Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Christmas Feast

Almond-Garlic Soup
Topped with truffle oil. A Potato-Scallop-Chorizo Croquette on the side.

Caesar Salad
My specialty. Hand-mixed and hearty. A good bite of garlic, anchovy, and lemon (with other ingredients added into the family recipe).

Sugar Snap Peas and Corn

Caramelized Pearl Onions

Brown Rice Stuffin

Sixteen pound Turkey for Five People


Cranberry Sauce

Cornbread Muffins

Rum-soaked Fruit Cupcakes

Homemade Leche Flan
My mom's specialty. Light, creamy, and caramel-y! The perfect flan.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Meals at Home

(These meals did not happen all in one day.)

Fresh mozzarella with cherry tomatoes and basil. Sprinkled with balsamic vinaigrette and olive oil.

Jamon Serrano
I'll always choose Spanish Jamon over Italian Prosciutto.

Homemade Belgian Waffles

A house specialty that has been perfected - so light and crispy!

Adobo Sandwich
Leftover adobo on a mini bagel, with mayo mixed with sriracha and fish sauce, topped with parsley

Tonkatsu Sauce with roasted sesame seeds

Chicken Katsu
My dad's specialty. Juicy white meat chicken with a light and crispy coating of panko.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Kumako Ramen, Japantown San Jose
A decent ramen house, but it does not beat Ryowa Ramen in Mountain View.

Miso Ramen
Decent broth and bite to the noodles.

Side of Curry Rice
Comes with the ramen as a lunch special. Decent Japanese curry, but it does not compare to Curry House in Cupertino

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Beers of Late

Big Daddy IPA, Speakeasy
Citrusy and full of hops. A solid IPA. 6.5% ABV

Hinano, Tahiti
Refreshing lager. 5% ABV.
A good pairing with Asian foods.


A Japanese lager from the makers of Sapporo. A great Japanese beer with a full taste and crisp finish. 5% ABV

Echigo Brew
Another Japanese lager. Crisp and refreshing like a good Japanese brew. 5% ABV

On a side note, my favorite Japanese beer is Orion. It's not served everywhere, but where it is -- get it. It's very light, but crisp and refreshing. Another solid Japanese beer is Kirin Ichiban. This packs more taste than other Japanese brews.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Another Celebrity Encounter

The other night was my dad's birthday. We ate at Fleur de Lys. In my opinion, it's the best five star restaurant in San Francisco. Chef Hubert Keller is one of my top five favorite chefs of all time.

I <3 celebrity chefs

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Celebrity Encounter

I met Michael Mina at Candlestick Park. I was there to see the SF Niners beat NY Jets. While I was waiting for my friends to pass the security check, I kept staring at this guy who looked like Michael Mine. Oh, wait...he IS Michael Mina! I shook his hand and told him how I'm a fan of him and his restaurants. He is a humble, genuine, and awesome guy.
Unfortunately I did not take a picture with him. I was too giddy and caught up in the moment to think of it. Next time, perhaps.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Moules Frites

Steamed in a pot with shallots, spinach, and sherry

Shoestring Fries
Potatoes grated on a mandolin (always use the hand guard!)

The Best Burger Place

Burger Bar, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

No exaggerations, the best burger you'll eat. OK, fine, a burger from Daniel Boulud is amazing because of the short rib, foie gras, and truffle stuffed in the middle. These burgers from Burger Bar are the best sports bar burgers. It doesn't need the fanciness because the taste of the meat perfects the burger.

Delirium's Christmas Ale
A nice complex taste of fruits and caramel. A good amount of carbonation for a 10% ABV

Deschutes Hop Trip

Hops, indeed! Hints of grapefruit and malt, with a decent carbonation. Medium bodied, with a 5.5% ABV

Kobe, Angus, and Buffalo sliders with a side of zucchini fries.