The Destination for Romance..Over at Sundance!

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Our modern steakhouse has two direct ancestors, the beefsteak banquet and the chophouse. Both arose, interestingly enough, in mid-19th century New York City, a town that got the best beef cuts the country had to offer because only there did diners have enough money to pay for them. Beefsteak banquets were primarily men-only political affairs, held as candidate fundraisers or to celebrate a recent victory. They got their name from what was served: sliced beef tenderloin, each piece placed upon a slice of white bread like an open faced sandwich. The bread slices, however, were rarely eaten and were mainly stacked besides each plate as an informal scorekeeping system for how much beef was consumed by the participants. No self-respecting gourmand wanted to fill up on bread when there was so much beef and beer available!

Chophouses were only slightly more civilized. They appeared in New York City in the mid-1800s to cater to merchants and clerks in need of a hot meal. By all accounts, chophouses were dark and dusty affairs: one of the more celebrated houses was named “Cobweb Hall,” after the décor. These restaurants served a more diverse menu than the beefsteaks. Mutton chops, lamb kidneys and sizzling strips of bacon were all served, alongside mealy baked potatoes and the ever-present tankards of British ale. As one reporter put it, “Those who don’t care for steaks can have chops, those who don’t care for chops can have steaks.” Dessert was apple pie, mince pie or a wedge of Stilton cheese.(history.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Sundance Steakhouse – Palo Alto

Average Cost

$31-$60

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes:

Rib-eye steak, Calamari, Jumbo Shrimp, Clam Chowder

Birthday celebrations always make my day.

Watching someone’s face glow while they anxiously open their gifts…

Or simply seeing the gratefulness of having a companion there with them to cling glasses of luscious red wine together.

Tonight we celebrate my wife’s birthday over steak and wine within an extravagant setting and memorable cuisine!

Let’s talk Sundance!!

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You’ll Dine like an African Lion with a Rib Eye at Poseidon!

Kona Coffee Rubbed Ribeye which 18 - 20  oz. that comes with garlic mashed potatoes, chef's vegetables, and kona coffee compound butter

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Rib Eye is also Sold As: Beauty Steak, Market Stek, Delmonico Steak, Spencer Steak, Scotch Filet, Entrecôte.

Where It’s Cut From: The front end of the Longissimus dorsi, from the Rib primal of the steer. The further towards the head of the steer you get, the more of the Spinalis muscle you’ll find in your steak—that’s the cap of meat that wraps around the fatter end of the steak.

What It Tastes Like: Highly marbled with a large swath of fat separating the Longissiumus from the Spinalis. Fat is where a lot of the distinctive flavor of beef comes from, making ribeye one of the richest, beefiest cut available. The central eye of meat tends to be smooth textured with a finer grain than a strip steak, while the Spinalis section will have a looser grain and more fat. Many people (myself included) consider the Spinalis to be the absolute tastiest quick-cooking cut on the cow.

The Best Way to Cook It: Pan-frying, grilling, broiling. Because its copious fat is prone to causing flare-ups, grilling can be a bit tricky. Have a lid ready, and stand by with the tongs in case you need to rapidly spring into action and retrieve them from the depths of a fireball. This is my favorite cut for pan-searing.(seriouseats.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Poseidon Restaurant – Del Mar, Ca

Average Cost

$25-$40

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

Rib Eye Steak, Sea Bass, Surf and Turf.. All the food looked good. I would try it all!

So my boss decides to have our Quarterly Business Review meetings in wonderful, sunny San Diego…

What a intelligent fellow! I am stoked!

This is my 1st time in San Diego and what better way to enjoy this paradise then on an expensed business trip!

I’ve heard how the weather is equivalent to Hawaii weather and even some of the scenery reminds you of a tropical paradise so I’m excited to see if it is true.

One of the food palaces I was able to visit with my team was a beach front restaurant in Del Mar, Ca called Poseidon!

What a great experience!

Let’s talk about it…

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I’ll get to acting like Billy Bob Thornton for a Steak at Morton’s!

