Sunday, January 18, 2015

Shanghai Family Cuisine - Milpitas

beautiful braised pork (hong shau rou)
A friend took us to this small family restaurant on a strip mall in Milpitas. The wait time on that Saturday night was about 45 minutes. This place only had about 8 tables which can fit maybe about 30 people. A bigger party like us made it harder to sit. When we finally got our table, we all squeezed on a table for four. Only after another table left then that table was pulled to relieve us.

For the most part we let our friends order since they have been there before. I only suggested the garlic green bean for the veggie dish. Apparently the place was popular for their siao long bao (little dragon dumpling) which is one of the popular Shanghainese dish. The kids love their stir fry noodle which was made with a really thick almost squarish noodle. One of a dish from their special was stir fry Buddha's palm squash (aka chayote) with julienned lotus root. Which would have been lovely because I like chayote but this dish came out last and it was so greasy that I felt so tired of it after two bites of it.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Le Paradis - Hayward

In the area and decided to give this place a try. There's a parking lot in the rear if you're coming from Winton exit of 880N. The walkway leading to the entrance had lots of plants that gave a cozy, tranquil feel to it. But as soon as you arrived at the entrance you saw a couch that looked like your in-laws' overused couch. Weird.

This establishment is a restaurant and also a bakery. Not sure if they actually baked all those meringues, macaroons, cookies, etc. Or they just provided a space to sell them. The business could have looked better if they put more effort into a bit reorganizing. Not sure how the business is doing normally but we were there on Saturday afternoon and there were only like 4-5 tables occupied with around 10 customers all together.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Gluten Free Pizza Crust

I am building up my collection of gluten free recipes. So this past holiday season I have been trying out a lot of recipes. Some came out okay and some didn't. I post the recipes here on my blog to save me time next time when I want to make it again. Also some of the recipes that I posted on my blog have been modified based on my experiments.

I am glad I found the recipe for gluten free pizza crust. This recipe came from Dana The Minimalist Baker.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Amarin Thai Cuisine - San Jose

Pad see ew - stir fried rice noodle with chicken
We were in the area of Westgate mall when we were looking for a place to eat. I happened to look around the area and noticed their sign. Hey the importance of signage.

We drove across the street and walked in the restaurant. I immediately noticed they have a raised platform on the left hand side that allow patrons the option to have the feel of sitting on a lower table seating experience with a hole below. It's sort of tatami seating in Japanese restaurant but with no cramp legs while eating your food. It's pretty neat idea though nobody were seating there that day.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Gluten Free Scones

Now that I'm avoiding gluten, I couldn't make it out of my favorite scones recipe. After searching around I found this scone recipe on Epicurious. The recipe below was adapted from Best Ever Gluten Free Scones submitted by Glutenfreelove.

Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant

Big platter with our combo orders. From 8 o'clock : lamb, cheese, beef, chicken, lentil, veggie, injera, yellow split peas, collar greens.
We happened to walk pass this restaurant one night and saw that this restaurant was pretty busy. We saw groups of people sitting down circling a low round table  containing food and everyone just used their fingers to dig in. So we decided we have to give it a try.

One weekend me and hubby went there and hubby asked if we could sit on one of those low round table but we were told that the area were fully occupied. So we got a regular clothed table. We looked at the menu and decided based on what most people have recommended on Yelp. Sambusa for appetizer and an order of meat combo and an order of vegetarian combo.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Rangoli - San Jose

I have worked in that area for quite a while sometimes in the past. Recently I met up with a friend there and finally got to try this Indian restaurant. The restaurant didn't offer buffet that day. But I got my Indian friend to do the ordering so I wasn't intimidated.

My friend decided on a lamb curry (lamb vindaloo) and a goan fish curry. Both sounded fine to me. I haven't had any fish curry for quite a while so it was exciting.

We sat around and chitchatting. She told me that the lamb dish was a complicated one that she didn't do it often at home because it requires a lot of spices. Good, it's a special dish. Anticipation building up now.