Monday, December 9, 2013
It was super cold this weekend. At least, cold for San Diego.
I was having a hard time be outside at all without freezing, but the cold weather did make me crave a hot bowl of pho.
Egg Rolls (CHẢ GIÒ)
We started out with an order of eggrolls, our usual. Even though they use the Chinese eggroll wrappers, I really enjoy the eggrolls here. They are longer than most versions served in San Diego and the filling is quite flavorful.
They also gave plenty of fresh green leaf lettuce to wrap the eggrolls in.
Vietnamese Beef Stew with French Bread
Mr. K got the Vietnamese stew served with a hot and fresh French roll. We haven’t had too much experience with Vietnamese beef stew so we don’t have much of a comparison point. It reminded me a lot of the Chinese version, though the stew consistency was quite thin. My biggest issue was that it was served lukewarm rather than piping hot. The hot French bread roll was delicious though. Mr. K didn’t care much for the stew. He prefers the Filipino version which is thicker.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Truffle Macaroni and Cheese- a rich and creamy macaroni and cheese made with truffle cheese. Perfect for any truffle fan.
Italian truffle season is currently in stock at Trader Joe’s. We bought some this weekend and I decided to make some truffle macaroni and cheese.
Mr. K loves truffle macaroni and cheese. I mean really loves. He fawns over any macaroni and cheese that is sprinkled with a little truffle oil or uses some truffle cheese, it’s almost embarrassing.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
As usual, December snuck up on me. I’ve been scrambling to buy gifts and thought I’d take a moment to share a list of ideas for others still looking for present ideas.
My brother-in-law showed me this during Thanksgiving and I immediately went home and bought one. Mine hasn’t arrived yet due to a shipping glitch, but I cannot wait to use it. It basically turns your non-smart TVs into a smart TV, allowing your TV to connect to the internet and stream Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc. Our main tv is a few years old. We bought a tv last year that was internet ready, has a Netflix button on the remote, etc, and I love that tv. I love being able to watch Netflix shows while I’m in the kitchen. But I’ve been so frustrated with our older tv even though it still works perfectly fine. The roku is a much cheaper solution than buying a new tv.
My little Kindle is one of my favorite electronics I own. I am an avid reader and when e-readers first came out, I wasn’t so sure. I still sometimes miss being able to feel a book and turn pages, but I love having an entire of library in books in a very convenient and light machine. It makes it so easy for me to bring on the plane, vacation, etc. I had an e-reader by another company before my Kindle which I didn’t like at all. I like how light the Kindle is, the long battery life, and the anti-glare screen. I’ve seen advertisements for the latest version, a Kindle Paperwhite. I haven’t yet tried it out though.
If you are into photography, you can read my list of camera equipment and thoughts here. I currently shoot with a Canon 7D and my favorite lenses to use are 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens (for all my recipe posts), 50mm f/1.4 (portrait shots), 28mm f/1.8 Wide Angle Lens (for restaurants). When I don’t feel like bringing my giant camera, I carry around my small Sony Nex-5R
I have so many kitchen tools, but here are some of my absolute favorite.
Catskill Pastry Board
It is big, pretty and has measurements directly etched on. It’s perfect for anything that requires rolling dough (pies, cookies, biscuits, etc).