Saturday, June 10, 2006

Dinner at Home

Steak with Herbed Butter
Since Alexis was sick, Giao stepped in to cook dinner. Left to his own devices he proclaimed that he was not cooking a vegetable. However, it was a very good steak.

Lunch at Mayflower Restauranct, San Francisco, CA

Mayflower restaurant is a place that Giao quite likes but that Alexis had never been to before. Although she was feeling pretty ill (the food poisening was starting to rear it's angry head), she still enjoyed it, at least for a while. Very good dim sum. The entire meal was $35.

Meat Ball
Always a little light. I'm never sure what they use as filler.

Little Fried Fish
A bit too fishy for Alexis, but Giao liked them.

Beef Stew

Chicken Feet
Giao sucked 'em dry.

Siu Mai
Super fresh. Yum.

Har Gow
Also very fresh. Good ratio of shrimp to filler.

The best dim sum spare ribs we have ever had. So much garlic.

Deep Fried Tofu
They looked appealing, but were somewhat flavorless.


Food: 1
Service: 0
Decor: 0

Health Code Violations

Friday, June 09, 2006

Dinner at Ariake, San Francisco, CA

We had dinner at our favorite sushi place in the city, Ariake. It was very fresh and very good, as always. I don't remember how much the individual items were, but there were three of us and the meal ended up costing about $55 per person (including beer and sake).


Kumamoto Oysters

Seafood Salad
This little salad is sooo good.

Ms. Vivian Roll
This roll has shrimp tempura, cucumber and tuna and is quite tasty.

Tuna Tataki
Aside from being beautiful, this lightly seared, thinly sliced tuna is wonderful and the super-thin slices of lemon really make it pop.

Fresh Water Trout Sashimi
A very strange texture, and too many bones.

Hamachi Sashimi

Shiro Maguro Sashimi

Sake Sashimi

Green Tea Ice Cream (free)

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Post-Lunch Snack from What's Up Dog?, San Francisco, CA

All of these hot dog kiosks keep popping up around town, so we decided to try one out. In the end, Alexis ended up getting a horrible, three day bout of food poisening from her Kielbasa, so it might be a while before we eat at one of these places again.

Kielbasa $3.50
Tasted good, but gave Alexis food poisening for 3 days. So, ultimately, not worth it.

Chili Cheese Dog $3.50

Food: 0
Decor: 0
Service: 1

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Lunch from the Old Clam House, San Francisco, CA

Another catered in lunch from work--less than appealing.

Seafood Salad
The best thing we ordered, but not that good.

Green Salad

Broiled Scallops and Shrimp
There were exactly 3 shrimp and 2 scallops, hardly enough for a meal.

Food: 0
Decor: NA
Service: NA

Health Code Violations

Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Dinner at Home

Chupaqueso Taco Salad
A quick, weeknight meal.

Lunch from Sai's, San Francisco, CA

We had lunch at Sai's today, which is the closest, decent Vietnamese place near our office.

Basil Chicken $8
A little too Chinese-y for Giao.

Crispy Fried Shrimp $5
These were very strange. They were pounded so thin that they were mostly breading in the end.

Spring Rolls $4
Long, thin and crispy.

BBQ Pork $7
Sub-par today. A bit too dry and not hot enough.

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Dinner at Home

Chili Rubbed Baby Back Ribs
These ribs were a bit fattier than usual, and thus we were unable to finish them, which is strange, since we are obviously big eaters.

Broccoli and Cheese
Bake the broccoli on 350 in a covered dish for 10 minutes or so, then add 1/2 cup shredded cheese (this was Dubliner) and bake, uncovered, for another 5 minutes, or until the cheese begins to brown.

Lunch at Work

Mixed Greens with Tomato, Onion, Bell Pepper and Rotisserie Chicken in a Balsamic Vinagrette

Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Egg

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Dinner at Home


Steamed Artichokes
These "jumbo" artichokes are trimmed and steamed in about 3 inches of water for around 1/2 hour, or until a leaf can be easily pulled from the center.

Garlic Lemon Butter
Simmer 4 minced cloves of garlic in 1/2 stick butter and the juice of 1/4 lemon over low heat until garlic is crunchy. Dip artichoke leaves in the butter.

Garlic Basil Shrimp
Sautee large, peeled tiger shrimp in minced garlic and a bit of butter. Salt and pepper to taste and finish with a bit of lemon juice and fresh basil.

Lunch at Work

Leftover Pork and Green Beans

Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs

Monday, June 05, 2006

Dinner at Home

Creamy Fennel Chicken with Asparagus

-8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite sized pieces
-salt and pepper to taste
-1 lb asparagus, trimmed and cut into thirds
-1 tb fennel seeds, crushed in mortar and pestle
-1/2 cup cream
-1 onion, sliced thinly
-5 cloves garlic, minced

Sautee the onions, chicken and garlic together with the fennel seeds. When chicken in browned, add cream, and asparagus and stir until a thick sauce forms. Season throughout the cooking process, to taste.

Lunch from Osha Thai, San Francisco, CA

This was by far the best catered in lunch we've had at work in a while. Osha seems to hold up well in transit.

Beef with Fried Onions
The beef was tender, if a bit sweet, but the fried onions were just bland, soggy, onion rings.

Tiger Prawns with Garlic
These were so yummy. They were perfectly cooked and smothered in a garlic sauce that was somehow light and thick.

Chicken Wings, Green Papaya Salad, Fish Ball, Catfish, Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
All were decent, and still warm when we got them.

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Dinner at Home

Green Beans with Garlic and Parmasean
Sautee 1 lb of green beans in a few tb butter and several cloves of roughly chopped garlic. When tender, yet still crisp add parmasean and serve.

Pork Loin with Deconstructed Pesto
This was something I created today, and it ended up quite good.
-2 lb pork loin, but in bite size pieces
-3 large handfuls basil, chopped
-5 small tomatos, diced
-1/2 cup pine nuts
-1/3 cup parmasean
-5 cloves garlic, minced
-juice of 1/2 lemon
-salt and pepper to taste

Cook pork in a saucepan on medium high for several minutes. When liquid exudes, add the garlic, salt and pepper. When pork is almost fully cooked add the remaining ingredients, stir for a few minutes, and serve once a thick sauce is formed.

Fresh Fruit Salad of Strawberries, Blueberries and Honeydew

Mid-Afternoon Snack from Costco

Rotisserie Chicken
We picked a bit off the bone before heading out for some errands.

Breakfast at Home

Bell Pepper, Onion, Bacon and Cheese Scramble

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