Saturday, July 21, 2007

Dinner at Home

Since it finally feels like summer in San Francisco, and we were having some friends over for dinner, we decided to grill for extra tasty fajitas...

The Fajita
This was more like a burrito than a fajita, in the end, since we had so many toppings, but in our eyes, anything with thin slices of meat and carmelized onions and peppers, wrapped in a tortilla, is a fajita. The components are described below.

Thin Sliced Chicken
Just in case someone didn't want beef, it's always good to have an alternative on hand.

-3 chicken breasts, thinly sliced
-1 tb taco seasoning

Sautee in a bit of olive oil over medium high heat until cooked through.

Cheese and Sour Cream
The essential fats...

Homemade Guacamole
So much better when you make it yourself.

-3 avocados
-juice of 1 lime
-2 small tomatos, diced
-1/4 onion, diced
-4 cloves garlic, minced
-salt to taste

Mash it all together and slather it on anything.

Chili Rubbed, Charcoal Grilled Steaks
Giao is the griller in our house and tonight was no different. Alexis rubbed these steaks with cayenne, salt and garlic powder and Giao grilled them up to a nice medium rare.

Carmelized Pepper and Onions
Simply and really good.

-2 onions, halved and thinly sliced
-3 large bell peppers, thinly sliced
-8 cloves garlic, minced
-4 hot peppers minced

Sautee all of the ingredients in a bit of olive oil over medium-low heat until soft and completely carmelized. Stir often.

Chopped Black Olives
Pour them out of a can and chop them up.

Creamy Corn with Hot Chilis
This dish adds a nice sweetness to the mix.

-2 cans sweet kernal corn, drained
-1/2 cup heavy cream
-2 hot chilis, minced
-salt and pepper to taste

Simmer all ingredients over medium heat until the cream has evaporated and the corn has released some of its starch, leaving the mixture silky.

Peach, Blueberry and Strawberry Fruit Salad
Hot summer nights call for very simple desserts. This fruit is dressed only with a bit of lemon juice.

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Breakfast at KFC, San Francisco, CA

For no justifiable reason at all, we decided to get KFC for breakfast. The thing about greasy food is that it tastes good while you are eating it, but afterwards, your stomach is a bit woozy and your mind is rather guilty. The entire meal below was $10

Hot Wings
They were wings, but they were not hot.

2 Piece Dark Meat
Very juicy, but very, very salty. You NEED a big glass of water to eat this chicken.

Popcorn Chicken
Alexis' guilty pleasure--dipped in honey-mustard. Yum.

200 Duboce Ave
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Dinner at Tu Lan, San Francisco, CA

We had a movie at 10:30 late movie, so we went to our favorite cheap Vietnamese place, Tu Lan, for a bite beforehand. The whole meal cost $18, total.

BBQ Pork
Alexis' favorite and today it was even more juicy than usual.

Spring Rolls
Delicious, fresh and with a very tasty sweet, tangy, peanutty dipping sauce.

Asparagus and Crab Soup
Less gelatinous and more delicious than usual.

Tu Lan
8 Sixth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Lunch from Brandy Ho's and Bun Heaven, San Francisco, CA

Brandy Ho's was catered in at Alexis' work, but sadly, the usually good food was sub-par. So, she met Giao at a new burger place that opened up where the Fatt Dogg used to be...

Brandy Ho's:

Hot and Sour Soup
Tasty, as always.

Whole Fish with Ginger and Scallions
The fish tasted a bit off. Not really rotten, but certainly too old to eat.

Brandy Ho's Hunan Food
217 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

Better food awaited us...

Chili Cheese Burger (no bun) $6
Not bad at all. The chili was pretty darn good and really meaty, with no beans.

Cheesesteak $7
Also better than expected, and better than it looked.

Chili Dog $5
Again, the chili was pretty tasty.

Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: 2 (When we didn't read that the cheesesteak had mushrooms in it, they made us a new one without, at no extra charge.)

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Bun Heaven
200 Pine Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Egg.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Dinner at Home

Halibut with Pesto and Big Green Salad with Balsamic Vinegar
Very healthy and delicious. You can buy pesto if you want, but it's cheaper and better if you make it yourself and it takes all of 2 minutes to make (and freezes well).

-1 lb filet of halibut
-4 tb homemade pesto
-salt and pepper to taste

Season the fish with salt and pepper and spread the pesto evenly over the fish. Bake, covered, on 400 for 12 minutes.

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Lunch at Work

Spicy Black Bean Pork and Green Beans
This is a quick meal you can whip together in 1/2 an hour in bulk and eat all week.

-1 lb green beans, cut in thirds
-1 lb pork tenderloin, cut in thin strips
-3 tb chili black bean sauce
-1/2 onion, thinly sliced
-1 tb soy sauce

Sautee the onions in the soy sauce until soft. Add the pork and the chili black bean sauce. When the pork is about 1/2 cooked, add the green beans, stir and cover for a few minutes. Then sautee until the watery sauce is mostly evaporated.

