I’m A Total Fail!

So the first month of the year ends tonight and sadly I did not keep to my resolutions. Wow! I am a total fail! I was suppose to make two new dishes a month but I only ended up making one and eating out to many different places! So I am going to revise my resolution. Are you ready?

It’s to either make ONE new dish a month or make up for it in February or whatever month possible. I guess we shall have to see.

I do want to say though, two days ago, I actually made something. I had a dinner party for about twenty people thrown at my friend’s place and the menu was garlic bread, chicken pesto pasta, and brownies topped with vanilla ice cream. Everything went well but I didn’t get any pictures of the product and to me, it didn’t feel like I was making a brand new dish since it was so easy to make. So you see, maybe I didn’t break my resolutions? I guess it depends on how you see it.

Thai Dee Restaurant

Who loves Thai food?! I do! I do!

Jenny’s sister, Tammy, came down to visit so we including A.V. went to:

Thai Dee Restaurant
5307 Blanco Road
San Antonio, 78216
(210) 342 – 3622

Ain’t that fancy? Water in a wine glass …. with a straw. Cute.

Tammy ordered Crab Rangoons with Special Sauce. I felt there was too much cream cheese but then again I’m not a great fan of cheese but it was decent. I really liked their special sauce.


Jenny ordered Tom Kha. I’m not sure what’s in it other than there’s coconut juice. I’m not a fan of coconut but I couldn’t taste it in this. It was actually really good. I would go and order this again.

I ordered the Fried Wontons with Special Sauce. There wasn’t much meat and I wasn’t a big fan but the special sauce got me and made it delicious. I liked their wrapper though.

Jenny, Tammy, and I got the Pad Thai. Jenny got hers with tofu (very moist and delicious) while Tammy and I got the chicken. Mine and Tammy’s was dry and when I say dry, I don’t mean the chicken. I mean the whole plate. What?! It was not a good experience. I poured a lot of special sauce from my fried wontons on here. I did manage to finish it though.

A.V. got some kind of fried rice but I didn’t manage to get a picture or a taste. I’m pretty sure it was delicious.

If I ever want Thai food again, I don’t think I would choose this place. They have dim lighting and great atmosphere but the food was not up to par. Maybe we went on a bad night?

McAlister’s Deli

I haven’t seen Amanda in a long time and decided we need to hang out Friday (21st) and catch up so her, Allie (her cousin), and Traci went to:

McAlister’s Deli
5886 De Zavala Road, Suite 100
San Antonio, TX 78249
(210) 877 – 1115
www.mcalistersdeli.com

I know this place is pretty well known but I try to get something new every time I go there so here goes.

I started off with their McAlister’s Famous Sweet Tea | $1.79, with free refills. If you love sweet tea, you will come here, try it, and love it!

Deli’s almost always have the best soups so I tend to get one when I come. I ordered a cup of Country PotatoSoup | $3.49. It was the right amount of thickness. I would definitely go here and order the bowl which costs a dollar or so more but so worth it!

I ordered the Basil Parmesan Chicken Panini with Kettle Jalapeno Chips | $5.99. It was so moist but not soggy. Who likes soggy bread? Yuck. But this was just right. Crunchy and moist. I dipped mine in my soup and it was just perfect. Who wants to go with me again?! I would ordered this exact meal.

Just a close up to show you just how moist it was!

Anyway, I had a lot of fun with them. They really took away all the pain I was having with the things going on with my life.

Golden Wok

A.V. and I got hungry during dinner time last night and he felt like Chinese food so we decided to go here:

Golden Wok
8822 Wurzbach
San Antonio, TX 78240
(210) 615 – 8282
www.golden-wok.com/locations.htm


We both started out with the Hot & Sour Soup [chicken, crabmeat, bamboo shoots, black mushrooms, tofu, and egg prepared in a rich spicy chicken broth] | $3.49. When you go to some Chinese restaurant the seem to mess this up but this place has some good soup. I would go back for this whenever I crave this type of soup.

