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Mango Tandori Chicken Pizza from California Pizza Kitchen

Had this for lunch yesterday. It’s awesome.

Grilled Tandoori chicken, mango, mild onions, red peppers and Mozzarella cheese on a SPICY Golden Curry sauce. Topped with fresh cilantro and a sweet mango chili sauce.

Bay Area Pub Crawl on Sunday!

The WetYourWhistles team is arranging a Pub Crawl this Sunday, February 18. The party kicks off at 3pm at the BBC in Menlo Park. The crawl will also hit the Tied House in Mountain View and the Firehouse Brewery in Sunnyvale!

From the WetYourWhistles site:

Welcome to Wet Your Whistles, the on-line guide to watering holes along the San Francisco Bay Area Caltrain railway line. You can ride Caltrain from San Jose to San Francisco to have a good day out without designating a driver. Our quest is to create a comprehensive list of brewpubs, microbreweries, bars, and well-stocked restaurants along the Caltrain line.

Coca Cola Blak

I bought a 4 pack the other day and I’m just giving it a try now.  Not bad.  The taste is much lighter than regular Coke and it’s not as sweet.  The coffee flavor mixes well.  Almost like vanilla, but not overwhelmigly so.  I’ll post again in a few days when I’ve finished the pack.

Meanwhile, some other Blak reviews.

Diet Coke and Mentos

The Diet Coke and Mentos phenomenon rages on. We tried 4 bottles yesterday at Homestead. Here’s a shot of the action:

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Update: Here’s a howto and some of the science background.

Update 2: The photo was taken by Gordon.  Travis sent me this excellent video of 5 trials of the Soda+Mentos experiment on a news show.

Nutroll and Potato Candy

Recipes from my childhood. My grandmother and her mother used to make this stuff all the time.

Alton Brown’s Pouch Table

Found here.

QUOTE:

This is the big table that was shown on the Good Eats episode “The Pouch Principle.” You had to look really fast to see the last few items on the liquids list… or have a TiVo. :)

Meat
(Choose one)

Vegetables
(any)

Starch
(optional – choose one)

Aromatics
(< =2)

Seasonings
(any)

Liquids
(mix/match)

beef

pork

lamb

fish

shrimp

chicken

etc.

mushroom

artichoke

tomato

peppers

snow pea

broccoli

bok choy

rice

noodle

potato

dumpling

cous cous

onion

garlic

scallions

shallot

celery

fennel

carrots

red pepper

white pepper

honey

salt

pepper

coriander

cilantro

lemon

parsley

soy sauce

mirin

veg. broth

sesame oil

vermouth

white or red wine

chicken stock

fruit juice

fish sauce

The quantity notes were per Alton’s commentary.

Based on my experience with starchy/sugary vegetables in pouches (potato, parsnip, carrot, onion, garlic, 1 tbsp olive oil, fresh rosemary and thyme, bake at 350F for about an hour), if you’re cooking mainly starch/sugar, USE A FAT TO KEEP THE VEGGIES FROM STICKING. Trust me, chunks of potato permanently stuck to the aluminum foil are not edible. Also, if you’re using a higher (say, >5%) acidity vinegar, don’t use aluminum foil. Also goes for acidic veggies (like tomatoes). Finally, if you look at the list and connect the dots, you’ll notice that you can create a significant number Asian wok and noodle dishes with this table. What you can’t see is that you can create pretty much any salmon dish that doesn’t require searing. Old Seattle trick is to put salmon, dill, and lemon in aluminum foil, seal it tightly, and run it through the dishwasher (top rack). I am not making this up. (Some argue you need to run through two complete cycles, while others say no heat dry.)

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