I eat so much until people call me Dr. Fish Fish.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Selamat Hari Gawai

Geeee... I am so envy those of you in Sarawak now, can drink Tuak and munch crispy Kueh Jala.

I must find a time where it is Gawai time to go home next time. I miss the old time when my daddy brought us to Rumah Panjang to eat Kueh Jala full full. I used to grow up in an Iban Kampung until I was 4 or 5. I spoke Iban very fluently that time. But that time my Hakka and Mandarin was horrible. Now, the only Iban word I remember is "Makai".

Tell you a little secret here, I had my 1st tuak even when I was in Primary school. The TRUE GOOD TUAK! Hehe...

Sigh... now I become alcohol intolerance. Serve my right. -_-"""

Anyway, Happy Gawai in Hornbill Land. How to say it in Iban? Anybody know?

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Miss Japan crowned Miss Universe 2007

I watched Miss Universe 2007 live on NBC yesterday night. The last time I watched one was during my undergraduate years. It felt good to watch this again, what more a live one!

Oolala~~~ unexpectedly, Miss Japan Riyo Mori won. This is the 2nd time a Miss Universe from Japan, after their first won 48 years ago.

I am happy for her. Omedetou~~~ ^_^

Did you watch it too?

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Biba Restaurant

We were on the way back from San Francisco to L.A. It was a long journey.

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The weather was so beautiful although the temperature outside the car was dropping fast. The last thing I remembered before fell asleep again was this breathtaking sunset behind me.

The next thing I knew when I woke up, the car was turning left and right in one of the unfamiliar city. Then I realised I was in Sacramento, the capital of California.

Then, finally, Mr. Food Guide parked his car in a parking lot and told me to get down for dinner.

"Okie. What are we going to eat tonight?" Hehe... couldn't remember how many times I asked him this question during my whole trip in California.

"Italian." Simple yet clear enough.

Geeee... I was expecting something simple like Olive Garden with that answer.

Gosh, I was so wrong!

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We came to a very old and nice looking restaurant - Biba Restaurant. A real Italian style.

"Are you serious?" I looked at him and myself. We were wearing jeans, T-shirt and sneakers.

The moment he nodded, I wanted to go back to the car to change some nice evening wear. He stopped me.

"No need lar. You wear pretty but I don't have anything proper to wear, no good. Better both look ugly." -_-""" Grrrr... just because he forgot to bring nice wear to look handsome, he wanted me to look ugly with him. Still, since Mr. Food Guide had been really a great guide with all those priceless good experiences, I decided to sacrifice this time.

"The staff didn't tell me to wear nice attire when I made reservation. It was their fault." *tsk tsk tsk* What a good excuse to make himself feel better. This was not the first time he came to this restaurant.

Luckily, despite our almost too informal attire, the staff at the counter warmly greeted us and led us to our table.

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Oolala~~~ the interior was simple yet elegant. The merry people here made such a big contrast with the cold dark empty street outside. I just love the way how they use the white as their theme. White calmed me down and boosted my appetite.

Of course, our wearing caused some attention in the restaurant, for the wrong reason. How glad was I when finally get to sit down. At least my jeans and sneakers were now covered under the table cloth. :P

The staff assigned to serve us was a great one.

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This was our bread.

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I turned my camera mode with flash-on and took another one since it was quite different to get the white-balance without flash.

This action of mine caught an attention from one of the lady sat opposite us.

She came to me slowly and smiled at me.

"Sweetie, I have a question for you." She said.

"Certainly madam. What would you like to know?" I asked.

"You are taking picture of foods. Are you some kind of food journalist?" LOL, I wish.

"No madam. I am just a regular person who owns a website to talk about my food experiences. I review food for my own personal interest." I replied.

Another sursprise on her face. Then she nodded and slowly walked back to her seat.

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We ordered an antipasti - Carpaccio di Manzo con Funghi.