We then continued to our entrees. I got the Singapore Noodles [thin rice noodles stir-fried with cabbage, carrots, scallions, bell pepper, and egg with curry flavor with beef] | $9.29.  You could get it with chicken, shrimp or scallops or a combination of all for $9.99. This tasted like what I have at home usually. Nothing too special. I would go here to get this again if I ever crave it though.

A.V. got the Sesame Chicken [chicken with sesame] | $8.29. It came with steamed rice. The chicken was really juicy on the inside. Pure white. So good!

It’s not as great as the Chinese Restaurants back in Houston of course but if I was to crave Chinese food, I would go here to at least have part of my taste buds satisfied.

Kumori Sushi & Teppanyaki

Richard came into town to visit Jenny so yesterday we woke up and went to:

Kumori Sushi & Teppanyaki
700 East Sonterra Blvd. Suite 308
San Antonio, TX 78258
(210) 853 – 2001
www.kumori-sushi.com/home.html

The atmosphere was really peaceful. I’m actually do not remember what songs they were playing but the decorations were so simple. It was bright in there too because of all the sunlight shining through which is what I like. Better than restaurants with a romantic ambiance.

They started off by giving us a Miso Soup [a soy bean paste soup with scallions, mushrooms, bean sprouts, and seaweed] | free. If you were to order it, it would cost $1.79. It was really good. It’s such a simple soup but a lot of places tend to mess it up when they add a little of their “something something” so this was just perfect.

Jenny and Richard ordered the Hiyashi Wakame | $4.99. It’s pretty much a seaweed salad. At other Japanese restaurants they give you a about half a cup but this place piles it on! It’s amazing because this stuff costs a lot. Jenny and I have been thinking about buying a whole box to eat. We are in love with this stuff.

Our waitress then proceeded to give us some sauces. Let’s start from the top with the little tin tea pot: Lemon Soy Sauce (I couldn’t really taste the lemon but more of the soy sauce. Maybe I didn’t get enough? I don’t know. It was definitely not a favorite.), Hot Sauce (My favorite. The first time I dipped my sushi in there it tasted a little funky. Kind of sweet, kind of spicy. But after a few times, I got addicted. Please Kumori, teach me!), Spicy Mayo (This is like any other sauce they use for their sushi. It’s delicious, but I know it has to be fattening. Mayo? Come on! But we did use a bit of it.), and Eel Sauce (Theirs is kind of weird. It was very watered down. I’m use to the thick dark eel sauce from other Japanese restaurants. We didn’t use much of this.).


What’s this you ask? It’s so cute, right? I know!! This is the Hand Grenade [fresh sushi rice wrapped with shrimp and nori seaweed, topped with fresh scallop and spicy mayonnaise, baked and drizzled with our special sweet soy sauce] | $2.99. This was my favorite out of everything I ate that day. It costs a lot and I would probably need to order fifteen to get full but I would so go back to get just this! Oh, if it counts for anything, Richard said it’s his favorite too.

You can see Richard is already trying to cut through it. This is the Jalapeno Firecracker [fresh jalapeno stuffed with crab cream cheese, tempura fried and drizzled with our spicy mayonnaise and special sweet soy sauce] | $1.99. I actually did not get to taste this but Jenny kept saying it was very spicy so Richard had to finish it up for her. They said it wasn’t that great either.

The sushi started rolling out. First up, Fried Philly Roll [fresh salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber, tempura and topped with sweet soy and scallions] | $6.49. This tastes like a regular Philadelphia roll but fried. It was very good though. And I liked how the sauce made the fried part look like a zebra. Cute.

Next up we have the Fiji Roll [crab, cream cheese, tempura crumbs, tempura with spicy crab on top] | $7.19. I guess what made this so expensive is all the crab. It wasn’t the ones that were preserved but real crab. It was delicious. I actually liked this one better than the Fried Philly Roll.

