Saturday, March 03, 2007

Dinner at Home

Roasted Brocolli with Dubliner Cheese
This is a delicious side-dish. If we had children, I'm sure this would get them to eat their veggies.

-3 cups brocolli flowerettes
-1/2 cup grated Dubliner cheese

Roast brocolli in a covered dish on 400 for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and bake uncovered for another 5 minutes, or until the cheese is golden and bubbly.

Chili Rubbed Baby Back Ribs
Click above for our fool-proof recipe.

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Brunch at Brickhouse, San Francisco, CA

We decided to give Brickhouse a try as we had heard it had a great burger. Although we were not impressed by the burger, and the chicken fried steak we tried to order was unavailable, we did like th biscuits and gravy very much.

Tomato Bisque $6
The bisque was a bit of a misnomer, as this soup was not particularly smooth or creamy. It was a decent rendition, but not something we would order again.

3 Cheese and Bacon Waygu Burger $12
The burger was large and the cheese and bacon plentiful, but the bun was disgusting, both soggy and mealy. Also, we ordered the burger medium rare and got it medium well. If you can't get the temperature of your meat right, you shouldn't be serving it. Finally, this burger claimed to be Waygu (the American version of Kobe) but it was indistinguishable from regular beef.

Biscuits with Sausage Gravy $4
The gravy was a bit thin, but the flavor was excellent and it contained lots of bits of meaty goodness. The biscuits themselves were a bit tough, but soaked up the gravy nicely.

Food: 0
Decor: 1
Service: 1

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Friday, March 02, 2007

Dinner at Eiji, San Francisco, CA

We decided to try Eiji, a whole in the wall sushi place in the Castro that's been on our list for a while. It was a great little atmosphere, with about 5 tables and a very friendly staff, and the fish was fresh. It wasn't better than Ariyake's though. So if we are going to go out of our way, we'll still head out to Geary and 15th as opposed to this place. Including food, tax, tip and drinks, the meal came to about $45 per person.

Rainbow Roll
A standard rendition.

Hamachi Kama
Very oily, but very tender and flavorful. The lemon was definitely necessary to cut the fattyness.

Sashmi Platter
The fish was fresh, but was cut a bit too thick.

Special Miso
This version of miso contained a fish head that gave the soup extra depth of flavor.

Seaweed Salad
Alexis' favorite, this was an especially tasty and fresh version.

Halibut Sashimi
This sashimi was sliced extra thin and served with ponzu, roe and scallions. It was delicious.

This is essentially tofu before it becomes tofu. It is prepared when you order it and is basically what todu is before it is pressed. It was silky in texture and earthy in flavor. When the condiments below were added along with a special wheat-free soy sauce, this turned into an absolutely ethereal dish.

Seasonings for Oboro (above)
Sesame Seed, Grated Ginger, Scallion, Roe, Bonito Flake, Shiso Leaf

Food: 2
Service: 2
Decor: 1

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

Afterwork drinks and dice playing required some sustenance as well...

Corned Beef and Cabbage $10
The veggies were bland and overboiled. The corned beef was a bit dry, but ok with the horseradish.

Chicken Tenders $7
The best fried chicken snack around.

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Lunch at Tandoori Mahal, San Francisco, CA

For the goodbye lunch for one of Alexis' co-workers, we all went to Tandoori Mahal, the best Indian lunch buffet in the financial district.

Chicken Mahkni (very rich and tasty), Saag Paneer (we think they accidentally used sugar instead of salt this time, as it tasted oddly sweet and was inedible), Tandoori Chicken (very good), Pakora (standard), Cabbage and Peas (interesting and pleasant).

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Egg.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Lunch at Work

From Fatt Dog:

Chili Dogs $4
As good as always. Their chili is pretty good, more meat than beans.

BIG Salad
This salad contained hard-boiled egg, avocado, tomato, bell pepper, and leftover pork loin over greens and smothered in a balsamic vinagrette.

Leftover Lambchop

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Egg.

Dinner at Home

Baked Cod and Garlic Asparagus
These cod filets were simply seasoned with salt and pepper and baked on 375 for about 10 minutes, until just done.
The asparagus was sauteed in olive oil with lots of garlic until tender.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Dinner at Home

Fermented Egg with Bamboo Shoots and Pickled Asparagus
One of Giao's favorited snacks.

Lamb Chops and Green Salad
These lamb chops are seasoned simply with salt and pepper and pan fried in a mixture of butter and olive oil for 2 minutes on every side.

