Archive for October, 2010

Oct 31

1 Year Anniversary Dinner at Alexander’s Steakhouse

For our 1st year anniversary, we really couldn’t figure out where to enjoy dinner. I have to admit that I made 2 other reservations prior to deciding on Alexander’s Steakhouse. There are just too many restaurants to choose from in the Bay Area, new restaurants are popping up everyday. Since my hubby and I do not splurge a lot, we decided to do it for this special occasion.  Alexander’s Steakhouse recently opened their San Francisco location, recently being 6 weeks ago. We’ve heard great things about their Cupertino location, and just this week  their Cupertino location was awarded 1 Michelin star! I made reservations on Opentable and requested a nice table for our anniversary, once we arrived we were greeted by a really nice host who congratulated us on our 1 year anniversary.   We were seated at a nice table for two, but I have to admit that after sitting there for 4 hours, my butt began to hurt and because both of us are very tall, our legs began to feel cramped, I felt like I was on a bad flight. I think that was the only bad thing about the dinner.

Once we were seated, our server came over, and really, a server is not what I should call him, he was a very knowledgeable food guide, assisting us on the perfect food pairings from one dish to the next. There are wine sommeliers, and he was like our personal food expert. My hubby and I are not big drinkers, so he just gave us the best food recommendations instead. And even though he figured that we were not big drinkers, he gave each of us a glass of champagne to start the night since it was our anniversary, which was very sweet of him, I don’t drink but I do love a good glass of champagne.  I wish I had pictures of all the tasty food we devoured, but the lighting was dim and I didn’t want to be flashing my camera in a high end restaurant.

We started with our order of Hamachi Shot, the fish was fresh and tasted so good with the truffled ponzu sauce, I loved it with the  ginger. Because white truffles were in season, we decided to try the Foiewan Mushi, which was a steamed egg dish with shitake mushrooms, white truffles and a little bit of foie gras. It was really really delicious, it wasn’t on the regular menu but was on their 9 course tasting menu, I’m really happy they let us order it a la carte.  After our Foiewan Mushi, we enjoyed a salad, the Ohitashi Spinach served with crab, the flavors were very citrus and refreshing.  Then came the Steaks…we ordered the humongous Tomahawk and a Dry Aged Rib Eye topped with blue cheese and yes…I added the the Seared Foie Gras on top of my rib eye. Wow, the meat was tender and the flavors were incredible! We also ordered two sides,  Creamed Spinach and Truffle French Fries.  We didn’t finish the Tomahawk, but we finished everything else!

After the entrees, we decided to get a Cheese Platter for dessert. We selected all three of their  Cow Cheese Selections, the very pungent Red Hawk, the fruity Landaff that brought out a floral taste and the stinky and delicious Stilton Blue Cheese! While we  thought we were ending our dinner with a great cup of coffee, they came out with a complimentary cake for our anniversary! And after the cake, we got their signature cotton candy, not just any cotton candy, it was grape flavored cotton candy!

This dinner was definitely expensive, but wow, it was so worth it and such an experience! We loved it, it was a great way to celebrate our 1st anniversary!!!

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Oct 29

Celebrating Our 1 Year Anniversary

It was our 1 year anniversary and yes, I saved the top tier of our wedding cake! We had a very small wedding event with 13 of us, and my best friend got us our beautiful and delicious wedding cake at The Cakemaker.  It was a simple cake, white with vanilla beans flavor with raspberry mousse filling, and it was perfect. I wrapped the cake with saran wrap and foil, and I used a bow from one of our gifts and put it in our freezer.  Honestly, I didn’t know how it was going to taste, but since it was our anniversary and since it’s been taking up space in our freezer for so long, we might as well try it.  And lo and behold, it was DELICIOUS and I am so happy that we saved it to celebrate our 1 year!  Now we have a whole cake to finish!

