Panda King Express – Chinese Takeout

September 26, 2009 at 12:04 am | Posted in Food, Restaurant Review | Leave a comment
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<UPDATE: This is now known as Tasty House…I have not tried it since the name changed>

If you live in North Phoenix – you should definitely call up Panda King Express (602-548-8108) for some chinese takeout when you aren’t in the mood to cook or drive. Delivery areas are from 35th Ave to Cave Creek and from Thunderbird to Pinnacle Peak. The place is located at 1512 W. Bell Rd, if you want to stop by instead. But hey, delivery is a buck plus tip – so just call…

All of the standard chinese fare as most Americans know it is offered at a reasonable price.  You can order anything one of three ways – Small or large (denotes size of container and comes with steamed rice) or in a combo which includes fried rice, egg roll and crab puff. You can substitute noodles for rice for a dollar more.

I can’t say enough good about this place…delivery is fast (seems to always be the same guy – owner maybe?) and the guy that answers the telephone is knowledgeable of the products and efficient.

Food is excellent. The egg rolls are crispy and golden brown (2 per side order) with a soft floral taste which I assume comes from five-spice-powder. Skip the wonton soup and order the Wor Wonton Soup. Totally worth the extra 3 bucks as it packs in beef, shrimp, snow peas, carrots, zucchini, some type of choy and other goodies bathed in a simple tasty broth.

The dishes like shrimp and snow peas are flavored elegantly. Those of you that prefer your chinese in szechwan, mongolian or hunan style will appreciate that the dishes are spicier as time goes by. It’s not a full on frontal assault of your palate, but a building crescendo of flavors.

According to my menu, the only way you can get duck is in fried rice…which seems a bit odd. If they have it for rice, they must have it for other things, right? Maybe I’ll ask if they can do a Peking duck for Christmas this year, as I love that for a holiday meal. Of course, I know they better require 24-72 hrs notice, otherwise they aren’t doing it right. Oh, I’ve been known to spend the days before that holiday with bike pump and fan in hand hanging a duck on my own screened in porch. Mmmm mm good.

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Fish and Garden Veggies Tonite

May 6, 2009 at 6:33 pm | Posted in Cooking | Leave a comment
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Tonite’s menu will start with the following

  • Tilapia Filets
  • Angel Hair Pasta
  • One Freshly-picked Green Tomato
  • 3 Red Ripe Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 Garden Fresh Serrano Peppers
  • Italian Bread Crumbs
  • Grey Sea Salt
  • Fresh Cracked Black Pepper

I will pan-sear the tilapia, with nothing but salt & pepper adorning it.

I will coat the green tomato in Italian Bread crumbs and fry it nicely golden in some olive oil.

The pasta will be al dente mixed in with a “sauce” consisting of nothing but olive oil, garlic and the aforementioned mentioned veggies minced up and tossed in.

Jasper’s Peak Bistro – Cajun Food in Scottsdale

March 25, 2009 at 1:28 pm | Posted in Restaurant Review | 1 Comment
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Ah yes – yet another restaurant discovery for me. This one came to my girlfriend’s attention via a recommendation from a friend of a friend, rather than our usual Food Network network!

We hit this place up around 6pm on a Tuesday, which is a good night to go, as all bottles of wine are 1/2 off. In addition, if you get there before 7pm – apps and beers are on “happy hour” special. That means beer runs around 4 bucks, and apps are 1/2 off. The place starts to pack them in right around 7ish, so getting there early is nice.

Since it’s located in North Scottsdale – it is tucked away in the corner of an upscale strip mall, anchored by a Fry’s Signature store. That’s par for the course in that territory.

The food leans toward Cajun, although there are some hints of the Southwest on the menu also. Continue Reading Jasper’s Peak Bistro – Cajun Food in Scottsdale…

Irie Jamaican Restaurant

February 26, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Posted in Restaurant Review, Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Parking in the rear, mon.

Parking in the rear, mon.

Ok, so if you are in Phoenix and are craving some curried goat, or real jerk chicken, then this is the place. In fact, it’s the only place I know of that even has goat on the menu in this town.

It is in an old part of town, and one that the average tourist, nor Scottsdale-ite is  likely to find. This is not an upscale restaurant. It is just good eats. Continue Reading Irie Jamaican Restaurant…

Chino Bandido Chinese Mexican Food and a Panda Mascot

November 8, 2008 at 9:38 am | Posted in Restaurant Review | Leave a comment
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Secret Location Revealed!

15414 N.19th Ave

Suite K

Phoenix, AZ 85032

Ok, so it’s not a secret anymore. For years, I tried to keep it that way. It was a place to take only your most trusted, respected, adventurous friends. Hopefully they could be trusted to at least feign an attempt at trying to order on their own… Continue Reading Chino Bandido Chinese Mexican Food and a Panda Mascot…

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