Archive for January, 2011

Today, we had brunch with some of my former co-workers, guess where we went.


Napkin and Napkin Ring

Ceiling Fans

Do you know where we were yet? Need more clues?


Cup of Chicken Consommé

Both the popover and chicken consommé are complimentary (The Mouse had two popovers, it’s okay to indulge, it’s Sunday!).

If you guessed here, you are correct.

We both had the eggs benedict.

It came with fingerling potatoes and sliced fruit. Tasty.

I didn’t get pictures of what everyone else ordered, let’s not go there.

Good to catch up with everyone, almost nothing’s changed, except we all got a little older.


The Mouse

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Carrot Soup

Ran across this recipe for carrot soup. I kind of followed the recipe (at least the spirit of the recipe), except that I skipped the garlic and onions, and added a pinch of turmeric and a small nub of ginger. We also had a bottle of akvavit that was sitting in the back of the refrigerator (a friend had given us a bottle as a souvenir from Denmark years ago).


I thought the liquor had flavors that would compliment the carrots (caraway, cardamom, cumin, anise, lemon, orange, or fennel), I added a splash to the cooking water.

Carrot Soup

I drizzled toasted sesame oil on top and added toasted almonds.

I thought it turned out pretty good, definitely something I’d do again. Next time I may add almond milk or coconut milk to tone down the color (the soup did turn out very orange).

So now we can have very good night vision. The story goes that during World War II, the British spread the rumor that carrots were the reason their pilots had excellent night vision. The rumor was to conceal their use of radar. Sorry, very geek.

I’m sending this over to Deb at Kahakai Kitchen for her Souper Sunday feature.


The Mouse

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Lunch at The Pyramids

Yesterday’s lunch was here.

The place has been here for years. I mostly go for their buffet lunch. I think the price used to be under ten dollars, currently, the cost is just under thirteen dollars. It’s not cheap eats anymore, but once in a while …

"Greek" Salad

This is what the restaurant calls it. I used to like the salad with their yogurt dressing, but now my stomach doesn’t seem to like dairy products I just skip the dressing. The salad is still good (the sprinkle of cheese on top doesn’t seem to bother me).

Hummus, Potato Salad, and Tabouli or Tabbouleh Salad

The hummus was loaded with raw garlic, it’s good. After eating two servings, I could watch vampire movies without harm (just kidding).

Okra, Tomato, and Onion Stew, Rice Pilaf

The okra stew is th reason I keep coming back. It doesn’t take a good picture but this is good. The stew and some crusty French bread (I prefer French bread over pita), and I’m good.


You can tell the popularity of this dish by the amount in the pan.

Beef and Lamb Shawarma, Grilled Chicken Shawarma

Sorry, the picture is a bit hazy, operator error.

Each table is decorated with mats with Egyptian motifs, nice touch.

A Sample of The Mouse's Lunch

This is a picture of one of a couple of plates The Mouse had. At the 10 o’clock position is the pita.

For dessert, the buffet line has rice pudding. When the server found out that my stomach doesn’t like dairy products, she gave me a piece of baklava. Thank you!




It was full of pistachios, not too sweet (some baklava is so sweet my teeth hurt), with a touch of honey, yum!


Baklava, Interior Shot



The Mouse

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The Wine Stop

Wanted to get a bottle of wine as a gift. Heard good things about here, thought I’d check it out. I could’ve gone to the supermarket but I wanted to get a bottle with a little exclusiveness (just a little).

I was a little overwhelmed with the varieties and volume (we’re casual wine drinkers at best).

99 Bottles of Wine on the Wall

More Than 99 Bottles of Wine on the Wall

The staff was very helpful in helping me pick out a bottle within the budget. You may want to turn your head for the next picture.



The Naked Bottle

All Dressed Up

Okay, you can look now. Hope he likes it. The store has wine tastings on Saturdays, I may stop in to get “educated” heh heh (just kidding). 😉

Oh, B, BTW, I did ask about Flock wine. The store doesn’t carry the brand.


The Mouse

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I’ve posted about this place before. But it’s so good that I want to post again. This time though I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Guess where we went tonight.

Baked Oysters


Beef for Shabu Shabu

Doufu and Vegetables Shabu Shabu

Pasta, Oriental Style with Uni

Pasta with uni! The Cat was impressed. The Cat had two servings of this. I liked it too but there were other foods that I was really interested in (scroll down to find out).

Stewed Eggplant


Japanese Vegetable Stew with Araimo

Snow Crab Legs

Lemon Slices

No reason, I just thought the lemon slices would make a nice picture, plus The Cat likes lemon in her drinking water (what a strange kitty)(just kidding). 😉

Soft Doufu

Soft Doufu with Soy Sauce

Asparagus Spears

Tomatoes and Cucumbers

Not sure if you can tell but the tomatoes are peeled. Ever since The Cat had tomatoes here, The Mouse peels the tomatoes at home (the peeling technique is for another post). I peel the cucumbers too.

Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura

The color of the tempura was slightly tinged because they were sitting under a heat lamp.

Deep Fried Shrimp Heads and Legs

This is the stuff that doesn’t go into the shrimp tempura. Although the shrimp tempura was good, the other parts were better. Think deep fried fish bones.

Everything before is the opening act. These are the main headliners (to me anyway). Drum roll please, tah dah!


Uni and Ikura Sushi!

The Mouse was extremely happy. Nom nom nom.

A Sample of the Mouse's Plate

The above picture is what my plate looked liked several times over. Yum

More Food

I didn’t just eat sashimi, uni, and ikura. I did sample the other selections (from the top, asparagus spears, fresh shiitake mushrooms from the shabu shabu pan with sesame seed sauce, lamb chop, roasted garlic cloves, roasted sweet potato, and grilled rib eye steak. They were all delicious.

Tamago Sushi and Sweetened Black Soy Beans with Chestnut

The savory portion of the dinner ended with tamago sushi and sweetened black soy beans with chestnut. The sweetened black soy beans and chestnut is a traditional Japanese dish eaten at new years (not sure why).

The dessert selections included:

Fruit Cocktail Salad

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Pie

Selection of Pastries

They also had azuki beans with mochi, and mochi balls on skewers.

Do you know where we were yet? If you guessed here. You would be correct.

Sorry, no prize for guessing right, we ate the prize. 😉


The Mouse (and The Cat)

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