Friday, August 19, 2016

Epic N Easy Banana Bread

This recipe was adapted from Eating Clean by Amie Valpone.

1/4 cup melted coconut oil, more for coating loaf pan
3 large or 5 medium size ripe bananas, mashed
1 tbs flaxseed soaked with 3 tbs water
3 tbs pure maple syrup
2 tbs pure vanilla extract
3 cups gluten free oat flour, store bought or grind up some oat meal in food processor until they reach fine consistency
1/2 cup slivered raw almonds
1/4 cup shelled raw sunflower seeds
1/2 ts aluminum-free baking powder
1 ts unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 ts ground cinnamon
1 ts baking soda
1/2 ts sea salt
Almond butter, for serving

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Mum Fresh - San Jose

grill pork on noodle
The past Sunday was one of the longest time I have ever spent time dropping off car for service at Sears Oakridge Mall. Normally we got out there in like 2 hours. But anyway, that's another rant and not for this posting. Because our car still wasn't done by lunch time so we decided to check out the food court. My eyes caught the name "Mum Fresh" - Vietnamese cuisine ?? Really ? That deserved a try especially since we were planning to go to East San Jose for Vietnamese noodle.

The menu was more like those food court menu - concise and with numbers preceding. So we ordered #1 - rice noodle soup with beef and beef ball and #7 grilled pork with choice of brown rice, rice noodle or veggies. I chose mine with rice noodle (bun).

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Athena Grill : Revisited - Santa Clara

octopus mezes
We've been to this establishment years ago. I didn't quite remember where it was but hubby found the location which was surprisingly close to my office. ha..ha..

Though looked like a sit down restaurant but you actually have to order and pay at the counter then wait for the food to be delivered. We ordered a small octopus mezes, moussaka and lamb souvlaki plate.

I liked the octopus mezes though it seemed a bit pricey for a small plate of sliced grilled octopus on bed of arugula. It came with 2 slices of lemon and just a squeeze of it was sufficient to balance the savory part of the octopus. Simple but delicious.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Chimek - Santa Clara

Ever since I found out about this fried chicken place I have been wanting to try it out. They only open for dinner but they open late till 2 AM. So finally after a long delay we made it there last Sunday.

It was early on Sunday evening so the place was sort of empty. Only about a few tables occupied. The girl behind the counter told us to pick a table ourselves. So we did and she came by to drop off the menu.

Chimek in Korean meaning chicken and mekju (beer). A big portion of the menu consisted of chicken of course. We ordered a small size of original fried chicken with the spicy level of hot and a small soy garlic chicken. There were three big screen TVs showing different channel. Most of the seatings were tables except a few tables with bar stools.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Pho Lovers - Sunnyvale

This restaurant was located at a strip mall on Maude Ave. Next door to it was a Mexican market and the parking lot was kinda tiny and everything was marked for the market. So parking was a bit challenging for us. Being the first time there we didn't want to risk our car being towed by parking at a spot marked for the market.

But inside the restaurant was actually pretty spacious and cozy. There were a few booth seating and we got one of them. It felt homely. We ordered a garlic noodle with grilled pork, a bowl of noodle soup and an order of grill pork roll. The garlic noodle was not as garlicky or greasy as the garlic noodle I had before. Hubby actually liked this noodle better. And it came with an abundant of grill pork. Yum. The grill pork spring roll was good too. Though the sauce was not as sweet as I thought it would be.

Pho Lovers
253 E Maude Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Phone: (408) 530-8583

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

QQ Noodle - Milpitas

Hot oil noodle - dry
We just passed by this restaurant the week before and I remembered telling hubby what kind of dish is this "pita bread soaked in lamb soup" which was posted outside this restaurant. It didn't sound appetizing to me.

We never would have tried this restaurant ourselves had our friend didn't ask to meet there. I thought it was a great opportunity to give it a try. They open at 11:30 on Sunday and when we got there around 11:15 there were a lot of people waiting outside. Good sign.

Their tables were heavy very natural looking tables that looked like it was carved out of a huge tree trunk. The seatings were heavy benches and on some smaller tables were regular wood chairs. There were huge pictures of different types of dishes on the wall. I meant really big kinda of pictures but nicely done that made them looked like part of its decor. The menu was simple though but full of pictures. Very easy to order especially for people like me who don't read Chinese. The pictures on the wall were actually similar to the ones on the menu. I think they only offered like 10 dishes and not more than 15. I guess they do well with those dishes.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Tanto Japanese Restaurant - Sunnyvale

crab gratin 
We have a gathering and a friend suggested this place. Yelpers suggested to make reservation so we did. The restaurant just opened at 6 and I arrived at 6:15 and the parking lot was all full but one spot left. The lot was shared with a few more stores and easily filled up. And the restaurant itself was already full with few people waiting outside.

We got a table sort of tucked away at a corner which almost felt like a private room separated with curtain. There were two more parties on our right and left hand side tables which also were separated just with curtain. It's a cozy setting. I love it.