Friday, January 29, 2016

Restaurant Week At M.Y. China

Teatime likes to participate in San Francisco's Restaurant Week 2016, and we were excited to see that M.Y. China was participating this year with a special lunch.
We were greeted by a dragon at the entrance to the Westfield Centre.

For starters, there was a choice of Dan Dan Noodle Bite (a salad, really, with seasoned pork, peanuts, and chili garlic sauce, served chilled) or Crispy Veggie Spring Rolls (toasted taro, wild seasonal mushrooms).
Dan Dan Noodle Bite

Crispy Veggie Spring Rolls
 The next course had three choices:
Wok Seared Beef Filet
sichuan peppercorns, arugula
Kung Pao Shrimp
huang fei chilies, jalapeño, peanuts
There was also a vegetarian option, Mushrooms with Spicy Sesame Soy (king oyster mushroom, jalapeño, carrots, onion, garlic, gluten-free soy sauce).

Dessert was a Sugar Puff Ice Cream Sandwich.

Restaurant week is still happening through the weekend, but if you're ready to celebrate Chinese New Year instead, M.Y. China is ready with special menu items. They include lobster recipes inspired by several provinces in China and dumplings. Ask at the restaurant for more details.  Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cypress Grove Chevre at the 2016 Fancy Food Show

J.K. met one of the Cypress Grove ladies in the press room, setting out the party goats, and was promised a surprise if she brought the little goat to Cypress Grove's booth. We finally got there on Tuesday and were we ever surprised! 
The party goats came in several colors. J.K. chose blue.
We were EACH gifted with a canvas tote bag.
AND a one-pound round of their yummy Truffle Tremor.
They claimed that they had to shrink the goats to make the mini cheese, but we have our doubts about that...where did the glitter come from?
Their display was really a smorgasboard of cheese. We were also very impressed by their "cheese cakes."

cheese cake designed by Patisserie Angelica
We received the round on the right. It lives up to its hype, an Award Winner for sure.
Cypress Grove has beautiful packaging and thoughtful staging. The ladies at the booth were very nice and genuinely excited when Angela showed them her little glitter mini-goat. Next time we head up north to Humboldt County (maybe for their Oyster Fest??!) we'll stop in and see the goats that helped produce our cheese.

Happy National Cheese Lovers Day Everyone!!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Walker's Shortbread at the Fancy Food Show

Walkers seems to be competing with Churchill's to package their cookies in the coolest tins. These three are new this year. I bought the Santa, but would have gotten the Scotsman if I had seen him in a store. Actually I will still buy him if he appears on a shelf near me!
I like this guy a lot, too, but I already have the white dog, which Angela gave me for Christmas last year.

Unfortunately, the Outlander assortment is in a box, not a tin.

"Walkers is proud to present a shortbread assortment inspired by OUTLANDER, a series of books written by Diana Gabaldon which has sold 26 million copies worldwide and is now a successful epic television series.

OUTLANDER is set in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, the home of Walkers Shortbread since 1898. A fitting tribute to the passion, beauty and drama of the OUTLANDER story, this boxed Shortbread Assortment features the OUTLANDER tartan and images of Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser on the package."
The Walkers booth is always a stunner, usually on the end of an aisle with a display of one of each little tin or flavor of cookies they have for sale. This year there were a lot of gluten–free options (and you wouldn't know if they didn't tell you!) which we hadn't seen (noticed?) prior to this event. So, if you're looking for cookies for a tea party you're hosting, check out your local store for Walkers! You might even get some decor in the bargain.
  However they're packaged and shaped, Walkers cookies are the best!