Sunday, September 18, 2011

Curbside Cafe Revisit!

Curbside Cafe has been a family favorite for a long time. The comforting French food, tiny space, and pretty location off of Filmore St have made it a wonderful place to have lunch or dinner with people who are closest to you~ :) My sister and I were lucky enough to be able to go have lunch there this summer, and it was great to spend time with her before she went off to college for her freshman year! (Go Fiona! :D)

We had made reservations, since it is a popular spot for lunch, and were seated at a table in an alcove next to the window. It was quite cozy, and we appreciated being able to sit down, even though we were early for our reservation. The owner was accomadating, even if he was busy, and we felt taken care of. Our first course was, of course, French onion soup! We shared it, since it's very rich, and it was perfect for the both of us. The cheese was melted and satisfyingly stringy, and the onions were sweet.

Fiona ordered the philly cheese steak sandwich, which was served with fresh and crispy fries. The sandwich arrived on grilled dutch crunch bread, the same that had been served to us with the soup. The bread was wonderful and we both inhaled it! XD Dutch crunch is great bread and I was happy to see the cafe utilising it, since one doesn't see it at many restaurants. I had a bite of her sandwich and it was so good! There was mushrooms, good quality meat, melted cheese, and I think she asked to leave out the onions and peppers, which is what I would have done. ;)

I ordered one of my favorite dishes there, the Chicken Piccata with angel hair pasta. The chicken was soft and looked like it was poached, witch went well with the rich lemon butter sauce. Salty capers dotted the plate and tasted wonderful with the sauce and chicken. The cheese was thickly grated, but I can't remember if it was parmesan or tasted sharp, but it was soft. Ah well, what matters is that this was a comfortable amount of food and wasn't overly rich or heavy.

The desserts are yummy, but we both wanted to try the bakeries down the street, so we passed. The meal wasn't too expensive, and we were both satiated with our meals; our plates had been licked clean! :)

After paying, we walked down the street to check out a new bakery, the Fillmore Bakeshop. They had many different varieties of macarons, and we were anxious to try some! The macaron were HUGE! So we each bought two.

I only got a picture of the pistachio macaron, which was divine. I loooove pistachio-flavored desserts and this one did not disappoint! There was sweet pistachio buttercream as the filling, and the shells were airy and chewy. We both enjoyed the flavors we got, and even though they were a touch expensive, it was worth trying! Also, this was a great light dessert to have after the savory lunch.

Curbside Cafe

2417 California Street

San Francisco, CA 94115

Fillmore Bakeshop

1890 Fillmore St

(between Sutter St & Bush St)

San Francisco, CA 94115

Momofraise says: Giant macarons and a quaint French cafe? What are you waiting for? Go!!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sapporo-ya Revisit!

I think this might have been the first San Francisco visit of the summer.....I went a few times, hitching a ride from my dad who had appointments and such. On this particular day, my dad had a lunch appointment, so I went off and had lunch on my own! I was particularly curious to see if my old ramen-ya favorite, Sapporo-ya, had changed, so I went to find out....
I ordered some gyoza on the side. The dressing on the salad tasted like mayo and ketchup mixed together....definitely un-appetizing. I would have enjoyed the salad if they had only used Japanese style dressing. The gyoza themselves were thin and tasted homemade, full of chopped meat and veggies. They come apart easily, and taste a bit salty. I still enjoyed them though~

Here is where I think I made an ordering mistake. I was into making miso ramen at home with my dad at the time, and I wanted to taste how Sapporo-ya made theirs. I used to love their shoyu ramen, and I think I should have gotten that instead. The noodles were chewy, but not very plentiful, and the chashu was super fatty. I know some people would prefer that, but I do not. The broth had a funny aftertaste and the miso flavor was very muted. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be. However, eating there was very comfortable and nostalgic~ :)


1581 Webster St

Ste 202(between Geary Blvd & Post St)

San Francisco, CA 94115

Momofraise says: Stick with Shoyu ramen and watch out for fatty chashu!

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Dead Fish-- Crockett, CA

Hello again everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts, but I've been one busy lady! I'm currently in the Bay Area, working for my dad as a clerical assistant and working on some secret plans, hehehehhee ;) Andrew is doing well, he has come to the Bay Area to visit a lot and we have a ton of fun with him here!

This was a lunch my dad and I had on Memorial Day earlier this year~ This restuarant is called The Dead Fish, and while it may not sound super appetizing, it turned out to be delicious, complete with wonderful views of the Bay!

We started off with garlic cheese bread~ The bread was rather crunchy, but the cheese was flavorful and their was a light hint of olive oil and garlic. What really made this delicious was the chopped fresh basil; such a wonderful addition that intensified the salty flavor of the cheese!

My dad ordered two Kumamoto oysters and he enjoyed how fresh they were. They were simple and quite large; my dad said he would definitely order them again!

