Archive for January 2009

California Sourdough

January 30, 2009

California Sourdough has good great sandwiches!  They bake fresh sourdough daily and each sandwich is made on fresh, WARM bread.  For $6.90 you have 23 sandwiches to choose from and each one comes with mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and Swiss cheese.  I’ve only been twice and have ordered the same thing both times… #21.  Turkey and salami.  Boyfriend has gotten the spicy turkey twice.

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It’s been extremely crowded each time we’ve gone.  The bread is warm when your sandwich is made as it comes right out of the oven and is a perfect blend of crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside.  They only take cash and are only open on weekdays for lunch.  Luckily, I only work a few minutes away!

1150 Murphy Ave.  San Jose, CA 95131

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Nihon shoku (Japanese food)

January 29, 2009

In honor of our trip to Japan in April (did I mention that Boyfriend and I are going to Japan in April?!?) I am sharing with you the beauty of a Japanese meal in Japan.

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One place I’d like to take Boyfriend to in Japan is a ryokan.  It is somewhat of a Japanese “bed and breakfast” and you sleep on the floor on tatami mats.  The meal pictured above was from a ryokan in Beppu, Japan.  This dinner was included in our stay and was brought to our room. 

Everything in Japan has to do with presentation and food is no exception.   Japanese meals always include tons of little dishes so the servings are small but you get to try a lot of different things.  Many of the dishes include fish or tofu and rice.  Can you imagine washing all of these dishes after the meal is over?!?

Dine About Town

January 22, 2009

We were in the city on Monday (went to the Academy of Sciences) and decided to stay out there for dinner.  I had totally forgotten about “Dine About Town” when I chose Kuleto’s.  Elisa’s parents used to take us there when we were in SF so I have nostalgic memories of the restaurant.

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Boyfriend got the special menu they had which included this bruschetta appetizer.  I stole a bite and the mushrooms were quite flavorful!

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His main was a beef dish with fresh arugula and beans.

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Boyfriend’s meal also included a homemade tiramisu which had chocolate covered coffee beans on top.  I’m actually not a huge fan of tiramisu (*gasp*, I know) but this one was pretty good.

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I ordered off of the regular menu and got a mixed green salad with walnuts and vinaigrette… it was the perfect amount of dressing for the salad!   My main dish is pictured above.  Veal scaloppini with spinach, garlic and capers in a white wine and lemon sauce.  The flavor was quite overpowering and I wish I had some potatoes to neutralize it a bit.

This restaurant is in an extremely convenient location if you’re shopping in Union Square.  The service was very good and I’d go back if I were in the area.

221 Powell St.  San Francisco, CA

Choco Pear

January 20, 2009

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My cousin Laureen told me to go to her favorite bakery in my area.  Paris Baguette.  We ate dinner nearby and decided to stop in on the way home if they were still open.  To my surprise, they are open until 11 PM Monday through Saturday and until 10 PM on Sundays!

Most of the breads were sold out at 9 PM but since we were there to pick up dessert, we found what we wanted.  We got one green tea cream cheese bread and one choco pear. (pictured above)  Those are slices of fresh pear on top of the cake!  I love Asian desserts because they are not TOO sweet but still have a lot of flavor.   It was exquisite and beautiful as you can see, and tasted as good as it looks!  I am anxious to go back and try their bread and other cakes.

3561 El Camino Real  Santa Clara, CA 95051


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