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Dali Report and basil mix-up at Super 88


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Dali Report and basil mix-up at Super 88

Dave M.P. | Jan 23, 2004 02:37 PM

Went to Dali last night for the first time, I LOVED it. I went with 9 others for a friend's birthday so we shared about 20 different tapas, with only a few repeats, so I got to try a lot. My favorites were the pork tenderloin with blue cheese, the boar (the creamy sauce the boar was in was amazing), and the duck. I am pretty sure all of those were on the regular menu and not specials. Shrimp and scallops were also amazing. Good sangria. Really a great place for a special occasion. I saw a big paella being served to another table, i might like to try it next time, it looked and smelled delicious.

I went to Super 88 on Wednesday to pick up a bunch of stuff, including basil so my housemate could make thai noodles. I went to the basil section of the produce area where there were 2 or 3 different types of basil wrapped in plastic and labeled "basil". I chose a kind that looked like basil I had bought before, and didn't really think about it. But last night, when I came home from Dali, my housemate told me that she opened up the "basil" but in fact it was mint! I didn't believe her at first, but then I tasted it, and it tasted nothing like basil. So do you think that they just labeled it wrong? I am not sure how related mint and basil are, but the leaves of the minty plant I accidentally got look JUST like basil leaves. And the package was labeled "fresh basil."

Also, had lunch at Super 88 while I was there, I had roast pork wonton noodle soup from Kantin which was good but not amazing, my friend had the pork banh mi from Sugar Bowl which was cheap and excellent. My friend wanted bubble tea afterwards so we went to Infusion Tea Spa to try something different (it is down 2 blocks from Super 88), she got green tea with boba. It was sweet and tasted like honeysuckle, but it was small. very good though, boba had good texture, but more expensive than lollicup.

dave m.p.

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