Monday, June 15, 2009

MxMo: Ginger Sangria (My first MxMo!)

For some reason I told Rumdood I'll join in on the Mixology Monday. I don't know why ...

"Pick a recipe with ginger in it, write a blog post on it."

Sounds easy enough, and I've been wanting to try making a ginger sangria. So I went to TJ and got some fruits. Suddenly I find myself with a pot of sangria in the kitchen and sipping a glass before 6 PM on a Monday. How dangerous ...
Ginger Sangria

1 bottle dry white wine
1 oz Tuaca
1 tbsp Honey
2 Navel oranges, sliced
1 Peach, sliced and diced
1 Red Apple, sliced and diced
1 fresh ginger (abt 3 oz), peeled. Slice and dice 3/4 of the ginger, and grate the rest.

Throw everything in a pot, let soak for at least 2 hours. Easy schmeazy. Oh yeah, and chill.

Add a dash of Angostura bitters to your glass if desired.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Fresh & Cheap Seafood on the Pier

Walking through the Redondo Beach Boardwalk, every whiff of air you take smells of the ocean. Yes, I meant "fishy" but I thought this might be a place of euphemism. You're right by the ocean surrounded by seafood restaurants, so it's no wonder it smells fishy. But ... you smell more ... could it be ...? Yep, there they are! Live tanks of fish and shellfish at Quality Seafood.

Quality is the place for cheap fresh fishy treats.
They have fish, crabs, etc, but we went straight to this tank here:

Live uni. They opened it up and the spikes were still wriggling as the guy put the uni on the plate. One live uni served on a styrofoam plate, $5.60. Oh yeah.
They also have a pretty big selection of fresh oysters, I remember about 10 types, ranging from $1.50-$1.90 each! I got three oysters, including two Kumamotos at $1.90.
It's so fresh, all you need is a squeeze of lemon and slurp it!

Quality Seafood
130 S International Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 374-2382
Quality Seafood on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Strawberry Fest! 2009

We kicked off summer and its lineup of food festivals with the Strawberry Fest in Oxnard (and, hey, it's right by the outlet stores ...). I went with some friends including former roomie turned fellow blogger Kat's 9 Lives.

Various food and arts stalls abound, including your typical festival foods such as corn on the cob, smoked turkey leg (which was delicious, btw), and even some chains that surprised me like Jamba Juice.

And of course, there were tons of strawberry-related food and drinks, including strawberry beer/wine, strawberry lemonade, and strawberry crepe shown below:
This was a pretty good and heavy duty crepe! Filled not just with fresh, sweet, strawberries but topped with chocolate whipped cream and powdered sugar! We're definitely not counting calories here.

Choclate-dipped strawberries were not cheap at about $2 each (or $10 for 6) but those big strawberries looked good so we got some that were made by this temple organization.

Umm, delicious, juicy, sweet strawberries covered in good, dark chocolate.
Let's take another look :P

No festival is complete without funnel cakes. There was only one funnel cake vendor, which was operated by a local high school, so we got in the long line and got one to share.

The funnel cake had perfect thickness such that it had a crispy fried outer layer but moist dough inside. The syruped strawberries were so-so and lacking in quantity -- the funnel cake with just powdered sugar was already so delicious, but just wished we hadn't paid extra for the strawberries.

Naturally we can't go home without buying at least a flat of strawberries to take home! We saw two farms selling fresh strawberries right next to each other. One had strawberries that are bigger and juicier, but the other had ones that are sweeter.

Oh, the decisions ... we bought 3 flats to take home :P

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