Posts made in July, 2013

7/22/13: Our Asian Cuisine Dinner

7/22/13: Our Asian Cuisine Dinner

Hello Diners!

047A few days ago, I promised the dads that I would make a version of Chicken Stir-Fry using panko bread crumbs on the chicken.  So when we went to the store the previous day to get stuff to grill, I got everything I needed to make this meal. I stayed home from work that day so that the dads would come home to finished dinner. I started with the vegetables, sauteing them in some sesame oil, starting with the sugar snap peas, then adding the carrots, then the bell peppers to ensure they all cook evenly. While that was cooking, I brought the water to a boil for the egg noodles. I salted the water before and after the noodles went in to help them not stick to each other. As the noodles went in, I breaded the chicken and started pan-frying them.  It got a little crazy when everything was to be taken off the heat around the same time, but I found a solution. I drained the pasta and mixed in the vegetables, then I added my sauce that I made earlier in the day that consisted of soy sauce , ground ginger, and orange zest. I timed it all perfectly, because as the last batch of chicken was finishing cooking, the dads arrived home from work. We decided to eat this asian-themed dish with chopsticks and they complimented their dishes with a glass of raspberry wine ( the colors worked great with it). To see if the flavors matched, I had a little sip of the wine and then tried my dish. The sweetness of the wine complemented the salty flavors of the soy sauce and the sweet, crispness of the vegetables. I would call this dish a success and I would definitely make this again soon!

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Dine with me again!

Zachary :)

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7/21/13: Another Grill Day!!!!

7/21/13: Another Grill Day!!!!

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043Today was a grilling kind of day again! So my Step-dad told  me to think of some stuff to have for dinner and then we will go get it. So I was sitting there,thinking, and that’s when it hit me: let’s have a pork loin, some potatoes, pineapple, and corn (my step-dad suggested that). So we went to the store, picked up everything, and went back home. Since it was still early, the dads decided to go for a walk while I get everything ready. I boiled/mashed the potatoes, cut the pineapple (because we bought a whole, fresh one to grill), and coated the corn and broccoli (my step-dad can’t eat corn) in a compound butter containing garlic greens, thyme, and chives. When my dads got home, I asked Dad if he could grill the stuff up, and then they took their showers and we ate dinner. The flavors of the pork were amazing (we bought it pre-marinated because we didn’t have that much time for it to absorb the marinade flavors), and they mixed beautifully with the sweetness of the pineapple and corn, and the butteriness of the mashed potatoes. It was a delicious match and I am glad that we all had a part in the process. Cooking, to me, is a great bonding activity because each person is a responsible for a part of something that turns out delicious and amazing.

 

Dine with me again!

Zachary :)

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7/20/13: Alpine Restaurant

7/20/13: Alpine Restaurant

Hello Diners,

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So even after all that adventure and fun at the renaissance festival, the dads decided that we should go visit my grandpa and grandma since we were close to the area. So, they called them and planned a dinner at a restaurant called Alpine.When we arrived to my grandparents’ house, we sat, talked for awhile, and relaxed then we all went to the Alpine restaurant for dinner.This place was a strong country feel to it, especially with the decor and atmosphere of the staff and food.

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When I sat down, my dads told me that I should order their Jack Daniels Delmonico, so I did. Every entrée comes with an All-You-Can-Eat salad/soup bar, so we all got up and got some salad and soup. They had a turkey and noodle soup then a southwest steak soup, along with bread and crackers. Their salad bar contained the normal salad mix, along with macaroni salad, chocolate pudding and some other salads and vegetables.

041When our meals came out, I was not expecting a giant piece of steak sitting in front of me with great grill marks and a nice, sweet, peppery sauce to accompany it. My steak was grilled to perfection, medium rare and tender. The sauce brought  out the sweetness of the steak while adding a little of pepperiness to it. By the time I finished, I did not want to move, let alone get in a car and ride for an hour and a half back to our house

It was a delicious meal and I am so glad I got to see my grandparents again!!

Dine with me again!

