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B-Day Dinner #2

This time for chef P. He chose wine bar.

Da Place

Da Place

 

Amuse Bouche

Amuse Bouche

Frittata. Tasty.

Shared plates.

Bone Marrow

Bone Marrow

The Mouse didn’t get to try, after distributing, there was nothing left. The braised shortrib ragu that accompanied the bone was good though.

Some kinda Crab dish

Some kinda Crab dish

Chef and Mrs. P liked, The Cat thought coulda had more taste.

Cumin Cauliflower

Crispy Cauliflower

Cumin aioli, pickled red cabbage & zatar brown butter.

Brussel Sprouts

Brussel Sprouts

Konbu aioli & pickled red jalapenos.

Grilled Spanish Octopus

Grilled Spanish Octopus

Ham hock ragu & white cannellini beans.

The Mouse didn’t think the ragu and octopus matched, The Cat didn’t mind.

Grilled Asparagus Milanese

Grilled Asparagus Milanese

Roasted Hamakua mushrooms, sunny-side egg, shaved parmesan cheese and white truffle oil. Picture of what’s left by the time it got to The Cat and The Mouse. One of the guests, sigh, can’t take him anywhere (let’s just say socially impaired).

The Cat's Order

The Cat’s Order

HOUSE MADE THREE CHEESE GNOCCHI & JUMBO LUMP CRAB

Roasted Ali’I mushrooms, pea shoots, sage brown butter sauce, cauliflower & kabocha pumpkin puree.

While pretty good, The Cat thought gnocchi at the little cafe in our neighborhood was more accessible.

The Mouse's Order

The Mouse’s Order

LIGURIAN STYLE “TROFIE” PASTA

Country-style house-made pasta, Hamakua mushrooms, sun-dried tomato & Genovese pesto.

The Mouse echoed The Cat’s thoughts, while good, the pasta primavera at Zia’s is more accessible.

Two down, one more to go.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

B-Day Dinner #1

B-day for one of Chef P’s former servers, K, hosted by his partner B. Also found out one of K’s current co-workers, N, also her b-day last night.

The place.

Sign

Sign

Kinda in an out of the way strip mall. Decent parking. Four and a half stars on Yelp.

First time for The Cat and The Mouse. Other guests seem to be “regulars”. We defer to their favorites.

Starters.

Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad

 

Spring Rolls

Spring Rolls

 

Summer Rolls

Summer Rolls

The pho soup was highly recommended. Being that The Cat has a less than enthusiastic preference to beef in general but still wanted to try the soup (beef based), she went with the not so red meat selection. Was that confusing?

Tendon and Tripe Pho

Tendon and Tripe Pho

The Mouse, on another recommendation by the “regulars” ordered …

Oxtail Soup

Oxtail Soup

Vietnamese style, very good, Meat almost falling off the bone. Different from the olde skool local kine with lots of peanuts, star anise, and mustard cabbage, but still tasty.

On the menu, the soup comes with rice, but the regulars suggested noodles, thought the noodles would be in the soup, but it was served separately.

In more Oxtail broth

In more Oxtail broth

Mmm! One full and contented mouse (cat too).

Just when we thought the foodfest was ending, out comes dessert.

Tapioca with Taro

Tapioca with Taro

Not bad, not too sweet, a bit heavy in the tummy tho’.

And since there were four people with January birthdays …

Cake!

Cake!

Not four layers, but close enough. 🙂

So, H-B to K, N, P, and ???!

Oh, and an update on the pork belly.

Miso/Sake Braised Pork Belly

Miso/Sake Braised Pork Belly

Refrigerated overnight to let the flavors soak in. It’s gonna be good. except package The Cat picked was a little on the lean side. Oh well, we will have to wait and see.

I did make up two snack sized bento boxes for the smoked meat vendors today. Last week they discounted our purchase. Just a little show of appreciation. Ancient grains, sesame oil turnip, and the pork belly (forgot to take a picture of the bento).

Heading out to a wine bar for B-day dinner #2, it’s Chef P’s turn.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

In the Interim

By the time you’re reading this, The Cat and The Mouse are at b-day dinner #1 this weekend. Vietnamese restaurant planned. Will be too late to post tonight.

In the interim, this morning’s breakfast.

Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili

From Zippy’s. The Mouse’s favorite version. Not sure if they add their not-so-secret secret ingredient in the vegetarian version, even without, still good.

This week’s “slow cook”.

Belly Pork

Belly Pork

Will update after cooked.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

More Jus’ Pics

Veggie (and fruit) train still truckin’! Whoo hoo!

Boiled Eggplant, Broccoli, Avocado, Pear, and Minion Food

Boiled Eggplant, Broccoli, Avocado, Pear, and Minion Food

And a little carb.

Turnip and Avocado Slider

Turnip and Avocado Slider

On multi-grain mini ciabatta.

Big weekend ahead. Two, maybe three birthday dinners.

How ’bout you?

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

Happy Hour

A spontaneous “eat out” suggestion by The Cat. Just made it to one of our current favorite neighborhood spots, Zia’s (on the dot). Server could have said we were too late (wouldn’t have faulted her, traffic was terrible), but she gave us a ten-minute window to order past the happy hour close (extra tip).

In the rush, The Cat ordered the appetizer.

Prosciutto Wrapped Melon w/ Honey Balsamic Glaze

Prosciutto Wrapped Melon w/ Honey Balsamic Glaze

The Cat not used to fruit and cured meat together. Not her palate. That’s okay, The Mouse deconstructed it, ate the fruit for dessert, took the Prosciutto for lunch. Win-win.

Since no time to prep The Cat’s lunch, ordered a little bit more for planned leftovers.

Tomato, Basil Soup

Tomato, Basil Soup

Happy hour price, $1.00 for a cup!

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad

Mixed greens, bleu cheese, pear, mac-nuts, red onion, red wine vinaigrette.

Penne Primavera

Penne Primavera

Zucchini, mushrooms, beets, bell pepper, sun-dried tomato pesto.

The Mouse’s, see, still on track with the “eat more veggies” goal. 🙂

The dishes with the goal of taking home for The Cat’s lunch.

"Chef's Vegetables"

“Chef’s Vegetables”

And.

Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Risotto

At the end, I think we saved at least $6.00 at happy hour prices. Good deal!

One more day until the weekend, woo hoo!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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