I wanted a salad to start off, and I enjoy Cesaer salad, so I opted to try their rendition. First of all, there was SO MUCH parmesan. I couldn't believe it! It may not look like it in the picture, but there was a lot and I couldn't finish all of it. The salad dressing was simple and rather sparse, but I prefer it that way. The croutons were fresh and very crunchy; they went well with the plentiful cheese.

My dad ordered the halibut as his main course, which came blistering hot in the pan pictured, along with tons of fresh vegetables and some pearl couscous. He really liked it, especially the vegetables, and was pleased with this dish. :)

Since I am not a fish lover, I went with one of the Italian offerings: lasagna! This lasagna was dense and rich, but not too heavy. I actually finished the whole plate and I loved dipping the garlic cheese bread in the rich tomato meat sauce. There were little capers in it, and they added a pleasant tangy flavor to the lasagna. The cheese was sharp and blended well with everything else. I really liked this lasagna, and looking back it was a different kind than one usually eats in Italian restaurants.

We were much too full for dessert, so we ate leisurely and enjoyed the view of the boats on the Bay. This place was very comfortable and decorated with a marine theme, but it's still classy enough for a date. We would like to go back someday and perhaps try one of their brunch specials or sandwiches, which looked hearty! I had a lovely Memorial Day with my dad~ :)

The Dead Fish

20050 San Pablo Avenue

Crockett, CA 94525-1028

Momofraise Says: Go for the food, hearty portions, and nice selection! The garlic cheese bread is addictive!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Strawberry Cake!

Summer has arrived! Hey everyone! Sorry for being MIA lately, there has just been a lot going on! I have been in the Bay Area for almost two months now, and I have had some cooking adventures~ (mostly, I've just been enjoying my dad's cooking, hehe) Today is a gloomy, rainy day, but my grandma is finally home from the hospital! Yay! So that's awesome. :) Andrew has been able to come over a couple times and spend the weekend with us, which has been amazing and fun!!!!! ;D

A couple times this summer, we have found ourselves with extra strawberries around the house. So, I decided to make Martha Stewart's strawberry cake!

Here it is right before going into the oven~

And here is a picture of the cake after! Voila! :)

Another after picture~ I have been depriving this blog of pictures lately, so here's more than enough, haha!

The recipe stated that homemade whipped crea should act as the accompaniement to the cake. So, I whipped (hehe) some up and we really enjoyed it. The cake itself is so easy to make, and smells delicious when cooking. Personally, I find it a little too sweet and buttery for my taste. Maybe I just am not a fan of fruit cakes. My family and friends really like it, so that makes me happy. :) And it looks so lovely too!

This is a fun recipe for summertime, and it would be fun to make with kids too! Check it out! :)

Momofraise Says: This cake is a sweet treat for summer, and a great dessert to bring to a picnic or bbq~!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Summer Jams~

Hey everyone! I hope you are all well and enjoying the April weather! :)

Tomorrow is my last day of classes before last day of class of Junior year...crazy! >.< I hope finals will go smoothly~

I wanted to write a quick blog entry, partly because it's fun and I need a break from writing my final paper/play. :)

A lot has been going on over here! Andrew and I have been busy with school and performing with a local band, Loki Rhythm. That has been super fun and a great way to keep music in our busy lives. I do rhythm percussion, backup vocals, and some dancing~ Andrew does guitar and sings wonderfully! :D My Japan club had our Spring Festival event a few weeks ago, which was a hit and quite fun! I wish more people had come, but that's okay~

It's funny, I find myself really missing Japan lately...This time last year I was prepping to go. Also, all the talk about what happened in Japan has made me wish I could help more. Japan is such a special place and the fact that they are going through such tough times hurts my heart. I have tried to help and do what I can~ I made some ribbons to commemorate the victims. I miss the way I started to feel comfortable in Japan; I miss the friends I made there too. Watching Miyazaki movies helps, as does listening to the soundtracks. To be honest, I am really hoping to go back to Japan someday with Andrew! :) We want to go to the Studio Ghibli museum, and hang around Osaka and Kyoto~

Anyway, I should probably get back to writing my play about women in the Mexican Revolution and listening to the Spirited Away soundtrack~ XD Look forward to a post about some good eats at the Asparagus Festival~! ;)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Hope and Support~

Hello everyone! It has definitely been a while since I have updated this here blog! I got a new laptop a few weeks ago luckily; Andrew had been letting me use his and I kind of miss it....except not the way it had issues turning on! (just kidding poor boo!) Otherwise, I have been so busy with school, work, and life in general~

I'm writing here today about what happened in Japan. I didn't sleep well last night and when I woke up I saw on Facebook that a huge earthquake and tsunami had hit Japan. I couldn't believe it. I was so worried about all my friends there, but luckily they all seem to be okay.

Anyway, please keep Japan in your thoughts. I'm Historian of the Matsuri Japan Club on campus so we are going to try and plan a candlelit vigil and a donation drive next week.

This was such a sad thing to happen. :( After loving Japan for so long and living there for part of last summer, I feel a connection with it. I hope the future will bring help and a swift recovery to Japan, and I pray for those whose lives were lost.