2010-02-28

Sanma Kabayaki Donburi

It was shockingly good. It is teriyaki fish from a can and onion on the rice in a bowl. I had been thinking how to use this can of fish, which was sent from my mom in Japan. I don't eat food from a can that much, except a can of tuna. I made this meal as a trial. It was way better than I expected. It is nothing special, but I am publishing this to remind me. I have to ask my mom to send more of those cans!




Ingredients : serves 2
1 can of Sanma Kabayaki(Teriyaki Pacific Saury)
1 middium onion - slice it thin
1 sheet nori(laver)
a little shichimi(Japanese seasoning ; 7 kinds chilli peppers)
1 tbs cooking sake
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs suger
1 tsp dashi(fish broth) powder
1/3 cup water

Preparation :
1. Put all ingredients, except nori and shichimi, in the pot and mix.
2. Put the lid on the pot and cook on low heat
3. When the onion gets tender, add the fish. It is to make the fish warmer and you don't need to stir.
4. Serve rice in a bowl and put ripped nori on the rice.
5. Put onion and fish on #4 and sprinkle shichimi on it.


Feb. 28

8:00am Breakfast : a glass of soy milk, ramen, 2 cups of coffee
10:00am a glass of smoothie(orange, banana, papaya, wheat germ, water)
1:00pm Lunch : Sanma Kabayaki Don, a glass of water
4:30pm a glass of white wine
5:30pm Dinner : grilled mashed pumpkin, grilled chinese cabbage with balsamic sauce(from vege dining's recipe), pita bread with hummus, cheese and crackers, a glass of red wine
7:30pm-9:30pm a glass of red wine, beer 350 ml x 1, martini, popcorn
Anytime water 24 oz

Lunch


Dinner
Dinner was not colorful. Hummus is salmon pink, the sauce for the pumpkin is also the same color. I would like to have a beautiful color combination. If I had a leaf of lettus it would have looked better. It was a good anyway. I will use something green for tomorrow's dinner.

Bananeira

Bnaneira has a popular lunch on Saturday. Here, in Sao Paulo, people eat traditional Brazilian food, rice and beans, on Saturday afternoon. The restaurants get crowded around 2pm - 3pm usually. We had dinner here today. Once we take a menu, an appetizer is brought. It is called "Convert" and costs about US$5 for each person. The price depends on the restaurant and you can see the price on the menu. If you don't want it, you can say "No" and you don't need to pay for it, of course. We usually don't take a convert, but it had pao de queijo and it cost less than US$5 per one person and we took it. I would like to try lunch here next time.

Convert(pao de queijo, kashew, butter, dip)

We already had some bread. There was more than the pictore above.

Cuscuz Paulista It was small and I thought I picked the wrong one to satisfy my stomach. Couscous was hidding under the shrimp. There's not a lot but it's good enough. Couscous tasted like coconuts and it was tasty.

BorogodoIt was a little bit greasy for me, but I will be hungry for this plate again. Fried rice had some kind of beans and the red cute guy is pimenta bequinho. I don't know what it is called in English and also don't have it in Japan. It was new for both J and me. It tastes sour and spicy at same time. Stir fry had shredded beef jerky and some vegetables. It tasted like .............. beef jerky! It was good.
---------------------------------------------
Bananeira
Rua Mal. Hastimphilo de Moura 417

2010-02-27

Feb. 27

7:30am Breakfast : a glass of milk, a glass of smoothie(banana, yogurt, wheat germ, soy milk), one cup of coffee
11:30am Lunch : Korean style soup(chinese cabbage, carrot, onion, pumpkin, ginger, garlic, red hot chilli pepper, sesami seeds, miso paste)
4:15pm pao de queijo, coke
6:00pm a glass of red wine
7:00pm Dinner : pao de queijo, beef jerky and vegetable stir fry with rice, shrimp with couscous, Caipiroska com maracucja at Bananeira
8:30pm-10:30pm 2 glasses of red wine, beer 350 ml x 1, chips

Lunch
I had a small breakfast. Actually I had already had an early breakfast, ramen, at 11pm last night...... I think I ate good today. About drinking? Hey, it is Saturday night. I will be careful after tomorrow. I think.....

2010-02-26

Chinese cabbage spicy ketchup flavor

It's spicy! I had it with rice, but I am sure that it goes good with crackers! The original recipe is here in Japanese. I'd like to share her wonderful recipe here!




