Speaking of food, is anyone else out there who's getting for homeleave or R&R starting to fantasize about food? I actually have a list of places I MUST eat at while we are home. No really I do. It is taped up in the kitchen. Tios for breakfast tacos (Paul my order is 1 barbacoa, 1 chorizo con papas, and one carne guisada- Don't let me down I want those for breakfast my first morning in Texas!), donuts and kolaches from Shipley's on Bandera, a Route 44 strawberry limeade from Sonic, BBQ from Rudy's Country Store, Mexonesia shrimp flautas and tres leche cake from Hula Hut in Austin, and of course girls night out at the Melting Pot. Last night I dreamed about chimchangas. I woke up wondering if I should get my chimichanga fix from Papasitos or Alamo Cafe. I want chili rellanos too, any recommendations on the best chile rellanos in San Antonio? Pathetic isn't it?
The one thing I can't find in San Antonio is really good Chinese food. Not just any Chinese food but Xaio Long Bao (soup dumplings) from Din tai Fung. And here we pause for a special shout out to Global Jacob who started me off on this particular food craving. Thanks dude, I can't stop thinking about those little packages of soupy yummy goodness. He wrote an amazing post which petty much explains why Taiwan is one of my dream posts, just for the food.
In Jakarta there was a Din Tai Fung within walking distance of the house, it was actually quicker to walk than to drive thanks to Jakarta traffic, so walk we did. It was a rare week that David and I didn't indulge in at least one meal there and of course every meal featured Xaio Long Bao. There is only one Din Tai Fung in the entire United States and it is in Los Angeles, that is so not in walking distance from our house (OK fine, my brother-in-law's house) in San Antonio. We will hit DC for a week before heading out, so is there any place in DC where we can get some decent Xaio Long Bao? Anyone? Please? Hook a girl up!
Oh and if there is, would anyone out here be brave enough to babysit my heathens, I mean my three darling children?