Wednesday, March 25, 2009

We had steak for dinner tonight, and since I don't eat meat, my sister picked up this veggie-friendly alternative (thanks, sister!). After seven years of experimenting with different meat substitutes, I'm pretty cynical when it comes to trying new faux meats. But I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The texture isn't weird and stringy, which is what I've found with Boca and other brands -- probably because it's made with all natural ingredients, which is awesome. I checked out the product web site, and found an extensive line of other yummy-looking products, which I hope they sell at my local Whole Foods!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Two new discoveries

On Saturday evening, my cousin Karla suggested we eat at one of her favorite restaurants in the Sunset, Assab. It's an Eritrean restaurant, which I was excited about because I haven't been to one yet. I've been to a couple Ethiopian restaurants in Berkeley, all of which were dark and dingy for some reason. Still not sure what the differences are between Ethiopian and Eritrean food (I know, ignorant, right?) but I do know that they both serve honey wine, which I'm a big fan of. We ordered 4 different dishes that were served on a huge platter with injera, that yummy spongy tortilla-esque bread. It didn't take long for four of us to clean up that platter!

On Sunday morning, Aaron and I went to check out Patio Coffee Shop in San Mateo, on 25th Avenue. It's a charming little breakfast/brunch spot that I know I'll be returning to. I'm particularly looking forward to trying their blueberry pancakes next time.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Comfort food on a dreary Saturday afternoon

Shioyaki Salmon at Mikado Sushi. Perfectly cooked fish, lightly seasoned, with a bowl of soft white rice. Mmmm.

And we are still on a quest to find agedashi tofu that tops that of Tokie's. After about two years , still no luck.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Clay Oven Cuisine of India

Friday night dinner at Clay Oven: channa masala, vegetarian curry, biryani, garlic and cheese naan, and chai. Topped it off with rice pudding for dessert. We've driven by this little restaurant on 3rd Avenue in San Mateo tons of times through the years, and just tried it for the first time. The food was way less heavy and ingredients more fresh than Naan n Curry, my old favorite greasy cheap Indian joint. Decently priced. I'd give it 3.5 yelp stars.