Tuesday, March 27, 2007


Our (who is our?) friend Debbie Huey had a reception for her Bumperboy exhibit at the Cartoon Art Museum in downtown San Francisco. Recently named to Booklist's top 10 graphic novels for youth, her work is on display till May 13th.

Reception snacks

When was the last time you had home made rice crispy treats? Go make some right now!

My sister had this same lunch box and here it is at a museum.

You crazy!

Osha on 2nd. NOT the best Thai in town. I'm talking to you SF Weekly!


Pumpkin Curry

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Turtle Power

As a child of the 80's, much of my adolescent life was consumed with G.I. Joe, Transformers, and Ninja Turtles. And while I refuse to watch the abomination that is the live action Transformers movie, I sort of had to see this one. I heard it got some bad reviews but it was probably because those reviewers must not have been avid turtles fans. There's no Shredder because this story takes place AFTER his death. I'm sure they'll just revive him anyways but yeah, if you've ever read the comic you'd know he's dead. I wish I saw some cool teamwork in the end (since that seemed to be a theme expressed throughout the first half of the movie) and the action in the last scene was a bit all over but overall I thought it was a good flick involving the green gang.

I think this place is called Out the Door. Something like that. Some Fusiony restaurant in the bottom corner of the Westfield Mall (basement level). It was kinda nice decor without being too "pretentious" was the word we used.

Caramelized Shrimp

Sole Vermicelli

5-spice Chicken Vermicelli

And then Kev and I a stopped by Beard Papa for some cream puff desserts.

Kevin loves chocolate. They were good but I think Genevieve over-hyped them. One is just enough. Afterwards, I snuck into Bristol Farms Market and pilfered some free samples of cheese to even out the massive amounts of sugar in my mouth. They had some really good American cheese in there but I guess any cheese from America can be called "American." It was kinda like Parmasean cheese.

The original plan was to meet at my place first and place some TMNT arcade on the Xbox360 to get all ready for the movie.

But for whatever miscommunicated reason, that didn't happen. We did end up at my place, played some cards, watched (in the background) Fight Club. I love that movie. Lots of great lines. And with that, I've met my new restaurant quota for the month. What will April bring?

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Pizzetta in my Bellyetta

Pizzetta 211
211 23rd Avenue (x-st. California)

A few good signs. There is dough. They keep it stored away and shape it when they need to make a pizza. There aren't pizzas lying about ready to be sold by the slice so note, you order a entire pie. It's not too big so a lone person should be able to finish it. The one pictured below is maybe 8-9 inches in diameter. Another good sign. The is real cheese on premise. I saw one of the pizzas being prepared and the guy was grating fresh cheese on it. Lots of California "Pizza" places will use really bad, like Costco bulk cheese. Those tastes =P

Daily? Weekly? Starter of Roasted Asparagus, Crustini, and a marinade of which I cannot recall.

To judge a pizza, you really have to get the simplest type. This is a tomato, mozzarella, and basil pizza. The crust is really good. They only make 120 (doughs) a day so if they run out, sucks to be you. There was a white cheese and pine nut pizza I will have to try next time. Oh yeah, they also have a rotating menu. I noticed the menu read something like "March 11-26." So while it's not quite New York pizza, it's still the best pizza I've had in California. And it's like 4 blocks from my house! Awesome-o! There were some nice looking dessert cakes on hand that I had to pass up. My bill was $16.80 ($9 for the pizza) =P but since you normally can't get good pizza in SF, I'll say it was worth the extra cost. Plus, whenever I get pizza with people, it's usually like $20 a pie. Per crappy pie!!! I end up paying like $2.50 per crappy slice. So this might be considered a value. Other notes: they do take out only on weekdays. Expressos and the such are served. Imported Italian cheeses were on hand (for eating I assume (rather than for pizza)) Across the street was an interesting Japanese place called Rumble Fish. I might check that one out some time. A lot of the items on their menu weren't called Sashimi, but rather Carpaccio instead which implies it's sliced thin instead of in chunks. I think?

Wednesday, March 21, 2007


This was an experiment. Anchovy Bechemal. Much like how you never mix seafood with cheese, the fear is you make a dairy based sauce with a strong flavor like anchovy, you might just kill that great flavor. How did it turn out? Well when I normally make Anchovy Leek Linguine, the anchovy flavor is usually too strong so tuning it down a bit isn't so bad. In the end, I think the flavor could have been stronger but it was nice not having such a strong saltiness that you get from anchovy. Mark this one a WIP.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


Fettucini + Tomato + Fresh chopped basil + Mushrooms + Parmesan Cheese + Salt & Pepper + Dash of Creme


Make the jump for the rest of the lyrics.

Go Go Mario

Kyou mo genki ni Mario ga hashiru, hashiru
Piichi hime wo tasukeni ikuze, ikuze
Kyou mo genki ni Mario ga hashiru
Kyou mo genki ni janpu
Kyou mo genki ni koin wo sagase
Kyou mo susumeyo Ma·ri·o

Monday, March 19, 2007

On Bread



I guess I could have taken a picture of an empty tray for an actual "After."

Cowboys and Grillin'

Round 'em up Pilgrims. It's Bandit Bear and it be time for a Cowboy Barrrbeqqque.

Redwood Shores, CA

My food photos are a bit disappointing this time. I was pretty much feeding myself instead of my blog this time. This is the best I did today and I had to try to arrange these pieces just for framing. Burgers, Turkey Burgers, Tasty Brats, Anthony's spicy marinated Chicken.

Some nuts from Hawaii. Kevin says: "Never eat Kona Coffee Glazed Macadamias with Newcastle. It tastes like ass."

As part of the theme, we watched Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West which had some great scenes, great lines, great shots. Some of the editing was weird but I liked the most of this movie.

Dr. Mario on Jeremy's super big TV. I managed to defeat the "Queen" of Dr. Mario in a 3-2 match. She let herself get distracted by a "sticky controller." That old excuse. ;-)

And some Wii Sports later in the evening where we also looked up videos on youtube and geeked out to the 80s. Old music videos. Old cartoon intro songs.

Friday, March 16, 2007

2007 Inagural TFBBQ

Prepare the Meats!

Prepare the Barrel!

Empty the Tap!

It's Time for TFBBQ2007! 3 Flavors of Tri-tip.
Bloody Mary, Louisiana Hot Sauce, & Teriyaki Flavored.

Extra fillings from the Novato California Grill.

And cakes! Count them. One, a-ha-ha-ha-ha

Two, a-ha-ha-ha-ha

Three, a-ha-ha-ha-ha

Four, a-ha-ha-ha-ha. Four! Four cakes!

Design meeting, beer, and tri-tip. =D

Monday, March 12, 2007

Quick dinner thing

At TFB, we call this "Jade Crowned"

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Shanghainese Dim Sum

Akiha wanted to get some Dim Sum.

Drunken Chicken


Um... I don't know what this is called. Someone will tell me and this caption will change. It's Yo Tiao with Ro Song & Glutinous Rice.

XLB - these are really good!

Shanghainese fat noodle. Don't know the actual name...


TYB. These were quite doughy. Maybe it's the whole San Franciscan atmosphere thing but why can't I find a nice flakey TYB?

Something like... 8 wonderous rice? Dessert rice with all sorts of stuff in it.