Sunday, March 15, 2009


It's been a cloudy, sometimes rainy, cool weekend in Northern California.

Last night, we were in the mood for Vietnamese food and headed to Le Cheval. We've been longtime fans of their original downtown Oakland restaurant and now consider ourselves extra lucky to have them also in Walnut Creek. Even though we were dining rather early, I made a reservation which was a good move. By 6:30 p.m., the place was packed.

Feeling a bit adventurous, we only ordered one of our favorites, the Le Cheval Bird's Nest, a noodle "nest" filled with chicken, prawns and vegetables. Instead of our favorite starters of Watercress Salad with Prawns and Salty Calamari, we tried the Hot and Sour Soup, Saigon Style, with Snapper. For a third dish, we had the Calamari with Vegetables.

The Hot and Sour Soup was WONDERFUL! Filled with chunks of snapper and lots of mushrooms and celery, all in a broth flavored with Lemon Grass, it was heavenly. Here's what it looked like in my cup.

The Calamari dish was not as thrilling mainly because, it contained most of the same vegetables as the Bird's Nest and tasted much the same.

But we tried new dishes and that's part of the fun.

Even more fun was we had leftovers for Sunday lunch.

Despite the drizzly weather Sunday morning, we did our marketing at the Walnut Creek Farmer's Market and then headed to Whole Foods for our Sunday breakfast with MA. Today her sister and brother-in-law, who are in town from Gaithersburg, joined us.

We sit out side, rain or shine, because Louie is with us on Sunday mornings. Even though Whole Foods does not have heaters on their patio, we usually manage to chat and eat for an hour or two.

What a nice Sunday tradition we have.

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