Sooo I visited my cousin recently in Vienna, VA to catch up – we kind of lost touch over the last few months so we decided to meet up and reconnect. I drove to her house after work because she got a new pup named Linguine and I just HAD to meet her. Isn’t she cute? She warmed up to me super quickly, and I had SO much fun playing with her. I can’t wait to introduce her to Daisy! I have a feeling they’ll become fast friends.
After catching up over Rosé, Kristy and I decided to grab dinner at Thai Basil. I LOVE thai cuisine, and there aren’t many good places in Baltimore so we went there to get our nom on. We ordered 3 different dishes and shared everything: Goong Hom Pha (shrimp stuffed with veggies, wrapped in spring roll paper, served with a sweet-spicy dipping sauce), Pad Thai Chicken (rice noodles seasoned with palm sugar, egg, and tamarind sauce), and Pad Kra Praw Chicken (stir-fried with onions, string beans, and mushrooms with thai basil + chilis).
Thai Basil’s famous for their pad thai because the owner of the restaurant, Nongkran Daks, was featured on an episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flay a while back. She competed against him AND WON (!!!!) With that said, I obviously had hella high expectations. The noodles were very good, but they didn’t blow my mind like I thought they would. I guess it was doomed from the start though because I love pretty much everything B. Flay does. My obsession started at Mesa Grill a few years ago when I was vacationing in the Bahamas. His food BLEW my mind, and it was easily one of the most amazing meals I’ve ever had.
Anywho, the entrees here ranged from ok to quite good. My fave dish was actually the pad ka praw chicken – it had just the right amount of spice, and I enjoyed the flavors very much. The worst of the bunch was definitely the shrimp app. I’m not sure how fresh the seafood was? It smelled…extra shrimpy? And not in a good way. I don’t know! Maybe I got them on an off day? I’d be willing to give them another shot, but they get a 2.5/5 rating from me this time around.
My cousin bought me dinner so I insisted on getting her dessert. We drove to Reston Town Center and hit up Jackson’s Mighty Fine for sweets, and oh man, it was SUCH a good call. We got the warm flourless chocolate waffle with vanilla ice cream ($8) and the warm white chocolate bread pudding with bourbon custard sauce, vanilla ice cream & caramel ($8). Holy freaking crap, both of these were straight up obscene, and I mean that in the best way possible.
The waffle was amazing, but the bread pudding was money. Firstly, any warm dessert with cold ice cream slays. Secondly, bread pudding can pretty much fix anything and everything wrong with the world. Combine the two, top it with caramel and you get one extremely happy Kim! If you live ANYWHERE near Jackson’s, go. If you’re having a bad day, go. If you’re having a good day, go. Just go and eat…you can thank me later!
Comment below with your dessert of choice! Sending hugs and kisses from the DMV.