BAYFOOD COOKS:I love Thai food, and so my mother made some Tom Kha Gai! It’s the perfect thing for cold weather with it’s savory and tart flavor; it just warms you right up. The soup is made with coconut milk, galangal, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, and chicken. I usually replace the chicken with tofu because I like tofu in my soups. I tried to find the recipe she used but alas, nothing. Whenever I do find it, I’ll add it!
Palo Alto Bakery Company (Palo Alto, CA) - It was my birthday two months ago (lol), and my parents surprised me with some cake since I wasn’t feeling well enough to go out that day. I was really happy because it was the one thing that made it feel like my birthday after such an eventful day. :) The bakery accommodated the same day order, which was awesome.
Anyway, I got a white mango cake. It was a white cake with mangoes inside as well as on the top along with blueberries and strawberries. I really like that the frosting of the cake was whipped cream and not a butter cream. It kept the cake from being heavy.
We didn’t have enough candles to make 23 (nor do I want to see that on a cake lol), so we just kept it simple.
Venus Restaurant (Berkeley, CA) - Harajuku stir fry: Shoyu ginger marinated tofu, wild mushrooms, cabbage, broccoli, zucchini, snap peas, & Lundberg organic brown rice.
Tayyibaat Meat and Grill (Milpitas, CA) - Tayyibaat is an excellent spot to satisfy one’s craving for meat (as long as you don’t mind the hole in the wall ‘ambiance’). It is a no frills halal meat shop where you order at the counter, take a number, pick a seat, and they will bring the food to your table when ready. Dining area is tiny. There are only a handful of tables inside the shop plus a few more outside. The shop is usually very packed during lunch hours but fortunately the tables turn around quickly.
The lamb and chicken tikka kabobs were both very good. Meat was well seasoned and cooked to perfection. My major complaint is just the wait. Food is made to order so it really look a while. This is not the place to go if you just want a quick lunch.
Mioki Sushi (Fremont, CA) - We came. We saw. We attempted to conquer. Leftover Crispy Potato Roll and Simba Roll.
Mioki Sushi (Fremont, CA) - Seeing as we were a party of two and one half was vegetarian, I only ordered one roll for myself. I ordered the Simba Roll: Hamachi, cream cheese, avocado, tobiko, and house special sauce. I only wish I could have ordered a half portion because this was huge! I ended up taking some home, and I haven’t figured out how to (or if there is) eat leftover sushi the next day. If anyone has any tips, I’d be grateful!
Mioki Sushi (Fremont, CA) - We also ordered the Crispy Potato Roll since we could both share it! I love potatoes and so does everyone else. I’m glad you can get a half size of this, so we easily devoured this roll. I love the crispy top portion. I wish other sushi places had one or two vegetarian roll options like this so it creates more variety for my veg friends.