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Buzz Word: A Por-Pia-Sod to Remember

2013-09-29 10.43.56I will post a “buzz word” on The Mighty Rib Facebook page–then ask for reader suggestions for one dish that includes the word. One is randomly picked, dish is eaten, and review is written.

Our latest word was lettuce. And guess what? History was made this time around on Buzz Word. I actually dined with Erin Robinson, the same person whose suggestion of Chang Thai’s Por-Pia-Sod, was randomly selected this time around. Absolute insanity!

I had heard many a good thing about Chang Thai, a smallish restaurant located in a nondescript retail strip up north in Sherwood. We ordered several items off the expansive menu, and of course, started with the Por-Pia-Sod (spinach and basil spring roll).

If you’re a fan of Thai or Vietnamese food, you’ve no doubt partaken in a fine spring roll a time or two. To me, a solid spring roll is all about fresh ingredients and meticulous construction. Chang’s nailed it on both fronts—the delicious roll was loaded with tightly packed spinach, basil and shredded carrots, along with two pieces of shrimp resting on top. Everything was wrapped up inside a thin, chewy rice wrapper and ready to be dipped into the sweet peanut sauce. And the best part: the darn thing didn’t fall apart with each ensuing bite. That’s big for me.

Are spring rolls a game-changer? No. But for $1.60 each, they’re an inexpensive and tasty way to whet your appetite for the impending entrees. Speaking of which, my Pad Thai with tofu, along with the chicken rice, were both fantastic.

Great food, service, and company…I’d say this Buzz Word was a success!

Now, we if could just get Chang Thai to open up a Little Rock location. Dare to dream.

Have you been to Chang Thai? What are some of your favorite dishes?

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Buzz Word: Loblolly’s Dark Chocolate Sorbet

 2013-09-14 09.26.22I will post a “buzz word” on The Mighty Rib Facebook page–then ask for reader suggestions for one dish that includes the word. One is randomly picked, dish is eaten, and review is written.

Welcome to our latest edition of “What Ashli Suggests I Eat.” I jest, but that’s now two Buzz Words in a row for Ashli. And I swear it was random!

Our latest word was chocolate. This represents the first time I’ve gone with a dessert-heavy ingredient, although I was very interested to see if any savory entree suggestions would make their way into the comment box. Sure enough, Local Lime’s fantastic chicken mole enchiladas made an appearance. What a wonderful dish, but that’s a post for another time.

This entry is all about the dark chocolate sorbet from Loblolly Creamery. To no one’s surprise, the frozen treat was wonderful, just like everything else Loblolly churns out. The sorbet was a beautiful deep brown and had a very rich, dark chocolate flavor.  The icy texture quickly melted into a bowl of soft decadence. If you’re having a hard time imagining the taste, just think of a much more awesome version of a Fudgesicle.

It was devine! Regretfully, I only purchased one pint at the Argenta Market (side note: this was another great tip from Ashli–Loblolly’s products are sold here). The scoop you see pictured above was my only taste. My 9-year-old daughter got her grubby little hands on the rest.

One other side note, you can also find this sorbet pop up on South on Main’s dessert menu. Just the other night, I saw a scoop resting atop one of head pastry chef Matthew Lowman’s “jar” creations.

So, there you have it…short and SWEET: Loblolly’s dark chocolate sorbet was fantastic. But you already knew that.

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Buzz Word: Salpicão from Bossa Nova

2013-09-03 10.22.11This is a weekly feature designed to increase interaction among Little Rock foodies! I will post a “buzz word” on The Mighty Rib Facebook page. I will then ask for reader suggestions for one dish that includes the “buzz word” of the week. One is randomly picked, dish is eaten, review is written…all within a week’s time.

Our latest “buzz word” was chicken. Not surprisingly, we had several wonderful suggestions this time around. In the end, Ashli’s salpicão from Bossa Nova was randomly selected.

The gods must have been looking down on me for this one. The salpicão proved to not only be my favorite Buzz Word entry to date, but also one of my absolute best lunch dishes ever in Little Rock.

Yes, the salpicão was that good!

Do I usually spend $15.99 on a lunch entree? Hells no. Was the salpicão worth every penny? Absolutely.

Truthfully, this dish has way too much going on…which is typically something I detest in my meals. I generally prefer simple and fairly minimal ingredients. But the plethora of ingredients, textures, temperatures, and flavors are what make the salpicão successfully standout.

Cool, creamy chicken salad–loaded with shredded breast meat, sweet peas, and apples–lies on top of a bed of warm, fluffy white rice. It’s all topped with some wonderfully crunchy batata balha (potato sticks).

And I haven’t even gotten to the other half of the plate yet.

Yes, next to the chicken salad rests a delicious mista salad–comprised of greens, Mandarin oranges, house dressing, and a sweet almond crumble. The key is to get every element onto each spoonful. All the major food adjectives reside on this plate–sweet, creamy, crunchy, warm, cool, and acidic. Everything blends together in one amazing dish.

This was my first visit to Bossa Nova…the first of many. Thank you, Ashli!

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Buzz Word: Ninja Turtle Time at Cajun Sno

2013-08-19 14.39.24Buzz Word…a weekly feature designed to increase interaction among Little Rock foodies! I will post a “buzz word” on The Mighty Rib Facebook page. The word could be anything food related (ie… steak, cheddar cheese, Swiss chard). I will then ask for reader suggestions on one dish that includes the “buzz word” of the week. All suggestions go into a hat, one is picked, dish is eaten, review is written…all within a week’s time.

Our latest “buzz word” was lime. Unfortunately, “lime” wasn’t able to generate the high number of responses as with previous entries.

In the end, Erin’s Ninja Turtle from Cajun Sno was randomly selected.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I had a snow cone…20 years, maybe. My memories of the treat go back to elementary school, when every Friday afternoon we could plunk down a quarter for the much anticipated end-of-the-week treat. I could remember that coin burning a hole in my pocket throughout the day.

And although the excitement has waned a bit, I still was very much looking forward to trying out the Ninja Turtle snow cone at Cajun Sno.

The snow cone is a lemon, lime, and grape flavor combination. Get it? Green, yellow, and purple are the primary colors of the late 80’s comic book/cartoon/movie fictional heroes.

Don’t get me wrong, the snow cone was excellent, but a heavy hand with the grape syrup definitely drowned out the lemon and lime flavors. The shaved, soft ice had a perfect texture and held its form longer than I anticipated. Unfortunately, I felt the snow cone’s appearance came up a little short, due to its lack of vibrant colors. The same cannot be said about my daughter’s rainbow snow cone, thus leaving me just a tad bit jealous.

Truth be told, I could only polish off half of my medium-sized ($2.50) snow cone. I may have the brain of a child, but the stomach of a 36-year-old—just too much sweet syrup for this guy to handle.

Cajun Sno also offers: kiddie ($1.50), small ($2), and large ($3). The quant hut on the side of Kavanaugh is open every day from 2-9 p.m. during the hot months and is “cash only.”

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