Food: December 2006 Archives


December 27, 2006

Last night, Mrs. Guesswork, Natasha, and I went looking for dinner in Vancouver. After an abortive attempt to get into Guu with Garlic (90 minute wait) we ended up at Simba's Grill. Pretty solid food with a sort of exotic taste. Highlights were Prawns Pili-Pili (barbecued (on a stick)) and Kuku Paka (chicken in a green coconut curry with a really unusual, subtle taste). Both came on rice, which was extremely well executed, fluffy and with a strong saffron taste. Fast, friendly service. Worth a shot.

December 10, 2006

If you're a Chicago expat you complain about how you can't get decent pizza and if you're from Philadelphia you complain about how you can't get a decent cheesesteak. It's pretty hard to understand what the problem is here: you're frying thinly sliced meat, slapping on some American cheese and then putting it on a bun. Yet, for some reason whenever I've tried cheesesteaks at local places they've fallen rather short of Philly standards (this isn't just that things taste better in memory—I've been back to Philadelphia recently enough to have a reference point).

Anyway, some research turns up Jersey Joe's in San Carlos, which makes a pretty solid steak. Not the best I've ever had, but easily good enough to save a 5 hour flight to Philadelphia.