I’ve had some pretty good meals recently and would like to share them here. First up, Vien Huong (aka VH), probably my favorite restaurant in Oakland Chinatown:
My usual standby is Chow Jew Rice Noodle, but I got the Chow Jew Ho Fun (潮州河粉) instead on this occasion. Of course, gotta have the iced coffee as well.
Next, a homemade steak dinner:
My buddy from work took me to Ruth’s Chris about a week before this, so I was starting to crave red meat again. It wasn’t Ruth’s Chris, but it was red meat, and it was satisfying.
And now, Korean Cold Buckwheat Noodle with Beef from Seoul Gomtang in Oakland:
It was so hot that day, I had to get a cold noodle. There was actually ice floating in the soup. Add some hot mustard and vinegar, and what could be cooler and tastier?
Next up, Shredded Pork and Tomato Soup Noodle at Ba Le in Oakland Chinatown:
Tried this place for the first time and it felt pretty authentic. In the middle of Chinatown, a bit rundown, a bit dirty, but delicious food. Pretty authentic indeed. Of course, my rule-of-thumb when in a Vietnamese establishment is to always try and judge them by their iced coffee, and they passed with flying colors.
Finally, some more home cookin’:
My usual routine is to wake up, wash my face, and brush my teeth. Imagine finishing your morning routine and then being greeted with breakfast from your spouse, made with love. It wasn’t dessert, but it sure was sweet.
Life is short. Eat and enjoy the food, and enjoy the company of the people eating it with you.
My dinner tonight, shared with family. It was one of those meals where I spend hours preparing it, and then eating it seems anticlimactic because it’s over so relatively quickly. Also, with all the hustle and bustle in the kitchen, it’s difficult to just sit down and eat. I kept getting up for one reason or another. Maybe in the future I’ll rest myself as well as my roast before I start eating.
Note to self: the Bridlewood Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles was pretty good, in case you want to get another one.
I tried to enjoy life as much as possible this weekend, considering the busy week I had. Here are some of the things I did to maximize my life enjoyment:
Eat at Vien Huong, or “VH”, one of my favorite restaurants in Oakland Chinatown. I enjoyed a “Chow Jew” rice noodle, which consists of rice noodle, marinated pork, a single pork meatball, two fish balls, pork slices, two pieces of pork kidney, and two shrimps. I also had a coffee to go with it. Heaven.
Make a spirited run through the Berkeley Hills in my Acura TSX. The route from Memorial Stadium, through Grizzly Peak, to Fish Ranch and then 24 is one of my favorite roads to drive. The fear of flying off the road and down a mountain while speeding around the curves in second gear makes me feel ALIVE!!!
Enjoy a man’s night in. With the wife out to a party, I bought myself a bag of Jalapeno Cheetos, a ribeye steak, and a 6-pack of Sing Tao Draft Beer. Imagine drinking an ice cold beer while eating Jalapeno Cheetos and watching the movie “Spy Game”. Then, after getting hungry again, drinking a second beer while frying a Montreal-seasoned ribeye steak and then eating that steak while continuing to watch the movie. Argh!