Thursday, August 31, 2006

I miss The Wrap

The fact that it's now called Boloco and the only way to get there is by crossing a futuristic toll bridge from the landscaped island in the center of Lampoon Plaza only adds insult to injury.

But today, I vowed to stop whining and start doing something about it. And tonight, I ate the unthinkable: a homemade The Wrap buffalo chicken wrap. For serious.

First, I boiled a packet of Success Rice for like 35 minutes. Liz claimed the fan in our living room was responsible for the long wait, and indeed, turning it off made a huge difference. I have no idea why this happened because I got a D in my Science B course. Meanwhile, I medium-heated a Mission flour tortilla in a skillet, sprinkling cheddar cheese* all up and down its left side. SIMULTANEOUSLY, I microwaved a reusable tub of Butterball pre-cooked chicken strips.

Friends, that was only the beginning.

When everything finished cooking at the exact same time, because of awesomeness, I spread half the packet of rice and all the chicken strips onto the tortilla's non-cheesy hemicircle. Then I positively slathered the whole thing in Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce -- which, I.M.H.O., is by far the best such product on the market -- and, dare I say, WRAPPED it all up. In a wrap. It was pretty good.

Afterward, I finished off the leftover rice, adding a little Kikkoman for flavor. And that, friends, is "What I Ate!"

I also had a salad.

Wednesday the Thirtieth of August

Breakfast:
banana in yogurt with some walnuts and honey
2.5 cups coffee

Lunch:
1PB&J
1 apple (I think a jonagold)

Dinner:
gazpacho
tuscan bread with some butter
defrosted homemade meatloaf with ketchup and a bit of Red Hot

August 30, 2006

I started at dinner with a variation on the taco recipe from the Rawvolution cookbook. The taco meat is made of ground walnuts, cumin, coriander, and nama shoyu. I added red, orange, and yellow peppers, mushrooms, and sprouts which I had marinaded in a simple vinaigrette. I put all this in a Romaine leaf and topped with homemade salsa and guacamole.

This tasted pretty good, but maybe that's just because everything tastes good with guacamole on it.







The Crazy Things What I Will Eat

Get ready to have your mind blown because I am going to try the raw/"living" food lifestyle for a few weeks. Have you heard of it? It's for people who think veganism is not crazy enough. They believe that cooking foods above 105 degrees F kills natural enzymes in foods. They eat only raw vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. (Not even beans!) The pitch is that it gives you boundless energy and extreme mental clarity.

The other day I ate at "Taste Of The Goddess," a raw food cafe on Santa Monica. I had the "tacos" which consisted of sunflower seed cheese, tomatoes, spinach, olives, and peppitas, wrapped in a napa cabbage leaf. I ate about 1/3 before I could not eat any more. Your body is not used to this much straight fiber.

I also bought a small carob mint cookie which was so hearty that it took me three days to finish.

I will be using the Rawvolution cookbook, by Matt Amsden:


He says eating raw foods has intesified his energy and strength, which he proves by including a photo of himself holding his body up by his hands in the manner of a breakdancer.

Another thing he says is: "Animals will begin to interact with you in a different way, as they are no longer afraid that you may eat them." So there's that.

Anyway, I'm going to do this.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Yesterday

Breakfast:
OJ
Blueberries
Tiger Milk bar
Small coffee w/ cream and sugar from Black Dog
Strach can take credit for my recent blueberry craze. I am trusting them to keep me alive to at least age 120, when I shall tour the country promoting my memoirs and receiving kisses from co-eds charmed that I'm still so "full of life."

Lunch - Jones on Third at work:
Corn Chowder
1/2 BLT

Snacks:
2 Mini-Special Darks
Pack of vanilla cream cookies

Cocktail Hour:
1 Red Hook IPA

Dinner:

Trader Joe's Turkey Stromboli

Society:
1 slice, chocolate cream pie
2 glasses, Black Swan shiraz
1 glass, Jameson over ice.

Some things I've eaten this week

On Monday evening I made GDL's scampi on couscous. On Tuesday I had some medium-spicy boneless wings and poppers from Pluck You. On Wednesday I made Rachael Ray's salmon burgers with caesar slaw. Whole Foods' canned wild salmon had too many bony bits in it. Tomorrow I'll be making GDL's whole-wheat spaghetti with swiss chard and parmigianno-reggiano. I've also been drinking Rex Goliath Rooster chardonnay.

Tuesday the Twenty-Ninth of August

Breakfast:
plain yogurt with walnuts, banana, and honey
2.5 cups coffee

Lunch:
1 PB&J
1 pink lady apple

at Shady Grove:
3 Miller Lites

Dinner, at home:
lasagna

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Monday the Twenty-Eighth of August

Breakfast:
plain yogurt with banana and honey
2.5 cups coffee

Lunch:
1 jonagold apple (mealy!)
1 PB&J on cracked wheat; chunky, strawberry.

Snack:
2 slices of toast with butter and marmite

Dinner:
leftover salad from 27 VIII
leftover pasta from 26 VIII -- this was penne with some defrosted homemade tomato sauce

Monday, August 28, 2006

Sunday the Twenty-Seventh of August

Breakfast:
at Pamela's
corned beef hash
2 eggs overeasy
rye toast
coffee

Snack:
some carrots
2 slices of bread with peanut butter and honey

Dinner:
baby spinach, golden beet, tomato, chevre salad

Dessert:
small pineapple upsidedown cake, from Whole Foods
1 armagnac

Sorry I havent posted for a while; Blogger does not appear to be working on firefox.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Two Things I'm Pretty Into These Days, Which I Recommend

Tiger Milk bars.
Orangina.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

week in review

On Monday, 8/21, I triumphantly returned to cooking, making three Giada recipes for dinner, including flank steak with red wine sauce, marinated zucchini and summer squash, and orzo salad with chickpeas, grape tomatoes, red onion, and spinach.

