food, inspiration

Inspired By Alice Water’s Fireplace Fried Egg

All I Wanted Was for Alice Waters to Feed Me Then she picked up a large copper spoon with a two-foot handle. She rubbed olive oil into the spoon’s cup and cracked in one of the eggs. I saw the golden-orange yolk. Holding the end of the spoon’s handle, Waters extended the egg into the […]

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exercise, food

Tony’s Metabolic Rate

I spent $40 today at Yahoo! to measure how many calories my body burns if I were just sitting down.  I spent 15 minutes breathing in a tube and out comes a chart of how many calories I burn.  It turns out that my body burns 1,872 calories, plus 561 calories with just normal movement […]

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food

Simple Crepe Recipe

C’s school uses this recipe for their annual fund raising event. This year I used it to make 100 crepes. The only caveat is that you have to adjust the amount of milk so that the crepe’s consistency is to your liking. BASIC CREPES 1 CUP FLOUR 1 EGG 1 EGG YOLK 1 TABLESPOON OIL 1 […]

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cate, food, parenting

Pink Lady Apple Popsicles (archive 2007)

Cate loves loves ice cream. In order to balance her craving against the saturated fats of ice cream, I make her popsicles out of strawberries, raspberries and apples. Her favorite is lady pink apple ones. 1) Take 6 lady pinks, wash and juice them 2) Take a cheese cloth and filter the juice 3 times […]

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food, parenting

homemade pizza : first attempt a success

C. wants to cook more with her Dad for 2008 New Year’s resolution First attempt at making pizza dough at home. Pretty simple recipe. 10 minutes of working the dough for both C. and I. let it rise for 1 hour. Pop it into the oven for 10 minutes. She gets cheese pizza, I get spicy sausage. […]

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food, parenting

Chinese Dumpling Sunday

I had a craving for fresh Chinese dumplings on Friday and got my parents to pick up the ingredients from Chinatown. Friday my gf and I made a small batch enough to satisfy ourselves. Then this Sunday Kate and I finished up the entire batch. It really did hit the spot. Here is a recipe […]

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food, parenting

Crepes for only those you really love

I make crepes for Kate in the mornings whenever she asks.  It usually takes me about 15 minutes or so to get some fresh hot nutella crepes in her hands.    I usually make then without any butter as I’m a oil/fat freak. Today I read an article on crepes on KQED Food Blog and I […]

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food

Favorite Food: Quail

Someone said to me today that her best meal she ever had was when she was in France, when she was 13. I couldn’t come up with one.. But I do have meals I would have over and over again given a few days break. Today I’m at Esperpento, eating my favorite meal. Quail with […]

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food

Cooking Pasta For 3 Straight Days

Am in Paris trying to save money by eating out during Lunch and cooking for dinner.   Cooking pasta should be the easiest thing.  I’m trying to replicate the flavors in Italy.   For the next 3 days I plan to cook exactly the same thing in order to perfect this simple recipe. Ingredience: a) fresh […]

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food, travel

Japanese does French pastries

This shop so far has the best French pastries and best coffee I’ve had in Paris and it’s created by a Japanese chef http://www.sadaharuaoki.com/ My favorite is all the pastries filled with mocha powder giving it a nice Japanese flavor to the classic French pastries.  The photo above is macha flavored madelline

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food, parenting

Easy answer to : What’s for dinner?

It’s been the same answer for the past few weeks. She wants fresh pasta, she helps make it. Gather the ingredient, stir in water, break the eggs, measure the flour, mix, help roll the dough, cut into fettuccine or pappardelle, cook the pasta, wash the basil, mix with olive oil, add salt. I’m just the […]

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food

Small Business Owners

I’ve always loved small businesses owners.  They risk their time, their life savings to open a business that they are often passionate about.  The reward is usually not forthcoming immediately but they have confidence in themselves to plow forward and eventually a small percentage of them succeed and flourish. Support your local small businesses (if […]

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food

Handrolled Pasta At Furenzu

Yummy! Saturday night we decided to make fresh pasta by hand. The recipe is very simple, most of the work is in the rolling out of the dough. It usually helps to have the traditional rolling pin to flatten out large area but having the small roller is a must in order to shape the […]

