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Toast Beverage Catering food tasting!

January 11, 2010

We’ve only done one food tasting for our wedding so far but wow, it was fun!  I had e-mailed the owners of Toast what kind of food Boyfriend and I like and we had selected some stuff off of their online menu that we were interested in trying.  We were told to arrive hungry.  We were served tons of h’ors d’oeuvres, a wonderful salad with homemade Italian dressing, and TWO entrees.  TWO!!

My top three h’ors d’oeuvres were the ahi tuna tartar with mango chutney on a wonton crisp, beef/pork empanadas and vegetarian spring rolls.  The salad had dried cranberries, candied pecans and that wonderful homemade dressing on it with roquefort cheese.  It had the perfect blend of sweetness from the fruit and nuts and saltiness from the cheese.  Both entrees were good but the NY steak dish stood out slightly higher than the chicken stuffed with sun-dried tomato risotto.   We had rosemary potatoes that were perfectly crunchy on the outside and silky smooth on the inside and the haricot vert on the side… let’s just say that had a little buttery goodness to them.  I got to take home all of my leftovers.  Boyfriend on the other hand, ate every last bite on his plate!

We haven’t made any decisions yet but I can’t wait to do other tastings to compare!

193 Los Robles Drive   Burlingame, CA

Living La Cafe Vida!

October 12, 2009

Jill and Faye have raved about Cafe Vida for as long as I can remember.  I went in without knowing what kind of food they served or anything.  Everything there is organic, even the Heinz ketchup they serve!

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Boyfriend went with the Breakfast Sandwich Meltwhich was 2 organic eggs over medium, cheddar, bacon, tomato, lettuce, onion, avocado, lite basil mayo on grilled multigrain or sourdough bread. Boyfriend went with the sourdough.  He could choose between  fresh fruit or organic green salad on the side.  I tried a bite and it was messy goodness!

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Since Day 1, Jill has always ordered the Tex Mex Grilled Chicken Salad.  It has organic greens, shredded carrots, avocado, fresh pico de gallo salsa, fresh corn, tortilla strips, lite balsamic vinaigrette, garnished with ranchero cheese.  It must’ve been amazing because she cleaned off her plate!

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Faye often goes with the Huevos Rancheros Vida Style: 2 organic over medium eggs on top of 2 low fat corn tortilla, quesadillas, topped with homemade red and green salsas, organic black beans, organic spanish brown rice and guacamole. 

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I loved what I got and would definitely get it again!  I got a Grilled Chicken Chipotle Quesadilla.  It is on a whole – wheat tortilla with low fat mozzarella, spinach, salsa, guacamole and chipotle sauce.   It was the perfect blend of chicken with spiciness.  Jill and Faye said the sweet potato fries are great so I got that as my side.

I can’t wait to go back and try other stuff on their menu!  And possibly have a celebrity sighting next time too. ; )

15317 Antioch St.   Pacific Palisades, CA

A new favorite – Sprout Cafe!!

June 23, 2009

I’ve been MIA lately.  Perhaps I’ve been a little disappointed at the food in America since returning from Japan?  A little lazy uninspired?  Okay, maybe a lot LAZY.  Luckily, I’ve discovered a new favorite and decided to share my new find!

I wanted to take my Dad to a new resturant for Father’s Day lunch.  He wanted something light and suggested a sandwich or salad place.  That is when we discovered the wonderfulness of Sprout Cafe.

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As soon as you walk in, there is a table with little clipboards and pencils to fill out your order form.  You create your own salad!! How exciting is this?!?  I’ve been to Pluto’s and thought it was great… Sprouts Cafe is ten times better!  For $6.95 for a full salad ($5.25 for a half salad) you make all the decisions.  You choose whether you want red leaf lettuce, romaine, spinach, butter lettuce, etc.  You can also choose SIX “standard” items you want in your salad.  The choices were phenomenal and we had a really difficult time deciding!!

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I went with butter lettuce (a recent favorite!), red onions, toasted almonds, somen noodles, edamame, fresh tofu and sweet corn.  The sweet corn looked like it was cut off of a cob and was  really sweet.  Any additional items from the veggie list are .50 cents each and you can also add meat and such from the “premium” list.  I added sauteed shiitake for $1.50.  My parents both had very similar salads to mine with slight variations – they both copied me and added sauteed shiitake to theirs so the pictures would’ve looked the same.  I chose a soy ginger vinaigrette dressing mixed in.  You can choose to get light dressing, dressing on the side, etc.  Anything you fancy is yours for the taking!

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Boyfriend went with a steak sandwich.  All sandwiches come with a small side salad!  The marinated tri-tip was tender and flavorful and the sandwich had crispy potatoes (!), sauteed corn (!!), lettuce and mayo on ciabatta bread.  It sounds kind of weird but it was so scruptious.  What was supposed to be a taste test of the sandwich turned into another bite.  And another.  And another.

I can’t wait to go back!!  This weekend perhaps??

168 University Ave.  Palo Alto, CA

Breakfast again anyone?!?

April 20, 2009

After our amazing sushi breakfast at Tsukiji, we ate our second breakfast of the day back at our hotel.  We stayed at the Tokyo Hilton and breakfast was included so we decided to check it out.  I knew we would be eating a lot on this trip but breakfast usually isn’t my meal of choice.

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It was a breakfast buffet and although I wasn’t hungry, I forced myself to eat some stuff after I saw the spread they had.

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One side of the buffet was Japanese style breakfast and one side was American style breakfast!!  We could choose from rice, fish, tsukemono, etc. for the Japanese style breakfast.

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Japanese people often eat salad as part of breakfast too.  Both of my Aunt’s whose houses we stayed at served salad at breakfast. 

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There were plenty fruits and oatmeal too.

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There were all sorts of juices, fruit, sliced meat, breads and pastries to choose from.  They had fried rice, shumai and miso soup.  It was amazing!  They even had a made to order omelette bar at one end.  Our huge sushi breakfast was just 3 hours prior but I couldn’t resist trying this breakfast buffet out.  I was definitely excited to take full advantage of it the next morning on an empty stomach!!


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