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July 11-20, 2010


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  Tuesday, July 20, 2010

With Lindsey Lohan being thrown in the slammer, I was reminded to meat with some bars as well.

Tender and falling off the bone, fat-fortified fragments of flesh were sumptuous and smoky ribsome rations at a place with a name that relegates their porky provisions to a supporting position.

My meal at Windy City Pizza & BBQ came with sides of coleslaw that was slawed into smaller bits than I prefer. The mac and cheese was on the dry side with a need for more 'mage and a parched corn muffin perched beside its bread-eren, but all that aside, the main was the event at this quick and peppy counterservice convergance of cuisine.

Windy City Pizza & BBQ
35 Bovet Road
San Mateo, CA



  Monday, July 19, 2010

Wild California yellowtail ($15.00):

... with scales of crispy shallots was fin-ished with Thai basil and slapped with a vinegary shoyu saturated sauce. This sensational starter at the Slanted Door unlocked the flavorful freshness of this hansome hamachi.

I also knocked on some Niman flank steak ($14.00):

... which rocked over rice noodles with crunchy peanuts. Fresh ginger beefed up this muscular meal.

The food is always inspires my adooration with its ajarring flavors and textures which keep me revolving back.

The Slanted Door
1 Ferry Building #3
San Francisco, CA



  Sunday, July 18, 2010

In the past, I had to wait up to 25 minutes for a cup of coffee at Dish, but today, they gave it to me before I left the counter.

The opening kinks are smoothing out at this MIll Valley eatery. The food arrived quickly as well (partially due to the strange lack of Sunday morning crowds.)

The Huevos Rancheros ($9.50):

... may not be photogenic, but it was palate-genic with runny yolked eggs, queso and black beans over a couple corn tortillas. Roasted tomatoes added dimension to this salsa-fied serving of homey chow.

I'm glad to see that Dish has broken through to find its pace.

Dish Restaurant

507 Miller Ave.
Mill Valley, CA



  Saturday, July 17, 2010

I guess that customers with buns in the oven don't abstain from Doc's Bagels:

... where a peppy smear of cream cheese covered my toasted onion bagel:

This was loxed down with a generous serving of salmon which sated my craving for a red onion and caper encrusted creation.

This fertile foundation for proliferation propoganda also delivers the doughy goods:

...medical advice and a meal merge at Doc's.

Doc's Bagels

1027 Alameda
Belmont, CA



  Friday, July 16, 2010

I couldn't turn down an invitation to go on today's San Francisco Burger tour driven by Chevrolet.

There were several cyber-ticipants including one of our faves that went on this gear/grinding escapade.

The OnStar GPS on the Equinox steered me towards Red's Java House:

... where we took in their chili-fied version:

... of their classic chow.

Red's has always been about the funky environment and outdoor, waterside beer sipping in my book.


We rocketed the Camaro to Joe's Cable Car:

... where Joe himself:

... led us through the process of producing his pristine patties. They butcher and grind their own cow:

... at this burger-teria which got top marks for not only the coarsely-ground goods:

... but the crisp, greaseless, o-rings:

... that made me blow a gasket.

We hit the road behind the wheel of a Malibu which was programmed to direct us to the Sea Breeze Café:

... where we were treated to blue cheese bedecked Metropolis bakery buns:

These were good, but I found my self digging out some of the dough to balance out my meat to bread ratio.

It was good fun to convoy around the city and tank up with a gregarious group that was heavily into meatia management.

Red's Java House

Pier 30
San Francisco, CA

Joe's Cable Car Restaurant
4320 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA

Sea Breeze Cafe
3940 Judah St.
San Francisco, CA



  Thursday, July 15, 2010

It's normally not a good sign when there are many more empty tables in a restaurant than occupied ones, but the dining room of Wasiiki was light, tidy and welcoming, so I followed my friendly server's advice to "sit wherever you like."

A plate of bread arrived with butter and a spicy green sauce:

"Spicy" and "bread and butter" don't normally go together in my brain, but this worked wonderfully.

