Recipes: Salad & Soup

Fennel, Crab & Orange Salad

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十一月初的一個週末和朋友去Berkeley的Zut! On Fourth的餐廳享用Brunch.  我點了ROCK CRAB SALAD (上圖) – pickled calamondin, cucumber, shaved fennel, avocado, capers, butter lettuce with buttermilk scallion vinaigrette, 口感清爽美味, 很對我的喜愛, 所以回家後就想要複製看看 (順便省下一盤沙拉的$18+taxes+tips).  上網查了buttermilk scallion vinaigrette沙拉醬汁的做法, 味道卻跟我記憶中的不同, 後來改試Citrus Dressing, 味道比較豐富, 層次明顯, 做給朋友吃的反應不錯, 便可以放上來和大家分享.

把所有的食材放在大碗中, 淋上沙拉醬汁, 拌勻再裝盤的味道會比較均勻, 但是樣子好像就沒那麼美, 所以我改用堆積木的方式, 一層層堆起, 再淋上沙拉醬汁, 方便我拍照留念.

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  • 1 bulb of fennel, trim and thinly shaved in ice water
  • butter lettuce or little gem lettuce or watercress
  • orange segments (save the juice for dressing)
  • cucumber, thinly sliced
  • red radish, thinly sliced
  • ripe avocado, sliced
  • white crabmeat (Costco有賣新鮮蟹肉罐頭)
  • Some capers
  • Citrus Dressing – Orange juice, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, honey, white wine vinegar, chopped mint, salt and freshly ground black pepper

我沒特別標示份量是因為你想多吃哪樣就多放一點, 不想吃的就不要放.  Citrus Dressing的各項份量我也沒有特別量, 基本上白酒醋和蜂蜜不用太多, 柳丁汁和橄欖油和薄荷葉可以多放, 然後嚐一下味道再斟酌. 最後把所有準備好的食材裝在大碗裡, 拌勻沙拉醬, 就可以享用了.

Events, Health & Beauty, Hotels, Restaurants

2016 Las Vegas

朋友去賭城出差幾天, 邀我一起去玩 (她去工作, 我去玩).  我去賭城喜歡住在沒有賭場的飯店, 因為人口單純, 環境安靜, 室內空氣好. 但是賭城沒有賭場的飯店不多, 寫出來給大家參考.

以下資料取自Travel+Leisure, Hopper,

  1. Mandarin Oriental

    Few hotels except the most luxurious hotel-within-a-hotels (think the Mansion at MGM Grand or Paiza Club at the Venetian) manage to make their guests feel so sequestered on the Strip. The deeply serene 392 rooms—which start at 850 square feet—are sleek and Asian inspired, and accompanied by the best service on the Strip. As private as the 47-story tower feels, though, it is connected to the best shopping on the strip, at Crystals, by a sky bridge, and the glass façade is a quick walk to Aria, should you want to indulge in a bit of gaming. Don’t miss high tea in MOzen Bistro or an afternoon ensconced in the spa.

  2. Vdara at CityCenter

    Consider Vdara to be a 57-story, all-suite, LEED Gold-certified break from Vegas vices. You won’t find smoking or gaming inside the glass façade of the crescent-shaped tower, but you will find some of the most sophisticated public art from CityCenter’s massive collection, from a 32-foot-long Frank Stella piece at reception to Peter Wegner’s “Day for Night, Night for Day” series in the concierge lobby. Open floor plans have fully-equipped kitchens and media hubs.  From walls of horizontal windows, many suites look over either the Bellagio fountains or CityCenter.

  3. Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

    Tucked away on floors 35-39 of Mandalay Bay, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas recently renovated all its 424 guest rooms and suites. The vibrant, modern, Art Deco-inspired transformation is a little retro and a lot high-tech. From their towering perch through floor-to-ceiling windows, guestrooms have sweeping views of the Strip. Tip: If you’re over the Strip view, ask for the Sunrise/Sunset Suite, with dramatic views all the way west to Red Rock National Conservation Area.

  4. The Signature at MGM Grand

    The three towers of The Signature at MGM Grand are a gated enclave of 576 rooms (guests have their own entrances, check-ins, pools, fitness rooms and staff). Helpfully, the walkways from all three towers get you the restaurants, entertainment and gaming of the mega hotel casino, and away when you’re ready to retreat (they’re only available to Signature guests). Some of the very few guest rooms on or near the Las Vegas Strip with balconies, the rooms – all non-smoking – feel like high-end residences, with high-tech kitchens (think appliances from Sub-Zero and Miele), Jacuzzi tubs and even services like in-room massage.

