Saturday, September 18, 2010

Still eating away

I've been camera-less for a few weeks now but my tummy still rages on in the search of good food. Hopefully I'll get that chance to eat some in the next few days while I visit New York.

In the mean time, here are a few of things I've been eating:


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Osaka Fever Pizza @ Bluefin Sushi (SF)


Unagi Nigiri, Dragon Roll @ Bluefin Sushi (SF)


Albacore Tataki @ Bluefin Sushi (SF)

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Organic Loch Duart calmon carpaccio @ Isa (SF)


foie gras with yellow peaches @ Isa (SF)


Roasted rack of lamb with sautèed eggplant, zucchini, red peppers, nicoise olives & lamb jus@ Isa (SF)

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Roasted Squab @ Asian Pearl (Fremont)


Clay Pot Eggplant @ Asian Pearl (Fremont)

Blue Fin Sushi
1810 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 387-2441
http://www.bluefinsushisf.com

ISA
3324 Steiner St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 567-9588
http://www.isarestaurant.com

Asian Pearl
43635 Boscell Rd
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 979-1368

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Gary Danko

A quick mini post byte. I took my girlfriend to Gary Danko for her birthday along with a surprise 2005 cab from Silver Oak Cellars. My expectations going in were rather high because of all the wonderful reviews and comments I've received from friends and family. And to my delight, I was completely overwhelmed by the flavors, textures, and foods I encountered. You can read a much more extensive posting about our meal over at Taste Tests.


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Incredible Lobster Risotto. Melts in your mouth. I even ate the mushrooms and I hate mushrooms


Seared Foie Gras


Seared Sea Scallops


Braised Lamb Shoulder


Herb Crusted Loin


Pork Tenderloin and Pork Belly (This is absolutely to die for). I could have eaten 3 dishes of just the pork belly.


I can't think of more decadent and rich dessert that this chocolate souffle. Fabulous and Fluffy to the very last bite.


Creme Brulee Trio

If you're coming to SF and you have time to only eat at one restaurant, I would highly recommend Gary Danko hands down. Note that it recommend you call in advance for a reservation (up to 2 months ahead).

Gary Danko
800 N Point St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 749-2060
http://www.garydanko.com


Silver Oak Cellars
915 Oakville Cross Rd
Oakville, CA 94562
(800) 273-8809
http://www.silveroak.com

Saturday, August 21, 2010

SF Street Food

Thanks to Foodbuzz, I was able to head out early to the 2nd Annual SF Street Food Festival and have an early taste of the foods being prepared. The festival is organized by La Cocina, a non profit organization in the mission district of San Francisco that provides low-income food entrepreneurs advice, support, and space to build out sustaining businesses.


Proscuitto Wrapped Figs (Chez Papa Resto)


Taco de Alhambre (El Huarache Loco)


Roli Roti! Rotisseur Thomas Odermatt at the helm!


Three Twins Ice Cream - Lemon Cookie
(This flavor is fantastic. It's like eating a light lemon ice cream with shortbread cookies)


Mexican Chocolate Creme Brulee - The Creme Brulee Cart


Crushed up pork skin. yum! - Roli Roti


Delicious! Pork Porchetta Sandwich. Finger licking good. - Roli Roti

Vendors:
Roli Roti - http://www.roliroti.com/
Chez Papa Resto - http://www.chezpapasf.com/
El Huarache Loco - http://www.lacocinasf.org/el-huarache-loco/
Three Twins Ice Cream - http://threetwinsicecream.com/

La Cocina
http://www.lacocinasf.org/

Foodbuzz
http://www.foodbuzz.com/

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Kaeshi with Udon

This past weekend, I was trying to figure out what to make to accompany my girlfriend's lovely pan seared salmon. In the freezer were several packages of udon noodles but I couldn't find any sauce to go with it. After scouring on the internet I was luckily able to find a recipe for Kaeshi (a sauce to compliment cold noodles such as udon or soba) that was both easy to make and great tasting!


slowly simmering the mixture


Throw in some udon, a little bit of green onion (some finely diced ginger if you want), and it's time to eat!

