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New-ish cafe/bistro in grocery store – Et Al (that’s the name of the eating place, go figure). The main dishes were alright, the appetizers were worth eating again.

Ludovico chicken liver mousse, strawberry
tomato jam, grilled sourdough.

The Mouse really liked the chicken liver. Good substitute for foie gras (The Mouse’s opinion). Definite order again, next time with more toast. Hee hee.

Little gem lettuces, smoked salmon,
pickled red onion, everything spice
breadcrumbs.

The kitchen was kind enough to substitute the caper buttermilk dressing for a lemon vinaigrette. Another order again item.

Hawaiian clam chowder, ulu, smoked meat,
clams, grilled sourdough.

The Cat’s soup. Clams so fresh. The Cat liked.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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Just kidding. Happy Halloween, if you celebrate. The Mouse has been using coconut sugar in his oatmeal, picked up from the nearby Ross discount store.

Package

According to the package, the sugar is low glycemic and low carb. It being Halloween, The Mouse thought to try it on something more fitting.

Trick or Treat

The Mouse cored and cubed the apple, tossed with coconut sugar and cinnamon.

The Mouse’s Breakfast

You think the evil queen would approve? Hee hee. Or is it cackle cackle? The Mouse didn’t notice before (in the oatmeal), but the coconut sugar has a slight caramel taste. The sugar was okay on the apple, better in the oatmeal.

The Cat’s office building lobby decorated for the weekend.

Boo!

And the decorations at the mall.

Game of Bones?

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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The Cat and The Mouse love chef’s choice dinners, especially when it is Chef H. We hope Chef H likes to do them too. Hopefully it lets him get a little creative and off menu. Dinner was last weekend with The Cat’s classmate.

Calf Liver “Dumpling”

In chicken broth. Chef asked us earlier if we eat calf liver, we replied yes. He made this dish, he said he didn’t want to overwhelm us. The Mouse could’ve eaten a whole bowl of this. Throw in some greens, some French bread, saimin, or rice and call it the meal. The Mouse would’ve been thoroughly happy and full. Hee hee. The Mouse wants to wrap the mixture in wonton wrappers and make wonton noodles. Mmm. Just a thought. πŸ™‚

Caesar Salad

Topped with extra anchovies. Mmm again.

Mussels

Everyone had a herb cream sauce, The Mouse got a tomato sauce. Both were so tasty, the bowls almost didn’t have to go through the dishwasher. Just kidding. Hee hee.

Salmon Course

The Mouse forgot the whole description (there was asparagus, noodles, tomato, and black truffle) but remembers it was soooo gooood. The Cat’s classmate never tried truffle before so The Mouse gave her his, there will be other dishes in the future. Right, Chef H? Hee hee.

Pork Chop with Foie Gras

With some kinda fruit sauce. Delicious. The Mouse hopes Chef H is having as much satisfaction creating these dishes as we are enjoying/scarfing them. πŸ™‚

Cherries Jubilee

Tableside, with flames/flambΓ© and all. The Cat’s schoolmate was impressed.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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Lunch at Beach House by Roy (Yamaguchi) with The Cat’s school-mate.

On an outside deck under an orange colored umbrella. Do not adjust your screen. Hee hee.

Tangerine Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Tossed with Feta cheese and toasted pepita.

Twice-Cooked Baby Back Pork Ribs

Hoisin garlic ginger glaze.

North Shore Harvest Salad

Creamy herb dressing.

Ahi Avocado Flat Bread

Spicy ahi, avocado, pickled onion, baby radishes, and greens.

Falafel Wrap

Homemade falafel, Greek cauliflower salad, mint aioli, bean sprouts.

The Beach Dog

Portuguese sausage, kim chi slaw, spicy aioli, crispy onions.

No Bake Cheesecake

Roasted green tea, caramel creme, black sesame shortbread crust.

Sorbet

Hawaiian rainbow.

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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Birthday lunch for Mrs. P. at Mariposa, a milestone birthday (not revealing age). Hee hee. Chef P. made arrangements with Chef L. (executive chef), who trained under Chef P. for some specials.

Complimentary salad.

Seared Ahi Tuna Salad

Excellent start, dressing was the bomb. Nom!

Everyone except The Mouse ordered smoked pork chop.

Smoked Pork Chop

A bed of risotto, grilled vegetables, not sure what the condiment was, everyone more than liked. πŸ˜‰

The Mouse went with his go-to order, hamburger, medium rare.

Mariposa Cheeseburger sans Cheese

The Mouse likes to order “regular” burgers at nice restaurants. Not fancy shmancy over the top “gourmet burger” (think truffles and Kobe), but a well executed burger. Chef L. did not fail to deliver. Nicely charred on the outside, perfectly pink on the inside. Mmm! πŸ™‚

Complimentary dessert was peach meringue tarts with torched meringue. The Mouse thought he took a pic but did not. Fail. Sigh. Very good though.

Chef L. learned well. πŸ™‚

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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