Hannah Cafe, San Jose, CA
Caramel Latte. The foam is thick and rich.
Lox Bagel Sandwich. Interesting, capers would have made it better.
Breakfast Croissant- Ham, cheese, scrambled eggs. Something you could make at home. Hannah’s cafe seems very local friendly. Lot’s of regulars come here. They sell various sweets like cookies, cheesecake pops, and red velvet cupcakes.
Red velvet cupcake- nothing to write home about. The frosting is interesting, it’s light, almost whipped.
Mizu Sushi Bar and Grill, San Jose, CA
They provide great customer service. Sometimes it’s overstimulating but at least you won’t ever run out of ice water. I prefer bar seating, just because it feels a bit more intimate and relaxing. The manager expects that their food is good and presentable. A big plus. -Ashley
Tuna Tataki- Thinly sliced Ahi Tuna in ponzu sauce.
This appetizer is a way to start your meal off light. Its a nice combination of sweet and tangy. The tuna is pan-seared and fresh enough for what you pay for.
Spicy Tuna Salad- Tuna sashimi chunks tossed with fresh greens, avocados and a spicy sauce. (This is Stine’s fav!)
Spicy and creamy. If you like spicy tuna rolls, try this!
Godzilla Roll- Imitation crab, spicy tuna, cream cheese, and masago.
Not a fan of sushi rolls filled with cream cheese. Tastes bland as well, it’s missing that OOOMPH.
Bay Island-Baked Imitation crab, avocado, topped with scallops in a spicy mayo sauce.
This is a winner! I personally don’t like cooked rolls, but this is my favorite. The scallop chunks are baked to perfection. They’re nice and tender, besides anything baked in a mayo sauce is good. - Ashley
Hot Mango- Spicy tuna roll topped with thinly sliced mango and yellowtail, drizzled with a sweet mango and ponzu sauce.
Hot Mango roll is a sweet twist to spicy tuna roll.
Just wanted to share a cupcake I made a while back. It’s an animated version of my dog Pinky. - Ashley
New Hwong Kok, San Jose, CA
March 4, 2010
Wonton soup from a chinese take-out/dim sum restaurant. Tastes like generic wonton soup but it was only $4.
Porridge- $2 for a small (as pictured above) Decent/pretty good. Missing won ton strips and scallions on top. Oh well.
Har Gow- $1.50? for a serving (3 dumplings) Also decent, outside a bit thick but that’s okay. Only chili garlic sriracha served here. No chili satay. :(
Crab Rangoon- $1.85 for a serving (5 pieces) Stays crispy for a long time. Would be better with sweet and sour dipping.
Overall, it’s nice to have a fast and cheap dim sum served all day place around. And hey, they don’t close ‘til midnight!
Hukilau, San Jose, California
March 4, 2010
"Da Real Loooong Island" aka Hukilau Tea?- $4
Hukilau Punch- $2.50
Garlic fries- These were gooooood. Nice cripsy shoe string fries with the right touch of garlic taste.
Ahi tuna poke- Not bad. Was missing something, don’t know what. The poke dressing was probably lacking. It was mostly soy sauce.
Terriyaki short rib dinner entree- For about $12, you sure get a lot! The short rib pieces were hefty, you get two scoops of rice and a scoop of macaroni salad atop a bed of stir fried noodles.
The Hukilau, located in Japantown, San Jose has a pretty good happy hour on Thursday nights (Tiki “thirsty” Thursday!). Fully equipped bar, 50% off specialty house drinks, select beer and appetizers.
Good Karma, San Jose, Ca
March 3, 2010
Downtown San Jose, located on 1st street. In this particular strip, you can find an abudant of restaurants to check out. At around 2-3PM everything was mostly closed. Good Karma has a pretty good reputation for vegan food in this part of town. On the contrary, I found it to be very mediocre/not very good. There are plenty vegetarian joints that beat Good Karma IMO. Ashley had lemongrass tofu, stuffed roasted bell pepper, and brown rice (first plate pictured). I had thai curry, bbq chicken, and brown rice. They didn’t have white rice that day. The brown rice had a consistency of sticky rice, it was really filling. Their “tofu” was very disappointing and hard. Looking for vegan/vegetarian food? I say skip Good Karma.
Delicious? Prepare to be eaten!
After months and months of fine dining and not so fine dining, it became apparent that we should document these delectable adventures. So here we go, the start of Tasty Girls Blog! Aspiring world renowned Foodies!!
March 4, 2010
Stine and I made French Macaroons. We decided on raspberry, pistachio, and espresso flavors.
With the help of Martha Stewart, we managed to create this concoction called the French Macaroon. I have to admit, I have not tried these before the year started, but these babies are on the uprise. A light, not too sweet dessert. It does take a bit of patience to make, but the results are definitely rewarding!
Since french macaroons only call for egg whites, we used the egg yolks to make creme brulee. Here’s a picture pre-torching.
(Both turned out WONDERFUL!)