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What I Ate: March 31, 2009 (The Sentinel, Truya Sushi)

Posted 31 March, 2009 at 9:43pm by Michael Chu
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For lunch, we (the guys at Fanpop) all decided to get sandwiches at The Sentinel (35 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA‎ - (415) 248-9960). Papa called it in first. I drove over, and Papa and Cliff hopped out to pick up our orders. I had the Fresh Salmon and Smoked Salmon with Fennel and Dill on Soft Roll. It was a great sandwich. (The pickle that came with it was really soft and not so great.)
The Sentinel - Salmon Sandwich

My parents came up to help us out a little as we prepare to move. We all went out to dinner and I felt like sushi, so we went to Truya Sushi (3431 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA‎ - (408) 244-4534‎). Tina and I shared some nigiri (sake [salmon] and maguro [tuna]) as well as some edamame, seaweed salad, and an unagi tataki appetizer.
Truya Sushi - Sake Nigiri and Maguro Nigiri

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What I Ate: March 30, 2009 (South Beach Cafe, Pizza Hut)

Posted 31 March, 2009 at 2:49am by Michael Chu
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Cliff and I walked over to South Beach Cafe. I had a Prosciutto Sandwich which I enjoyed. The salad accompanying it was particularly good today.
South Beach Cafe - Prosciutto Sandwich

For dinner, I convinced Tina to let me get a Pizza Hut Tuscani Lasagna. The reason I did this was because at Fanpop we were discussing the Pizza Hut commercial where Pizza Hut supposedly rigged hidden cameras in a restaurant in Rome and had lasagna served that had been made by Pizza Hut. The patrons loved the lasagna going as far as to claim it tasted just like their mother's recipe! There's NO WAY. American meat lasagnas, although very tasty, are so incredibly different from the types served in Italy, no Italian would ever say it was like the ones their mother used to make. Pizza Hut went as far as to produce a Behind the Scenes making of video to "prove" that it was real. Maybe it was, but certainly it had to be a different recipe with different ingredients.
Pizza Hut - Tuscani Lasagna

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What I Ate: March 29, 2009 (McDonald's, Tong Soon Garden)

Posted 30 March, 2009 at 1:03am by Michael Chu
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I was grumpy today. I had scheduled my going away get-together for this afternoon and we had to run around getting some stuff to prepare for it and I just wasn't in the mood for it since both Tina and I had some work to do in the morning. Pressed for time, we grabbed lunch from McDonald's - I got a Big Mac and a Filet-o-Fish.
McDonald’s - Big Mac and Filet-o-Fish

Those of you who know me personally have probably heard my complaints about Filet-o-Fish sandwich making. The between the bottom bun and the fried fish patty is a slice of cheese. This cheese effectively glues the sponge bread to the fish. If placed off center, the sandwich is lopsided and cannot be corrected without destroying the bottom bun (which is spongy and relatively delicate). In the last five years, I have not had a Filet-o-Fish where the patty has been placed squarely on the bottom bun. How difficult is this task? Why can't someone just do it right for once?
McDonald’s - Lopsided Filet-o-Fish

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What I Ate: March 29, 2009 (McDonald's, Tong Soon Garden)

Photo of the Week: San Francisco City Hall at Night (San Francisco, California)

Posted 29 March, 2009 at 9:30am by Michael Chu

This photograph was taken from the Parc 55 Hotel (about two blocks from Union Square). The lights were turned off in the room and the tripod with camera was setup between the blackout curtains and the windows of the room to minimize glare and reflections from the window glass.
San Francisco City Hall at Night (San Francisco, California)
Tripod, 10 sec at f/16 on ISO 100, 85mm f/1.8 lens

What I Ate: March 28, 2009 (House of Annie)

Posted 29 March, 2009 at 12:51am by Michael Chu
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I got up early today and took Harold to CQB City in Stockton, California (currently my favorite place to play Airsoft). After playing a couple games, we broke off to eat grilled hamburgers for lunch. The hamburgers tasted different than what I was used to because they used some red colored seasoning (didn't catch the name) as well as a healthy dash of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce. There's nothing like a lot of exercise and an coming off an insane amount of adrenaline coursing through the body to make a burger taste great. I had a Pepsi and a bag of Frito's Corn Chips with the burger.
Cheeseburger with Corn Chips

