Archive for August, 2010

Aug 28

Sweet Night at Steps of Rome

North Beach, San Francisco’s little Italian neighborhood is one of my favorite places for pasta, coffee and desserts! This evening, we went to Steps of Rome, and I couldn’t wait to order myself a cup of Cappuccino! When I got there, I was still quite full from my dinner but since I was here, I just had to order a Tiramisu too! I am so glad I ordered the fluffy sweet dessert, it complemented my warm strong Cappuccino perfectly!  Friendly staff, crowded space, perfect way to end the night!

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Aug 28

Park Chow : Fresh, Organic and Healthy

It’s been a while since I’ve had dinner at Park Chow, so when some friends wanted a place that was reasonable and good, I suggested it.  It was a Friday night and it was packed! One thing I was really impressed by was the service, it was a stressed out environment for the staff, and they all handled themselves very well from the moment we arrived and put our names down. We were seated on the Upstairs Patio, which has a top and heat lamps, it’s a very comfortable setting.  When I got my menu, I was looking for my favorite entree, the Beef Short Ribs, but as I kept looking, I realized it was no longer available! Could this be?! This is the only other reason why I would dine here, for the Beef Short Ribs and it was nowhere to be found!!! It was quite devastating quite frankly, but I moved on and ordered myself the Beef Pot Roast hoping that it would be as good as the Short Ribs.

We started off with lots of appetizers, the ½ Wood-Baked Artichoke, Golden-Fried Calamari, Steamed Mussels and Organic Summer Tomatoes on Garlic Toast. Yes, we were starving! All the appetizers were good, some were a little more salty than expected but still tasty. Again, it was a busy night, it took quite a while to get our food.  When we finally got our food, we were all happy, a few of us ordered the Beef Pot Roast hoping that it would be good like the Beef Short Ribs, I was telling them how good that dish used to be so the Beef Pot Roast should be just as good. My hubby got his favorite, the Pork Chops, he was so hungry he ordered two! When I took a bite of my Beef Pot Roast, I was extremely disappointed! What on earth is this?! It was very difficult to slice and it was the most chewy piece of meat! Oh my, I ate a few bites as my hubby was already done with his first piece of pork chop! I felt like crying but I was starving, yes, I was very sad about this piece of meat. My hubby, the sweet man he is, looked at me and traded plates with me, he gave me his other pork chop instead, which was delicious. At the end of the meal, a friend of ours asked our busy server about the Beef Pot Roast, his words “Is this supposed to be this dry?” Our server was embarrassed and said no, it’s supposed to be more tender. Due to our disappointment, she told the manager and they took 2 out of 3 of our orders of this sad dish off our check. Overall, the food here is okay, it’s not bad, just don’t expect the Beef Pot Roast to be similar to that delicious Beef Short Ribs.

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Aug 23

Refreshing Lemon Cucumbers

A friend of ours who works for Farm Fresh To You recently gave us some Lemon Cucumbers! When he gave them to us, I had no clue what this not so attractive fruit or vegetable was. However, after I sliced them, I noticed how pretty they were inside, they look just like cucumbers! This Lemon Cucumber is another reason why you should never judge a book by its cover! They look like a deformed lemon,  smells like a cucumber, crunchy on the outside and tastes a little tart with the refreshing cucumber flavors! I love it, this is my new favorite snack!

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Aug 23

Spicy Ramen at Ramen Dojo

I’ve been meaning to try Ramen Dojo, sounds like the new ramen place to be! It’s actually at the old Santa Ramen location, and I think it’s actually the same owner as Santa Ramen too, but I’m not definitely sure, it’s just what I heard.  It’s funny to be back at the old Santa location, they’ve done a great job transforming the tiny space with new furnishing. When we got there, there was a short line and we sat at the bar, lucky for us, there were only two of us so we were easy to accommodate. During our meal, the place was full the entire time and when we left, there were lots of people waiting outside. So it’s pretty apparent that this place is busy!

They specialize in Spicy Ramens, offering Spicy Soy Sauce Flavor, Spicy Garlic Pork Flavor and Spicy Soy Bean Flavor. When you order, you may select Mild, Regular and Extra Spicy. All the Ramens are served with Roasted Pork, Fried Whole Garlics, Kikurage Mushrooms, Fresh Green Chives and 1 Small Quail Egg.  They also have an assortment of appetizers. We saw someone sitting next to us eating something that looked really good, turned out to be Fried Oysters so we had to order one too!  We both ordered the Spicy Garlic Pork Flavor Ramen in Regular Spicy with Extra Ramen. I have to admit, I have never ordered a ramen at Santa’s with the regular serving, I always order it with extra ramen. I have no idea how much ramen is even served in the regular order.  Since I was starving, I just had to continue the tradition, extra noodles please!