The next two are ordered by Jenny and Richard. This one is the Plaza Roll [salmon, tuna, white fish and avocado, tempura and topped with masago, scallions, spicy mayo and sweet sauce] | $10.99. This was so worth the price. So much fish in one bite! Esp with the masago, it makes it amazing. I would buy masago by the bowl and just eat it there. Ha … only for the rich. I can’t do that.

The last one on the list is the Kalypso Roll [sashimi grade salmon, cream cheese, and crab topped with shrimp, avocado, and masago] | $7.69. I did not get to try this (they offered) but it seemed to be good. Richard seemed to like it a while lot. Sadly as you can see in the picture, I don’t see any masago anywhere.

This was a great experience. It was a real sushi experience. Usually when I get sushi I get a bento box or a sushi ship. This was something different. After this we went to watch The Green Hornet. I suggest you make it to the theater. It’s a great funny movie.

Alamo Cafe

The reason I came back to college a day early is because I had to go pick up Jenny from the airport. Travis and A.V. went with me because we had decided to go to eat afterward. The place we chose was:

Alamo Cafe
10060 IH-10 West

San Antonio, TX 78230
(210) 691-8827
www.alamocafe.com

This type of food is Tex-Mex. They gave free chips and tortillas. The tortillas are AMAZING! They are homemade. Fluffy and soft and oh so wonderful in my mouth! They give you butter to slatter on it but I ate mine plain.

I ordered the Fajita Dinner [2 soft tacos, choice of beef, chicken, or mixed, rice, beans, guacamole, and pico de gallo] | ~$10. I got the mixture. One was beef. The other was chicken. The beef was like any other beef but the chicken, oh the chicken! It was delicious. So juicy and soft. I would get only chicken next time for sure. It’s a good place to try if you want some tex-mex. I’d suggest it!

Tokyo One Sushi & Grill Buffet

Mum, June, and I went to:

Tokyo One Sushi & Grill Buffet
7465 W Greens Rd.
Houston, TX 77064
(281) 955-8898
www.tokyoone-houston.com

last night. It was like a last dinner with family before heading back to college. Speaking of which, I just got in an hour or so ago and couldn’t wait to upload about last night!

I don’t know who that lady is. But hi! If you love seafood then you will LOVE this place. Here are dishes that I got at the buffet:

Raw oyster, mussel, clam, baked cheese oyster, jellyfish, squid, and fried crab. I was not a big fan of their raw oyster, and I love raw oysters. If they didn’t put that red stuff on the clam, I would like it. I believe it was some type of cocktail sauce. As for the fried crab, it was all flour. The crab itself was hard to get to because of all the flour so I gave up at the end.

This was my sashimi and sushi plate. My favorite thing on this plate is the eel sushi and the things on the lower right hand corner. I’m not sure what they are called in English, so if you know, let me know!

I got Udon. It’s a type of noodle. It was the right amount of chewiness and I rarely eat Udon. I would definitely get this again.

Another baked oyster (which I gave to Mum), green beans, fried rice, chow mien with potatoes, clams, tilapia, roast beef, a dumpling, and sea bass. The sea bass was to die for. I don’t think I’ve ever had it before, but that’s my go to fish now. Omg ….

This is half of an Alaskan crab. I disliked this a lot … I had to give it to Mum to finish. It was super salty and not much meat. All that work was not worth it. They’re expensive so if you love crab, do try it.

A slice of grapefruit, edamame, two cakes, and one cheesecake. The best thing on this dish? The red, white, and green cake. The red was some kind of jelly, white was some kind of cream jelly, and the green was some type of cake. Whatever it is, it is amazing.

Green Tea ice cream and Mango ice cream. You have to order ice cream. They had other flavors but we only got those flavors. The ice cream is so smooth. The Mango one is very fragrant!

The only big complaint I had was that the tables were VERY tiny. Only three of us went and we felt there wasn’t enough room for plates. Ridiculous? I think so. I felt that me going there was a waste of money. Each person costs $25 on Friday nights. But if you’re a big fan of seafood and love buffets, this is a place you have got to try!

