Archive for June, 2011

Jun 27

Mmm Mmm Good at Loving Cup

Last week I discovered BlackboardEats which offers culinary specials at many restaurants in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York! For San Francisco, they featured Loving Cup which I’ve probably drove and walked by many of times but never stopped by when I used to live in the area. So I got my password to get a 30% off from BlackboardEats and off to Loving Cup I went. The location is quite small, with about 4-5 barstools to sit inside and a park bench outside. We ordered the special slow-churned frozen yogurt, one Vanilla with Pistachio and English Toffee and one Vanilla with Banana and Walnut with a Dash of Nutmeg! We watched them use a very cool machine to hand churn the non-fat vanilla yogurt with our selected ingredients. Both of our picks were soooo delicious with the mixture of the smooth yogurt.  Since they are known for rice pudding, and since Coconut Rice Pudding is the most popular, I had to buy one to go for my hubby who loves coconut. And here I am blogging and eating the Coconut Rice Pudding, gooey, not too sweet, hint of vanilla and shredded coconut…this sweet delight is absolutely Mmm Mmm Good!

 

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Jun 20

All Things Bouchon

I love celebrations because it’s always an excuse for me to eat something delicious! Over the weekend, my hubby and I decided to enjoy a day trip in Napa Valley for our 5 years Anniversary of dating…yes…any excuse to enjoy a gourmet meal!

We decided to go to Bouchon Bistro for some French Bistro by highly acclaimed Chef Thomas Keller! This restaurant was busy and crowded, we had 12:30pm reservations and noticed people trying to get seats for their late lunches at 2:00pm! With that being said, it was a sunny Saturday afternoon, but still very impressive!

The service was of course, impeccable, with very friendly and attentive staff. They started us off with their fresh bread and creamy butter, once we had this, we knew it was going to be a remarkable lunch. We ordered the Half a Dozen Raw Oysters, adding 2 Clams…they were not only fresh and sweet, they were exceptionally cleansed when served with all the juice intact!

We then enjoyed the Salmon Tartar special, which ran out about half an hour after we ordered it. I am sooo glad we got this, the salmon was so fresh and served with chopped eggs, onions, capers and topped with Crème Fraiche, and of course it was served with perfect toasty bread! OoOoO La La…what a creative and colorful dish! After we finished this dish, I had to ask if the eggs were chopped finely by a food processor or if someone actually chopped them up in the kitchen, and of course someone actually chopped them!

We also shared the Steak Frites, a pan-seared prime flatiron served with sweet caramelized shallots and maître d’hôtel butter and the Moules au Safran, Maine bouchot mussels steamed with white wine, mustard and saffron! This was a great way for us to get our duet surf and turf entrees! The steak was medium rare, it was probably more on the rare side which we didn’t mind, the meat was so tender and the caramelized shallots enhanced every bite! The little mussels were very tasty, especially when dipped into the white wine, mustard and saffron!

Since both of these dishes were served with French Fries, we decided to upgrade to the Macaroni au Gratin as another side! Both of these were superb, the fries were extra crispy and well done, and the macaroni and cheese was baked, golden and toasty on top with strings of cheese!

As we were devouring our amazing lunch, we kept turning around to check the lines at Bouchon Bakery since that we our next stop. The line was out the door the entire time we were eating!  At first I thought a tour bus dropped off tourists for a quick purchase, I was wrong, it was just lots of people who wanted their baked goods! Since the lines were long, we decided to return before going home, we didn’t want macarons melting in the car.  We went back an hour before closing and there were still people but the lines were much shorter! We got ourselves a fresh Baguette and Macarons-Espresso, Pistachio, Hazelnut and their seasonal one Strawberry Rhubarb!  Oh my Macarons…they were much bigger than I expected, probably about 2.5 inches in diameter! These colorful puffy sweet delights were filled with a hint of flavor between the perfect shells of meringue cookies!

It was such a great day having All Things Bouchon!

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Jun 17

Nice Sunny Day at Off the Grid at Civic Center

So my colleagues and I have been wanting to eat lunch at Off the Grid at Civic Center for a while now. However, our workload and weather has not been cooperating with us! But today, we finally had sunshine and time to take lunch at Off the Grid. We got there about 12:30pm and the lines were super long at every truck! I took a look at the menus to see what the trucks were offering, there was Seoul on Wheels, Southern Sandwich, Chairman Bao, JapaCurry and CupKates.

