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Dumplings, Pesto, and a Suspicious Dog

Joi's Chinese Seafood Restaurant on UrbanspoonBoyfriend came over to have lunch with me today, and I ended up taking him to Joi’s for dim sum. While at the restaurant, we realized that the two of us haven’t been out for dim sum since Valentine’s Day. Lunch was delicious- what’s not to love about Asian dumplings?

The service is always friendly, the dim sum carts come around frequently, and the restaurant is spacious. The price at Joi’s is definitely right too- we shared seven different dishes and our bill, with tax, came to less than $30.

Joi's in Bellevue.

Joi’s in Bellevue.

Pretty scrollwork and statuary in the lobby.

Pretty scrollwork and statuary in the lobby.

Tabletop delivery.

Tabletop delivery.

Beautiful dumplings including poached scallops, shrimp with chives, and barbecued pork.

Beautiful dumplings including poached scallops, shrimp with chives, and barbecued pork.

Barbecued pork in a steamed rice flour bun.

Barbecued pork in a steamed rice flour bun.

Shrimp in a crispy noodle.

Shrimp in a crispy noodle.

Shrimp stuffed eggplant.

Shrimp stuffed eggplant.

Steamer trays looking for a home.

Steamer trays looking for a home.

Black Egg Congee

Black Egg Congee

Congee

Congee

Shrimp, pork, and green onion dumplings

Shrimp, pork, and green onion dumplings

A surprisingly small bill.

A surprisingly small bill.

My friend Maria came over for dinner and to hang out. We made fresh pasta tossed with fresh spinach pesto and topped with sautéed lemon shrimp. The pesto was made with raw sunflower seeds, radishes, raw garlic, blanched spinach, olive oil, and sea salt.

Freshly made pasta; this pasta was made from half white whole wheat flour, and half from semolina flour.

Freshly made pasta; this pasta was made from half white whole wheat flour, and half from semolina flour.

Freshly made pasta dressed with spinach pesto and topped with sauteed mushrooms and zesty lemon shrimp.

Freshly made pasta dressed with spinach pesto and topped with sauteed mushrooms and zesty lemon shrimp.

The first time Maria came over, I told her that Boyfriend’s mom had been able to win over a suspicious Taro by playing with him. Being a courageous soul and a dog-lover to boot, Maria decided to see if she could also win over my four-legged brat. During that visit, Maria played with Taro for an hour or so and got to a place where he was wary around her, but not hostile. This time, I’m not sure that he recognized her, but within a 20-minute play session, he was happily returning a ball to her. Over the next hour, he decided that she was a friend. Once that switch happened, he wouldn’t leave her alone. He snuggled with her and pandered for pets. Later while we watched Elf, he slept with his head in her lap for the entire movie.

I love the cattle dog's smile!

I love the cattle dog’s smile!

Best buddies.

Best buddies.

Funnily enough, the last time I went to Joi’s for lunch, I made a kale pesto for dinner. Tonight, I made a similar spinach pesto. Coincidence? Or is there something about dim sum that prompts my tummy to want pasta afterward??

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