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Backlog of food photos + Bento 39

28 Jun

I haven’t been motivated to write up a post for you all even though I have been taking pictures and all. Now that the weekend is over, I have no excuse to clear out the pictures that have been queuing up on my desktop.

Let’s start off with a bento I made last week. I only have access to two bento boxes (this one and a lock n lock) so they are a little bland in color. I’ll have to try to make more color foods.

bento 39

This bento has cut up homemade peanut zong zi, pork gyoza, and homemade pickled carrots from a previous CSA share. Our newest CSA share didn’t have carrots but had lots of other yummy stuff.

CSA share 5, click for notes

Week 5’s box had (going clockwise from left):
purple cocktail onions – fancy
green butter lettuce
huge bunch of Italian basil – eeks! no food processor/blender to make pesto!
mei quin choi – yay! Chinese veggies! so fresh and good.
gem lettuce (i think..or romaine)
strawberries
romanesco broccoli – tasted like cauliflower!
red norland potatoes
green beans

We ate out a few times even though we had so much food at home. I was really tired of cooking and all the leftovers were getting old so we ignored them and ended up throwing out a bunch of stuff last night. =( I hate wasting food.I need to learn to not buy so much and not cook so much because we only have two people to eat it all (versus 4-5 in my family).

On Friday night we went to Hotaru in downtown San Mateo. The Wine Walk event was occurring where streets were closed off for wine tasting booths on the street and in the stores downtown. It was lively with people enjoying live music, hor douvrs, and local wine. We walked around that for a bit before having dinner.

udon combo 1

Brian got the udon combo with grilled mackerel and California roll. I tried chirashi for the first time. I loved it! The fish here is really fresh and had a lot of flavor. There was also shrimp, octopus, squid, and sweetened egg along with tuna, salmon, and two types of white fish I couldn’t identify.

chirashi regular

For Sunday lunch we went to Saigon City in San Mateo. It was one of the hottest weekends of the summer though it was nothing compared to how hot and humid New York gets. We wanted non-hot food so we ordered banh mi. I got the ham and he got pork. They were really good. The bread was soft yet still had a nice chew unlike most Vietnamese sandwiches that are really chewy. My ham sandwich had two types of ham and pate. The pork was tender, flavorful and grilled nicely (not burnt). Both sandwiches were great with hot sauce.

ham banh mi

pork banh mi

Check out my next post for what we did on Saturday, there will be lots of pictures!

Japanese + Korean + Cupcakes

28 Feb

I ate really well yesterday. Good thing I stopped counting calories because I probably ate enough for a couple of days.

Breakfast: bowl of whole grain cheerios with 2% milk.

Lunch: Udon with homemade dashi stock (bonito flakes, dried fish, dashi granules, soy sauce, mirin, sugar), char siu (roast pork), poached egg, cabbage, naruto, nori, scallions, and ichimi togarashi (pepper flakes).
udon bowl top
Close up of raw egg goodness and cute naruto swirls:
udon bowl
During a 5 hour karaoke marathon at Duet 48: a large Calpico soju (yum!), a big bite of everything in the box of Buttercup Bake Shop goodies Wendy brought, a cookie (the momofuku ones I made). Click on photo to see what each cupcake is.
buttercup cupcakes
Dinner: Pocha 32 in Korea town: along with pictures below, jap chae, seafood pajun (that they hid tons of jalapenos in.. not good, way too spicy), and a sweet/savory rice cake stir fry.

Whole squid stuffed with spicy pork:
pork stuffed squid
The stew we always get with ramen, rice cakes, spam, sausage, tofu, veggies, cheese..
korean stew pocha
Garlic breaded chicken:
garlic breaded chicken

My poor, happy belly. =D

Edit: Totally forgot about the watermelon soju!
watermelon soju

Bro’s birthday dinner

30 Jul

Some different foods we made today for Jason’s dinner.

Baked Italian style eggplant sticks. Marinate eggplant in Italian dressing, roll in seasoned bread crumbs, and bake.
baked eggplant sticks

Udon noodle stir fry with faux crab, cucumber, pork, and egg.
udon stir fry

Teriyaki spam musubi. First time making it! Yum. Couldn’t eat the spam by itself though, waaay too salty.
spam musubi

Something my dad bought from Chinatown. Pinecone? Squid? No, it’s fish. O_O You’re supposed to dump a sweet and spicy sauce over it.
fried pinecone fish

A lovely bento made with leftover spam musubi, broccoli, wasabi peas, mini marshmallows and peach slices.
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