Monthly Archives: May 2010

Why I ♥ Oishii

On Valentine’s Day I gave Shane some coupons worth various things…and one of them was a night of Sushi and Saki. We both love sushi and I’m always trying to find new places but really nothing compares to Oishii. Maybe it’s because I have meet the owner and everyone who works there is really really nice. You kind of feel like a regular there, when you walk in.

After our disappointment at the Rusty Taco for lunch yesterday, I knew I would not leave unsatisfied at Oishii. The fish is so fresh…it’s ridculous! I will let the pictures speak for itself.

First we ordered Tuna Tataki….(everyone NEEDS to eat this. Please make sure you order it when you come to Oishii. If you are not a fan of spicy…then stay clear. It has a lot of kick but it’s all worth it.)

This is my new favorite roll: On the Border Roll: Salmon wrapped outside of a tempura roll topped with pico de gallo.

We also ordered some spicy tuna and the Oishii Roll.

We were both stuffed after the meal. It was so great. I LOVE Oishii. If you are in the neighborhood and want to have sushi…call me and I’ll be there in 10 min.

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Memorial Day Weekend Picnic

To celebrate Memorial day and summer OP, Charlie, The Tanker, Sandy, Shane, and I decided to have a picnic. I used my handy, dandy tailgating grill (thanks Jen and Kent) to grill the sweet corn and brats. To replicate the greatness that is the gingerman, we used baguettes as our brats edible holder. The denseness of the baguette made it easier to eat the brats, with little to no spillage. The sautéed onions on top made enhanced the flavors of the brats. They were a great hit.

Since I don’t have proper AC at my house and this is sweaty Texas we all were wanting something refreshing for desert. I’m not sure who had the most brillant idea of snow cones. So to the thanks of Google Maps, we found TC shaved Ice. It’s a cute little shack that I pass on the way to work and I never notice it. It was so good. However, I had a brain malfunction. I saw the flavor Leche and thought it was Lychee because in Tagalog it is litsiyas. It looks nothing like it I know…but I really thought that is what it said. I read the word in my head and it sounded like it in my head. Any way, I had the Leche shaved ice. It was really tasty. I think next time I will get a small Tigerbood. A medium was way to big so I shared with WInston. He really liked it, and it was funny to see him crash after his sugar high.

My Leche Snowcone.

Operation 52.8 – Rusty Taco on Greenville.

I’ve heard things about how good the Rusty Taco actually is and by the evidence of cars and people visiting this eatery it seemed promising. Sandy, Shane, and I ventured forth into the world of Rusty Taco. On the way, I perused the menu. It seemed really promising. They covered the spectrum of proteins; including seafood, pork, beef, chicken, and vegetables. As usual, I could not decide what to get. However, I knew I was going to get the brisket tacos. Every time I eat brisket tacos I compare them to what I consider is the pinnacle, Avila’s brisket tacos.

When I finally decided, I chose to eat chips and guacamole, the brisket tacos, and the shrimp tacos. Unfortunately, the best item I ordered was the guacamole and the side of salsa verde that was provided. My shrimp tacos were decent, but nothing special and my brisket tacos were leaps and bounds behind Avila’s brisket tacos. First of all, the brisket itself did not have much flavor and my meat was cold! I’m hoping that’s the way they serve it, but it really doesn’t give it much flavor at all. I just do not understand why this place is so popular. Yes, you pay $2 for a taco, but they are tiny and lacking in filling. I had 2 tacos and I was still hungry (I had oatmeal for breakfast….that stuff is filling)

So I suppose if you in the neighborhood and the place isn’t busy, the Rusty taco “might be” the place for you. But be forewarned. In the words of Sandy “I am underwhelmed”. My sentiments exactly.

My shrimp tacos

My brisket tacos

However, this is the 3rd place in a row that has been a little disappointing. I’m hoping the next place bring us back to enjoying this quest….Operation 52 was not designed for disappointments.

Steamed Red Snapper a la Lola.

