Saturday, November 19, 2005

Dinner at Potluck Pre-Thanksgiving party

Some friends of ours had a Pre-Thanksgiving Potluck. Thanksgiving food has never been my favorite, and, to say the least, this potluck did not change my mind.

Ham, turkey and several amorphous and inedible casseroles.
The ham was good, the turkey was moist, the casseroles were bad (far too mushy and they all tasted of cream of mushroom soup).

Zuchinni Bread
This was a bit dry, but the flavor was just like Grandma's.

Hummous with pita chips and celery.
This was our contribution to the potluck. I didn't have any tahini at home so I attemped to substitute it with a combination of sesame seeds and sesame oil. It worked fairly well. I think next time I will use just the sesame seeds, no oil...

Snack at Home

Steamed King Crab Legs with Garlic Butter
What can I say? There are not too many things that beat crab meat eaten with one's fingers, dipped in hot garlic butter.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Dinner at Home

Chicken and Broccoli Stirfry with Zuchinni, Bell Peppers, Onions and Garlic

Lunch at Gold Mountain, San Francisco, CA

These are actually pretty gross at Gold Mountain...not quite beefy enough.

Bean Curd Wrap filled with Shredded Veggies
This was cooked in a curryesque sauce and was quite good.

Marinated Chicken Feet
Giao loves them. No comment from Alexis.

Spare Ribs
Pretty good. A little bit spicy.

Soy Duck
This would have been better if it was warm. But, sadly, it was served at room temperature. Still, the bed of fermented soy beans that the duck is served on are always amazing, at any temperature.

Congealed Pork Blood
Giao would have liked this better with rice, if he ate rice. Alexis has an aversion to blood as food due to an bad experience with blood sausage.

Sui Mai
These little pork sui mai are very good. And we love the addition of the shrimp on top. However, this time these were a bit sub par due only to the fact that they had been sitting out a while.

Shrimp and Spinach Dumplings (middle)
These were decent, but nothing special.

Har Goi
These shrimp dumplings are very satisfying.
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Breakfast at Home

Eggs Scrambled with Leftover Sausage and Bacon

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Dinner at Home

Marinated in worcestershire and steak seasoning, Giao then pan fried these delicious steaks. They were cooked to perfection and devoured immediately.

Lunch at Work

Leftover pork.

Breakfast at Home

Omelette with Leftover Sausage

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Dinner at Home

Caprese Salad

Chicken Andouille Sausage
These were ok, but seemed to be lacking something. They were definitely spicy, but they needed a sweet or sour element.

Lunch from Kokkari, San Francisco, CA

Kokkari is an upscale Greek restaurant next door to our office. Today we catered in...

Halibut with artichokes and olives $20
This was actually very good. The texture was perfect. It was strangely only browned on both sides.

Shortribs $21
This was a bit of a misnomer since this was really more like pot roast than anything else. However, it was decent, and the baked cippollini onions were sweet and soft.

Greek Spreads with Flatbread $8 (this was the equivalent of 3 orders)
Everyone loves these spreads and they are pretty addictive. There is a tzaziki sauce, an eggplant and onion mash and some creamy-pinkish thing. Not sure what it is but it tastes the best.

Small Giao Rant: I think Kokkari either has good connections or good marketing folks because it's consistently listed on tourist type best places to eat in San Francisco, which is preposterous.

Food: 1
Decor: 1
Service: 1

(Decor and Service is from previous visits)

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Breakfast at Home

Fried eggs and Bacon. Looks the same as usual.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Dinner at Home

Dijon-Thyme Crusted Pork Loin with Sauteed Spinach, Onions and Garlic
The pork was really good--I have finally mastered pork's internal temperature, fully cooked yet super-juicy.

Lunch at Work

Leftovers. Lasagna and soup.

Breakfast at Home

Fried eggs and Bacon. Looks the same as usual.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Dinner at Home

Though we just decided to reheat and eat the yummy lasagna from last night. We did bust out the girolle to shave some of our favorite cheese, the tete de moine. We found out about tete de moine at Fleur de Lys, a french restaurant in SF, and they told us they imported it from France. However, weeks later, we found it Whole Foods. Then we decided we HAD to have the special "girolle" (tete de moine shaver), and despite the fact that it cost us $40 for a device that has a singular purpose, it really does make the cheese taste way better.

Lunch at Work

Leftovers--KFC, beet soup, celery root soup and strawberries.

Breakfast at Home

Fried eggs and Bacon. Looks the same as usual.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Dinner at Home

This low-carb lasagna is made with super-thin zuchinni strips instead of pasta, and it actually works really well. The zuchinni remains firm, but yields to the fork and is very reminiscent of pasta. This version had ground beef, olives, parmasean, mozzerella, artichoke hearts and a mixture of ricotta and homemade pesto. It was really good.

Lunch at KFC, San Mateo, CA

Alexis had never had KFC before (well once, but it was cold) and she was craving something greasy, so we went to KFC. It was actually better than expected, and that says a lot, coming from someone who does not eat fast food.

Hot and Spicy Buffalo Wings $7
These were actually really (surprisingly) spicy. But they were a bit to breaded for my taste.

Popcorn Chicken $4
This was actually the best thing we ate (according to Alexis). Crunchy and tender, all at the same time.

Apple Turnover 2 for $1
Giao loves these things. Alexis didn't try it.

10 piece Fried Chicken Bucket (all dark meat) $8
Giao got totally upsold on this chicken bucket, but it was a damn good deal. The skin is too gross for Alexis, kinda soggy after about 10 minutes. And overall, the chicken is way too salty.

(Unlike most fast food places, locations really do vary. For instance the one in the Sunset District really shines.)
Food: 0
Decor: N/A
Service: N/A

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