Saturday, February 11, 2006

Supper at Home

Since we had an early dinner, Giao just reheated some leftover roast duck, and Alexis whipped up some dessert.

Dinner at 99 Ranch, Daly City, CA

We were grocery shopping, and hungry, so we decided to have a little take-out dim sum at the 99 Ranch. It was, all in all, better than expected. The entire spread of $14.

Flavorful sauce and the meat was easy to bite off the bone.

BBQ Pork
A bit too sweet, but otherwise good.

Roasted Duck
Would have been better if warm and if there was duck sauce.

Pork Shu Mai and Har Gow
The shu mai were a bit tough, but the skins were tender. The har gow were better than normal with more whole shrimp and less filler.

Food: 0
Decor: 0
Service: N/A


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Brunch at Home

Simple Chupaqueso with Fried Eggs, Salsa and Sour Cream

Friday, February 10, 2006

Dinner at Home

Shrimp Scampi
Kelp noodles, broccoli, shrimp, parmasan, basil and lemon.

Lunch at Bix, San Francisco, CA

Bix only serves lunch on Friday and so it was rather serendipitous that we decided to forgo the usual catered into the office Friday lunch. We went out without a plan and then remembered, that it was Friday and we could therefore lunch at Bix, a place that is perfect for an after work cocktail, but also serves pretty good food.

Arugula and Butter Pear Salad with Aged Gouda, Hazelnuts and Golden Balsamic Vinagrette $9
The tartness of the dressing, the crunch of the hazelnuts, the crystalline aged gouda--this was delicious.

Seared Albacore Tuna with Braised Leeks, Chanterelles, Tarragon and Sunchoke Chips $18
This was very good as well. The only bad thing was that the fish was a bit tough, but the flavors were excellent.

Hearts of Romaine with Blue Cheese Vinagrette $8
Sort of slimy and generally not good.

Steak Tartare $12.50
This dish is prepared tableside, so we took the before (above) and after (below) photos. This was good and fresh, as always.

Ahi Tuna Tartare on Olive Toasts $9
Also very decent.

Food: 1
Service: 1
Decor: 1

Health Code Violations

Breakfast at Home

The usual, Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Dinner at Home

Hot Pot
Crimini Mushrooms, Broccoli, Shrimp and Steak cooked in our homemade prime rib stock.

After we eat the meat and veggies, we throw spinach and egg into the broth and eat it like soup. The hot pot was more flavorful and less salty than when made with commercial broth.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Dinner at Home

Tofu Noodles, Asparagus, Pork and Tofu in a Spicy Coconut Sauce

Lunch at Work

Leftover Prime Rib

Mixed Green Salad with Avocado, Tomato, Red Onion, Gorgonzola and Balsamic Vinagrette

Breakfast at Home

More Chupaquesos.

Chupaqueso with Leftover Guacamole, Fried Eggs, Salsa and Sour Cream.

The same thing, rolled up.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Lunch at Work

Salmon Chowder leftovers.

Breakfast at Home

The usual, Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Dinner at Andalu, San Francisco, CA

We had a couple of hours to kill before our movie--the SF Indie Film Festival is going on right now--and we were hungry, so we decided to get some dinner at Andalu, which was about a block from the Roxie. It was decent but not stellar, and it took FOREVER to get our last 2 dishes.

Beef Carparccio with Fennel, Mushrooms and a Creamy Vingagrette $10
This was pretty tasty, albeit a very small portion. And the button mushrooms didn't bode well with Giao.

Smoked Salmon Salad with Cucumbers and Potato Chips $9
Disgusting--this glorified salmon salad was way too salty and the oil from the chips tasted rancid.

Halibut with Ginger-Soy Sauce $12
Delicate and very thin, this fish stayed moist and tender. The sauce complemented the fish very well.

BBQ Shrimp with Spicy Sauce $10
Perhaps the best dish we had all night, the shrimp were cooked to perfection (a hard feat on a barbeque). and the sauce was pleasantly spicy.

Duck Confit with French Lentils and Fresh Greens $11
The duck (probably because it had been cured in fat) was juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. The dressing on the greens had an acidic kick that added a little something to the otherwise bland lentils.

Lamb with Chickpea Puree $12
This was tender and flavorful, but we were full at this point in the meal and the dish arrived so late that we were shoveling it down as we paid the bill.

Food: 1
Service: 0
Decor: 1


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Monday, February 06, 2006

Dinner at Home

Prime Rib leftovers. (We have a lot of it left.)

Lunch from Mozzarella di Bufala Pizzeria , San Francisco, CA

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Sunday, February 05, 2006

Super Bowl Feast at Home

We made a feast for our friends that was loosely based on the cuisine of the cities playing, Seattle and Pittsburgh. We were going to make Rothlisburgers, but we bought too much prime rib and decided against the burgers. Once again, there was still way too much food.




Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese and Dill on Bagel Chips with a Spritz of Lemon

Salmon Chowder
Usually, I make clam chowder, but this time I used salmon instead of clams and it was quite delicious.

Prime Rib
15 pounds of it. This time we went to a butcher shop rather than Whole Foods, because it was quite a bit cheaper, but the meat was wet aged rather than dry aged. We have our suspicions that this makes for more meat/weight per bone.

After cooking for about 4 hours in a horseradish, thyme and roasted garlic rub the final product, well, big, crusty and beautiful.

And here it is on the plate with creamed spinach.

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Alexis' best friend's mom's recipe.

Apple Pie

Snack at Home

We grabbed a Mac and Cheese from Whole Foods to fortify us for the feast making.

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