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Tao Yuan (Pacifica Cafe), round 2

Posted in 5D Mark II, Food, Gaithersburg, Maryland, Photography by firthefirst on April 23, 2010

I think the one thing we can conclude right now is that food tastes better when you’re hanging out with your cousins.  last time we stopped by Tao Yuan in Kentlands was when Wendy and Laura were in town for the half marathon (here).  it took us longer than we hoped for the sequel to come out, but two weeks ago we finally managed to hit up Pacifica Cafe again, with my cousins in tow this time.

no mission this time, no hidden intent — not for me and Tina at least.  but for my mom it was a whole ‘nother ball game.  see, Tao Yuan has a few “Pre-Order Specials” on the menu.  and when they say “special”, they really know how to make it special.  you have to order these things at least 24 hours in advance.

stop for a moment and think about things that need to be ordered 24 hours in advance.  there’s not much, and that’s because a whole day is like forever in modern society.  if we can believe “24” (of course we can, Jack Bauer is for real), 24 hours is at least enough time to:

  1. discover a terrorist plot
  2. watch a cabinet-level official be abducted
  3. get your job back (and renegotiate salary I would imagine)
  4. abduct the leader of a sovereign african nation, save cabinet-level official, and save the world
  5. shoot 15 people (all non-lethally)
  6. topple said sovereign african nation
  7. prevent the detonation of warheads in a metropolis and save the world
  8. realize prevented detonation was just a decoy
  9. break Usain Bolt’s record 200m time while capturing single remaining enemy sleeper agent
  10. interrogate captured enemy sleeper agent
  11. kneecap captured enemy sleeper agent
  12. accidentally induce death of captured enemy sleeper agent
  13. escape CTU
  14. shoot 9 people (all non-lethally)
  15. get arrested
  16. have your old friend/enemy break you out of prison
  17. discover your old friend/enemy is still your your friend/enemy
  18. get betrayed by your friend/enemy
  19. get interrogated by bad people
  20. get kneecapped by bad people
  21. manhandle bad people, grab weapon, shoot 33 bad people (all lethally)
  22. discover real nuclear weapon stash
  23. disengage nuclear weapons and save the world
  24. get arrested by CTU and lose job again, develop raging methamphetamine addiction

that’s like a hat-trick of world-saving in just 24 hours.  meanwhile, our Eight-Treasure Duck and One Fish Three Ways just got out of the kitchen.

Andy is either unsure that Jack is going to find the last nuclear detonator in time, or unsure our Broiled Pork Leg is going to come out of the oven in time.  probably the latter.  we have absolute faith in Jack.

the Jack Bauer Award of Excellence for the night goes to the One Fish Three Ways.  this poor fish not only gets cooked, he gets cooked in three totally different dishes, subject to three totally different tortures.  and we love it.

the John Li Award of Excellence for the night goes to the Eight Treasure Duck.  this thing opens up and you want to stick a flag in it and lay claim to the champion’s portion right then and there.

and at the end of it all, sesame balls.

worth the 24 hour wait?

well that pretty much says it all

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  1. stephen yang said, on April 23, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    WHAT! andrew yang is your cousin!??!?! my mind, she is blown

    • firthefirst said, on April 23, 2010 at 2:55 pm

      so I took your suggestion and shot these all with the 100mm macro … close enough for ya?

  2. stephen yang said, on April 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    yeah man they look awesome. except for the fourth picture of the chicken and rice which seems to have some camera shake or something

  3. Luce said, on May 13, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    are those sesame balls filled with red bean paste? ^^.

    • firthefirst said, on May 18, 2010 at 8:47 am

      why yes, they are. don’t know how western civilization got on without sesame balls for so many centuries.

      • Luce said, on May 19, 2010 at 3:59 am

        I dunno really. I like sesame balls. But the paste…. not so much. Maybe because my first encounter with it was in a man tou that wasn’t supposed to have it. I took a huge chunk out of it and… you know the major anti climax when something totally unexpected hits your tastebuds? I was on the verge of tears….

        Never again. But yay sesame balls!


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