Food 的封存

Soda, We Meet Again

Posted in 未分類 with tags on 八月 29, 2007 by ceciwong

After going on an eight month sabbatical from drinking soda for medical reasons, I have been able to drink soda without finding it foul tasting! I discovered today that both Jack in the Box’s ice cream float and Bubble Up taste normal and good.  However, I’ll probably keep going with my soda sabbatical since soda is not all that good for the body in the first place.

I’m also switching from getting a new plastic cup from fast food restaurants every week to using a big glass bottle to drink water.  This is to cut down on my heavy use of plastic, which can break down and leak all sorts of chemicals into water which I, in turn, drink and absorb.

I’m using POM Tea’s 46oz glass bottle at work.  It originally contained POM Tea’s pomegranate lychee green tea.  The lychee was pretty good, but the pomegranate green tea was horrid.


Home made ice cream

Posted in Ceci's favs with tags , , on 五月 25, 2007 by chauonline

Ice cream maker

Ceci requested this Ice cream maker for over an year and yet I kept forgetting to get the maker from Amazon. Finally, it’s here. Here’s the first batch of yummy ice cream.

Now, it looks like soft serve. Freezing it for a few hours, it will be like regular ice cream.

Maomao video, pet foods recall

Posted in 未分類 with tags , , on 四月 28, 2007 by ceciwong

Maomao is on YouTube!

I've been checking daily since the pet food recalls started. Their info on pet food recalls is very up to date. Maomao seems to have been lucky so far *keeps fingers crossed*  This whole thing has been sad and disheartening, not to mention frightening.  Makes you want to go and start a farm and live off that.

Food Fun in Honolulu

Posted in Ceci's favs with tags on 四月 27, 2007 by ceciwong

Congrats to Jen and Andrew, who got married recently in Hawaii. Huzzah!

It’s always great to see friends get married, and doubly so (for us) when they do it in a beautiful place like Hawaii, especially since Elden’s never been there. Maybe he should blog about the various activities and places we went, since it’s his first time there, and I’ll do the food section, again =p

Ono Hawaiian Foods: this is my second time there. It’s a small divey looking place, but the food is not divey at all. The first time I went there, the dishes that stood out were lomi salmon, poi, and haupia. Lomilomi salmon because it was a little bit (just a teeny little bit) like salsa and was my favorite; poi because how could something sooo bland have been the staple of so many people’s diet for so many years; and haupia because it was like a starchy 椰汁糕. That was 5 years ago, when I didn’t eat everything in the traditional order.

This time we went in just as they were opening and they had already done like 200 take outs. We told the waitress we’ve never had hawaiian food before and the waitress gave us an introduction on taro, poi (sort of like mashed taro?), and luau and made recommendations. She was incredibly nice and helpful. So we ordered the luau combo with Kahlua pig, chicken lau lau, all the combo side dishes like lomilomi salmon, raw onion, dried beef (pipikaula), haupia and a separate order of salted beef watercress soup, a local favorite. The waitress brought us the raw onion to “open our taste buds." She told us to sprinkle sea salt onto it liberally, then dip it into poi and eat. I hate raw and half cooked onions because they have that very strong raw flavor that lingers for the whole day, but for some reason the salt and poi cancel out that unpleasant flavor and I could eat this just fine. In fact it was pretty good. Then she brings out the rest of the goodies and made a dish of seasoning with soy sauce and some liquid with just a little pepper in it and proceeded to tell us how to eat the food. Basically we were to dip all the vegetables into poi before eating and dip all the meats into the seasoning first and then poi and then eat. Everything was good, but my favorites were lomilomi salmon, which was just as good as I remembered it, with and without poi; salted beef (short ribs) watercress soup: the watercress was very fresh and probably heaped onto the dish just as the soup was done and sets off the saltiness of the soup and beef perfectly, and the beef comes off the bone effortlessly and gives the soup its salty beefy taste. You see the mountain of beef and watercress in this picture? We actually ate the whole thing. Thank goodness we went most everywhere on foot in Hawaii. My other favorite is the haupia, and the waitress was very very nice to give us an extra one. Yes Ono! And now I can’t remember why I had thought poi was bland and boring.  It actually went very well with the meats.

