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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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.

2941 on Urbanspoon

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


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YoCha | Quincy, MA Boston

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went to yocha for something desserts.

coconut soup with tapioca, mango, taro, and tofu pudding
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mango puree, mango, pomelo, and tofu pudding
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although the space was clean, bright, and spacious, i didnt really enjoy the dessert soups. im not a fan of sweet tofu pudding, but most of their soups have sweet tofu pudding. they also serve frozen yogurts and drinks such as tea, bubble tea and coffee.
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Coffee & Tea, Bubble Tea, Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
406 Hancock St
Quincy, MA 02171
Phone number (617) 328-8883

Al Gauron Deep Sea Fishing & Whale Watching | Hampton, New Hampshire

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we went on a deep sea fishing tour with a few friends back in april. it’s an all day event, so we got to hampton beach around 6am in the morning.

we were pretty excited as we were getting on the boat, I thought it would be a nice day hanging out on the ocean and hopefully catch some fish for dinner. little did we know what we got ourselves into.
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it was a 2-hour boat ride off the coast. 10 mins after the boat started moving, all of my 3 friends started throwing up like crazy. it was windy so the ride was rough. i started to feel uncomfortable an hour in. i didnt throw up , but i already started regretting this. i felt freezing cold even thought I was in my canada goose long jacket.

the boat finally stopped moving after 2 hours and it was time to start fishing. all my friends were still throwing up. the waves felt even stronger after the boat stopped moving and i started to feel very seasick. 10 mins later i joined my friends and started throwing up into the ocean. i didnt eat much that morning so nothing really came out.
i didnt throw up as much as my friends, but i still felt very very sick and freezing cold.
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none of my friends could even get up, so they didnt try to fish.
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pork belly was the only person in our group that felt fine and fished. it must have been all the fish sauce he has consumed all his life.
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i really wanted to kill myself knowing i will be stuck on this boat for next 8 hours.
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the crew was really helpful. they were running around showing ppl how to fish or just help them out in general.

pork belly caught his 1st fish wooohoooo
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the guy helped him taking the fish off the hook and measured how big the fish was. if it wasn’t big enough, they had to throw them back to the ocean.
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it’s a Stripped Bass.
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i tried to force myself to take naps so i didn’t have to feel the nausea.
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i felt ok for a little bit after the 100th nap, so i tried to fish, but quickly felt very sick again after a few mins of fishing.
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my poor friends, they were like this the entire 8 hour trip. i really thought i was gonna die too.
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it was the longest 8 hours in our life and I still can’t believe I actually survived looking back. we were beyond relieved and thankful when we finally got back on the land. we all swore we would never go on such trips ever again. my friend was still throwing up after got back on the land. i asked if this could get better over time and they all told me no. they said if you are seasick then you would be forever seasick. it was such a terrible experience for us, so think twice if you wanna go one a deep sea fishing or whale watching tour. maybe go on a half day tour to try it out first. we all been on boats and cruises before and we were all fine, but a relatively small boat all day out in the ocean is a different story.
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1 Ocean Blvd.
Hampton, New Hampshire 03842

Late Night Ramen | Uni Sashimi Bar | Boston, MA Back Bay

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uni sashimi bar has been serving late night ramen from 11 pm on fridays and saturdays for a while now, but it took us a while to check it out.

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there was a wait for tables, so we grabbed seats at the bar.

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not sure if bartenders hate ppl eating food at the bar especially when we werent ordering alcohol, the bartender kept ignoring us so it took us a while to get his attention and ordered our food. i just wanted ramen and to go home and sleep.

hot dog – it tasted like bánh mì except with soggy roll and sausage
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pork bun – meh
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meh meh
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shishito peppers
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XO squid ramen
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traditional ramen with pork
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both of the ramens were absolutely TERRIBLE. the broth was had no complexity, just a hot mess (well it was luke warm), let alone flavors. CRAZY salty, the most salty noodle dish ive ever had. the entire meal was disappointing. i left really unsatisfied and disgusted and i really wanted my calories back! ugh. i’d avoid their ramen at all costs.
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Uni Sashimi Bar
Sushi Bars, Japanese
370 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
Back Bay
Phone number (617) 536-7200

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Tony’s Clam Shop | Quincy, MA Boston

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weather finally warmed up and i was craving lobster roll so we went to tony’s clam shop for some seafood. it’s located on the water and has a patio.

we got the seafood platter
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and lobster rolls of course
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the lobster meat didnt taste juicy and all that fresh. the bread had no character.
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our meal overall was somewhat a disappointment. the seafood didnt taste fresh, juicy, and plump. i dont think i would come back.
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Tony’s Clam Shop
Seafood, Fast Food

861 Quincy Shore Dr
Quincy, MA 02170
Get Directions
Phone number (617) 773-5090

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Mandarin Malden | Malden, MA Boston

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mandarin malden is a relatively new taiwanese restaurant in malden.

very clean looking restaurant
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we got the fried pork chop with rice. the portion is HUGE, enough to feed a starving family. the pork chop was on the very greasy side.
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if we couldnt finish it, i doubt anyone can finish this.
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Taiwanese-style Salted Crispy Xian Su Chicken
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this wasnt crispy, didnt taste as it was freshly fried.

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we also got the beef noodle soup.
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the meat was a little too tender/overcooked that it lost its texture.
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the noodles weren’t al dente, lacked chewiness and textures.
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i liked how clean and bright this restaurant feels unlike most chinese restaurants. although the portions are huge, the food itself was only ok.
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Mandarin Malden
Taiwanese, Chinese
74 Pleasant St
Malden, MA 02148
Phone number (781) 324-1148


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