Jun. 5th, 2009 11:44 am
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I had a lovely dinner out with a friend last night; we went to Foreign Cinema, which neither of us had eaten at, but I'd heard good things about, and wanted to try.

First off, the drinks are named after movies, so  I had "The Last Temptation" - pomegranite margarita and a "Touch of Evil" which was tequla, cointreau, bitters and a twist of orange. Quite good, tho .. you know, bitter. :) 

We split the french onion soup, which was good, tho not as good as Chez Maman's on the weekend. We had a cheese platter with Black Butte Reserve and Mt. Tam from Cowgirl - the black butte was amazing with macerated berries, making me want something hard and sharp for Sunday as well. (minds. out of the gutter. I meant CHEESE)

She had the risotto with spinach and wild mushrooms - YUM, and I had the Duck Breast with cherries. ZOMG. i mean, seriously. 
... )

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After the disappointing grits at Front Porch on Monday, missionista's recommendation of Farmer Brown's Fried Chicken led to  where I was having dinner on Tuesday. voyeurprincess was all for it, given her squeeful joy at the menu. I _didnt_ have the fried chicken, but did have a side order of grits, and the pork chops.

I think that I'm just going to have to learn to make them. THese were good, but not ZOMFGcreamyYUM good. Like I could stop eating them before I had too much.

The pork chops tho? Awesome.
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now, many of y'all know I love certain kinds of southern cooking - greens, beans and grits... I used to go to the southern cooking places in Boston run by black muslims when I still didnt eat pork products... zomg, so good. Now that I eat pork, even better....

So Front Porch is one of my fave places in SF for fried chicken and grits. I get the same thing there EVERY TIME - fried chicken and crab grits.

But two things - the executive chef has changed. Not sure what happened to the hot lady who worked there. Second, the _grits_ were changed. I will have to go back and try it again, but these were not the warm, creamy, thick yummy grits that I risk high blood sugars before bed by overeating...

these were watery, thin and tasteless.

Front Porch! what happened?!?! Now I'm _craving_ grits.

Maybe I'll just settle for polenta.

In good news, the fried chicken ROCKED. *goes to eat leftovers for lunch

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Yum. In a word. We went to L'ardoise last night for dinner.

My only complaint - dont be seated anywhere near the door on a cold night - my feet got so cold I could barely walk in my heels as it hurt so much. :( but [ profile] byronium  got the car for me after dinner, so it was good...

[ profile] whipartist  had recommended the Tiger Prawn ravioli, and she was right - I had about two of 'em and had to give the rest to B - they were so good, I wasnt sure I could stop eating them - really delicate pasta with prawns, dill and cooked really beautifully... the soup of the day was cream of cauliflower soup, which was also tres yum. I like cauliflower a lot, but often forget to buy it or cook it. This was a good reminder.

[ profile] byronium  of course kept bringing up "Spicy Pony Head" lines as part of dinner. I hope the waiters never heard him.

We split a bottle of Rousset 2005 Crozes-Hermitage which went really well with both our main courses - b (lovingly predictable) got the duck leg confit. I got the special, 'beef stew' which was a paprika based stew, and the waiter actually called it 'goulash' when he delivered it. I got a weird kick out of that.

*sigh* the stew had tiny bits of mellow garlicy shallots and just amazing flavour from the beef and wine. The meat was fork tender, and the small amount of mashed potatoe and garlicy steamed spinach was just the right accent.

moar wine! and bites of duck, but back to the beef stew in its warm winter night perfection...

Funny moments - we're all on top of one another, its a french bistro, right? The couple to my left seemed a little put out by how nicely both B and I were dressed, and even more so when we started thumb wrestling after dinner before dessert. (what can I say? apparently I like to lose at thumb wrestling...)  but the thing that made me laugh was her loud statement that they ought to stick to American or South American wines from now on, as these French ones were TOOO hard to pronounce.

The couple on the right apparently had a tough time making themselves understood to their waiter regarding their wine. He wanted a glass of the house red, and they showed up with the bottle, and then never came back with the glass. I felt bad for him, but in that 'watching a trainwreck' kinda way.

our dinner was good. Again, its a french resturant, so what'd we have for dessert? Guess?

well, maybe you dont know me that well, but if its not chocolate, I like apples! Tart Tatin - carmelized and sweet without being cloying and overly so... now I'm thinking about making an upside down something soon. :) 

I was pretty tired out from this week, so home home home to deliver my lunchtime walk purchase of Recchiuti chocolates and fell over.
... )


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I still havent posted about eating at Lulu's in SoMa last week, but dang, go and have the mussels. mmm. mussels...

anyway, last night, we went to Front Porch for dinner, and while we've beeen going for a while, they've changed some things on their menu...