The rest of the week has been eating these leftovers and some KFC.

Hello, FoodReporters!

This is my report for 23 August 2006

Breakfast:
1 bowl Cracklin Oat Bran, with 1% milk
1 everything bagel, toasted, with butter

Luncheon:
at Atria's
1 chicken sandwich with monterey jack cheese
french fries
Insouciantly average, this meal.

Dinner:
black beans and rice with chopped carrots, celery, and a fresh diced tomato
2 anchor steam beers

at Harris Grille:
1 Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
2 Yuenglings

Monday, August 21, 2006

Yum Times, Plus Celebs!

Sunday, 8/20/06, with Warbs

12:30 pm: Rita Flora. The white truffle cheese omlette, a few bites of the fruit cup, 2.5 cups of coffee, glass of water with lemon. Very satisfying.

~2:15 pm: Celeb sighting #1: Lauren Conrad of "Laguna Beach" and "The Hills" at some luxury apartment building on Wilshire! Very exciting!

~3:15 pm: Celeb sighting #2: David Caruso with baby in front of the Hammer gift shop. Exciting, but certainly not as exciting as the first.

3:30 pm or so: Peach2O water from Rite Aid. This thing was terrible. It has the look of water, while still maintaining the consistency and full-bodied flavor of peach juice. Yuck and more yuck.

6:30 pm: Los Balcones del Peru. Mario's was too crowded, so we ended up here. We shared the bread and pesto-like appetizer sauce, and I had the fantastic Bisteak Apodaca (sp?), and water. This place is very good, inexpensive, and you're seated very quickly. They also serve alfajores (!), which I had puzzled over during my trip to Bay Cities, but this time I was too full and refrained from dessert. This place was a great way to end the day!

Sunday, August 20, 2006

Guest, 8/19/06

10:00 am: To-go from Mani's: One weird chocolate croissant (much worse than Amandine -- not flaky and light, but heavy and bread-like -- very undelightful), and a single vanilla latte. I also had one of the samples they were serving of the Strawberry Forever Cake. Everyone should buy this cake for every occassion. No one should buy their chocolate croissant ever again.

2:00 pm: A leftovers stir-fry concoction made by Papa Lo. This included spicy green beans, weird and thin rotisserie chicken strips, egg and white rice. While my dad was making this and I observed, it smelled great, but it turned out to be only somewhat good. To accompany: two glasses of water. And afterwards: a banana.

6:00 pm: Nyala with Warburton and Jones: We shared the pita-plus-hummus-ish appetizer, Yebeg Wot, Vegetarian Combination and Yesiga tibs. I believe I had the Dukem wine, which is white and very dry, and some water. Bonus: the jokes "tib of the iceberg" and "waitress, here's your tib" inspired an uncontrollable laughing fit in me!

9:00 pm: Two powdered sugar-covered Donettes. I loved (and continue to love) them so much that I had to add a picture to this post!
Party Times!
One Spritz (Campari, Cook's champagne, and Club Soda). Another powdered sugar-covered Donette. Stella Artois. A Bellini (Cook's champagne, Kern's Peach Juice).

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Backtracking

8/18/06
9:30 am: Amandine: Chocolate Croissant.

1:15 pm: The Cat and Fiddle: Strange spinach, potato, bacon and avacado salad with ranch dressing on the side. Surprisingly hearty. Water with lemon.

5:30 pm: some Cocoa Almonds.

6:30 pm: Arby's with my dad. Regular roast beef sandwich. Yum.

7:15 pm: English Breakfast Tea Latte at the Coffee Bean.

10:45 pm: Soju with Yogo Farms yogurt drink. Thanks, Jones!


8/17/06
12:15 pm: leftover shuh-zuh-tow and rice, a glass of water, a cup of coffee with French Vanilla Coffeemate.

5:30 pm: Hide Sushi, a great, little, and very cheap place on Sawtelle in West LA. They won't open on Sundays and Mondays because the chef believes that fish are fresher the other days of the week. Their free appetizer consists of pickled cucumbers and a little bed of lettuce with sesame sauce. I had the Chirashi, which consists of tuna, shrimp, halibut, salmon, octopus (ick!), and mackerel sashimi, plus shredded bits of egg, all on a bed of sushi rice. I added soy sauce. Very good.

7:35 pm: Haagen-Daaz Vanilla and Almonds ice cream bar.

Friday, August 18, 2006

8/17

OJ, coffee. Then at lunch I had some kind of terrible tofu and kale soup and a turkey sandwich with gruyere and apples from Mani's. Apples on a sandwich always seem fun but never work. I snacked pretty heavily on Andes mints and mini-Krackels. Dinner was from Wokano - I ate 6 chicken dumplings, hot and sour soup, and **SPOILER ALERT**saved my Kung Pao chicken for tonight. Also I drank 3/4 bottle of Black Swan shiraz.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Yesterday (8/16)

9:00 am: A few cocoa almonds to get me going.

9:45 am: 1 cup of coffee with Nestle French Vanilla Coffeemate. One piece of whole wheat toast. Two cubes of honeydew.

2:00 pm: pre-lunch snack at Leaf: 1 Mock Salmon Nori Roll, which was surprisingly tasty. Leaf is a light and airy organic vegan place in Culver City. You won’t miss it while driving on Washington Blvd., as it’s bright green! Although it’s no Real Food Daily and the waitstaff are really out of it, they use lots of soy and ginger sauces, which are great! To those remotely interested trying Leaf, I would recommend the “Wakame Wonder” as a starting point. It consists of wakame seaweed in a creamy ginger-shoyu dressing wrapped in mixed greens and sprouts.

3:00 pm: One salad with one of those parmesan lace cracker things on top from Wilson’s. (The director at the gallery I volunteer at ordered it for me, but I didn't get the full description.) A can of Diet Coke.

8:00 pm: Buddha’s Belly: Ginger Fried Rice. Lots of water with lemon.

