Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Dinner at Osha Thai, San Francisco, CA

We went to Osha with some friends and ordered quite a smorgasboard. I think in the end it was approx. $30 per person.

Pineapple Fried Rice
This was a bit sweet for us and the raisins seemed really out of place.

Whole Fried Fish
We were expecting something a bit more savory and the sauce served with this fish was just too sweet.

Beef Wasabi Rolls
There was nothing particularly wrong with this dish, but it was nothing special. Basically, beef was wrapped around veggies.

Green Curry with Beef
A tasty version, if a bit mild.

Pad See Ew
The wide egg noodles make this savory dish feel a bit more homey.

Red Curry
This was tasty, although I always wish that dark meat were used instead of white, which tends to dry out.

Food: 1
Decor: 2
Service: 1

Osha Thai
149 2nd St.
San Francisco, CA 94105

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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Have you noticed anything?

Depending on how closely you follow our blog, you may have noticed the following:
1) Our eating habits seem to have drastically changed in the past few months. We are eating far more carbs and I have been cooking less.
2) We have been really bad about posting regularly.

Well, there are a couple of reasons for this;
1) I'm pregnant (which I can finally say out in the open, since both my and Giao's bosses have been informed of the news).
2) We've moved houses.

So, what I'm trying to say is, we know that we haven't been keeping up with the blog as much as usual, and that's because we've been very busy, and I've been dog-tired and honestly, for several weeks in there I could barely look at anything more interesting than a plain bagel or some mac 'n cheese without feeling like (or actually) puking. It was sad for me, as I derive so much pleasure from food and from cooking.

While I can't claim that our lives will become any less busy in the foreseeable future, I can say that we plan to post a bit more regularly, especially as I am able to cook more regularly.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Dinner at Zare at Flytrap, San Francisco, CA

We met a friend for dinner and he suggested Zare. The Flytrap restaurant was taken over, and renamed, by chef Zare earlier this year. I hadn't actually heard of it, even though it is quite close to my office and to where we used to live. The atmosphere was actually quite nice. It was very homey, yet elegant. Strangely, it was very warm in the restaurant. However, the food was really nothing special. some of it was actually bad, but most of it was just not great. I wouldn't eat here again. But maybe I'd stop in for dessert. The dessert was very good.

Fried Burrata $10
This was good, but I think that frying is perhaps not the best technique for burrata. You sort of lose the tenderness once it is fried, and he could have just as easily gone with regular mozzerella and we would not have known the difference.

Pistachio Meatballs with Pomegranite Glaze $12
When these first arrived, they were raw in the middle, which I can't have right now due to the pregnancy. The waiter graciously returned them to be cooked a bit more, and then the chef himself brought them out to us. However, they were just rubbery and bad. The glaze was too sweet and we could not eat them. The waiter/chef did take them off our bill, however, even though we did not ask for that, which I thought was very nice.

Bone Marrow with Bergamot Preserve $12
This sounded good, but the marrow was a weird texture, sort of grainy and rubbery at the same time, instead of smooth and spreadable.

Ménage a foie $18
Foie gras with grilled peach.
Sheep liver with pickled jalapeño and roasted Roma tomatoes.
Chicken liver with onion marmalade, aged balsamic.
Giao thought that the foie was good, and the others were ok.

Pasta with Lamb Cheek Bolognese $12
This was actually quite delicious. The sauce was tender and the flavors robust.

Fried Milk Torrijas with Cinnamon Sugar and Rosewater Hot Chocolate $9
This was a mouth-watering dessert. The "torrijas" were basically brioche, soaked in sweet milk and then deep fried and they were so good when dipped in the thick hot chocolate.

Food: 1
Decor: 2
Service: 1

Zare at the Flytrap
606 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94107

Can't find health code violations.

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Appetizers at Bong Su, San Francisco, CA

We stopped off at Bong Su to grab a drink before dinner and also decided to have a little snack.

Duck Rolls $7
Inside these lettuce wraps was duck confit, mango and cucumber. The sauce was a bit sweet, but quite good.

Food: 1
Decor: 2
Service: 1

Bong Su
311 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107

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