Crab Grits - oh dear gods, it tasted good before, its AMAZING now.  The grits are creamy and perfect, the crab topping is spicy and flavourful without being fishy. I couldnt stop eating it.

We ordered our usual - Fried Chicken, which is also amazing, as usual. This time its spicier than its been in the past, tho byronium got all the leftovers, I'm not sure how good it is today. I bet its awesome. dang it, should have stolen some for myself! 

The red beans and rice that comes with it wasnt mixed together, its a dirty rice with soft seperate grains of long grain rice, and the redbeans were cooked with pork belly, with bits of it on top...
... )

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I went to a local indian place and got some takeaway. Now I'm all full and happy. I sorta cleaned up some more, but really have to get my act together tomorrow. I'll be packing tomorrow and looking for a place to store stuff on Monday.


Jun. 21st, 2007 07:47 pm
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hoorah!!! I'm home, drinking plenty of water, doing laundry, petting the cats and warming up some naan and rajma for dinner. Originally, I was going to pack in the morning, for the trip, but I wanted to get an oil change, wash the car, get to Trader Joe's, and get some cash for the pet sitter and have someone else cook a meal for me on my way out. Plus I want to get to the gym in the morning too.

Did I mention that this daily going to the gym has meant that I'm now fitting into jeans two sizes smaller then 5 weeks ago? Definately, eating less, working out more and mixing it up is helping. Now if only this stupid cough would go away. Last weekend, my friends mentioned that its showing in my face too. No complaints here. :)

Trip packing:
Motorcycle helmet, boots, gloves, padded bicycle shorts, long sleeve cool shirt, neck gaiter
Sweat pants, a couple of tshirts, jeans, sneakers, underwear
meds, travelbuddy (teddy bear!), toiletries
promax bars, cooler, smart water, cytomax, some fruit, maybe I'll be bad and have some potatoe chips too.

On the way out, I'm stopping at Cycle Gear to get the moto socks, since I dont think I actually have any long enough.
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I'm looking for either turkey/chicken or meatless varieties of breakfast sausages -- any recommendations? The Morningstar Farms has been 'eh', I think it lacks the right mouthfeel, but it works with eggs for breakfast.
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Even tho my heads still all stuffed up, I still got up and went to the gym this morning.

We did 45 minutes on the pre-cor, with 3 45 second intervals, and I managed 3.5 miles and a good heart rate, even tho a lot of the breathing was out and in my mouth. I drank a ton of water, and came home and had two eggs and I bought these morning star farms faux meat sausages -- they arent very good, I think they'd be better mixed up in the eggs, I'm going to try that tomorrow. I'm avoiding milk right now, so again, a ton of water with some Emergen-C mixed in.

I feel pretty good this morning! :) I mean, toher then the STUPID head COLD. which can stop any day now.   
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Recipe to try tonite: Tho I may use fresh rosemary. from:

White Bean Tuna Salad


1 (12-ounce) can solid white tuna, packed in water, drained
1 cup chopped green onion (scallion)
1 (15-ounce) can white beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/2 cup diced celery
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
1/4 teaspoon pepper.


Use a large bowl, and mix the tuna, green onion, white beans, parsley, and celery, tossing well, and in a small bowl.

Blend the lemon juice, olive oil, rosemary, and pepper, and pour over the tuna mixture. And then, stir gently to mix.

Refrigerate for 2 hours, or let stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information:

Calories 161; Protein 18; Carbohydrate 14g; Fat 5g; Saturated Fat 1g; Dietary Fiber 4g; Cholesterol 24 mg; Sodium 462mg.

Diabetic Exchange: 2 lean meat; 1 starch.

