Saturday, December 02, 2006

Dinner at Home

After a big lunch of beef, we decided to have more beef for dinner. Perhaps we were iron-decifient today...

Pan Fried Steak with Roquefort Butter and Green Salad
This steak was marinated in worcestershire and steak seasoning, then simply cooked in a pan on med-high in a combination of olive oil and butter for 3 minutes on each side. As a garnish, we mixed equal parts of butter and high-quality roquefort. It was delicious.

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Brunch at Mum's Cafe, San Francisco, CA

Located in the Miyako Inn Best Western in Japantown, this unassuming cafe has a great all-you-can-eat Shabu Shabu (Japanese hot pot). For $22.95 per person you get endless plates of thin sliced beef, noodles, tofu and veggies to cook in your on-table hot pot. Giao and I woke up late, and very hungry for some reason, and we immediately agreed that a brunch at Mum's Cafe was in order.

Sliced Rib Eye
Giao and I ate 3 and a 1/2 plates of beef, so I think we got our money's worth.

We ate only the tofu, enoki mushrooms, spinach and cabbage.

Ponzu and a Peanuty Sauce, for dipping.

Scallions and Grated Daikon, for mixing into the above dipping sauces.

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Friday, December 01, 2006

Dinner at Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, CA

Our good friend's parents were in town and we all went out to Foreign Cinema for a great meal. The generally snooty/holier-than-thou waitstaff were very pleasant, since this friend is a regular there and a friend of hers works there. Including food, drink, tax and tip the meal came to approx $60/person.

Salad with Dried Cherries and a Toast with Chicken Pate
The pate was quite good, although the salad was a bit sweet.

Broiled Brie with Pickles, Potatos and Tapenade
Nothing better than warm, melty cheese.

Tuna Tartare
A bit salty, but very good, overall.

Vegetable Soup
Delicate and hearty at the same time. Quite good.

Fried Seafood with Pomegranite Seeds and Balsamic Dipping Sauce
An interesting mix of ingredients and better than the standard fried calamari with garlic aioli.

Mussels in Green Curry
The curry was pleasantly spicy without being overpowering and the mussels were were small but flavorful and fresh.

Peppercorn Duck Breast with Brussel Sprouts, Hazelnuts and Dried Cherries on a Butternut Squash Puree
Giao found the puree to be too sweet, but Alexis liked it. The duck was tender, juicy and delicious. The hazelnuts added a nice texture contrast to the brussle sprouts.

Pear Poached in Red Wine on Cream
Although Alexis usually doesn't like fruity desserts, she had a bite of this and found it to be both subtle and complex at the same time. It was very good.

Chocolate Pot de Creme with Pistachio Brittle
A very good rendition, although a bit sweet.

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Lunch from Osha Thai and Gambino's, San Francisco

Giao and I both picked up our separate lunches and met up to eat at his office.


Chicken Satay
The chicken was moist and the peanut sauce rich.

Tiger Prawns
These garlic drenched prawns are always tasty.


Tomato Bisque $4
This was actually much better than we remember their soup being. Maybe we just haven't has any good tomato soup in a while.

Meatball Plate $7
The meatballs are large and smothered in a homemade tasting tomato sauce and lots of mozzerella.

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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Snacks at Roe, San Francisco

We went to an event after work and had a few drinks and a few snacks, but I beleive the snacks were provided by the event and not the restaurant.

A nice little selection.

Fruit on a Stick

Pepperoncino and Cream Cheese in Salami
A nice little low-card snack.

Caprese Salad on a Stick
It wasn't really the same without the olive oil, balsamic, salt and pepper.

Lunch at Mijita, San Francisco, CA

Mijita is a great mexican place in the Ferry Building that uses fresh ingredients for its sparse and authentic menu.

Tortilla Soup $6
This thick, rich, tomato-based soup was delicious, especially when I dumped the carnitas from the taco in and mixed it all up. It was very filling as well.

Carnitas Taco $4
Succulent meat and pickled vegetables.

Queso Fundido $5
Broiled cheese and chorizo--a heart stopping, truly delicious little dish.

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Breakfast at Home

Salami and Leftover Brocollini Scramble
It's always nice when there are enough veggies leftover from the previous night's dinner to make a nice scramble for breakfast.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Dinner at Home

Brocollini with Garlic
For a quick side dish, quickly sautee brocolinni in butter and garlic, and spritz with lemon juice.

