Chilipa | 霸道麻辣香锅 | Boston Allston, MA

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chilipa is a newly opened spicy pot joint in super 88 food court in allston, replacing one of the kind.

spicy pot, mala xiang guo, is a popular spicy sichuan dish in china. you get to choose the ingredients such as veggies, meat, and seafood, and then will stir fry them for you in special sauce/seasoning with a spicy level of your choice. ‘ma’ means the numbingness of the peppercorns and ‘la’ means spicy.

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the veggies are sold by baskets and meats are sold by lbs. the choice of ingredients are rather limited at chilipa

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got boba from lollicup while waiting.
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here comes the food
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mala xiang guo should smell really fragrant because of various spices that go into the pot, but when pork belly brought this mala xiang guo to the table, all i smelled was old meat smell. the spices couldnt even cover the old smell of the meat, thats how strong it was.
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the food overall didnt taste bad. i asked for the most spicy, but it wasnt spicy and numbing enough. there’s a pool of oil on the bottom of pot. the meat def was NOT fresh. i had mild diarrhea afterwards. my friend reported the same thing after she went: the meat was really not fresh.
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despite of not fresh meat, i would still come back for the veggies when i crave mala xiang guo. it is still much better than what wow bbq has to offer.
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they offer a few other dishes such as dan dan noodles and spicy bean jelly. we got the spicy bean jelly, i thought it was decent.
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on a side note: i was commenting on my friend’s instagram pic of the mala xiang guo that i agreed that the flavors were rather weak and the meat was really not fresh. one of the owners of chilipa happened to see my comment. instead of taking in my feedback, he rudely interrupted our conversation, got super defensive, and argued back with very mean and sarcastic comments which i didnt really appreciate. i am not sure how would a restaurant improve if they cant humbly take feedback from their customers.

chilipa
1095 Commonwealth Ave
Allston, MA 02134
Allston/Brighton

http://www.chilipa.com/

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How to prepare/cook Crawfish Boil | Whole Shabang Sauce Recipe

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last weekend, we did a crawfish boil at a friend’s place.

we ordered 30 lbs of crawfish off internet. 30lbs was wayyyy too much for 10 ppl. probably 15lbs would have been enough. the crawfish came in pretty much all alive. we put ice on them and they survived overnight.

before cooking them, the crawfish needs to be cleaned really well. they are super dirty animals that grow in dirty water. right before washing them, pour a lot of salt over the crawfish. salt will make the crawfish vomit and purge any dirt and waste in their digestive system which minimizes any fishy taste and smell.

you could stir them so the salt can get in evenly, but be careful dont kill the crawfish.

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wait for a few mins then start rinsing them with water MANY times til the water is completely clear.
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once they are well cleaned, get rid of any crawfish that are dead. DO NOT eat any dead crawfish!
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so fresh so clean clean
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excited for the boil
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we were going to cook them outside, but the fire wasnt strong enough. the crawfish came with louisiana crawfish seasoning so we just dump them in the water. also throw in couple lemons!
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he’s ready for the bath
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if you had been to boiling crab in LA, you probably know how amamamamamammazing whole shabang sauce is. here is how a recipe to make some at home and it tastes pretty darn close.

here is how to make the whole shabang sauce:

you will need:
a lot of garlic
a lot of butter – we used 6 sticks
old bay seasoning
lemon pepper
paprika
cayenne pepper
cajun seasoning
sugar

A LOT LOOT LOOOOOTTTTT of garlic!!! this is very important! if you dont like garlic, dont even try to make this sauce. this was 3/4 of the whole container garlic. it can never be too much garlic! more garlic please!
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then heat all your butter in a pan, then when butter all melted and simmering – add in all garlic.

then add all the seasonings (old bay seasoning, lemon pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, cajun seasoning). i added about 1-2 spoons each, you can do whatever you want to taste.