Baker Street Pub & Grill

After The Continental Club, Ryan dropped me and Ed off at:

Baker St. Pub & Grill
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.
Katy, TX 77494
(281) 693-0500
sherlockspubco.com

We had invited Katie so we waited for her. The Ruse was playing.

They also have live bands on certain days and today was their day. I actually liked them. They played a lot of songs that I knew and they were funny! I couldn’t get a good enough picture but we would have to make due with this. Let’s just say the lighting was REALLY dark. I was getting hungry so I ordered:

Warm Kettle Cooked Chips [with ranch dressing] | ~$3. It just tasted like regular kettle chips with no flavor. The ranch definitely made a big difference in how the chips tasted. I don’t think I will ever order these again.

Since my appetite was not satisfied, I ordered:

Potato Skins [with bacon, cheddar cheese, and green onions, served with ranch dressing] | ~$6. It had more potato on the skin than I remembered. That definitely got me full. I wished they gave me sour cream instead of the ranch dressing though. I’m not a fan of ranch so sour cream would have definitely been better for me.

You must think I scarfed these down. I shared happily with my friends so don’t worry! I love to share the joy of food, as long as you don’t touch it without my permission. That’s one of my pet peeves.

An old friend from high school, Nick, came to join us. He got a dirty martini. That was the first time I’ve ever seen one in front of me. They smelled funky. I’m guessing that scent came from the olives.

This night has got to be one of the best ones I’ve had in a long time. Before Nick got there, Katie, Ed, and I talked about EVERYTHING. And it was nice to talk to them like that because we rarely do. I’m glad they are in my life.

Mum, June, and I went to a new place to eat tonight but I’m tired from posting the night before’s happenings so I’ll save that til later. I have to pack because I’m heading back to my college tomorrow morning. Night!

The Continental Club

Last night Ed, Ryan, and I drove to:

The Continental Club
3700 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 529-9899
www.continentalclub.com/Houston.html

to watch a live band, The Beetles play The Beatles songs. They’re there every Thursday night jamming out. And sell $3 Lone Stars. I didn’t drink though. But the boys did. Oh did I mention that the band plays by request? They’ve obviously heard every single Beatles song in the world! So talented!


I did however buy a hot dog. It was only $1. They were out of hot dog buns so we had ours on a hamburger bun. Still delicious. I topped mine with three jalapenos and ketchup and mustard.


Funny story: They had an old RC machine there and Ryan thought it worked. When we walked up to it to find out how to use it, a guy comes and says, “It doesn’t work. They sell them at the bar”. It was also funny because Ryan felt it and said it felt cold; I’m guessing it’s because of the weather. And it did have a sticker saying that this RC is out and that this one isn’t. Normal people would believe that it worked.

Anyway, it’s packed with people in the working world. Not much college kids like us there. It was fun nonetheless. A good place to go to listen to some great music.

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

I had a craving to bake tonight and surfed the web for hours upon hours before finding the best recipe. It was partly because I was missing some ingredients on certain recipes and it was too late to be going to the store. I knew for a fact I had a box of red velvet cake mix and decided to use that. I didn’t want it to be the same old boring red velvet cake or cupcake, so I decided to look for a cookie and came upon this recipe.

The outside is crunchy and the inside is a little chewy. Just the way a cookie should be. Mmmmm! After eating one, I wanted another one. But I didn’t.

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of Red Velvet Cake Mix (Duncan Hines)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • confectioners sugar (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Prep baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, mix eggs, cake mix, and oil.
  2. Using a melon scooper, scoop and roll the dough with your hands. Flatten it out and put a few chocolate chips in the center. Roll it back up and place onto the cookie sheet. (If you prefer, you can put chocolate chops in after mixing the dough instead of doing the rolling, flattening, rolling method.)
  3. Bake approximately 15 minutes. Cookies are finished when you can slide them without the bottoms sticking to the baking sheet. Sift some confectioners sugar on top if wanted right when it comes out of the oven so it sticks.

Depending on what size you make your cookies will be the factor of how many you get.
By using a melon scooper, I got 22 cookies.