This is a plate of appetizer with raw, thinly sliced beef with white mushrooms, celery hearts, chives, extra virgin olive oil and lemon dressing with slivers of Parmigiano.

The soft beef flavor and texture matched so good with the olive oil and lemon dressing. The slivers of Parmigiano cheese was indeed something rich that gave accent to this tender raw thinly sliced beef.

This was a good carpaccio. *slurp*

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For First Course - we decided to share this Gnocchi del Giorno.

The staff kindly helped us to split the portion into 2 plates for us. Even so, that was quite a generous half-plate portion.

I never fancy gnocchi. However, after my good experience of gnocchi in CIA restaurant, I decided to be adventurous again with it. It did not disappoint me. This housemade gnocchi of the day really made my day. ^_^

Firm yet not-over-chewy nor too-soft gnocchi, only a housemade version could give such a good texture. A slight spiciness brought out by the herb accentuated the whole dish yet not over-powering the unique potato flavour of the gnocchi. Combination of melted cheese and grated aged-cheese made the dish more creamy and rich.

Mmmmm~~~ awesome presentation!

Next, each of us made a choice on Entrees. Conincidently, we both got something with strong tomato base.

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Mine was Ossobuco alla Milanese.

The large, meaty veal shank was braised with mixed vegetables, wine, broth and tomatoes, topped with gremolata and served with creamy soft polenta.

Usually, Ossobuco is served with risotto. However, as Biba Caggiano was born and raised in Bologna, the capital Emilia-Romagna which located in northern Italy, she used polenta. Polenta is a traditional staple food throughout much of northern Italy.

Although the tomato taste was too much for me, I love the dish nevertheless. This was big portion of veal shank. Yet, it was so soft and tender that I almost just swallowed the meat. The rich taste of this veal shank went very well with the creamy polenta. Still, creamy polenta made me tired of it after a while, a few scoop was good, more than that would be too much.

I scooped out the bone marrow with a cute little fork. Mmmm~~~ that was heavenly good. Although the marrow was merely a small portion, the impact was strong. It just spreaded inside my mouth like an exploding bomb.

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Mr. Food Guide had a Coniglio alla Cacciatora con Peperoni al Balsamico e Polenta.

Once again, polenta was used. However, I love this version much more as it was roasted. It was almost like a good Yakionigiri (grilled Japanese rice ball) for me. It was a very nostalgic feel for me.

I was really enjoying eating crispy roasted polenta surface by soaking it into the gravy that have a combination of sweet onion, pancetta, wine, tomatoes, bell peppers and balsamic vinegar. So good! Too good to stop. I ate one whole polenta in such way. Definitely an orgasmic moment for me. Yum~~~

The rabbit meat part, was nothing to complain too. Although this slowly braised rabbit was pretty bony, it was so soft that I had no difficulty in separating the meat and the bone easily. Back in Malaysia, it is a common way people eat rabbit meat in satay form. Such a preparation cause the rabbit meat to be too dry and lack of fat. However, this Hunter-Style Rabbit was a really good way to cook prepare a gastronomic rabbit meat.

Until this point, we were both very satisfied with everything. But then...

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... this plate of salad spoilt the fun a bit.

This was a plate of Insalata di Finocchio, Arance e Cicoria. A combination of thinly sliced fennel and oranges with frisee, arugula and an extra virgin olive oil, lemon and orange dressing.

Nothing wrong with the salad if you like fennel. Too bad, fennel bulb is just not my cup of tea. I had never tried a fennel bulb before, therefore I tried it out of curiosity. It was not a good one for me though. I will always pick rucola over fennel from now on. :P

By the way, if you noticed, I put salad after main entree. Well, I did it on purpose. In America, it is a common practice people eat salad at the beginning. However, in Italy, it is a norm to eat salad after the entree.

In Biba Restaurant, they will ask you whether if you want the salad to be served before the meal or after the meal. Interesting question, only in a real Italian restaurant in America you will get this kind of question.

