Sunday, July 22, 2007
http://www.castleberrys.... (for all products)
http://www.fda.gov/opaco... (for FDA-regulated products)
http://www.fsis.usda.gov... (for UDSA-regulated products)
Funny if you look at these lists, canned chili and pet food are on there. One product sounds almost edilble to eat, "Eatables for Dogs Chinese Take Out With Sauce With Vegetables and Chicken."
How many dogs order take out?
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
5801 College Ave.
Oakland, California 94618
I did not actually eat at the restaurant, but I took two half-baked (not what you are thinking; no green involved) pizzas. I had heard a great many things about this pizza and If I have not said this enough, am from Chicago where deep dish pizza was invented. I so wanted to fall in love with this pizza to have an excuse to drive to the Bay area.
I have been to Chicago Fire in Folsom and think that is a pretty good pizza. It is on my list to go to Zelda in Sacramento. Since I am more of a carnivore I baked the pepperoni pizza first. It looks pretty thick and heavy for its size. So I take my first bite and I start to chew and the first thing I taste is salt. Lots and lots of salt. It is like someone poured a teaspoon where I took a first bite. I am the type of person who really likes salty foods too, but this was too much. Luckily the rest of the pizza was not so bad, but the first bite kind of ruined it for me.
Now I am happy.
That first pizza must have been an anomaly. I want to get another pepperoni pizza to gain a better experience.
Friday, July 6, 2007
This is really a tough one, I feel lucky; I had had a few good years. I would have to say October 1997 to September 1998. That was the year I met my soon to be wife, living in Chicago and still a student with very few responsibilities.
Yes, they say people from Chicago never shut up about Chicago even though they are living somewhere else, but it is great town.
So many memories, so few pictures. C'est la vie.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
7399 Saint Helena Hwy
Napa, CA 94558
This review encompassed the last three visits to Mustard's. One in October 2006, February 2007 and June 2007.
I mean doesn't that pretty much say it all? I make reservations four weeks in advance to make sure that we get to eat here. Usually I am one who likes to try a different place and a different item whenever I eat out, but Mustard's is one of those exceptions.
Garden Shot in October
Garden Shot in October
Tea Smoked Duck, February 2007
The duck had a nice smoky flavor that was not overpowering and made the duck less gamy. It was cooked perfectly to medium rare and as with many things the pineapple chutney's sweetness complemented the duck nicely. The sticky rice cake was interesting. It was grilled? so that it was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. I guess it was an appropriate starch, I am not really sure was would go better.
Mongolian Pork Chop, October 2006
Anyway back to the Mongolian pork chop. The pork chop is usually a double cut rib chop as you can see from the picture and is has been cooked perfectly to medium rare the two times I have had it. The sweet and sour cabbage provide a nice textural contrast as well as sweetness to complement the pork and a little acid to cut through some of the fat. The mashed potatoes work well as a canvas for the rest of the food. A dish I would highly recommend.
I just have a picture of this, my brother ordered it and I cannot remember how it was. It probably was good.
Warm Chocolate Hazlenut Truffle Tart, local Guittard bittersweet chocolate, Jack Daniels brown sugar ice cream, coffee caramel sauce.
I am a chocoholic and this satisfied all my cravings. You can tell the the chocolate was of high quality as it had a few layers of flavor not just chocolate. The tart was nice and crunchy and the caramel sauce brought the whole dish together. I wish there were two scoops of ice cream as with many desserts as there is the ratio of chocolate to ice cream is overwhelmingly in favor of chocolate. For me the ice cream provides a break/palate cleanser so I can enjoy more chocolate.
Two things we had last time were the corn tamales and spring rolls. No pictures though. Those two appetizers were as good as everything as well.
I would give this a 16 = Very Good and 16 vs all the restaurants as a whole. My only real disappointment was the menu had not really changed from February to June.