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Weekend chow - Oleana, Angela's, WuChon

Bob Dobalina | May 12, 200807:39 AM

Ok, we pigged out a little this weekend, but with GF's birthday this week, it was to be a dining out weekend. Oleana is her favorite - she had the vegetarian tasting menu while I had an app and entree, although we shared throughout. As mentioned here many times, the veggie tasting is an incredible value, and frankly, I thought it provided most of the highlights of the evening. Roasted asparagus with some sort of green, mildly-citrusy sauce was incredible. The final of five - a rice concoction wrapped in what was like a single layer of phyllo dough was delicious. The bread dumplings were also a hit. They asked us to move over a table to accommodate a party of four that came in as a five, and comped us a dessert, that turned into the almond cremolata with chocolate panini. Great wine value - Ruche, Cantine Sant’ Agata ‘Na Vota,’ Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato, Piemonte, IT - $40 - Was light enough to complement the veggies, but strong enough to stand up to the lamb entree (which also was very good.) Totally stuffed.

Angela's - Went there again on Saturday night - arrived a little before 8 and had a 30 minute wait. Our friends' first time to Angela's (and to Eastie). Eventually, the host put us temporarily at a turned two, so we each had a corner. When the next four finally cleared out, we had our entrees there. I thought the guac was much better the first time we went - it did not have any discernable lime - my pork with mole was just ok - three slices of over-cooked pork loin, granted it was smothered in their wonderful, complex and rich mole (although it did not sparkle quite like the first one I had there on a weeknight). However, we were comped two delicious gorditas for having to wait so long outside, etc. Cafes con leche were outstanding...crepes with peach filling and dulce de leche / chocolate sauces were excellent. GF had the enchiladas which again were met with approval. Our friends each had the chiles rellenos, which they also acknowledged were not the typical versions they were accustomed to - deep fried, flattened, filled only with cheese - rather than the "stuffed pepper" type with rice inside, etc. They loved their meal and loved the mole more than I did.

WuChon - Take-out - bulgoki was great - lots of tender beef - fried vegetarian dumplings yummy - chicken bibimbap good - note that the panchan (little free apps) came with our take-out - couple of kickin' kimchi preparations.

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