The Peruvian specialities started with palta rellena ($4.95):

... which was a ripe avocado half slathered with shrimp, green beans, peas, carrots, eggs and olives. The combination of flavors was creamy and smooth, with the olives providing a nice salty contrast.

The pescado al ajo con salsa de mariscos($9.95):

... was a sauteed fish in a slightly creamy garlic sauce. It was accompanied by calimari, clams and shrimp, and had a crispy, starchy yuca treat to stand in for potatoes. Wasiiki has lots of red meat on their menu, but this was a perfect choice for a hot afternoon.

The owners, Luciano:

... and Harry:

... have only been in business here for a short time, but they're planning on sprucing the place up, doing a little advertising, and making a new sign (though I can't imagine it being better than the current one):

Perhaps all these improvements, and the fact that the fresh and authentic food here makes Wasiiki one of the best lunch spots in the neighborhood, will fill up their dining room and narrow my choice of seats the next time I come in.

Wasiiki Peruvian Restaurant
2319 S. El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94403



  Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Got some 5 spice chicken ($6.25):

... at MaMa's Vietnamese Cuisine which I carefully consumed due to bone frags.

It was well worth the effort as I negotiated this fine fowl accompanied by a green papaya salad ($6.25) with shrimp and a kicky vinegar dressing:

The architecture has a funky shui to it:

... but the staff was friendly and efficient in this nook to nosh on 'nam.

MaMa's Vietnamese Cuisine
2546 S. El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA



  Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I heard that they had XLB at the Noodle House in San Mateo, so I grabbed my soup dumpling spoon and headed over to 25th street.

I must have heard wrong, because I found no XLB on thier menu. I did find an interesting lunch special board:

... that spoke of a certain authenticity. Fortunately, it spoke of it bi-lingually. It also spoke of a "numbing" spicy chicken which I can only assume is used as some kind of poultry-based analgesic.

As a substitute for the missing XLBs, the friendly and helpful server steered me to the Shanghai Steamed Pork Mini Bun ($5.95 for 8):

... which did include captured broth, and had a pleasant salty porky flavor. These were small enough to fit easily in my dumpling receiver without any soupy overflow.

I obeyed the board and ordered today's lunch special, Hunan Shredded Pork in Spicy Sauce ($5.95):

The shreds of sauteed pork were accompanied by surprisingly flavorful tofu strips, hot green peppers, and some bamboo chunks that left no doubt about their origin. I got the hot but not extra hot sauce, which turned out to be a wise move, as it hit that perfect spot on the scorchometer just shy of extreme discomfort.

A large container of white rice accompanied.

There were a number of references to Mao Tze-Tung (their spelling) in the modest but tidy dining room:

...and they serve a marinated and braised pork dish which they call "Mao's Family Dish." There's even a picture of the jolly ex-dictator and cultural revolutionary on the cover of the menu.

Next time, I'm going to do the bidding of the people and order some of that.

The Noodle Shop

164 W.25th Ave.
San Mateo, CA




  Monday, July 12, 2010

Brisbane gives itself the grand title of "the city of the stars" since they dust their domain with this decorative design.

I struck out to Bamboo Garden:

... for a tasty plate of Singapore rice noodles ($8.95):

... with pork, shrimp, peppers, onions and yellow curry. This carbo constellation fused in my core as I oscillated through this mass of strings.

The friendly owner, Shan:

... orbited over to greet her guests at her Brisbanian break stop which pulls in local office workers who shoot in for cheap and cheerful chow.

Bamboo Garden
301 Visitation Ave.
Brisbane, CA



  Sunday, July 11, 2010

Wedding cake is officially out. Wedding pie is the way to go.

Wedges of wondrous key lime, blueberry and peach were among the matrimonial makeup of sweetness that saturated B&E's fruition of vows.

An impeccable feast was had at this journey with a couple who went contigo into the future.

We kicked up our heels before dancing off into the night with parting gifts of Arbequina olive oil and finishing salt to add richness and flavor to the future.










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