Archive for September, 2011

a day full of relaxation.

Tuesday Septemeber 27, 2011

It seems like every Tuesday, anothercoldday and I roam the city looking for new restaurants to embark on our food journey. We always sit on my little pink couch and just ponder about our next meal. Well, today’s toss up was between Mexican or American, anothercoldday decided on good ole’ American burgers and fries.

Hall of Flame Burgers
73 Cambon Dr
(at Castelo Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94132

The colorful chalkboard filled menu.

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food review: nong shim – chapaghetti

Chapaghetti is a different flavor of instant ramen that you do not see everyday. It is based off of the Chinese and Korean dish, jajangmyeon or zha jiang mian (which is translated as: black bean noodle). It is commonly served with meat, vegetables, and black bean sauce. I have had freshly made black bean noodle from both Chinese and Korean restaurants so I have some sort of knowledge as to how it should taste.

Chapagetti is chajang and spaghetti mashed together. The way you cook these noodles is similar to Indo Mi’s Mi goreng (if you have ever had Mi goreng). You first boil the water and put in the soup base, after the water is boiling, throw in the noodles into the boiling water. After the noodles are fully cooked, strain the water completely. Then use the sauce packet and oil packet and drizzle all over the noodles with three tsp. of water (which I eye-balled).

I only had two bites of the Chapaghetti and gave up because the taste was horrid. It tasted like a lot of soy sauce was just poured onto the noodles. I tried to eat more because I was desperately hungry, but that didn’t even work up an appetite. I just couldn’t force feed myself something that would make me cringe as I looked at it. A lot of people rave about this being extremely tasty and one of the best instant ramen noodles they have ever had but I beg to differ. I won’t be eating this again. I will only be eating the other Nong Shim branded noodles that I usually eat.

Nong Shim – Chapaghetti 1.0/10.0

-expressive sole

words from the wise

“Have no friends not equal to yourself” – Confucious 

hearty consumption: brunch is after breakfast and before lunch.

Tuesday September 13, 2011

Solving a craving a day, keeps the doctors away. anothercoldday and I were craving for some hashbrowns (when do I ever stop craving for food?) so that was the food choice for the day or at least the food choice for brunch/lunch. anothercoldday is my food-craving friend, she is the ultimate best. Well, she is not only a friend that craves food with me, she’s a really good friend that craves food with me.

Irving Street Cafe
716 Irving St
(between 8th Ave & 9th Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94122
Neighborhood: Inner Sunset

Sour dough bread (left) and wheat bread (right) with butter and apple jelly

Nicely shaped butter, down to the very T.

Take a look at the apple jelly.

Sausage omelette (made with three eggs) with hash browns

Apple sausage omelette (made with two eggs) with hash browns

anothercoldday and I have already eaten at this cafe once before, but the last time we came we ate burgers and fries. This time we came for the hash browns – and they did not disappoint. The hash browns were really crispy and delicious (much more cripsy than I have ever had before). The sausage omelette cost about $5.25 and the apple sausage omelette was $5.00, this was because the sausage omelette contains three eggs and was on the regular menu while the apple sausage omelette containts two eggs and was on the special menu.

If you are looking for a filling cheap meal, go to the Irving Cafe next time to fulfill your eating desires.

–expressive sole

kombucha: oh the “mother mushroom”.

Kombucha is a tea-based beverage that is often drunk for its anecdotal health benefits or medicinal purposes. Kombucha is available commercially and can be made at home by ferminting tea using a visible, solid mass of yeast and bacteria which forms the kombucha culture, often referred to as the “mushroom” or the “mother”.

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Recently I was reintroduced to kombucha through my cousin (whom visited with her family from Miami, Florida). It was through an accidental chance that I was able to drink kombucha once again. My cousin is a health nut and she went to several health food stores around in the city but wasn’t able to find kombucha until we shopped around Valencia St, San Francisco, California. I told her to stop by Valencia Farmer’s Market because there was a big “Organic” painted on the side of the store – and lo and behold, there was kombucha. My cousin was very satisfied because she was craving for some kombucha to detoxify her body from all the oils she had consumed (a tourist complaining of eating too much while of vacation, *gasp).

I was curious how kombucha tasted and was very turned off by the response. My cousins both stated that it tasted like fermented beer and it was not in the bit least tasty. But being an explorer of all things edible (minus bugs and other things) I decided to be brave and drink a sip of this so called healthy “beer” tasting drink. One sip and it took me back to my childhood, my taste buds already knew this taste. And my taste buds really liked this fizzy taste of this drink. Then I remembered that a  fellow church member actual made his own kombucha and my parents would often by it from him for health reasons. I am now once again hooked to kombucha, but it is an acquired taste. Some brands of kombucha may be more suitable for some and not for others, I personally like all of them.

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hearty consumption: a Korean feast for two.

Tuesday September 6, 2011

Quaint as can be is a restaurant we went to see. It took us awhile to order the food. The menu was calling to us, we were being wooed. Finally we ordered, but in the end we were cornered. We were cornered by a pile of dishes, the food was nothing less than delicious.
This was the day that we had a big feast, which made us eat like crazy beasts.

(a Dr. Suess inspired introduction)

A hearty meal for the hearty soul – nothing can go wrong with some good food in one hand and some good company sitting across from me. When it’s cold outside, just sit down with some good company and eat some fulfilling Korean food that will fill you to the brim. I hope to make your mouth water and make your stomach growl with the hearty consumption series, and I will continue to feed your eyes with the food that I have tasted around in the city of San Francisco, California (or different cities). Feast your eyes on some good food that will make you grab at your computer screen. Bon appetit!

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hearty consumption: okonomiyaki.

Thursday August, 25, 2011

Okonomiyaki is a Japanese savoury pancake containing a variety of ingredients. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “what you like” or “what you want”, and yaki meaning “grilled” or “cooked”.

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To satisfy a craving after months of yearning is a great accomplishment for the stomach – it’s all in a good days work to eat delicious food. anothercoldday accompanied me to eat this delicious savoury pancake and will continue with me on this journey of food-dom (like kingdom).

Mifune Don Restaurant
22 Peace Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94115
Neighborhoods: Pacific Heights, Lower Pac Heights, Japantown
Mifune Don is a quaint corner restaurant located in the Japantown Center.
BEWARE: Mifune does not serve okonomiyaki, but Mifune Don does serve okonomiyaki.
Tempura sushi roll with croquette sauce on the side (+ a failed attempt to snap a photo with the logo of the restaurant).
Tempura batter + California roll = Tempura sushi roll.
(second attempt to capture Mifune with the Tempura sushi roll, SUCCESS)
  
Beef + egg okonomiyaki and Pork + egg okonomiyaki
Suprisingly, annothercoldday and I concluded that both meat contained in the okonomiyaki tasted like their respective animal (cow and pig). It was a surprise because most of the time there is no distinct different between the two different meats, especially when it is mixed in batter and cooked with other ingredients. Also, the okonomiyaki presented to us was the exact duplicate of the picture posted on the wall – meaning: Mifune Don is consistent with their dishes.
BONUS VIDEO:
The paper-like thing (not sure what it was) on top of the okonomiyaki moved around, this was due to the fact that the okonomiyaki was still pipping hot and the pan was sizzling.
–expressive sole