I have seriously been a total ditz in the morning lately when packing my gym bag. The other day I forgot to pack a sports bra so had to come home after work, and today I forgot make-up remover and a hair tie. I have no clue where my mind has been.
Last night for dinner Kevin and I grabbed dinner at a new-to-us restaurant in Baldwin Park, Chi Pan Asian. Every time we’ve been in Baldwin Park, I want to try it, and then the Orlando Sentinel posted a review, so I knew it was a sign to go.
It was a Tuesday night, so the place was pretty empty. Everyone who worked there was extremely nice from the moment we walked in. The menu is large and kind of unusual in terms of all the different types of food they offer. You can get all your typical Asian cuisines—Chinese, Thai, Japanese—in addition to Turkish cuisine. On the Turkish menu were traditional offerings, such as hummus, falafel and stuffed grape leaves.
I started out with an order of the shrimp summer rolls, which came with peanut dipping sauce. The sauce was really good. It was flavorful, thick and sweet. The summer rolls were good but contained mostly noodles and could have used some more veggies. However, the summer rolls were really just serving as a utensil to get the peanut sauce in my belly. I could have probably just drank it.
I ordered Asian coconut curry sauce with beef. I was really pleased that the curry contained both beef and tofu. Usually places give you one or the other. The portion was very large and came with an option of white or brown rice.
The sauce was very good, and you could taste all the different spices. The beef was very tender and there was a healthy amount of it. I really enjoyed my dish.
Kevin ordered the Chi filet mignon, which was sautéed with mushrooms and onions and an Asian sauce.
He asked for the steak to be cooked medium rare, but it was definitely very rare. The steak was very, very red on the inside so it was a little chewy for Kevin’s taste, but he said it was a good cut of meat and the sauce was tasty.
I thought Chi Pan Asian was another good dining option in Baldwin Park.
Could you work out without your hair pulled back? I really like to take the makeup off my face and pull my hair back before working out, so today was rough. My hair was a mess and drenched by the end of my run. It’s funny how such a little thing can drive you so crazy!
White rice or brown rice? I usually opt for brown rice just to be healthier and I like how hearty it is.