After coming back from Airsoft, Tina and I headed over to Nate & Annie's home to participate in a barbecue rib taste test where we sampled four different ribs (one purchased from a local BBQ restaurant and the other three prepared in different ways - grilled, boiled then baked, and smoked).
Barbecue Ribs

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What I Ate: March 27, 2009 (Google, Chez Panisse)

Posted 27 March, 2009 at 10:52pm by Michael Chu
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Today pretty much concludes my rapid fire tour of the famous dining places in the Bay Area. For lunch, I ended up eating at Charlie's (named after Charlie Ayers - see Calafia from a couple weeks back), the main cafeteria on Google's Mountain View campus. I grabbed some perfectly cooked tender asparagus, barbecue chicken, baby artichokes (which were a little undercooked) and a nice fresh greens, fennel and citrus salad.
Google Cafeteria - BBQ Chicken, Asparagus, and Fennel Salad

I also had a Google-branded It's-It for dessert.
Google-branded It’s It

In the evening we headed up to Berkeley to dine at Chez Panisse (which many consider to be the birthplace of California cuisine). I've been living in the Bay Area since 1995 and always meant to dine there, but never made the time. Since, I'm moving to Austin in a couple weeks, I made sure I'd eat at Chez Panisse before leaving. The meals at this Michelin 1-star are set (everyone in the restaurant eats the same four course meal which costs $95 per person on Fridays and Saturdays). An amuse bouche of crab and dill salad served on what looked like and tasted like melba toast started us off.
Chez Panisse - Amuse Bouche
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What I Ate: March 26, 2009 (Crossroads Cafe)

Posted 27 March, 2009 at 12:21am by Michael Chu
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The team walked over to Crossroads Cafe today to pick up lunch. I grabbed a Cold Tuna Sandwich with Salad.
Crossroads Cafe - Cold Tuna Sandwich

For dinner, we just had our leftover El Pollo Loco Chicken and Cole Slaw.
El Pollo Loco
I promise tomorrow's food will be better - I'm hitting the last of my Bay Area Fine Dining Death March - Chez Panisse.

What I Ate: March 25, 2009 (Lee's Sandwiches, El Pollo Loco)

Posted 26 March, 2009 at 12:30am by Michael Chu
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Harold and I met up for a quick lunch at Lee's Sandwiches which serves Vietnamese sandwiches. I got the Special Combination (#11) which has Vietnamese cold cuts, pate, cilantro, pickled carrots and daikon, and jalapenos.
Lee’s Sandwiches - Special Combination Sandwich

I didn't get a chance to eat dinner until almost 11pm because of my (last) homeowner's association meeting and dealing with a few things in my home that needed fixing (doors that needed to be sanded down, etc.). Tina and I drove over to El Pollo Loco and we got a six piece legs and thighs meal and used a coupon for a free chicken carnitas burrito (a new product).
El Pollo Loco

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What I Ate: March 25, 2009 (Lee's Sandwiches, El Pollo Loco)

Wednesday Photo: Golden Hills (Hollister, California)

Posted 25 March, 2009 at 9:30am by Michael Chu
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I'll try to keep going with my Tribute to the San Francisco Bay Area. Today's photograph was taken in the late afternoon at Casa de Fruta near Hollister, California. (According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hollister is part of the Bay Area even though the California Parks system doesn't include it.) I wasn't really paying attention to the aperature settings when I took this photo, and I ended up shooting wide open. You can see some obvious vignetting because of this.
Golden Hills (Hollister, California)
Handheld, 1/1600 sec at f/2.8 on ISO 200, 105mm f/2.8 macro lens

What I Ate: March 24, 2009 (Pho Thanh Long Restaurant‎)

Posted 25 March, 2009 at 1:01am by Michael Chu
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At lunchtime, Papa and I walked over to the Ferry Building so I could buy some fresh fruits (a pommelo, two grapefruits, and three navel oranges). We were going to grab a couple burgers at Taylors, but the line was too long so we grabbed a burger from the Prather Ranch BBQ at the Farmer's Market. I usually get the cheeseburger or the buffalo burger (which they were out of), but today they had a special lamb burger stuffed with mozzarella cheese. I had that and it was pretty good. If you like the taste of mild lamb, you'll like this burger.
Prather Ranch - Lamb Burger

Tina and I decided to eat pho tonight, so we went to Pho Thanh Long Restaurant (2450 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA‎ - (408) 983-0888‎).
Pho Thanh Long Restaurant - Pho

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