Ingredients : serves 1 (just like the picture above)
4 leaf Chinese cabbage
2 tbp ketchup
1/2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp Ra-yu(spicy sesami oil)


Preparation :
1. Cut Chinese cabbage into thin strips
2. Put all ingredients in the pot and mix. Put the pot on middle heat.
3. When steam rises, turn to low heat and put the lid on the pot.
4. Cook for 20 -30min.

Feb. 26

6:40am Breakfast : a glass of soy milk, a glass of smoothie(orange, banana, papaya, apple, wheat germ, yogurt), one boiled egg, a cup of coffee
1:00pm Lunch : rice with cooked chinese cabbage, a glass of water

6:50pm Dinner : fried rice, gyoza, chinese cabbage soup, beer 350 ml x 1
7:00pm-10:30pm 3 glasses of red wine, beer 350 ml x 1, martini x 1
11:00pm ramen
Anytime water 24 oz

Lunch


Dinner


We had Chinese cuisine for dinner. I bought gyoza at Yakisoba House . I like Chinese food. For people out of Asia, Chinese food and Japanese food seem similar, I guess. Let me say something. They are completely different. When I am hungry for Chinese, I never go to a Japanese restaurant. When I am hungry for Japanese, it's vice versa.

Ramen at 11pm....... I know. Don't say anything.

2010-02-25

Sushi Den on 25th Feb.


Food : Fried squid arms, Sushi and Sashimi, Ceviche
Drink : one bottle of beer, a glass of sake


I was hungry for sushi since this morning. I decided not to cook tonight and we went to our favorite sushi resutaurant, Sushi Den. As usual, once we took a seat, "Cerveja(beer)?" asked the waiter. YES. This is our restaurant. The ceviche we had was what they gave us for free. They give us something for trial every time. I like it! They are seizing our heart (stomach?). They know what business is.

-----------------------------------------------
Sushi Den
R. Dr. Luiz Migliano, 1110, loja 7

Cooked Spicy Chinese Cabbage

I don't use any water for this recipe. The Chinese Cabbage is steamed by it's own juice. Shichimi, Japanese seasoning, is good accent for this simple flavor. It is easy to make and tasty!






Ingredients : serves 2 (small portions each)

5 leaves chinese cabbage - cut into large bite-sized

1 tsp sugar

2 tbs soy sauce

1 tbs cooking sake

little Shichimi(you can get it at a Japanese grocery store : 7 kinds of chilli peppers)

Preparation :

1. Put all ingredients in the pot

2. Put the lid on the pot and cook on low heat

3. Cook until chinese cabbage gets tender

Carrots and Wakame with ginger ponzu

This is simple and healthy. I followed my mom's recipe. She used shungiku(a leaf vegetable), but I am not sure if I can get it in Brazil, so I tried it with carrots. It works!




Ingredients : serves 2 (for a small portion each)
1 middle carrot - cut into small rectangles
3 tbs dried wakame(seaweeds)
1 tsp grated ginger
2 tbs Ponzu(you can get it at a Japanese grocery store : soy sauce blended with vineger and citrus juice)
1 pinch sesami seeds

Preparetion:
1. Boil carrots and wakame until carrots are cooked
2. Drain well
3. Dress 2 with ginger and Ponzu
4. Cool it in the fridge for a while to season
5. Add sesami seeds before serving

Feb. 25

6:45am Breakfast : a glass of soy milk, a glass of orange juice, one small banana, one boiled egg, 2 cups of coffee
12:30pm Lunch : Ginger carrot Don(cooked carrot and ginger on the rice in the bowl), a glass of water, a glass of soy milk
4:00pm 2 cups of apple cinnamon tea, crackers
7:00pm Dinner : a glass of sake, a glass of beer, sushi and sashimi at Sushi Den
8:20pm-9:30pm some cookies, chips 50g, a glass of red wine, a bottle of beer 355 ml x 1
Anytime water 24 oz

Lunch
The lunch looks very similar from last night dinner. But it is different. Mine was from my mom's recipe. This recipe is from a Japanese blogger who publishes books of her own recipes. I will buy her books when I visit Japan. It was tasty! Thank you, Izumi-san!

2010-02-24

Feb. 24

6:30am Breakfast : a glass of soy milk, a glass of orange juice, beans salad(leftovers), cereal with milk, one small banana, one cup of coffee
11:00am Lunch : salad, pasta with cream and tomato sauce, beef, jelly
2:30pm pineapple
4:30pm a glass of ice coffee, crackers
6:30pm Dinner : Black beans rice, steamed Sawara(Japanese Spanish Mackerel), Cooked Chinese cabbage, marinated carrots and wakame(seaweeds), kabocha no miso-shiru(pumpkin miso-soup)
9:00pm a glass of red wine
Anytime water 40 oz


Dinner


I have eaten too much since yesterday. I had an excuse yesterday. Today I ate just because I wanted to eat. My throat still feels uncomfotable, but it is time to work out. I feel that my stmach is heavy.

