Thursday, November 26, 2009

Tanto

Tanto is a cute little Japanese restaurant in Sunnyvale located right off of El Camino Real. Here are a few photos from our meal. I almost always try the Agedashi tofu at all Japanese restaurants I visit. One bite and you know how fresh their tofu is which in turn is an indicator of how fresh the rest of their ingredients are. Not a fail proof rule but one that has proven true most in most of my experiences.



Agedashi Tofu - The Agedashi Tofu was fresh and tasted silky smooth while the sauce was just sweet enough.


Unagi Nigiri - Straight up no frills Grilled Unagi lightly covered with kabayaki sauce


Salmon Sashimi - Fatty, Soft, and melts in your mouth good


Stir Fried Udon Noodles with Vegetables - Standard noodles that were cooked with Cabbage and bonito shavings. Lightly cooked in oil.


Tanto
1063 E El Camino Real
Sunnyvale CA 94087
(408) 244-7311

Monday, November 23, 2009

Foodbuzz 1st Annual Blogger Festival Day 2

Been sick and and busy with work, but without further ado...




Olive Oil Tasting - Warm up, swirl, and suck it up!




Dried fruits, preserves, and olive oils


Shrimp Ceviche with chilies - This was delicious and not to mention came in very cute bite size cups





My favorite mini cupcakes once again from Mission Minis (Velvet, Pumpkin, and Chocolate). The bite size portions are perfect for popping in the mouth.


Candied Marshmallows from Gateau et Ganache - Mini marshmallows with a slight hint of flavor. Not a huge fan of marshmallows but passion fruit was my favorite.



Passion fruit ganache also from Gateau et Ganache


California Sparklers Wine Tasting - 4 different glasses of bubbly


Aha! Savory Pumpkin Bread Pudding


Chocolate covered nuts from Au Coeur des Chocolats



Beer-braised pork over polenta from Mezzetta



Diced beets with meringue on a pastry bottom



After all the lovely food we had in the afternoon, everyone headed over to Greenleaf Produce Warehouse for a dinner prepared by Namu and Outstanding in the field.


Ahi tonnato on pain de mie with gochukaru and parley - scrumptious starters


Grilled Monterey calamari with Udon - This dish had a nice kick to it even when mixed with the cold udon noodles. Refreshing and Spicy


Roasted brussels sprouts, ponzu fried garlic, guanciale, and bonito flakes


Soy braised beef cheeks and oxtails, baby carrots and fingerling potato - The meat was incredibly tender and melts in your mouth.

Thanks again to Foodbuzz for hosting such an incredible event!

Vendors:
Mission Minis - http://missionminis.com/
Geteau et Ganache - http://gateauetganache.com/
Au Coeur des Chocolats - http://www.heartofchocolates.com/
Mezzetta - http://www.mezzetta.com/
Annie the Baker - http://anniethebaker.com/
Namu - http://www.namusf.com/
Outstanding in the Field - http://www.outstandinginthefield.com/

Foodbuzz
http://www.foodbuzz.com/


Monday, November 16, 2009

Foodbuzz 1st Annual Blogger Festival Day 1 - Food Carts

Definitely have to give it up to Foodbuzz for hosting such an awesome festival filled with featured food bloggers from all around the US, delicious food, and fun gifts. There's something to be said about an event where everyone is taking out their cameras to take pictures of the food before we eat it. And it's so nice to not get weird looks for doing so! Friday's theme was food carts from around the city all gathered at the Ferry building to give all us foodies a chance to taste their creations.



Getting ready to head over to the food carts with Taste Tests


Much Love to Foodbuzz!


Mission Minis! Awesome Mini Cupcakes - Velvet Chocolate takes it away again! Although the cupcakes look small, they're actually just the right size for a single bite!


Pork Rinds - Deep fried pork skin. Goes down like a shrimp chip! It's really addictive - 4505 Meats


Taco from Tacolicious - all locally sourced ingredients!


Pork Porchetta Sandwich - Roli Roti. This mouthwatering sandwich was made with an onion marmalade and crushed pork skin. Favorite of the Night. I'd go for seconds...and thirds...


Steak & Gruyere Pie - The Pie Truck!


Raw Vegan Cheesecake - Alive


Assorted Mushrooms on a fluffy tart on the bottom. I'm not a huge fan of mushrooms but the girlfriend loved it! - Spencer on the Go


Flatbread with Avocado, Tomato, and Basil - Alive


Hog Island Oyster


Sweet Beets w/ Blue Cheese - Alive


Pizza Politana - Wood oven pizza! My slice was lacking a bit in flavor though

And that's it for the first day!

Vendors:
4505 Meats - http://www.4505meats.com/
Alive - http://www.aliveveggie.com/
Hog Island Oyster Co - http://www.hogislandoysters.com/
Mission Minis - http://missionminis.com/
Pie Truck - http://thepietruck.wordpress.com/
Pizza Politana - http://www.pizzapolitana.com/
Roli Roti - http://www.roliroti.com/
Spencer on the Go - http://spenceronthego.com/
Straus Family Creamery - http://www.strausfamilycreamery.com/
Tacolicious - http://www.tacolicioussf.com/
Skyy Spirits - http://www.skyyspirits.com/


Foodbuzz
http://www.foodbuzz.com/

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Koi Garden

The newer sister restaurant of Koi Palace, Koi Garden is an upscale Chinese restaurant serving authentic Hong Kong style dim sum and dishes. I recently took my sister to Koi Garden to sit down and samples their dim sum during lunch on a Sunday. Even in the East Bay, its surprising how quickly all the tables are filled up even before noon. You definitely need to come by early if you are coming with the family or a large group of people.



Baked BBQ Pork Buns Glazed with Honey/Syrup - The bread exterior was soft and sweet while the BBQ pork inside perfectly balanced against the bun.


Tripe w/ Sesame Oil dipping sauce - Very tender and soft


Chicken Claw in Black Bean Sauce - Well flavored and perfectly steamed. If you love chicken claws, and you know who you are, you will love it here. The skin literally melts off into your mouth.


Black Sesame Glutenous Rice Balls - My favorite Chinese dessert. Grounded black sesame inside a delicious rice ball. The roasted black sesame creates a rich taste inside an equally sweet rice ball. I ate a few of these accidentally (or not.)


BBQ Pork Rice Rolls


Coffee Glazed Pork Spareribs - A new take on an authentically Asian staple. The coffee flavor was definitely noticeable but very light.


Steamed Spinach Shrimp Dumplings



Ha Gao (Steamed Shrimp Dumplings) - The skin was soft and well made. While the shrimp inside is easy to make, creating the right rice skin wraps make all the difference in the quality of Ha Gao. I would definitely come back again for these.

While the prices are a bit higher than what you would find at an average Chinese dim sum restaurant in the Bay Area, Koi Garden is definitely worth every extra penny. The service and quality of the food are impeccable. If you're too far out in the East Bay to go to Koi Palace, you can't go wrong heading to Koi Garden. I'd argue that its worth the wait if you want good authentic dim sum.

Koi Garden @ Dublin
Ulferts Center
4288 Dublin Blvd Ste 213
Dublin, CA 94568
(925) 833-9090
http://www.koipalace.com