put the heat on low and stir constantly so the bottom doesnt burn/stick

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here’s a video how i made mine

mussels
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time to check on the crawfish
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looks like they are ready
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i added some cooked crawfish in the whole shabang sauce that i made and coated the crawfish evenly with the sauce. super delish, only if i werent on a diet. fml. the sauce is seriously good with anything, seafood, corn, potatoes. ANYTHING!
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some awesome dipping
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biscuits
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a friend made this crazy good rich ice creamy chocolate pie for desserts, i’d totally eat the whole thing if i werent on a diet. ugh fml
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soooo goooodddd, deserves another shot
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we never finished the 30 lbs of crawfish

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food coma
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lucky she wasnt a crawfish
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Uyghur Kitchen | Boston Food Truck

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i tried to catch uyghur kitchen food truck a few times but no luck. it’s really hard to track them down since they dont seem to follow their schedule and cancellations are not noted on their social media. one night, we were driving to our dinner and we spotted uyghur kitchen food truck so we had to stop immediately.

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since we were on our way to dinner, we only tried the lamb kebab which is the only thing i care for anyways. at 3.49 per kebab, there’s def more meat on the stick than wow bbq.

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although the meat was not as tender and juicy as i wished, i appreciated that there was way less fat on each stick unlike wow bbq. i’d say the flavors were on point.
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i’d get it again if i ran into them.
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uyghurkitchen.com

https://www.facebook.com/uyghurkitchen

https://twitter.com/UyghurKitchen

Crave Mad for Chicken | Boston, MA Chinatown

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we went to check out crave mad for chicken soft opening last night. crave mad for chicken is a korean fried chicken joint, part of a chain from new york. it took over the conveyor belt enso sushi on kneeland.

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the menu was stapled together, didnt look it was the final product.
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cant eat chicken without beer. they have a selection beers but relatively expensive: a glass of asahi beer @ $7
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besides fried chicken, their menu was only limited to some apps and sushi unlike the new york location. so we only ordered some chicken.

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the double-fried chicken was def crispy, but i found the flavors were weak. we ordered the furious xtra spicy garlic and buffalo, i did not taste even a bit of spiciness.
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MFC claims their chicken to be all natural, farm raised with no hormones and no antibiotics, always fresh, never frozen. comparing to bonchon, the chicken def tasted much fresher.
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the service wasnt exactly on point yet as they are still working out their kinks especially for their first night, but they were very friendly overall. i’d def come back again when i crave for some chicken.
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75 Kneeland St
Boston, Massachusetts 02111

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The Golden State | Los Angeles, CA Fairfax

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our friend took us to the golden state to check out their burgers when we were in cali

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they have curry ketchup.
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i really liked the sweet potato fries. i got an extra order
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we ran into tyler the creator. i think his store is down the street

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sunday afternoon in fairfax
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The Golden State
Burgers, Gastropubs, Sandwiches
426 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Fairfax
Phone number (323) 782-8331
thegoldenstatecafe.com

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2941 | Falls Church, VA Washington DC

Another pork belly post.  Every month I travel to NY and DC for work.  My parents live in the DC area, I took them out to 2941 for the summer tasting menu. 2941 is located in falls church, it’s easy to miss since it is tucked away in a very Virginia Office park.

The restaurant has great ambiance with nice high ceilings and large glass windows overlooking a lake

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We went for the tasting menu
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wine

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Summer Truffle & Cauliflower
citrus cauliflower, tarragon, lemon thyme

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Arctic Char
Popcorn Custard, crispy jamon mangalica, asparagus
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Jumbo Lump Crab Risotto
Venere, Chesapeake Bay Jump Lump Crab, lemon mascarpone, parcel
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Venison Loin
roasted black mission fig, porcini, balsamic
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Summer pudding
pain de mie, berry compote, lemon curd icecream, coconut

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Overall 2941 this visit to 2941 isn’t what I remember what it was like before 2-3 years ago. It’s definitely become more casual. The ingredients are fresh and made with excellent execution.

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2941 Fairview Park Dr
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 270-1500

http://www.2941.com

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