Archive for June, 2012

Jun 27

Rustic Flair at Wayfare Tavern

To celebrate our 6th year dating anniversary, we decided to go to Wayfare Tavern, a Tyler Florence restaurant located in the heart of the Financial District.  I’ve heard mixed reviews on this restaurant, but thought we’d give it a try anyways.  We walked into the dark rich rustic ambiance and immediately fell in love.  We sat nearby the small kitchen and watched the action, it was very impressive to see the busy kitchen staff working on each little detail on each plate, they treated each plate as a work of art.  We had a very nice server who explained every dish as well.

We started the night by enjoying fresh hot Popovers with whipped butter!  For appetizers, we shared the Roasted Marrow Bones topped with bread crumbs served with grilled sourdough topped with parsley, onions and capers.  The marrow bones were fatty and the perfect spread for the grilled sourdough! We also shared a Poutine, instead of just Canadian style Fries and Gravy, it was served with short rib, carrots and melted mozzarella.

For my entree, I got the Organic Fried Chicken served with buttermilk brine, roasted garlic, crisp woody herbs and lemon! The chicken was extremely moist and adding the lemon brought out all the flavors! The hubby got himself the 28-Day Dry Aged Ribeye served with duck fat fried potatoes and Zinfandel butter. He really enjoyed it, the ribeye was very flavorful! For our side, we decided to share the cheesy and creamy Baked Macaroni & Cheese served with Vella dry jack and smoked olive oil.

One thing we didn’t expect were the huge portions, we actually had leftovers. We were too full to enjoy any of the desserts but it was nice to get complimentary warm soft cookies.

As we asked for our bill, we were told by the server that our friends Phil and Frances already took care of our bill, congratulating us for our new addition to our family! It was such a surprise, now they can see the damage that we did! THANK YOU SO MUCH, it was completely unexpected!

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Jun 26

Mahalo Hawaii!

We went to Oahu for a wedding and had time to enjoy a few eateries during our short stay.

I know I know…why go to McDonald’s on Waikiki?  Well…we had to stop by for the breakfast, the Spam and Portuguese Sausages served with Rice and Eggs are just too good to pass. Add some soy sauce on the rice and you are set! Of course we also had to try the Fried Coconut Pie, yum yum yum…it tasted like coconut almond jello!

As we were driving towards the North Shore, we had to stop by the Dole Plantation in Wahiawa like all the tourist do. We stopped by for their super sweet pineapples and Dole’s pineapple ice cream and float.  I LOVE fresh pineapples!

 

Definitely visit the Matsumoto Shave Ice in Haleiwa for the perfect sweet, slushy and icy cold shaved ice served with the flavors of your choice.   It’s the best thing you can do for yourself on a hot day in Hawaii! I got myself the fruity Guava and Passion Fruit (known as Lilikoi in Hawaii) with Condensed Milk, while my hubby got himself the Hawaiian featuring Pineapple, Coconut and Banana flavors, adding Red Beans and Condensed Milk! Yes, he got himself the works, I was so proud!

After you get yourself the sweet delights, stop by the very busy Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck in Kahuku!  We shared the very garlicky and fresh Shrimp Scampi served with rice topped with fried garlic and the very Hot & Spicy Shrimp also served with rice. We also got ourselves the Macaroni Salad which really helped balance flavors after eating the spicy shrimps!

On the drive back South, we decided to stop by Leonard’s Bakery. We had to try the Malasada Puffs so we got ourselves the Custard and Coconut flavor! Who can say no to fried donuts with creamy custard or coconut flavors inside?! Eat it warm, you won’t regret stopping by!

After a day of snacking, we decided to try Yotteko-Ya for dinner! I can always eat good ramen!  We both got the Tabeteko Paitan Ramen with Kim Chee, served with their homemade Chashu Pork. We also shared the Ebi Mayonnaise, which was large shrimps with homemade sweet mayonnaise sauce. I wish I knew how good their Chashu Pork was, I would have ordered a bowl of ramen with more of it. The ramen was also crunchy and al dente, just the way we like them, and the soup base was very good too. I think they do run out of things early, we got there at 8:30pm when they normally close at 10:00pm and they were already running out of food. If you do come here, be aware that parking may not be easy due to too many restaurants and minimal parking spaces.

On our last morning, we decided to stop by the Steak Shack, a real small shack serving just a few things. We got the Steak Plate over Rice and Chicken Plate over Rice.  The marinated meats are very flavorful and at $6.00 each plate, it’s a damn good deal! It was a great way to end our trip, just people watching and enjoying the view of the beach.

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