Saturday, May 06, 2006

Dessert at Creations Dessert House, San Francisco, CA

After our shabu-shabu dinner our friend, L, was craving a dessert from Creations, a place we had never heard of. He talked it up so much that we agreed to drive with him all the way out to the Richmond despite the fact that we don't really eat dessert that much, and fruity desserts are not our favorite. It was NOT good. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

Mango Pudding $3
The fresh mango slices were good, but the pudding tastes like sweetened silken tofu.

Glutinous Rice Balls with 2 Fruits $6
This was kind of like a smoothie in a bowl, with tapioca balls. It was ok, the best of the bunch.

Mango Mochi $3
The mango slice inside of each was quite good, but the exterior was squishy, stretchy and gross. The coconut covering was unnecessary.

Food: 0
Decor: 0
Service: 1

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Dinner at Cafe Mum's, San Francisco, CA

Cafe Mum's is a great shabu-shabu (Japanese hot-pot) place that doubles as a hotel restuarant with an American menu. It's in Japantown and just a few blocks from the AMC Kabuki, which makes it a great place to go before or after a movie. For $30 a head you get all you can eat shabu-shabu and all you can drink sake.

There were 4 of us and I think we ate at least 10 plates of beef.

Noodles, Tofu, Mushrooms, Spinach and Cabbage

Mixture of Ponzu, Peanut Sauce, Grated Daikon, Scallions and Chilli Powder for dipping.

Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: 1

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Brunch at Home

Since we knew that we were going out to shabu-shabu later, we decided to just eat one small meal beforehand.

Leftover Spinach Soup with Leftover Diced Chicken

Friday, May 05, 2006

Dinner at Home

Chili Rubbed Pork Ribs

Chicken Wings
Same as always.

Hot Sauce and Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

Broccoli Baked with Cheddar

Lunch from Gambino's, San Francisco, CA

We were really hungry since we didn't have time for breakfast, but the meatballs were quite satisfying, as usual.

Artichoke Hearts


Green Salad
Usually this is good, but we got a bad dressing this time. Too many whole herbs.

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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Dinner at Home

Chicken with Mustard Seed and Coriander and Green Salad
This was just ok. The sauce was good, but the chicken could have been marinated longer.

-1/2 onion, diced
-5 cloves garlic, minced
-1 ts mustard seed, crushed
-8 chicken thighs
-1 ts coriander, crushed
-salt and pepper to taste

Sautee onions and garlic in olive oil, salt and pepper until soft. Add spices and sautee one more minute. Add chicken thighs and cover. Flip chicken occasionally. Serve when browned on both sides and cooked through.

Lunch at Pier 23, San Francisco, CA

We actually ate meals in separate locations today, due to a work "get to know eachother" initiative. Giao went to Pier 23, as it was such a nice day.

Fried Calamari $8.50
Crunchy and pretty good all around.

Chicken Wings $8
A bit too soggy, but tasty.

Salad with Blackened Salmon $15
The seasoning on the salmon was quite good.

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Lunch at Helmand, San Francisco, CA

Alexis went to this Afghani place that some people at work go to quite often. It was pretty good.

Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: NA (buffet)

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Dinner at Work and Home

We had a movie to catch afterwork, so we ate some leftover quiche and then we we got home we made a quick snack:

Chicken Wings

Lunch at Work

Sausage, Artichoke and Carmelized Onion Quiche
These (crustless) quiches are a great, quick meal.

-4 sausages, cooked and diced
-10 artichoke hearts, diced
-1 onion, diced and carmelized
-8 eggs
-2 cups shredded cheese
-1 cup cream
-salt and pepper to taste

Thoroughly mix all ingredients, pour into greased muffin tins and bake for 15 to 20 minutes on 375, until golden brown.

Cream of Spinach and Turnip Soup with Truffle Oil

-1 lb spinach
-1 large turnip, roughly chopped
-1 onion, roughly chopped
-5 cloves garlic, peeled
-1 cup cream
-6 cups stock

Brown onions and garlic in a bit of olive oil. Add turnips and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add stock and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce to a simmer and cook until turnips are soft. Add spinach and cook 3 minutes. Puree and add cream. Serve.

Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Dinner at Home

We were going bowling, so we wanted a very quick dinner...

Chicken, Apple, Gouda Sausage and Green Beans with Herb Butter
The sausage were from Costco and quickly grilled on the George Foreman. The beans were sauteed and then garnished with a herb butter (1/2 stick of butter, 3 cloves minced garlic, 1 handful of minced basil and a squeeze of lemon juice).

Lunch at Work

Cobb Salad with Apple Cider Vinagrette
This is an easy salad we eat a lot at work for lunch. It is filling and tasty.
Avocado, rotisserie chicken (pulled apart), bacon, tomato, onion, mixed greens, blue cheese and a vinagrette made with dijon, apple cider vinager, splenda and olive oil.

Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Dinner at Home

Shrimp Scampi
This is a low carb version of the standard linguini dish. Broccoli was added to make it a one-dish meal.

-3 packages Shirataki noodles
-1 lb tiget shrimp
-5 cloves garlic, minced
-1/2 onion, minced
-2 cups broccoli flowerettes
-1 handful basil, chopped
-1 cup parmasean
-salt and pepper to taste
-1 cup chicken stock

Sautee the onions and garlic in a bit of olive oil. Add the stock and the pre-boiled noodles. Simmer until most of stock has evaporated. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the cheese and basil. Cover, and simmer until shrimp are just done (about 3 minutes). Add the cheese and the basil, reseason, if necessary, and serve.

Lunch from Osha Thai in San Francisco, CA

Osha Thai, more well known for its noodle dishes and fried rice, turns out to have quite a few low carb dishes that hold up quite well to delivery.

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce, Tofu with Brocolli, Beef and Mint Salad and Chicken Curry
All were yummy, especially as far as office delivery food goes.

Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Dinner at Home

We were so full from our 9 course dinner last night that we didn't eat until dinner...

Parboil for 15 minutes. Then rub with a wet rub (recipe below) and put it in the Ron Popeil Set It and Forget It Rotisserie Grill for 38 minutes (this seems to be the sweet spot for a nice crust with a juicy interior).

Wet Rub
1 Tb each of the following:
-chili powder
-black pepper
-lemon juice
-worcesterchire sauce
-granulated garlic
2 packets Splenda

Broccoli with Cheddar
This brocolli is baked on 375, covered, for 15 minutes. Then uncover it, sprinkle on some sharp cheddar and bake for 5 more minutes. Cheesy and crunchy and good.

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