SIP sip sips-ipsss

Another day came, and my stomach sang a song for daily bread. Under this kind of circumstances, I crave for a big bowl of spring green salad together with something spicy. well……Sip came into my mind. This deli/coffee shop always take my attention due to their coffee mug shape signage with sip on it. Deep relationship has been built up with my morning habit and this onomatopoetic word. That to say, this place has been unfortunate for this past years bumping into me in wrong time.  

I stared up to a ceiling mounted menu board for a minute (my goddess gracious..my neck hurt).  Hot & Spicy, Hot & Spicy, hot and spicy….damnit. but tah-dah~~~ They had Shiracha sauce! free on a side (1000 x +point!) Their eleven different mixed meat and veggie panini sandwiches were already made and displayed waiting to get some pretty grill mark (hmmm..let me think about that situation = ‘₪’). I ordred lunch special by listing turkey, artichoke parmesan and baby spinach where I could have just by saying #2!      -_-;;; The FOOD prepared in prompt manner of within 3 minutes (₪ helped).

Analysis

First of all, I would like to inform you that they claim “featuring Boar’s Head Premium Meats and Cheeses, served on house bread, grilled to order”

I guess many deli stores in the downtown in love with Boar’s Head brand. They are good, and I have deep history with the brand since living in GA. Artichoke mixed with parmesan cheese tastes like what it is supposed to be. As an whole, there is nothing to say bad actually; however, it sin’t flattering when the taste is compatible to Subway’s -a bit of exaggeration here..Subway’s has some sort of fridge-burn taste sometime. Because it costs $ 8.63 which includes a half foot sandwich, a cup of side salad and drink. Hoagie “wana-be” panini is a bit dried and dense for my preference. Turkey and artichoke combo is well-balance of taste if I had a package of pepper which they didn’t have. Mostly roman, a bit of spring green and shredded carrot is A SALAD. I stuffed that in my sandwich to get some extra moisture (is this happening because of ₪ ?).  Or am I just a ciabatta (The Station) woman? I love their very minimal packaging-everything in a box, but there is feeling of things running around inside..maybe a layer of paper around sandwich would be pleasant. Another minuscular disappointment comes from not getting a fork and napkin……..(….silence). The experience leaves me something there is un-fresh about it (probably because of ₪ … who knows the scene behind the counter). I can go back and don’t really mind. They definitely receive a huge point having Shiracha sauce (nya nya nya nya). I still love the station – shiracha, ciabatta, house sauces and salad for same price.

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My budget is TOO LOW?

well..Stop complaining where I am eating my meal. The whole reason of this blog came as a resolution for lunch take-out while at work. Jung is not thinking of playing house wife of herself this early. nono to bento liquid dripping nor ants attack. I do eat out at more than ✳ restaurants. (emphasis! emphasis!!✈Jung wants to get 〪〭〫〫〬〬surprise~♬♫♪♩with her finding for her very first meal of a day. My recent experiences at Stone Werks and Jason’s Deli weren’t pleasant. Let me starts with the Stone Werks. I ordered GOAT CHEESE & SUN DRIED TOMATOES: Goat cheese, mozzarella & parmesan, with roasted garlic, sun dried tomatoes and olive oil. $12.99 With smoked bacon $13.99. It was good. ♡ goat cheese….but it was 6 pm dinner…and I had my lunch at 3pm. I faced the sodium problem. Nonetheless, They were good from my past experiences. Try DEEP FRIED MUSHROOMS : Fresh mushrooms lightly battered and fried, served with house made cream gravy. $7.99    One from my company ordered Prime Steak? gigantic as size of my face and bloody as hell. He recommended to dip that meat in au jus sauce.

And YOU! JASON DELI, you are so going down today. I tried not to mention you guys due to well serving of University of Texas at San Antonio Art Association Brown Bag artist lectures; however, there is no hole for you to escape. This is what I ordered :

Mediterranean Wrap

Organic wheat wrap filled with 98% fat free oven roasted turkey breast, roasted red pepper hummus, cucumbers, purple onions, kalamata olives, roma tomatoes, organic field greens. 6.29

I almost crashed my jaw with pieces of hidden kalamata olive seeds. There was not only one but three! No excuse was needed to be heard. heh heh heh, Although, I wished for their unlimited salad bar.

no picture! pretty well known spots – help yourself.

Candy’s Old Fashioned Burger

This place smelled like jerked by fried oil. Sorry, That was my first impression. There is something going on in the kitchen. It might be lack of ventilation or compact size of the place. Many Vintage signs and photos were collaged on the walls. Candy’s Old Fashioned Burger has more than average positive reviews by people who come here after jury duty. I did some research and decided on Blackening Chicky burger. Your choice of fries or fried onion comes with a burger order. With five bucks, I think that is a deal for lunch. Just like any other experience, I asked mayo and mustard on a side with jalopeno.

