Hodge Podge Kitchen

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Honey Crisp apple is tasty!

One day last year, Chris came home from work and told me that he had the best apple ever. It has the perfect balance of sweet and tart with a great crisp texture. The variety of it is called Honey Crisp. That's great and all, but he to actually bring one back for me to try. He tried to get one for me at the end of the season, but since it's the end of the season, it was okay, definitely not great. This year, we made sure to look for it. The first time we found it at Whole Foods, grown in CA which was a little unusual since majority came from Midwest or Washington. It was delicious and got me hook as well. But at $3.99/lb, it's a bit pricey and we tried a few other places. The local Lucky had it, and those were pretty tasteless. Surprisingly, Costco had it and they were pretty good. They are still more expensive than the more common varieties, but I would recommend at least giving them a try. (The picture shows Talise going to town with a piece of it. Who knew that one tooth is so effective at eating apple!)

Monday, October 01, 2007

100% Healthy Dessert

Recently, after visiting some relatives, my mother and I went out for dessert in SF. We went to a place on Taraval across the street from KFC called "100% Healthy Dessert" or something like that. The interior was simple and modern like many of those restaurants that are marketed toward the Asian teens that have nothing to do any night and apparently aren't studying. I ordered a Mango GiGi which was basically a mango version of that sweet tapioca soup you get at the end dinner at some Chinese restaurants. Mom got Mixed Fruit with Noodle. The picture was the noodle part(taken on my camera phone so sorry). The noodles were probably coconut milk and gelatin but the cool thing was that it was long and thin like rice noodles. The multicolored round balls you see were called "Tadpoles." They actually had "tails." Supposedly good for brain development, immunity, and bone growth, I couldn't figure out what these "tadpoles" were. Unlike tapioca, they had a crunch when eaten. After a few bites, I felt like I was eating giant sperm and didn't want anymore. I'm willing to go back but avoiding tails.