Zachary :)

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7/20/13: The Renaissance Festival And Their Food

7/20/13: The Renaissance Festival And Their Food

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Hello Diners

Last Saturday the dads, teri, mike, and me went to the Sterling Renaissance Festival. We usually go every year because of a few reasons: It is a fun way to spend time with friends, looking at the different items they have for sale and the culture. Another reason is that the food is absolutely delicious and varies from huge turkey legs to cinnamon-spiced nuts. Finally, seeing all the people in renaissance costumes, either hand-made or bought assembled, the colors and fabric styles are amazing!

We stopped at all the stores, unfortunately some of them don’t like pictures being taken (for fear of recreation without purchase), so I couldn’t take pictures of everything that I wanted to.

So yeah,, besides being an awesome time outside, I enjoyed all the different food styles they had to offer. The options were mostly renaissance themed (I would have gotten some, but the lines were horrible and then they needed time to make more of it so I couldn’t get any).

018While we were waiting for one of the many entertainment shows to begin, I decided to get something that grabbed my attention before: Fried Cheese Curds.

016These cheese curds, when fried, tasted like little grilled cheese sandwiches, they were so delicious and cute!!

Throughout the day, I was also munching on some cinnamon-spiced almonds. They roast the almonds and then coat them in a cinnamon and spice candy mix that hardens onto the almond and makes them sweet, extra crunchy, and delicious!

 

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Around lunchtime, we all got some gyros (only place that didn’t have a line that stretched around the building) and it was one of the best gyros i have had. They had some homemade Tahiti sauce along with tomatoes, red onion, lettuce, and some delicious lamb beef. It was tender, the pita bread was fluffy and warm, and the flavors mixed beautifully.

 

The other pictures that I took are of some of the amazing vendors and their wares.

 

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This is where you can find hand blown glass items. They have shows that show how they make it but the previous night’s storm made them cancel it. Their stuff is beautiful and original. You could even ask if they could make you some totally to your liking (be prepared to pay extra though) They make everything from vases to glasses for aromatic oils and stuff like that.

 

 

Here is where hand-forged metal statues and lawn ornaments are sold. The ornaments are absolutely breath-taking and some can even shoot water out (or fire if you have a gas line).

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This place sells hand-carved wooden animals, fictional and real, and paints them. We actually saw him carve out a bear there at his store. It was fascinating how he could see the bear inside the block of wood so that he could carve it out.

 

 

Today was a great day, with amazing food, incredible people, and priceless memories!

 

Dine/Hangout with me again!

Zachary :)

 

 

 

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Casa Too Mucha Review :)

Casa Too Mucha Review :)

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Today, the dads and me decided to go to their favorite mexican restaurant called Casa Too Mucha. The place is this little adorable restaurant with some of the nicest, sociable people working there. To me, having a waiter that is professional, yet social is one of the keys to a successful establishment. You want someone that can take your customer’s order, but at the same time make a quick conversation to relax and make the customer feel more at ease. Our waitress demonstrated a beautiful mix of professional and social abilities. When you are seated, a complimentary bowl of ships and salsa is brought to your table, as a palette cleanser and opener. We ordered a side of onion rings and salads for our starters.018

 

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For dinner, my Dad ordered an Enchilada with chorizo (a spicy Mexican sausage0 and baked in a ,eium-hot tomato-based sauce. When I tasted the sacue, i got a gradual heat, but amazing flavor. you could tell that they toke their time making sure that the sauce was flavorful enough before adding the heat.

 

 

022My Step-Dad also ordered an Enchilada, but his was stuffed with pork and baked in a mild sour cream-based sauce. His sauce could be used in any situation. The spice mix and the creamy, sour cream mix beautifully to creat a lovely dip or baking ingredient to infuse those flavors without using too much fat and grease.

 

020For my dinner, i ordered a Chimichanga with, wait for it, wait for it, turkey breast inside. You could tell that these guys carefully roasted the turkey, and then fork-shredded it just by the flavor and the thickness of the meat inside the Chimichanga. The flavors matched beautifully and each one complemented and enhanced the other.

Dinner was absolutely amazing, and I would love to go back there!

Dine with me again!

-Zachary :)

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