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The whole night highlight had yet to come with this Tiramisu!!!

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Here is a flash-on version to show clearly the cut surface of this piece of goodie.

I quoted a little fun fact about Tiramisu from here.

The Italian name tiramisù means "pick-me-up" (metaphorically, "make me happy", although it could have a more sexual meaning), referring to the two caffeine-containing ingredients, espresso and cocoa.

Traditionally, tiramisu is an Italian dessert typically made from ladyfinger cookies, espresso coffee, mascarpone cheese, eggs, cream, sugar, marsala wine, cocoa and rum. Even though I have had many times of "tiramisu" back in Malaysia and while in Japan, shamefully I must admit I have never tried a REAL tiramisu until now. Now I know what is a REAL TIRAMISU!! Make sure it made from ladyfinger, espresso and mascarpone!!

In Biba, besides sprinkling cocoa powder on the tiramisu surface, they made this whole piece even more appealing with the thin chocolate flakes. They just melt in your mouth like a cotton candy. Irresistible piece of art, I wish they have this in the place I am staying now.

There is some debate regarding tiramisu's origin. In Wikipedia, it has 3 stories.

First story :
Some believe it was first created during the First World War. Women in Greece made these desserts for their men to take with them as they were being sent off to war. They might have believed the high caffeine and energy content of these desserts would give their men more energy to fight and help bring them home safely.

Second story :
Another story regarding tiramisu dates back even further. It is said that during the Renaissance periods, Venetian women made these to be shared with their men during the late hours because they believed it would give them the energy to make more vigorous love later.

Third story :
A different take on this story is that Venetian prostitutes, living above cafés, would order this as a late night pick-me-up.

Haha... gosh~~~ I never knew there were such debate behind this great piece of Tiramisu.

Whatever, I want Tiramisu for myself, not for any man!

Biba Restaurant definitely worth its award as one of the Best Restaurant in Sacramento! ^_^ It is absolutely the Best Italian Restaurant for me until today. ;)

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Busy with season finales

This week was such a busy time for me with the TV.

So glad everything came to an end yesterday night.

Three happy endings that I wanted.

Tessa got the final rose in The Bachelor. She has very beautiful legs.

Apolo Anton Ohno won the Champion in Dancing with the Stars. I love his speed and accuracy.

Finally, Jordin won the American Idol. Woohoo!!! Didn't waste I voted 3 times for her that night. Well, I like Blake too, he is a gentleman. However, in term of singing, I prefer Jordin.

Gosh, feel so relief that all the finales have ended.

It is time for great outdoor.

I will start to go to the gym starting next week. I promise myself. :P No more couch potato for me in the summer. ;)

Now, how do you want to enjoy your summer? ^_^

Sunday, May 20, 2007

The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

Napa Valley was one of my best memory during my previous trip to California.

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Magnificent view of acres of grape vines on both side of the roads was breathtaking. Too bad it was winter, not a single leaf was spotted on the vines.

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Mr. Food Guide knows this place that have been always on my mind, it is one of the place I want to go the most, even till today. He stopped there without saying anything and asked me to go and have a look.

Cluelessly, I walked pass this beautiful front part.

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Then, I came to it nice and tidy backyard.

Still, I didn't know what he was trying to tell me.

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Then he pointed to the wall. All of the sudden, everything was more than obvious to me.

The FRENCH LAUNDRY!!! Oh gosh, it was like dreaming. I was in front of the place that I have dreamt countless times. Too bad, it was closed for the festive season. Oh well, French Laundry, I will definitely come again one day. I will make sure I taste you for real that time.

For those of you that have no clue what this place is, it is ranked the Best Restaurant in America and No.4 in the World by Restaurant Magazine. Even the waiters that serve you have a proper 3-year course before they are qualified to serve in this place. You have to book this place months earlier in order to be able to eat here.

Mmmm~~~ even thinking about it is making my adrenaline running wild now.

