Sunday, June 18, 2017

Pho Kim Long - San Jose

This is not the first time we went to Pho Kim Long. And I know this pho joint has been around for more than 10 years. I normally ordered the combination pho which has meat balls, shrimps, chicken meat and slices of cooked pork. The combo pho at Kim Long in my opinion was the best in San Jose area.

It's really hard to find a good chicken pho in San Jose area. Not too many places do chicken pho and if they do they usually messed up on the chicken. Super dry chicken breast meat is just not good. But I noticed that the chicken pieces that they included in the combo pho here at Kim Long was always juicy and good. So I thought they could probably do a decent chicken pho.

That's why this visit to Pho Kim Long I ordered their chicken pho with white chicken meat. But I guess I made a mistake when the lady took my order asked me if I wanted everything. I said yes just because I was curious. Though later on I wonder why she even asked. On the menu it clearly said white chicken meat. But anyhow.

The chicken amount was generous, chunk and chunk of chicken. But because I said everything I guess they gave me the chicken skin along with the chicken and also some liver, gizzard and blood. So make sure to tell them meat only if the innards are not really your cup of tea. The chicken was nicely cook and not dry pieces of chicken breast. I gave a thumb up on that. But the broth didn't really taste like chicken broth. So the search continue. For now, if I want a good bowl of chicken pho, I would still drive to Pho Hanoi.

Rating for chicken pho only :

Pho Kim Long
2082 N Capitol Ave, San Jose, CA 95132
Phone: (408) 946-2181

Monday, May 29, 2017

Yamadaya Ramen - San Jose

Came across this ramen place  when I was looking up another ramen place. We got there late around 2 on a Saturday afternoon. There was a parking area in the back which was pretty full. But just before we went in there was a sign saying there were out of charsiu which was the pork used for ramen topping. What a bummer. So sadly we turned around.

The following day we made sure to go earlier at 12. We were almost the first one there except there was another person doing take out. The dining area was pretty spartan like a cafeteria except the tables were black stained wooden tables. The wall was painted black too with the only two windows covered with Japanese style paper screen window with wooden frames. I think night time would be pretty dimmed inside the restaurant.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Paris Baguette - Santa Clara

I love cakes from Paris Baguette and often get them for coworkers birthday. But for hubby's birthday I decided to try the mini cakes instead. So I got cheese cake, strawberry fresh cream and creme brulee. Creme brulee turned out to be my least favorite because it was too sweet.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Buffalo Wild Wings - San Jose

roasted garlic mushroom
Have been wanting to try this place out since like years ago. There was one location back at Santa Teresa and Blossom Hill in San Jose. But the one we went to was the one at Westgate mall. This one has a nice huge covered patio with enough TVs to make sure nobody missed anything shown.

It was a warm day and we were there late in the afternoon on Sunday. We chose a patio seating and got one of those high table with stools overlooking the parking lot. Since it was just an in between meal we didn’t want anything too heavy. We chose roasted garlic mushroom and a medium size wings with two different sauces - Caribbean Jerk and Wild. For drinks the guys chose Samuel Adams while I was just happy with my ginger lemonade.

Monday, May 1, 2017

How to Built an Igloo

What you need is a medium size shovel, a long machete (long knife) and a short shovel. Find an area where the snow is pretty packed and decent deep (2-3 feet deep). Icy snow is not going to be good because it's harder to shape.

Start by making a round circle marking. This is going to be the circumference of your igloo. Then using your machete, cut the snow to make blocks (do this inside the circle that you drew). Arrange the blocks of snow around the circle to make it round. Continue to stack them up once you made a circle. See pictures.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pizza Antica - San Jose

Caesar salad
This place was referred to us by a friend who has been there quite a few times. We agreed to meet up there for dinner on a Thursday evening. I have never been to Santana Row on a weekday night and was surprised to see that a lot of restaurants there were pretty busy.

The pizza restaurant was buzzing when I got there. It took about 5 minutes before we got a table inside. It was pretty cold and breezy outside so a table inside was appreciated.

Our friend arrived not long after we were seated. We asked for suggestion and he suggested heirloom potato pizza. And we agreed on sharing a caesar salad and fried calamari.

The large size heirloom potato pizza wasn't that big and it wasn't exactly round shape. It was simple just some caramelized onion and slices of potatoes as topping. But surprisingly it tasted like potato soup. Could it be the truffle oil ?