Waiola Shave Ice: their shave ice is shaved so fine it’s like snow, which lets the syrup seep through the whole cone and you can taste it with every bite. We ordered ours with vanilla and lychee syrups, azuki (red) beans, and condensed milk. We did try other combinations, but this was our favorite and our benchmark order. We tried the same combo at Matsumoto, Oahu’s more famous shave ice place. They don’t shave their ice as fine as Waiola and their lychee syrup just don’t taste as good. Sorry Matsumoto, we just love Waiola more. In fact we went twice during our short stay and were truly sorry we couldn’t go a third time before leaving. We even tried one of those shave ice carts you see around popular tourist spots (Diamond Head, in our case) to see if Waiola is really that different from the other places, and indeed the regular shave ice are the size of small stones. On a fineness scale, the cart was very rough, Waiola was like snow, and Matsumoto was sort of in between. As a final note, I want to say that this shave ice is nothing like the Taiwanese shave ice you see around the Bay Area. And “shave ice" just sounds so ordinary when it’s so unlike other desserts.

Hakone in Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki: sushi buffet restaurant from Fridays to Sundays, buffet restaurant on other days.  Their sashimi is not bad for a buffet, but their sushi is better.  They have amaebi, uni, mirugai, and various other sushi that you can ask the sushi chef to make, and they were all pretty fresh.  They also have a bunch of cooked items not found in regular Japanese restaurants.  I can’t vouch for the authenticity of the food served here, but I liked them and they reminded me of the food in Japan.  They also have sakura mochi for dessert, which I loved.  The cherry blossom leaf makes it much more interesting than just a regular blob of sweet dessert.  The pineapple was actually the best of the ones I had in Hawaii.  It had the sweet pineapple taste but none of the tartness.  The papaya was ripe and sweet too, but not as good as the pineapple.  Overall, I’d say I really like the food in Hakone, but I keep wondering if I could have eaten the same quality of food for the same price ($43/person).

Prince Court in Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki: hehe, yes, we went to 2 hotel restaurants of our own accord, and in the same hotel too.  Originally we planned to go to Hakone based on Elden’s sister’s friend’s suggestion, so I made a reservation for Thursday night.  We got to the hotel Thursday evening before Hakone opened and started eyeing Prince Court, which was sort of just across from Hakone and serving buffet.  Their menu looked pretty good, and we happen to realize that Hakone’s weekday buffet is not as fabulous as their weekend buffet (no uni and no amaebi).  Oops.  At the same time, the receptionist at Prince Court saw us and invited us to take a look, so Elden went in and found the food pretty appetizing looking.  Hmm… what to do?… So we walked across to Hakone, told the receptionist we had a reservation for right now but can we change it to tomorrow? I felt like a major village idiot at this point because why would anyone show up at the right time only to change the reservation? This hotel was not exactly right on Waikiki beach, despite what it called itself.  Luckily (for us) the receptionist said “of course" right away and made the reservation for us, and we were free to go to Prince Court.

Prince Court served regular American fare with some local dishes like ahi poke (g00d), octopus poke(good), lomilomi Salmon (bad, Ono’s was the best), but most of their food was pretty good.  Their strangest item is steamed minced pork in black bean sauce.  Not that it’s not good… actually, I have no idea if it’s good or not, since eating a Chinese dish at a $40/person buffet seems like a total waste of money… but the Japanese tourists loved it.  Well, they probably thought we’re crap too, so who am I to judge? It wasn’t a bad meal, actually it was pretty good for a buffet (certainly way better than Todai), but $40/person?… We only do this when we’re traveling.  Elden liked Prince Court, and I liked Hakone.

I forgot to mention that we sat by the windows just as the sun was setting and it was beautiful.  I think that was the most scenic dinner I’ve ever had.  It was also pretty romantic =)

Tokkuri-tei: our friends Tony and Tania had dinner with their friends in Hawaii, Tina and Sam, and we tagged along.  Tokkuri-tei is a popular local izakaya with a thick menu offering appetizers, yakitori, sushi and sashimi, and other mysterious goodies.  All of their items have a line to explain what it is, and one of them said “you’ll never know until you try it," and it turned out to be a very tasty (but small) pot of eel soup.  The soup was very very good.  I can’t remember all the things we ate that night, but everything was good and the sushi was fresh.  I wish there are more izakayas of this caliber in the Bay Area.

This is all for now.  I’ll update the post with pics later.

Healthy food!?

