Saturday, April 15, 2006

Dinner at Home

Broccoli with Garlic and Lemon
Next time I would either leave out the lemon or reduce the amount (I used the juice of 1/2 lemon). Garlic was minced and sauteed in olive oil, then the broccoli was added.

Korean Style Short Ribs
These are best when marinated for several hours and barbequed, but they are also pretty good when broiled on high until crusty on each side (5-10 mins).

Marinade for 2 lbs short ribs:
-1/2 cup dark soy
-3 packets Splenda
-1 Tb granulated garlic
-1/8 cup rice vinager
-1/tb chili powder
-1 in nub fresh ginger, grated

Strawberries with Freshly Whipped Cream

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Lunch at Marnee Thai, San Francsico, CA

We were running some errands in the Sunset and it started raining, so instead of walking far, we just walked across the street from where we found a parking spot. It turned out that this method of finding was restaurant was fruitful, this time.

Spicy Deep Fried Tofu with Chili Garlic Sauce and Crispy Basil
Good flavor but far too sweet for us. We barely ate half of it. The crispy basil was great, however.

Roasted Duck Salad $8.50
The skin lacked crispiness and Alexis felt that the dressing was lacking in acidity, but the duck was tender and the rest of the ingredients were very fresh.

Whole Trout in Garlic and Black Pepper Sauce $12
Although a bit bony, the fish was moist and flavorful and the sauce had a nice crunch.

Food: 1
Decor: 1
Service: 1


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Snack from TC Pastry, San Francisco, CA

We needed a quick pre-lunch snack (as we hadn't eaten any breakfast) so we stopped at this dim sum counter. The restaurant had a few tables, but was very sparse and we couldn't find napkins anywhere. Oddly, there was a 1/2 full grocery cart parked in the corner of the restaurant, but we were the only customers...

Tofu Pockets Filled With Chicken 5 for $2.50
These looked good, but were fairly flavorless.

Pork Shu Mai $3
They weren't super-fresh, but the flavor was pretty good.
Food: 0
Decor: 0
Service: N/A

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Friday, April 14, 2006

Dinner from Farallon, San Francisco, CA

We decided to try a place we'd never been before, Farallon. It was a very strange experience, mostly because of the decor, which was described by Giao as "Disneyesque". It was totally overdone with an ocean theme--light fixtures shaped like jellyfish, railings cast like seaweed. The service was good though, and they had an interesting was of knowing which kind of water we each were drinking: different cup shapes. They passed the water test with flying colors.

Seafood Platter for Two $50
I thought this was a bit pricey, but it was good. King crab claws, lobster claws, oysters and huge prawns.

Intermezzo (gratuit)
Chilled Asparagus Soup with Olive Oil
This is a fairly played out dish, but it was a decent rendition.

Asparagus Soup with Lobster $11
This was a decent soup with big chunks of lobster. Interestingly, it was not super smooth, as soups in nice restaurants tend to be.

Dungeness Crab Salad with Braised Artichokes $17
Clean tasting and very fresh. Quite good.

Seared Diver Scallops with Truffles on Angelhair $17
There was some kind of foam surrounding this dish, but we've forgotten which kind. The scallops were cooked well, but the "anglehair" was more like rehydrated ramen.

Foie Gras with Apricot Chutney $17
An interesting and tasty preparation.

Trio of Cheeses $14
Morbier, Cana de Cabra and Cashel Blue. We both liked the Cana de Cabra the best, a tangy, smooth, goat's milk.

Food: 1
Decor: 1
Service: 2


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Lunch from Maharani, Indian, San Francisco, CA

Another lunch catered in from work, Maharani was not too bad. It seems, for some reason, that Indian food holds up well to delivery.

Tandoori Salmon and Chicken, Chili Cheese Kulcha and Naan with Goat Cheese
The naan was a strange combo, but the tandoori platter was plentiful and flavorful.

