Archive for the ‘Eating Food’ Category

Spencer’s Pantry

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Dear roommate turned 23 this weekend. Her boyfriend had Mr. Scott Spencer come out and make us a fabulous dinner.


Gazpacho and Salad (Tomatoes, Melon, Arugula, Lemon)

Summer Risotto (Farm Egg, Sugar Peas, Sherry Gastrique)

Truffle Foie Gras Noodles (Shaved Torchon, Bacon Nage, Truffle, Herb Salad)

Chanterelle Soup (Truffle Froth)

48 Hour Kobe Short Rub (Brentwood Corn Grits, Carrots, Artichokes, Buerre Rouge)

The Candy Bar (Chocolate Ganache, ShortBread, Salted Caramel, Almond Butter Powder, Vanilla Icecream)


Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Lunch today — giant sandwich (didn’t quite fit in my mouth) of home grown tomatoes, basil, sprouts and store-bought bread, cilantro pesto and mozzarella. Yum! A little olive oil on the bread (or maybe aioli?) would have been ideal though.

I’m so excited that my tomatoes are finally ripening!


Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Hello world! Here’s a test post from my iPhone — written with the iPhone wordpress app!

Also, here is a picture of the tasty fried chicken catfish poboy I had for lunch. Louisiana Territory stops near my office every couple weeks, but this is my first time and I’ll be going back.

Seattle Chocolate Tour

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

This is long overdue… But better late then never!

While D and I were in Seattle, we made it a point to take a chocolate tour, and after a bit of Googling, she decided on this one.  I don’t really want to write this post as a review — but it was fantastic, our guide was very friendly and the tour was interesting and very tasty.

Stop 1 – The Flatliner at Oliver’s. How better to start the morning than with chocolate, caffeine, alcohol and sugar?

Stop 2 – Coconut cream pie and chocolate crinkles at Dahlia Bakery.  We’d gone to Dahlia with  J for dinner the night before and we weren’t impressed… But the bakery was delicious!

Stop 3 – Carter’s enrobed brownie, chocolate bomb cupcake & chocolate + lemon gelato at The Chocolate Box. Everything was really good, though even in their small servings I was starting to have trouble finishing things. (Picture to the left)

Stop 4 – Cheesecake and drinking chocolate and The Confectional in Pike Place. The cheesecake was divine — light and fluffy but somehow rich at the same time. None of that dense out-of-the-freezer stuff most places serve.  Additionally, instead of a normal crust, it was chocolate wafers broken up to form an interesting layered crust. I’m going to try that one day

Stop 5 – Two kinds of popcorn at Kukuruza Gourmet Popcorn. It’s as interesting as it sounds. Really good popcorn though, none of the crunchy lumps that get stuck in your teeth — 100% fluffy popcorn. (They told us what kind of corn they use, but I don’t remember)

Stop 6 – Truffles at Fran’s Chocolates. Pure dark chocolate truffle, raspberry truffle, gray salt caramel truffle, milk chocolate smoked salt caramel truffle. I had to take these home, there was no way I could take four truffles at this point. I ate them a couple days later and while they were all fantastic, the gray salt and caramel truffle was my favorite.

Auuuugh. If I’m ever in Seattle again, I’m stopping by Dahlia Bakery and the Confectional.  Not to say that the others weren’t good, but I can only handle so much chocolate.

Crocodile Soup (HK; day 1)

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

I’m in Hong Kong!

I arrived earlier today, just in time to have dinner with my aunt, uncles and grandmother.  Chinese food at Cuisine Cuisine in IFC.  Nothing fantastic, though there was crocodile soup. It tasted like pork and looked like a bowl of broth, so no pictures. Half of me thinks the restaurant is scamming us, but my grandmother says it tastes like pork no matter where you get it.

Dinner was followed by some shopping then a trip to Wellcome, the supermarket close to our hotel.  They’re open 24/7 and they’re stocked with all sorts of tasty things. The first thing I zoned in on was all the fruit — I bought jackfruit (I’ve been eating it out of a can for the last few months), a mango, macopa (known to the rest of the world as rose apple) & a pack of longquats.  I’ve only eaten the jackfruit so far, and it wasn’t very sweet or tasty — maybe my tongue is jaded by the sweetness of the canned version, or maybe this is what I get for buying pre-cut, shrink wrapped fruit.

I skipped over the rest of the supermarket to the snack section (my favorite part) where I acquired many mysterious things (and passed over many more) –Mobaccho, some matcha flavored snack (tasty little rabbit-poop sized pellets of something crunchy coated in a matcha flavored glaze. Surprisingly, not very sweet.), crunchy dried crabs in some sweetish bbq sauce (bland, imagine crunchy stuff with the sweetish chinese fruit beef jerky flavoring), chesnut chocolate (not yet eaten), egg white cookies (not yet eaten) and black currant jellies (not yet eaten).  Things I didn’t buy (but will get next time) included ‘premium’ Pringles (in an assortment of flavors, including Thai chili), salmon sashimi chips and red bean chocolate.  I’m going to be fat, broke & full of sugar soon… but happy.

Seattle; ft. flamingos & dinosaurs

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Virgin America tickets were on sale a while back, so D and I booked tickets to Seattle without any real planning.  In the end, we spent our two day trip eating, eating, shopping and mostly eating.

Seattle was nice — we lucked out and were there while the sun was shining and the weather was nice (almost as nice as our weather here in sunny California!).  We only stayed for two days, since neither of us wanted to skip work… But for future reference, I’d stay a day or two longer.

It seems that the ‘big things’ in Seattle are coffee, Tom Douglas & chocolate.  I’m not a huge fan of the first, so all I can say is that we walked by the ‘first’ Starbucks. Woohoo! But Tom Douglas & chocolate, I’ve got quite a bit to say about both…