Over the weekend I had a couple of sausages, which tasted good -- mostly turkey or chicken, and they didnt set off my asthma, as well as a burger, and I think that was more meat in two days then I'd had in the two weeks previous. Its not bad, I dont crave the meat, but when one is out and about, its easier to eat meat to get the protein / carb mix I need to keep my blood sugars level. (Not that they've been good all weekend, what with the STUPID HEAD COLD I have!)
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So I miss the alarm again. I have to buy a new alarm clock -- one that I can leave ONE alarm at 5 am all the time, and one that I can change around, because this one was left to the 8:30 am alarm I left for yesterday (due to my 3 am getting home!)

Anyway, even tho I woke up at 6 am, I got dressed and went to the gym anyway. 2.8 miles and 32 minutes later, I raced home and still made it to work 9 am.

Note: I did stop at McD's for an egg mc muffin, no meat and a coffee and OJ. I dont know how they manage such high turnover and still the muffins taste stale. argh!

(But there is no food in the house and my blender is busted -- tomorrow, purchase new blender! and buy some more protein drinks and juice to keep in the fridge for moments like this)

blood sugar fasting: 84 (yee haaa!)
blood sugar after gym and a box of apple juice 134 (good for after a workout)

oh yea, and I fit into a pair of jeans I couldnt even button 3 weeks ago.

AND! I get to work and there is a PRESENT! in a purple box. My co-workers love me.

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The farmer's market near me has a lot of great different breads. Last week I had a dried cranberry and nut bread that was great with butter, or cream cheese, or jam, but with just me eating it, half the loaf went bad. :(

This week I got an old favorite, the dark russian bread. Its black and heavy and just wonderful toasted with cream cheese or butter. it went great with the TJ's lentil soup I had for lunch and now I'm FULL.

The farmer's market was an adventure. I love looking at all the neat new foods out there -- I picked up some Chinese Brocolli, which I'll be steaming tonite for dinner.  I walked, which is great until you think about walking back up my hill with two big bags of groceries. *huff puff huff puff* bad air quality wasnt helping me.

Sunday morning, got up early and could not for the life of me find my vanson leather pants. Seriously, its been so long that I've worn them, I think they are lost in the bottom of my closet. I gave up and got into my mesh HeinGericke gear and set off. Took an good 45 minutes to take muholland to the 405 mostly due to traffic getting up laurel canyon, but then a straight shot down sunset to the water. A quick jaunt up some tiny canyon road off of PCH which left poor P in a muddle -- something about coming down hill tight canyon roads throws off his vision -- kinda like me trying to go down a bunch of moguls, after a while there is too much to process.

Then we hopped on muholland and took it all the way to the end of PCH, where at parts, it turns into a 1.5 lane goat trail. I like it, but its hard on my forearms when I havent ridden in weeks.

PCH was great heading south, no traffic and lots of great ocean views. I got good clean air for a while there.
Back up sunset to WeHo.

It was  LONG ride. I left the house at 10 am, and got back after 4, tho that included a late lunch and P's neighbor's dog biting my boot (apparently she's afraid of bikes)
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mmm. tiffins. Now I want indian food in great variety!
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for [profile] lil_brown_bat:

Gayathri's Chili

nothings very precise, and its mostly to taste but the important ingredients are good beer and the cocoa powder. I've made this without the meat, or without the beans, and I've done it in a slow cooker all day on low as well after browning everything.

about 2 - 3 lbs of stew meat (I like getting a mix of beef and turkey meat too)
2 cans of crushed tomatoes
3 cans of beans of choice (pinto or red)
1 bottle of beer
3 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
2 or 3 big onions, chopped
2 or more jalapenos, minced (with or without seeds, as you like)
1 or more serrano chili peppers, minced (with or without seeds as you like)
garlic (as much as you'd like) minced.

to taste: cumin powder, cayenne pepper, paprika (not the sweet kind) and / or good chili powder if you have it
bay leaves
(I usually use about a palmful of cumin, sprinkle of cayenne and paprika and maybe garlic powder)

Brown the stew meat and any other meat in batches in a heavy bottom pot (I usually used my pressure cooker, even tho I didnt pressure cook the chili)
Remove meat and add onions and cook until soft, add chili peppers and garlic, being careful not to burn garlic, just to soften the peppers and garlic.

Deglaze bottom of pot with the bottle of beer, scraping to get up all the meat and oniony goodness. Add in  tomatoes, beans, cocoa powder, and other spices to taste, re-add the meat.

Combine all to mix well, bring to a simmer and cook until 'done'.

Serve with the usual chili fixin's -- cheese, sour cream, chopped onions, etc.


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