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Oct 23

A Big Big Dinner at San Tung

This evening we celebrated a birthday at San Tung. We had a big group of 14 people, so yes…the wait was quite long even though we had reservations. It was a Friday, so it was extremely busy. We ordered a lot of food, we doubled or tripled our orders!  The beauty of eating with a lot of people is that we can order more and taste dishes we may not have tried in the past.  As I am sitting here typing and completely full, I can’t believe how much food we devoured! Nothing but spicy, sweet and garlicky  flavors from 80% of our dishes! We had their Sizzling Rice Soup, Dumplings, Potstickers, Original Dry Fried Chicken (the most popular dish here which we tripled), Dry Fried Shrimp, Dried Fried Calamari, Hot Braised Flounder Filet, Black Bean Sauce Noodles, Dan Dan Noodles, Five Spice Beef Soup Noodles, Mu Shu Chicken and  Dried Sauteed String Beans! Here’s a photo, courtesy of a friend cause my hands were too busy working on the food!  I definitely got my San Tung fix!

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Oct 17

Good Ol’ Chinese Food at MenKee Wonton

Okay, I am sure everyone’s been to this place but me. We were on Noriega Street but couldn’t decide where to eat, so MenKee Wonton was a suggestion from my hubby! This place was pretty busy inside the restaurant, but it did not compare to all the calls they got for take out! OMG, it was neverending, from my understanding, it is 10% off for take out. That could be why they were extremely busy on a Sunday afternoon, but really, the food is already really inexpensive!

The only problem with it being busy for take out, is that they kind of  forgot about the patrons in the restaurant, it took about 25 minutes until we got our first order. We ordered 3 dishes-the Deep Fried stuffed Bean Cake, Prawn Scramble Egg Fried Flat Noodle and Fukien Style Combo Fried Rice. When we got our Deep Fried stuffed Bean Cake, we scarfed it down because we were so hungry! It was a good appetizer for $2.95 and it had a black bean sauce flavored gravy…the Bean Cake was really good but the small piece of fish stuffing was not all that great. We loved the Prawn Scramble Egg Fried Flat Noodle and Fukien Style Combo Fried Rice, both had a light gravy on top to mix with the carbs.  After we got the dishes, we wished we had ordered another noodles dish because both of these dishes had similar tastes and gravy. We saw and smelled other peoples dishes and they all looked really good! All the food definitely had enough fire on the wok and we will definitely return, maybe for some take out!

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Oct 16

Yummy Ramen at Himawari

Okay, I have to admit, I went to Ramen Dojo first, but the line was so long and we were sooo hungry,  so we left and went to Himawari.  My hubby tried this restaurant with a friend and told me that it was pretty good, so hey, what the heck, why not give it a try! When we got there, there was no line, given that it was still 6:30pm on a Saturday so we were still pretty early. Just so you know, there was a line at about 7:00pm. Having a bowl of ramen was taking a chance for me, I just got back from Japan where I had the best ramen on earth, so yes, I honestly didn’t expect too much.

We ordered a tuna poke appetizer and we both ordered the Tonkotsu Deluxe Ramen which was the pork flavored ramen with stewed pork, sliced roasted pork and egg. I found their menu inclusions and prices a bit odd, not because I was being cheap or anything, but this Tonkotsu Deluxe Ramen was the most expensive bowl of ramen, yet, they make you add 50 cents for the egg noodles  instead of thin noodles. What the hell are thin noodles anyways, everything else came with ramen noodles?! And yes, of course I had to add the egg noodles. And, the inclusions for all their regular menus came with bamboo stems  but why is it that the Tonkotsu Deluxe Ramen didn’t and I had to pay another $1.00 more to add the bamboo stems. This was all so strange to me! Again, not because I was being cheap, but I did feel like I was paying additional for things that were included with the regular ramen options.

Anyhow, besides all this, our tuna poke was really tasty, served with onions,  soy sauce, sesame oil, some greens and capers. It came the same time as our ramen, which kind of sucked cause we were trying to eat the tuna poke while making sure our ramen noodles didn’t get all soaked and thick. But, besides this, I thought the bowl of ramen was wonderful, I was super impressed by the soup and the ingredients, especially the stewed pork and egg. Usually, the egg is pretty much fully cooked at most ramen joints, but Himawari actually served the egg soft cooked! They also offered fried garlic on the dining tables, and adding this definitely made it taste even better!  So although the price is odd, and although they served us the appetizer and ramen at the same time, I will definitely be going back to Himawari for their bowl of Tonkotsu Deluxe Ramen!  Afterall, it’s all about the food.

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Oct 16

Finally Done!

Finally done with blogging all the wonderful things I ate in Asia! Been working on it for 2 weeks now, hope everyone enjoys it!

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