Feb 8, 2012

Far East Meets Southwest

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I might be addicted to latin flavors, but my partner Dori has quite the taste for Asian. She does love Mexican food, and all things Southwest, but from the day we met she has always been fascinated with the Asian culture (especially the Japanese). Our first date was at a sushi restaurant in Phoenix. To tell you the truth, I had only experienced Thai, Vietnamese, and Philippine cuisine prior to our date. I let her order because I had a feeling I would only order California rolls. Much to my surprise, I loved all her selections- proper sushi from yellow tail to salmon roe. Dori (claims later) was nervous and ordered double the amount of sushi by accident. I was curious when the manager of the restaurant came by our table to make sure everything was okay. Little did Dori know, she was about to make some serious damage on her credit card. And little did I know, I was about to eat more raw fish than a grizzly bear in salmon season. It was mouthwatering!


As a lover of all things Asian & Southwest, Dori is perfectly situated in Las Vegas where the two actually meet. Vegas has the largest Chinatown in the Southwest. Because of the many Asian influences in Chinatown, it's more of an Asian District. When Dori needs her fix, we head over to Korea Town Plaza or the many Asian shops lining the 3 mile stretch. My favorite spots in Chinatown for an iced coffee are Lee's Sandwiches or Mr. Sandwich French Vietnamese Cafe. Where else can you sip on a decadent Vietnamese iced coffee while gambling and waiting for your baguette sandwich? Another favorite is Ronald's Donuts. Owned by a very sweet Buddhist couple, it won't  dissapoint, they even have vegan donuts that are impossible to differenciate. It's a little Asian world in the Mojave desert. Another gem to explore, and I'm certain Dori will make sure we do.


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Irony -vegetarian charbroiled pork?

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Dori in Japan

25 comments:

  1. Cool post. It seems you do not need to travel outside of Las Vegas since the city brings the world to you! ;-) Loved these pictures, in particular the shot of the older gentleman at the supermarket. I may be getting ahead of myself here but he did not seem too thrilled to have his picture taken ;-) And the "Baguette Factory" -- ah, the Baguette Factory. "Tout un programme, as the French say!" -- Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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    1. Merci Veronique! =) I don't think you're ahead of yourself...i think you're right on! hee hee This gentleman doesn't look very thrilled. Good eye French girl. Dori has more nerves than me. She is more willing to take photographs of people than I am. ;) I agree, with this french expression...so many possibilities with the baquette. Just in time for lunch time...Bon appétit my friend. =)

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  2. I could almost smell that fish in above pic. Colorful photos!

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    1. Thanks for your comment Teresa. You're only a state away... maybe that's why you could almost smell it. ;) Have a nice week!

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  3. Great commentary! I like asian food myself but I'm not big on Sushi. My wife loves it though and I make it for her about once a month.

    If you want an easy way to make sushi yourself you should buy a Sushezi (not sure of the spelling). A friend on mine told me about it and it's the easiest way to make sushi you can find! I bought one and that's the only reason I make sushi so often.

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    1. Thanks Ron! =) Your wife is a lucky lady. You're better than me...I can make Mexican food but Sushi... I might disappoint. But maybe with this 'Sushezi' I might give it a go. Thanks for the tip. BTW, I bet you get fresher sushi than us. ;)

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  4. Had no idea that Las Vegas was home to such a large Asian influence. I say Lucky for you having someone that has introduced you to a new cuisine and taste! I wouldn't even know what to order!
    Your pics are well composed and in nice focus. Bright and colorful native dresses that Dori is admiring. # 52 on the Bahn Mi menu looks appetizing, but the cod's head, on ice, seems to be staring at me! The Baguette Factory seems to have all the angles covered!LOL Dori seems to have an admirer, or two, on the street in Japan!
    Enjoyed your well written narrative and your pics were perfect illustrations to go along with the words!

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    1. Oh! Someone seems to be having fun in photoshop! Nice opening pic!

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  5. Thanks for such a nice comment Parker! Do you think my photos are getting better coloring because it's a Nikon? I'm liking it. I have to say, Dori seems to get many admirers on our travels, ;) I'm looking forward to your posts. Have a nice rest of the week! =)

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    1. oh Dori needs to teach me more photoshop. And we need to stop borrowing my sisters and buy one ourselves. It's very expensive!

