Tuesday, February 26, 2008
McD's breakfast items (especially Sausage McMuffins with Egg) are full of calories and fat, but they are oh-so-delicious. I think it's worth the occasional splurge; what's another few hours at the gym anyway, right?
McSkillet Burritos will be given out for free this Thursday and Friday with any purchase of a medium or large drink. Of course this pertains to breakfast hours only, so don't sleep in!
Of course we are both suckers for great pizza (who isn't?!) and Za always delivers (pizza pun intended). The slices are bigger than my head and are no more than $4.50/each. And thankfully, they also serve beer.
Please note that these are normal sized slices from Za, in a medium pizza box. Mmmmm. We were finished by the time we got back to my place...with only minor pizza sauce burns on our fingers. :)
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Never satisfied with a bargain, I started searching online for Le Creuset, just to make sure I had truly found the best deal. Of course I happened to fall in love with every Le Creuset piece I saw on Amazon.com, including trivets, ramekins and casserole dishes. Especially this one:
Coming soon: Recipes cooked with my new skillet! The BF and I are looking forward to arroz con pollo and roasted brussels sprouts, just to name a few.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
From the picnic table motif to the claw bands, I'm sold.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Designed by a German company, you can choose from mortadella, salami, liverwurst and blood sausage. Mmmmm.
My love for the Farmers Market is almost as great as the love I have for Slanted Door. I know it has seen a lot of hype, but I think there is something to be said about Charles Phan's ability to create innovative dishes without compromising authentic Vietnamese characteristics. While it is often impossible to get a reservation, Out the Door, the to-go version of the restaurant, is always a trusty standby.
I recommend getting any of the rice dishes, since the broken rice is nothing short of addicting. The grapefruit and jicama salad is a nice accompaniment, so look for it when the season is right.
Lemongrass pork and vegetable:
Grilled 5-spice chicken sandwich:
I also recommend the following places/items in the Ferry Building:
- Lulu Petite- their homemade potato chips are amazing
- Ciao Bella Gelato - I'm not a fan of their gelato, but their blood orange sorbet is to die for
- Acme Bread - green onion bread or epi loaf (same bread they serve at Salt House)
- Delica-rf - Japanese deli that specializes in bento boxes; try the mabo tofu salad
- Blue Bottle Coffee - best coffee in the city (permanent residence in Hayes Valley, but they have a Farmers Market booth on Saturdays)
Soon, you won't be able to start your weekend without a trip to the Ferry Building either.
Friday, February 15, 2008
The BF surprised me with flowers at work yesterday, along with a delicious cookie! My favorite kind from Specialty's (the wheat germ chocolate one). And of course, I snapped a picture.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
On Super Bowl Sunday, we experienced somewhat of a cheese conundrum. Staring at a layered dip with shredded cheese on top, we realized we couldn't stick it in the oven to melt the cheese without heating up all the cold layers underneath.
Jokingly, someone suggested a creme brulee torch.
Amazingly, my boyfriend had one for us to use.
Needless to say, there was a serious tortilla chip and dip party before kickoff. :)
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Whether you like a basic cheese pizza or something a bit more fancy, I've discovered a great way to make a quick and easy pie at home. An added bonus is that this method is perfect for entertaining!
Pillsbury Pizza Crust is the key here, which I now choose over Boboli or other pre-made crusts. A simple margherita pizza should consist of minced garlic (layer this underneath all of the other toppings), roma tomatoes, lots of fresh mozzarella cheese and basil. What makes it even better is a sprinkling of balsamic vinegar and olive oil right after it comes out of the oven. Finish with sea salt.
My boyfriend and I have recently gotten more adventurous, and last night's pizza was created with pesto, mushrooms and red peppers. We've also tried Italian sausage, browned first on the stove with some onions and garlic.
It's a perfect weeknight dinner that doesn't take a whole lot of time. Just remember that the dough won't keep forever, so don't stockpile too much of it in your fridge.
Monday, February 11, 2008
I like to try new snacks in its purest form first, so the original Pop Chips made the cut (other varieties include sea salt & vinegar and barbeque). They are "not fried (unhealthy)" and "not baked (undelicious)". They apparently use a system that allows them to pop the chips without oil. No, I don't understand it either.
The verdict? I would probably buy them again, but they don't satisfy that true potato chip craving. I had a serious Kettle Chip addiction before Lent started!
