I've found my new favorite restaurant.
BACK STORY: At the end of July, we moved to Alameda, California. Which is tiny island in the East Bay. The last time I lived in San Francisco, I came to Alameda about this many times: none. I hardly knew the East Bay existed. Save for trips to Ikea and some aspirational trips to Berkeley, I almost never crossed the Bay Bridge. Oh, wait there was that time we went to the Oakland A's game and my dad TOOK HIS SHIRT OFF in the stands. Errrr, awkward, Pops. Saving that story for another blog post.
FACTUAL INFO: Alameda is about one half the size of the island of Manhattan. And (according to my math genius of a husband) Manhattan packs the entire population of Alameda (pop: 70K) into one slightly higher priced square mile.
NEW SERIES: I'm going to write about things we do around town. Because I like to try new things and I have an idea about pitching these to the local paper or maybe the travel website bloggers I met last week at the CBS mixer. (Hi, Alison.)
Okay, so the fact that there are a few places that have popular strongholds in the city that have expanded to open outpost on the island makes people I know trill: "Alameda has everything!"
One such place is Burma Superstar.
I think the number of times I've eaten at a Burmese restaurant before tonight was this many times: none. I scanned the menu before we went in we inside. Seeing eggrolls and rice convinced me that we could bring the kids. We were quickly seated at a booth by the door. The girls almost immediately began tapping their chopsticks on their water glasses xylophone style. Did you know you can download all sorts of educational and fun applications on iPhone? Including various flashcards, word scrambles and Labyrinth.
Looking over the menu, I realized that the number of things that looked good to me: all. And the number of things I might convince Lula to try: four.
Tea Leaf Salad *
Salad prepared with imported Burmese tea leaves, tomatoes, lettuce, dried shrimp (or vegetarian), fried garlic, sesame seeds, peanuts, and split yellow peas.
*photo & review at Ono Kine Grindz
The menu actually says this item is a party in your mouth. Completely amazing. Beautiful presentation. Our awesome waiter even brought out a mixture of the seeds and beans on the side for the kids.
Salt and Pepper Chicken
This was basically bits of fried chicken. Ordered as a safety for the children.
The girls like shrimp and they love mango. I didn't hear a word about the sauce or the green garnish or the onions. And I only had to twist an arm and cut the shrimp into little bitty pieces, and Lula cleaned her plate. Oh, and the garnish was two pieces of broccoli and I witnessed Hazel take the vegetable and rub it in what little sauce remained on the plate and gobble it up. Note to self: buy more broccoli.
Fiery Beef with Tofu
Stir fried beef with tofu, string beans, red bell peppers, and basil in our five spice, sweet heat sauce
Erik's pick. What can I say, he likes things hot. It was very good.
Tan Poi *
Basmati rice cooked with cardamom, cinnamon, raisins and nuts
Jasmine long grain rice
Another safety for the children.
We all drank water and were official members of "the clean plate club." The ambiance and waitstaff were impeccable. It was so nice to go out for a fun meal with my family. I can't wait to have an excuse to eat there again.
Our bill with tip was $61. This is a little spendy for me but it was well worth it.
Come back next week when I review Color Me Mine.