Combine with some chilled udon or soba noodles and the dish is ready to eat. My noodle of preference is udon noodles because they have a thick and deliciously chewy texture. Thanks to Maki at Justhungry.com for the awesome kaeshi recipe. Note that when using the Kaeshi I like to add cold water 1:1 to the amount of Kaeshi I pour out into a bowl to prevent the sauce from being too strong, overly sweet and too salty.

Kaeshi: (Adapted from 6 Cup recipe - adjusted in proportion)
  • 2 cups of good quality dark soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup of mirin
  • 1/3 cup of granulated white sugar

Put the mirin in a pan and bring up to the boil; lower the heat and let simmer a bit to evaporate much of the alcohol content.

Add sugar and stir until melted. Add the soy sauce, and let it warm up slowly, stirring. It should never boil - once it starts barely bubbling, take it off the heat.

Save extra kaeshi for future use.

Kaeshi, soba and udon noodle soup or sauce base
by Maki
Original Recipe from Justhungry.com

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Baking Time

Finally had a chance to update the blog after a whirlwind of things consuming the time in my life. Oddly as it sounds, spending 20-30 minutes mixing stuff together to make a delicious baked good was the most calming and yet best part of my day during a hectic work week. I ended up putting together 4 dozen mini pumpkin cupcakes (1/2 went to my gf) and the other 1/2 is slowly being devoured in my household.


The plate looks empty because I was hungry taking the picture haha


Until next time!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Bluefin Sushi

I'm alive! For now at least. Real life has been keeping me busy and away from my blog, but fortunately food has continued to be plentiful in my life. A few months ago, I bounced over to Bluefin Sushi in the Richmond district of SF for dinner.


Ramen! I didn't get a chance to have any but it smelled great!


Volcano Roll - Baked Salmon w/ Spicy Cream Sauce, Snow Crab, Avocado & Tobiko - The spiciness caught me a bit off guard but the flavor was great!


Osaka Fever Pizza - Garlic Sauce with Salmon Skin, Shrimp Tempura, Unagi, Onion, Bell Pepper, Black Olives, Green Onion, Seaweed - This was delicious! Savory and sweet in the fun form of a slice of pizza! I'm pretty sure I could eat this all by myself and then some! The unagi as a topping was a great addition to the taste and I'm bound to try it sometime in my own kitchen


Cute Orange Halves that came with the bill - All they were missing were umbrellas!

Overall, a satisfying Japanese food experience with delicious items I don't usually order. I've yet to try more of the fish so this will have to wait till next time!

Bluefin Sushi
1810 Clement St

(between 19th Ave & 20th Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 387-2441

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Let’s be Frank

I was over in Crissy Field walking around taking scenic shots of San Francisco when I passed by this interesting looking Hot Dog stand. Can’t say I’ve ever had a Grass-Fed Beef Hot Dog, so I plunked down the 6 bucks for one all beef Frank Dog. Threw on some grilled onions and some ketchup and I was ready to chow down!

Let’s be Frank Food Cart @ Crissy Field in San Francisco

The Frank Dog, about a foot of wholesome hot dog-ness

Overall, the Hot Dog was excellent. The dog itself was a bit tougher than your average hot dog but was much more meaty and it had none of those squishy fat chunks. It was like biting into a tasty super lean sausage. Not sure I’d pay almost 6 bucks for a hot dog again anytime soon, but this was a nice treat! They have multiple locations which you can find at the website.

Crissy Field
http://www.letsbefrankdogs.com

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Ohgane Korean BBQ

When you think of good Korean restaurants, you normally don’t think of Pleasanton, Dublin or anywhere in the Tri-Valley area for that matter. While Pleasanton, Dublin and San Ramon have been deluged by average Korean restaurants, this newcomer has been a refreshing change. Located where Tri Valley Korean BBQ used to be, the new staff and management are very friendly and will do their best to meet your needs whether it’s refilling dishes, drinks, packing food, or getting additional dishes and utensils for you. While the main dishes don’t measure up to LA’s Korean restaurants, their side dish variety and quality is impressive and the main dishes are decent.

Ohgane Korean BBQ! The new Dublin location has a sister location in Oakland.