Food: 1

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Dinner at Home

Braised Lamb Shanks with Green Beans and Turnips
I tend to become impatient with braising and turn up the heat for the last half hour or so, but these were still quite good.

-2 lamb shanks
-2 large turnips, peeled and roughly chopped
-2 cups green beans
-3 sprigs rosemary
-1 head garlic, peeled
-2 cans chicken broth
-2 tb olive oil
-salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350. Rub the shanks with olive oil, salt and pepper. Remove rosemary leaves from stems and set aside. Pour the chicken broth into a 9x11 dish. Put the peeled garlic cloves, the rosemary leaves and the shanks in the baking dish and cover tightly with foil. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes. Add the turnips and bake for another 45 minutes, covered. Add the green beans and bake uncovered for another 15 minutes or so, until lamb is tender and develops a nice brown crust.

Strawberries with Freshly Whipped Cream

Lunch from Brandy Ho's, San Francisco, CA

We like it when lunch gets catered from Brandy Ho's because they are consistent in their creation of clean and flavorful Chinese food.

Spicy Beef with Scallions
Not really spicy, but still good.

Whole Fish, Hunanese Style
Very tasty. Moist and garlicky.

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Breakfast at Home

Fresh Strawberries

Chupaqueso with Salami and Avocado
Very simple, fried cheese topped with fresh salami and avocado. You can add a little hot sauce for a kick.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Dinner at Work

More leftover Taco Casserole.

Lunch at Work

Leftover Taco Casserole.

Breakfast at Homeb

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Dinner at Home

Taco Casserole
This was a lazy person's dinner idea, but it was actually pretty good.

-8 eggs
-2 cups grated cheese
-1 lb ground beef
-1 onion, diced
-10 baby bell peppers, diced
-5 tomatos, diced
-1 tb cumin
-1 tb garlic powder
-salt and pepper to taste
-1 avocado, diced
-2 tb sour cream per person
-hot sauce to taste

Preheat oven to 350. Brown beef with onions, cumin and garlic powder over medium. Drain excess fat. Mix eggs, 1 and 1/2 cups of the cheese and all other ingredients. Pour into 9x11 baking dish. Bake for approx. 25 minutes. Add the last 1/2 cup cheese on top and bake for another 5 minutes, or until cheese is brown and bubbly. Top each serving with avocado, sour cream and hot sauce.

Lunch at Work

Leftover Sausage with Peppers, Cauliflower Puree and Sauteed Green Beans

Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Dinner at Home

Baby Back Ribs

Green Beans Sauteed in Butter

Lunch from Sam's Grille

And yet another mediocre lunch catered in at work.

T-Bone Steak
Not bad.

Veal Piccata
Flavorless, and I'm not so sure it was really veal.

Food: 0

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Dinner at Home

Sausages and Peppers

-8 Italian sausages
-10 baby bell peppers, sliced
-1 large onion, sliced
-1 head garlic, minced
-1 large handful of basil, minced
-1 can diced tomatos, with juice
-salt and pepper to taste

Brown the sausages in a bit of olive oil. Cut each in thirds and set aside. Sautee onions, garlic and peppers in the sausage fat. Season with salt and pepper. When soft, add the sausages back into the pan. Add the tomatos and cover. Simmer for at least 1/2 hour. Right before serving add the basil and stir.

Cheesy Cauliflower Puree

-1 head cauliflower, boiled till tender, drained and cooled
-1/2 cup grated parmasean
-1/2 cup grated cheddar
-1/2 cup cream
-2 tb butter
-salt and pepper to taste

Puree all ingredients, until smooth, with an immersion blender over medium heat.

Chocolate Cookies
These were very good, but it wouldn't be fair to claim the recipe was my own--it was classic Nestle Tollhouse.

Fresh Strawberries

Freshly Whipped Cream with Whiskey

Brunch at Home

Leftover Shrimp, Leftover Creamed Spinach and Bacon and Carmelized Onion Scramble

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