We’re so glad you found us! We are the Dining Darlings, otherwise known as Shana and Kara. Two friends who’ve decided to share our love of food and adventure with anyone who might care to join us. In this blog we’ll be sharing all sorts of things, like eating out, cooking at home, travel eats, reorganizing your kitchen cupboards, and anything else we come up with along the way. Feel free to ask us any questions you might have. Let us introduce ourselves...

Hmm…Where should I start? I guess my name would be good right?!  Well, my name is Shana and I enjoy traveling, experiencing new things, eating and trying practically anything once. “You can’t say you don’t like something if you have never tried it,” is something I believe to be true in respect of food and life in general. I can’t wait to share my food experiences with you all!

Hi there, I'm Kara. I would consider myself a pretty regular girl. I grew up in a small town in Southern California. I enjoy most typical types of food, and every now and then will get a little more adventurous - though I usually leave that to Shana :). I enjoy eating out as well as making dinner at home. I've really been working on my cooking skills over the last 4 years - slowly but surely getting a little more confident and a little more proficient with each meal. My goal is to become one of those people who can reach into an "empty" cabinet and pull out a delicious meal.

Lobster Time!

My friend got a new job in Boston so she will be relocating. This is an event that calls for a celebration. Since she had been offered a job that she could not refuse, she decided to treat us lobster before she leaves. We ended up at this place called Tan Cang Newport Seafood. This restaurant offers Chinese and Vietnamese style cuisine. Their signature dish is the Newport Special Lobster and that is what we were here for.

There were six adults and two children that attended this festivities. This is a family style dining; where everyone sits around the table and everything is to be shared with a sharing spoon or fork. We ended up ordering the Newport Special Lobster (of course) with noodles, Clam with Spicy Hot Sauce, Baked Shrimp with Salt & Pepper, Hong Kong Steak w/Black Pepper Sauce, Sauteed Peasprout, and Crispy Fried Squid with Salt & Pepper. This happened to be the perfect amount of food for the eight of us. Funny thing about this was that the squid dish that had actually come on to our table was not something we wanted. We had first refused it, but it worked out in our favor. The dish was about to be returned and to let the waiter know that we did not order it, however, one of my friend had a different plan. She ate a piece before we had a chance to turn it away. The best part of it is that the squid dish was the first dish to get completely eaten. Easy to say, the squid was yummy.  What I enjoyed about this dish was that it was not chewy, crisp to perfection, and was salted and peppered very delicately.  The shrimp dish was very treated very similarly to the squid. Crispy and delicious. The sauteed peasprout and the steak dish were yummy, but pretty standard.  I feel like those two items are pretty safe to order anywhere and it should be good. The clams were pretty good, but I only had two pieces since it required work for so little meat. The main star of lunch was the lobster and it did not disappoint. It required a bit more work, but every poke and pull was worth it. I have had this dish at many different Chinese restaurant, and it has all been very good across the board. The thing that stood out to me about this dish was that it came with noodles. Since the noodles were cooked with the lobster, it had absorbed a lot of the flavors and made it super delicious. I am the type of lady who loves her rice and noodles and am not afraid to admit it. Bring it on carbs! To top that, the lobster had some roe in it and it is one of my most favorite things about this dish; is the wonderful surprise that we get in this dish because it is not guaranteed. My taste buds were dancing and my tummy was very happy!

If you would like a delicious meal where you can enjoy with your family and friends, this is a great place. Delicious foods, great company, and a relaxed environment. The price may be a bit higher than most of the places we have posted about prior, but I think it is also due to the dishes we ordered.  The lobster alone was about $120 (for 6lbs). What I also liked about this restaurant was that they even gave us a recommendation to a local dessert shop and offered to hold on to our to-go order (since the weather was warm) until we came back from dessert adventure. That will be in our my next post.  Be sure to look for it next week! If you happen to be in the area, definitely stop by, you won't be disappointed.

Clams in Spicy Hot Sauce
Lobster, the main attraction
Eat it whole! Eat the shrimp shells! It's good for calcium!!
The aftermath. Not sorry.

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