2010-02-23

Pastel

Pastel is a Brazilian fried snack which looks like a deep fried pastry. There are lots of variation for the fillings and it is fried just after you order. Be careful not to burn your tongue! People eat it with molho which is like salsa. They put molho on the pastel at each bite.
I got a pastel with beef and cheese fillings at a feira (market) and brought it back home. It is as big as a postcard. It is not stuffed too much and it tastes lighter than I expected, but it was enough for me to survive until lunch time.










Feb. 23

6:40am Breakfast : a glass of soy milk, a glass of smoothie(orange, papaya, apple, banana, wheat germ, yogurt), one boiled egg, 2 cups of coffee
10:00am one pastel(beef and cheese)
1:00pm Lunch : leftovers(black beans rice, kiriboshi daiko), a glass of water
3:00pm ice cream
4:00pm some pieces of bread
7:00pm Dinner : fried panko crusted sardine, beans salad, bread, cheese & crackers
9:00pm beer 350 ml x 1
Anytime water 56 oz


Pastel


DinnerI felt lazy today and didn't wanna do anything. In hard(just lazy) times like today, I have things to do. Not tomorrow. It should be done today. So I gave myself a treat. I bought me a pastel at the feira(market) after buying groceries, ice cream after walking to a post office in the hot afternoon and bread after .... I was just hungry. I have had a cold and eating is good to recover from cold, right?

2010-02-22

Feb. 22

6:40am Breakfast : a glass of soy milk, a glass of orange juice, one boiled egg, a cup of coffee
9:30am a cup of camomile tea
11:00am Lunch : salad, grilled chicken with cheese, melon, a glass of water
12:00pm crackers
4:30pm a glass of cafe au leit
6:30pm Dinner : black beans rice, ingen goma ae(boiled grean beans with sesami seeds), Kiriboshi daikon no Nimono(cooked dried radish), Miso-shiru(miso-soup), Daikon to shoga no Amakara Soboro(cooked diced radish and ginger)
9:00pm a glass of milk
Anytime water 24 oz



Dinner


I made something good for rice. It's easy to make and tasty. The original recipe is this from my favorite blog. The ginger keeps me warm. Unfortunately, it started raining hard at dinner time and we had to close the window. It is summer here and we don't have an air conditioner. It was hot and hummid. I hope the ginger and the steamy room get rid of a cold I have had for a week.

2010-02-21

Feb. 21

8:30am Breakfast : a glass of soy milk, a glass of smoothie(orange, banana, pineapple, papaya, apple, wheat germ, yogurt), one fried egg
1:00pm Lunch : Hamburger with french fries, ice cream, agua com gas(water with gas) 510 ml
2:30pm a glass of cafe au leit
7:00pm Dinner : Hummus, tomato & onion salad, roasted grean beans, pita bread, carrot sticks, cheese and crackers, a glass of water
8:30pm popcorn
9:00pm a glass of milk
Anytime water 24 oz

Dinner
J made hummus again. Thanks to the hummus, I didn't need to work hard on cooking dinner. Simple, healthy and yummy!

2010-02-20

Andiamo

Appetizer
Carpaccio Italia

Insalata Palma


We had light meal, because I ate a lot at lunch. I am not sure if it was enough for J. We liked the food here at Andiamio. We haven't been to an Italian restaurant in Sao Paulo enough to compare, but we enjoyed the meal. First of all, this restaurant has a English menu and we could order what we wanted. That means a lot for us, I think. According to the website of this restaurant, it is a franchise and some shopping malls have this restaurant.

