Happy New Year!!

1 Jan

We hope you all had a fun and safe time last night ringing in the new year. New Year’s Eve is a big celebration at our house because it’s also Alex’s birthday! All of the festivities, of course, involved lots of delicious food. I guess you could call it an unofficial mini food tour.

We started the day off by having lunch with Alex’s family at his favorite diner-esque restaurant The Maple, in Ambridge.

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Alex ordered “The Big Charlie” which is roast beef, bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and sautéed onions on an Italian loaf. Traditionally this sandwich is served with barbecue sauce but Alex likes to substitute it with a healthy serving of warm gravy.

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I ordered the most popular thing on their menu, the hot roast beef sandwich. Although Alex would argue that the dish should be eaten with gravy fries, I prefer to have it with a large scoop of mashed potatoes (and, of course, drenched in gravy). Hey, it’s technically still the “holiday season” and I have two more days until the diet officially starts.

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For dessert, I bought gourmet cupcakes from the Market District in Robinson.  I have grown very fond of their bakery and I find their desserts quite delectable. Today, I bought 12 different types of cupcakes ranging from this raspberry white chocolate treat to a chocolate with Oreo frosting (which was a hit with our niece).

For dinner we decided to go for something a little lighter.

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We went to our favorite Vietnamese restaurant, Vietnam’s Pho.  We started off the meal with an order of crispy spring rolls, or Cha Gio, which is served with a sweet fish sauce.

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The spring rolls were delicious but the main attraction here is definitely the soup.  We discovered this place about two years ago and we think that they serve the best bowl of Pho in the area.  Although we have tried many of the soups, our favorite is definitely the Pho Dac Biet (otherwise known as the #8).  If you like Vietnamese food, we insist that you try this place and let us know what you think.

We finished off the night by toasting in the new year at home with a bottle of Cook’s finest Brut and a bag of bacon flavored pretzels.  Ah, bliss.

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Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year!

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