If you follow me on Instagram, it may appear that I eat out every single day. But that’s definitely not the case. With a 9-6 that keeps me busy, stressed and doesn’t allow for much leisure lunch time, I don’t have time to think about what to eat around noon Mondays through Fridays. So a typical lunch is either leftovers from dinner the night before or something I’ve scrounged up in the refrigerator the morning of. And, when I do venture outside of the office, I order the same takeout all the time: white chicken chili from Highland Bakery, salad from Leaves and Loaves or pad thai from Tin Drum. It can be very monotonous. So when Tin Drum invited Kristen of Highland & Rose and me to taste new limited time menu offerings, I jumped at the chance to try something new and step outside my comfort zone.
We had a chance to check out the Saigon Summer menu, which featured two pork dishes. The Nom Nom Pork Bowl is an interesting combination of hot and cold items. Sweet pork loin, chili vinaigrette rice noodles, pickled daikon and sliced carrots rest on top of fresh kale, basil, jalapeno, cilantro and peanuts.
The Pork Banh Mi is an Asian taco of sorts; pork loin and veggies combined with red pepper aioli, cucumber, jalapeno and cilantro all wrapped up in an Asian roti.
Kristen and I are fans of Tin Drum but before this visit, we usually stick to our same dishes. Her favorite is the Pad Woon Sen, rice noodles with mushrooms, carrots, cabbage, onions, bean sprouts and coupled with meat. Because of that, we ordered a few other items on the menu that we’ve never tried but were highly recommended.
For instance, our co-workers love the Spicy Soba dish. With noodles that resemble spaghetti and heat from the chili-pepper sauce, this easily became one of my new favorite items on the menu.
The basil fried rice was a different dish for us, too. I loved the simplicity of this dish, the flavor that the basil added and the sautéed chicken that accompanied it. We also learned during our visit that Tin Drum now offers the ability for you to add Thai spice up to a level 20 for those folks who want more heat and spice to their dish.
Whether it’s stepping outside of your comfort zone to tackle a work project, start a new hobby or even choose a new lunch menu, I think this is a crucial action for stirring creativity and gathering inspiration. I’m so glad we were able to check out Tin Drum and be exposed to new dishes we’ve never tried before.
Have you been to Tin Drum? If so, how do you like it?
UPDATE: To celebrate a huge announcement (which is coming VERY soon to the blog, we promise, and will explain why we’ve been MIA for the past couple of weeks), we are hosting a giveaway for a gift card to Tin Drum! Enter below, and good luck!
Disclosure: Though our lunch was complimentary courtesy of Tin Drum, my opinions are unbiased and 100% my own. Thanks to Tin Drum Cafe for the gift card giveaway!