We got our fried oysters first and they were damn good, the batter was perfect and the oysters were delicious! We then got our spicy ramen, we didn’t know what to expect but we were served a very pretty bowl of ramen. And wow, it was spicy, I think we will order the mild spicy next time! But most importantly, the ramen noodles were REALLY good, they were so fresh and every bite was crunchy, we loved it! At first we weren’t sure why they served this with chives, turns out this ingredient balanced the spice just right! I was also very surprised with how tender and tasty the roasted pork was, I’m usually not a huge fan because most places serve dry pieces.  I can’t wait to return for my next ramen fix!

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Aug 19

My Hubby’s Turn to Reminisce at Just Wonton

It was my first time eating at Just Wonton. My husband said he wanted to bring me since I mentioned that I’ve never been. But I think what he really wanted to do was reminisce about his high school days. He said he used to come here when he was young and had no money.  It is definitely a hole in the wall, nothing fancy. Of course we had to order the Noodle Soup with Wonton, we actually ordered it with Beef Brisket too.  Growing up, I really enjoyed Wonton Noodle Soup, it was one of my favorites. But as I got older, I realized that restaurants no longer made it with the noodles perfectly crunchy so I rarely order it now. Sadly, the only time I get really good Wonton Noodle Soup is in Hong Kong.  So as I tasted this at Just Wonton, I was skeptical. The first few bites were good, but I had to eat it fast so that the noodles wouldn’t get soggy. I thought the wontons were only okay, I thought the beef brisket was not bad. But, what I really liked was adding the hot sauce they made to complement the dishes, it was made with preserved turnips and black beans.   I also read that they had the best Soft Scrambled Egg and Shrimp Over Ho Fun (thick rice noodles), and yes, I was definitely not disappointed with this dish! It was really good, the eggs and rice noodles tasted silky smooth.  If I ever feel like having this dish, I will definitely come here!

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Aug 17

Eugeapalooza: The Streetcart Wars, Food for a Great Cause

Over the  weekend, we decided to support our dear friend Eugene at an event he organizes, the Eugeapalooza! He puts together this great fundraiser to give back to the San Francisco Food Bank!  I loved it, it’s such a great idea! There were quite a few food vendors and I tasted just about everything! I had a taste of the Buffalo Wings, Bacon Cheddar Sliders, Pulled Pork Tacos with Ancho Chili Sauce & Slaw, Tandoori Ground Lamb/Beef Kebab with yogurt sauce, Mac & Cheese, and my favorite item there was the 63 Degree Sou Vide Egg by s+s gastro grub (Which was a 63 degree free range egg served with beef short rib, creamy grits, kimchi puree and chives)! I wish I had s+s gastro grub’s  Roasted Bone Marrow, but they ran out!  Overall, good times…good times…

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Aug 03

Capital Restaurant: The Best Chicken Wings!

Okay, this is no joke, everyone and their mama probably knows about the Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings at Capital Restaurant! They have the BEST chicken wings in town! I first learned about this place from my sister, chicken wings is her favorite dish! Today I was in Chinatown running errands and I just so happened to be across the street so I just had to do it, I had to order it to go! The crazy thing is, everyone who came in after me ordered an order of chicken wings too!  If you are ever in the area, test this place out, they have other great Chinese dishes too or you can just order this to go, you won’t be disappointed!

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Aug 02

Hong Kong Style Food at Cafe Honolulu

Cafe Honolulu may not be the cleanest place on earth, but where can you really find a really clean place in Chinatown? I grew up in Chinatown, so I guess I am used to it. On Sunday, we decided to grab baked rice dishes at Cafe Honolulu.  When we order baked rice dishes at other restaurants, they don’t usually flavor the rice with egg making it kind of like a light fried rice, but this place does and the creamy sauce flavors are also very good! My hubby ordered his favorite Ox Tongue in Tomato Sauce over Rice and my mom and I both ordered the Baked Seafood over Rice.  We also ordered the sweet Milk Tea to complement our meals! Yummy!

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