~10:20 pm: "Project Runway" and the bad season premiere of "Laguna Beach" Season Three at Verbena: One and a half glasses of white wine (chardonnay?), a couple Kashi TLC crackers

Before bed: One glass of water

Here's what I ate yesterday

Breakfast was OJ, coffee with cream and sugar from Black Dog, a banana. At our table read I had four chunks of pineapple and two glazed donut holes. Lunch was spread from Le Petit Greek. I had a gyro , some lemon potatoes, and some of that Greek lasagna stuff. For snacks I had several mini-Krackels and a Sunkist. After work I went to that Spanish wine place on Fairfax across from the Farmer's Market and had three glasses of red wine and bread and cheese. Back home I had Kraft Easy-Mac and two glasses of pear brandy. Pear brandy is no apple brandy, I'll say that.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Guest What *I* Ate?!, 8/15/06

11:00 am: 1 cup of coffee with Nestle French Vanilla Coffeemate

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm: Waited in line at Bay Cities. A Santa Monica institution, Bay Cities is an Italian deli that has been recommended to me and my family for years, but today was my first visit, at my mother’s urging. The line was outrageous, and thankfully there was a woman handing out alfajores (?) samples, which consist of a small cookie sandwich with vanilla frosting in the middle and powdered sugar dusted on top. The quarter of an alfajore I had was great, but

at 12:40 pm: Sunk my teeth into Bay Cities’ unrelentingly delicious Parma Prosciutto sandwich, with the works (Italian dressing, mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers). YUM. I only had half of this sandwich because it was so big and so filling. Also gulped down a bottle of Costco’s Kirkland water.

12:50 pm: Decided I was hungrier than I thought and had a mini-cannoli, also sold at Bay Cities in their refrigerator of sweets.

3:40 pm: Another mini-cannoli, in celebration of my first trip to Ikea.

4:15 pm: Jasmine Milk Boba Tea from Volcano Tea on Sawtelle. While I was there, I saw Mark the Cobrasnake with his entourage, which included his 16 year-old girlfriend and a friend who was wearing a Mark The Cobrasnake shirt, but sadly sans Steve Aoki.

8:30 pm: The other half of my Parma Proscuitto sandwich from Bay Cities. Admittedly, this was a bit soggy, but still fantastic. A bottle of iced tea. Some water.

11:00 am: A few cocoa almonds!

Les Disappointments, 08/15

lunch:
Gardenburger black bean chipotle veggie burger on wheat bun with monterey jack and ketchup

dinner, Les Halles Downtown:
1 glass Alsace pinot blanc
2 pieces bread with butter
Coq au Vin du Printemps -- rooster in white wine and cream sauce with veggies
some of He's frites and a bite of his steak

The coq au vin was terrible. I so badly wanted the steak, frites (which were good), but I felt obligated to get something else. I chose the dryest, blandest thing on the menu. Also, they didn't give you a little plate for bread. And they were shilling $25 autographed copies of Anthony Bourdain's books on every table as though it were a cocktail menu at Chili's. Lame.

later:
organic Fuji apple
Newman's Own lemonade

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Guest Times, 8/14/06

10:00 am: 1 medium-sized English Breakfast Tea Latte from The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

between 11:00 and 3:40 pm: About 20 Cherries from Costco. Food Tip: Costco (at least here in LA) has fantastic fruit. Their peaches are particularly wonderful.

3:40 pm: A small Tupperware box organized as follows: one row of spicy green beans, one row of white rice, and one row of white fish with pine nuts. These I mixed together and ate with chopsticks. I also had a cup of water.

6:30 pm: 2 clementines (also from Costco).

7:00 pm: Leftovers from my parents’ new Monterey Park discovery (I couldn’t squeeze the name out of them): chow mein and a hard-boiled egg pickled in black tea. I also had a bottle of water.

8:27 pm: A few of segments of another clementine.

I watched Hell’s Kitchen tonight, in celebration of my FoodFriends invitation! I hadn't watched it at all, so I didn't really care about the outcome. The ending with the doors was dramatic! Does anyone have any thoughts about the results?
Hey, Friends! Thanks for having me. I hope to regale you this week with food-loving fun!


When was the last time you ate an entire, full-size candy bar? What kind of candy bar was it?
About two/two and a half weeks ago, I got a full-sized Twix bar out of the LA Weekly vending machine. I wanted it to be really good because I was hungry and desperate, but it was thoroughly disappointing. The caramel was not stretchy enough.


What is a food you ate all the time as a kid, but which now disgusts you?
I used to consume Hershey’s Miniatures constantly when I was in high school. I would take handfuls from a glass pumpkin-shaped jar and eat them very systematically: first a Hershey Special Dark, then a Krackel, then a regular Hershey’s, and then a Mr. Goodbar (which were my least favorite). I would repeat this until I became very ill. The habit got to be so bad that my parents started hiding the jar, but I was sneaky and could always find it. Much to my parents’ pleasure, I now have no desire to see any of these candies either in their miniature or full-sized form, let alone eat them.


What is a recent food impulse buy which you regretted? Which you were delighted by?
I definitely regret buying a Costco bulk-sized pack of Kraft Mac `N Cheese in June. I was way too ambitious when I snatched it up, and now it’s sitting in my parents’ newly remodeled kitchen unopened and unwanted. In retrospect, it also makes absolutely no sense that I chose this gargantuan item while shopping with my parents because they always have gobs of good food.

Recent delight came in the form of Choco Leibniz. I bought two boxes for Project Runway at SC’s last week. Those cookies are great and I ate them to excess.


If you had to have one of the FoodFriends design your diet for a week, whom would you select?
MMW. I am always impressed by his well-curated meals.


