MegGoesNomNom’s One Year Birthday! + Banh Mi

Guess what!? This week is the MegGoesNomNom ONE YEAR Anniversary! I can’t believe I’ve been blogging my noms for a full year now! I started this blog on a whim last year, the day after my 24th birthday, and am still going strong – stronger than ever! I appreciate all of my readers’ “readership,” comments, input, etc.! Smile


Since 02/08/2010:

  • 257 posts published
  • 24 categories created
  • 501 comments from you!
  • 14,472 views all-time
  • 30 pounds lost by me!

You may wish to check out the links at the top of the page for a list of recipes, tops posts, etc., if you haven’t already. Here’s to another year!

“Hoagie’s Banh Mi”

As we move into year two, let me start by telling you about some delicious noms I recently enjoyed! In fact, I found it absolutely necessary that I try these noms in particular, and let me tell you why. So last year, I started this blog, and called it MegGoesNomNom. A few months later, I watched The Great Food Truck Race on the Food Network, and the winning team was the Nom Nom Truck who specializes in Vietnamese cuisine, including the Banh Mi. Clearly the writer of MegGoesNomNom was destined to try one of these sandwiches.

And a few months after this occurred, I discovered that the featured sandwich at local favorite Zingerman’s Delicatessen was the Banh Mi. It was time! And not only get to try the sandwich, I got to meet the talented creator of this legit sandwich while I was there. Awesome! Let me give you the Zingerman’s blurb on this delectable creation, since I am still an amateur in the Banh Mi world, “The deli’s take on banh mi, the popular Vietnamese sandwich. Ours is filled with roasted pork with Asian spices, tangy-sweet daikon radish and carrot pickles, slices of cucumber and jalapeños, with a slather of cilantro mayo on a baguette. Brought to us by Kristen “Hoagie” and Ji Hye of San Street, an aspiring new business serving up Asian street food.”  ….(See their blog HERE).

The Banh Mi was giant and a totally solid sandwich! I definitely recommend checking it out – I haven’t found anything else out there like it! And by “out there” I mean, around town, and by “around town,” I mean the Ann Arbor area. Keepin’ it real, y’all. And I have been totally craving a hunk of delicious pork slathered in that mayo-sauce since yesterday. Be right back

Can’t wait to check out the San Street offerings later this year.


I also got to try Boylan’s Bottling Co. fountain soda (founded in 1891!!!), on tap at Zinger’s. Puts mainstream soda to shame! This was killer. No high fructose corn syrup here. Nothing but real cane sugar. And if you’re into diet soda, there are Splenda-sweetened sodas from Boylan’s as well.


We were delighted by these generous offerings from awesome Kristen-the-Bahn-Mi-creator herself! Smile Delish.


Now that’s a lunch!

Zingerman’s: Zingerman's Delicatessen on Urbanspoon


Carson’s American Bistro  Carson's American Bistro on Urbanspoon

Ahh, and I realized I never posted pictures from my free birthday dinner at Carson’s earlier this week. I chose to go to Carson’s because of my love of their crab cakes. Crab cakes are pretty much my favorite food. Whenever I see them on a menu, they MUST be mine.

Started with a decent basket of warm bread with caramelized onions. The bread is hit or miss for me. Sometimes it is really good, sometimes it is mediocre.


House Salad with House Vinaigrette and blue cheese. I really enjoyed this salad.


Ordered an appetizer of Calamari. The batter was a little bland and definitely needed salt, but yummy regardless.


CRAB CAKES. I ordered the Southwest Crab Cakes for my entrée. They came with garden rice and green beans, both of which were in desperate need of salt. The green beans aren’t really in season so they were just okay. The rice was a just tad dry but I did like the texture of it. In think it was basmati (which isn’t supposed to be particularly sticky/moist anyways, amirite?). It was dotted with various veggies.


These crab cakes were why I came. So in the above picture they may look a bit small, but it because they are nice and THICK! And they are honestly like PURE LUMP CRAB. These are definitely the meatiest crab cakes I’ve had. There is barely any “cake,” and nearly pure meat – thick, meatly, sweet lumps. Heaven!! They were topped with hot and fresh onion strips, which I couldn’t get enough of.


Of course the huz ordered the steak. Of course. OF COURSE.


Key Lime Pie is my favorite. I want to make it. Where can I buy Key Limes? I don’t want any of that junk juice in a bottle. This was luscious and I ADORE the fact that there was no whipped cream. I can’t stand that ish! Luscious, Luscious.



Tonight I made a soup from a $3.99 Tortilla Soup mix I picked up at World Market using a coupon for my birthday. All you had to do was add chicken breast, poach it in the boiling soup liquid, shred it, and dump it back in, and there’s dinner. The package stated it was all natural and contained no artificial ingredients or preservatives. I really liked the soup, and topped it with shredded pepper jack cheese, tortilla chip crumbs, light sour cream, and pickled jalapenos. I also brought a loaf of Rosemary Focaccia bread out of the freezer that I recently made, and warmed it in the oven.

The new plate, bowl, and place mat are from World Market too. You like? For your viewing pleasure. And for my dining pleasure.


This soup was super filling, and low-calorie too. For dessert, I baked half a roll of Chocolate Chip cookie dough and had three straight outta the oven. Of course. OF COURSE.


Hell yeah.


Note Currently listening to: Runaway – Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

15 thoughts on “MegGoesNomNom’s One Year Birthday! + Banh Mi

  1. Happy Birthday to MegGoesNomNom! So happy to hear that it will be an ongoing tradition. One of the bright spots of many of my days! Go Megan!

  2. wow! congrats!
    gonna have to try that bani @ zings some football sat.
    i just baked “Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting”…The best carrot cake you’ve ever eaten.
    from The Bountiful Arbor..favorite recipes from the Junior League of Ann Arbor-1994.
    celebrating one of my staff’s
    and my bday on valentine’s day.

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