I love fish; may it be steamed, grilled, or fried. Today I attempted steam a fish. I used my Lola’s (grandmother’s) recipe. My Lola is a great cook, her recipes have trickled down to us over the years. I used my wok and a lid that didn’t really fit properly. But with my make shift cookery, it turned out really tasty.

Here’s the recipe:
3tbsp oyster sauce
2tbsp lemon juice
1tbsp butter
pinch sugar
1tbsp chopped garlic
1tbsp oil
heat ingredient in the saucepan. Baste the fish generously with the mixture. Wrap in the aluminun fish and steam.

I also stuffed the fish with ginger, green onions, and tomatoes. I thought it would give it a nice summery feel.

The fish turned out so moist and flaky. The mixture that I basted the fish with, collected and liquified at the bottom of the foil. The sauce that resulted was delectable. It is all about the sauce today. It was good on top of the fish and on the rice. I have almost a whole fish at home, whoever wants to come over and eat just let me know.

My plate of food

Operation 52.7 – Pinkberry

Ever since I saw the Pinkberry American Express commercial years ago, I was curious what it was all about. But mainly, it was because they were Asians and you really didn’t see Asians on TV back then. I have driven by the Pinkberry on Blackburn so many times, but haven’t stopped; mainly it’s due to parking. I hate parking over there. But I digress. Pinkberry was our second stop on Sunday afternoon.

To my dismay, they only had 6 flavors. Yogurtville has SO many more flavors. Yogurtville 1 Pinkberry 0. The toppings were decent…but then again Yogurtville has more. Yogurtville 2 Pinkberry 0. I choose the chocolate flavored yogurt topped with fresh fruit. I’m not saying it was gross….I’m just saying that if you look at the score board, yogurtville is the winner!

Operation 52.6 – Sushi on McKinney

Today was a double header. Unfortunately, they were both disappointing. Today, Sandy and I ventured out without a clear plan; that was our first mistake. You always need to do your research; lesson learned today. Our first choice was a bust, so we spotted Sushi on McKinney. The restaurant itself was rather quiet for a Sunday afternoon (first clue). There was a lot to choose from but as we perused there wasn’t much that jumped out us.

We ordered the soft shell crab, some tempura, the spicy tuna roll, and the yellow tail roll. The yellow tail roll had a nice clean flavor but nothing else was there. There was no layering of flavor; it was kind of sad. The spicy tuna was not spicy at all. We were hoping that they gave us the regular tuna instead of the spicy. But Sandy and I are not big complainers, so we just ate it. The tempura was decent. The peice of tempura calamari was really thick and tough. The soft shell crab was okay, but they looked like tiny baby crabs. All in all, it was not spectacular. The sushi may have been a tiny bit grocery store sushi. However, at the grocery store the sushi has flavor. So it’s a toss up.

I also did NOT get any pictures of the food. WHAT?!?!? Yup…I didn’t. That means that it really wasn’t all that good. I don’t recommend this place. I’m hoping that we just ordered the wrong thing. But I don’t think I will be coming back there any time soon.

I ♥ Texas BBQ

I have been craving BBQ for weeks now. I could have made it myself, but there is something about getting it BBQ from a shack it makes it taste better. There is a BBQ shack close to my house, but it’s only open from 11am-4pm. You know it has to be good, when they are only open for 5 hours.

My cravings were satisfied yesterday. Georgia and I ventured to Oak Cliff to Smokey Joe’s. It is a small store front, with no tables. It is all take away BBQ. You have to come early in the evening, if not, you will be standing in line for about a hour. It is that good! When you walk into the place, it is hot and the smell of smoked BBQ engulfs you. My mouth was watering and my stomach was growling as I entered the place.

I ordered the rib and links BBQ sandwich. It is GIANORMOUS! I couldn’t eat all of it. I will let the pictures speak for itself. If you are headed south on 35 for some reason. I highly suggest you stop at Smokey Joe’s. It’s is right off the highway, but be careful because it is so easy to miss.