modern mexican?

22 05 2009

What is the first food that comes to mind when you hear the term modern mexican? Some kind of tex mex or tacos? What about the name “zengo“? It was a rainy Saturday afternoon when me and my teammate Andi decided to hit up Chinatown in DC for some grub before we met up with some buddies. We came across the most appealing restaurant on the block, Zengo, which is japanese for “give and take.” Now let me tell you, nothing about the resturant looked or tasted Mexican. But I’ve got to say, it was one of the most hip and modern asian fusion resturants I have exprerienced. The modern decor with the floating artistic hangings and amber accented walls stood out at me immediately. I do believe I have somewhat of an eye and appreciation for art and interior design. But let’s just say, if I were to ever open a reasturant of my own, it would be closely modeled after Zengo.

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The menu was rather small yet refreshing. We tried everything from sushi rolls to peking duck taco to chicken tandoori. Each individually delicous and well decorated with a simple modern touch. Here is a good chance for me to clue you in on a little secret about me. Well me and seafood don’t really get along well, especially raw seafood. The farthest I’ve gone is a variety of fish, calamari and maybe if you’re lucky you’ll catch me eating shrimp. So this was my 2nd time attemping to eat sushi. So I decided to take it slow and start off with the “vegetarian roll” which was suprisingly tasteful. I promise to be brave next time and try some rolls with actual fish/seafood. Oh did I mention the elegant design of the diningware?  (Side note – the dinner pics are not the clearest since I took them with an iPhone and it was dimly lit inside – nice ambiance but not conducive to great shots using the flashless iPhone).

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Ok, you’re probably still wondering where “modern mexican” came from? I was wondering the same thing untill I got my hands on a Zengo business card. Modern mexican is the name of the company which owns Zengo and 6 other restaurants, including locations in Mexico, Qatar, and Dubai. All resturants are the invention of the fine chef Richard Sandoval. Appears to me that most of the other 6 restaurants do infact have some type of a Latin/Mexican taste to it. I will try to check out La Sandia, the only other one close to me when I get the chance! I suggest you do the same!

~Saam

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i have only been to 3 of the world’s 21 sexiest beaches

21 05 2009

I caught this show on the Travel Channel the other day and it made me long for summer and reminded me I needed to hit the gym badly. It was an hour full of sand, surf, and sex appeal (alliteration is awesome).  They “circled the globe to find the world’s best stretches of sand. These sun-drenched locales offer dramatic landscape, romantic appeal, world-class sports action and, for some, a great place to party. They all have one thing in common – their unique sex appeal.”  There were several beaches in the United States and several others in exotic places such as the Grenadines and New Jersey (just kidding).  View the full list here.

Yes, I have only been to a paltry 3 out of 21 sexiest beaches.  BUT, my friends, these 3 were in the TOP 6.

Coming in at number 6 is everyone’s favorite hot spot down undah: Bondi Beach in Sydney.  Travel Channel says: Thirty minutes from Sydney. An international hot spot known for clear blue waters and active surf.  I say: This beach is Kim Kardashian approved (Just stating facts, she was there a week before I was).

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Next up at number 2 is our very own South Beach in Miami.  Travel Channel says: Constant energy and a hot nightlife.  I say: South Beach is muy caliente but not the  most productive place to take your company to for an offsite meeting. Don’t party with the boss while in Miami, kids.  No need to see pictures here.

And finally, at numero UNO (or i should say “um”) is Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Travel Channel says: Beautiful people, tiny swimsuits and mountain views. I say: By “mountain views” they mean of thong-clad derriere. And lots of it. Seriously, I loved Rio. It is one of the most beautiful places I have been to, full of beautiful people like Adriana Lima. And they sell you everything on the beach like swimsuits, jewerly and blocks of cheese on sticks which they grill in tiny, portable grilling devices in front of you. I will probably do a post just on Brazil later on since i love it THAT much.

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For now, hope you all enjoy the official start of the summer this weekend!

xoxo,
andi