Food Notes for August 1, 2016

I hope you all had a great long weekend! Only a month left of summer, so make the most of it if you can! On to this week’s food notes:



  • One of our go-to restaurants for work lunches is Viphalay, and they didn’t disappoint. I can never pass up the opportunity to order pad thai!


Pad thai at Viphalay

  • Mack and I took in Heritage Days on Sunday. It was probably the most comfortable I’ve ever been at the festival, with mostly overcast skies and a steady breeze. The rain also stayed away until we were ready to leave! It was also the first year where lines weren’t apparent at a vast majority of the booths – to purchase food tickets or to buy food itself. We wondered if the economy was a factor in this, along with the significant drop in Food Bank donations collected over the weekend. At any rate, we enjoyed ourselves as we sampled some dishes that were new to us.

Servus Heritage Festival 2016

The chot poti from Bangladesh was one of the best values we encountered (just 4 tickets), a satisfying bowl of chickpeas with a spicy tamarind-based sauce. Based on the description, we were expecting egg instead of tortilla chips, but we did appreciate the added crunch.

Servus Heritage Festival 2016

The pupusa from Guatemala was the perfect combination of cheese, beans, pork, and a hint of spice.

Servus Heritage Festival 2016

Mack and I were also satisfied with the couscous and beef from Morocco, which featured a decent portion of meat for 6 tickets.

Servus Heritage Festival 2016

The chicha morada from Peru, a purple concoction said to be made from boiled purple corn, pineapple, cinnamon and lime, tasted like none of those ingredients to us, but was still refreshing to drink on a warm day. And, well, one can’t fault them for great marketing.

Heritage Festival

The only real line up we encountered was at the Hungary pavilion. But it was worth the wait for langos (even if the icing sugar-topped version isn’t the most authentic).

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