Saturday, May 10, 2008

Vij's Lambchops and Roasted Carrot and Turnip Salad with Cilantro Pesto

Vij's Lamb Popsicles in Turmeric Cream Sauce
After many, many attempts, Alexis has finally perfected this sauce. Last time it didn't break, which was a relief, but this time the consistency was perfect. This sauce involves lots of patience, the substitution of half and half for cream and a spoonful of cornstarch. Click here for the recipe.

Roasted Carrot and Turnip Salad in Cilantro Pesto
This salad was served room temperature and was hearty and bright at the same time.

-8 carrots, peeled and chopped
-5 baby turnips, cut in eighths
-1 bunch cilantro
-juice of 1 lime
-1 handful pine nuts
-2 cloves garlic
-salt to taste

Roast the carrots and turnips on 375 until fork tender. Set aside to cool. Puree the remaining ingredients until a paste forms. When the veggies are cool, toss them in the cilantro pesto.

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Stick to Your Ribs Brunch at The Pork Store, San Francisco, CA

We hadn't been to the Pork Store, our favorite breakfast place, for a long time. This is probably because it is nowhere near our place and we are really lazy. However, this morning, we woke up with a hankering for biscuits and gravy and The Pork Store is the best place in the city for this particular concoction.

Chicken Fried Steak with Fried Eggs and Hash Browns $10
The chicken fried steak is crispy on the outside and so tender you can cut it with the edge of the fork. The hash browns are good, but I really only like the crispy bits.

Pork Chops, Fried Eggs and Hash Browns $10
The pork chops are plentiful and tender. This is a very country breakfast.

Biscuits and Sausage Gravy $3
Light fluffy biscuits drenched in peppery, smooth gravy with lots of sausage bits.

Banana Pecan Pancake $2
Giao really wanted this, although to Alexis it looked horrid. We forgot to take a picture before Giao devoured it, however.

Food: 2
Decor: 0
Service: 1

The Pork Store Cafe
1451 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

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Friday, May 09, 2008

BBQ in San Mateo, CA

We went to a coworker of Giao's house for a BBQ. She graciously hosted this nice BBQ for their entire (albeit small) company, plus SOs. Everything was pretty tasty. On this plate is pickled cauliflower, pasta salad, grilled sausage and grilled shrimp.

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Unexpected Deliciousness at Chavo's, San Francisco, CA

Carnitas Burrito $6
This burrito was HUGE and really pretty darn good. The best part was that the grilled the tortilla first so that it was extra crispy on the outside.

Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: 1

595 Bryant St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
Health Code Violations

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Lettuce Cups

Lettuce cups are a great meal for when you have a lot of random ingredients to use up. They are also tasty and healthy.

-2 lbs ground turkey
-1 bunch turnip greens
-1 can sliced water chestnuts, minced
-1 onion, diced
-3 tb oyster sauce
-2 tb hoisin sauce
-5 tb dark soy
-1 tb rice vinegar
-3 tb chili garlic sauce
-1 tb sesame seeds

Sautee the onions in some of the soy sauce. Add all of the other ingredients and sautee until the meat is doen and the liquid has evaporated. Serve in large lettuce leaves.

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Beef Empanada at Jollibee, San Francisco, CA

Walking by Jollibee, the Phillipino fast food joint near our house, we noticed that they had empanadas. We are suckers for meat pies, so we had to try it, even though we'd just eaten breakfast.

Beef Empanada $2
A bit too doughy and a bit too sweet because of the raisins, but not a bad deal for two bucks.

Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: 1

200 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Balsamic Mustard Salmon and Ponzu Bok Choy

This was literally a 20 minute dinner. You can't beat that for timing. Take that, Rachel Ray.

-1 tb whole grain mustard
-2 tb balsamic vinegar
-1 1/2 lb filet of salmon

Mix the mustard and vinegar and pour over the salmon. Bake the salmon on 375 for about 10 minutes.

Steamed Bok Choy with Ponzu
-1 head bok choy, chopped
-2 tb dark soy
-1 tb rice vinegar
-1 packet Splenda

While the fish bakes, steam the chopped bok choy. Mix the doy, Splenda and vinegar and pour over the bok choy.

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Cinco de Mayo!

Lime Cilantro Shrimp and Spigariello Fajitas
It was cinco de mayo and so we had to eat something Mexican, or a derivative thereof. In addition to the shrimp, we layered sour cream, cheese, salsa verde, chopped black olives, sauteed spigariello and beans into a low carb tortilla.

Cilantro Lime Shrimp
-3/4 lb shrimp, peeled and halved
-1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped
-juice of 1 lime
-salt and pepper to taste

In a bit of olive oil, sautee the shrimp until just done, the add all of the other ingredients and serve.

Sauteed Spigariello
-1 lb spigariello, chopped
-salt and pepper to taste

Sautee the chopped spigariello in a little olive oil until tender. Season with salt and pepper.

Kicked Up Refried Beans
-1 can refried beans
-1/2 onion, diced
-3 cloves garlic, minced

Sautee the onions and garlic in a bit of oil until golden. Add the refried beans and heat thoroughly.

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Another Fabulous Meal at Ad Hoc, Yountville, CA

We went back to Ad Hoc and had another great meal. The cost is $48 per person and for that you get 4 courses and free seconds. The atmosphere is casual and the food is stellar.

Spring Salad
This salad was loaded with butter lettuce, fingerling potatoes, fresh peas, purple cauliflower and baby carrots. The dressing was light and slightly acidic and let the flavor of the veggies shine through.

Penne with Sausage
This dish was perfectly seasoned and somehow hearty and light at the same time.

Guinea Hen
The meat was succulent and the skin was crispy. What more could we ask for?

Cheese with Hazelnuts and Honey
We can't remember what type of cheese this was, but it was tasty.

Make-Your-Own Ice Cream Sundae
This was a perfect (and fun) way to end the meal. We each got a perfect single scoop of vanilla ice cream and a tray full of toppings, including caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, fresh strawberries and candies pecans.

Food: 2
Decor: 2
Service: 1

Ad Hoc Restaurant
6476 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599

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