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Egg.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Dinner from Mehfil Indian Cuisine, San Francisco, CA

We ordered dinner from our favorite Indian take out joint, Mehfil. It never disappoints.

Chicken Mahkni and Saag Paneer
Tasty, as always.

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Lunch from Gambino's, San Francisco, CA

A catered in lunch at work, but one that actually tastes good.

Meatball Hot Plate
Lots of cheese, decent meatballs.

Side Salad
A decent little side salad with the special treat of a marinated artichoke heart.

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Lunch at Work

Leftover Rosemary Balsamic Chicken with Sauteed Zuchinni
A healthy meal for after Giao's workout.

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Egg.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Dinner at Les Amis, San Francisco, CA

We decided to give Les Amis a try, as it's close to work for both of us, and we had had late nights at work. The food was decent, the service was attentive, but overall it was not a standout of a restaurant.

Amuse Bouche (gratuit)
Prawn dumpling with red pepper coulis. This was actually pretty tasty. It was fresh, and a great first bite.

White and Green Asparagus Salad with Poached Egg and Parmasean $10
The egg really made this dish. Also, it was really nice that the green and the white asparagus were prepared in different ways so that they added not only their own flavors, but also their own textures to the dish.

Chilled Pea Soup with Lobster Claw and Lemon Oil $10
This dish sounded great in theory, but the after taste was what can only be described as stale.

Duck Breast with Duck Confit, Spinach and Beet Sauce $25
The sauce was a bit sweet, but the duck was tender and juicy and the confit wrapped in spinach was very nice.

Trio of Rabbit $29
The ravioli was lacking in seasoning and the pasta was a bit thick. The very tiny rack of rabbit was totally, surprisingly delicious. The rabbit wrapped in langoustine was a bit dry but very flavorful.

House-made Fruit Gelees (gratuit)
The fruit flavor really shined through, although we're not exactly sure what fruit flavor it was.

Food: 1
Decor: 1
Service: 2

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Lunch at Work

Leftover Miso Lemon Chicken Salad
Still tasty.

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Egg.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Dinner at Home

Panfried Ribeye with Herb Butter and Warm Cauliflower Salad
A quick weeknight meal that's so delicious it could be served to company.

The ribeye is marinated for about 1/2 hour in steak seasoning and worcestershire sauce, then pan fried for about 3 or 4 minutes on each side.

Cauliflower Salad:
-1 head cauliflower, chopped
-15 spears pickled asparagus, cut in thirds
-1/2 onion, diced
-1 bell pepper, diced
-2 tb each olive oil and balsamic vinegar
-1 tb mustard

Boil the cauliflower until tender and drain. Combine the oil, vinegar and mustard to make a vinegarette. Combine all the veggies and pour coat with the vinegarette.

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Lunch at Work

Miso-Chili-Lemon Chicken Salad with Fresh Greens
A great use for a rotisserie chicken from Costco.

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

Combine all ingredients expect chicken, peppers and onions, and stir until smooth to make a dressing. Then pour the dressing over the other ingredients and stir to combine. Serve over fresh greens, or, put between 2 slices of bread.

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Lunch from Goathill Pizza, San Francisco, CA

Another catered in lunch at Alexis' office, and this time, a pretty bad one...

Side of Meatballs
These were pink in the middle, and Alexis was afraid to eat them.

Chopped Salad with Chicken
Pretty horrible, all around. Iceberb lettuce, a few measly strips of chicken, and a lackluster dressing.

Food: 0
Decor: NA
Service: NA

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Breakfast at Home

Bacon and Fried Egg
Back to our old standard.

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Dinner at Home

Miso Lime Salmon with Baby Bok Choy and Ponzu Sauce
Very healthy, very tasty and about 5 minutes of hands-on time.

Miso-Lime Salmon:
When Alexis used to eat carbs with abandon, she used honey in this dish, which made the sauce a bit more viscous, but Splenda does not alter the taste significantly.

-1 lb salmon

-3 tb miso
-juice of 1 lime
-1/2 cup water
-1 tb chili powder
-1 packet Splenda

Combine all ingredients expect salmon over low heat and simmer until relatively thick. Remove from heat and pour over your large salmon filet. Bake the salmon, covered in foil for 15 minutes on 400.

Bok Choy:
-6 heads baby bok choy, halved

-2 tb soy sauce
-1 packet Splenda
-1 tb rive vinegar

Steam the bok choy until tender. Mix the other 3 ingredients thoroughly, then spoon over he steamed bok choy.

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Picnic in Yerba Buena Park, San Francisco, CA

Any beautiful summer day calls our for a picnic in the park...

Fresh Strawberries with Vanilla Spiked Fage Yogurt, Compte, Smoke Gouda, Laughing Cow, Duck Confit (from KaDeWe in Berlin), and Low Carb Crackers
Yum. Lots of foods that are perfect for eating with your hands at the park.


Breakfast at Home

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Low Carb Breakfast Burrito
This may be out last low carb breakfast burrito for awhile, as Alexis recently read a rather alarming article about the effects of too much soy in one's diet, and these low carb tortilla's contain a fair amount.

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