Saturday, June 17, 2006

Dinner at Home

Pad Thai
We had all those snack so late in the day that we didn't end up starting dinner until about 10pm. Although there are many separate parts to pad thai, it came together fairly quickly.

-4 packages konnyaku noodles, pre boiled for 2 minutes
-3 eggs
-1 lb shrimp, peeled
-2 large handfuls cilantro, chopped
-1/2 package bean sprouts
-1 package firm tofu, pressed and diced
-1 onion, diced
-10 cloves garlic, minced
-1/4 cup rice vinager
-1/4 cup dark soy sauce
-1/4 cup fish sauce
-1 tb chili garlic sauce
-2 tb oyster sauce
-lemon wedges (for serving)
-3 scallions, thinly sliced

Beat the eggs lightly and cook into a very thin omelette. Cut into strips and set aside. Mix vinager, soy sauce, fish sauce and oyster sauce together. Add 1/3 of the mixture to the diced tofu and sautee in a pan until browned on all sides. Set aside. In a separate pan begin to sautee the onions, garlic and chili sauce. When onions are beginning soften add the noodles and the rest of the sauce. Let simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Then add the shrimp and when they are almost dont add all of the other components, give it a quick stir, and serve with lemon wedges.

Snack from New Cheung Hing Restaurant, San Francisco, CA

BBQ Pork $2.70
Good price for a bit over a half pound. Decent, but not great.

Half Roast Duck $5
Good but not great.

Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: NA (take out)

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Snack from Sun Maxim's Bakery, San Francisco, CA

Har Gow and Pork Siu Mai $5
The siu mai had a strange texture--a bit chunky. The har gow were pretty good though, containing lots of shrimp and not much filler.

Food: 0
Decor: 0
Service: NA (counter)

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Breakfast at Home

Leftover quiche and strawberry fennel salad.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Dinner at Nopa, San Francisco, CA

It was our good friend Kelly's birthday so we all went out to Nopa, a restaurant that we had never heard of before, but that was obviously very popular. We had a reservation for 9pm, and the didn't seat us until almost 10pm, which was totally unacceptable. Unfortunately, no matter how good the service is after that, it can't really bounce back. The whole point of having a reservation is that you don't have to wait. So, Nopa totally failed on that count. Once we were finally seated, the service was fine and the food came out quickly, which was good since we were SO hungry at that point.

Amuse Bouche of Radishes, Butter and Salt (gratuit)
This was just kind of weird. Neither bad, nor good.

Salmon Carpaccio $9
Simple and fresh.

Cauliflour Soup $7
This was truly transcendant (not a word we use lightly). The soup was incredibly smooth and silky and light and airy. And it was SUPER flavorful. Essense of cauliflour. Yum.

Lamb Riblets $8
Oddly, a bit on the sour side. But the meat was fall-off-the-bone tender.

Fried Smelts with Fennel $8
These were actually very good. Crisp on the outside and tender in the middle. Kokkari could learn a thing or two from Nopa about Smelt cooking. Although, at Kokkari you get double the smelts for the same price.

Rotisserie Chicken $17
The chicken was very moist and fairly flavorful. The salad had a weird, salty dressing.

Food: 1
Decor: 1
Service: 0 (would have been a 1 without the 1 hour wait)

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Lunch from Osha Thai, San Francisco, CA

Another catered in lunch from Osha Thai, and we certainly can't complain as far as catered in lunches go.

Beef with Fried Onions
The beef was tender, if a bit sweet. The fried onions were soggy by the time it was delivered.

Curried Catfish with Eggplant
Quite flavorful, if a bit dry this time.

Garlic Tiger Prawns (yum!), Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce, Chicken Wings, Green Papaya Salad

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Dinner at Home

Strawberry Fennel Salad
Organic strawberries were on sale at Whole Foods for unbelievably cheap--so I bought a whole bunch of them. Their sweetness paired nicely with the anise flavor of fennel.

-1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced
-1 pint strawberries, halved and thinly sliced
-1/4 onion, thinly sliced
-1/2 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
-a couple squeezes of fresh lemon juice

Toss all ingredients and serve.