Chili-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs
A great weeknight meal, as most of the work is done by the Ron Popiel "Set It and Forget It" Rotisserie Grill.

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Lunch at Fatt Dogg, San Francisco, CA

A classic American lunch after our days in Singapore...

Chili Cheese Dog $4.50
Expensive for a hot dog, but tasty.

Calabrese Sausage with Mustard and Sourkraut $3

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Egg.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Midnight Meal on Singapore Airlines somewhere between Hong Kong and San Francisco

Fried Fish with Vegetables
This tasted a lot like fish sticks, which wasn't entirely bad and was oddly reminiscent of childhood.

Dinner at Home

We returned from Singapore with a practically empty fridge and thus had to scrounge in the freezer for our dinner.

From Costco, thawed in the microwave.

Tequila Lime Chicken Wings
From Costco.


Dinner on Singapore Airlines somewhere between Singapore and Hong Kong

Purchased at a market in Singapore. It was rather bland, which was disappointing, since dragonfruit can be so good.

Chicken and Vegetables
A bit gloppy, but not too bad

Pate de Foie
We purchased this at the Carrefour in Singapore. It was quite good.

Before landing meal on Singapore Airlines, Somewhere between Hong Kong and San Francisco

Braised Pork with Noodles
This was pretty good, lots of pork and decent noodles.

Omelette with Chicken Sausage and Broiled Tomato
Not very good at all.

Chen Fu Ji Noodle House, Changi Airport, Singapore

The airport in Singapore has a lot of good looking restaurants but the one that caught our eye was this noodle house, because the noodles were hand-pulled and we saw the chef making them.

BBQ Pork Noodle Soup $5
The BBQ pork was not great, but the noodles were clearly homemade and were very good.

Food: 1
Decor: 1
Service: 1

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Mid-Morning Snack at Kopitiam, Singapore

We still hadn't had Chicken Rice, a staple of Singaporean cuisine, so we grabbed it for take out at Kopitiam, a lunch counter where we'd had our first roti.

Chicken Rice
Boiled chicken, rice and sweet chili sauce. Not bad. I can see how this could be a great comfort food.

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Mid-Morning Snack at Al-Jilani Restaurant, Singapore

We just had to get some more roti prata before leaving Singapore and Al-Jilani is a 24 hour roti prata joint...

Roti Prata, Cheese Prata and Onion Prata $3
We ordered 3 kinds of prata this time and we still liked the plain the best. The onion prata was a bit too oniony and the cheese prata was ok, but the cheese was a bit processed.

Curry (for dipping)
This curry was rich and tasty.

Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: 1


Breakfast at the Ritz-Carlton, Singapore

Our final breakfast at the Ritz-Carlton. No more gluttonous breakfasts for us.

Dumplings, Fried Noodles and Cheese
Artery-clogging goodness.

Pork and Century Egg Congee
Giao's favorite.

Coffee and Pain au Chocolate
A nice little pain au chocolate for a final breakfast.

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Monday, November 27, 2006

Dinner at Jumbo's, Singapore

Just about everyone we spoke to told us that Jumbo's was THE place to go for seafood in Singapore. And it was very good. It is an open-air restaurant about 10 yards from the beach, so it was quite a pleasant atmosphere as well. The feast (for 4) came to approx $125 total.

Chili Crab
This is a signature dish of Singapore and it was very, very good. The chili sauce was a bit sweet, but Alexis loved it. Needless to say, our hands were very dirty when we finished with this dish.

Whole Tilapia
The flesh was moist, yet firm.

Drunken Prawns
These whole prawns were cooked in beer and some other alcohol, as the name suggests. They were cooked perfectly and tasted wonderful.

Black Pepper Crab
The name says it all and it was delicious.

Steamed Asparagus
This was the only vegetable we ordered and it was practically forced upon us by our motherly waitress. It was fine, but obviously not the star of the meal.

Crawfish with Scallions and Ginger
These were crawfish as big as lobsters and were very tasty.

Scallops in Fried Yams
This dish was recommended to us by our local friend and we didn't really like it that much. The scallops were over-cooked and the mushyness of the yams wasn't a pleasing texture.

Peanuts and Hot Sauce
The peanuts were little appetizers that arrived, gratuit, at the table shortly after we did.

Food: 2
Service: 1
Decor: NA (the decor was the beach)

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