Monday, November 13, 2006

Dinner at Gaucho's

My friend Emem recently celebrated her 22nd birthday, and so she invited her friends (mostly from the Journalism school) to have dinner at Gaucho's Steakhouse-Churrascaria, which is probably the only Brazilian restaurant in town. The thought of eating there did not particularly excite me, since it's mostly a meat place (it is a steakhouse, after all). However, I was a bit excited because they have drink specials, and they have $10 pitchers of Champagne Sangria which I think is delicious.

All their grilled meals came with a salad bar. I had the shrimp skewer, since my choices were very limited. It was very garlicky, and not particularly memorable.

I liked the salad bar though, because it didn't just have the usual ingredients that you see in other restaurants. I liked the tuna salad and the sundried tomatoes in particular. I also enjoyed the flourless chocolate cake that I had for dessert.

The biggest downer of the night was getting my bill. When it first arrived, there was a mistake in the check, and I had to send it back three times, because they found a way to make a new error each time I sent it back. All this going back and forth of the bill ate up an extra 30 minutes at the very least. Most of our friends had already left by the time it was all settled. It was a good thing I was pleasantly full and wasn't in any particular rush to go anywhere. Otherwise I would have been really ticked off.

10 Southampton Drive
Columbia, MO 65203

Monday, November 06, 2006


One of my favorite restaurants here in Columbia is Addison's, which is a casual dining place. It's the restaurant I go to most often when I want a break from Taco Bell. Usually, I eat their pasta, but last time I went, I only had space for an appetizer and dessert. So, I had their Italian bread which has lots of cheese on top, and a slice of their caramel pecan cake. Worth mentioning is their sweet potato chips which I had another time. It comes with horseradish sauce, and the combination was surprisingly complementary. We have sweet potato chips in the Philippines, but these are usually sugared. I'll try to make my own version of the sauce when I fly back home.

709 Cherry St.
Columbia, MO

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Chinese Tea Eggs

One dish I learned about from my Chinese friend Yuying was Chinese tea eggs. She served me some when I dropped by her house to pick up some school books. It was the first time I had heard of it, but I was intrigued by it and I wanted to try making it for myself. Basically, tea eggs are regular chicken eggs boiled in tea. But because of the process, it ends up being marbled. I thought they were both pretty AND delicious.

What you'll need

8 eggs
2 or 3 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons Chinese five spice powder
1 piece star anise
1 tea bag (plain black tea)

What you'll do

Boil some water, and put the eggs and all the ingredients in.
Let the eggs boil for 3-5 minutes.
Remove the pot from the fire.
Remove the eggs from the water, then gently crack the egg's shell all over.
Do not remove the shell.
Put the eggs back in the pot, making sure there is still enough water to cover the eggs.
Let the eggs simmer for an hour.
Put the fire out, but let the eggs stay in the water for another hour.
Drain and enjoy.
You may dip the egg in a salt and pepper mixture.
The eggs can be eaten hot or cold.