Posts Tagged ‘food’

Monta Chaya

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

I am doomed.

It had been at least a year since I went to Monta Ramen off Spring Mountain, and recently a second spot opened down the street from Khoury’s.  Jesse and Bartlett have made it a habit of going following our usual Wednesday beer night but had been unsuccessful in getting me to tag along until last night.

I am an idiot for not going sooner.

I started off with an order of their spicy tuna and crispy rice.  This is a perfect snack that I could easily kill 5 orders of, and will have a hard time not doing just that in the future.  The spicy tonkotsu was hands down the best ramen I’ve had though.  My stomach was the real winner of the night.  I honestly don’t know which melted in my mouth faster, the butter or the chashu.  Their pork is simply incredibly.

First world problem time – I’m going to have to go to Monta every week now.  It is simply too good and close enough that I have no excuse not to go.

Another weekend in the books

Monday, September 13th, 2010

So it was a pretty fun weekend.  More football, more beer, and hanging with friends.

Michigan is 2-0 now.  The supposedly tough matchup against U-Conn never materialized, and they won a bit of a nail-biter against Notre Dame this week.  I’m still thinking the season follows a lot like last years, which wont be good when all is said and done.  But Denard Robinson sure can run.  Back to back Offensive Player of the Week awards and over 800 all purpose yards…scary.  I’m not sold on him being able to keep this up though.

On the other hand, the Lions got screwed today.  First they lost Stafford and then they lose the game on a bogus call at the end.  I’m not going to argue whether the call was good or not, bu regardless the rule is retarded.

Before those games could happen though, Chris and I went to Aces and Ales for the first game of the NFL season.  While it wasn’t nearly as exciting as last years NFC Championship game, the Saints still beat the Vikings.  Even better was drinking some delicious Ballast Point Sculpin during the game.

Saturday there was a beer festival out a Town Square.  The crew all came out, even Aaron, to try some beers.  Ryan brought out some good stuff for the Aces and Ales tent, and Joseph James had a real winner in the new barrel version of their RIS.  Afterward we went to Famous Daves for some BBQ.

Speaking of food, I guess I should comment about the outing to Mesa Grill.  That dinner was damn good!  The dining area itself was unimpressive, but the food more than made up for it.  If you ever go I definitely recommend the pork loin.  So amazing!

The only other thing really of note was checking out the new Resident Evil in 3D.  Somehow I’ve managed to go quite awhile without seeing something in Imax or Real 3D.  The movie is what I expected, meaning it wasn’t that good, but the 3D is interesting.  My one complaint would be how washed out and dark everything is.  I think I’d just prefer the vibrant colors and normal digital HD and save the extra $4.

Restaurant Week!

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Its been another busy week and I see no signs of it slowing down.  Work, beer, fights, more work, and now Restaurant Week.

The weekend was pretty decent and I’ve been getting over whatever cold I had.  I finally went over to the Joseph James Brewery to help judge an amateur beer competition organized by Alex and SNAFU.  It was interesting to follow the BJCP guides and see how the process works…plus the brewery is a cool place.

Aces had some good events in the last week too.  Friday was the monthly MeetUp group and we shared some good beers.  The day before the rep for Weihenstephaner was in town and they had a few of their beers on with some really cool glassware giveaways.  They have some new Dogfish Head stuff that just came in too…Theobroma and the Miles Davis Bitch’s Brew.

Saturday there were UFC fights.  They hyped a big boxing vs MMA match with James Toney debuting against Randy Couture.  It wasn’t hard to predict Randy was going to use a single leg, get the takedown, and have his way with Toney.  Not so predictably, BJ Penn got owned in the co-main event again by Frankie Edgar.

Now its Restaurant Week!  Last year we tried out Roy’s Hawaiian and it was great.  You get to try some fine dining places at a bit of a discount and it helps charity. Win win!  So this year I wanted to finally try Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill.  We are going to be headed there tomorrow to check it out.   This year they are also doing a lot more events at the various restaurants in addition to the tasting menus.  The MGM folks hooked me up with a pass to the kickoff event at Wet Republic Monday.  The Jean-Georges short rib was absolutely incredible.  I just wish I had more money to try some of the other restaurants.