Saturday, October 27, 2007

Dinner at Rohan Lounge, San Francisco, CA

Since we were on our way out to the Richmond, we decided to grab dinner at Rohan, a Korean bar/restaurant that we've been to before, but not in a long while.

Edamame with Sea Salt $2
These are served cold, but are quite tasty.

Kim Chee $2
This version is not very rotten tasting, which means Alexis can eat it, but Giao doesn't like it as much.

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp $9
These were crispy, porky goodness on the outside and tender shrimp on the inside. The cocktail style dipping sauce these were served with was strange, but not entirely bad.

Tuna Tartare $12
This rather large portion resembled poke more than tartare as the chunks were quite large. It was spicy with lots of crunchy veggie bits that added a nice texture contrast.

Steamed Beef and Veggie Dumplings $8
These were ok, but the insides were a bit too mushy.

Crispy Tofu $8
Alexis had remembered this dish as amazing, but when we had it again it was good, but not wonderful. The crust was a bit too thick and the sauce a tad too sweet.

Pork Bulgogi $11
Tender, flavorful meat with spicy sauce wrapped in crisp lettuce. Very tasty.

Onion Pancakes $7
This was the only real stinker of the bunch. These were thick and moist and all around gross.

Rohan Lounge
3809 Geary
San Francisco, CA 94118

Food: 1
Decor: 1
Service: 1

Health Code Violations

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Brunch at Panera Bread, San Francisco, CA

After waking up early and house-hunting, we were hungry. So hungry that we decided to eat lots of carbs.

2 Everything Bagels with Plain Cream Cheese $5

Broccoli Cheese Soup with French Baguette $5
The soup was thick and flavorful, but the addition of carrots was a bit strange.

Panera Bread
301 King Street
San Francisco, CA 94158

Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: 0

Health Code Violations

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Dinner at B Restaurant, San Francisco, CA

Before heading off to a movie, we stopped for drinks and dinner at B Restaurant, a place with a nice atmosphere, good happy hour specials and a really terrible location for foot traffic. Their happy hour (4:30 to 7:30) seems to attract a decent crowd, at least on Friday nights, but the tables are rarely full, which is unfortunate, since they do have some decent food.

Spicy Chicken Tenders $12
These were supposed to be wings, but they were out of wings, so they were tenders instead. The meat was tender and juicy, but the crust was a bit too thick. The spicy tomato sauce was a bit weird also.

Night Burger $11
This burger is topped with a mound of fried cheese and is a pretty tasty, solid burger.

Shrimp Spring Rolls $7
This happy hour special was decent, but not special in any way.

B Restaurant
720 Howard St
San Francisco, CA, 94107

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Kale, Turnip Greens and Ground Beef Curry Recipe

We had a lot of greens in the house and we needed something to do with them. This ad-hoc curry turned out to be just the think. I'd never really heard of making a curry with ground meat until I read Vij's cookbook and although this recipe isn't from that book, but rather, Alexis' head, it turned out quite well.

-1 lb ground beef
-1/2 onion, chopped
-10 cloves garlic, peeled
-1 can diced tomatos
-salt, curry and turmeric to taste
-turnip greens from 4 turnips, chopped
-1 bunch kale, chopped

Sautee the ground beef until beginning to brown. Drain excess fat. Puree the onion, garlic and tomatoes in the food processor until smooth and add to the pan. Add the spices. Stir to combine. Add the greens, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove the cover and simmer until a thick sauce has formed.

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Sweet-Hot Rotisserie Chicken Salad

The $5 Costco rotisserie chicken is one of the best deals around. The rotisserie chicken is the best we've had (take-out style) and it's so cheap. We often shred the meat and use it in soups or salads.

Sweet-Hot Chicken Salad
-1 rotisserie chicken, meat shredded
-1/2 cup mayo
-2 tb sweet hot mustard
-juice of 1/2 lemon
-1 cucumber, seeded and thinly sliced
-1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped

Mix together the mayo, mustard and lemon juice until smooth. Then mix with the rest of the ingredients.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Fried Chicken Challenge

Fried chicken, for us, is both guilty pleasure and comfort food. It's no wonder that we tend to order it when we see it on the menu, or seek it out on weekend mornings. Our recent visit to the new Jolibee inspired us to look back and collect all the offerings around the city. We'll cover them in roughly least to most preferred.

Fried Chicken Bucket--6 pieces for $12 from Jollibee
When a branch of the Phillipino fast food giant opened up down the block from us, Alexis kept lusting after the fried chicken. The results were mediocre, with neither the chicken nor the coating very good.