Posted in Elden's favs with tags on 三月 21, 2007 by chauonline

Mercury news has a story about – a site that allows you to type a zip code and pops up a list of restaurants with healthy food.

I tried 95133 and guess what I found?

Burger King

Domino’s Pizza

Carl’s Jr

Healthy (food) is in the eye of the beholder …

SF Dining Adventures: Chouchou

Posted in 未分類 with tags on 一月 26, 2007 by ceciwong

My parents came for a visit last weekend and we took them to Chouchou for dinner, but before we ate, we froze our butts off on top of Twin Peaks.  Note to self: never bring aging parents to SF’s windiest spot on the coldest night, especially when cold air sets off massive coughing fits in self.  So, back to Chouchou.

Appetizer: we shared 3 pieces of crab ravioli in lobster sauce, a slice of salmon on flat bread, and escargot.  The ravioli was just okay, the sauce was kinda salty but would’ve tasted good with bread.  I liked the garlic sauce the escargot came in, but mom and Elden thought they’ve eaten better (as in bigger) escargot elsewhere.  The salmon flat bread was the best among the three.  Slices of raw(?) salmon with vinegar-y dressing on top of flat bread.

Entree: Mussels for mom and me, duck leg confit for Elden, and lamb “French country stews served in clay pots with pastry shell ‘lids’ " for dad.  I enjoyed the mussels and the white wine sauce.  The sizes of the mussels were uneven though.  Some mussels were the size of clams and then there were several giants among them.  Elden’s duck leg was just okay, Dad’s lamb was pretty good, especially when you mix the pastry with the lamb.

Dessert: Mom and dad shared a chocolate walnut tart, I had a chocolate pear tart, and Elden had his staple: creme brulee.  I like the chocolate pear tart.  The chocolate was very rich, so I had to use the cream to balance it out.  I’ll try the non-chocolate tarts next time.  Mom and dad weren’t used to this level of sugar in food, but they still finished their plate.  Elden said he had a phenomenal creme brulee.  However, I can’t vouch for that because he ate it all before I could get a taste.  I guess that really says how much he liked it.

Our next stops are Destino and Ruth’s Chris, and then we’ll go back to our regular fares like Top Cafe and Jack-in-the-Box until the next Dine About Town comes around.  We’ll make every excuse to go to Foreign Cinema though, and Farallon, which I still miss since our excursion there last year.

SF Dining Adventures: Foreign Cinema

Posted in 未分類 with tags on 一月 26, 2007 by ceciwong

The last stop Elden mentioned was Fringale, where I had a very tender and tasty pork dish.  The next stop is Foreign Cinema.  Foreign Cinema… To sum it up, I’m really looking forward to going there next time.  The dine about town (dat) deal is cheaper than eating there at regular price, but their regular selection sounded so much more interesting than the dat options.

For appetizer Elden and I both had Scandinavian(?) style sardines.  There were about four very thin strips of salty sardines with pickled onions and potatoes in a sour dressing.  I love sour stuff , so I love how salt and sour tastes play off each other.  Elden is not into sour tasting foods, so this was just so so for him.

For entree, I had the pork chop with cabbages and gnocchi.  This pork chop is like HK style pork chop, only three times thicker, yet it wasn’t tough or overcooked.  Its flavor was stronger than Fringale’s pork dish, but Fringale’s was more tender and delicate and reminded me of the rabbit I had in Paris.  I liked both pork dishes, but if I had to choose, it would be Fringale’s by a slim margin.  Elden had sole, which was better than other restaurant’s fish but no where to close to the ahi tuna at 0/8 in Seattle.

For dessert, I had cannoli with candied-citrus filling.  I loved this cannoli.  The filling was creamy but light, the candied-citrus wasn’t so sweet that it overpowered the cream, and the shell was good too.  Elden also surrendered to me his chocolate pot de crème (smart move) after I was done with the cannoli.  It’s a little pot of cream chocolate with cream on top.  The chocolate was quite rich, so I ate it in small bites with the cream.  I must have taken like 30 minutes to eat the thing because our waiter passed by our table like half a dozen times waiting for me to finish =p Even though I took way longer to finish the chocolate, I actually like the cannoli more.

I’d love to go to Foreign Cinema again.  They had a poached pear which wasn’t part of the dat menu but I really wanted to try.  Next time then! And there WILL be a next time.