Here is a picture of the pseudo-buffet:
- beef & broccoli (2!)
- cashew chicken
- beef chow fun
- sweet & sour pork
- egg rolls
- lemon chicken
- chicken and green beans
- shrimp in black bean sauce
- shrimp fried rice
- egg drop soup
Morgan Spurlock, the guy behind the documentary Super Size Me, mentioned something about Sausage Egg McMuffins being one of the most calorie-laden items on the McD's menu. Naturally, it seemed like the perfect item before hitting the slopes on Saturday.
I decided last month to give up fried food for Lent, so I unfortunately experienced hash brown deprivation. Tragic, I know.
Fast-forward to the post-snowboarding hunger pangs. The "authentic" Belgian waffle stand was calling our names, and we enjoyed one of those with some hot chocolate.
Luckily, the BF and I like cooking just as much (if not more!) than we like going to fancy schmancy restaurants. Steak seemed like the perfect way to end our day, along with a salad and oven fries.
Cue the Masterpiece Theater picture!
Unfortunately I don't have any pics of our Sunday morning brunch (corned beef hash, pancakes, eggs, etc.) but needless to say we cleaned our plates once again. While I can try to believe it's just the snowboarding that made us so hungry, I can't deny the fact that I am always this hungry. :)
Friday, February 8, 2008
Some geniuses in Korea invented the Col-Pop, an all-in-one chicken nugget and soda cup. Serious research must have gone into this, since the condensation from the soda didn't seem to affect the crispiness of the popcorn chicken. I am a huge fan already. BBQ Chicken, the company behind this madness, has already revolutionized the fast food fried chicken industry by frying their birds in extra virgin olive oil. Madness, I tell you! Paula Deen would not be happy.
Ever since the heyday of our friend the Lunchable, snack food portability has been key. It will make it easier for our fellow Americans to get their grub on when they're at the beach, on a road trip, working, sitting on a conference call, etc.
I have also included a handy chart for your reference:
(all the pork fat you can handle)
This week, we have come across some very interesting uses of bacon…ranging from fashion accessories to candy to booze.
While I am the first one to buy new/cute scarves, I may have to rethink this one a little:
And now for your favorite Valentine, we bring you…bacon toffee!
For you alcoholics out there, try making your own bacon vodka:
I keep my promises. Here is the first installment of the
Some weirdos got together and made a ship out of bacon and other meat products:
Another weirdo wrote an entire poem about bacon (I am still suspicious that Sung wrote this himself):
I’ve gripped with trembling fingers luscious pork
The golden, tender flesh of long-banned swine
Reflecting all the while upon the law
Forbidding me from chewing on this fat.
What hateful ancient dictum could declare
A fatwa on this salty meat so crisp?
Myself, I’d best try making my thoughts crisp,
With clarity proclaiming love of pork
And with my greasy lips proudly declare
My gratitude to tasty slaughtered swine
For offering so selflessly its fat
and savory self – there oughta be a law!
Well, so there is. But I’ll defy that law
And any that would bar me from this crisp
Deliciousness, bestreaked with tender fat.
Jehovah would not quarantine the pork,
Brave product of the noble trotting swine.
And this I’ll toward bright heaven now declare!
And as I scan the buffet, too, declare
That flavor is its own unbending law.
And so atop the pantheon go swine,
Their pinkly marbled pieces done up crisp;
A true apotheosis of the pork,
Illuminated manuscripts of fat.
All days, not just one Tuesday, should be fat,
We pleasure-loving creatures now declare,
With Mardi Gras beads fashioned out of pork!
For chewy, crunchy lust is now my law,
And never was a morning ever crisp
That lacked a heaping helping of the swine.
I’ll slap the face of any human swine
Who asks me if I want to chew the fat
But fails to serve me anything that’s crisp —
Then runs to his accountant, to declare
Deductions, loss and income, per the law,
Of which old Caesar makes his barreled pork.
Such metaphors do insult to this pork.
Let us instead heap blessings on the swine!
Speak not to me of the Mosaic law;
All renderings are useless, but for fat.
Let skillets, with their cracklings, declare
Your ban on trayf has been burned to a crisp.
O noble fat! O skillet’s sizzling law!
Declare me but an acolyte of swine.
Crisp logic fails — all falls in thrall to pork.