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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Two favorites at Straits

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My "first look" at Straits is out this week. Above is a shot of my favorite dish during our meal — "banana blossom salad." It resembles the Vietnamese papaya salad but includes thin slices of the red-purple outer leaf of the banana flower instead. They are tossed with chicken and slices of Asian pear in a Vietnamese vinaigrette.

In my review, I also make reference to a dessert called "Flaming Alaska," an allusion to the classic Baked Alaska. This is mango ice cream wrapped in meringue, flambéed at the table, and it's quite tasty. Indeed, Wayne plowed through half of it before I got a shot.

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