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Well, we went to another place though for a good lunch. Past through this beautiful road...

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... and one nice looking building showed in front of us.

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Tralala~~~ another place that I have always wanted to go. The Culinary Institute of America in Greystone!! So happy that I was finally there.

This place produced many great chefs and will produce more.

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They even plant there own big and juicy lemon...

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...and their own olives.

Imagine these fresh from trees goodies will be served to us on the dining tables. ^_^

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We were lucky to get our table although we did not do any booking. We waited for 45 minutes for our turn.

During that time, it was great to have a short visit to the CIA museum attached beside. Even had a nice little shopping in the souvenier shop.

That was just the perfect time to fill up our hungry stomach.

This restaurant is unique as all the people working inside are either the CIA teacher or student. How cool is that!!

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Not many restaurants serve olive as starter but they have it here. Three different types of olive, tasted very different. One of them was my favorite. I hope these were the olives from their garden.

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The bread was great. Especially with the butter, who cared about calories that time. :P

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Since it was year end time, I wanted a seasonal warm Brandy Egg Nogg to soothe my throat before the real stuffs.

Sweetness from the egg nogg and kick from the Brandy, they just matched so well. *slurp*

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Oolala~~~ look at our choice of appetizer.

This was called American Caviar and Oyster Tasting. It was a trio of caviar and oysters from three different regions served with crème fraîche and mignonette.

Well, these were the best raw oyster that I have ever tasted. They were small, but the taste was explosive even by its own. The companion of the caviar definitely boosted up the whole thing.

It was indeed a pleasant surprise for me. Each of them was so unique, neither one could overtake the other. I love the texture of these fresh oyster, therefore I prefer them over caviar. However, since my eating experience in caviar was very limited, I will only make my judgement when I get to eat a few more times.

Until then, hehe... I will always choose Mentaiko over caviar. :P

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We ordered 2 main courses.

First was this salmon with goat cheese terrine. The different sprouts at the side looked good, but not my cup of tea. I am never a fan of sprouts, I just don't like the feeling of gulping these little plant down.

It was my first time trying a terrine. Lovely looking dish. I love the way how the mild goat cheese blended with herbs to give the irresitible temptation to me. The salmon was the best among the combination. A good slice of salmon was great to eat it just as it was. Lovely melting texture with the umami of the salmon. Serious stuff!

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The next main course was Pan Seared Day Boat Scallops with gnocchi and green sprout. The scallops was cooked rare and went very well with the porcini sauce. I never really like gnocchi because it makes one full easily. However, the gnocchi in this dish was only a supporting role, only a few inside. Yet, these few gnocchi brought out the whole dish into a different level of enjoyment, both taste and texture.

Argh~~~ I miss these big and plump scallops.

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Since I have an obsession to try different version of creme brulee, I decided to give it a shot for the CIA's version.

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It did not disappoint me at all. In fact, one of the pretty good version in my creme brulee list. Look at those tiny vanilla beans inside the custard layer and the thin layer of the hardened caramelized sugar on the top of it, pretty much said how good this thing was. The moment when I break the hard caramel surface with my spoon, it splited just as where I wanted it too be, not too much nor less.

The whole lunch was absolutely a fantastic experience for me. It definitely qualified as one of my best lunch. Proper yet relaxing dining place, great food and pleasant service... that is really what I want in a good eating-out.

The next time if you go to Napa Valley, get yourself a chance to dine in CIA restaurant. It will be a good memory for your life time. ;)

Saturday, May 19, 2007

I was ascorted...

... for the 1st time in my life in the middle of night by a handsome Mr. Policeman.


Well, to be exact, I did a very silly mistake in my work and ended up finished it around midnight. Still, all my 10-hr work went down to drain. :(

Have to restart everything again today. Learnt a good lesson.

I have never been escorted, not even when I need to go back alone at 4.00am in the morning when I was in Japan.

However, as one sex offender was reported to be seen in my apartment area last week, I did not want to take the risk.