What are the shows you watch the most on Food Network? What are your thoughts on: Rachael Rae, Alton Brown, Nigella Lawson?
I have only watched the Food Network here and there, but I did meet Nigella Lawson once! I was in Italy the summer before senior year, and an old painting professor took me around the Venice Biennale. The prof is good friends with Charles Saatchi, so during an art-break he introduced me to the advertising mogul and the cooking den-mother. She was very quiet and distracted by the heat.


What food staple would it be most difficult for you remove from your diet?
Noodles! They’re the only thing I feel truly confident preparing, and my first impulse when looking at any lunch or dinner menu.


If I told you that you could only eat one of the following for the rest of your life, but you could always get whatever you chose as fresh and as good as possible, which would you choose? Also, assume that whichever you chose would be seedless: (1) Oranges (2) Clementines (3) Tangerines
May I be so bold as to propose a fourth choice to this esteemed list of citrus fruits? SATSUMAS would be my guys. They have a taste similar to clementines, but wear their skin loosely—for easy peeling—and also rarely bear seeds—for easy nibbling! They also have a slight sweetness not found in clementines.


Also, do you prefer plastic wrap or aluminum foil?
I would go with plastic wrap. I love that I have to maintain focus when ripping it out of its box (for fear that it will curl, stick to itself and become useless), and I also love the idea that after being saran wrapped my food is nice and snug, as though it’s sleeping in the world’s most comfortable blankets.


When and how did you learn to cook?
I would bake cookies and brownies with my mom when I was smaller, but an incident with a carrot and a peeler left me scarred for most of my young life, and away from the kitchen. Thus, I didn’t really learn how to heat a stove until I spent that summer in Italy just before senior year of college (the same one during which I met Nigella Lawson). I was in Milan for an internship at an art magazine and my evening and weekends in the city were filled with boredom and loneliness. I searched through a local ex-pat magazine for things to do, and came across an English-speaking Italian woman who had placed an ad offering cooking lessons. Her name was Roberta, and she was an internet content producer-turned-food stylist. Her concoctions ran the gamut from miniature cakes for a Barbie photo shoot to Italianized sushi. She was a very kind woman with impeccable style. For the rest of the summer, I aspired to be her!

The first time I went to her attic apartment—which was decorated with quotations and books she had fashioned into sculpture—she asked me what I wanted to learn how to make and I said pasta and only pasta! She laughed and told me there was so much more. I only had three lessons with her, but she taught me how to make several different recipes: insalata caprese (that was a short lesson in which she basically taught me how to hold knives), pasta (regular tomato sauce, arrabbiata, carbonara), and risotto (mushroom and milanese). I don’t remember each recipe fully, and I’m still a terrible cook, but it was a good first foray into the culinary world. I also think the reason I’m wary of preparing meat is because Roberta didn’t teach me how.


A quirk of fate leaves you in each of the following cities for long enough to have only one meal. What/where do you eat? Boston, Cambridge, New York, LA.
Boston: I didn’t dine out much in Boston proper during college, so I’ll have to go with Locke-Ober, which I experienced for the first time on the eve of 2006. And I would replicate the meal I had that night, which I know included lobster bisque, and perhaps venison? I can’t remember it in full.

Cambridge: Darwin’s Limited on Mt. Auburn for a Longfellow Sandwich. I would also get my sandwich to go and make a quick trip to Toscanini’s, where I’d order a vanilla Micro Sundae with rainbow jimmies and chocolate syrup.

New York: I am usually poor and hungry when visiting New York, so I don’t have a favorite. Zen Palate comes to mind, though. I have had the fortune of having very good meals there which probably consisted of Stir-fried rice noodle with vegetables.

LA: I will break this down by meal.
For breakfast: Amandine Patisserie in Brentwood for the most delicious chocolate croissants this side of the Atlantic!
For brunch: Campanile for the hot chocolate and their eggs benedict.
For lunch: Taiko for cold tanuki soba, pumpkin tempura and a spicy tuna roll; or Angeli Caffe for slow food champion and "Good Food" hostess Evan Kleiman’s suppli and spaghetti aglio e olio.
For dinner: Ortolan, chef’s menu; or the Monterey Park restaurant my parents and I have been going to for years, Lake Spring Shanghai. At Lake Spring, I would order Shuh-Zuh-Tow (which mean’s “Lion’s Head”, but which is just big pork meatballs and cabbage in soupy brown sauce), Vegetable Chow Mein, and their shrimp with candied walnuts.


Name a fruit, meat, soda, and candy you despise.
Fruit: Mangos. (When I was last tested, I was allergic!)
Meat: I’m not such a fan of chicken. At most Asian restaurants, I will order tofu over chicken any day. And at European/Western-styled establishments, I will go for beef or pork.
Soda: Like fellow O-dog Owen, I never took a shining to soda. But if Orangina or San Aranciata count, then I finally have!
Candy: Black licorice. Puke city!


I have a teleporter, and can send you anywhere in the world for dinner. Where will you go, what will you have?
The Fat Duck. It was rated the best restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine in 2005! No doubt I would choose their Tasting Menu, but I would tell them I am allergic to mangos, and they would substitute with something equally enticing. I would bite the bullet and eat their bacon and eggs ice cream.


Name a food that evokes a strong memory of a particular time and place in your life.
My mom used to go on lots of business trips, so she would freeze a bunch of dumplings filled with spinach, shitake mushroom and clear-noodles for my dad to fry for dinner. I ate these most every weeknight from middle school until the end of high school. I’m still not sick of them!


What is your relationship to caffeine?
I used to only drink tea lattes, which proved to be a ridiculous strain on my wallet. But I’ve taken a liking to coffee recently, thanks to sugar and milk.


What is the best burger you've ever had?
In-N-Out’s Animal Style burger. However, I hope to get a table at Father's Office one day and order one of theirs, along with their mini-shopping cart full of sweet potato fries.


I have a food replicator from Star Trek Next Generation, what do you order and how do you order it?
The perfect mushroom risotto, with a liberal sprinkling of parmesan on top.