  5. Delano at Mandalay Bay

    The unfortunately named THEhotel at Mandalay Bay—the boutique tower adjoining Mandalay Bay—was in real need of a refresh, so the folks at MGM Resorts did one better and made it a Delano, with all the style and breezy sophistication of the Miami original. The more than 1,000 non-smoking suite each measure at least 725 square feet, big even by Vegas standards, and the white on white décor is all very serene. When you do want to gamble, just take the dedicated hallway into Mandalay Bay.

  6. Trump InternationalOne of Las Vegas’s shimmering landmarks, the Trump hotel is composed of 64 storeys of golden glass rising above the Strip. Quiet, unobtrusive luxury is Trump’s speciality, and this can be found in its vast spa complex, its stylishly appointed guest rooms complete with kitchens, and in its heated pool lined with private air-conditioned cabanas and plasma TVs.
  7. Elara, a Hilton Grand Vacations Hotel

    Connected to more than 170 shops in the Miracle Mile and across from City Center plus a lively bar and lounge—where stars align.  Their luxurious studio, one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom suites allow guests to escape to somewhere far away—that also feels a bit like home. Retreat to comfortable luxury in airy contemporary spaces.

    Enjoy marble accented bathrooms, suites with kitchens and stainless-steel appliances, expansive living and seating areas, over-sized jet-stream tubs and showers with rain shower heads, room automation system, wireless high-speed Internet, on-demand movies, and a state-of-the-art fitness center open 24 hours a day!

  8. Travelodge Las Vegas South StripFor budget-minded travelers who want to be in the midst of the excitement of the Strip, the Travelodge Las Vegas South Strip hotel is ideal. It’s within one block of MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood and New York, New York. The Travelodge Las Vegas South Strip features a business center, free Wi-Fi Internet access throughout, year-round outdoor pool and laundry facilities on-site. Hotel guests also enjoy complimentary continental breakfast, in-room safe, free parking and flat-screen television with cable service including HBO.

Cirque_du_Soleil_will_create_the_Toronto_2015_Opening_Ceremony去賭城我不賭博, 就愛看秀和享受美食. 頭幾名值得看的秀都是太陽劇團主導 (Cirque du Soleil).  Cirque du Soleil is a Canadian entertainment company, founded in 1984, and it’s the largest theatrical producer in the world. They offers eight shows in Vegas.

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之前去賭城看過 O, KA, Mystere, Thunder from down under (我覺得性感品質和舞蹈水準比較適合年輕人). 這次去看 Zumanity (性感和舞蹈是有水準和藝術的), Le Rêve – The Dream (整個排場道具, 舞蹈, 戲服, 讓人難以想像的棒).

這次去品嚐了二家名廚的餐廳

Gorden Ramsay’s Steak at Paris

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因為我是臨時起意去, 卡到七點的秀, 沒辦法點有名的Beef Wellington, 因為它要等四十五分鐘, 所以就點了幾個份量小一點的前菜, 除了麵包和湯的味道很特別以外, 其他幾道雖然味道都不錯, 卻未讓我驚艷.

因為前一晚連看二場秀, 今晚打算好好享用一頓, 而不看秀了, 既然如此, 就來去Nobu at Caesars Palace朝聖吧.

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Nobu晚餐是五點就開始, 我建議那時候就去, 吃完剛好去看七點的秀 (除非你點Omakase). 我這次選九道的Omakase, 外加二杯Cocktail, 吃了二個鐘頭, 每道菜都很精緻, 擺盤細緻, 道道美味的複雜, 量少多樣是我的最愛. 我五點出頭到, 餐廳裡人不是很多, 所以還蠻輕鬆悠閒, 坐在Sushi Bar 還能跟廚師聊聊天.

我覺得吃日本料理, 選擇Omakase最物超所值, 因為變化多, 又能充分品嚐到餐廳的食材和廚師的能耐, 是最有意思的吃法.  這家餐廳的Cocktail的選擇很多, 對於不太喝清酒或者紅白酒的人, 也是加分處.

在賭城, 好吃的餐廳太多, 可惜荷包不夠深, 只能偶一為之.

