Wow, I really needed those few extra days off. Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, I just chilled and relaxed. I'm not sure what to post so cobbled up a few food related things that happened last week and will just ramble along as usual.
With the right lighting I'm discovering my iPhone 4 takes pretty decent pictures. Steady hands always help of course. Anyway at $2.50 the Hiyayakko cold tofu appetizer at Izakaya Sakura is something I usually order with my lunches. A nice more rustic style with medium firm tofu and extra large shaved bonito flakes. The slices of raw okra is a nice touch. With also some grated ginger all it needs is a drizzle of soy sauce. Bon appetit.
The Unatama-don ($10) was a new offering. Similar to the grilled eel Una-don but adding some simmered onions and then sealed with an egg. A bit messy looking but I enjoyed it a lot, the tamago a wiggly half-done it was and all.
Izakaya Sakura, 3904 Convoy St #121, San Diego, CA 92111
Had a pre-Thanksgiving Japanese Gyoza dinner at friend's.
I was on wrapping duty. I can't remember the last time I done it so I was sort of freestyle wrapping (pfff). Ok not really but let's just say there was a small learning curve and I'm only showing the latter nicer looking ones.. ;)
The friend's missus' recipe for the filling calls for without the use of garlic, but it still had some great punchy flavors with the nira flat leaf chives. Ground pork based of course with finely minced Chinese cabbage (salted and strained of excess moisture) and... And I'll have to ask for the full recipe one of these days.
These were so good fried up to a nice crisp on one side. Honestly better than any I had at any Japanese restaurant here in SD (which majorly lack some kahones in flavor and execution). :P
Then we had Tanmen. From a package obviously but was very comforting with the healthy vegetable stir-fry on top. Many of the fresh vegetables used were from a farm box. Thanks guys!
Last night helped same friends purchase a Christmas tree at Home Depot.
(That's not them in the pic above btw...) Only got some firewood for myself since I'll be gone and in Japan for Christmas.. (Yippie!)
Were some moss on these, probably from the recent rain, but it still burned cleanly. I hate ones that seem to be robbing energy from my starter log instead of contributing as a fuel source that it should, haha. Might go pick up more today.
Darn I never finished my Yakitori Grill project. Maybe I still have time this year. I then remembered watching a cooking show where a guy roasted a quail tied to a string that slowly twirled next to a fireplace. The closest thing I could find on YouTube was this Fireplace String-turned Roast Chicken video. The actual roasting doesn't happen until past midway of the vid. Seems fun. So Colonial!? :)
I then finally opened the package from my big sis that came back in April/May. I had asked for some Ivan Ramen instant noodles. She included a few others along with. Looking forward to be slurping the real stuff soon though.
Today breakfast was at the San Diego Chicken Pie Shop (my part one and two posts on SDCPS) and then I lazily watched Iron Chef. It was seriously the first I turned my television on in at least six months.
Last, you are probably all fowl-ed out by now but I was really impressed with Dave of Dave's Cupboard's recent very thorough frozen pot pie buyer's guide post. The Marie Callendar's that I've been pretty content with barely listed in the lower middle tier! Shown above is a chicken pot pie you can purchase frozen ($2.60) from the San Diego Chicken Pie Shop to go. I think they said 10-minutes in a 350°F oven. If done in a dutch oven by the fireplace, not so sure... ;)
San Diego Chicken Pie Shop, 2633 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92140