Are there any foods that would receive an f- grade from you?

Chicken feet, tripe, cow’s tongue, termites, octopus, fake cherry flavor.


Along the lines of "Salt," "Cod," and "History of the World In Six Glasses," what foodstuff would you most like to read a book about?
I would like to learn more about the history of cookbook illustrations. I would also be interested in reading about the history of the wok.


Is there any food you are embarrassed about how much you like it?
Not a food, but a beverage: I love Fiji water. I buy it to celebrate or console myself, as though this overpriced water were a fine wine.

Also, not a food, but a condiment: I keep Arby’s special sauce in my car just in case I forget to get it from the window teller, or in the event that I might need a good-tasting spread.


What was your favorite meal in the Harvard dining halls?

Even though I typically don’t like chicken, I would eagerly await the broccoli chicken. I also discovered mixing cereals thanks to HUDS, although it’s a technique that I have rarely used in the real world.


What are your favorite beers? What are your favorite wines? What are your favorite liquors?
What are your favorite cocktails? Do you feel that you have a signature drink? If a FoodFriend ever had to order a drink for you while you were in the restroom, what drink should they order?
Favorite beer: Corona, Red Stripe. Favorite wine: Reisling. Favorite liquors: I have recently become a fan of Campari; Lillet was a fantastic birthday present from Dustin and Mareda; and soju in all its flavors gets my thumbs up (hat tip, Danny). Favorite cocktail: The Crimson Cosmo at Luna Park. No signature drink, unfortunately. But if I’ve stepped into the loo, please be so kind as to order me a white wine.


Last question: What is your favorite food?

Not Lo Mein, but CHOW MEIN!!!!!!!!!

August 14

lunch, Zen Chinese Cuisine:
hot & sour soup
brown rice
calamari with bamboo shoots and preserved greens
prawns with spicy garlic sauce
tea

dinner:
Stouffer's deluxe frozen pizza
1 Kirin Ichiban

Monday the Fourteenth of August

Breakfast:
yogurt with 2 sliced plums and honey
2.5 cups of coffee

Lunch:
pad thai with chicken from Lulu's Noodles

Snack:
1 99 cent size bag of Cape Cod Beachside Barbecue chips
1 Wolaver's IPA

A dinner of three small courses:
1 ear of corn. Corn can be made in a microwave. Wrap the shucked ear in wax paper. 1 minute per ear.
1 slice of vidalia onion pie
leftover zucchini-pea risotto
2 anchor steam beers

Monday, August 14, 2006

GR!

This week's guest reporter will be noted LA cheermonger MLo, blessed with a fine dumpling hand and winning attitude. Let's hope she combines the dangerous excitement of Owen with the scholarly precision of DanO.

Sunday the Thirteenth of August

Breakfast:
2 cups of coffee from the Hearth Room, consumed while on the road
1 bottle of propel

Late lunch:
1 large slice of vidalia onion pie

Dinner:
zucchini-pea risotto
2 anchor steam beers

The zucchini in the risotto wasnt a complete success, as it was a bit watery. But tasty enough, I suppose.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Congratulations Mike and Sue!

Here is what I'm eating at your wedding right now. Hooray!

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Friday, August 11, 2006

ZK, on Food, Travel, and Romance

MOVING WEEKEND

7/29
What did I have for lunch on Saturday? That is one lost to the whirlwind.

Dinner was at Orologio, w/ John and Mattpod, and I had pasta with chicken, and a Perroni. Ice creamed dessert.

7/30
Lunch at Cafécito w/ John, Mattpod, and Walt. I had a pressed cuban chicken sandwich. I wish I had known about this place sooner and then you all surely would have seen it in my reports often! I said that the waitress was pretty many times and she heard me and was upset. She didn't give us food for an hour.

Dinner at Luzzo's w/ John, Mattpod, and Walt. I had chicken parmigiana and some penne pasta. There was wine involved to be sure.

7/31 Move Out Day.
A toasted bagel w/ butter that Walt picked up for me because I had to wait for my mover's to arrive. Surprise! They didn't arrive for 3 more hours.

Some chicken and rolls and orange juice at Mattpod's grandma's house. Some orange flavored chocolates for dessert. Did I sleep on a single bed that was for some reason attached to Mattpod's bed that was 3 inches away, at Mattpod's grandma's house? Experts will agree that I did.

8/1 Tuesday is Travel Day
A plain toasted bagel from Zabar's via Mattpod's grandma. Some OJ. Chocolate frozen yogurt at JFK. Why at airports do people feel like they should eat dinner food at 9 in the morning?

Some life-savers on the plane.

Some cheddar goldfish in the car from the airport. Hello L.A.!

A chicken sandwich w/ fries at one of the million Perry's Cafés along the Pacific Coast H'way.

@ Phil Angelides' campaign event, w/ special guests Bill Clinton, Magic Johnson, Kathy Griffin, and the princess from Spaceballs who wasn't a special guest, but who was there and who I later checked out on imdb.
1 glass of white wine. 1 Heineken.
Some roast turkey and a croissant.
2/3 of a Bass, and some bits of toast from some stranger's sandwich.

8/2 Vacation Finally Begins
Xtina and I made pancakes in the morning, but in translating the recipé into a half-batch, we mixed up the proportions of the ingredients, and the pancakes ended up being horrible. This was compounded by the fact that the syrup was spoiled so we had to throw it away.

Grilled chicken sandwich w/ fries and OJ for lunch.

Dinner was from Bristol Farms supermarket:
Goldfish and 1 bass ale at sunset. This was very romantic and I talked a lot about God and Space.
2 lamb chops. Green beans. Buttered bread. 1/2 bottle of wine. 1/2 chocolate chip cookie. The wine glasses at Xtina's apartment hold about 1/2 a bottle of wine, which is great when you want to get drunk. Which you do.

8/3
Smoked turkey on baguette. Cheddar goldfish. Part 2 of chocolate chip cookie.

