Saturday, September 10, 2005

Dinner at Pen Thai, Bothell, WA

We had an early dinner before our flight at Pen Thai Restaraunt on the recommendation of Alexis' Dad. It was quite a pleasant suprise. They were able to accomodate our compressed time frame while serving up quite tasty Thai dishes. We were asked how hot we wanted our dishes from 1-5. Alexis and I both picked 4, which gave us a kick, but less than what I hoped for. The deep fried basil is definitely something we'll need to try at home. Too bad it isn't in San Francisco, because we would have loved to explore their extensive menu.

Whole Rainbow Trout with garlic sauce. $13 (Giao)

Crispy Garlic Chicken on a bed of deep fried basil $9 (Alexis)

Food: 2
Decor: 2
Service: 2

Brunch at Alexis' parents' house, Bothell, WA

Alexis shook off her hangover and chefed up a very nice brunch based loosely on some of my mindless rantings. More people showed up than we expected. But I guess we should have learned that free food is a HUGE draw. It was also great to be able to cook with things from the garden (lettuce, tomatoes, scallions, pear-apples).

The spread from afar

Bacon and Artichoke Quiche

Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce

Fruit Salad - Honeydew, Raspberries, Pear-apple

Romaine salad with cucumbers, scallions and tomatoes.

Cream of Fennel/Turnip Soup (Picture does not do it justice)

Friday, September 09, 2005

Dinner at Deer Haven Estate, Carnation, WA

The wedding was catered by Twelve Baskets Catering. The hors d'oeurves where peanut chicken skewers (decent); california rolls (okay); and some sort of bread with whipped brie, which I didn't try on Alexis' advice. No pictures, (it was the middle of a wedding reception and we couldn't really stop the servers to take a picture) sorry. The main meal was buffet style with a lackluster vegetable plate and a selection of skewers, which were all overdone and luke-warm.

Shrimp-mushroom-bell pepper skewer
Chicken-pineapple skewer
Oriental Salad (Giao)

Oriental Salad (cabbage, bamboo shoots, mandarin, ramen)
Shrimp skewer
Beef skewer
Asparagus (Alexis)

Overall a very poor showing with the chicken being inedible, the shrimp okay, and the rest forgettable.

Food: 0
Decor: 2 (A nice wedding location with good views, if a bit inaccessible).
Service: 1 (The caterers got a bit snippy with me for not reusing my wine glass)

Breakfast at Alexis' parents' house, Bothell, WA

We raided the kitchen when we got up in the morning. Alexis made a scramble, and I cobbled together some food I found in the pantry. Alexis' Dad also cut up some fruit for us:
Artichoke, Salami, Dubliner cheese and Green Onion Scramble

Pickled Asparagus and Smoked Trout

Nectarines and Bananas

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Dinner at Alexis' parents' house, Bothell, WA

We had to head to Seattle for a wedding. After the flight Alexis' mom had thoughtfully prepared us a plate of antipasti:

Onions, Olives, Bell Pepper, Salami, Cheese, Smoked Salmon, Artichoke Hearts and Grapes

Lunch at Work

We've been going out for lunch lately, but most of the time Alexis chefs up the leftovers. This time it was a stir fry from the meat left from hot pot. A bit spicy, but good. Shrimp, steak, broccoli and crimini mushrooms.

Breakfast at home

Fried eggs and Bacon. Looks the same as usual.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Dinner at Home

Alexis sometimes makes a yummy hotpot when she is too lazy to cook. (Or we haven't shopped in a while.) It usually looks much like below. Some beef (usually in the rib-eye, new york range), some seafood(shrimp), mushrooms, and broccoli. She then sautes some onions and garlic in the pot and in goes the broth.

After we are done with the dipping part, she throws in some spinach and eggs for a soup.

Lunch at Tu Lan, San Francisco

Crab Asparagus Soup (Sup Mang Cua) $6

Pork Kebab ($6)

Fried Fish with Ginger (Ca chien gung) $6

A sure sign of a good meal.

Tu Lan is our favorite Vietnamese joint in the city. Good authentic Vietnamese at dirt cheap prices.

Food: 2
Service: 1
Decor: 0


Scrambled Eggs and Bacon

Just the a variant on our usual breakfast.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Dinner at Broadway Prime in Burlingame

The whole dinner (including tip) was $42/person and included the following:

Salad--This is the rather strange salad they always serve at prime rib joints. Beets, boiled egg, lettuce and the "special dressing" (which is really just thousand island!?!).

Prime Rib Select Cut, English Style, Creamed Spinach (both)
Yummy, yummy meat--with horseradish and au jus. Nicely flavored creamed spinach as well, although a bit gluey.

Second helping of the same (Giao)
Bacon bits on the creamed spinach...mmm.

Also included were, potatos and a popover, but we didn't want those.

Service: 1
Food: 2
Decor: 1

Lunch at Tandoori Mahal

Saag Paneer, Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, $9.50 (Both)
Indian buffet--what better lunch can you have? Saag was better than usual for this place; tandoori and CTM are always good.

Food: 1
Service: N/A (buffet)
Decor: 0


Bacon and Eggs (Giao)
Fried eggs with salt, pepper and a bit of dill.

Bacon and Eggs (Alexis)
Same as above, but with rooster sauce.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Dinner at Home

Back at home there was nothing much to eat, so Alexis made some miso.

Miso Soup (w/ tofu, seaweed and eggdrop); quick to make when there's not much in the house.

Lunch at Paschal, Atlanta Airport

Atlanta's airport, surprisingly, has a pretty good selection of airport food. But this looked the best, and we were pretty pleased all around.

Fish with brocolli and collard greens. $8 (Alexis)
Brocolli was overdone and fish was not seasoned well enough, but the greens were good.

Fried Chicken - Dark, with Green Beans and Collard Greens. $8 (Giao)
Chicken was slightly above average, but came with only one piece. Green beans were overdone, but again, the greens were good.

Food: 1 (for airport food)
Service: N/A (Order at the counter)
Decor: 0 (it's an airport)

Lunch at Margaritaville, Montego Bay, Jamaica Airport

Waiting for our flight in Jamaica, Margaritaville was pretty much the only option. Despite the styrofoam, it was not that bad for airport food.

Wings with Buffalo Sauce, $8 (both)
Buffalo wings are buffalo wings. These were neither good nor bad, spicy nor mild. Perfectly edible.

Coconut Shrimp w/ Lemon Dipping Sauce. $8 (both)
Decent. Would have been better with unsweetened coconut and something spicy. But not bad for airport food.

Chicken Caesar Salad, $12 (both)
Terribly disappointing. Soggy lettuce, mealy dressing. All around bad. So we ate the chicken off the top...but it wasn't that good either.

Food: 1
Service: N/A (I ordered takeout at the bar)
Decor: 0 (Faux jungle crap)

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