Saturday, May 05, 2007

Lunch at Cafe Mum's, San Francisco, CA

In between film festival movies, we took a few hours for Cafe Mum's, our favorite spot in Japantown. Cafe Mum's is located in the bottom of the Miyako Inn, and has recently reinvented itself as a rather chic little cafe, instead of an out-dated hotel restaurant. We have no idea what the other food they serve is like because the only reason to go is the all you can eat shabu shabu. This is Japanese hot-pot at its best. For $23 per person you get endless platters of meat, veggies, tofu and noodles for cooking in a cast-iron hot pot in the middle of the table. For another $10 you also get all you can drink sake and beer.

Thinly Sliced Beef

Cabbage, Spinach, Enoki Mushrooms, Shitake Mushrooms, Tofu, Udon and Glass Noodles
We only really use the tofu and spinach, but it's all good.

Ponzu and Peanut Sauce
For dipping.

For mixing in the dipping sauces.

Grated Daikon
For mixing in the dipping sauces.

Green Tea Ice Cream
Yum. A single scoop of not-too-sweet ice cream.

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Brunch at Home

Miso-Lemon Chicken Salad
Served over spinach this makes a great meal any time of the day.

-1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
-1 bell pepper, diced
-1/2 onion, diced
-1.2 cup mayo
-2 tb red miso
-1 tb rooster sauce
-juice of 1 lemon
-1 packet Splenda

Mix the mayo, lemon juice, rooster sauce, miso and Splenda together to form a thick sauce. Pour over the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly. Serve over greens.

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Friday, May 04, 2007

Dinner at Ozumo, San Francisco, CA

We went to Ozumo, a chi-chi sushi place that is too expensive for what it is, for a friend of Giao's birthday. We're not really sure how much it cost, since we left before the bill came, and thus we probably paid too much.

Assorted Sushi
Fresh fish, good uni.

Assorted Sushi

Shrimp Tempura Roll
A bit bland.

Assorted Sashimi

Black Cod
Very tender, cooked perfectly. The standout of the night.

Sushi Roll
Pretty, if a bit slimy in texture.

Sushi Roll
Not particularly memorable.

Perfectly warm and perfectly salted.

Avacado and Sashimi Salad
This needed more texture contrast, but the flavors were nice.

Warm Beef Rolls
Looks better than it tastes.

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Lunch from Mehfil Indian Cuisine, San Francisco, CA

Take out from our favorite Indian take out place in SF...

Saag Paneer, Chicken Mahkni and Garlic Naan
The saag was as good as always, but the mahkni was a bit weird and contained nuts--they must have changed the recipe and not for the better.

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Low Carb Breakfast Burrito
A 5 minute hand held breakfast.

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Snack at Borobudur, San Francisco, CA

After a few more drinks, we headed to our favorite snack place, Borobudur, where we introduced some co-workers to the best snack of 2006.

Roti Prata $6
Stretchy, crunchy, and so very tasty.

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Snack at Norton's Vault, San Francisco, CA

Drinks and snacks at a Financial district bar. We like this bar because they have dice for us...we eat the food because it is there, but it isn't that great. Also, we were unhappy to find out that they have replaced a bar food staple, jalapeno poppers, with food that attempts to be more sophisticated, and it was not a good move.

Wings $7
Small, but tasty.

Cashew and Chicken Spring Rolls $7
Inedible. These were doughy, and the filling was gooey and weird.

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Lunch at Work

Leftover Shrimp, Tofu, Noodles and Veggies in Spicy Broth
Note to self: reheated shrimp are sort of unpleasant and very tough.

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Low Carb Breakfast Burrito
Our new standard.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Dinner at Rassela's Jazz and Ethiopian Cuisine, San Francisco, CA

We needed a place near the Kabuki Cinema for dinner, and we decided to try Rassela's, a spot we'd stumbled upon for a drink the other day. The food was good, and the jazz was great (although that didn't start till 9ish).

Sambussa $8
These hearty, meat filled pastries were tasty, but the oil they were fried in was not hot enough, resulting in pastries that were too greasy.

Injera (served with all entrees)
This sour, spongy bread is used to pick up the food to eat with your hands, and for sopping up the sauces. It's an acquired taste.

Yebeg Alecha $12
Lamb cooked in onions and green peppers. Not much going on flavor-wise and the meat was a bit tough.

Tibs Wat $12
Beef strips in a spicy sauce. Very tasty. The sauce was delectable.

Kitfo $12.50
This Ethiopian version of beef tartare was very tasty, but there was far too much of it, and the sheer size of the dish made it a bit off-putting. They could charge the same amount for about 1/3 of the dish and it would have been just as satisfying, if not more so.