1/2 vanilla chocolate swirl frozen yogurt at the Santa Monica Pier. 1 quarter's worth of M&M's.

Dinner w/ Danger and Strach.
Stacy's pita chips and tomato and pesto hummus. 1 beer, I forget which kind. Presidio?
White rice, teriyaki salmon, broccoli, and asparagus. 3 bottles of wine split 4 ways. 2 Heinekens. 1/2 chocolate chip, 1/2 chocolate chocolate chip cookie w/ vanilla double churned ice cream and chocolate syrup.

8/4
Smoked turkey on Baguette. Pita chips.

Gala apple after some strenuous boogie boarding.

2/3 vanilla chocolate swirl frozen yogurt at Venice Beach. When we first looked for this we went to Cold Stone Creamery even though I knew they don't have soft serve and when we asked where we could find it, the girl suggested the liquor store. That was her first suggestion. "Maybe the liquor store?" She was wrong. Not as wrong as I would have thought though.

More pita chips. Some Hershey's Hugs at Talladega Nights.
We tried to go to Cha Cha Chicken, but it closed 1 minute before we got there, so we got pizza from some place where the word Dough was maybe in the name? It was on Main Street in Santa Monica. I had 1/2 slice cheese and 1 slice chicken and basil.

14 kinds of shitty beer at Yank's beer tasting at Dougan, Cort, Liz and Jeff's apartment. Some oyster crackers. A little bit of bread. A red stripe.

We had a traumatic experience when we arrived home, which was that a dude was passed out drunk on the ground next to his car in the garage of Xtina's apartment building and he wouldn't wake up, so we called the paramedics and they took care of it. On the ground it looked like he had a mustache, but when he got up he looked like that crooked cop/amway salesman from the movie "Go" and he had a lot of drool. Anyway, Xtina was pretty shaken and so we had some vanilla ice-cream w/ chocolate syrup and watched a bunch of the movie "Second Hand Lions." Haley Joel Osmont is the worst and he has a huge butt and he ruined an already terrible movie.

8/5 Last Day of Vacation
Some non-yeast sourdough bread w/arugula and smoked turkey. Goldfish. OJ.

BBQ at Chun's.
Grilled chicken, buns, chips, some Asahi, Alaskan something, some other stuff. Some shots. Celebrity.

8/6 Travel Day
We wanted breakfast, and we heard Ivy On the Shore was good.
OJ was 8 dollars, pancakes were 22 dollars. But everything was very good. There are free scones, which I don't like.

On the plane: Goldfish. Turkey sandwich. Hugs. OJ. Life Savers.

I'll catch up with this week during next week. Now that I wrote all about my vacation I'm sad.

ZK's Tips for Travel:
1. Pack Lightly
2. Drink Lots of Water
3. Have a Means of Transportation

Thursday, August 10, 2006

8.9.06

1 milano cookie

La Famiglia Pizza
1 slice cheese pizza
Pepsi
This place has a lot of promotional tools for franchising on the walls.

Little Giant
Smuttynose IPA
Some Syrah
Sweet corn soup
Scallops with corn, pea, fava bean, tomato succotash
Peat monster whiskey
Lime mint gelato

The Skinny
Some budweisers

Graffiti

In the boys' room at Go Go Dim Sum, underneath the graffito reading, "Go Go Dim Sum = Heavenly," another says, "Go Go Dim Sum = Vision of Metropolis."

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

microwave

Does anyone or anyone's food buddy need a microwave? I have one to give away.

What I Ate: San Francisco, 8.4-8.06

8.4.06 -- New York
Scrambled Eggs
English Muffin
Peach-apricot Jam

Airplane
Pretzels
Diet pepsi -- No diet coke on United

O'Hare Airport, Chicago
Chili's To Go
Burger with bacon, chipotle sauce, blue cheese
Diet Coke -- This wasn't very good, or cheap, but it was either Chili's To Go or a $5.00 United Airlines Snack box. For some reason Chili's To Go Chicago only offers hamburgers and a Philly Steak and Cheese.

San Francisco
Stella artois
Beet salad, greens, goat cheese
Potato-leek soup
Pesto Bruschetta
White wine

Bottom of the Hill
Budweiser

8.5.06
Tartine Bakery
Pieces of:
Chocolate croissant
Ham and cheese croissant
Muesli
Bread pudding with nectarines, raspberries
Breakfast roll
I thought the bread pudding was the best, it was made with brioche. The croissants were great and huge also.

BBQ @ Spreck's
Fat Tire Ale
Some red wine
Guacamole + Salsa (Foodfriends Jamie and Sarah and I made these two items)
Babyback ribs
BBQ'd chicken
Homemade veggie burger -- I think this was made with breadcrumbs, mushrooms, beans, and some other stuff that I can't remember
Spinach salad
Sugar cookie

Zeitgeist
Brown Ale

8.6.06

Ferry Building Marketplace
Vegetable samosa
Duck rillette sandwich
Meyer lemon Grown Up Soda

Dinner:
Boont amber ale
White Wine
Potatoes Anna
Steamed broccoli romanescu
Salmon w/ white wine lemon sauce -- We used frozen, packaged salmon and it came out terribly. I don't know if this was our fault or the salmon's. The sauce was good.
Baked polenta
We decided to use whatever leftover foods were around the fridge and pantry for this meal. It turned out to be a lot of effort and yielded pretty mixed results at best.

