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sometimes…

Sometimes, you just need ice cream for dinner.

Last weekend, we had a big late lunch at a Oaxacan restaurant. We needed a light dinner that night.

We tried out another ice cream shoppe in the Mission, Humphry Slocombe.

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I had the Secret Breakfast (Bourbon and Cornflakes) and Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee flavors.

J had the Poppyseed-Kumquat and Malted Chocolate.

All SO good.

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Can’t wait to go again.

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The midnight cuban was my very first meal in Seattle. About four and a half years ago (gasp), I came to Seattle to prepare for life as a grad student, or in other words, to hunt for an apartment. The night I flew in, I stayed with a friend’s friend, who introduced me to Paseo’s midnight cuban sandwich. Somehow, after that sandwich, I just knew that life in Seattle would be good.

Paseo is a Zagat-rated hole-in-the-wall caribbean restaurant located in the Fremont neighborhood. It draws a large lunchtime crowd, and no wonder, because you haven’t had a pulled pork sandwich until you’ve eaten here. There are many other choices on the menu, but the pulled pork sandwich (a.k.a the midnight cuban) seems to be the most popular item. And it’s not just any old pulled pork sandwich, but one that comes with fat slices of caramelized onions, pickled jalapenos, cilantro, crisp leaves of romaine — all drenched in marinade and aioli — atop a warm, toasted baguette. Just thinking about how good the baguette is makes me want to cry. A side of sweet, buttery corn-on-the-cob accompanies the sandwich. (Be sure to request the corn if you’re ordering the sandwich for take-out; they only serve it by default if you dine in.) I always make a huge mess eating this sandwich, but it’s so finger-lickin’ good that you give up using napkins after running through the first two or three. Food at Paseo is served on chinese-patterned melamine plastic plates, which I think adds to the charm of the hole-in-the-wall feel of the place.

I’ve made it out to Paseo only about once a year — sadly, not often enough. It’s changed a bit every time I’ve gone back. Some changes good, some bad. The good: the place is not as dingy as it once was, and it was also given a little face lift. The bad: Paseo used to serve an amazingly good rice pudding with the sandwich and corn, but they got rid of the pudding a couple years back. Also, the last time I was there, just a few weeks ago when my sister came to visit (she’s also a huge fan of Paseo), they had changed the name, “midnight cuban,” to “cuban roast”. Now, a sandwich containing pulled pork AND ham and swiss bears the name of the midnight cuban. Whatever its name, though, the pulled pork sandwich that I have come to love has not changed at all…and with that, I am perfectly satisfied.

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the start of our food blogs. right, guys?
pics of our latest food adventures (and more)!

food network. or the basement, at least
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berkshire pork bun
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momofuku noodles, rich and chewy
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the U-F-Octopus
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can you super-super size that? check out the sign, haha.
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marrow broth & kimchi (and abe & erin..i didn’t get a pic of sung-hee! :( )
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nyc opera – paper dangly things
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camera obscura
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banana pancakes – my favorite. yum-o! (ew.)
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tacos in williamsburg
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flood in williamsburg
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new york bagels (but nothing beats seattle’s bagel oasis)
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abe by the window
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old man staring
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best “don’t fall” propaganda ever
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planning the route
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salivation?
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magnolia
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taking our picks
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french onion soup at tartine (i knew i’d forget to get a shot of the mussels!)
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subway mosaic
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williamsburg bridge (on our way to the noodle place at around midnight)
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sunday morning bagels
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group pic
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looking good there, ray :P
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lunch
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