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Lunch from Big Nate's Barbeque

We'd been wanting to try this place for a while as it seems to be the only BBQ joint in SF that delivers. It was good, but we also burped up BBQ all day long, which, not so good. This place is owned by Nate Thurmond, who is, apparently, a basketball player from the 1960s. In any case, it is big, BBQ and run by Nate, so I guess it is true to its name.

Pulled Pork and Ribs $15
The sauce had a nice spice but was not spicy, even though I requested the hot version. The pulled pork was tender and delcious. The ribs were a bit tough and not very meaty. If we ate sandwiches, I bet Nate's makes a fine pulled pork sandwich.

Food: 1
Decor: NA
Service: NA

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We also ate some leftovers.

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Egg.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Dinner from Mehfil Indian, San Francisco, CA

Mehfil Indian, winner of our Best of 2006 Award for Take Out/Delivery:

We ordered some Indian food in preparation for our after work poker game. They arrived in record time.

Chicken Mahkni and Saag Paneer
Our standard order never fails us. As delicious as it is bad for us.

Garlic Naan and Mehfil Naan
The best naan. Ever. Anywhere.

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Lunch at Work

A leftover smorgasboard:

Leftover Chicken Noodle Soup
Still tasty.

Leftover Salmon
Note to self: leftover fish is a bit too fishy.

Ajvar Chicken Salad
over Greens

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Breakfast at Home

Leftover Pork and Brocolli Scramble with Guacamole
A good use of leftovers.

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Dinner at Home

Pork Soft Tacos
A quick Monday night meal. This time we used pork loin instead of steak. We also make the guacamole from avocados we picked on Giao's aunt and uncle's avacado grove and they were very tasty.

-1 lb pork loin, cut in thin strips
-1 ts each salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne, garlic powder

Combine all ingredients and allow to rest for 1/2 hour. Cook meat in a hot pan until browned. Set aside.

-1 recipe homemade Guacamole
-low carb tortillas
-greek yogurt
-hot sauce
-pork, see above

Layer all ingredients on the tortilla, roll and eat.

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Lunch at Work

A little something from home:

Ajvar Chicken Salad
A new twist (for us anyway) on chicken salad.

-1/2 rotisserie chicken, shredded
-1/4 cup mayo
-1/3 cup ajvar (roasted red pepper, eggplant and garlic puree)
-juice of 1/2 lemon

Mix all ingredients thoroughly.

Leftover Chicken Noodle Soup
Even better the day after, when the flavors have had a chance to meld.

Mixt Greens:

Create Your Own Salad
Spinach, Filet Mignon, Cucumber, Red Onion and Marinated Artichoke Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing. A very good salad, overall.

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Egg.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Dinner at a Friend's House, San Francisco, CA

A friend had received a package on Omaha Steaks, something none of us had ever tried. Thus, she invited us over for a mail order steak dinner for the Oscars.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Roasted Tomatos
These looked great, but the tomatos were a bit too big and beefy.

Roasted Asparagus and Brussel Sprouts
These were marinated in a lemony vinagrette, then oven roasted. They were quite delicious.

Fish Spread in Celery
These little appetizers had quite a kick.

Cheese and Crackers
You can never go wrong with cheese.

Beet Salad
Alexis doesn't really like beets and Giao is indifferent.

Pan Fried Steaks
A bit tough for filet mignon.

Cognac Cream Sauce
This sauce was rich, but you couldn't really taste the cognac.

Blue Cheese Butter

Shitake Tarragon Cream Sauce
Creamy, mushroomy and delicious. Diced shitakes sauteed in butter, then reduced with cream, pepper and fresh tarragon.

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Late Lunch at Home

Low Carb Chicken Noodle Soup
A tasty and filling without the carbs.

-1/2 rotisserie chicken, diced
-2 carrots, peeled and diced
-1 turnip, peeled and diced
-3 stalks celery, diced
-1/2 onion, diced
-1 package kelp noodles
-4 cans chicken broth
-pepper to taste

Saute the onions, carrots, turnip and celery in a soup pot over medium heat. When veggies are carmelized add the broth and the noodles and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until veggies are soft. Add diced chicken and serve.

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Brunch at Home

Breakfast Burrito
Bacon, bell pepper, onion and cheese scramble inside a low carb tortilla.

Fresh Blackberries

Greek Yogurt with Vanilla

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