which was prepared at the table fresh.  Our waiter prepared the guacamole very nicely and it tasted great with just the right amount of salt and other addings to it.

Half of the Cantina Laredo Plater

Half of the Cantina Laredo Plater

$17.79 – Full dish

I find when it comes to Mexican food, the portions are just much too big for me. So I shared with my mother and the kitchen nicely cut it in half for us and served it in two portions so that we didn’t have to do it ourselves. The platter comes with Oaxaca cheese chile relleno, tamale, chicken enchilada, and a fajita beef taco al carbon. The best food on this plate was the chile relleno. There’s just something about a pepper stuffed with cheese that makes me shiver with happiness. And the Oaxaca cheese was just superb!

Combination Fajitas

Combination Fajitas

$17.29

My sister E, loves Tex-Mex, Mexican, anything that comes south of the border is her favorite. But her favorite go to dish is combination fajitas. The portion was too big as is usual with fajitas and she had to take half of it with us. It looks awesome though and she gave it a 7/10 rating which about average for her.

Tacos Al Carbon - beef

Tacos Al Carbon – beef

$17.99

The tacos were by far the best I had eaten in awhile. My dad’s only complaint was that his tacos were “too charred” but honestly, looking at this picture, I think they look awesome. But as a visual eater, and many people tend to be, because of the way it looked, it took away from the taste. The queso was delicious though!

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I have to say that the price was a bit steep for the food quality, but seeing as how this restaurant was on the Landing, and that picture above is the view you get from the restaurant (there is outdoor seating), the prices are pretty understandable. I would suggest getting a reservation for outside on the deck though, to fully appreciate those prices. If you are a walk-in, expect to eat inside.

Cantina Laredo

Category: Mexican, Tex-Mex

1001 Branson Landing Blvd
Branson, MO 65615

(417) 334-6062

On The Road Food – Cracker Barrel

When on the road for vacation, there comes time when you get sick and tired of fast food and want some real food without the cost of going to an expensive restaurant. Chains are inevitable. And so, we pick Cracker Barrel. This is my first vacation of the year (and probably only), so we like to take our time. Cracker Barrel gives you just that, slow but friendly service, comfort food (albeit kind of bland yet fixable) and entertainment a la store while you wait for your food.

Beef Stew

Beef Stew

Country Style Green Beans and Fried Apples

Country Style Green Beans and Fried Apples

I got the lovely Beef Stew with green beans and fried apples. My lovely computer keeps wanting to auto correct fried apples into friend apples. And perhaps they were my friend, since they were the only thing that didn’t need a little salt to liven the taste up.

Country Friend Steak, Hash brown Casserole and Mac n Cheese

Country Friend Steak, Hash brown Casserole and Mac n Cheese

Country Fried Steak was on the menu for my Dad and sister, while my mother got the salmon patties. The salmon patties were not appetizing in the least and thus do not get a picture. They looked dry and were dry. But Craker Barrel is most definitely better road food than McDonald’s. Am I right?

Birthday dinner at Amalfi Italian Restaurant

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Eggplant Parmesan with Sausage and Linguine (pictured above and below) Price: $21

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Linguine with Marinara Sauce

Amalfi Ristorante Italiano has delicious food and a great atmosphere. We came here for my birthday and they were really friendly! Our waiter explained the family restaurant aspect, it was cute. If you are big on organic foods, then this is the place to go. The prices are organically priced too, unfortunately. But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for.