Two of us decided on Southern Sandwich and another two decided on Seoul on Wheels. I was in line for Southern Sandwich since the Texas Chopped Beef Brisket and Carolina Style Pulled Pork sounded good and I can get Korean food anytime. As we were in the long line, we noticed a sign stating how many Beef Briskets were left, there were not much left. And as we were getting closer but not close enough, we noticed the Beef Briskets were all sold out and there were a few Pulled Porks left! WHAT?! I turned around and I could hear and see this one lady bitching like crazy. I don’t blame her, but she was really bitching. And then, no more Pulled Pork. *sigh* I stayed in line anyways to get the Mac and Cheese for $2.00, it said it was jalapeno, but when I got the small little dish and tasted it, I was disappointed. It was not only small for the price, there was no spice, not salty enough and what the hell happened to the cheese?!

Luckily our friends were still in line for Seoul on Wheels.  I got the Korrito, which is basically a Korean burrito with choice of meat (mine being bulgogi, the marinated beef), spicy rice, kimchi, cheese, cilantro and sour cream. Now that I finished it, I can’t remember having any sour cream. It was good, the marinated beef was really good and tender! They were all pre-wrapped and kept warm. All my colleagues were very happy with their choices too!

Let’s put it this way, if you get there 1-1.5 hours after the event starts, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Glance at the menu but don’t put your hopes up just in case they run out of the item, the less you expect, the better. The first time I went to an Off the Grid event at Fort Mason, everyone ran out of food, luckily for me the long line at Curry Up Now was worth the wait!  It’s actually nice to go on a sunny day,  just bring your patience with you!

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Jun 17

Sweet Cupcake from SusieCakes

It was my first time trying SusieCakes! My colleague got one and gave it to me! I didn’t know what it was at first, just that this food item was in a super cute to go box! I looked in, and there it was, one Red Velvet Cupcake topped with lots of frosting! Sweet Stuff SusieCakes!

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Jun 14

Great Night at the SF Underground Market

Note: Health Inspectors Shut Down SF Underground Market until further notice. Please check website ForageSF for more information!

Last Saturday night, we went to check out the  SF Underground Market at Public Works. Sign up to become a free member, the admission is $5.00 at the door and the vendors food price varies between $2.00-$6.00 and up each, I believe beers were about $6.00 each too.  The vendors accept cash only, but I’m not too sure about the bar. There are two shifts with different vendors for day and night. I heard from a friend that the night shift was more fun with music and libations, so night shift it was! There’s been a lot of hype about this food event so I had to see for myself. I was afraid that there was going to be a long line upon arrival, but we got there an hour after doors opened, so the line was not that long at all! However, I heard that lines were very long before the doors opened, so I guess the tip is to arrive a little later. With that being said, you don’t want to arrive too late or vendors may run out of their specialties!

There were a group of us who went, which worked out perfectly so that we could share food! When you first look at the vendors portions, they look rather small, but after trying 5-6 different food items, you will get full!

Do yourself a favor, take a stroll throughout the space, downstairs and upstairs, that way you have an idea of everything you definitely want to taste!  It can be a bit overwhelming with over 25 food vendors in a crowded space, but take your time and enjoy the scene! And don’t forget to step outside, there are food vendors outside too, they are everywhere! Like how this sounds so far? Well, it’s much better in person!

I had such a wonderful time food tasting and meeting the creators! It’s so inspiring to see the joy in their faces, showing ownership in their specialties! But most of all, they were all so proud and happy when you let them know how good their food was, cause at the end of the day, they want to make some money but also know that they created bites of happiness.

Here’s what I tried, pretty much in this order, sorry for some blurry photos, we were standing and holding the food most of the evening:

Tara Mendioro’s “Pork Belly and Chicken Adobo over Rice” – The flavors were SOOO GOOD, I am so glad we had this!

PotacoSF’s “Potato tacos with Guacamole and more” – Sadly, I could have done without.

City Smoke House’s “Pulled Pork Sandwich served with Cole Slaw and Sweet Baked Buns” – They had a line so we had to try, and yes, it was worth the wait! The Pulled Pork was moist and smoky, cole slaw was fresh, and the sweet baked buns reminded me of the good ol’ sweet Chinese buns!

Nosh This’ “Chili made with 9 Peppers and Chocolate and more” and then I revisited for the “Bacon Crack” –  OoOoOoO, the deelious chili definitely had a kick to it!  I had to buy a Bacon Crack to go, for those who don’t know, this is a Chocolate-Dipped, Butter Toffee with bits of Bacon and Almonds!

Morgans Menu’s Kalua Pig Tostadas – The slow-roasted pork was very tasty!

