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May 9-16, 2006
The reason why the Qwerty keyboard has it’s odd configuration of letters is to intentionally slow the typist down so they won’t jam the metal shafts as they swing toward the paper. This is an old school solution to a problem that no longer exists (unless you are seriously retro.) This intentional impediment was intended to better serve the user by channeling movement to be even and effective.
The intentional impediment that the big
phone and cable companies are putting into motion isn’t
to allow for information to be channeled evenly and effectively,
it’s to push their greedy agendas by accelerating information that
lines their pockets while putting road blocks up to the sites that don’t
pony up. This directly threatens the blogging community. Access to our
sites would be either slowed or blocked. Politics and money would dictate
what content would be quick and intuitive to locate (or even available.)
Why did the Bunrab cross the road?
To get to the Poulet side.
Unfortunately, I was told that there was Nomo Momo (at
least the veggie kind that I had ordered.)
... had a thick dumpling wrapper which
encased ground chicken, green onion and herbs. They were steamed so they
were slightly doughy. The tomato chutney provided some needed acidity
to the mix, they weren’t bad they just weren’t my thing.
... is classified as a appetizer on
the menu. It was served room temperature (which seemed weird for a meat
dish.) The chunks of lamb were tender and well seasoned, but the big hunks
of red onion trumped the chopped bell peppers and meat to dominate this
... which I loved. It’s coarse crumb
stood up to the tang of the rhubarb and it had the perfect hint of sweetness.
I went to get my sneakers x-rayed in Oakland:
I will never happily accept this ludicrous exercise
in Simon sez security. During my wanding, I took comfort
anticipating brunch in a restaurant I never eshew.
... even though I have experienced sticker shock on
grilled cheese night (a top notch cheese sandwich and
a bottle of wine can add up!) Over the years, I have had some mighty tasty
dinners in this renovated structure originally built for Charlie Chaplin.
... which had a Magritte-esque juxtaposition
of an iron pan against a paper doily. They displayed their skillet cooking
with this salmon, roasted pepper and potato combo capped off with a poached
egg which acted as a saucing mechanism. This preparation required some
sopping up with the pain next to the pan.
Perfectly poached eggs topped with freshly snipped chives hovered above a meaty terrain. Sadly, the beef brisket was a little bland and was lacking the crispy bits that normally make even a low-brow hash delightful. The eggs and sourdough toast consoled me, and I’m hoping this was just a fluke from a place that I really love to eat.
(Roll over the image above to see how bustling the place can be.)
... which was a simple and satisfying mound of white rice with two perfectly fried eggs on top. I busted them up and splashed them with a generous shower of the house made, vinegary, hot pepper sauce. I’m not big on the soft, French loaf that they use for toast because it doesn’t have enough textural interest or flavor for it to work solo. It is serviceable as a backdrop for their sandwich de hamon, queso y huevo ($4.50):
... which is what an Egg McMuffin wishes
it could be. They cook the hormone and anti-biotic free eggs
til they are solid (intentionally) along with Swiss cheese and ham. Chubby
washed his down with a café con leche ($2.00) which was sweetened
more than he likes so he insisted on stopping at Peet’s for a black
coffee to neutralize the sweet effect. I’ll bet if he asked for
his black next time, the accommodating people at Sol Food would deliver.
Once, a pawn, a Thai…
Who knew that so many people in Mercedes and SUVs go
to pawn shops? I guess they have to buy that expensive gas to
put in their guzzlers…so buhbye Patek Phillipe watch.
... upped my health index (to compensate for the petrol fumes.) This sort of curry is made without coconut milk and has a nice hint of heat against the herbaceous Thai basil. Crisp bell peppers, carrots, bamboo shoots, eggplant, mushrooms, zukes, broccoli, cilantro, green beans and onions were supplemented by slices of pork (you can choose chicken or tofu with this dish if you prefer.) It was a good meal, but not trip worthy. It’s a good place to keep in mind if you want a late lunch (they serve straight through to dinner) before braving the Whole Foods crowd or pawning your diamond encrusted grill to swap your gangsta smile for a Thai one.
... which sacked my disappointment
over the bag.
The oatmeal currant cookie
had a good oatey flavor. I liked the use of currants instead of raisins
which dispersed the dried fruit flavor in a subtle and even pattern. The
middle was nicely moist with crispy edges.
... were going to be dry from overcooking, but I was
wrong. They had a tender crumb and were moist with chocolate shavings
on top of a cloud of frosting. Of all of the confections,
this is the one I would buy again.
... and snickerdoodle:
... were mighty good, but my fave was the lemon cream:
... with bread salad, currants and pine nuts fell short tonight. The meat was deliciously moist and flavorful, but the seasoning and bread salad was out of balance. Normally, there is a pronounced vinegar tang in the salad, the bread was mushy without that nice rough texture here and there for added interest. It was okay, I guess it can’t be perfect all the time.
The occupational safety and heath administration aka OSHA hasn’t gone into the restaurant business. Perhaps the owners of OSHA Thai chose the name to instill a feeling of security or maybe it’s because Worker’s Comp. Thai doesn’t have the same ring to it.
Whatever the case, when you get together for lunch with other food bloggers, it’s like paparazzi for chow.
How many bloggers does it take to photograph a dessert of Sticky Rice with Mango ($4.95)?
...we reflected on how odd it was that we were given chopsticks. Maybe they got a lot of requests from customers who think all Asians eat the same.
We shared a bunch of dishes which were all good. Another was the Roasted Duck Curry ($9.95):
... but nothing that blew our collective
socks off, I get the feeling you have to know what to order here.
The space is all about hard, flat surfaces.
If you are plotting a criminal conspiracy, you may want to have your meetings
where the neighboring agents wont hear you loudly dictate your plans.
Osha gives way to ocean's in Chubby's book. He took me to see the beautiful seafood at a little sushi hideaway. Check out his latest on Kiss Seafood.
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