Archive for December 2009


December 30, 2009

We went out to Sumiya with a couple of Boyfriend’s coworkers for some char-grilled goodness.  We had almost anything you can imagine on a stick and then some.  We ordered some gyutan (beef tongue), chicken breast, chicken thigh, pork, enoki wrapped in bacon (my personal fave), gizzard, soboro don, kalbi don, potato mochi and more. Needless to say, we nearly had to be rolled out of this smoke box after all the food we ate.

It’s really hard to mess up anything with bacon but seriously, enoki wrapped in bacon is pure genius.  The crunchiness of the enoki wrapped in bacon fat goodness is delicious!  A lot of Yelpers had raved about the potato mochi but I didn’t think it was anything special.  I’ll stick to my gyutan and other meat on sticks over the custom stuff.

2634 Homestead Rd.  Santa Clara, CA

Foodgasm at SolBar

December 8, 2009

To celebrate our two year anniversary, Boyfriend took me to SolBar for dinner.  It is the Solage Hotel restaurant in Calistoga and was recently awarded a Michelin star!  Foodgasm much??  If not, you should go to SolBar and experience it for youself.  The great thing about SolBar is they use the freshest ingredients from the area to make their menu for the day.  The sad thing about that is you can’t expect to always see your favorites on the menu because they might be out of season.

I had such a difficult time deciding what to eat because everything on the menu looked exquisite!  Boyfriend started out with the winter squash velouté.  It had crispy sage leaves and granny smith apples in it.  Although I usually detest cooked fruit, these added a wonderful sweetness to the soup that I couldn’t get enough of. 

I went with the herb roasted chicken soup.  All of the “guts” of the soup were brought out in the bowl and the broth was poured over it at the table.  The vegetables were cooked perfectly.  Not too soft, not too hard.  The chicken must’ve been pan seared before put in the soup because I could taste the specific cooked chicken flavor when I ate it.  And the gnocci.  Oh yes, the handmade gnocci was to die for. 

Besides the chicken soup, I also wanted to try the house-made ricotta agnolotti.   Boyfriend offered to share them with me so we ordered them.  They were baby raviolis with seared wild mushrooms and two year old parmiggiano cheese.  These were absolutely divine!!!  They practically melted in your mouth.  The ONLY regret I have about dinner was not ordering this as my main dish.  It had two prices next to it so it could be ordered as a starter or as a main and Jeff (our server) talked me into getting it as an appetizer and ordering another main on it’s own. 

I had also just pigged out on the warm cornbread muffins they bring out so I should’ve known I would’ve been okay with just these agnolotti.  Those cornbread muffins sent me to heaven for a little bit too!

Boyfriend went with the Bavette steak for his main dish.  It came with potato rösti and cranberry and garlic creamed leeks.  I had a bite of the meat and it was a perfectly cooked medium rare.

I got talked into this beef shortrib dish with polenta and a wine au jus.  The meat was so tender that I could poke at it with my fork and it would fall apart.  The polenta was a nice touch too.  But I was still craving those agnolotti!

Can you believe that after all the food we ate, I still wanted to order dessert?!?!  I was totally and absolutely stuffed but when I saw buttermilk panna cotta on the menu, I knew I wanted to try it.  It had a mango sauce, pomegranate, kiwi and an oatmeal cookie on top.  (Please excuse the poor picture, I forgot to turn on my macro and was in a rush to begin eating and must’ve blurred the photo.)

Everything was executed perfectly and it was a wonderful experience being there!  Jeff gave us perfect wine suggestions to pair with our meals and we went back to our hotel very full and happy that night.

at the Solage Hotel  755 Silverado Trail   Calistoga, CA

Guy Fieri’s Johnny Garlic’s California Pasta Grill

December 7, 2009

We were up in the Windsor/Santa Rosa/Napa area for a quick weekend getaway and ended up at Johnny Garlic’s for lunch.  I probably wouldn’t choose to go to a place called Johnny Garlic’s (it sounds semi cheesy, no??) but when I found out it is one of Guy Fieri’s restaurants, I was all for it!  We had a coupon for a free appetizer and decided to take advantage of it.

I was impressed from the beginning.  We were brought out focaccia bread with onions on top to be dipped in olive oil and balsamic.  The bread was amazingly flavorful and light. (not pictured)

For our free appetizer, we chose these darling American Kobe Sliders.  They came with limes on top and a few squeezes of the lime juice on the aioli sauce made these sliders special.  The meat was great and every bite was juicy.

I ordered a seared yellow fin ahi ciabatta sandwich.   It practically had a mini salad on it with Maui onion straws and a lemon caper aioli.  I was worried the capers would make the sandwich salty but it was perfectly balanced with the aoili sauce.  It came with homemade garlic chips on the side.

Boyfriend went with the Cajun chicken penne with a side of Sonoma Salad.  I actually wasn’t a big fan of his pasta but luckily, Boyfriend loved it!  His salad had dried cranberries, honey almonds and blue cheese crumbles with a balsamic dressing.

I’m so glad we were able to go to Guy’s restaurant since I’m a fan of his.  I had no idea but he lives in Santa Rosa with his family (wife and two kids) and all five of his restaurants are in NorCal.  He owns Tex Wasabi’s and Johnny Garlic’s.  

8988 Brooks Rd. So., Windsor, CA

I’m darn good at eating

December 1, 2009

Did I forget to mention that AFTER we ate a scrumptious lunch at The Slanted Door, had Tasty Salted Pig Parts as a snack, and fought the massive crowd at Delfina, we rushed over to Bi-Rite for dessert?!?  I have no idea how I fit all this food in my stomach that day but that must mean I’m darn good at eating.

I love how a “single” here can actually be two flavors.  Boyfriend went with Honey Lavender and of course, Ricanelas (cinnamon with snickerdoodles).  He goes crazy for almost anything cinnamon.  The Honey Lavender was creamy sweetness and almost made me feel like I was eating flowers.  I will spare you the picture of my Pumpkin and Salted Caramel on a cone.  I was worried it would melt down and sides and you can see my lick marks.  I’m so glad I finally tried the Salted Caramel.  Salt with ice cream is an interesting flavor but it works with the Sam’s Sundae and it works here as well.

This place is teeny tiny but I managed to grab one of the three stools to sit on inside.  It’s not usually a problem but when you’re an ice cream lover and want homemade ice cream in the dead middle of winter, it makes it harder to enjoy outside.  Good news though – the Creamery is expanding!  It’ll probably be more packed than ever because yes, it is THAT good.

3692 18th Street  (@ Dolores)   San Francisco, CA

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