Grilledcheezguy’s “Grilled Cheese served with Three Cheeses and Acme Bread” – This was my FAVORITE OF THE NIGHT! All of us agreed, this was awesome!

Saucy Dumplings “Pork Bun which was like a Biscuit” – The Pork was actually very good, the biscuit was not bad also, but I thought this was rather small.

BiBimBopBowl’s “Korean Bi Bim Bop” – The flavors were good, the ingredients were very fresh, but I do love good ol’ Bibimbop in a clay pot.

Simply Mochi’s “PB&J Mochi” – This vendor was so busy that they ran out of mochis in about 2 hours! After having the “PB&J Mochi”, I can see why people bought them in a hurry!

Schulzies Bread Pudding’s “The Earl Grey Bread Pudding” – I really like bread pudding,  and this flavor was not too sweet, just perfect!

Gluttony Catering’s “Watermelon with Prosciutto, Served with balsamic vinegar” – Very refreshing, Watermelon with Prosciutto was definitely a new unique twist!

Dehesa Foods “Paté de Lapin which was a all natural rabbit, pistachios, Sauterne, thyme, Quarte Épices spice blend”, and then I got myself a “Paté de Gascogne – All natural pork, prunes, walnuts & Armagnac” to go – The Paté de Lapin was VERY GOOD, I love pate! They ran out of the to go ones for the rabbit, so I got the pork instead!

Sidesaddle Kitchen’s “Salted Watermelon Pop” – Interesting enough, this place is raw and vegan. At first taste, some people may think it’s strange to have salted watermelon, but I’m Chinese, we add salt to our watermelon. I love frozen icy drinks, this was just like a Popsicle, the perfect way to end the night in the hot venue!

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Jun 13

Oldie but Goodie, House of Prime Rib

House of Prime Rib is seriously and Oldie but Goodie. I am the first to admit, I love steak more than prime rib. But when I am asked to join for dinner at House of Prime Rib, I am THERE! The thought of their prime rib puts a smile on my face!

First off, make sure you have reservations, and even if you have reservations, be prepared for a wait. The service is always impeccable, with such friendly and happy staff!

We all started off with my favorite part of the meal, the ice cold fork with the big plate of salad with seasonal greens and beets tossed in their always tasty and unique house dressing.

Of course I ordered the House of Prime Rib Cut, with mashed potatoes and creamed corn since I knew my hubby was getting the creamed spinach and baked potato! As I always remind him, sharing is caring!  My prime rib was soooo tender and juicy! Once it was placed, everyone looked and said ‘Damn, that’s a good piece’. I would have to agree, it was superb goodness! And I enjoyed all the buttery sides too!

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Jun 08

Feasting at Woodhouse Fish Company with My Bestie

I’ve been meaning to try Woodhouse Fish Company, it’s been on my list of places to try! Since my Bestie was home, we decided to give them a go!  We went to the Fillmore location on a Thursday night, the restaurant does not take reservations, walk-ins only. We arrived early, around 6:00pm, so seating was not difficult. I must say, they got very busy around 7:00pm, there was definitely a wait. The hostess/server who was very sweet wanted to seat us at a small two top table, I requested a bigger table since we tend to order a lot, she realized we were there to pig out!

Of course we ordered everything to share! We started with the Kumamoto Oysters, I love Kumamotos,  they were very fresh and sweet! We then got our Fried Whole-Belly Ipswich Clams, I didn’t know what Ipswich Clams were but they are a New England delicacy and they are big juicy clams, these were sooo good! Then our Split-Top Maine Lobster Roll came out! Oh my, where do I start? I complained about how Sam’s Chowder House Lobster Roll was too buttered up recently. I have to say, I enjoyed the one at Woodhouse Fish Company much more, it had the mayonnaise and the bits of celery and crunchy fresh lobster! YUMMM! And the golden fries served with the Lobster Roll were well done and crispy, just the way I like them! Our last order was the Stuffed Artichoke, Split, Grilled & Stuffed with Dungeness Crab! This is normally served with Bay Shrimps, but we had it with all Dungeness Crab at an additional charge.  It took a little time to enjoy the artichoke but it was all worth it! Last but not least, the kitchen gave us a dish on the house, it was one of their specials, the Fried Soft Shell Crab over Arugula, Sprouts and White Corn. I really liked the soft shell crab and the combined ingredients, however, the dressing was a little too much, so I ate around it instead.

Overall, we were very happy with our experience at the Woodhouse Fish Company, the seafood was fresh, the service was great and the ambiance was nautical yet hip, will definitely return for more!

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