It was 2pm busy lunch crowd subdued dramatically. Nonetheless, my order took 15 minutes to be arrive on my table. ha! I could tell they cook in order with care. My fat chicken had beautiful brown around the edge, chewiness, tanginess and lightly crispy with it’s juice dropping like broken facet. But, here was the taste. I knew blacken seasoning is salty and Candy’s went over my expectation. I could tell chicken was marinated for a long time. The saltiness penetrated deeply into the flesh. (ToT);;;;; Goodness gracious can you please let me enjoy my first meal of the day. Cook even pan-fried my jalopeno and tomato and seared my buns which were very considerate of the cook to a customer who was about to bi*ching on his/hers. Regardless of the cook’s generosity, my buns got soaking wet due to much butter on the seared buns. Mayo and mustard arrived about the same time when my burger got ugly -geeze..that was fast. Chicken was jerking my lips in every bites. I wished for more lettuce. well…half of my burger went to trash. The onion ring shaped like large version of burger king’s. The taste, of course, way better. It was simply well fried with decently clean oil and covered with very basic flour batter. Yes, it was a bit salty, , , , , , ,too.  I guess I should have gotten hamburger. My daily sodium intake was being satisfied by chief’s special Blackening Chicky burger. You dare to try. The restaurant uses good ingredients. My criticism is always in behalf of my bodily needs. Oh~~ Maria~~I miss you.

Dante’s Pizza

When you have been starved for more than 16 hours, your mouth likes to inhale rather than exhale, and this is what happened to me today. I usually get my lunch from the Filling Station when I work in San Antonio downtown. My last lunch I had there was pulled pork sandwich with chipotle sauce where I had no veggie that came with. Let me have some break from the Station. According to my first step in empirical observation, Dante’s thick oil shine American style pizza looks great in the photos. What others’ said about it? Click Here   

But I needed my veggie for my first meal and their description on salads was too simple for my hunger at the moment. I ordered “Santa Fe” sandwich which came with ranch dressing (?).

Dried chicken was probably cooked a day or days ago (they reheated in a oven) but decently seasoned with salt and pepper (it was still bit juicy). They did sectioned a whole chicken breast horizontally against the grain which cut out amount of protein in the sandwich. Carnivore Jung doesn’t like that. I got everything I asked for -Lettuce, tomato slices, olives, jalopeno and sauce on a side (I feel stupid that I asked though). It is pretty basic simple no rule sandwich except for the name. My lettuce
was a bit withered. So again…I was starving..

With $5.10 in total, I regretted that I should had gone to subway where I could have spinach. oh yeah, I found Mt. Dew (yes, Im the lover)~~~~Supernova and Voltage . . . .with the ridiculous price of $ 1.98 / bottle. . . . @-@;;;;; It is just my first..It is. No second..

a little korean cafeteria at Seoul Oriental Food Market

Asian who doesn’t eat rice everyday broke the rule only after two food blogs. My mother went to a korean restaurant which is located inside of Seoul Oriental Food Market. Last night I danced at least 3 hours non-stop at a club for my friend’s birthday. When it comes to hang over, there is nothing like eating soup in the next day rejuvenation…especially “Korean” soup. Since I am at work, my all-time servant, my mom (*^0^*) delivered my hang over medicine.

This low maintenance cafeteria (due to its size) has no banner or menubook for each table that same dish costs about two bucks less than other competitors. A chief does everything with an assistant. It operates with semi-self serve method. Thirsty? get your own water. To-Go? get your own doggy bag from next to water dispenser.

The chief spends her entire life running restaurants in Korea. oh yes~ she is the real one. Between the chief and you, there is a ten feet long counter top where you can look over her cooking. My favorite is seafood silky tofu soup with pick your own spiciness (you probably know my level by now), which includes seafood mix – shellfish, shrimp and squid, onion, zucchini, egg, soft tofu and mystery red pepper paste by the chief. The soup comes with rice and assorted side dishes. The side dishes change everyday. For today, I got pan saute zucchini with white onion, egg boiled in soy sauce and kimchi three ways ( chinese cabbage, chives and cucumber). I order multi-grain rice instead of white sticky rice (medium grain) which composes of sweet rice, wild rice, brown rice and randomly spotted lima bean. Sweet rice is main ingredient for rice cake that it contributes viscous gummy texture to the rice. It is just simply good and healthy. The side dishes are well seasoned, too, but don’t tell me to criticize the kimchi..My grand mother spoiled my palette for it (She uses generous amount of pickled shrimp, shellfish and fish sauce). Deep and clean taste of the soup is light with hint of sea water flavor.

hint: Even in ten years ago, Korean wasn’t familiar with tipping in a restaurant. The price you pay at a cash register doesn’t include the tip. Don’t miss the tip jar on the cooking counter.

size comparison: my 24oz morning coffee juxtaposes with the soup container (very generous amount)-my deep apology for the quality of the photo…I was shaking hungry by lunch at 2pm.

