I've been meaning to post this one weekend highlight of mine for a while and apologies to everyone who participated for being so late. At least today the heat wave seems to have subsided a little and I finally feel like writing again.
Maybe it was the small gift I gave in the past (yay for bribery!? just kidding) but most probably it was my admittance on more than one occasion on my blog of my fearlessness towards MSG that may have ultimately led me to the particular nervous moment of ringing a house door bell one Saturday. A year ago I would've never imagined being invited to a Salt & Pepper Chicken Wing taste off for a food blog (or a tasting of any kind for that matter), but especially one at Kirk's of all places.
I hoped I was going to be discerning enough being a lover of fried things but the comment sheet along with some casual instructions given made me feel much more comfortable at the task at hand. There sure were many very tasty wings to try. Oh the hard work! :)
It was definitely interesting to try them all back to back. I must say they were all good but a few did stand out as being superior than others. I can't remember the details from the top of my head but the results can be read here on mmm-yoso.
There were also many palate refreshers like these Rice Omusubi by Kirk (I had three) and a Cucumber Granita by Candice..
The Granita straight out of the freezer was great. (Yes, we all had access to the inside of Kirk's fridge and I probably wouldn't let anyone near mine within a ten-foot radius!) I could taste the vodka which would prove to be handy later for the impromptu Karaoke and I never thought cucumbers would be great in a sweet ice treat but it was!
I think it was also unanimous that the Kalua Pork went excellently well between the sweet pandesal rolls. Dessert was even provided at the end from Hogetsu. These were purchased directly from the bakery. I felt the need to cover Hogetsu on my blog after a short description of the place. Traditional Japanese Sweets handcrafted the old fashion way, but unfortunately with an unclear future in these parts due to perhaps the lack of interest from the next generation to carry on the family business.
I chose one of the colorful striped ones. I don't have a sweet tooth but the mochi wasn't too sweet and very nice. I think I know what I'll be bringing to my next company potluck.
So that was the day. Oh, and some Karaoke was done after where the multi-talented host displayed his ability to "twang" during a few country songs. The multiple +90 scores made the rest of us very suspicious of the person's supposed "lack of practice." ;)
I also wanted to share a conversation the following Monday morning with a coworker (who knows about my blog) that was pretty funny. As usual I headed to my computer desk, checked my emails, replied, then went to pour my first cup of coffee.
cw: "So, do anything fun the weekend?"
me: "Hmmmmmmm. Oh, participated in a S&P chicken wing tasting with a group of people.."
cw: "That's Cool."
me: "Yeah, it was at Kirk's."
cw: "Kirk of mmm-yoso??"
me: "Oh yeah, Kirk. ..Kirk-yoso. Kirkster. He loves it when I call him Kirk-O Files.."
me: "Yeah, Candice was there too. You know Candice Woo, food writer of City Beat Magazine?? Howie of FoodieView was there too, he's a really nice guy - hey do you think the coffee is too strong today??"
cw: "That sounds really fun! So people do read your blog.."
me: "..... ..........."
If you can guess my coworker is pretty sharp-witted, haha. Anyway thanks again all! (Howie, Candice, Jenne, Sarah, Fred, Natali, and of course Kirk for all the hard work and hospitality.) I can't help but think now what kind of tasting I would want to do as a first.. At least I know who all I would be inviting for the inauguration.. :)