November Writing Challenge Day 12: Happy Hour

I’m blogging every day this month. Some will be game-related, but this challenge is different than my most recent play-a-game-and-blog-about-it challenge. I’m writing a single post every day: no topic guidelines, with some posts being a collection of random thoughts. Click here to read yesterday’s post.

My wife and I recently discovered a late-night happy hour at a local ramen restaurant called Noods Bar. The ramen isn’t all that, but the appetizers and small bites are good, especially during their late happy hour from 9pm-midnight on Friday and Saturday.

We like the mini chashu bowl which is the pork belly served over a small bowl of white rice. I call it their “adobo” since the consistency and flavor reminds me of one of my favorite Filipino dishes.

We’re also big fans of their shishito peppers, which are stir-fried and served with a cream sauce. These peppers are interesting: about 1 in every 10 are spicy, while the others tend to be a little sweet. The quick stir-fry gives it a little smokiness, too. Michelle and I always laugh when one of us “gets lucky” and bites into the spicy chili.

My favorite appetizer, though, is the Elote. Inspired by the Mexican snack found at roadside vendors throughout Southern California, the Elote at Noods is deep fried corn kernels with a yuzu cream and hot Cheetos crumbs. It’s not too spicy, since the sauce acts as a cooler, but it sure is delicious.

The name Elote is a misnomer, though; elote refers to corn on the cob, while esquites is the corn removed from the cob and served in the bowl. Thankfully, I love elote and esquites equally so I don’t mind eating this tasty misnamed dish.

Day 91: No Joke

Complimentary box of truffles from Fleming's.

Complimentary box of truffles from Fleming’s.

My wife and I ended up at our local Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar again tonight, just two weeks after we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day there with friends. This time, we found ourselves there during the April Fools’ Day all-night happy hour.

It was business as usual at Fleming’s tonight, where we always love the stellar service and the outstanding happy hour values. We went with our favorite, the prime burger with double cut fries, and shared the sweet chile calamari appetizer. The food is consistently delicious and tonight was no different.

After we finished our meal,¬†our server¬†asked if we were celebrating anything and I jokingly said, “happy hour.” We all laughed and a few minutes later he returned with a complimentary box of truffles. It was a nice gesture and my wife and I appreciated the non-prank touch to this silly holiday.

Day 25: Happy Hour

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Now this is my idea of a relaxing Sunday evening: a Stone IPA for me and a mojito for the missus. Happy Hour at Paul Martin’s runs every day, including weekends, from 3-8pm. After being cooped up in the house all day, this was a terrific night out.

This is the Fleming’s owner’s other restaurant, so our expectations were high. Thankfully, the experience was top-notch all around. The craft beer choices were solid and the food was tasty. Get the $13 Burger + Fries + Beer special and you’ll be happy any day of the week.