Assorted dim sum from Koi Palace.
Fried pork dumplings, potstickers, siu mai, shrimp dumplings, turnip (daikon) cake, pan fried shrimp and chive dumplings, beef rice rolls.
What better way to celebrate Easter than with some dim sum with the family? Went back to our favorite spot - Koi Palace. Waited an hour and a half for a table (worth it). It was nice to see that after Michael Bauer’s review that the restaurant takes feedback seriously. The fish tanks were being meticulously maintained and cleaned by an employee.
Dinner at Sweet Woodruff. House taters and Papardelle pasta.
My friend Ross was in town from LA and we wanted to stay in the neighborhood. The House Taters are garlic roasted potatoes served with vadouvan tom jam and aioli. The jam had a curried ketchup taste and the aioli was a great balance. The papardelle was served up with mushrooms, shallots, garlic, bacon and a white wine sauce. All of that was topped off with a poached egg. The richness of the egg yolk added depth to the sauce. I’m a sucker for fresh pasta, as well.
Sprig's seared tuna salad.
This salad came with spinach and assorted greens, cucumbers, mangoes and crispy won tons. The salad was topped off with seared tuna. While incredibly delicious, the salad was a little too light to keep me full for the afternoon.
Steak and Manchego sandwich from Sprig.
Sprig’s lunch service is in full swing. The steak and Manchego cheese sandwich came on an onion bun with a horseradish aioli, greens and pickled onions. Filling, healthy and delicious!
Dinner at home: roasted miso glazed salmon and baby Shanghai bok choy.
After a weekend of gluttony and debauchery, it was time to reset and end the week with a healthy meal. The miso-ginger marinade on top of the fish kept it flavorful and moist. The baby bok choy was simply stir fried/steamed to keep things clean.
Late night noodles: Kua Gai with tofu from Thai Thai Noodle.
After the burger and the booze came the late night noodles. These fried noodles were just the ticket to soak up the toxins consumed during the day. There are very few Thai restaurants in San Francisco that have Kua Gai (wide rice noodles with egg, bean sprouts and veggies) on the menu and I haven’t seen it anywhere since my trip to Thailand in Dec 2012. It’s a nice alternative to the usual pad see ew and pad thai.
Bullitt burger with swiss cheese and totchos.
Bottomless mimosa brunch followed by a day of drinking requires a heart start. Burger and totchos (tater tot nachos with all the fixings - guacamole, sour cream, salsa, olives and japapenos) is the best way to create a base layer.
Lunch from Sprig: beet salad with orange and farro. Mixed greens. citrus marinated farro, tri-color beets oranges, avocado, dried apricot, toasted walnuts and a citrus vinaigrette.
Sprig is a San Francisco based food delivery service. They offer three choices for lunch and dinner (separate menus). They used locally sourced ingredients to prepare healthy meals delivered to you! Additionally, there’s always at least one gluten free option and one vegetarian option.
Hibachi night with the friends at Hana Japan: mushroom soup, salad, fried rice and scallops with vegetables.
A regular group of friends and I will go out to Hana Japan in the Berkeley marina for dinner. Pathetically, we had not all seen each other since November of 2013! We were due for a hang out. Hilariously, we all always order the same thing every time we go. We had a table to ourselves, and a fantastic onion volcano (best part of the show).