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a Triumpharite in the SGV: Nanjing Cuisine, Stuffed Sandwich, and Fosselman's

kevin | Aug 18, 200612:55 AM     2

so finally gave these joints a try.

i'll try and keep in short.

stuffed sandwich, wow, i didn't actually believe they had that many beers, too bad only less than a dozen are on tap at any given time.
so ordered up a small pastrami dip sandwich and a small pale ale on draught. pastrami was warm, not piping hot, and probably in taste, flavor, etc. a notch or so below the hat. I followed the sandwich with a special holland beer in the bottle called something like the number 3??? anyways, it seemed like a bottle of that was on every table. Then i tried a Muddy river's pale ale. All were good, it sort of hit the spot on a sort of lazy afternoon. The sandwiches are nothing earth shattering, except for the goods to wash down a few beers (for what it's worth the joint reminds me of a place i used to visit quite often in Orange callled Hollingshead's Deli, whcih was also a sandwich shop/beer hall).

I finally found Nanjin Cuisine. And what a simple austere, take-out joint, I couldn't find the duck on the menu. The proprietor asked what I wanted. He said they have noodles, soups, etc. But then I inquired about the duck and he pointed to the right side of the refriderator display case. So got a shrink wrapped of course, cold package of the duck breast. And a bottle of Coke from the cooler to wash it down, since I had heard it's quite salty.

Anyways, this completely different from roasted or Peking duck, etc. (fill in the blank), but it was not that salty, also I didn't discern any spicing whatsover except for the salt, the duck tasted like leftover dark turkey meat or roasted chicken placed in the fridge and eaten a few days later on the run.

then it was off to Fossleman's for some ice cream for another try. i tried the english toffee and it was good though far from great. the taro was pretty good, and i ordered a scoop of it along with the chocolate rasberry mousse ice cream, which was pretty darn good. though once again the best ice cream, far from it. far far far from it. i'm not quite sure what the extreme allure of fosselman's ice cream is, but maybe it's the fact that it is an old-fashioned ice cream parlor no more no less, and that's possibly why people love it.

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