Sunday, January 29, 2012

As Promised...It's All About The Food!

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Ahi Tuna Slider from Sliders With A Kick!

I am not one of those people who eat to live.  I live to eat!  I love trying and savoring different flavors of food.  I'm also completely willing to try anything once, as long as it's not ALIVE!  I draw the line there!! :)  That's why when my friend Holly told me about Food Social and one of their events, I was there!  Why would I miss coming to an event that showcased up and coming street vendors and their yummy food?!?

So on January 21st, 2012, at around 4:30 pm, my hubby, Mumsy, and I made our way to San Francisco.  Boy is it hard to find parking on 22nd Street in the Mission District.  The neighborhood was alive and kicking and we were lucky to find a spot to park that was only a couple blocks away.  Upon arrival I was immediately caught up in orgasmic, foodie smells, taunting me and telling me to hurry up and eat.  So began my foodie adventures that night!

I jumped into the nearest line and ordered the above slider.  I love sashimi and I'm quite picky about where eat it and what I eat so I was excited that Sliders with a Kick served ahi tuna.  Although the fish was extremely fresh and wonderfully seasoned, and the accompanying veggies gave the burger an unexpected pickled flavor, it was too small in proportion to the bun.  The bread overwhelmed the taste of the fish and veggies.  I threw away the top bun and just ate the fish and veggies over the lower bun and it was perfect.  Just enough bread with just enough fish that I shared with my hubby.  He loved it as well.  :)

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The making of my Burgogi Burger.

My next meal was the Burgogi burger that I found cooking outside on the balcony.  Mouthwatering beef patty with some bulgogi, a fried egg, and kimchi on top.  It was all tied together with a spicy aioli sauce.  TO...DIE...FOR!!!  I have only one little suggestion, which I would've done if I could've taken this burger home with me (it wasn't going to last that long!).  Because the kimchi's flavor is very powerful, it is hard to taste the rest of the burger.  The beef patty needs more seasoning, possibly seasoned the same as the bulgogi, then you'd be able to taste the meat in conjunction with the kimchi.  I would also have seasoned the egg as well.  This burger is a brilliant idea and a deliciously filling meal.  It's definitely the BEST burger I have ever had.

Yummy in my tummy.

Well I feel full just recounting what I had eaten!  Haha...  I was ready for my dessert and I found it at RSF Bakes.  I bought one plum and one apricot galette.  One bite of the flaky, buttery pastry and the sweet, ripe fruit and I was on cloud nine.  I literally closed my eyes and savored the moment the pastry crumbled and melted in my mouth.  I wish I had bought more.

RSF Bakes!  The plum and apricot pastries were the best!!

Unfortunately, I only have one stomach and that was all I could fit into it.  My tummy was well and truly satisfied.  The same couldn't be said for my poor hubby, which brings me to my other point.  My baby is a vegetarian/pescatarian for health reasons and the choices were lacking in that area.  That was why we had to leave the event early, to FEED HIM.  Hopefully, at the next event, there will be more vegetarian choices for those who choose to or can't eat meat.  But damn, even with the lack of vegetarian choices, my hubby, Mumsy, and I were still glad to have made it.  What food we were able to taste was delicious.  Count us all a fan and eager for more events like this in the future!!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Food Social & WIX Event, Sponsored by Simi Winery This Saturday!
Everyone who knows me knows that I'm a BIG FOODIE!  So it's no wonder that I'm super excited about this Food Social event sponsored by Simi Winery and hosted at the WIX Lounge.  YAY!!  Saturday, January 21st at 5:00 pm there will be food, wine, and music at the WIX Lounge on 3169 22nd St., 3rd Fl., San Francisco.  What more can you want on a Saturday night?!?  It's not too late to RSVP by registering at their website posted above.

Of course I'll be taking pictures of all the food and people so STAY TUNED!  I'll be reviewing the food and you'll be able to see pictures of all the mouth-watering dishes I will taste.  Sample photos will be posted here as well as on my photography website:

Monday, January 9, 2012

No Smoking Please! :)

Smoking is terrible for your health and second-hand smoke is even worse.  That is why I'm so happy that the city of Alameda has passed an ordinance banning smoking in public areas INCLUDING inside apartment complexes and even outside on private balconies!  As someone who lives in an apartment complex, I'm thrilled!!

I'm a non-smoker and I absolutely hate it when my neighbors light up and I'm forced to close my windows because I don't want to inhale that nasty smell.  Winter months...I'm ok.  Summertime??  It's stifling hot on the 3rd floor and the only way to cool the apartment is to open all the windows and let the cool breeze from the beach come through.  Sometimes I just have to choose the cool breeze and deal with the second-hand smoke.  It's not worth closing up my apartment especially when the weather is hot as hell.  Soon I won't have to worry about that.  I'm also free to walk around Park St. and Southshore without inadvertently walking into a cloud of foul smoke.  *happy sigh*

Details of the unanimously passed ordinance can be found here: City of Alameda Smoking Policy.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

"Woe is me?" I Don't Think So...

Steel Workers Spend Emotional Last Day at Plant

I found the above article while doing my daily perusal of the local news.  From the title and accompanying photos, I thought that gosh darn it here goes another company going under leaving former employees to fend for themselves.  Upon closer inspection, the title leaves much left unsaid.  In actuality, after an I-9 audit conducted by ICE, this man, David Herrera, along with many others are being laid off because they are illegal immigrants.  The I-9 audits check workers' legal status through the records they submit to their employers.

Pacific Steel had no choice but to lay off an estimated 200 employees because they couldn't prove their legal status.  What do I say to that?  I say there are 200 job openings available for unemployed, legal residents.  Come and get 'em!!  I'm sorry (Eh I'm really not) that you may find this a bit harsh.  As the daughter of legal immigrants who are now U.S. Citizens, I don't have any words of comfort for them.  While yes, I do sympathize and pity their situation, on the otherhand Mr. Herrera "always knew this could happen" and I'm sure he wasn't the only one!  This is what you risk when you come to the U.S. illegally. He wouldn't be in this situation if he had started the legal process for coming to the U.S.  He came to this country in 1991.  Do you mean to tell me that in the 20+ years he was here he never got around to fixing his status, trying to legalize his stay?  Of course not, because he doesn't have the intention of ever doing that.  Not when he can just wait till his daughter, who was born here and therefore automatically became a U.S. citizen, comes of age and petitions the government to give her parents citizenship.

I'm sick of seeing articles that wrongly draw on our sympathies.  Wrongly?  Yes.  Illegal immigrants come into this country illegally and in order to function in our society, have to forge documents and or steal identities.  They take jobs that can go to someone else who is here legally.  More importantly, they dismiss the immigration process that many others are trudging slowly through in order to get the chance to come to this country.  It isn't fair for them to "jump the line" and have no consequences for their behavior.  These are the consequences and rightly so.