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What I learned today

August 27th, 2007 August 28, 2007

Filed under: food,vocabulary — glaucusapfelstrudel @ 5:41 am

What I learned today…

Pasta called “tortellini” means “little twists”.

It makes sense.  Jason is reading “The Marble Faun” by Nathaniel Hawthorne.  The title was referenced in the movie we watched called Grey Gardens.  Jason was telling me in the supermarket tonight that in the book, there is a wall in Italy called something “torte” and it means twisted.  Hence, we determined that tortellini must be a diminutive form of the word.

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August 26th, 2007

Filed under: food — glaucusapfelstrudel @ 5:36 am

What I learned today…

Some sushi is wrapped in soy paper, not seaweed.

Jason and I had an awesome sushi lunch at Kona Grill in Scottsdale Fashion Square. We tried several different types of sushi but the one I liked best was called a “Houston Roll”. It was tuna, cream cheese and jalapeño wrapped in soy paper. The soy paper was bright yellow and moist. It had a consistency similar to seaweed, but no flavor at all really. I loved the flavors mixed together with the crisp crunch and bite of the jalapeño pepper slice. Yum! I love sushi!

 

August 18th, 2007 August 26, 2007

Filed under: food — glaucusapfelstrudel @ 4:58 pm

What I learned today…

If you want biscuits before your meal at Cracker Barrel, you have to ask for them that way.

My BF Jason and I partook of of typical IKEA tradition today by stopping at Cracker Barrel in Tempe before heading to IKEA. There are several reasons for this:

  1. Cracker Barrel is in Tempe (almost Chandler) and frankly too far to drive to simply eat there without an additional motive.
  2. I typically eat too much at Cracker Barrel and the subsequent several mile walk around IKEA is a great way to work off/digest all that Cracker Barrelly starchy goodness.
  3. We used to eat at the IKEA restaurant before each tour of IKEA, however every time we did I got sick and had to make an emergency trip to the bathroom in the middle of my IKEA experience. NO GOOD!

Therefore we started off our sojourn with a delicious meal of hearty goodness at the CB. Once again, when we were asked if we wanted biscuits, cornbread or both — we unanimously claimed all biscuits. We were both pretty hungry and wanted those bitches tout de suite. But no dice. The brought the biscuits with the meal. I did notice, however that a family two tables down from us asked if they could have their biscuits right away and the server said no problem and brought them right out. Note for future visits — ask for the biscuits up front!

 

August 17th, 2007

Filed under: food — glaucusapfelstrudel @ 4:48 pm

What I learned today…

You can cook steak on rocks.

This evening we had a client happy hour at a Japanese tavern in Scottsdale called Taneko. One of the appetizers we enjoyed was tiny bits of Kobe beef that we cooked on a hot rock. The staff brought to our table a bamboo bowl filled with rock salt. In the middle of the salt was a smooth black stone, about 5 inches in diameter and 2½ inches tall. The stone had been heated and we placed tiny slivers of meat on the stone with chopsticks. The meat sizzled and browned very quickly. We flipped it once and finished browning the other side and then enjoyed each little morsel. The first few pieces cooked extremely quickly, although as the radiating heat was absorbed by each piece of meat, the stone began to lose its potency. There was just enough heat to cook about 8 slices of beef and then the appetizer was done. along with the stone. Those crafty Asians!