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What I Ate: March 31, 2010 (Mighty Fine Burgers)

Posted 31 March, 2010 at 11:48pm by Michael Chu
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Lunch: I cooked ten frozen fish sticks in the convection toaster oven after brushing them lightly with olive oil. I also whipped up a tartar sauce with mayonnaise, capers, paprika, and garlic powder.
Fish sticks with homemade tartar sauce

Dinner: We went to Mighty Fine Burgers for dinner to get ourselves a free Mango "Champagne" Shake to celebrate K&N Management (Mighty Fine's parent company) winning this year's Texas Award for Performance Excellent (TAPE). This award is given each year to a couple companies that have demonstrated excellence in customer service, business practices, leadership, and strategic vision. This is the first time a restaurant group has won the award. Mighty Fine will continue to give out these shakes between 5pm and 8pm through Friday, April 2, 2010.
Mighty Fine -

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What I Ate: March 30, 2010

Posted 30 March, 2010 at 10:21pm by Michael Chu
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Lunch: We had some venison burger patties that we purchased from HEB, so we cooked them and served them on Pepperidge Farms Deli Flats with mayonnaise and ketchup. The burger had a really bad texture (grainy and mushy) and the flavor was pretty bad. I don't know how to describe the flavor but on top of the bad taste there was also the taste of a lot of iron - like it was part liver.
Venison Burger with Potato Chips and Pickle

Dinner: I prepared some pork that I found in the freezer (I think it was pork shoulder) sous vide with rosemary and thyme at 55°C for 18 hours. The texture was good, but not as tender/juicy as when I brine pork before cooking. In addition, the seasoning I prepared wasn't strong enough, so I made a sauce for it and added some roasted poblano chile. I served it with grilled broccolini. Later we had some sweet potato as well.
Sous Vide Pork Shoulder, Poblano Chile, Broccolini

What I Ate: March 29, 2010

Posted 29 March, 2010 at 9:56pm by Michael Chu
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Lunch: After we got home and picked up Hairy from the dog boarding facility, we had a quick lunch of instant Nong Shim Ramyun with napa cabbage and egg.
Nong Shim Seafood Ramyun with cabbage

Dinner: Tina's parents gave us some freshly made won tons when they picked us up from the airport in the morning. We boiled these for dinner.
Won Tons

What I Ate: March 28, 2010 (Santouka Ramen)

Posted 29 March, 2010 at 2:46pm by Michael Chu
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Lunch: We ate at Santouka Ramen in the Mitsuwa in Culver City (3760 South Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles, CA‎ - (310) 391-1101‎). I've eaten at the Santouka Ramen in San Jose and thought it was excellent, so I wanted Tina to taste it. The Los Angeles location is just as good and with four people we got to try several different types.

Salt Ramen - pork soup seasoned with salt. This was the least salty of all the soups - best for people who prefer their food on the milder side.
Santouka Ramen - Salt Ramen

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What I Ate: March 27, 2010 (The Bazaar By Jose Andres at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills)

Posted 28 March, 2010 at 4:22pm by Michael Chu
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There is a distinctly young and hip buzz that came at us when we walked into the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills to dine at The Bazaar by José Andrés (465 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048‎ - (310) 246-5567‎). The air is filled with chatter and excitement as twenty and thirty somethings mingle with both the trendy and the trendsetters in the lobby which is filled with art for sale - both beautiful and shocking. Seemingly randomly placed leather chairs and lounge sofas and odd shaped tables scatter this open space with LCD displays portraying paintings of centruries old European nobility slowing metamorphosing into macaques help to complete this fantasy that can only be reality in Beverly Hills or Las Vegas - but it's not Las Vegas since it's not overdone and gaudy. To the right of this receiving lobby that serves as a cocktail bar, coffee shop, patisserie, and art gallery, is The Bazaar - a restaurant not afraid to try to push the envelope while staying rooted in the traditional (sometimes technique and sometimes flavors).
The Bazaar by Jose Andres - Patisserie

Simple black wood tables and cushion chairs or wood benches dominate the dining room at The Bazaar, but there are a few glass tables with neon lights that add to the postmodern decor. Artwork ranges from Spanish photography to energetic chalk designs covering chalkboards mounted to all manner of vertical surfaces. There are no linen table clothes here, nor are there candles or full sets of tableware (most of the time you simply have a fork) to distract from the focus - tapas placed on your table and unapologetically illuminated by an overhead spot light clearly showcasing each dish for what it is - art. And, like art, there were courses that resonated with me and ones that I just didn't enjoy, but it was an adventure to try everything placed before us. It's hard for us to recall when the last time we had a dinner that was this - fun.
The Bazaar by Jose Andres - Dining Room

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