Saturday, August 05, 2006

Dinner at Home

Chili Rubbed Baby Back Ribs and Garlic Parmasean Green Beans
This is a very simple meal that is quick to prepare and very tasty. The green beans are simply sauteed in garlic butter.

Breakfast at Costco, San Francisco, CA

Hot Dog with all the fixings.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Dinner at Home, San Francisco, Ca

We went to a movie and when we came home, although we hadn't yet eaten dinner, Giao went straight to bed. Alexis doesn't really like to cook for just herself, so she resorted to Trader Joe's pre-packaged palak paneer. Rarely do we east pre-packaged food, preferring to prepare everything from scratch on a regular basis. Giao ate the other half of this when he woke up and we both declared it "edible in an emergency".

Palak Paneer
A side note on palak vs. saag: saag refers to any of many leafy greens while palak refers to spinach in particular.

Lunch from Osha Thai, San Francisco, CA

Sea Bass Clay Pot
Subtle with tasty mushrooms. The fish seemed a bit old though.

Nice flavor and crispy, but the sauce was too sweet and a bit snotty in texture. If we want to be nice we can call it a little too viscous.

Garlic Prawns
Yum, these are covered in crispy garlic sauce and the prawns were not overcooked.

Chicken Satay
Usually the satay at Osha is pretty good, but today it was a bit tough and dry. Dipped in peanut sauce, it was certainly edible.

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Breakfast at Home

Salami and Eggs with Homemade Guacamole

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Dinner at Home

Leftover Turkey, Tofu and Green Beans.

Lunch from Yank Sing, San Francisco, CA

Yank Sing is a high-end (read: expensive) dim sum place in downtown SF. It also has a takeout outlet in the Rincon Center as part of the large food court. The below is from the takeout outlet and it was good, but not as good as at the restaurant. I think it had been sitting out for a while. The whole meal for 2 cost approx. $25.

Pork Sui Mai and Scallop Dumplings

Hot and Sour Soup
Pretty good.

Har Gow (decent) and Foil Wrapped Chicken (tasty, but would have been better if boneless)

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Dinner at Home

Having friends over for dinner on a weeknight always poses the problem of being able to put a very tasty meal together very quickly. The following was a great one-dish meal that took almost no time to prepare, and most of that is unattended.

Ground Turkey, Tofu and Green Bean Stir Fry
This was kind of like tofu with meat sauce, but more meat and less sauce. It was very good, and very healthy.

-1 lb french green beans, cut into thirds
-1 lb ground turkey
-1 block firm tofu, pressed and diced
-1 onion, diced
-3 tb chili garlic sauce
-2 tb hoisin sauce
-3 tb oyster sauce
-1 tb rice vinager
-1 tb rice wine
-2 tb soy sauce
-1 cup water

Sautee the onions in a bit of oil for a couple minutes. Add the soy sauce and chili garlic sauce to the onions and sautee for another minutes. Add the turkey and the remaining spices/sauces and brown. Add the green beans, tofu and water. Cover, turn down heat and simmer until liquid is evaporated.

Lunch from Seller's Market, San Francisco, CA

More catered in food at work...

Mushroom Bisque
Fairly flavorless.

Cobb Salad
Very fresh ingredients. The dressing could have been thicker.

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Leftover Miso Chicken Noodles
We had to supplement the catered in food with our own. Ours was better.

Breakfast at Home

Fajita Eggs with Fresh Guacamole
The fillings from last night's fajitas were thrown into some scrambled eggs to make a hearty breakfast.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Dinner at Home

A friend came over for dinner and we decided to whip up some fajitas...

Sauteed Peppers and Onions, Grated Cheese, Low Carb Tortillas, Chopped Black Olives

Homemade Guacamole, Plain Greek Yogurt, Pan Fried London Broil
The steak was marinated in olive oil, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and a dash of tequila, then pan fried for 5 minutes on each side (for medium rare). I let it rest for 10 minutes after taking it off the heat, then thinly slice against the grain.

The Assembled Fajita

Fresh Blackberries and Raspberries

Lunch from Mehfil Indian, San Francisco, CA

Saag Paneer

Chicken Mahkni

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Dinner at Home

Steamed Artichokes with Garlic Butter

Chicken with Spicy Miso Noodles
This was a light but flavorful meal.

-8 chicken breasts, but in bite size pieces
-2 scallions, thinly sliced
-1 package kelp noodles
-1 can chicken broth
-1 cup water
-1 tb miso
-1 tb rooster sauce
-1/2 onion, thinly sliced
-5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

Sautee the onions and garlic in a bit of olive oil for a few minutes. Add the chicken and brown. Add all the remaining ingredients expect the scallions and simmer until almost all of the liquid has evaporated. Take off the heat and stir in the scallions. Serve.

Serves 3.

Lunch at Work

Egg Salad
I just use a bit of mayo, dijon, garlic powder, salt and paprika to flavor my egg salad.

Leftover Spinach Soup

Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Eggs.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Dinner at Sundance Steakhouse, Palo Alto, CA

It was a friend's birthday so we went down to Palo Alto for his birthday dinner at Sundance. It was pretty good and they definitely had a much wider selection of non-steak items than most steakhouses.

Appetizer Platter
Spring Rolls (standard), Fried Shrimp (very well cooked, actually), Seared Ahi (pretty fresh for a steakhouse).

Appetizer Platter
Fried Calamari (very crispy, yet tender), Crab Cakes (ok), Fried Potato Skins (we didn't eat them).

Lobster Bisque
Flavorful, if a bit salty.

Prime Rib with Creamed Spinach and Veggies $30
The creamed spinach was a bit too creamy but the beef was very tender. They were also very accomodating regarding switching out the starch for the creamed spinach.

Food: 1
Decor: 1
Service: 2 (very accomodating and plenty of freebies)

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Breakfast at Home

Sausage, Onion, Bell Pepper, Tomato and Basil Scramble

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