Saturday, March 30, 2013

Terracotta Warriors At Asian Art Museum - San Francisco

Asian Art Museum

I once watched a documentary about China Terracotta Warriors on TV. They were life size terracotta figures that were found within the surrounding area of the tomb of the first China emperor Qin She Huang. What fascinating was each of the figures supposedly represent different soldiers, officers even general. Each of them had different facial features.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Test Kitchen : Pasta and Spinach Gratin

Me and hubby are trying to go vegetarian one day a week. Our vegetarian terms are pretty loose. Just no meat. Eggs allowed. :) Some vegetarians out there might curse us. Sorry, we're not true vegetarians.

So I have been trying out vegetarian recipes just to not get bored. This recipe was adapted from IVillage.

Ingredients :
1 lbs tubular pasta (penne, ziti or rigatoni)
3 tbs olive oil
2 tbs minced garlic
1/2 ts crushed red pepper (if you like it hot, increase to 1 ts)
6 cups fresh baby spinach
1 pinch kosher salt (or to taste)
1 cup cream
1/2 cup finely grated parmesan or pecorino romano cheese

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Kpop Korean Restaurant - Mountain View

sweet and spicy fried chicken
We were in Mountain View one fine Sunday after enjoying a youth theatre perfomance at Mountain View Center for Performing Arts. Walking down Castro with some friends we settled on this Korean restaurant almost at the end of Castro. We were 'lured in' by the $1 beer happy hour sign outside the restaurant. We chose the road side seating since the weather was beautiful that day and waited for the rest of the group to join us.

Each appetizer allow us to order two $1 beer. Kpop fried chicken was our first order while we get to know the menu better. We were all hungry so the first round fried chicken didn't last long. It was plain and tasted more like salt and pepper Chinese style fried stuff. The only difference was the dipping sauce provided was a sweet mustard dip.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Rose Donuts & Cafe

Breakfast burrito - it only showed ham, egg and bacon at this point
We went and checked out this place over the weekend after hearing my co-worker swore by the breakfast burritos served there. I couldn't bring myself or convinced hubby to leave house for breakfast so we didn't get there until lunch time.
This place definitely not just a regular donut store. They serve more than that. Fajitas, salad, wraps and breakfast burritos were among other items they sell. In fact, the donut selections were not that great.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Test Kitchen : Banana-Nut Pound Cake

My cake without powder sugar... yum
I got this recipe from a co-worker who took it off a magazine. I didn't remember the name of the magazine or if she mentioned it at all. The version below had been modified a bit just because I don't really like the cake to be too sweet.

Ingredients :
 31/2 c all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1/2 c butter, softened
1/2 ts salt
2 c granulated sugar
4 eggs
2 medium bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
1/4 c low fat milk
1 tbs vanilla
1 c toasted walnuts
powder sugar

Method :
Preheat oven to 325F. Greased and floured a 10-inch fluted tube pan; set aside. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Gradually add sugar, beating about 7 minutes or until light. Add eggs, one at a time, beating 1 minute after each; scrape bowl frequently. In a bowl combine bananas, milk and vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and banana mixture to butter mixture, beat on low to medium speed after each addition. Just until combine. Stir in walnuts. Spread evenly in pan.

Bake for 80 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool cake in the pan or cooling rack for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with powder sugar. Serve with berries or ice cream or both. :)

Comments :
This recipe is quite similar to the regular banana bread. The addition of cream cheese made this cake heavier and richer. But for just the two of us, the size was a bit too big. Next time I'd try to size it down to the regular size banana loaf pan.