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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

 

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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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Cafe 8 1/2. Husband (Chef R) and wife (JL) team. The Cat kinda “fell” into the place last week. So impressed with her porchetta lunch, she wanted to try the Saturday prix fixe dinner (four course), 40 dollars per, reservations only, no pre-planned menu, slightly scary. Try try.

Entrance

Entrance

Located on the ground floor of a low rise office building. Building is set back from the street, iron gate in the front. Slightly gothic (think Addams Family), Disneyisque, Jack Skellington-ish, Tibetan temple-ish, uncle’s garage-ish, aunty’s kitchen-ish (although uncle’s doing the cooking) ambiance. You gotta see it for yourself.

Chef's Philosophy

Chef’s Philosophy

I would guess 80-90 percent is scratch made. An “artist”, self-taught.

Our tabletop

Our tabletop

Place setting

Place setting

Butcher paper, torn. “Artist” indeed.

On to the food.

“Amuse bouche”?

 

Italian Cracker with Herbed Goat Cheese

House-Made Italian Cracker with Herbed Goat Cheese

Maybe just the bread course. The Mouse is busting out the lactase pills.

Capocollo, Roasted Vegetables, Buratta

Capocollo, Roasted Vegetables, Burrata

Only thing not house-made on the plate was the Capocollo. Hmm, this dinner may be my kryptonite. :0

Chef likes to show and talk about his “creations”.

Potato and Beet Ravioli, House Made Pasta

Potato and Beet Ravioli, House Made Pasta

And the dish (second course).

Potato and Beet Ravioli, Beet Greens in Browned Butter, Parmesan Cheese

Potato and Beet Ravioli, Beet Greens in Browned Butter, Parmesan Cheese

Noms! The lactase pills are holding (sorry TMI).

Third course.

Chicken Confit, Zucchini Purée with Cream, Sautéed Mushrooms

Chicken Confit, Zucchini Purée with Cream, Sautéed Mushrooms

Chef came out to explain how he broke the mushrooms into pieces to get texture where cutting with a knife is “boring”. Uhm okay. Have to admit, the texture was interesting. The chicken was amazeballs. Usually one of my favorite is Chinese style cold ginger chicken, but this dish ranks up there. Tender, flavorful, with a nice crisp skin.

Bread

Bread

Accompanied the chicken. Took home. Getting Full.

Thigh Bones (Chicken)

Thigh Bones (Chicken)

I was going to take the bones home for stock (since The Cat was taking some of her dinner home anyway), but The Cat nixed the idea. Maybe sounded too Hannibal Lecter-ish? I’m sure the chef wouldn’t have minded.

Dessert course.

Red Wine Poached Pear, Vanilla Ice Cream

Red Wine Poached Pear, Vanilla Ice Cream

The Cat thought the pear was almost Chinese-y. She loves poached pears.

The Cat had a nice conversation with JL, both are Chinese. One from Shanghai (The Cat), one via Taiwan.

Overall an awesome (but slightly scary) experience. Would we do it again, most definitely, just not too often (food is very rich).

Plus, The Mouse has to load up on more lactase pills. Hee hee.

To follow-up, The Mouse had a bit of a stomach issue early this morning, nothing serious, the pill worked 95 percent for The Mouse. 🙂

Enjoy.  Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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The other place we visited Sunday, after “saying hello to the Ancestor”.

Sign

Sign

Website.

Since we rarely get into that area, we had to stop in.

The Cat picked two pastries for her weekday breakfast.

Pear Danish and I forgot what the other was called

Pear Danish and I forgot what the other was called

The Cat liked.

The Mouse picked up a petite baguette.

Petite Baguette

Petite Baguette

I was looking for a tin of liver spread to go with the baguette, none at Wal-Mart. Then I thought a jar of pesto, strike two. Wal-Mart, what was I thinking?

Settled for a tin of kippered herring.

The Mouse's "TV Dinner"

The Mouse’s “TV Dinner”

Kippered herring, apple banana, pear, baguette slices, leftover Chinese broccoli with dried fish. Fresh, salted, fermented, umami, bread. The Mouse liked. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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Last night’s dinner.

Started with butter top bread from Saint Germain bakery.

Butter Top Bread

Butter Top Bread

Because I couldn’t get to JJ2 Bakery to get my current favorite bread (Japanese style whole wheat). Sigh.

Although, the white bread is good for PB & J.

Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jam on Butter Top Bread

Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jam on Butter Top Bread

To the sandwich, I also ate …

Prunes (or Dried Plums)

Prunes (or Dried Plums)

 

Pear and Jicama

Pear and Jicama

and …

Broccoli

Broccoli

but no …

Bananas

Bananas

still too green.

No bacon either. Just keepin’ it light and “clean” for the night.

Don’t think this is what Elvis had in mind, that’s okay, he’s left the building anyways. Heh heh. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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