Saturday, January 19, 2008

Dinner at 1550 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA

It was Dine-About-Town time again and some friends invited us to 1550 Hyde, a place we'd never been but which is apparently all about the organics. The food was decent, but didn't blow us away by any means.

Carmelized Fennel Soup $8
This sounded great in theory, but in reality it just tasted like a lackluster French onion soup. We could not taste the fennel at all.

Cassoulet $19
A classic French stew of duck, sausage and beans. This was a pretty tasty rendition.

Steak Frites $25
The meat was a bit tough. This was a mediocre dish.

Food: 1
Decor: 1
Service: 1

1550 Hyde Street Cafe and Wine Bar
1550 Hyde Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

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Saturday Brunch at Home

We hadn't done Christmas with Alexis's sister and brother in law, so we decided to do a leisurely Saturday brunch at our house.

Tomato, Basil and Cheese Scramble with Bacon

Fresh Fruit Salad with Apples, Pears, Raspberries, Blueberries and Blackberries
Dressed simply with lemon juice.

This delicious recipe is a perfect backdrop to fruit, or just plain lemon and sugar.

-1 cup flour
-1 egg, beaten
-1 tb melted butter
-1 pinch salt
-1 and 1/2 to 2 cups milk

Whisk everything together and then ladle into a a hot, greased pan. Flip when edges begin to brown. Cook for about 15 seconds and flip onto a plate. The stack of crepes can be kept on a plate in a 200 oven, covered, until ready to serve.

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Noodles from Long Life? Not as good as remembered

Fried Noodles with Chicken and Mushrooms $8
Giao always talks about how great this place is, reminiscing about when he used to be carbs with abandon. Sadly, in reality, the noodles were far worse than remembered. They were salty and gooey and generally not very good.
Food: 0
Decor: 0
Service: 0

Long Life Noodle Company and Jook Joint
101 4th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Quick Meal from Americano, San Francisco, CA

Bahn Mi $12
This was the cheapest thing on Americano's menu that also looked good. It was incredibly greasy, but the flavors were nice, if subtle.

Food: 1
Decor: 2
Service: 1

8 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

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Lunch from Morty's Deli, San Francisco, CA

Alexis' office had a catered-in lunch from Morty's Deli. It was surprisingly good deli food.

Tomato Soup
Fresh, hot and tomato-y.

Cobb Salad and Roast Beef Sandwich
The sandwich was packed with meat (which is rare outside of NYC). This was a really good deli sandwich, reminiscent of NYC. The salad ingredients were really fresh and tasty as well.

Food: 1
Decor: NA
Service: NA

Morty's Delicatessen

280 Golden Gate Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Wonton Soup from Sapphire, San Francisco, CA

Wonton Soup $6
Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: 0

475 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

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Fenugreek Chicken Curry

A quick, weeknight meal.

-1 lb green beans, trimmed and cut in thirds
-4 chicken breasts, cut in bite size chunks
-1 can diced tomatos
-1 onion, roughly chopped
-10 cloves garlic
-2 tb fenugreek powder
-1 tb turmeric
-1 tb salt
-1 tb roasted curry powder

Sautee the chicken in a large pot of wok until browned. Puree the onion, tomato and garlic and add that to the pot. Reduce heat and add the spices. Simmer for about 15 minutes. Add the green beans and simmer until tender.

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Pizza Bagels!

Alexis thinks the idea of a pizza bagel is disgusting, but Giao and K were requesting them, so she obliged. As it turned out, they were praised as the most delicious of all pizza bagels. We toasted the bagels lightly, then spooned on boiled down, leftover homemade tomato soup. We topped that with diced salami and "mexican blend" cheese from Costco. We then put it in the toaster oven until melty and crispy.

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