After made my call to request for the escort and rushed down to the waiting area, in less than 10 second, the police car came in front of me. How efficient was that?

I sat at the back. Beside him that was a very cool computer screen with all the detail around the area.

Then the Mr. Policeman started to talk to the station, "Calling from X Drive, Y Building. One female just boarded. Time 11.59pm. Mileage 4725.8. Destination Z Street, A Park."

Serious looking yet friendly officer. He brought me back to my apartment, guarded me until I went into my apartment.

I felt so secure.

I felt so VIP. Tee hee heeeee...

Now I don't have to worry if I ended up very late with work, I can always call for an escort.

The escort service is a Two-Hand-Up Goodie!!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Boudin Sourdough

I have been neglecting my blog lately, because of my virtual pet. It is hard to take care of 2 things that I like at one time.

It is time to get back into balancing both of them. Gosh~~~ these 2 things really keep my nights busy.

I want to talk about something very famous in San Francisco today. Something that I tried 5 months ago.

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If you go to San Francisco, make sure you go to Pier 39. Nothing much about the shopping center, but the view of California Sea Lions on the docks of Pier 39 was pretty entertaining.

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These creatures sure know how to lay back. Cute~~~ but strong smell. Hehe.

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We went to have a simple break in Boudin Bakery, a place that is very famous with their Original San Francisco Sourdough French Bread since 1849. The mother dough that produce this French Bread is more than 150+ years already. In order to protect the mother dough in the older days during cold winter night, the cook actually hugged the dough while sleeping in order to keep the yeast alive.

Thanks to his effort, we are still able to have the taste same as that time.

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Look how cute this lobster is! I wonder if the taste is as good as the look.

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We decided to get a Sourdough Bread Bowl with Clam Chowder inside it. Hmmm... I didn't really enjoy the taste alone, but when mixed with some Clam Chowder, it tasted slightly better each time I munched on it. Sour bread just something still quite unfamiliar for my palate.

These 2 things make you tired pretty fast as they were quite heavy.

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Tralala~~~ Sourdough Long Loaf!! Their classic long loaf!

Man~~~ so long. It took days to eventually finished it. I wonder will it be good to replace a whipping cane. I would rather my mom to cane me with this than the rottan during my naughty childhood. Tee hee hee...

Ah~~~ San Francisco Sour Dough turned my day more tasty. ;)

Saturday, May 12, 2007

To all the mommies

Happy Mother's Day. ^_^

I called home and said "I Love You" to her.

My mom went to celebrate with her mom in a simple way. Eating lunch in a quiet restaurant and gossiping all kinds of things. The same friend of mom bumped into her again and paid for her lunch once again.

Ah~~~ everything was almost the same, except that I was not there to hear all the fun neighbourhood news from these 2 great moms.

I miss mom and grandma.


On the movie night with Tristan, we went to a fast food restaurant for dinner.

U.S. is truly a fast food nation. Besides the globally well-known few such as McDonald and KFC, there are still bunches of them that not-known by other regions even in the same country.

Zaxby's, is one of them. The focus of business is in the Southeast. Today, they have 350 locations in 10 states and plan to make it 1000 in year 2010.

Their mission is "Consistently Create Encore Experiences That Enrich Lives One Person At A Time"

Make sense? :P

I am not a fast food fan, but I always love to try some new fast food restaurants that still not in my tasted-list.

Since Zaxby specialty is chicken, we each ordered some chicken dish.

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This was Tristan's The House Salad.

The salad plate has a unique name - Zalad plate. ;)

Tristan chose grilled chicken.

I tried one. Impressive. This grilled chicken breast was so tender. Great texture and good taste. It didn't taste like a chicken breast to me. I would not mind to ditch my favorite leg for this kind of breast. ^_^

Like what they claimed - Indescribable good!

