Saturday, May 13, 2006

Dinner at Home

Noodles with Shrimp and Tofu in Spicy Broth
Since we found shirataki noodles this dish has become somewhat of a staple, as it is tasty and quicky to cook up.

-3 packages shirataki noodles, boiled and drained
-1 lb spinach
-1 lb shrimp
-1 cake tofu, cubed
-3 cans chicken broth
-1 onion, thinly sliced
-1 head garlic, cloves peeled and smashed
-2 tb chili garlic sauce
-2 tb oyster sauce
-2 tb fish sauce
-2 tb soy sauce
-2 tb rice vinager
-3 tb rice wine

Sautee onions and garlic in chili garlic sauce and soy for a few minutes. Deglaze pan with rice wine. Add tofu. Add broth and previously boiled noodles. Add the rest of the ingredients except spinach and shrimp and simmer for 20 minutes. Add spinach and shrimp and simmer until shrimp is barely done. Serve.

Serves 4.

Strawberries with Freshly Whipped Cream

Brunch at Home

Taco Eggs
Scramble made from eggs, cheese, leftover taco meat and topped with homemade pesto, hot sauce and sour cream.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Dinner at Azie, San Francisco, CA

After a little get together at our friend's office we went out to dinner at Azie, an asian-french fusion place very near to our house. Convenient.

Pomegranate Glazed Pork Riblets $10.50
This were a little too sweet, but good.

BBQ Beef Shortribs $24
These were decent and tender. The addition of grapes was a bit weird.

Ono Carpaccio $14
Decent, but not memorable.

Spicy Shrimp $12
These would have been better if they were shelled. And they were a bit too salty.

Food: 1
Decor: 1
Service: 1

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Lunch at Work

Egg Salad in Lettuce Wraps

-8 hard boiled eggs, chopped
-1/2 cup mayo
-1tb granulated garlic
-1 ts crushed mustard seed
-salt to taste

Mix all ingredients thoroughly and serve in hearts of romaine.

Breakfast from Gambino's, San Francisco CA

We didn't have time for a proper breakfast this morning, as we had to be at work somewhat early. So we called Gambino's and picked up some meatballs on our walk to work. Not really a conventional breakfast, but yummy.

Meatball Hot Plate $7

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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Dinner at Home

Chupaqueso Taco Salad
This is essentially a standard taco salad, except the taco shell is made from cheese. I used ground turkey rather than ground beef or pork though and I like to tell myself that that offsets the unhealthfulness of eating a bowl made from fried cheese.

Taco Meat
-1 lb ground turkey
-1/2 onion, diced
-5 cloves garlic, minced
-1 tb chili powder
-1 tb cumin
-salt and pepper to taste

Fry in a pan until meat if fully browned and cooked through.

-1 ripe avocado
-1 small tomato, seeded and diced
-juice of 1/2 lime
-3 cloves garlic, minced
-salt to taste

Mash all ingredients thoroughly.

To compose the taco salad place 1 cup fresh spinach in each chupaqueso bowl. Add 3/4 cup of the meat to each. Top with guacamole, sour cream and hot sauce.

Lunch from Yee's Restaurant, San Francisco, CA

We didn't have time for much more than takeout today, so we hiked over to our favorite roast duck and bbq pork place in Chinatown, Yee's. We got a 1/2 a roast duck, 1/2 pound of bbq pork and 1/4 lb of bbq ribs for $9 total.

BBQ Pork and Ribs

Roasted Duck
Very fatty, but the duck sauce at Yee's is excellent.

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Dinner at Home

Leftover Pork with Stringbeans.

Lunch at Work

Tuna Salad in Lettuce Wraps
This is a quick lunch at work.

-3 cans tuna, drained
-1/3 cup mayo
-1 tb dill
-5 small cornichons, diced
-1/2 onion, minced
-1 ts pepper

Mix all ingredients thoroughly and serve in hearts of romaine.

Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Dinner at Home

Pork with Stringbeans
This quick cooking dinner was inspired by Chef Jia's--a crappy but good Chinese place close to work. They use stringbeans in almost everything.

-1 lb pork loin, cut in bite size chunks
-1 lb stringbeans, cut in thirds
-1/2 cup soy sauce
-1/4 cup chili garlic sauce
-2 packets Splenda
-2 tb sesame oil
-5 cloves garlic, minced

Marinate the pork loin chunks in the soy, chili garlic, sesame oil and Splenda for 1/2 an hour. Sautee garlic in a bit of olive oil over medium heat until just beginning to brown. Add pork and marinade to pan and cover. Cook for 10 minutes or so. Uncover and add the stringbeans. Cook until a think sauce has formed and pork is cooked through.

Lunch at Brindisi, San Francisco, CA

It's been raining quite a bit recently in San Francisco, but today was such a beautiful day that we decided to walk over to Belden Lane to eat at one of the outdoor cafes. We had never tried Brindisi, so we decided to give it a shot.

Garlic Chili Oil
This was very good (and beautiful) chili infused oil for dipping.

Artichoke Crab Soup with Grilled Corn $7
We could have done without the corn, as it was somewhat over-powering. However, the soup was flavorful and had large chunks of fresh crab meat in it, which was a nice surprise,

Sardine Salad $9
This was more sardine than salad, but the flavors were nice.

Fried Calamari $9
Quite good. Crispy, but not heavy.

Sauteed Mussels $15
These were not so fresh...

Food: 1
Service: 1
Decor: NA (we were outdoors)

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Dinner at Home

Baked Halibut with Homemade Pesto
The fish was cooked perfectly--about 12 minutes on 375.

-1 lb fresh basil
-1/2 cup olive oil
-juice of one lemon
-8 cloves garlic, peeled
-1 cup grated parmasean
-salt to taste

Puree the all of the ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Usually pine nuts are included, but I didn't have any, so I didn't use them. I did notice a lack of depth of flavor, but it was still good. The pine nuts serve to mellow the other flavors.

Green Salad with Balsamic Vinagrette

Lunch at Bistro Burger, San Francisco, CA

This was another lunch catered in at work. The nice thing about Bistro Burger is that for a buck fifty extra you can get your burger "low-carb" which means without the bun but with a fairly substantial salad.

Salad that came with the burgers
The dressing was a bit oily, but the salad was fresh.

Bacon Cheeseburger Royale with Gorgonzola $8
Lots of bacon and a decent sized burger.

Bacon Cheeseburger Royale with Brie $8
The brie was a little funny, coagulated or something, but the bacon made up for it.

Food: 1
Service: NA
Decor: NA

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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Dinner at Palace BBQ, Sunnyvale, CA

Palace BBQ was our second all you can eat meal in 2 days. Giao used to frequent this place often when he worked down south, but Alexis had never been there before. It was pretty good and quite a bit of food for $30/person. There is a prepared food buffet and a raw meat buffet where you load up on all sorts of meats to grill on your table. The place is decked out with hoods over each table to minimize the inhalation of smoke.

Fish, Kim Chi, Spicy Tofu and Spicy Squid
The buffet food was decent, but not great.

Egg Roll, Meatball, Spicy Tofu and Bok Choy
The egg roll was quite good, being stuffed with meat rather than filler. The meatball was oddly sweet.

Shrimp and Short Ribs

Chicken, Short Ribs, Pork and Baby Octopus
All of the meats were yummy, the boneless, rolled, short ribs being the best.

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

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Brunch at Home

Bacon, Spinach, Cheddar and Carmelized Onion Scramble

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