Sea Bowl
Strawberry chewy candy
Diet coke

8.7.08
2 poached eggs
Fried polenta -- This turned out better than our baked batch.
Salsa

Top of Mt. Tam
Trail mix: peanuts and chocolate chips

Chez Panisse, Cafe Room
Sauvignon Blanc
Rocket salad with pecorino, hazelnuts
Bite of Jamie's tomato, avocado toasts
Bite of Sarah's Little gem lettuce salad
Roasted quail, liver crostini, frisee, figs -- Alert: the liver crostini was the best part of the meal.
Vin Santo
Cheese: Fougerus, Fourme D'Ambert, Montagne de Bethmale

8.8.06
San Francisco Airport
Chocolate chip scone

O'Hare Airport Quizno's
Mesquite chicken sub
Diet coke

Home: Artie's Takeout
Matzo ball soup
Brisket on rye

08/08

lunch, Au Bon Pain in the World Financial Center:
Mediterranean wrap with roasted red pepper spread, olives, cucumber, lettuce, feta
Miss Vickie's sea salt and vinegar chips
Nantucket Necatars orange-mango drink

dinner, some weird restaurant in Battery Park:
Chicken parmesan with spaghetti
bread with butter
half a Caesar salad

Planet Hollywood

Yesterday, professional considerations obliged me to take lunch at Planet Hollywood. Wow, what a bad restaurant.

keep it alive

YESTERDAY I began the day with two home brown hash browns salted and peppered in the pan, and two strips of bacon plus my standard OJ. I also had an espresso and some blueberries. For lunch, we ordered from Prado Food Of The Americas. I got papaya chicken with black beans and rice but they didn't have my favorite thing, Jamaican tamales. I had some glazed donut holes , then later some coffee and an Andes candy . We got out of work early so I had a Sam Adams Summer Ale and 1/3 bottle of Smoking Loon Chardonnay . Dinner with co-workers at Maggiano's, where the food is not good, was Parmesan garlic bread and meat lasagna along with some nice red wine . Later, Calvados and a Neapolitan ice cream sandwich as I watched a great car chase on the local news. The guy went into a farm, and drove between the trees, and then got out of the car and even the helicopter couldn't see him and they had to send in the dogs!

Tuesday the Eighth of August

Breakfast:
Vanilla Almond Special K
2 cups coffee

Lunch:
gazpacho
tuscan bread with butter

Snack:
ceylon single estate tea
2 slices of buttered toast with marmite

Dinner:
rotelle with homemade tomato sauce
2 Wolaver's IPAs

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Fuck Sunday, or Monday the Seventh of August

Breakfast:
some chai tea (terrible)
toast with smooth peanut butter

Lunch:
blt
french fries
half lemonade/half iced tea

Nanny's* Birthday:
appetizers:
dryroasted peanuts
crackers with brandied blue cheese dip
1 pomengranate and tequila cocktail. I think I shall call this the Persephone.
1 anchor steam

dinner:
beer-in-the-rear chicken
zucchini with white beans, mint, and garlic
vidalia onion pie
Trimback 2003 riesling

Dessert:
1 coconut cupcake, with cream cheese icing

Monday, August 07, 2006

Not Yet

I'll try to find time in the next few days to write up my whole trip to the West Coast, but as a little hook, I will reveal that there is some chicken and some bread in my report.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

The Fourth of August was a Friday

Breakfast:
1 slice of homemade banana bread, with butter
2 cups of tea

Lunch:
mediterranean tuna salad sandwich
chicken breast

Dinner:
1 anchor steam beer
eggplant parmesan
2 slices of onion/greenpepper/sausage pizza
1 glass of trimbach white wine

Dessert:
1 lemon curd thumbprint cookie
1 chocolate chip cookie

Friday, August 04, 2006

#1000!!! What's my prize?

lunch:
(leftovers from Saigon Grill take out)
- bo lac loc (beef)
- a type of eggroll
- white rice with hot sauce
- cucumber
- 1 clementine
- cinnamon applesauce

midday, Barnes & Noble cafe:
- banana coconut frappucino
- lemon raspberry square

dinner:
- footlong Subway Italian BMT, lettuce, pepper, oil
- 2 glasses of Coke

Being homeless has given me an insatiable hunger.

Thursday the Third of August

Breakfast:
ceylon single-estate tea
toast with butter and marmalade (2 slices)
toast with butter and honey (1 slice)

Lunch:
leftover food from 2 VIII
2 slices of homemade banana bread with butter

Dinner:
2 pomengranate and tequila cocktails
3 handfuls of roasted peanuts
some tortilla chips and salsa and/or guacamole

1 ham barbecue sandwich
1 reheated chicken breast
1 sliced tomato with italian dressing and blue cheese

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Wednesday, 8/2

I have posted poorly of late. Have I eaten poorly as well?

Yes:

1 bottle of Arrowhead water w/ cranberry-flavored Emergen-C
1 bowl of Cocoa Krispies w/ fat-free milk
3 Ritz Handi-Snacks cheese & cracker dealies
1 Chipotle Burrito Bol w/ carnitas, black beans, chili-corn salsa, extra guac
1 20-oz Rockstar energy drink
1 Drumstick w/ chocolate ice cream
1 small bag of pistachios
1 small bag of Cheez-Its
2 mint-chocolate Pria bars
2 Bud Lights
1 Robot Elvis (peanut butter/honey/banana) sandwich, Nova Express
1/3 order of steak fries w/ paprika powder, Nova Express
1 Chthulu Mojito, Nova Express (no real Chthulu trappings, sadly)
1 Newcastle
1 Corona w/ lime

7-Eleven's Purple S'Cream Slurpee

Pretty good Slurpee.

Challenge

Who can go two weeks without using utensils? No crackers-as-spoons or sipping soup from the bowl either. I mean two weeks of hand-foods.

Jack, I challenge you.