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I tried the signature Chicken Fingerz with Zax Sauce. Nice too, but not as good as the grilled version. Good finger food to munch while gossiping with your girl friend. LOL

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I also got a Zappertizer - Spicy Fried Mushroom. I expected a more spicy version, too bad it was too mild for me. I like the batter though. Very crispy. Another good finger food.

Oops... what a greasy fingers I had after that. ;)

Friday, May 11, 2007

Free Laundry Days

Have you ever heard of such special day?

I have. Even experienced it today. :P

The coin laundry rooms in my apartments are giving free laudry for all the residents from this Friday until Sunday. They never did this before, this was the 1st time. Lucky me!

Hard to believe! But it was real.

I heard the morning situation was like the day after Thanksgiving, longggggg queue. Thank goodness the evening was pretty empty. Only me and another lady.

I walked up and down the stair many times just to get my laundry loads done today.

What a workout. No play play.

Winter blankets and bed sheets now very fresh.

Happy Happy! Surprisingly, free laundry was something really fun. ^_^

I hope they will make it an annual event. Woohoo!!!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

A weekday movie - Dreamgirls

I don't usually go for a movie on weekdays. However, Tristan and I made an exception today. It was a small date we decided a while ago. Both of us wanted to watch Dreamgirls but we were just too busy that time. Thank goodness for the 2nd run cinema, we still have the chance to watch it on big screen with only US$1.50 per ticket.

There were only 6 audiences in the whole cinema. Wooo~~~ we owned the whole room... errrr... at least for that 2 hrs. :P

I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! From the starting song "Move" until the movie ended with "Dreamgirls", everything was so addictive.

Somehow, the story reminded me a lot of Destiny's Child.

Geeee... what a coincidence, I am watching TV now and Lakisha that sang one of Dreamgirls' song is going home tonight in American Idol. I wish she could stay longer actually.

I will definitely get Dreamgirls' Original Soundtrack. ^_^

So, have you watched Dreamgirls? You should if you haven't.

Thank you Tristan, it was a great girls' night out for me. ^_^

Monday, May 07, 2007

Nutties are driving me crazy!

Chocolates were my winter snack. When the season was over, the craving was over too.

Then new season comes, meaning new craving kick in. :P

For me, I crave for nuts, a lot of nuts in spring.

I love nuts, especially assorted nuts.

However, prepacked asssorted nuts seldom give me combination that I want.

How to solve that problem?

Hehe... simple.

I will buy the nuts that I like and made my own assorted nuts.

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Tralalala~~~ my kind of nuts. Trader Joe's is a good place for me to hunt for good yummy nuts with reasonable price.

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Oolala~~~ look at my glittering candied walnut, crunchy roasted unsalted cashew nut and macadamia...

Mmmmm~~~ just too good to resist.

Big Ed's City Market Restaurant

I found an interesting restaurant to eat lunch. The first thing that attracted me was the name.

May fish fish present you...

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Tralalaaa~~~ BIG ED's.

Then only I realised this is one of the very famous place for real North Carolina's country cooking. ;)

I miss dumpling back home so much. When I saw the menu "Chicken and dumpling", no way I was going to skip that.

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Ha! Did it look like "dumpling" for you all out there? This is not the Chinese dumpling, it is actually a popular Southern dumplings, called chicken dumpling. They made it from scratch.

It was a different taste. A little too much on the salty side. Somehow, it reminded me more of the Foo Chow Din Bian Hu, only with less ingredients. I would like it if the dumplings were more elastic rather than lumpy mushy texture.

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Also ordered a country's ham with red-eye gravy. Again, this is the real southern food. Alright, you Zhi Lian Kuang in Los Angeles, always teased Cynthia, Mama Bok and me with your foods, now it is time for revenge. Haha!!!

You get "water added" ham in L.A. I cut a big slice of country ham for a huge pork leg. Even got bone in the middle.


Gosh~~~ this thing was good, it was so salty that it is good to eat with a huge bowl of white rice with only one bite. (:P Meaning it was too salty for my palate)

Too bad no white rice...

