It’s shocking to Ji Hye and I that we haven’t actually traveled together- minus a small roadtrip to Windsor or Chicago. Something always comes up and we’ve always had to travel to NYC separately. We finally got the opportunity to check out some Asian restaurants on the upper west coast, including the annual Fancy Food Show in San Francisco.
“Mark’s Carts” is the name that Downtown Home&Garden owner, Mark Hodesh, came up with for the urban garden food court that is currently being constructed behind DH&G. He plans on having it finished by this April, which would time nicely with the opening of San Street’ food cart. Nothing has been signed yet, but we hope to be one of the carts stationed at Mark’s Carts.
annarbor.com writes a blip about it here:
We got a food cart! It’s typically used to serve hot dogs out of, but we’re going to use it to serve Asian street food, starting off with steamed pork buns. If it looks familiar, it’s the same type of cart that EAT uses (seen at the Farmer’s Market, and Pot and Box). There is an extremely nice guy in Saline that makes these carts from scratch. Who knew!?
annarbor.com article covering us among others featured at “Ann Arbor’s Hottest New Food Talent” at Pot and Box on Felch street:
including a video of Ji Hye making Korean style dumplings.
I have fond memories in high school of hi-jacking my circle of friends and crossing the border to Canada where the drinking age is 19. We didn’t go to drink though, we went to eat dim sum at Wah Court.
I dragged a paranoid Ji-Hye across the border with every personal identification document in hand, into a foreign country where our iphone service- namely our GPS/Restaurant searching capabilities were halted at the Ambassador Bridge. Yeah, we kind of forgot about that, and didn’t bring good old-fashioned paper maps or pre-map-quested out directions. We pretty much winged it after the bridge.
Things have been BUSY, so I’m backtracking to July and going to try to “report” as much as I can remember with the help of a few photos we took along the way.
We decided one day to visit Wei Wei’s in Toledo based on a friend’s suggestion, who is conveniently a restaurant reviewer. We were pleasantly surprised by the delicious food we tasted in the middle of… Toledo, Ohio. Yeah, Toledo. Not exactly the food mecca of anything, really, but as we drove down the main boulevard looking for Wei Wei’s restaurant among run down gas stations, and boarded up vacant buildings reminiscent of downtown Detroit, Ji Hye and I got distracted at exactly the same time by a donut shop and a row of adult video stores. I’ll let you guess who got distracted at what as we both exclaimed “DONUTS!”/”ADULT VIDEO STORE!”. We were immediately disappointed- again at exactly the same time- that they were both closed and boarded up as we pulled into a parking lot to turn around when we drove past the restaurant.
Not to fear though, the market is saturated in a 2 mile radius of the restaurant’s location and you can get your fair share right across the street:
Like we always do, we ordered a variety of dumpling and noodle soup dishes to share and talk about while enjoying. The first dish that came out was a sze-chuan style dumpling/won-ton. These were amazingly good- the skin of the wrapper was the perfect thickness, the filling was tasty and an enjoyable proportion, and most of all the sze-chuan pepper sauce was REALLY good. It’s hard to find an all-around good dumpling and THEN have it topped off with an amazing house-made sauce.