Saturday, July 29, 2006

Dinner at Home

Soy Glazed Mahi Mahi with Warm Sesame Noodle Avocado Salad
This was a nice, light dinner.

-1 Mahi Mahi filet per person
-1/4 cup soy
-2 Tb each of hoisin sauce and oyster sauce
-1 Tb rice vinager

Mix the liquid ingredients thoroughly and marinate the fish in them for a 1/2 hour. Steam the fish over a bed of onions for until just cooked (5-7 minutes).

-4 packages shirataki noodles, boiled for 1 minute
-1 ripe avocado, diced
-1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
-2 tb soy sauce
-2 tb tahini
-3 tb sesame seeds
-juice of 1 lime
-1 packet of Splenda

Thoroughly mix the liquid ingredients and toss with the rest of the ingredients. Serve warm.

Spinach Soup
Silky and very good for you.

-1lb spinach
-1 onion, chopped
-6 cloves garlic, peeled
-1 turnip, peeled and chopped
-2 quarts chicken stock
-pepper to taste

Sautee the onion, garlic and turnip in a bit of olive oil for a couple of minutes. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until turnips are soft. Add the spinach and simmer for 2 minutes. Turn off heat and puree.

Breakfast at Home

Salami and Cheese Scramble
Giao made an omelette for himself with the same ingredients, but we forgot to take a photo.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Lunch (and Dinner) from Mehfil Indian Cuisine, San Francisco, CA

We ordered from our favorite Indian place again today...twice. But the second time was during a poker game with a bunch of other people who hadn't eaten Indian food for lunch, if that makes it any better.

Aloo Gohbi, Chicken Mahkni and Saag Paneer
The cauliflour was a bit too watery today, but other than that everything was good.

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Dinner at Home

Green Salad with Balsamic Vinager

T-Bone Steak
Marinated in worcestershire sauce and steak seasoning and pan fried.

Lunch at Tlaloc, San Francisco, CA

We went to Tlaloc, a place we don't go often because it is mostly a burrito place, and burritos are very carby. But, we did find that you can order plates instead of burritos and they'll switch out the beans and rice for guacamole and sour cream. I don't know how much the items were individually, but the following spread was about $35.

Carne Asada Plate
The meat was a bit tough.

Fish Taco

Tostada Costena
Basically a seafood tostada. The shrimp were well cooked.

Carnitas Plate
Moist, flavorful pork. Very good.

Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: 1 (for an order-at-the-counter place, they do bring your food out to you)

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Dinner at Home

Steamed Artichokes
Trim the spiky tops of the outer leave with scissors. Trim the stalks to approx. 1/2 inch and place in a stockpot containing a couple of inches boiling water. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes, or until you can easily pluck a leaf from the center.

Garlic Lemon Butter
Mince a whole head of peeled garlic cloves. Add to a stick of butter over low heat and simmer for the entire time that the artichokes are steaming. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon right at the end and stir. Serve with the artichokes as a dipping sauce.

Leftover Casserole
This casserole was a combo of shredded rotisserie chicken, leftover homemade tomato sauce from the lasagna a few days ago, and the leftover centers of the zuchinni from the lasagna. Topped with cheese and fresh basil, I just baked this concoction for about 20 minutes, or until heated throughout. A good way to get rid of all the things in the fridge that will either go bad soon, or just not get eaten on their own.

Lunch at Fatt Dog, San Francisco, CA

Giao had lunch with a coworker at Fatt Dog, one of the many hot dog places that has sprouted up in recent months.

Chili Cheese Dog $4
They have beanless chili, which is nice.

Hot Dog with Sourkraut $3
Pretty good.

Food: 1
Decor: NA (it's a stand)
Service: NA (ditto)

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Lunch from Harvest and Rowe, San Francisco, CA

Although we walk by this place every day on the way to work, we have never eaten there. I was actually pretty surpised, as it was better than expected for a catered in lunch at work.

Broccoli and Cheese Soup
Very cheesy broth and big chunks of tender brocolli.

Cobb Salad
Fresh veggies and lots of bacon. The walnuts and the apples were a bit weird.

Food: 1
Decor: NA
Service: NA

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Egg.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Dinner at Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant, San Francisco, CA

We met some friends for hot pot in the Sunset, at a place we'd never been before. The Islamic in the name indicates that they don't serve pork, but they do serve lots of lamb. Yum. The meal came to about $21 per person, and we had quite a bit to eat.

Meat Pie
Crunchy and good.

The Pot
Full of boiling broth.

Chili Sauce

Slightly peanuty and pretty salty.

Thinly Sliced Lamb

Sour Cabbage

Not great.

Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: 0 (they never came with the water for the table)

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Lunch at Work

Leftover Lasagna

Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Monday, July 24, 2006

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

We thought we were going to a movie, so we got some bar food while we were having drinks. However, then we were too lazy to go to the movie, and we realized we ate a bunch of fried, bad-for-you food for nothing.

Hot Wings $6
Nice and crunchy.

Chicken Tenders $6
These were so good in an artery clogging kind of way. They were a lot like popcorn chicken, but meatier. The sauce was a bit too sweet though.

Steak $11
Not very good at all.

Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: 0 (very hard to flag the waitress)

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Lunch from Mozzerella di Bufala, San Francisco, CA

This place is one of our favorite catered in lunch places, when we get to order for ourselves. However, this time we didn't get to order for ourselves and it paled in comparison. We usually get the steaks smothered with garlic--this was a much wussier lunch.

Hearts of Palm Salad
Not much to it.

Cobb Salad
The best thing we got, but still not great. It was nice that they used rotisserie chicken.

Chicken Wings
Too slimy and not spicy.

Shrimp Salad
The shrimp were ok, but there was not too much to the salad.

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Breakfast at Home

Ground turkey and cheese scramble.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Dinner at Home

Low Carb Lasagna
The ingenious trick in this dish is to use thin strips of zuchinni in place of the lasagna noodles. It doesn't sound like it would taste good, but it is a very good approximation of lasagna.

Following is a demonstration of how to make the zuchinni strips for the lasagna:

-4 zuchinni, peeled and cut into thin strips with the vegetable peeler, do not use the cores
-2 cups fresh ricotta
-1 large ball fresh mozzerella
-2 cups shredded cheddar
-1 cup grated parmasean
-1 can black olives, drained and roughly chopped
-1 1/2 cups marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
-8 cloves garlic, minced
-2 handfuls fresh basil, finely chopped
-1 1/2 lbs ground turkey or beef
-1 large onion, minced
-3 cups tomato sauce (you can make your own, or use canned--I usually make my own)

Brown the meat with onion and 1/2 the garlic. Drain and set aside. Preheat the oven to 375. Mix the basil, garlic and ricotta together. Layer the lasagna in whatever order you want. I usually alternate the ricotta mixture with the meat mixture, putting sauce and cheese on every layer. I also put the olives in one of the ricotta layers and the artichokes in the other. The bottom and top should h

Brunch at Home

Sausage and Onion Scramble

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