#995 or Wednesday the Second of August

Breakfast:
toast with marmalade and butter
2 cups coffee

Lunch:
split pea soup

Snack:
2 slices of tuscan bread with olive oil

Dinner:
1 gin martini. This recipe includes a dash of homemade orange bitters. Hot.

rice
daal
potatoes, carrots, and peas, cooked with garlic, ginger, turmeric, cumin, coriander, paprika, and a dash of cayenne.
yogurt

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Tuesday the First of August

Breakfast:
some toast with butter and marmelade
3 cups coffee

Lunch at Mad Mex:
1 margarita
chips
salsa
black bean dip

Dinner at Harris Grille:
1 improperly made gin gimlet
1 hamburger with cheddar and bacon, with fries
1 Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
1 Stone IPA

A Lifelong Commitment to Journalistic and Scientific Excellence

I sampled McDonald's new Snack Wrap for lunch today. In the interest of making a fully informed judgment of it, I purchased two, and a McChicken to eat in the middle for a reference point. In conclusion, Snack Wraps are great, and have cheese, which I like, although they are not as big as I would like, and cost $.29 more than a McChicken. (Assuming you're at a McDonald's with dollar McChickens - you should never eat at a McDonald's that doesn't have dollar McChickens.)

Domesticity

Last night, in celebration of the domestic life, my roommate cooked and served me dinner in our courtyard. The meal began with white rice with soy sauce and sesame oil, into which I tossed a bit of pan fried garlic. There was also (my favorite) sam gyup sal with garlic, served with shrimp dip. Shrimp dip is a bowl with a clear sort of broth in it full of teensy tiny shrimps about the size and shape of three or four grains of rice laid end to end with teensy little black eyes peeping up at you. On a similar note, we had some myulchi, along with kimchi and danmooji. Also, we had some sort of battered fish. We also polished off a bottle of Takara shochu that has been clogging up the base paths of my liquor cabinet for some time. In conclusion, I had a fun time eating the food even though it was a terrifying experience of the other and nothing - nothing - was a sandwich.

Aug 1

Chocolate Peanut Crunch Pria bar

Tuna melt
I mixed a little Greek dressing in with the tuna and nayonaise. The cheese was light sharp Irish cheddar. It melted very well for light cheese.
Diet Dr. Pepper

Test bites of roasted tomato sauce
I've been meaning to make this for a long time, but it's not noticeably better than tomato sauce made with canned tomatoes.

Diet Dr. Pepper

White bean tomato dip on Rosemary Ciabatta*
1 glass white wine

1 glass white wine

DRC West:
Fancy Scotch, neat
2 glasses white wine
Piece of chocolate

DRC East:
1 glass white wine


*Bread fans, check this stuff out at TJ's. It's my new favorite.

VegeTuesday

11am
bowl of Special K with Red Berries, 1% milk

1pm
glass of Tropicana orange juice
homemade salad with hearts of romaine, tomato, cucumber, and just the right amount of Ken's Steak House Lite Caesar dressing

2pm
two Trader Joe's dark chocolate raspberry sticks

4pm
glass of Tropicana orange juice
banana

8pm
half package of Trader Joe's prig khing green beans over a
packet of Success boil-in-bag rice with a
little bit of Kikkoman soy sauce and a
glass of ice water

10pm
another bowl of Special K with Red Berries, 1% milk

11pm
another bowl of Special K with Red Berries, 1% milk

Inside the box of Special K with Red Berries was a brochure about different kinds of women's jeans.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

WTF Bruni?

I guess Frank Bruni has been reading our food questionnaire:

http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/?p=99

Also, I will report on what I've been eating while moving sometime soon, but I thought I'd mention that I ended up at Saigon Grill today also and had: Barbeque Spareribs, Salmon Skin salad, summer rolls, bun with grilled chicken. I don't know how great everybody has been saying it is so I can't agree or disagree, but I thought it was pretty good.

Yesterday

I feel some of the wind going out of WIA. Perhaps I'm wrong. We're nearing 1000 posts.

Yesterday I began the day with Tillamook extra sharp cheddar on Wheat Thins. I'm doing a no-coffee week so I washed it down with OJ and water. I had a clementine. For lunch, I had a bite of tomato and shrimp soup, and fried chicken and mashed potatoes from Cynthia's. Cynthia's is controversial at work; it's delicious, but one of my co-workers wanted us to boycott because Cynthia once called a friend of his a "cunt" during a mixed-up birthday party. After lunch I had a Mug root beer and a "Cool Dog" (a hot dog made out of ice cream, with a Twinkie-substance "bun") and 1/2 of a Hundred Grand (a Fifty K). After work, beef flavor trash noodles, more cheddar on Wheat Thins, and a Sapporo. Later, a glass of red wine, some Glenfiddich 30 Year - you read that right; thanks V. Danger! - and a sloppy joe at Doughboy's (don't get this, not worth the mess).

Sunday the Thirtieth of July and Monday the Thirty-First of July

Breakfast:
banana & plain yogurt, with local honey

Lunch:
risotto leftover from Friday
pasta leftover from Thursday
3 seed bread from Prantl's

At the Pirate's game:
1 large Penn Pilsner
roasted peanuts

Dinner:
We attempted to roast a chicken, but the power went out, rendering the temperature regulation in the oven useless. This hurled me into a black mood.
at home:
2 gin martinis
1 glass of red wine
almonds
bread

2 Red Hook ESBs at William Penn Tavern
6 buffalo wings
1 cheesesteak sandwich

Monday:
breakfast at Pamela's:
breakfast special -- hotcakes, two eggs overeasy, and sausage; 3 cups coffee

later, at my apartment:
coffee from the island of St Helena

1 "like it" sized Lotta Caramel Latte milkshake from Coldstone Creamery, consumed while waiting for Woody Allen's not entirely charmless film Scoop to begin.

at Harris Grille:
1 Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA
3 baby burgers, with cheddar cheese

at home:
almonds
Spanish red wine
leftover Indian food (eggplant curry and daal) from Saturday night, with fresh rice
Castle Rock pinot noir

bit later:
homemade white bread with butter.
This was pretty good, but I used all-purpose flour instead of bread flour. Alas, this made the end product a bit more cakey, and the crust was sort of like a cracker than a bread crust. Nonetheless, I was proud.
strawberry rhubarb pie from Prantl's, with cream.