Saturday, April 08, 2006

Dinner at Home

Grilled Porterhouse with Garlic Basil Butter and Creamed Spinach

Creamed Spinach
-3 lbs spinach
-3 slices bacon, diced
-1/2 onion, diced
-5 cloves garlic, minced
-1/4 ts nutmeg
-1 cup heavy cream
-1/4 cup parmasean
-salt and pepper to taste

Boil spinach in 3 batches for 1 minute. Squeeze all water out of spinach and roughly chop. Sautee the bacon, onions and garlic until crispy and brown. Drain excess fat. Add the remaining ingredients sautee until fully incorporated.

Garlic Basil Butter
-3 cloved garlic, minced
-1 handful basil, minced
-4 tb butter, softened

Mash all ingredients together. Serve over steaks or vegetables.

Snack at Home

Caprese Salad
Fresh basil, thin sliced tomato and mozzerella doused with olive oil and balsamic and seasoned with salt and pepper to taste. I like using coarse sea salt for the nice crunch that it brings.

Brunch at Home

Scramble with Cheese, Spinach, Salami and Bell Peppers

Friday, April 07, 2006

Dinner at Kokkari, San Francisco, CA

We had dinner at Kokkari before heading to a movie and Kokkari again proved to be a much better dinner spot than it is a lunch spot.

Grilled Lamb Riblets with Lemon & Oregano $9.25
Quite tender, but not amazing.

Grilled Octopus with Lemon, Oregano, & Olive Oil $11.75
Incredibly tender and truly delicious.

Crispy Smelts with Garlic-Potato Skordalia & Lemon $6.50
The smelts were wonderful and but the potato dip was a bit off.

Grilled Whole Fish with Braised Greens, Lemon & Cretan Olive Oil $20
Quite tasty, served with wilted bitter greens and a roasted lemon.

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Lunch from Nob Hill Grill

Chicken Mahkni with a Side of Sausage
Ok, but cold.

Chicken Mahkni with Salad
Again, cold. Might have been better if it were warm.

Food: 0
Decor: NA
Service: NA

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Dinner at Home

Garlic Lemon Shrimp

-1 lb tiger shrimp
-5 cloves garlic, minced
-juice of 1 lemon
-salt and pepper to taste
-2 tb butter

Sautee garlic in butter for 1 minute. Add shrimp, salt and pepper and sautee until almost fully cooked. Add lemon juice in last 30 seconds of cooking time. Serve.

Steamed Brocolli

Lunch from Safeway

Fried Chicken and Chicken Wings from Safeway $5
Dry and tasteless.

Scharfenberger Chocolate Cake
Alexis ate a very small piece of this quite delicious chocolate cake.

Lunch at Slanted Door, San Francisco, CA

Food: 1
Service: 1
Decor: 2

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Snack at the Presido Golf Club, San Francisco, CA

During our scotch tasting, there was a break for a snack, presumably catered by the Golf Club. Cheeses, pickles and various pates. All edible, none fabulous.

Dinner at Village Pizzeria, San Francisco, CA

We needed to grab a super-quick bite because we were late for a whiskey tasting, so we stopped at the first place we found, Village Pizzeria. Although I'm not totally sure what I was expecting, we were prfoundly dissapointed.

Chicken Wings
They were few in number and slimy in texture.

These were maybe the weirdest meatballs ever. Their texture was extremely dense and smooth--no evidence of actual meat. The flavor was ok but they were just so heavy.

Food: 0
Service: 0
Decor: 0


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Lunch at Work

Leftover Miso Soup

BIG Salad with Balsamic Vinagrette
This salad is composed of mixed greens, tomatos, avocado, onion, gorgonzola, rotisserie chicken (from Costco), baby bell peppers and balsamic vinagrette. Very filling and fulfilling.

Fresh Strawberries

Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Dinner at Home

We had to rush to a movie so we scarfed down the leftover chicken salad from Alexis' lunch.

Lunch at Work, or at Old Ship Saloon, San Francisco, CA

Giao had lunch with a coworker at the Old Ship Saloon, a place with pretty good burgers near our office.

Blue Cheese Bacon Burger $11
Decent burger and it is nice that you can choose a salad instead of fries. The salad is pretty good as well.

Sausage Cabbage Soup $6
Tasted more like sourkraut than unfermented cabbage.

Alexis ate lunch at work...

Leftover Miso

Chicken Salad on a Bed of Greens
Chicken Salad
-1/2 rotisserie chicken, meat picked from bones
-1/2 cup mayo
-1 tb miso
-juice of 1/2 lemon
-2 tb rooster sauce
-1 handful cilanto, chopped
-2 scallions, thinly sliced in rounds

Mix thoroughly and serve over your favorite salad greens.
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Monday, April 03, 2006

Dinner at Home

Miso Soup

-1 tb miso per quart of water
-1/2 bock firm tofu, diced, per quart of water
-1 scallion, sliced in rounds, per quart of water
-1 sheet nori, per quart of water, cut in 1/2 inch squares

Heat water and miso until mixed and just beginning to boil. Add all other ingredients and remove from heat. Serve.

Ahi Tuna Poke
We needed to use up our fresh tuna from Costco, so we decided to make some poke.

-3/4 lb ahi tuna, raw, diced
-1 tb sesame seeds
-2 scallions, thinly sliced in rounds
-1 packet splenda
-1 tb rooster sauce
-2 tb dark soy sauce
-juice of 1/2 lemon
-1 ts sesame oil

Min all ingredients thoroughly. Serve immediately.

Lunch from Wolfgang Puck's and Chef Gia's, San Francisco, CA

We were hopeful when we found out that our catered in lunch would be from Wolfgang Puck. He's known for his California nouveau cuisine. He's even an Iron Chef. However, we were tricked, and I am thinking that our friend Wolfgang would be a mite embarassed to have seen what was served to a by a restaurant that bears his name. Everything we ordered was horrifying in one way or another.

Chicken Tenders
These were actually the best thing we ordered, despite the fact that they came with no sauces or sides and probably were found in a freezer earlier that day.

Seriously. This was how this dish was served. Just a sad slice of meatloaf and nothing else. And to add insult to injury it was inedible.

Spinach Salad
Mediocre at best. At least it wasn't previously frozen.

Chicken Salad
We didn't order this, but it was and extra and we decided to try it because what we did order ended up being tiny and bad. This was also very bad. Who makes a salad out of variations of bitter cabbage?

At this point Giao decided to go grab lunch #2 at our old standby for decent, cheap, fast Chinese food, Chef Gia's...

Chili Scallops with Broccoli
We didn't expect the scallops to be fried, but they were pretty good.

Wolfgang Puck's Ratings:
Food: 0 (Banned)


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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Dinner at Home

Salad Nicoise with Seared Ahi
We picked up some ahi tuna at Costco and so we decided to marinate and sear it for a nice salad that hails from Nice. Although in Nice they generally use a tuna confit.

Marinade for Tuna
-2 tb rooster sauce
-2 tb soy
-1ts miso

Salad Components (per person)
-1/3 lb tuna, marinated and seared approx 30 seconds on each side, then thinly sliced
-2 cups greens
-1 small tomato, diced
-1 mini bell pepper, thinly sliced
-1 hard boiled egg, halved and thinly sliced
-approx. 10-15 french green beans, sauteed in butter, salt and pepper
-7-10 small black olives

Balsamic Vinagrette
-1 part dijon
-2 parts balsamic vinager
-2 parts olive oil

Strawberries with Freshly Whipped Cream

Brunch at Costco

3 Polish Sausages and a Chicken Ceasar Salad from Costco.

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