Food: 1
Decor: 1
Service: 1

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Lunch at Work

From Johnny Rocket's:

This chili is weird. It's edible, certainly, but the meat is not really ground beef, and almost too tender to place. Maybe it's fake meat?

Cobb Salad
Not good. This salad is oddly flavorless, and the chicken seems like it was pumped with extra juiciness, in a bad way.

Leftover Ribs
Still tasty after being microwaved.

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Egg

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Dinner at Home

Caprese Salad
One of our favorite appetizers. Simply layer fresh basil leaves, fresh mozzerella slices and tomato slices, then sprinkle with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Chili Rubbed Baby Back Ribs
Click above for our fool-proof recipe. This time we used cayenne instead of chili pepper and these were SPICY.

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Snack at Costco

Polish Sausage with Sourkraut $1.50

Polish Sausage with the Works $1.50
Ditto. And the best deal around.

Lunch at Work

From Fatt Dogg...

Double Chili Cheese Dog $ 4.50
They melted the cheese this time, which was nice.

From home...

Leftover Meatballs with Romesco Sauce
Still tasty.

Jicama Salad
A fresh, crunchy, refershing salad

-1 large jicama, peeled and cut in matchsticks
-juice of 1 lemon
-salt and pepper to taste
-2 handfuls fresh cilantro leaves.

Mix all ingredients together. Serve.

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Breakfast at Home

Salami, Egg and Cheese Low Carb Breakfast Burrito
Yum. These low carb tortillas are full of fiber, and a great way to start the morning.

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Monday, April 30, 2007

Dinner at Home

Shrimp, Noodles and Veggies in Spicy Broth
Easy and very healthy.

-1 packages shirataki noodles, pre-boiled
-1 lb shrimp, peeled and cleaned
-1 block firm tofu, pressed
-2 heads brocolli, cut in flowerettes
-1 onion, thinly sliced
-10 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
-1 handful fresh basil leaves
-1 handful fresh cilantro leaves
-2 tb each soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce
-2 cans chicken broth

Sautee the onions and garlic in the soy and chili garlic sauces for a few minutes. Add the tofu and stir to coat. Add the chicken broth, sauces, and noodles, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the brocolli and shrimp and simmer until shrimp are pink. Add the cilantro and basil, stir and serve.

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Lunch at Work

Green Salad with Balsamic Vinegarette
Giao's office had no plates, so Alexis had to make due making salad in a plastic bag.

Leftover Meatballs with Romesco Sauce
Still tasty on day 2.

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Low Carb Breakfast Burrito
The lower carb verson of bacon, egg and cheese on a toasted roll.

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Snack from Burger King, San Francisco, CA

We were still hungry after our too-expensive dinner, so we decided to supplement with Burger King, which is totally shameful (we know).

Chicken Tenders $3
Pretty darn gross.

Food: 0
Decor: 0
Service: 0

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Dinner at Bushi-Tei, San Francisco, CA

We needed to find a place for dinner close to the Kabuki Cinema since we were having dinner between film festival movies. We'd heard of Bushi-Tei, but never eaten there. It's a high end Japanese place with beautiful decor and very friendly staff, but ultimately, it's just too expensive for what it was. We only ordered appetizers, and strangely, the appetizers were not much less expensive than the entrees. Go once, if only for the Japanese toilet...

Cooked Marinated Tuna (gratuit)
This was tasty, but it looked raw, so that's what we were expecting when we popped it into our mouths. It was flavorful though, and unexpected.

Bread and Butter (gratuit)
Usually we don't photograph bread, but this was very good. It was served warm and chock full of toasted rice.

Fluke Sashimi with Golden Beet Carpaccio $14
All of the ingredients by themselves were very tasty. As a whole, we're not quite sure that this dish worked.

Tuna Tartare $16
Far too expensive, but a solid rendition. I wish chef's would forget about the avocado already. I haven't had a tartare without avocado in a while.

Miso Marinated Kobe Beef with Grilled Camembert $20
Also very expensive. The bread was totally unnecessary and the beef didn't taste like miso, although the dish as a whole was nice. The granny smith apples added a nice tart crunch.

Crab and Lobster Salad with Papaya and Bacon $20
Really delicious. The bacon was a nice added bonus, and the crab and lobster were plentiful and fresh.

Seared Foie Gras with Pumpkin Pot de Creme and Pistachios $22
This was the star of the show. Alexis isn't usually that into foie gras, but she loved this. Although it was a bit sweet, the pistachios added a nice texture contrast to the rich custardy texture of both the pot de creme and the foie.

Macaroon, Butter Cookie and Chocolate Truffle (gratuit)
The truffle was very, very good. And free dessert was a totally unexpected end to the meal.

Food: 1
Decor: 3
Service: 2

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