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    2. Expensive, and for me the learning curve is more than I wish to take on at the moment! My buddies on Shutterbugs have all seemed to have gained a good working knowledge of this program plus added Nikon programs to the mix. Ambitious fellows these guys are! For me and my computer abilities, the free download of Picasa seems to take care of my editing needs at this time. I'm by no means trying to be a purist of photography, but just seem to like 'My" photos best when not alot of editing takes place. In the future I may change my outlook! Picture Takers can do this you know!

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    3. Sandy, although Nikon produces vivid and true to life colors, and I swear by them, I have seen other brands that produce excellent photos. My wife has a Kodak that renders wonderful images and portraits of our kids and g-kids. More or less a point and shoot with little effort! I do know that your pics are more in focus, which makes the color better. You seem alot more confident in your composing, and seem to trust the new camera, along with being still (no camera shake) when pressing the shutter! Yes, I have been visiting your archives!
      We are entering a new era of capturing images. Cameras have never been more user friendly. But it is still up to the photographer to make the best effort, using the technology their camera affords them, to take a pic of interest, and what best expresses the feelings and meanings they wish to convey to their viewers! Photography is an art!
      Your best days of photography are just beginning! What a difference a new camera makes!

      Comment is to long I know! But Heck!
      This Gal takes good pics and has a New camera to boot!! Not to mention a way with words!

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    4. I think you're the one with a way with words Parker! ;) hee hee. Thanks for your overview on cameras. It's truly amazing what an upgrade can do. I agree, cameras are becoming more user friendly. Thanks for noticing my progress. You're also right, photography is an art! I really like what you said..."But it is still up to the photographer to make the best effort, using the technology their camera affords them, to take a pic of interest, and what best expresses the feelings and meanings they wish to convey to their viewers!" That's Brilliant! Have a wonderful day Parker.

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  6. Boba Tea
    Ban Mi
    kim chee
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    Merchandise piled for sale-

    How I DO love CHINATOWN!

    You two would love Honolulu - and what joy to Dim Sum with you gals!

    Warm Aloha from Waikiki
    Comfort Spiral

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    1. aww Boba tea- me like! Honolulu sounds like a wonderful idea! ;) With your list... I probably could tempt Dori. =) Have a great day Cloudia!

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  7. I had no idea Asian culture was so present in Vegas, I do love Japanese food, Vietnamese and Chinese too (here in Peru, the Chinese restaurants are called "chifas")!
    My favourite shot is the one with rhe ladies in orange uniform, good composition Sandy!
    And I like the last one for many reasons, there's a cool background, she is not posing, and the man turning his head add a touch of humour to the shot (and also his tie). ;-)

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    1. Hi Lúcia! Thanks for your nice words. =) I see you're still in Peru. I bet you're having fun! Are you eating at the chifas? ;)
      The ladies in orange are Korean ladies. Dori also introduced me to Kimchi and bean rice balls. I love the texture of the rice balls with the bean paste inside. yummy. Hee hee I was a little scared at first but I was pleasantly surprised. I thought the last photo was amusing too.=) Have a wonderful day my friend.

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    2. Oh and I think you might have fun in Vegas too Lúcia. ;)

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  8. Very cool post. I have always wanted to visit Hong Kong but I would want to see Europe first.

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    1. Thanks Randy! I bet you get to Europe and Hong Kong. And I bet you'll enjoy both places too. Have a fantastic day! =)

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  9. Great photos! I love how colorful they are. (But the vegetarian pork item - that had me going, "Hmmm," too! LOL). I never knew there was such a large Asian influence in Vegas; definitely a perfect fit for Dori.

    I love the story about your first date, by the way.

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    1. Hi Sonya! Thanks for your nice comment. =) I'm glad you noticed the vegetarian pork item. Hmmm is there such a thing?LOL Thanks for liking our story. =) Have a great day!!

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  10. Oh and I must add that I remember when Vegas was just a hicktown and Chinatown was just one block . This was back in the 90's. It has grown a lot as you can see. =)

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  11. You guys are spoiled...having the opportunity to try such interesting food. I have to admit that I would be a little afraid to eat it :)

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  12. Hi Olga!! =) Your city is more diverse than ours. Don't worry Olga...just stick to coffee, cheese and baguettes if ever in Vegas. ;) I'm so happy you're back lady! =)

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