Sunday, June 27, 2010

The (Belated) Month in Food

I should have posted this about a month ago. My bad. Hopefully the June entry won't be a month late!

Pollo asado burrito from Taqueria Sinaloense in San Mateo.

Cochinita pibil. It's a delicious slow-roasted pork roast you might have heard of if you've seen Robert Rodriguez's film Once Upon a Time in Mexico. I cooked about ten pounds of the stuff for Katie's side of the family on Mother's Day.

The pibil was followed by strawberry shortcake.

Double Doubles and fries, from In -N- Out. I only ate one, though I was tempted to eat the other.

Hand-carved pastrami dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, salad and a wheat roll from Harry's Hofbrau in Foster City. I absolutely love Harry's food, moreso because, in my younger years, my Dad and I would eat dinner here frequently when my mom worked late. Fifteen or so years later, it's still awesome.

Homemade pasta. You read that right; homemade pasta. Who's got the energy to make pasta from scratch? This was part of an unbelievable four-course meal (salad, pasta, entree and dessert) served to Katie and I by our gifted-in-the-kitchen friend Mary. (No, I didn't take a picture of the salad.)

The chicken parmigiana that followed the pasta was phenomenal.

Dessert was apple crisp with vanilla ice cream.

Beef and lamb shawarma from Tannourine in San Mateo. I've been on a huge Mediterranean food kick lately, ever since eating at a Zankou Chicken in Anaheim during our most recent Disneyland trip.

Eggrolls from King Eggroll in San Jose. King Eggroll was highly recommended by Mr. Manuel and Miss Sassy Pants, and after eating the bounty of eggrolls we had ordered, I was immediately regretful that we hadn't ordered more. I'm not sure how it is that I'd never been there, but I will be back.

Oatmeal with cranberries and almonds. It was very healthy, but I ate it anyway.

Tacos (carnitas and chicken) from Plaza Jalisco (not to be confused with Jalisco Grill) in Roseville.

Fish and chips from Lil Biscuit House in San Mateo. Went here on a lark, and wasn’t disappointed by the food, though frankly their selection left a bit to be desired.

Barbecued hot dog, tri-tip, baked beans, bean salad, corn and cornbread. This is from a Memorial Day barbecue at my parents’ house.

Finishing the month off right, we have an awesome array of food consumed by yours truly for Mr. Manuel's birthday. Carnitas, chicken mole, rice, and salsa, all homemade. It bears noting that I prepared a batch of cochinita pibil for the party, but didn't touch it, opting instead to devour a couple plates of delicious food made by his mom and dad. For me, the highlight of the day was when his dad complimented me on the pibil. That's some very high praise!

Mr. Manuel’s birthday cake, which was not only a work of art, but delicious too. I picked at the fondant that made up the exterior well into the night, and I’m not sorry I did.

You may have noticed that the majority of my May photos were from establishments in the Bay Area as opposed to the greater Sacramento area. This is because once Katie returned to work after her maternity leave was up, I was priveleged enough to spend the month of May being a stay-at-home dad in the Bay Area. I had a blast bonding with my daughter.