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Amber India Happy Hour

I met up with J in the city for happy hour. She was thinking about this one mexican place in the Yerba Buena Center, but on the way there, we passed by Amber India. The happy hour menu was enticing. We went to the mexican place anyway, but then were immediately annoyed by the loud and incessant music, so we went back to Amber. It couldn’t have been a better idea.

Amber is a very swanky indian restaurant, which is a small chain in the bay area. The one in SF is pretty huge. We hung out in the bar area, which is beyond colorful. They have a kick ass happy hour menu with cheap drinks and $5 apps. We both got the amber rose, a lovely little cocktail featuring pureed raspberries and pomegranate juice, along with booze, of course. It was lovely! And especially lovely at $5!

We also decided to try out some of the appetizers. The Bhel Puri is on the left. It is rice puffs tossed with onions, raw mango, chutneys, and topped with savory noodles. The Batata Vada is at the top. They are spiced potato dumplings encased in garam flour batter. They are served with two different chutneys, the green one being much spicier than the other. The Pani Puri are on the bottom right. These little beauties are wheat puffs filled with spicy mint and cumin water, potatoes, and chick peas. All of these were excellent, each with their own level of kick. It’s definitely indian food, so if you don’t like things like curry or cumin or flavors reminiscent of that, then stay away! But if you’re an indian food lover, then you’ll love all of these. Really, for $5 each, how can you go wrong? These are awesome prices anywhere, so in San Francisco it’s a downright steal!

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Sushi At Liberty

I was in Seattle for work and for the first night, we had to run around, literally, to do work/team stuff. It was fun and all, and then they fed us as we bowled, but seriously, the food at Lucky Strikes (crappy chicken nuggets and pizza) was pretty damn bad. I mean significantly terrible that I actually chose to go hungry. And that rarely happens!

Which is why after all that was over, I had to go get real food. I fell in love with Liberty during my first visit to Seattle, so I went back there again, and I actually got up the nerve to get food! It is slightly unnerving to go to a hipster bar for cocktails and order sushi. But it had to be done, because I was starving! What did I order? I can’t remember. A couple of rolls, one of which may have been a red roll, and the other which had raw carrot in it. Also, some random dish with seared and sliced tuna on top of seaweed salad. It was supposed to be a bed of veggies, but it ended up being a bed of seaweed salad. But it was delicious nonetheless. And I had an amazing limeade. I still love this place. It’s just so laid back and comfortable. Please Liberty, open a Philly satellite location!
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Hangin at Tryst

After festing it, we headed over to the Adams Morgan neighborhood. There’s a main drag with a bazillion restaurants. Like seriously, it seemed way too many. After walking around awhile and exploring, we luckily ended up at Tryst. This place is a bar / lounge / coffee shop / cafe. You can drink, get coffee, eat, hang out, surf the net. I totally loved the concept.
By the time we got to Adams Morgan, I wasn’t feeling too hot, so I didn’t drink. I just lounged. They have tons of tables, chairs, and a mish mash of couches. Their menu looked really good as well. I wish we could have eaten. There was a nacho dish that we were both very interested in.

J did have a couple of beers though. A bit on the expensive side, but I think it’s pretty normal for DC. Service was good, our waitress was super nice and accommodating. The crowd here is nice and varied. If I lived in DC, I’d definitely frequent this joint!

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