------------------------------------------------------

Andiamo Ristorante -Morumbi Shopping-

Av. Roque Petroni Jr., 1089

Sa Gun Ja

Appetizer(egg roll, seaweeds, cooked beef, kimuchi)

Bibimbap

Bulgogi

My Korean friend took me to a Korean restaurant. She says it is the best Korean restaurant in Sao Paulo. The restaurant doesn't look like a restaurant, it is more like a house. The restaurant has private rooms and is a good place to gather with close friends and family. The food was good. I saw some customers and they were all Korean. Well, I was not sure but they looked like Korean. That could be a clue that this restaurant is really good?
---------------------------------------------------
Sa Gun Ja
Rua. Prof. Santiago Dantas 192

Feb. 20

7:15am Breakfast : a glass of soy milk, a glass of orange juice, scrambled egg, a cup of coffee
1:30pm Lunch : at Sa Gun Ja ; some vegetables, Bibimbap, Bulgogi, soup, a glass of Korean juice, agua com gas(water with gas)
4:00pm a coffee of the day at Starbucks
7:00pm Dinner : at Andiamo ; bread with olive oil, carpaccio, salad, 2 glasses of red wine
9:00pm-11:50pm Martini x 1, beer 350 ml x 1, 2 glasses of red wine
11:45pm mini ramen

Mini ramen... it is a small ramen which I can eat in the coffee cup, but it was before midnight. I know. Please don't say anything.

2010-02-19

Feb. 19

8:30am Breakfast : Rice, Dashimaki Tamago(Japanese omlet), Ingen goma ae(boiled vegetable with sesame seed), Miso-shiru(Miso soup), a glass of soy milk, a glass of smoothie(orange, banaba, mango, papaya, apple, wheat germ, yogurt), a cup of coffee
1:30pm Lunch : Tomato Donburi, Black beans soup
4:30pm chocopate mousse
6:30pm Dinner : Black beans soup with pita bread, grilled salmon, hummus with carrot sticks
8:00pm-10:00pm beer 350 ml x 1, gin & tonic x 1, 2 glasses of red wine
Anytime water 40 oz

Breakfast
I was hungry for Japanese breakfast and made it this morning. Typical Japanese breakfast has rice, miso-soup, some cooked vegitables and grilled salmon. It is just like my dinner. Whenever my mom sees the picture of my dinner, she asks "Is this breakfast?". Actually the breakfast my mom makes is bigger and nicer than my dinner. I miss mom's cooking.

Lunch
Finally, I made Tomato don which I wanted to try for a long time. As I added too much oil, it looked different from the original, my favorite blog "vege dining". The tomato is supposed to be steamed, but mine was fried. It was really good though.

Dinner

Look at this hummus. Isn't it pretty? I don't know the recipe. J made it. I saw he was grilling red peppers. So that salmon pink is from the red peppers not ketchup, I guess. Chef, J, did a really good job for dinner.

2010-02-18

Yakisoba House

Yakisoba is a stir-fry noodle with vegitable and meat. At a Japanese restaurant in Sao Paulo, it is not the yakisoba that I expect. It is more like Chinese style. Once you leave Asia, Asian food looks all the same for people. But I have a strong feeling for Japanese food. Here, the restaurant, "Yakisoba House", serves completely ideal Yakisoba. It is located at a food court in a small shopping center. It is not bad to have Chinese style Yakisoba, but if you wanna try real Yakisoba, I recommend Yakisoba House to you.
-------------------------------------------------------
Yakisoba house
Av. Guilherme Dumont Villares, 1210 - loja 33

Feb. 18

8:00am Breakfast : ramen, 2 cups of coffee
1:00pm Lunch : Yakisoba and Gyoza at Yakisoba House, agua com gas(water with gas) 510 ml
5:00pm beer 350 ml x 1
6:00pm-7:00pm wisky shot x 1, vodka & lime x 1
7:00pm Dinner : grilled onion and tomato, hummus with carrot sticks and crackers
8:00pm-9:30pm ice cream, vodka & lime x 1, martini x 1, popcorn
Anytime water 24 oz
Dinner











Yakisoba which I ate for linch was kind a big. In fact, J got a doggy back. I made dinner light. It was good and healthy.

Kebab Salonu

Kebab Salonu was introduced as a good restaurant in a popular magazine a few days ago. The atomosphere was nice and clean. It looked like a cafe. Beer was served with a very cold glass. That's nice. Food was ok. We prefered falafel of Almanara which is a chane restaurant. We liked the salad.


Kibes de Cordeiro Recheados e Fritos and Falafel
Shish de Cordeoro

Tunisiana de Couscous , Tomates, Azeitonas, Ervas, Azeite de limao

Food : Salad(Tunisiana de Couscous, Tomates, Azeitonas, Ervas, Azeite de limao), Kibes(Kibes de Cordeiro Recheados e Fritos), Falafel, Kebabs Enrolado(Shish de Cordeoro)
Drink : a bottle of beer
-----------------------------------------------------
Kebab Salonu
Rua Augusta 1416

2010-02-17

Haagen-dazs ice cream

Haagen-Dazs ice cream seems fashionable here. In fact, I have seen Haagen-Dazs ice cream at a fancy restaurant. J bought me Haagen-Dazs ice cream(1 pint) yesterday. I just saw the recipt casually and I found that the ice cream was more expensive than a dozen beers. Is it normal? As I usually don't buy ice cream, I don't know the average price. Actually beer is cheap here. I know Haagen-Dazs ice cream is not cheap as regular ice cream. However ice cream could be more expensive than booze??? BTW, a dozen beers cost about US$9!!!!!! (It is not the cheapest beer.)

