Saturday, June 14, 2008

Seafood Dinner Menu at Tu Lan, San Francisco, CA

We took K to Tu Lan, our favorite cheap-o Vietnamese place in the city. We ordered the 4 course seafood dinner that comes to a grand total of $32 (the whole dinner! not per person).

Spring Rolls
Classic and oh-so-tasty.

Crab Asparagus Soup
This is really the best soup ever. You can taste the crab and the asparagus and even the subtlety of the egg.

Warm Shrimp Salad
This dish is tasty, served on a sort of slaw, but the shrimp were not deviened, so that's kinda gritty.
Squid Stirfy
This is the only dish we don't really like in the seafood menu. The sauce is just way too gelatinous.

Fried Fish
The sauce is the star here--very acidic and gingery.

Tu Lan
8 Sixth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Another Tasty Lunch from The Sentinel (and Yank Sing), San Francisco, CA

These are some terrible pictures, and they don't do the food justice at all. The food was, once again, pretty darn delicious. We are glad to have a Dennis Leary joint so close to our offices.

Pastrami Sandwich $8
The bread was hot and grilled and held in the ooey gooey cheese, slaw and meat in the very tasty sandwich.

Pulled Pork Special $11
This pork was served with an apricot mustard sauce, a cucumber salad and strawberries and whipped cream for dessert. A small portion, but a well balanced meal nonetheless.

Avocado Gazpacho $6
This was not great, actually. Strike two on the soups for The Sentinel, but the sandwiches make up for it.
Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: 1

The Sentinel
37 New Montgomery
San Francisco, CA 94105

Giao rightfully guessed that Alexis would not bring enough food from The Sentinel to fill him up, so he stopped by Yank Sing to pick up some Fried Rice and dim sum.

Siu Mai, Fried Rice and Fried Wontons $8
Greasy goodness.

Food: 1
Decor: 1
Service: 0

Yank Sing
49 Stevenson St.
San Francisco, CA

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Lunch Special from Mehfil Indian Cuisine, San Francisco, CA

I went to meet Giao and our friend, E, for lunch as a central outdoor location. I picked up a lunch special from Mehfil, our favorite Indian place (which also happens to be very close to my office). The service at lunch is so quick. Despite the long line, I was in and out with my lunch in about 5 minutes. You can't beat the price either.

Meatballs $6
These tender meatballs are served in a thick, savory curry.

Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: 1

Mehfil Indian Cuisine
600 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Roasted Cauliflower with Thyme and Sausages

A simple dinner that really didn't involve a whole lot of actual cooking. We cooked the sausages in the George Foreman.

Roasted Cauliflower with Thyme
-1 head cauliflower
-3 sprigs fresh thyme
-salt and pepper to taste

Cut the cauliflower into florets and season with the thyme leaves, salt and pepper. Then place in a glass baking dish and cover with foil. Bake on 375 for about 1/2 and hour. Then remove foil and bake until browned.

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Monday, June 09, 2008

Super-fried at Burger King, Vancouver, BC Airport

We were still hungry after our bagels, so I went off on a search for more food. The only thing I found open was Burger King and they were only serving breakfast.

Hash Browns $1.50
I ordered 2 orders of hash browns. Since they were so cheap I thought they would be small, but the portions were huge. It was ok though, as I'd never had Burger King hash browns and they were actually embarrassingly tasty. They were basically like tater tots. After eating about half a serving though, we started to feel sick. I think it was just too much fried food too early in the morning.

Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: 0

Burger King
Vancouver Airport
Vancouver, BC

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Airport Breakfast at Tim Horton's, Vancouver, BC

We got to the airport so early and just about the only thing open was Tim Horton's, which must be a Canadian thing, since we'd never heard of it, but everyone else seemed to have. It was passable, but it was so early we barely cared.

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Bagel $3

Bagel with Cream Cheese $2
Also edible. At least this food was cheap.

Tim Horton's
Vancouver, BC Airport

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Sunday, June 08, 2008

Pilgrimmage to Vij's, Vancouver, BC

Although we went to Vancouver to visit my sister, going to Vij's was a definite part of the plan from the beginning. We've been hearing about Vij's from my family for a few years now and last Christmas I received the Vij's cookbook, from which we have made and adapted many delicious meals. We've been holding Vij's on this pedestal for a year now and we were very happy that it was everything we had hoped it would be. It was casual, yet elegant. The service was very good--as we were perusing the menu, servers came around offering small tasty treats. And the food. The food was really, really good.

Small Fried Bread with Cumin (gratuit)
A tasty bite of fried goodness that served only to whet our appetites.

Yucca Fries (gratuit)
Another tasty, fried treat.

Lamb, Beef and Paneer Samosas $12.75
These were, quite frankly, the very best samosas we've ever had. Ever. They were packed with meat and paneer, yet somehow tasted light. The pastry was doughy and flaky at the same time. And these samosas were served with a fresh coconut chutney that was interesting and a great complement to the rich samosas.

Spot Prawns and Kale in Coconut Curry $13
This was also very tasty. The spot prawns were sweet and perfectly cooked. We sopped up all of the sauce with the endless supply of fresh naan.

Naan (gratuit)
Soft, doughy and refilled as soon as we finished a basket of it.

Duck with Spicy Mango Sauce $26
The duck was plentiful and had a nice charred taste. It was cooked perfectly and the acidity of the mango nicely complemented the richness of the duck.

Lamb Popsicles with Fenugreek Cream Curry and Turmeric Potatoes and Spinach $26.50
I've made these many, many times from Vij's cookbook and so we had to try the original. Oddly, after I've been tweaking the recipe, I think I actually like my version a little better. My sauce is a little thicker and not quite as salty. Still these were delicious.

Saag Paneer with Punjabi Lentils $22
This was a simple dish, the highlight of which was the housemade paneer. Both dishes were a nice vegetarian contrast to the other dishes that we ordered.

Mango Pistachio Ice Cream $7
This was a simple, subtle and very sophisticated dessert. I shared it with my sister since we were both so stuffed.

Food: 2
Decor: 2
Service: 2

1480 West 11th Ave
Vancouver, BC

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Snacks at Solly's, Vancouver, BC

We had been talking about the great bagels at Solly's and then we passed by. Sadly, we'd been craving whitefish, and they didn't have it. However, they did have some other tasty goodies.

Potato and Cheese Knish $1.50
This would have been better warm, but it was still tasty.

Chocolate Rugalach $0.25
A tasty. chocolatey bite.
Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: 0

189 East 28 th Ave.
Vancouver, BC

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Roti Wraps at East is East, Vancouver, BC

We'd been eating all day, but we saw this place across the street and my sister told us we had to try these wraps. Who were we to resist?

Roti Wrap 2 for $11.50
These were essentially Indian burritos, and entirely delicious. One was stuffed with paneer and peas and the other with chicken tikka masala. Yum.

Food: 1
Decor: 1
Service: 0

East is East
3243 Broadway West
Vancouver, BC V6K 2H5, Canada

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More Vietnamese at Le Do, Vancouver, BC

On our way to buy some sausage for breakfast we stopped by yet another Vietnamese place in my sister's neighborhood.

Rice Cake with Roe, Scallions and Fish Sauce $4
This is a snack that Giao loves, but it's a bit too slimy for me.

BBQ Pork Bahn Mi $3
A decent rendition with lots of fresh herbs.

Spring Rolls $4
Not the prettiest, but solid in flavor.

Le Do
2292 Hastings Street East
Vancouver, BC V5L 1V4, Canada

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