Friday, August 29, 2014

Good and Cheap

If you are in the North-bay for lunch Monday through Friday, I've found a deal for you. Matsuyama Restaurant has a bento lunch deal at a steal. I had this delicious two item bento (gyoza and mixed tempura) for $8.95++. There are plenty of other choices for sushi, ramen and Japanese specialties.  Good food cheap, it's my kind of place.
Matsuyama Bento Lunch Deal

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Carbo Delicious

I have always wanted to try poutine, a Canadian export that pops up all over the internet. We've been to Canada twice in the last two years, but it never appeared on menus we saw. We were on the west coast maybe that was the problem. Why the draw of poutine? I remember having fries with gravy back east in my high school days. The food of youth always calls us back. When my daughter, who works at Trader Joe's, alerted us that they carried a frozen version of poutine it was game on. My expectations were low but we were pleasantly surprise by this beefy-cheesy treat. It would be a perfect dish for the up coming football season.
Trader Joe's Poutine. Beefy!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Go-to Breakfast

My  favorite meal of the day is breakfast. I have developed a habit of eating a half bagel topped with a schmear of cream cheese and what ever veg topping I have in the fridge. I prefer a dense N.Y. style bagel and buy a dozen or two from my local family run shop. I slice them in half and stow them in the freezer. My morning ritual is  yoga followed by coffee and bagel. I figure the cost is about a dollar or so. Save on breakfast, splurge on travel! We are going to Portland, staying in the Pearl and will try to blend with the hipsters! I bet they even have bagels there.
Bagel Mania

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Composed Salad

Composed Salad

This summer salad was inspired by an article on SFGate about Japanese-California cooking by Tara Duggan and a photo by Russell Yip of tomato "sashimi" from Iyasare Restaurant in Berkeley.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Summer Still Life

It has been a unique year for our tomatoes. We traveled in May so we were delayed in getting our tomato plants in the ground. Mother nature decided to take charge and sprouted a couple of volunteer plants that were too big to ignore. The volunteers have produced a unique blend of fruit that is similar to the color of Rainier Cherries. They are both beautiful and delicious. We are still supplementing our home tomatoes with farmer's market beauties,  but have high hopes for  our summer crop. I threw together a simple summer salad with tomatoes, prosciutto, and fresh mozzarella. I drizzled olive oil, balsamic and tore some basil fresh from our herb garden. Summer on a plate... a still life.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Oh Yes She Did !

Great minds think great things! Avril went out of the box with her latest pizza idea. She makes homemade pizza about once a week using all the usual toppings.  Last weekend she went crazy....good crazy!  She used Hillshire Farm Lit'l Smokies and Original Bull's - Eye BBQ Sauce, combined with fresh mozzarella to make a fantastic pizza.  Barbecue joint meets pizza shop. Yee Haw!
Lit'l Smokies and Bull's-Eye BBQ Sauce Pizza