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What I Ate: December 28, 2010 (Baguette House)

Posted 1 January, 2011 at 10:14pm by Michael Chu
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Lunch: I had a craving for banh mi, so we went to Baguette House (10901 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX (512) 837-9100) where we got a BBQ Pork sandwich and two Special Combination sandwiches which we split.
Baguette House - BBQ Pork Sandwich
Baguette House - Special Combination sandwiches

Dinner: I made beef stroganoff with egg noodles and Tina roasted some broccoli.
Beef Stroganoff with egg noodles and roast broccoli

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What I Ate: December 28, 2010 (Baguette House)

What I Ate: December 27, 2010

Posted 1 January, 2011 at 10:32am by Michael Chu
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Lunch: Leftover dim sum from Chinatown
Leftover dimsum from Chinatown Restaurant

Dinner: We heated a bunch of leftovers from Fortune Chinese Seafood Restaurant and the stewed pigs feet from Tina's parents for dinner
Leftovers

What I Ate: December 26, 2010 (IKEA, Joe's Crab Shack)

Posted 1 January, 2011 at 1:13am by Michael Chu
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Dinner: After watching a performance of the Radio City Holiday Spectacular, we ate a dinner of crawfish and Dungeness crab with our favorite seasoning choice - Fire-Grilled.
Joe's Crab Shack - Dungeness Crab Pot
Joe's Crab Shack - One Pound Crawfish

Lunch: In what might be an after Christmas tradition, we went to IKEA for their New Year's sale and ate IKEA food for lunch. I had meatballs, mashed potatoes, and a kid's portion of mac 'n cheese.
IKEA - Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes and side of macaroni and cheese

What I Ate: December 25, 2010 (Chinatown Restaurant)

Posted 31 December, 2010 at 10:23am by Michael Chu
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Lunch: Having found out the previous night that Chinatown Restaurant was going to be open and serving dim sum until 2:30pm on Christmas Day, we decided to go there for lunch to try the dim sum for the second time. All the dishes we had previously remained good or improved (like the Peking duck which was excellent today). The only problem I had was the shrimp dumpling where the dumpling skin was a little gummy.
Chinatown Restaurant - Dim Sum

Dinner: We went over to Tina's parent's house for Christmas dinner where we had soy sauce cooked pig's feet, fish with tofu, shrimp with pineapple, green beans and potato, mung bean noodles with cucumber, radish, and vinegar, and pidan with white rice.
Christmas Dinner at Tina's Parent's Home

What I Ate: December 24, 2010 (Fortune Chinese Seafood Restaurant)

Posted 30 December, 2010 at 8:06pm by Michael Chu
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Dinner: We had Christmas Eve dinner at Fortune Chinese Seafood Restaurant (10901 North Lamar Boulevard, Austin, TX (512) 490-1426) where we've had dim sum a number of times but never ordered from the dinner menu before. We ordered a few items which turned out to be pretty decent.

We started with the Assorted Seafood Claypot which both Tina and I liked a lot. It had good fish flavor, nice sauce (flavorful but not overly salty), and soft and tasty tofu.
Fortune Seafood Chinese Restaurant - Assorted Seafood Claypot

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What I Ate: December 24, 2010 (Fortune Chinese Seafood Restaurant)

What I Ate: December 23, 2010 (Nordstrom's Cafe Bistro)

Posted 30 December, 2010 at 10:51am by Michael Chu
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Lunch: We ate lunch at Nordstrom's Cafe Bistro starting with the crab bisque.
Nordstrom's Cafe Bistro - Crab Bisque

Warm goat cheese salad
Nordstrom's Cafe Bistro - Warm Goat Cheese Salad

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What I Ate: December 23, 2010 (Nordstrom's Cafe Bistro)

What I Ate: December 22, 2010 (Backspace)

Posted 29 December, 2010 at 8:26pm by Michael Chu
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Dinner: We headed downtown to eat some thin crust pizza at Backspace (507 San Jacinto, Austin, TX 78701). When we arrived, we found out they hadn't opened the previous week as planned and we were, in fact, dining on opening night. We started with a great salad of romaine, giardiniera, red onion, herbs, pecarino romano ($7). It was dressed with the pickling juice from the giardiniera which added an amazing sweet and vinegary flavor to the simple blend of ingredients.
Backspace - romaine, giardiniera, red onion, herbs, pecarino romano

We also ordered speck which surprisingly came with olives (with pickled sunchokes), butternut squash chutney, and bread (all for $4!).
Backspace - Speck

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What I Ate: December 22, 2010 (Backspace)

What I Ate: December 21, 2010 (The Noble Pig)

Posted 28 December, 2010 at 10:08pm by Michael Chu
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Lunch: We drove back up to The Noble Pig (11815 620 N. Suite 4, Austin, TX (512) 382-6248) to try a couple more sandwiches. I had the Creole Catfish tomato tartar sauce, romaine & red onion ($8) which was cooked perfectly (nicely seasoned and super tender) and well balanced (great sauce, sturdy bread, crispy vegetables, and, of course, the wonderful fish).
The Noble Pig - Creole Catfish

Tina had the Thai Chicken with jalapeno-cabbage slaw and cilantro ($7) which was strongly flavored and also well balanced.
The Noble Pig - Thai Chicken

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What I Ate: December 21, 2010 (The Noble Pig)

What I Ate: December 20, 2010

Posted 28 December, 2010 at 7:25pm by Michael Chu
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Dinner: Our friend Victor came over and cooked us dinner (I don't think anyone has ever come over to our house and then cooked for us before!) before hanging out, playing board games, and failing to witness the total lunar eclipse (due to cloud cover).

He started off by pan frying some delicious marinated shrimp.
Shrimp

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What I Ate: December 20, 2010

What I Ate: December 19, 2010 (Asia Cafe)

Posted 28 December, 2010 at 10:24am by Michael Chu
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Dinner: Tina's parents took us out to dinner at Asia Cafe (Ste D, 8644 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, TX (512) 331-5780). I forgot my memory card, so I had to take pictures using my cell phone.

We had drunken chicken, sauteed water spinach, fuqi fei pian, Dongpo pork leg, and whole fish with spicy tofu.
Asia Cafe - Drunken chicken, fuqi fei pian, dongpo pork
Asia Cafe - Whole Fish with Spicy Tofu

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What I Ate: December 19, 2010 (Asia Cafe)

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