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Foood…! And other happiness.

Had a food day on Tuesday.

Restaurant #4:
For lunch we went to Efes Turkish Cuisine. Eric had previously eaten there when he was gainfully employed. Actually, he had lunch there on his last day at Freescale, though it was unrelated to his leaving. The place impressed him and it went on my list of places to eat after winning bets. It was very tasty. I ordered the Adana Kebab and Eric had what he ordered the first time: the Doner Kebab.  The portion of the adana kebab was a little small (one skinny sausage), but spicy enough that the dinner portion would be too much.  The doner kebab is a deal though, consisting of a nice pile of blacked, yet tender and well-seasoned, beef bits and sauces.  Both were served with rice, a pita with spicey tomato sauce and cabbage salad, though the menu said the cabbage was only included with the doner.  I have to say, the cabbage salad really made the meal for me.  Might seem silly, but that’s the sort of thing that will ensure repeat business from me.  The salad was fairly simple with a vinegar dressing, but cool and flavorful.

Ice Cream #5:
Later, after watching There Will Be Blood and generally goofing off, we went to Chill, the new gelato place by Pita Jungle.  I’d never had gelato before, but gelato parlors are becoming ubiquitous.  I went with Chocolate Hazelnut and Eric had Cookie and Cream.  I was impressed.  I don’t think I’ve ever had an ice cream so rich in cocoa flavor.  It was a lovely shade of dark brown and had a sheen to it that matched it’s slightly sticky texture.  The hazelnut taste was a nice undertone, and there was even a few slivers of nuts as well as a whole filbert.  Eric was less impressed.  I had a bite of his and, though I’m not a lover of cookies and cream, I could see why.  While the cookie bits were nicely broken and distributed, the base gelato was pretty plain.  I would guess that this is due to gelato being milk-based rather than cream-based.  A “vanilla” gelato just might not work as well.  But, since I was happy with my purchase, we’ll give them another try in the future.  And I might give the more upscale Mercato del Gelato a try while checking out the Shakespeare Marathon this weekend.

One of those things that makes me happy and isn’t food:
While searching around for the above links I came across this: Apache Restaurant Row.  And I realized, I really love where I live.  Yeah, the neighborhood is a little dodgy and my apartment is on the broken-down end of the spectrum.  But it’s a cheap apartment.  It’s a block away from the post office, a mile away from a major highway, within five miles of ASU campus.  The restaurants along Apache are generally cheap and good.  A mile north is Tempe Marketplace, and a street south, the light rail is going in.  We were the first neighborhood with the free Orbit shuttles.  There are two parks and a community center within the square block of my neighborhood.  If I want a tasty microbrew, that’s just a mile and change away.  Whether disc is in the south or north, we’re not too far away.  While I wouldn’t mind bigger and nicer accommodations, I think I’m one of those people who will stay in Tempe.  And not even the spiffy part of Tempe.


Writer, publisher. Hobbies include reading, studying magic & illusions from a historical/theoretical perspective, and playing ultimate frisbee.

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