This was a recommendation from our son and we decided to take a ride out there yesterday. He and daughter-in-law had gone a couple of times and really enjoyed it. The reviews online were mediocre but our family's positive comments spurred us on. Besides, we never really pay attention to reviews and would rather make our own minds up by first hand experience.District Dumplings, as you can see from their website, offers a variety of Asian-style dumplings, steamed or fried. Gregg also said he would like to try their fried version, potstickers I suppose those would be. Next time we go, and there will be a next time, I will also order a cup of Edamame. There were condiments - soy, siracha and hoisin sauce - to dip them in. These can also be used for the dumplings. When we asked our son what they ordered, he said we should try the soup dumplings (they reminded me of mini volcanoes) and also a mix and match plate. We did the same and were not disappointed. They were delicious!
For a drink I had Celery, Lime and Ginger juice. Very refreshing, something I had never had before but wouldn't hesitate to again. I am going to have a go at using this combination at home, as I enjoy smoothies for breakfast. The only time I have tried anything different is to add an avocado to the fruit. Anyhow, it was a very nice experience going to District Dumplings.
This area is called The Mosaic District. There are numerous shops and restaurants. I also read about their farmers market every Sunday. Another place to visit as they go on through to December 30th.
Flowers were everywhere and they certainly made their surroundings look cheerful, a real pleasure to walk around. We did a lot of looking in windows and looking at buildings.
I don't know much about architecture but we liked what we saw.
A lot of the shops had brightly colored facades. The one below - Cheesetique - was another restaurant right next to the one we had just been to. Gregg popped his head in the door and noticed they had lobster mac and cheese on the menu. I know where we will be going next time. I also noticed water bowls next to the tables outside several restaurants, for any customers with dogs.
And how about this place where you can not only get a cup of tea but an ice-cream treat? Ice-Cream and Tea has Thai-style ice-cream, mixed and rolled on a flat plate while you wait. We tried one in California where you could choose various additions to mix in, but I am not sure what that store was called. It was very popular I remember, with lines out the door. We will need to go back here and have dessert. It also advertises classic milk tea, fruit tea and green milk tea.
Nando's Peri-Peri is a chain we have tried before. These restaurants are very popular and there is at least one I know of in another shopping area, the one we tried. There are others all around the world. It has its roots in South Africa, is decorated with South Africa art and its cuisine is Portuguese, famous for its chicken dishes and I believe there are other meats available, also vegetarian. Check out their menu. I remember the food was very good, some spicy but you can order milder versions. Peri-peri, also known from the Swahili word "pili-pili' (pepper-pepper) describes the African bird's eye chili.
The Mosaic District is new to us but thanks to our son and daughter-in-law, we have another area to explore.
We could also play a game of chess, or checkers.
I made a collage from the windows to another restaurant. Always love these quotes I find, and the pretty artwork on the glass.
There were more pretty flowers in planters.
These were beautiful, I loved their color.
Celosia. I wasn't sure of the particular type but I came across the name 'Asian Garden'. It could also be Flamingo Feather. The shades are a little different though. There are an abundance of photos at this link.
We passed by apartment buildings on our way back to the car, and there were crepe myrtle trees out front. Not blooming at this time of the year but I liked their bright leaves and berries.
It was a very pleasant trip out and we look forward to going back sometime in the not too distant future.
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