Bacon, Artichoke and Carmelized Onion Quiche
To make these crustless quiche I use a well buttered muffin tin.

-10 eggs
-1 cup heavy cream
-2 cups grated cheese
-6 strips bacon, cut into 1/2 inch bits (I use kitchen scissors for this task.)
-1 onion, diced
-1 cup marinated artichoke hearts, diced

Pre-heat the oven to 350. Butter a muffin tin, including the top. In a saucepan sautee the bacon and onions until the bacon is crispy and the onions are carmelized. Drain the bacon grease. Stir all ingredients and ladel into the muffin tin. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until tops are golden and a toothpick comes out clean.

Makes 24 quiche.

Strawberries with Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is a nice alternative to whipped cream as an accompaniment to fresh strawberries. I add a bit of vanilla and a touch of Splenda to plain, thick Greek yogurt.

Lunch at Tadich Grill, San Francisco, CA

We ate lunch at Tadich Grill today, one of the oldest restaurants in San Francisco. It is pretty close to our new office, but it was still packed even at 1:15.

Clam Broth $5
Decent, clammy.

Split Pea Soup $5
Very thick and flavorful, but could have been more "hammy".

Dungenesse Crab Louie $16
Although the veggies were strangely large, this salad contained an impressive amount of fresh crab. It was filling and tasty.

Grilled Steak with Fries and Spinach Artichoke Mash
The steak was very well prepared.

Food: 1
Decor: 1
Service: 1

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Dinner at Harrington's Bar and Grill, San Francisco, CA

We dropped by Harrington's for an after work drink, but we were so hungry we ate some appetizers.

Chicken Wings $6
These were actually not bad. Crispy, yet juicy.

Chicken Tenders $7
These were not bad either, again, crispy and juicy. But the sauce was a weird, snotty texture.

Onion Rings $4
Decent, but not great.

Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: 0 (very inattentive, yet friendly)

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Lunch at Work

Leftover Chicken and Rice Broth

Leftover Chicken and Artichokes

Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Dinner at Home

Garlic Basil Chicken
This was a super quick meal with very few ingredients.

-8 chicken thighs, cut in bite sized pieces
-1 handful of basil, chopped
-10 cloves garlic, minced
-1 onion, diced
-1 squeeze of lemon
-salt and pepper to taste

Sautee the onions and garlic in a bit of olive oil until soft and beginning to carmelize. Add the chicken and sautee till browned. At the end, at the lemon and basil, stir and serve.

Steamed Artichokes

The chicken, with rice, in some broth. (Alexis was still not feeling well.)

Lunch at Work

Giao had leftover Indian food. And Alexis, whose stomach was still not able to eat real food, ate crackers and rice.

Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Breakfast from Katz Bagels, San Francisco, CA

Low Carb Bagel with Lox and Cream Cheese $7
As decent as a low carb bagel can be.

Food: 0
Decor: 0
Service: 1

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Dinner from Mehfil Indian, San Francisco, CA

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This dinner was exactly the same as the previous post, minus the prawns. Alexis was still sick and somehow, pictures were not taken.

Lunch from Bistro Burger, San Francisco, CA

Giao couldn't bear another catered in lunch from San Francisco's most highly over-rated sandwich place, Specialty's, so he opted to go out with a co-worker to Bistro Burger. We had camera issues, though, so you can only see the top part of the salad.

Cobb Salad $8
Decent salad for a burger joint.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Dinner at Home

Italian Sausages
Simply pan fried till done.

Green Salad with Balsamic Vinagrette

Chicken Noodle Soup (from Whole Foods)
Unbearably gross.

Lunch from The Cheese Steak Shop, San Francisco, CA and Lunch at Home

The Cheese Steak Shop has Giao's favorite cheese steak outside of Philly.

The above concoction is a artery-clogging mixture of the chicken cheese steak and a bacon cheese steak. $13 total.

Mac and Cheese from Whole Foods
We both agree, Kraft is better.

Applesauce and crackers.
Alexis is still sick.

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