Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Week in Food

Well, a couple weeks, actually. Here are some highlights:

Barbecued bratwursts with melted cheese and yellow onion on a French roll, served with waffle fries. I was surprised by just how much this sandwich tasted like McDonalds' McRib.

Barbecued white and yellow corn. Although it was tempting, I didn't eat all four ears. Barbecued corn is a favorite of Katie's and mine, and at every state or county fair we attend we buy some. While passing through the neighborhood where I grew up last weekend I was pleasantly surprised to find vendors wheeling carts from which they sold, yes, barbecued corn. Maybe I moved out of there too soon. Incidentally, I prefer mine with butter, garlic salt, chili powder, and Tapatio hot sauce.

Freshly-picked cherries from the tree in my parents' yard. They've since been pitted, but I'm not sure what we'll do with them. I've been considering making fresh cherry ice cream. On the other hand, they're unbelievably refreshing after an overnight stay in the freezer.

A big bowl of orange, raspberry and pineapple sherbet which really hit the spot on a recent hot night.

A quick and easy - yet delicious - dinner one night this week: Grilled ham steak with fries.

An order of rigatoni and ravioli with meat balls, from Joe's of Westlake in Daly City, California. It's worth mentioning that what you see below are leftovers and not an entire order.

Homemade white chocolate macadamia cookies, courtesy of Katie and her enviable baking skills.

A blueberry vanilla milkshake from Red Robin. It was excellent. I don't order nearly enough milkshakes, and I think I should remedy this situation.

On Memorial Day, my in-laws barbecued burgers and various sausages. Here's my (first) plate. Note the chili beneath the tortilla chips.

A closer look at the aforementioned chili:

While in the Bay Area last weekend, Katie and I ate at Fatt Dog, located at Tanforan Shopping Center in San Bruno. The first Fatt Dog location we were aware of opened off of B Street ("Burrito Alley") in San Mateo in 2003 or 2004. We never ate there because as B Street's parenthetic nickname suggests, when dining out in that neighborhood we usually stick to taquerias. The San Mateo restaurant soon closed, replaced by the current San Bruno location. Although it took us several years to finally give them a try, I wish we'd gone there sooner. Seen below is their bratwurst slathered in all manner of toppings and served with fries. They also serve Italian sausage, kielbasa, hot links, and all-beef hot dogs.

The steak fajitas burrito from Celia's in San Mateo, California. When I moved to Roseville from the Bay Area, Celia's was one of many restaurants that I missed. I was pleased to find out that there is in fact a Celia's in Sacramento, and I'm eager to find out if it's as good as the several Bay Area locations.
Carnitas tacos.

The BBQ Burger from the Sundance Cafe at Boomtown. We occasionally receive comped weekends at this Reno-area gambling resort; however of late we've been disappointed to find their buffet closed. This burger, topped with bacon and cheddar cheese, and dripping with Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce is quite the consolation prize.


  1. Those cookies rocked.

    Have you ever barbecued corn in bacon? Awesome!

  2. Oh man, no joke, corn is bacon is a heavenly treat!

  3. That sounds awesome. I didn't think there was any way to improve on barbecued corn, but clearly this is it. It sounds simple and delicious, so I'm going to have to try making some. Hopefully this delicacy will be part of a future "Week in Food."

    Oh, and MrManuel - it's official. White chocolate macadamia may very well be my new favorite cookie. We're glad you enjoyed them.

  4. Dude, I hear ya, you can't go wrong with those...