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Luckily I have the made from the scratch flaky biscuit and cornbread.

So, Mr. Zhi Lian Kuang, come to Southern part to learn the cooking and bring it back to L.A. Get yourself a restaurant exactly like this...

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See? I am so kind that I have even helped you to think of the shop name. :P

But remember to pay me the copyright fee. Thank you~~~

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Sullivans Steakhouse

Usually I don't go out to eat on a Monday's evening. However, last Monday I made an exception to dine in a high end restaurant, just to spoil myself a bit.

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I went to Sullivans Steakhouse with a friend. One of my friends told me about this place a while ago. I was glad I finally found a time to try it.

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The interior layout was quite cozy for me. I was arranged in a seat that could have a good view of the whole restaurant. Good for me.

Eve though it was a Monday, there were a lot of people eating there. I had a good feeling this was going to be something nice.

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I started with a glass of cocktail. It matched really well with my evening feeling. Not too sweet, not too sour, soothing my throat with each sip of it.

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The bread for the starter was something great. The surface was baked to crispy yet not hard and the inner part was soft yet chewy. I could feel the yeasty aroma released inside my mouth. Just the kind of rustic bread that I adore.

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We started with Escargot as appertizer. Well, it was my first time on escargot and it was just a so so new experience for me. Over-cooked, I assumed. Well, I am sure there will be much better escargot out there. Hopefully one day I get to try the unforgettable version.

We had 2 entrees.

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One was rare Lamb Rib Chops with mint jelly.

I was deeply impressed with the lamb chops. They were so good. This was actually my first time eating such a rare lamb, yet nothing to be dissapointed, except for the tooth-paste-like mint jelly. Yuck!

The lamb chop was like a combination of horse sashimi texture and otoro flavour, only at a much intensed degree. Such a good exercise for my mouth while chewing it.

Mmmm~~~ awesome. I would definitely want to taste this again.

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Our second choice was medium rare Mushroom Duxelles Filet Mignon.

My choice actually. Not quite a good one. I should have just stick to the traditional Filte Mignon. I enjoyed the medium rare texture though my friend thought it was overcooked. We both didn't like the mushroom as it spoiled the original taste of a good filet mignon. Oh well, at least it was a good lesson for me.

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We ordered something very unique as a side dish. Something that I normally will only order in a fast food restaurant but not in such a place.

However, the menu written "Old Fashioned Hand-Cut Onion Rings". Hmmm... "Old Fashion"? "Hand-Cut"? Oh ya, that triggered our curiosity to the right point. So, we decided to see what was so special about it.

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Oolala~~~ Have you ever seen such a thick onion ring? In reality, this mounted high onion rings looked even more temptating.

Hohoho... forget about the high end. I just grab one with my hand and started to bit on it.

Mmmm~~~ orgasmic crispiness. The onion inside was transparent like some crystal. Sweetness of the caramalized onion was unbeatable. Gosh... I must say this was one of the best onion ring for me except that it was a bit too salty and too greasy. If they improved these 2 things, I would give it a 99-point.

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To end the dinner, we decided to get a souffle.

It took 25 min for the thing to ready.

I saw this dessert many times in Iron Chef of Food Network. I was so glad once again my list to try is one line shorter now. ^_^

Such a beautiful blow up...

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Oops! Once cut, the whole thing just deflated like a no-air balloon.

Hmmm... a very unique texture. Very fluffy yet creamy. I can't really say I enjoyed the taste. However, this was definitely a new type of flavour and texture combination for me. The egg flavour was pretty strong for me.

The whole dinner was more than US$140 including tips. However, it was a great night for us. The service was something worth to give 2 thumbs up. I even received an appreciation card from them 2 days ago to thank for the dining in. This was definitely a pleasant surprise in U.S. for me. ^_^ I felt "VIP". Tee hee hee...

Try Sullivan, you'll like the place, if not for the foods. ;)