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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. (more…)

Tao Yuan (Pacifica Cafe)

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

the search for the perfect brunch is a ceaseless one.  wars have been fought over eggs benedict, cities razed for the perfect crêpe, families torn asunder because the french toast was just a little bit soggy in the middle.  chinese food has largely declared neutrality and abstained from the conflict, shielding itself behind great walls of tofu.  and just like chinese people, chinese food has come to settle in the DC area, where in the peace and quiet of the suburbs they can send their little buns to high schools ranked in the top 100 by usa today (thumbs down to rankings, an abomination of the pure form of lists).

well anyone who’s watched a Bruce Willis movie knows that peace and quiet just can’t last forever.  and there can only be one sheriff in this town.  so who will be wyatt earp?  and who will be billy clanton? (more…)