RibEye Steak

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While the beef cow is still alive, different parts of its body perform more work or bear more weight than other parts. All of this strain and exercise can make those areas more lean and tough. The more tender cuts of meat are located in sections of the cow that didn’t perform as much work or bear as much weight, such as the upper rib cage. This is the section of beef rib which provides such popular cuts as prime rib, standing rib roast, bone-in rib steaks and the boneless rib eye steak. When the rib section is trimmed but not separated, it is sold as a standing rib roast. If the rib section is separated into individual ribs but not deboned, it is sold as rib steak. Only when the rib bone is removed and other undesirable tail pieces are trimmed away can it be sold as a rib eye.

Because a ribeye steak contains significant ribbons of saturated fat or marbling, it become especially tender during the cooking process. The fat between the muscle tissue slowly melts into the meat, creating a very smooth and satisfying texture. This is why rib eye steaks are ideal for direct heat cooking methods such as grilling, broiling or pan frying. Slow roasting a rib eye steak would only cause the fat to render out of the meat, leaving a very tough and dry piece of beef in its wake. Most ribeye steak recipes call for at least a two step cooking process; a quick hot sear, followed by a slower direct heating method. Steakhouse cooks typically grill ribeyes on a grate over hot coals or gas burners.(wisegeek.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Morton’s Steakhouse – San Jose, Ca

Average Cost

Above $61 for full dinner menu unless you can get there for Happy Hour at bites start at $7

Rating (1-10)

8.5

Recommended Dishes: 

Ribeye, Crabcakes- ask for extra mayo

Miniature Crab Cakes Served with mustard mayonnaise sauce

So it’s Happy Hour time and I am in the mood for something elegant in flavor today and delicate to the bite.

What better place to have a couple of drinks in a ritzy setting than Morton’s Steakhouse in Downtown San Jose.

Time for some live action eating! Let’s talk about it..

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Breakfast of Champions….

Crunchy Golden Fried Chicken, honey, sweet golden waffles

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From the colonial period through the early 1800’s, African slaves were doing most of the cooking in Southern kitchens. At that time, chicken was considered a prestigious food within the African American community, and it was more expensive than some other meats. Enslaved cooks would make fricassee recipes from the popular cookbooks of the time period, or they’d take it upon themselves to fry the chicken in the way they knew best. When the Civil War began and men left their homes to become soldiers, fried chicken took on a new significance. The frying process made chicken less prone to spoilage, allowing women to send it to soldiers fighting in the battlefield.(pbs.org)

Today’s Restaurant

Mil’s Diner – 36 S Abbott Ave, Milpitas, CA 95035

Average Cost

Around $8- $13 per plate depending on the dish

Rating (1-10)

9

Recommended Dishes: 

Chicken & Waffles, Tri-tip steak and eggs, hash browns, cajun sausage, french toast, pancakes, soups

Waking up on a Saturday morning is a joy in itself; especially in San Jose, California where the weather is getting similar to Hawaii weather on a year round basis. Is it this ozone layer stuff we keep hearing about or just luck or the expensive cost of living out here? 🙂

Whatever the reason, Virginia and I love waking up and enjoying the weather by either going out for breakfast at one of our favorite breakfast restaurants in the area; Bill’s Cafe (any location in Santa Clara County) or Mil’s Diner in Milpitas, Ca.

We usually love to binge at a restaurant weekend after weekend until we get tired of it and in between those weekends I will usually cook a magnificent breakfast myself for us.

This Saturday we chose to go to Mil’s Diner since it was nice out and since we have engulfed ourselves with Bills Cafe for months rather than cook at home. We needed to get on the road early to go to Vallejo, Ca to pick up Virginia’s mom to go to Davies Symphony Hall for a Chinese New Year Celebration in San Francisco so Mil’s was the best choice since it was on the way.

When we entered, we noticed familiar faces of the cooks and waiters since we used to go there for years and we noticed upgrades in designer colors, furniture and added items on the menu. We noticed that they added Ribeye steak and Fried Chicken and Waffles.  We both smiled with excitement and I was ready to dig my fangs into a sweet succulent piece of chicken with honey drizzled over it with hot sauce dripping and leaking on its sides.

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