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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

eats at home

So, here's what we've been pigging out on at home:



Steak. With spanish rice and blackeyed peas - the bean, not the band.




We've been into sandwiches and canned soup lately. This is Columbus brand turkey and provolone, arugula, mustard, and pickles. We get the groceries at Albertson's down the street, so it's not exactly cheap - if we go to Tita's, Convoy Tofu House, Convoy Noodle House and a few other places it's cheaper, but we have to drive. I know sandwiches for lunch sounds boring to most people, but it's kind of exciting for us. It's so exciting that we have to lock Stinky in the bedroom because he likes sandwiches too - well, the meat and cheese in the middle.




Sushi. We didn't quite eat all of this. It cost about $35, which is maybe half what it would cost if we got it at the restaurant? I think Mitsuwa sushi is better than half those fake sushi joints out there anyway.



Stewed chicken leg and pigs feet in tomato, with pigeon peas,cabbage, mushrooms and coconut rice. I'm all about cheap stew. It was under $20 for like 2 1/2 meals.




The Food Pimp's default - gumbo. Chicken and sausage.

With collard greens with sausage and vinegar, yum.
That was several meals.




Chobani. Our newest trend. We've had blueberry (my favorite), strawberry and peach. We go through phases. There was the Yoplait key lime pie yogurt phase. Then the cereal phase. Then the cereal and trail mix phase. Now it's Chobani yogurt. Sure it costs almost twice as much as Yoplait, but I sometimes buy a couple Yoplait yogurts, then a month later they are still in the fridge expired. So it's better to run out of Chobani than have to throw out Yoplait.




That's just the Fuzz. Not really anything to do with the food blog except that you can tell by how big she is now, she likes food. Well cat food. If you give her people food, it takes forever for her to venture a taste of it and decide she likes it.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

shorts

So, this is a quickie. I've had a long couple weeks, but I wanted to get something in. Hopefully I'll have a more substantial morsel in the next few days!


Spicy Pork Bulgogi from Convoy Tofu House. We went the other day, and rather than get the soft tofu stew with pork and kimchi, I thought I'd mix it up and get something else. The stew, while delicious, leaves me hungry about 3 hours after. This spicy pork really sticks to the ribs - it's the Korean version of 5 hour energy drink!

So usually I'm picky about when I can eat what food according to my schedule - anything that makes me too bloaty and gassy an spice assy I try not to eat before work to spare my coworkers...we're having this plumbing grease trap issue already, no need to add to that!

But, on Valentine's Day, the Food Pimp agreed to work with me for our busy Valentine's night dinner, so I allowed him to pick where we went to lunch. Of course he picked Ashoka the Indian restaurant with the big buffet. So, we always get there too early. So we walked around to all the markets. Well, we tried to. The huge market seemed to be closed down, or relocated to a smaller space? Anyone know about this. There were a few closed places. Even in a tough economy, there aren't many places to get Indian ingredients. It doesn't seem like so many places would close, but I'm not an econ major or anything. So the one market that was still open had one customer in it. Anyhoo, I saw these.



American style Cream and Onion - they're loud and obnoxious and they leave a bad taste in your mouth for hours after your encounter. I didn't buy them...

Anyway, the Ashoka buffet was really good - probably because of Valentine's Day. Lots of meat dishes, variety of vegetable ones. The rice pudding is always good. They offered a complimentary Valentine's Day beverage, mango lassi, tea or champagne. I could have gone for a lassi, but it was kinda cold.

The place started to fill up. Fill up with annoying people who had to have their ringer set on at least 4 and they had to answer the phone at the table in that loud phone voice for everyone else in the restaurant to hear. I swear there were 3 - 4 people who did this. So before we left, I was at the table while the Food Pimp was paying. I acted like I was on the phone and used that loud phone voice, maybe a little louder than everyone else. I was like, "Heeey! Yeah, I'm at Ashoka eating! Yeah, I just wanted to call you and say Happy Valentines!!!!!" I didn't get to see if anyone got annoyed, I don't know why they would since they were busy talking on their phones.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

bad day in the kitchen

So, everyone has a bad day at work now and then, some more than others. Me, I get them in a string usually. So it builds up until I think I can't take it anymore, then it ends. So here's a representation of one of those days.



Guess what this is? Anyone? Anyone? Throw it out there...
Well, it's carbon. It started out as sugar, then it was caramel, then it became carbon. And, yeah, I ruined the pot. It wasn't even on the stove very long, or very high heat...but there it is.

