Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ginger Blueberry Granola Parfait, Genki Ramen, Sol Food

Sol Food!
I felt the need to cook lots of vegetables for dinner, but got coaxed in to having Sol Food Delivery! You can't go wrong with a nice Ensalada Con Pollo and Agua de Coco. So much garlic, perfect high quality ingredients and prepared to perfection. #1 I can't have it without some delicious slightly sweet and super hydrating coconut water. The pickled pink onion is definitely an unusual but tasty addition. There was so much food for everyone I definitely got to indulge in various plantains and beans as well! The benefits of eating with large groups.
-Ensalada Con Pollo (Baked chicken thighs, tomato, avocado and pickled pink onion served on organic greens with our lemon-garlic dressing)
-Coconut Water
Yasai Ramen
mmmmm...a belly full of ramen on a cold rainy day... After my icy wet road ride I wanted nothing else! My third SF spot to try out, Genki Ramen left me fully satisfied. They have a million options including tons of non-ramen things, at very fair prices and with a great atmosphere. Kind of modern/posh but not over the top. The Tonkatsu broth was great, not as rich or eggy as Izakaya Sozai but nearly as good (as good depending on what your in the mood for). The noodles were cooked to perfection.  And you can't go wrong on what's included because you can get or add anything! I chose Yasai, giving me delicious stir fried vegetables, definitely with a hint of yummy sesame, and added Wakame Seaweed and 1/2 Hard Boiled Egg (ditched the yolk). A little bit of Togarashi was used for some spicyness towards the end! I am interested in trying some of the curry varieties, but had to test a basic bowl of ramen first. My mom had the Shichimi Chicken Salad which had wonderful almost crispy grilled chicken and a tasty ginger dressing (and edamame) and the Nasu Gomaae we got was sweet and tender as well. Not as good as Dengaku, and Goma Ae is a little better with Spinach, but definitely still worth ordering. I will be returning for sure! Especially because they are the only ramen place open for lunch.
-Shichimi Chicken Salad (Ginger dressing, Togarashi, Grilled Chicken, Cucumber, Carrot, Edamame)
-Nasu Gomaae (Eggplant w/ Sesame Sauce)
-Yasai Ramen add Wakame Seaweed and Egg (stir fried mushrooms, asparagus, tomato, carrot, onion, shredded cabbage, green onion and shelled edamame in tonkatsu base)
Shichimi Chicken Salad
Nasu Gomaae
 Yes I slurped my bowl clean! Everyone knows the best dessert after Japanese food is Hi Chew, but you have to be in the right place or go out of your way to get it. And you really don't need more than one. No lame hard candy or mints at Genki Ramen, you get the real deal. Mango Hi Chew!
Ginger Blueberry Crunch Parfait
Normally granola parfaits are desserts for me, because they are too good! I could eat delicious galaxy granola, yogurt, and blueberries for days, so they are quite dangerous together. This morning was different though! A recreation of ginger berry crunch oatmeal in granola parfait form. Perfect.  Sweet but not too sugary, gingery but not spicy, and plenty of Blueberry and Almond notes as well. A must try combo.
-4oz Homemade Blueberry Yogurt, 65g Vanilla Almond Galaxy Granola
-Crystalized Ginger (#3 only the best best ever from Good Earth, seriously above all other gingers)
-Ginger Juice

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