That rice is the killer. Taste just like what i had from Korea. Don’t forget to ask for it or you will get just plain white.

The Copper Kitchen at Southwest School of Art

Junghee is about to introduce her most favorite salad. As known as “Jung’s Salad” at the Copper Kitchen (Club Giraud) located on Ursuline Campus at Southwest School of Art, it passes the golden rules #1 to #6 and is blended by Jung.

What is so special about this salad that she gets it at least twice per week?

Herb salad dressing made out from italian parsley blended in olive oil is the key. The fume of the ingredients does not overpower freshness of spring green mix. The color of bright minty green oil claims itself “I’m so healthy”. Their house salsa is prepared with double boiling and is hot, Hot, HOT! I obtain my sodium from parmesan cheese and croutons. Here is the mixology:

1. one spoon full of the herb salad

2. three spoons of the house salsa ( I get 1 more…and I’m spicy Korean)

3. The kitchen staff will mix spring greens (about 2 cups) with croutons and parmesan cheese

4. I add the salsa and extra parmesan cheese ( I did mention my ❤ of cheese)

5. set it steady for at least 3 minutes untill little delicious atoms marrying away or until croutons get subtly softer.

warning: Jung’s salad is not on the Copper Kitchen menu; however, you can try with side salad and cut the amount of dressing and salsa in half. Also, meat entree and soup might be salty for your palette (yeah..I rarely get them), but the C.K makes deep Tex-Mex combined with semi-italian and french cuisine. Sometime their bison and quaile and duck enchilada surprise me.

Their salsa and herb dressing have amazing balance in flavor. I will never get each one separately nor forget to include parmesan cheese – it helps cutting away the heat). Another reason that I treasure the salad is “I could not mimic their recipe!!”

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Junghee is frugal and amazed by “eating-out” culture in this country. Somehow she begins busy with work and talk s*i* with her newly habitualized words. The green comes and goes ~ Let’s spend it.

A restaurant review by SACurrent about Five Guys Burger caught my eyes few months ago. “Oh~yeaH” ……..bad idea. According to my knowledge, grind meat burger easily can have 400 cal. at minimum. Remember Junghee! your calories intake for a meal is less than 500. I ordered Light Burger that comes with one patty and my choice of toppings. I love cheese but decided not for this time due to indescribable  balance between meat and cheese. The stink of cheese ( where is this originated anyway?) would prevent my tongue to appreciate juice from the meat which was what they are known for.

Hi~~~eeeee. Can I have a light burger with grilled mushroom, onion and green pepper..tomato and letters…..aaaaand jalapeno.

ummm….Let me get regular fries, too. (with that…It was over my lunch budget, but why not? I was hungry)

On 11: 50am, the place was crowded. I had five orders in front of me which took 5 minute till my turn. An order for a minute was not bad. I detected some vinegar sauce bottles, ketchup and BBQ SAUSE~~hmm. They also had self served shelled peanuts in two boxes full and was delicious, fresh and roasty. I waited two minutes for my about to be broken dream burger and fries.

Before I get into the taste, I would like to point out their method of cooking the half-inches thick patty. On a huge flat griddle, a cook put about fifteens at the same time (good..it’s lunch time and praising the fast past). And the cook started pressing the small poor guys down really really hard. The meat left five inches diameter of protein on the griddle. Well….honey (the protein)….you are supposed not to live like that and not to leave those burnt. I just lost my important element there. . . bomber. The burnt was the reason for no mayo and no cheese and would keep the patty warm longer. (-65/100)

I got BBQ sauce on a side-friendly customer service but didn’t want to talk about the plain brown viscous liquid. Fries….yeah the fries…..thick string cut with the skin on. I shredded a piece with my teeth. There was a extremely high possibility that the piece absorbed a tsp or two of peanut oil. The waxed paper cup container for the fries facilitated sogginess (super). If I was getting the string, I would expect crispness. Where are you Ruby’s or even McDonald~~~?!!!! It went to trash. (-20/100)

I ended up obtaining my daily fat requirement from the peanut oil and mayo which I did not ask for my burger. Chunky diced cut white onion broke the entire balance. I could only feel the dried-out rounded patty parts. Grilled mushroom was canned which could tell by the way it had been cut and the taste of course. (-15/100)

Their buns? You could not say it was made by carefully selected bakeries if buns have sesame seeds on the top. The taste of their so proudly advertised buns did not meet my expectation. (you are going down~~~)

In sum, FGBF receives (-100/100) which means ZERO~ ulala. Do I have any suggestion for improvement, or am I going to try different FGBF’s burger? I have my grieve on their business strategies. According to my golden rules, #1 (failed due to the mushroom), #2,3 & 4 (failed due to their meat patty cooking method and b*a* onion) which means #5 and #6 automatically dropped.

I have no images but ENJOY~~~(>0<)