Pan Chan – Their side dishes change every time I visit. My favorite was crisped seaweed with roasted sugar. The fishcake is darn good too.

Seafood Pancake – Just the right amount of flour and fried to a golden crisp

Spicy Pork Bugolgi – Well cooked and served hot, but lacking a bit in flavor and spices.


Beef Bugolgi – A little on the dry side but the meat is generally pretty lean

japchae – Mushrooms, vegetables, beef, and bell peppers cooked with noodles. My favorite dish hands down. On the heavier side when it comes to oil but still very tasty.

Spicy Tofu soup – Came on the house and was decent. The tofu was fresh and the broth was well seasoned.

A great Korean restaurant to try if you’re in the Tri Valley area and can’t make it out to Oakland and you don’t know when you can make it to LA again.

Ohgane Korean BBQ
7877 Amador Valley Blvd
Dublin, CA 94568
(925) 875-1232
http://www.ohganebbq.com/

Halu

I found Halu while searching for decent ramen restaurants in the bay area.  A quaint little hole in the wall in San Francisco’s Richmond district with lots of Beatles themed memorabilia, they serve all types of Japanese dishes including ramen, noodle dishes, and yakitori. This posting is the culmination of two visits. On the first visit on a Thursday night at 8pm, I ordered ramen but they ran out! (They open at 5PM Mon-Sat.) Instead I ordered a cold noodle soba dish and age-dashi tofu.  On the second visit with my girlfriend, I was finally able to try the ramen as well as their yakitori.

Age-dashi Tofu – Delicious fried silken tofu in a sweet soy sauce with scallions and diced ginger on top. I’d order this again. The tofu was soft and fresh while the fried batter was just thick enough to hold while being eaten with chop sticks.

Sliced avocados, cucumbers, cooked eggs, and seaweed over buckwheat noodles with ponzu sauce – A nice refreshing dish for the summer months. Or when you just feel like it. Light and citrus-y.

Icy Cold Sapporo – Nuff Said

Chef’s Choice of Yakitori – From left to right (My memory is rough but I believe these were the items) Beef, chicken, stuffed mushrooms, meatballs, okra, shrimp, chicken wings. Not fantastic, but overall good.

Chashu-men – Chashu Ramen – The noodles were of a good consistency while the broth was both salty and savory. The cuts of meat and the side of corn in the broth were nice as well.  Great for a cold foggy day in the city.  I would argue it’s better than Santa Ramen in San Mateo at least based on the last few visits there.

If you’re looking for good ramen in the city, you will be satisfied here. Better than most of the joints in Japan town at the very least.  I do believe other San Mateo/South Bay ramen joints sound promising though.

Halu
312 8th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415)221-9165

Dine About Town Part 2 - Ruth's Chris

The day after ISA, I went with my girlfriend and a few other friends to Ruth’s Chris for a steak dinner. Now while I normally don’t think of huge hunks of meat as being my favorite dinner of choice, the food was pretty darn impressive. Well flavored and evenly cooked, the rib eye was delicious. Every bite went down with satisfaction and the sides dishes were good too! I would say it’s a pretty close tie between Harris and Ruth’s Chris when it comes down to hearty marbled steaks.

Groth 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, Napa Valley – My awesome girlfriend brought this bottle to dinner! An excellent pairing with our dishes!
Vinaigrette Salad – Mixed Greens
Rib-eye, cooked medium rare – Nicely cooked piece of marbled meat, juicy and loaded with flavor
Side Dish of Creamed Spinach
Side Dish of Mashed Potatoes – Nice and smooth creamy mashed potatoes dipped in butter
Chocolate Mousse with a blueberry on top with whipped cream
Carrot Cake with Carrot shavings on top
I definitely came here for the meat and my expectations were fully met. The side dishes were well made but nothing special which was okay by me. The desserts however were a bit disappointing. They were rather bland and although presentation was nice, I wouldn’t have missed them. While other desserts were available, they were off the Dine about Town menu and rather expensive unfortunately. Hopefully, what we had wasn’t representative of their entire dessert selection. Overall, another excellent choice for Dine About Town. Can’t wait till it comes back in June!

Ruth’s Chris
1601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 673-0557
http://www.ruthschris.com