Tuesday, February 28, 2012
I stopped because something about the way I would hightail it to the soda fountain every day felt, let's just say, not-quite-right. Something about putting away 16 ounces in mere minutes, and still being thirsty afterward, made me a little uneasy.
I have tried to quit before, but I really think I have broken the habit for good. There are more effective ways to quench my thirst (water!), more delicious beverage choices (wine?), and more pleasant rituals for a caffeine fix (Philz!). And in case I waver, here are 8 more reasons to curb the addiction.
It's been nearly two months, although I am actually not really counting. So long, Diet Coke!
Monday, February 20, 2012
Their pastas are seriously off the charts. I think I am most looking forward to the tortelli with crescenza cheese, hen of the woods mushrooms, pine nuts, and mint.
Give me the dish - what's your favorite there?
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
I don't know what is inspiring this recent interest of mine in baking. I used to bake a lot as a child, under the gentle encouragement and tutelage of my grandma when she visited. She never liked to let me eat sweets - "Honey, that will spoil your dinner ..." - but somehow our joint projects were often exempt. I spent many hours with her in the kitchen, learning the proper way to measure flour, her tips and tricks for a perfect pie crust. I spend most of my kitchen time now on savory dishes, but have been dabbling again in baked goods. Maybe it's just that I really miss her. I was certainly thinking of her while making these scones.
I saw this recipe for apple and oat scones in Martha Stewart's Living (February issue), and had to give them a shot. The recipe, while dish-intensive, is pretty straightforward but I did make a few adjustments. After thoroughly mixing the dry ingredients, I grated in the butter, which is a great technique for dealing with frozen sticks of butter in a pinch. I added the apples and buttermilk to form the dough, patted it into shape on a floured surface and cut squares with a pizza cutter. Not being a true baker, I did not have parchment paper on hand, but used ungreased padded cookie sheets with no problem.
The end result was a light and airy breakfast bread (not your dense coffee shop variety). Not overly sweet and in fact, a little too good an afternoon snack! I might have just spoiled my dinner...
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Well, they serve take-out but they don't serve take-out ramen. However, it seemed like a reasonable idea to post up at the bar and eat. I mean, I found parking in the Inner Sunset, so why not!
One bowl of tonkatsu ramen and one plate of tsukune skewers later, I was a happy girl. It was too much food but I found it impossible to pass over the yakitori section of the menu. The bite sized tsukune - or chicken meatballs - were grilled and then daintily brushed with a soy glaze. The ramen broth was rich but not overly so, and the noodles nicely chewy. The kitchen was busy sending out many tempting things I wasn't able to order: bacon wrapped enoki mushrooms, garlic sauteed shishito peppers, sake steamed clams, and agedashi tofu.
I can't wait to go back for another meal at Sozai. Next time, I'll surely go with a table of friends!