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food, travel

Panino At ino in NY

Oh you must come to ino for the best Panino, Panini, Fritata. open til 2am. I’m here now Here is the starter for this AM. Glass of Italian wine, an assorted bruschetta (asparagus, white bean, mozarella, pesto)

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food

4 Meals A Day

I’ve always wanted to gain weight because I’ve always felt underweight at 138 lbs at 5’8″. Today I’ve finally reached my goal of 150 lbs by year end. I hope it’s mostly muscles but my recent change of diet must have helped push me over the top. Breakfast at around 7:30 Lunch at 12pm at […]

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food

When I want fresh pasta

Tonight I really wanted fresh pasta, so I whipped out my rolling pin and got to work. 20 minutes later, I’m having the best meal of my life. 1 part water 1 egg 1 part flour a dash of salt rolling pin a pot of water fresh basil olive oil

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food

Matsuhisa: when sushi becomes an art form

On Sunday I decided to treat myself and check out a place my foodie brother-in-law has been raving about: Matsuhisa in Beverley Hills voted 100 best restauants in America by Zagat.   The place is supposely frequented by Hollywood types and seen as catering to them.  But I do believe the rich and famous also could […]

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food, parenting

Crepe Saturday With Kate

Just wanted to document my very long but leisurely day with my little girl so I don’t forget. Saturday morning started at 6:30 when Kate bounced up and asked me whether she could make crepes.  Of course, I love crepes.  She ran into the kitchen and got all the ingredients ready.  She measured the flour, […]

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food

How to spend $120 at the farmer’s market

This Saturday, Kate didn’t have dance class so I actually got to spend Saturday morning with her at the SF Ferry building farmer’s market . I went in with $200 in cash and came out with $80. Pretty scary but the food is so so good. If you like yogurt, you must try to buy […]

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food

Cafe Fanny in Berkeley: freshest sandwich bread

I took the day off to be with Kate since she doesn’t have school this week. Cafe Fanny in Berkeley Organic open face sandwiches grilled very delicately. Large bowl of cafe au lait, French style. The best part is that it’s next to ACME bread company so their bread is as fresh as can be. […]

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food

SF Tiramisu

I had a craving for Tiramisu and found this site that just reviewed Tiramisu in different cities http://www.heavenlytiramisu.com/frisco.htm I tried it at Trattoria Volare on Columbus. The Tiramisu was very light, fluffy, hint of alcohol, super yummy! Will have to try Steps of Rome and Stella Bakery tomorrow since I’ll be working late on another […]

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food

Why I’m A Foodie

Someone asked me why I’m such a foodie. Why do I go out of my way to find the best croissant at La Farine in Oakland.  Why do I have go to dim sum at the Koi Palace, hot dogs at Top Dog, cakes at Katrina Rozelle, good Belgium chocolates?  So much trouble for just […]

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food

best hot dog anywhere: Top Dog

If you are within 30 miles of Berkeley anytime of the night (b4 2am) and you have the cravings for hot dogs, drop by Top Dog in Berkeley (7 reviews Y! Local). My favorite, Hot Link (beef with 4 kinds of peppers) grilled, in grilled crunchy sesame buns. Fresh onions. (People rave about the fact […]

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food

Food fit for a king

Just came back from the SF Ferry Building Farmer’s Market. Now this is what you call a meal for a king.  Strawberries, mint leaves, cherries, apricot, asparagus, honey yogurt, pistachio nut, honey glazed walnuts, apple turnover, costata, cherry krisp (from Fog Hollow Farms) For breakfast I had some very yummie honey yorgurt from Saint Benoît […]

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food

Chez Karine: Software Engineer Turned Chef : lend your support

  First there was Cynthia At Furenzu and now George has a friend at Chez Karine.  A tiny trend: Women software engineers turn chefs! I dropped by with Kate to say hi and spend some holiday cash.  Wow!  I was knocked off my feet! My first taste was the Sablés Chocolat which was bittersweet chocolates […]

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