Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Happy Hour at E & O

The sign outside said "Pokemon inside--just kidding." So of course we had to check it out! Actually Angela had been here to E & O before for their great Happy Hour, so she just had to drag J.K. along to enjoy it with her.

But J.K. was also lured in (get it! lured! oh, pokemon joke) by their delicious menu options and excellent prices. Happily E & O didn't disappoint us. We picked the Pu Pu Platter off the menu which gave us the chance to taste a little bit of everything from house made taro chips and pickles to sliders, satay and short ribs.

Pu Pu Platter

Happy Hour menu-current as of Jan 2017
Their Pokemon Go message on the sign outside must have been a joke, because  two nearby businesses had lures going, so there were Pokemon inside, trying to share our drinks. Angela had the Sutter Punch from the happy hour menu, which didn't attract as many creatures. J.K. is the Master Pokemon Trainer of our duo.
Goldeen dropping into my gimlet

Venonat sad because gimlet is finished
Happy Hour at E & O is a great get away from the hubbub of Union Square and Chinatown. They serve lunch and dinner, but their happy hour is from 3-6. It's worth the extra planning to fit it into your schedule, or just make excuses the next time you have a visitor in town and take the day off to go check it out.

Writing for Change Banquet 2016

Once agan, Board member Harvey Pawl treated the Conference speakers and volunteers to a Chinese banquet at Gourmet Carousel. Attendees were also invited to join us, at a remarkably low fee. The dinner started a little earlier than the announced time, so a few of the dishes were ravaged when I arrived, but there was enough left for me to photograph–and more than enough for me to eat.

The meal started with soup and scallion pancakes.
Egg Flower Soup with Mixed Vegetables
Scallion Pancakes
And, of course, honey walnut prawns, a universal favorite.
Honey Walnut Shrimp
There was one dish from each section of the menu.

Beef with Ginger & Scallions

Spare ribs are another favorite.
Mandarin Spareribs
And of course we had to have some vegetables.
Buddha's Delight
Braised Mixed Vegetables
I'm not sure which chicken dish this was, but it was delicious.
Chicken with Shrimp Chips
 Our final dish was seafood and tofu in a clay pot, still sizzling when it was served.
Seafood Tofu Clay Pot
Seafood Tofu Clay Pot, Still Sizzling
The meal ended with fortune cookies and very sweet orange slices. Many attendees didn't eat the oranges, so I took them home. After eating the oranges, I rinsed the peels and put them in the freezer, where they are waiting to be candied and dipped in tempered chocolate.

Teatime also loves the Seafood Birdsnest, Peking Duck (you can order half a duck), and Pea Sprouts with Garlic Sauce. But you can't go wrong at Gourmet Carousel, no matter what you order. Everything on the menu is perfectly prepared. And if you ask a question of a staff member who doesn't speak English, he will quickly bring someone who does.