200 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Health Code Violations

Fried Chicken from Whole Foods
Groceries stores are easy and convenient places to get your chicken fix. Whole Food's coating tends to fall off too easily, and all the time spent in the heat lamps dries out the chicken.

Whole Foods
399 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Fried Chicken from Safeway $3
Safeway's version is crispy, but again the chicken suffers under the heat lamp.

145 Jackson St.
San Francisco, CA 94111

Fried Chicken from Maverick $19
This is the first upscale version that makes the list. Usually this is served with mashed potatos, but we asked for veggies instead. The chicken was underwhelming, particularly considering the price.

3316 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 863-3061

2 Piece Dark Meat from KFC
KFC has become the de facto standard because of the amount of locations and price. Giao and Alexis tend to split on this, since the meat is very salty even though it's juicy. Giao will wolf this down, while Alexis gets the popcorn chicken. Usually you can get a deal on the dark meat.

200 Duboce Ave
San Francisco, CA 94103

10 Piece Dark Meat from Lousiana Famous Fried Chicken - $14
This hole-in-the-wall Tenderloin chicken joint serves cheap and tasty chicken. It's not quite the deal it seems, because the pieces are on the small side, but still probably the best deal on the page.

Louisiana Famous Fried Chicken
6 6th St
San Francisco, CA, 94103

Fried Chicken from Circa $20
Great crispy panko coating, tender meat inside. The only complaint would be that it's a little pricy.
2001 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

Fried Chicken with Collard Greens and Mac n' Cheese from farmerbrown - $16.50
This is Farmerbrown's standout and signature dish. Though we agree with the throngs of admirers of this dish, they need an upgrade on the mac and cheese and the rest of the menu so we have another reason to go there.

25 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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Easy Roasted Tomato Soup with Chicken Sausage

Since we've been getting so many tomatoes in our CSA box, we've been making a lot of tomato soup. For this variation, use the soup recipe here and just add about 4 or 5 sliced, pre-cooked chicken sausages and a handful of chopped cilantro. I used habanero chicken sausages and they gave the soup quite a kick. Note that because the chicken broth and the sausages both contain a fair amount of sodium, there's no need to add extra salt to this soup.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Leftover Steak=Steak and Eggs

When you make a steak that is just way too big for dinner and you can't possibly eat it all, don't feel bad. Just put it in the fridge and in the morning, slice it up thinly, warm it up in a pan and eat it with a fried egg. Delicious.

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Watching the Watchmen: Michelin Stars

Now that the Michelin ratings for Northern California are out, we'd thought it be fun to look back and see how much we agree with them. Even though both of our scales are similar (going to 3), ours is a bit different. We would put our 3's at the same level, but our 2 is more like their 1 Star, so we'll have to play it by ear. We, sadly, also don't have the funds to go to these restaurants every year, so we'll just use the last time we went.

Immediately what jumped out at us were that Coi and The Dining Room at Ritz-Carlton, which are the only 3's we gave out in North California (quick aside, French Laundry is definitely a 3, we just haven't been there in the life of this blog) were given only 1 star. Quite simply, Ron Siegel's Dining Room is our favorite tasting menu in the city, we would go there every day if we could. Daniel Patterson, on the other hand, just stunned us with his inventive and bold dishes.

Aqua, Manresa, Michael Mina (also our recent catering post) all scored 2 Food from us and 2 Stars from Michelin. Aqua is probably a weaker '2' then the rest of them, and I would say it's inexplicable that they are rated ahead Gary Danko's (and the 2 listed above), but you really can't go wrong with any of these. Incidentally, we had our the best meal of our lives (pre-blog) at Michael Mina, when they had their truffle menu, but our last visit was not as mind-blowing.

For Ame, Range, Cortez, Rubicon we pretty much agreed with Michelin scoring them a 1 star (we have them down as 2 Food), while we thought they overrated One Market and Quince. (We gave them a 1 Food).

We also thought they missed some real great restaurants in A16, Bong Su, Fringale, Spruce (maybe too new), Jeanty at Jack's (though their sister location Bistro Jeanty is a Michelin 1 star), Plumpjack Cafe (NB: Both our visits were during James Syhabout's short stint as Executive Chef), Ad Hoc and Lark Creek Steak.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Korean Inspired BBQ Shortribs

Korean Inspired BBQ Short Ribs
You can buy these thin-cut short ribs at any Asian grocery store. If you are in SF, try Sunset Super. We were at a friend's house who has a nice, big BBQ, so we grilled these short ribs after marinating them for between 6 and 24 hours.

Marinade for 3-4 lbs of short ribs:
-5 tb soy
-3 packets Splenda
-2 tb sesame oil
-2 tb rice vinegar
-1" knob ginger, grated
-2 ts garlic powder
-2 tb rooster sauce

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