Saturday, April 26, 2008

Frozen Yogurt Reinvented at TuttiMelon, San Francisco, CA

After grocery shopping at the Sunset Super, we saw a whole bunch of people standing in line outside someplace called TuttiMelon. Tuttimelon, it turns out, is frozen yogurt reenvisioned. It was cheap, so we decided to give it a try. It was actually quite good. The frozen yogurt (plain) was very tangy and not very sweet at all, which was a welcome surprise. You get 2 toppings for free (all sort of fruit, cereals, mochi, etc.) and each additional topping is $0.50.

Small Frozen Yogurt with Mango and Kiwi $1.95
Fresh, tangy and refreshing.

Small Frozen Yogurt with Mango, Blackberries and Chestnuts $2.45
Giao really liked the chestnuts in addition to the fruit.

Food: 1
Decor: 1
Service: 1

2150 Irving Street
San Francisco, CA

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Quick Lunch at Yum Yum Fish, San Francisco, CA

We were in the neighborhood and stopped by Yum Yum Fish, one of our favorite sushi places, only to find that the French butcher they share their (very tiny) space with had left and it looked like for good. This was very sad for us. But we ate anyway.

Miso Soup $2
A great, classic version

Seaweed Salad $4
Not a great presentation, but delicious nonetheless.

Poke and Uni $20
This isn't exactly what you think of when you think of poke, as the fish chunks are huge and the sauce is draped over rather than coating the fish. However, the fish is fresh and the portion is very large.

Food: 2
Decor: 0
Service: 0

Yum Yum Fish
2181 Irving Street
San Francisco, CA 94122

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Chili Ribs with Wilted Parmasean Spinach

We added a very simple, iron-rich side dish to our no-fail chili-rubbed baby-back ribs. The spinach was simple wilted in a hot pan for about 30 seconds, then seasoned with salt and pepper and sprinkled with freshly grated parmasean.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bacon and Carmelized Onion Quiche

Quiche is a great make-ahead dish that is great at any temperature and packs up well for lunch. we don't like crust very much, so we simply omit the crust and pour the filling into a well-greased pie pan.

-10 eggs
-1 cup cream
-1 cup shredded cheese
-1 onion, minced
-6 slices bacon, cut into lardons

Render the bacon and cook the onions in the grease. Drain off the remaining grease. Beat the eggs, cream, cheese, onion and bacon together and season with salt and pepper. Pour mixture into a greased pie plate and bake on 375 for about 45 minutes, or until top is puffed and golden and a toothpick comes out of the center clean.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Mediterranean Halibut with Roasted Root Veggies

Anything you can roast in the ovens allows for a very hands-off cooking experience that is perfect for a weeknight. In this case, both dishes were baked at the same temperature, for different amounts of time. Additionally, roasting brings out the natural sweetness in root veggies and, thus, they require little adornment when cooked this way.

Roasted Root Veggies:
-5 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
-5 baby turnips, roughly chopped
-2 parsnips, peeled and roughly chopped

Toss the veggies with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in a covered pan on 375 for about an hour, or until fork tender. Turn occasionally.

Mediterranean Halibut
-1 handful sun dried tomatoes, rehydrated and chopped
-1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, chopped
-1/2 cup artichoke hearts, chopped
-1 1/2 lb filet of halibut

Season the halibut with salt and pepper. Mix the chopped veggies together and spread in a thick layer over the fish. Bake for about 15 minutes on 375, or until fish flakes with a fork.

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Stuffed Purple Cabbage Rolls

This recipe was different from the last time I made cabbage rolls in only a few ways. This time I 1) added 1/2 cup cooked quinoa to the filling; 2) added 1 bunch of chopped, sauteed turnip greens to the filling and 3) used beautiful purple cabbage.

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BBQ from L&L's Hawaiian BBQ

We were at our friends' one year old's birthday party on an unseasonably cold day, at a park in San Mateo. Hawaiian BBQ is generally too sweet for us, and this was no exception.

Short Ribs
A bit sweet and because it was so cold, the fat solidified quickly.

Rice, Nori and Pork Cutlet
These were actually quite tasty and easy to eat in the wind.

Food: 0
Decor: NA
Service: NA

L&L's Hawaiian BBQ
312 Kearny St.
San Francisco, CA 94108

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