Feb. 17

9:00am Breakfast : a glass of soy milk, a glass of smootie(orange, apple, banana, papaya, yogurt, wheat germ), salad and scrambled egg, a cup of coffee
1:00pm Lunch : chicken sandwich, a glass of milk
7:30pm Dinner at Kebab Salonu
10:00pm martini x 1
Anytime water 16 oz

2010-02-16

Feb. 16

8:00am Breakfast : a glass of soy milk, a glass of smootie(orange, banana, pinapple, yogurt, wheat germ), 2 cups of coffee
11:40am Lunch : fried rice, a glass of water
5:00pm wisky shot x 1
6:30pm Dinner : pizza, cheese and cracker, 2 glasses of red wine
7:30pm Haagen-Dazs cookies'n cream ice cream(my favorite flavor)
8:00pm-10:00pm a glass of red wine, beer 350 ml x 2
Anytime water 24 oz

Lunch


Dinner

ice cream
We were going to eat out tonight, but we changed our mind and put frozen pizza in the oven. It costs only about US$4. It was good. Last week we spent about US$25 for delivery pizza. All right, we shouldn't think about it. I have had a sore throat since yesterday and J bought me ice cream. Thanks, J.

2010-02-15

Feb. 15

8:30am Breakfast : a glass of soy milk, a glass of orange juice, ramen, 2 cups of coffee
1:00pm-5:pm BBQ at friend's place : tons of food, beer 350 ml x 2, caipiroska x 3, water
8:30pm-10:00pm Beer 350 ml x 2, vodka shot x 1,

BBQ(top left to down : chicken, cheese, corn, onion, salmon(in foil), sausage, sardine)

J's hummus & pita bread

Onigiri(rice ball)

rice

potato salad and feij√£o(stewed beans)

My fruits salad
We were invited to a BBQ party and people all brought some food. I made fruits salad and J made hummus. The party had a variety of nationalities. There was a Turkish woman and she ate J's hummus. He was nervous about it, but she liked his hummus. Actually, the hummus was the best he ever made. We ate more than we should and we didn't need dinner.


2010-02-14

Feb. 14 Valentine's day

8:30am Breakfast : a glass of soy milk, a glass of orange juice, salad, sunny-side up, pita bread, 2 cups of coffee
1:00pm Lunch : french fries, a glass of caipiroska
6:00pm beer 350 ml x 1
8:00pm Dinner : salmon sashimi, hummus with carrot sticks and pita bread, beer 350 ml x 1
8:30pm-beer 350 ml x 2, martini x 2, a glass of red wine, chips
Dinner

It was Valentine's day today. People don't celebrate Valentine's day today in Brazil. My Brazilian friend told me that they celebrate it in June. It is lucky for us. Because we don't need to reserve a restaurant. J and I were going to eat out downtown, but we felt tired this afternoon and we decided to go to sushi resutaurant near our apartment. Unfortunately the restaurant was closed. It's not surprising. It is carnival holiday here right now. In fact, some of our friends are traveling during this holiday. Outback steak house, which is nearby, was opened, but we were hungry for sushi. So we went to a grocery store and got fresh salmon for dinner. The picture of dinner didn't look great. There's no green. It tastes good though. It was way cheaper than dinner at restaurant. We enjoyed dinner anyway.

2010-02-13

Feb. 13

8:30am Breakfast : a glass of soy milk, scrambled egg, 2 cups of coffee
10:00am a glass of smoothie(orange, mango, papaya, yogurt, wheat germ)
12:15pm Lunch : ramen
3:20pm beer 350 ml x 1
6:00pm a glass of red wine
7:30pm Dinner : chicken salad(lettuce, grape tomato, crashed nuts), a glass of red wine
8:30pm-11:30pm 2 glasses of red wine, beer 350 ml x 2, wisky shot x 2, popcorn, cheese

DinnerIt was a relaxing day. After lunch, I enjoyed reading with some drinks. Isn't it great to have a drink during the daytime? I like it. I didn't have J for dinner and my dinner was simple.