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A FOOD MEME
17 September 2006
Gee...first a collab, now a meme. I'm reverting to type. But this one looked sort of interesting:
1. What cuisine to you pursue the most when you eat out?
I generally think "ethnic" rather than good ol' Amurrican. It's usually a choice of Mexican or Chinese, sometimes Thai or Japanese, occasionally Indian. I don't know why I don't go for a good steak place or some nice American comfort food. I almost always equate "eating out" with "eating ethnic."
Italian is never my first ethnic cuisine of choice (even though I cook a lot of Italian food at home). I think that is because when I was growing up and we ate out as a family, since I grew up on the edges of North Beach in San Francisco and my father, Irish through and through, loved Italian food, "eating out" meant going to a nice Italian restaurant. I like Italian food, but it never feels "special" to me, unless it's some fancy schmancy restaurant like La Triviata in San Francisco (where our Brasilian son worked for many years).
2. What are the top 5 restaurants in your town that are must try places? Why?
Well, this is a pretty small town and we don't eat out much, but here are my top 5 places.
* Osaka Sushi. This was the first sushi place in town (there are now several others, but this is still the only one I go to). Paul loved sushi and whenever Walt was out of town, he and I would meet there for sushi. One year Walt, Dave, Paul and I celebrated our birthdays together, each one at Osaka...Paul's birthday was 1/28, Dave's 2/4, mine 2/17 and Walt's 2/26, so by the time we finished we had had our fill of sushi for the year! I still like the place, though.
* Thai Recipes. I learned to like Thai food at a place called Sophie's...
...but I'm not really a fan of hot food and Thai Recipes cooks their stuff milder than Sophie. It may be less authentic, but I like it better. It also occupies the place that used to be "Mansion Cellars," which was a bar back in the 80s. It's the place where the group that would become Lawsuit played its first gig.
* The Symposium. This is a place where I eat lunch more than dinner. I can't remember if I've ever eaten dinner here. But it's a Greek place that makes fabulous Greek pizza and other tasty Greek dishes and is such a favorite of people with whom I occasionally have lunch that it is on my list of places to suggest for a meal.
* Aioli Bodega Espanola. This is a fairly new place. The location used to be the California Cafe, a Davis tradition, where I ate frequently, with groups, but I was never enamored with the food. However, the new Aioli serves Spanish tapas. I had not been accustomed to tapas, but I've now eaten there three or four times and each time have found it a delicious eating adventure, so it's on my list of favorites.
* I'd love to end with a Mexican restaurant, but I don't think that any of the Mexican places in Davis are exceptional, though I do eat at one or another Mexican place if I have a hankering for Mexican food. I also don't have a favorite Chinese retaurant in town, though I remember Hunan as being good (but I haven't eaten there in years). I like different Chinese restaurants here for different dishes, rather than for the whole. And one of my favorite places, Fusion, closed recently. They made "polynesian" food that had the most gorgeous presentation ever.
So I guess I don't really have "a" fifth favorite restaurant here in town. (Maybe Craig or some other reader from Davis will let me know what I've been missing...)
3. Do you have one of each of the food groups when you eat each meal?
Actually, I try to get some of my basic food groups in at each meal the bread group, the fat group, the sweet group (sub category: the chocolate group), and the alcohol group, though for several years I've been slacking off on the alcohol group most of the time.
Are there other groups?
4. Do you count the calories/carbs/sugars of what you eat? Why or Why not?
Oh sure! I like to play "can you top this?" when I eat out. If yesterday's meal was 2,000 calories. What can I add to today's meal to make it 3,000?
5. Do you cook? If so who taught you how?
Is the Pope German? I'm a very good cook, when I want to be. I actually don't remember learning to cook at home, other than real basic stuff and not much of that. Mostly I observed my mother cooking. But when I went to UC Berkeley, I got "volunteered" to cook at the house where Walt was living. (I told that story here.) I learned a lot about cooking by trial and error.
I discovered I could follow a cookbook and started collecting cookbooks and trying out recipes. My former roommate, Gerry, and I found an amazing number of ways to cook bananas. (Ever had banana meatloaf?) To this day, I rarely make something "tried and true" on the rare occasions we have guests. I almost always try something new.
I also took two several-week courses in Chinese cooking from Martin Yan, before he became a television star and there was a time when I was a damn good Chinese cook...but these days I'm too lazy to do all that chopping.
6. What is your favorite recipe? Post it?
The thing I cook most often is "something with chicken in it" (which is different every time I make it). When the kids were growing up it was "something with hamburger in it." It would be difficult for me to pick a "favorite," but here's one that's good to take to a pot luck:
PHOTO OF THE DAY
see? I can cook.
This is Journal entry #2362