It reminds me of when my sis and I worked at the restaurant in New Orleans called Mango House. Our boss was preggers, but she insisted on working all her shifts until she couldn't anymore. So one night, we put chicken stock on the stove. I left, and I reminded her to turn the stock down very low, once it had come to a boil. So the next day, my sis and my friend went in, and the whole pot had melted - the stock had boiled away, the bones and stuff disintegrated, and the pot melted into metal things - they said it looked like a sculpture. Miraculously, the stove didn't catch fire, the restaurant didn't burn down. That's when my boss decided it was time to slow down.

I wish I could slow down. Take a few months off, travel the world, veg out at home, hang out with old friends, make some new ones, make music and write...eat some life changing meals...if only.

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Birth of the Food Pimp

So, January 28 was a special day. A very special pimp came into the world. The Food Pimp. So for his birthday, we went to a very special place.

Kaiserhof

for a lite lunch


So, it was a beautiful day in Ocean Beach. One of those days that no one could complain living in Southern California. One of those days when you write on Facebook mean things like, "enjoying the weather in sunny socal." or "don't mean to make you jealous, but it's 71 and sunny!" maybe, "While you're shoveling snow, I'm shoveling an ice cream cone into my mouth while taking a walk on the beach!"

So, anyhoo, we decided to sit in the beer garden, of course. I don't think we've ever sat inside. In the dining room it looked like 4pm at the retirement home food services...

So we sat at a nice table in the middle. Not to far from the... screeching birds. I mean screeching. This guy was sitting at a table right next to the bird cage, and he carried on as if he was deaf. Screeching. Piercing. Finally, at some point this bier madchen came out and said, is someone acting up? Who is that? And she went over and talked to the birds, and they finally shut up. For a while. So basically, intermittently, they would screech, someone would mess with them, they'd shut up for a while, then they would screech again.

But, we weren't going to let it ruin our pleasant birthday pigout on pig!

We had nice tall beers - Bitburger fur der Geburtstag Herr und Franziskaner fur die Frau.

Then we were ready to order, but they let us soak in the atmosphere - the beautiful birdsong.

So finally we got to order. Entrees come with soup or salad, so we got one of each.
For some reason, I didn't seem to take a picture of the salad. Iceberg lettuce, other sad vegetables, boring dressing. There was a choice of like, ranch, french, italian dressings - no german.
Here is the lovely FP with his lovely Manhattan Clam Chowder and some dinner rolls. Very authentic Deutsch, I here.

It was actually fine, better than Campbell's, but weird. There was this definite... I don't want to sound stereotypy...yes I do... stereotypes are funny. There was this definite catering to those... you know....those, shh, senior citizens!

Sides:
Sauerkraut, red cabbage, and spaetzle.
Yum, yum..........and yum.

Which cabbage preparation did I like better? Hmm... I seemed to eat more red cabbage. But really, I was just mixing them together and shoveling them in my gaping maw.


Sauerbraten.


Disappointing. I was so looking forward to it. But sadly, it kinda sucked. It tasted like...dried out old people food. Dried out food, not necessarily the old people, but maybe. It was like a dried out pot roast, that didn't have much sauer in it. And the thick sauce was like a commercial base sauce. Thick and cornstarchy and not very flavorful.


Pork Shank.


SPECTACULAR! STUPENDOUS! SCRUMPTIOUS! SUCCULENT!
To summarize, it was pretty darn tooting yummsters.
The crunchy crispy fatty fat on the outside. The tender roasted fatty sweet meat clinging to the bone. foodorgasm. Right there. Right in the middle of the biergarten. With the birds cackling, and everyone watching us. Watching, with big jealous eyes, as they chewed on their...sandwiches. And we devoured most of the shank. That big manly hunk o flistonian meat! There was just a little meat left, and we felt we had to take that and the piece of sauerbraten - even though we had no intention of eating the sauerbraten. But you know how you don't want to say something sucked, but if you don't take the leftovers they force you or ask why? It's just easier to take it and throw it away when you leave. Unless you want to give some "constructive criticism."

Anyway, I went to Der WC, and when I got back the plates were gone, and FP had already paid for his birthday lunch! I always have to go after eating...usually #1 unless it's some kind of diarrhea inducing food, or it's breakfast and it got my bowels moving. But enough about me. I really, innocently needed to pee after a water and a big beer. And I was planning on paying. But he paid. He always thinks I do that on purpose. That's like saying he always has to go number twoseys only after we're in the car on the ride home so that we have to speed.

Anyhoo, it was a lovely birthday lunch. The deliciousness of the pork shank overrode anything else that wasn't up to par! Then we had beers at the Sunshine Co on the balcony. What a lovely day in Sunny Southern California, bitches all over the rest of the miserable country!!!!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Touffee, Tat Touffee, Bro

So, on Boxing Day - over a month ago, the Food Pimp wanted to make etouffee. Shrimp etouffee. So, he did. And it was good.



The End.