去飯店附近的South Outlet逛逛, 讓我逛到一家SAS鞋店, 裡面居然有好看又好穿的淑女鞋, 而且是在義大利或美國做的, 鞋寬不僅有一般的B or M, 也有Wide. 後來才發現灣區也有它的分店, 不過Stevens Creek店裡面的鞋款實在醜到爆了, 據店經理說, 她是根據她店裡的客群挑選進的鞋款, 我想我肯定不是她的客群.

Restaurants

Morimoto in Napa

一月份在Livingsocial上看到Morimoto Napa新餐廳的Chef-Created “Omakase” Meal的Deal, 有二種選擇 Five-Course Lunch (原價$240, 特價$150) or Nine-Course Dinner (原價$420, 特價$360) FOR TWO (不含飲品). 冷靜幾秒就馬上下單, 因為我知道這種好康不一定會再有, 如果沒有買, 不知何時才有機會去了.

我選擇午餐, 去過之後真的慶幸有買這個Deal, 因為除了Toro Tartar, 其他幾道都不在午餐菜單上, 甚至晚餐菜單也找不到, 實在太值得了.  以後想再去, 只有晚餐時段有Omakase, 而且一人是$120 or $160的選擇. 結帳的時候發現一件有意思的事, 一般餐廳在帳單的最後會列出建議小費的%和金額 (省得你算錯), 常見的是10%, 15%, 20%, Morimoto的建議是18%, 20%, 25%, 很大氣! (經濟有復甦這麼快嗎)

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室內設計材質大量使用木頭和水泥, 不同顏色的木料帶出層次感, 也溫柔了水泥帶來的冰冷但摩登的優缺點. 服務人員的態度和知識專業的沒話說, 推薦我喝White Lily真是正中要害.

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左邊是Toro Tartar, 右邊是Wagyu Beef Carpaccio.

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左邊是Egg Custer with Shitaki murshroom, 右邊是White Lily.

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左邊是Morimoto Pork Chop Applesauce, 右邊是Braised Black Cod.

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左邊是最後的甜點, 口感層次多 很特別, 右邊是別桌點的生魚片, 我剛好路過拍下來.

Morimoto 圖片取自這裡

沒見到本尊, 但買了有本尊簽名的書Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking, 算是彌補一下囉. 這本書內容很不錯, 全部都是Morimoto親自示範, 照片美麗, 會讓人看了想試做看看.

 

Morimoto Napa 610 Main Street, Napa, CA 94559.
707-252-1600

Lunch Daily from 11:30 to 2:30pm

Dinner 週日到週四 5:00 to 10:00pm, 週五和六到11:00pm.

Recipes: Main Dish

[阿嬤家常菜] 豆豉排骨

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前幾天做了這本阿嬤家常菜書中的豆豉排骨 (p.105), 非常對我的胃口, 寫出來讓大家試試, 也許可以去買這本書回家慢慢享受. (照片是裝入保鮮盒的, 手機隨拍, 所以沒那麼美, 但超下飯的)

材料:

小排骨 600g

大蒜 20g 去皮磨成泥狀

辣椒 10g 切斜片

蔥 10g 切末

豆豉 30g

調味料:

A: 鹽2/3tb, 糖1tb, 醬油適量, 香油適量, 米酒適量

B: 太白粉2TB

做法:

1. 先將小排骨放在一鍋冷水裡浸泡半小時 (肉質變軟, 容易入味).

2. 將蒜泥和豆豉放在一個小碗裡; 鍋中燒熱一大匙油, 然後倒入蒜泥豆豉中攪拌均勻.

3. 將泡好, 沖乾淨的小排骨瀝乾水份 (用廚房紙巾擦乾), 切小塊狀, 用一大碗 (可放入蒸鍋的碗) 加入辣椒片和A料和(2)拌勻, 醃半小時, 再加入B料.

4. 蒸鍋水滾後, 把(3)放進蒸鍋, 以大火蒸12-15分鐘, 出爐後撒上蔥花即可食用.

 

備註:

1. 蒸碗要比料大些, 不然蒸的過程, 醃料會因為滾熱而滿出來.

2. 蒸的時間僅為參考 (因為每家爐子火候不同), 以排骨有熟為主.

3. 豆豉我買狀元牌 (華人超市應該都有)
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