support local

My friend Nguyen is starting up a new business producing chili oil sauce and gave me a few prototype samples to try. This sauce is similar to the kind that you find in a lot of Chinese cuisines. The main difference and draw are the crispy bits of garlic and shallots. Hence the name, Chili Crisps.

While we may be enjoying the homebody life more than we'd like to admit, we still support local by ordering from neighborhood businesses. Another new eatery in our area is Boss Bird Kitchen on Miramar Rd. They took over the spot where Gaya Gaya once was, and Sarap Kitchen before that! Foodie friend Mary had expressed interest also so I met her for lunch during their soft opening lunch service back in February, when dining in was still the norm. There is also a revisit, takeout style, in the second half of this post.

Supporting local is our eating motto lately. Charminar Indian Restaurant perfectly fits the theme because they're in our neighborhood AND are giving back to the needy! Charminar opened mid-March when CoVid-19 precautions began affecting the restaurant industry. The restaurant's serving style was immediately changed from buffet to a la carte at the start of business!

Hey friends, it's Dennis (the quiet one behind the camera). I don't write often but wanted to share a few local business that I support. Let me know in the comments what other places I should check out!