Saturday, February 25, 2006

Dinner at Home

Tofu, Shrimp, Bok Choy, Garlic, Onion, Cherry Tomato and Yam Noodles in a Spicy Beef Broth

Lunch at Brothers I, San Francsico, CA

Due to busyness (on Alexis' part) and laziness (on Giao's part) we didn't get a chance to eat anything until a late lunch at about 2:30 pm today. We went to Brother's Korean BBQ, ordered tons of meat, and cooked it up on our in-table, real charcoal grill.

Assorted Garnishes
Lightly pickled cucumber, shredded radish, seaweed salad, bean sprouts.

More Garnishes
Nori, some kind of jelly like thing, pickled radish, kim chee, spicy sauce, tiny dried fish and pressed tofu.

Short Ribs, Beef and Pork
Raw meat marinated in a slightly sweet, slightly salty sauce. The pork was marinated in a sauce that was a bit more piquante.

On the grill...

Spicy Soup with Silken Tofu and Zuchinni

Food: 1
Service: 0
Decor: 0

Heath Code Violations

Friday, February 24, 2006

Dinner at Scott Howard, San Francisco, CA

We went back to Scott Howard, one of our new favorites in SF, for a nice Friday night dinner. We didn't have a reservation, but they easily accomodated us at a table in the lounge area with access to the full menu. We had previously ordered the 7 course tasting menu and were hoping that it had changed so that we could order it again, but when we looked at the menu, it was still essentially the same. However, the waitress asked the chef if he would be willing to mix it up a bit for us and he graciously obliged with the following, once again fabulous meal ($80/person):

An Amuse-Bouche of Chilled Asparagus Soup with Olive Oil
The flavor and texture were great, but the soup was more tepid than chilled.

Fluke Sashimi with Rhubarb and Lime
Perfect in every way.

Seared Foie Gras on a Brioche Toast with Rhubarb, Rhubarb Sauce and Dressed Frisee Salad
Although this looks like a fairly standard preparation, the sweet-tart-ness of the rhubarb and the saltiness of the dressing on the lettuce cut right through the richness of the foie gras creating a perfect bite every time.

Sweetbreads with Truffled Madeira and Smoked Bacon Potato Purée
So good you forget you are eating organ meat.

Asparagus with Soft Egg, Cruton, Ham and Whole Grain Mustard Sauce

A White Fish (can't remember which one) With Leeks, Mushrooms and Carrot Jus
Very, very good. The slight sweetness of the carrot jus matched nicely.

Lamb Loin with Herb Jus and Picholine Olives
The meat was incredibly tender, but, unfortunately, the olives overpowered the flavor of the meat and would have been best left off the plate, in our opinion.

Powdered Sugar Beignets with Lemon Curd and Orange Sauce
This was a pleasantly light dessert with a tartness to counteract the powdered sugar. The lemon curd was divine.

The Prettiest Tea We've Ever Seen

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Snack at Myth, San Francsico, CA

Effingham Inlet Oysters Marinated in Cilantro and Lime with Yuzu Tobiko - $12
Very good preparation, the cilatro and lime complemented the oysters and Tobiko perfectly.

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Lunch at Work from Brandy Ho's

Finally, we got some good food catered in at work. This time from Brandy Ho's, which is much better than your average Chinese take-out.

Hot and Sour Soup $2.50

Whole Steamed Fish $15
This trout was steamed then set in a slightly spicy broth, ginger and scallions. Yum, yum, yum.

Decor: NA
Food: 1
Service: NA
Health Code Violations

Lunch at Frisson, San Francisco, CA

Frisson is now open for lunch. Unfortunately, there isn't a very good selection, and the portions are small. Pictures are courtesy Bart (and his phone's camera).

Spinich and Roquefort Salad $7
Served a bit too hot even for a warm salad.

Turnip and Parsnip Soup $7
Too creamy.
Lunch Menu Ratings:
Food: 0

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Breakfast at Home

The usual, Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Dinner at Home

Chupaqueso Taco Salad
Finally, we found another use for the chupaqueso. This time I put the chupaqueso into a bowl directly out of the pan so as to form it into a bowl itself. Then I filled it with chopped spinach, tomatos, olives, peppers and ground turkey cooked with garlic, chili and cumin. Finally, I topped it off with some Fage brand whole milk yogurt and hot sauce.

Lunch at Work

Green Salad with Avocado, Artichokes and Balsamic Vinagrette

Bacon, Artichoke and Carmelized Onion Quiche

Breakfast at Home

Scramble with Chicken Chorizo, Onions and Spinach

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Dinner at Home

Mustard and Whiskey Marinated Steak with Cauliflour Puree

Lunch at Work

Leftover Pork with Tamarind Sauce

Leftover Fish in Lemon, Garlic Cream Sauce

Leftover Yam Noodles, Shrimp and Bok Choy in a Spicy Broth

Breakfast at Home

The usual, Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Dinner at Home

Catfish Baked in a Lemon Cream Sauce with Bell Peppers, Onions, Garlic and Fresh Basil and Tarragon. Served with a Mixed Green Salad with Balsamic Vinagrette.

Bacon, Artichoke and Carmelized Onion Quiche
(an after-dinner snack for Giao)

Lunch from Gambino's, San Francisco, CA

Meatball Platter

Side fo Artichoke Hearts

Side Salad

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Breakfast at Home

Chupaqueso with Chicken Chorizo Sausage, Avocado, Salsa and Yogurt

Monday, February 20, 2006

Dinner at Home

Deviled Eggs
Giao got a little hungry before dinner so I made him a pre-dinner snack of some deviled eggs.

Yam Flour Noodles, Shrimp, Grape Tomatos and Steamed Baby Bok Choy in a Spicy Broth
Above=in the pot
Below=in a serving dish
I sauteed some garlic in olive oil and chile oil, then added beef and chicken broth, rice vinegar, a couple kinds of chile sauce. I then threw in the thawed shrimp and shortly thereafter, the parboiled noodled. When the shrimp was fully cooked, I placed the halved bok choy pieces on top of the noodles, covered the pot and steamed for a few minutes.

Lunch at Shalimar, San Francisco, CA

Shalimar has the reputation as having the best Indian food in the city. Due to an unfortunate food poisioning incident verifibly traced back to Shalimar, Giao has avoided the place since before the tech bubble burst. We decided to let bygones be bygones and give it a second shot. We were pleased and, 10 hours later, our guts are still in tact.

Palak Paneer $5.95
Slightly sweet and fresh tasting. Luckily, there was an absense of cream in this dish, as seems to appear sometimes in Indian restaurants in SF.

Chicken Kofta $5.95
These chicken meatballs in a creamy tomato based sauce were flavorful and chunky. Not your average meatball...much, much better.

Chicken Tikka Masala $6.95
Average, but still good. We much prefer Chicken Mahkni, CTM's sister dish that is made with dark meat and is a bit richer, but they wouldn't make it for us.

Chicken Tandoori $3.50
This was quite possibly the best tandoori chicken ever. I think it is the slices that make the rub sink in and provide more surface area for crispiness. Yum.

Food: 1
Service: N/A
Decor: 0

Health Code Violations

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Dinner at Home

Miso Soup

Pork Tenderloin and Chinese Broccoli in a Chili Tamarind Sauce
The last time we were at 99 Ranch we picked up a block of tamarind pulp. Never having actually cooked with the stuff, I was excited to try it out. Its tart flavor matched the pork quite well, in the end.

Blackberries, Strawberries and Freshly Whipped Cream

Lunch from Costco, San Francisco, CA


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