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The Boiler

15 Aug

I have always heard about The Boiler in Chino Hills, but thought it was too far to drive to.  While out in Palm Springs this past weekend, we came up with the idea of stopping here on the way home. Genius. We were the first ones to show up for lunch so we were able to sit wherever we wanted.  We chose to sit up at the counter which we soon came to realize was the best seats in the house. We got full attention from the chef since it is technically open kitchen.

The whole point of The Boiler is their steam cooking. There are about 12 steam pots lining the counter so the chefs can cook in front of you. I ordered the House Pan, the boy ordered the Seafood Clam Chowder and a friend ordered the Gumbo. I loved sitting up at the counter because we were able to customize our orders. We were also able to watch him cook all the fresh seafood and request he add a couple extra spoonfuls of garlic.

The House Pan tasted like a cross of a Tikka Masala sauce and tomato sauce. It was delicious and well worth the hefty price for lunch. There was tons of seafood and a nice dollop of white rice on top.

I would definitely go back if it was on the way and during a weekday lunch.  Weekend lunch prices are the same as dinner prices and around the range of $20.

Homemade Chipotle Bowls

28 Jun

It is no secret I love Chipotle. Maybe it’s the convenience or maybe it’s the delicious cilantro rice.  Thanks to Kristen over at Iowa Girl Eats, I decided to make my own Chipotle bowls at home.  It seemed easy and I had most of the things on hand already.

Here is what you need to feed 4 people:

Cilantro rice:
4 cups cooked rice
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
lemon

Mix everything together

Filling:
2 chicken breasts diced into small pieces (or whatever meat you want)
1 packet taco seasoning
green bell pepper-sliced
onion-sliced

Marinate the chicken with the taco seasoning and cook in an oiled saute pan. Set aside. In the same pan, cook the veggies

Corn Salsa:
1 1/2 cup frozen corn
2 tomatoes -chopped
1/2 onion- chopped
1/2 red bell pepper-chopped
cilantro
lemon

Mix together

Other accompianments:
shredded cheese
shredded lettuce
salsa (preferably Trader Joe’s garlic chipotle sauce)
sour cream (or Greek yogurt for a healthier option)

Now turn this..

 …into this…

..and enjoy! Quick, easy, and delicious.

Crab Cakes

28 Jun

I was craving for salmon cakes, but found a can of crab meat in my cupboard instead.  I looked up a couple of recipes and decided to combine all of them and make my own.

This is an approximate measurement of everything, since I never measure my spices.

Crab Cakes

1 can crab meat (6.5 oz)
1/2 cup panko crumbs
1 egg
1 tbsp mayo
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 juice of lemon
lemon zest
1/4 cup green onions-chopped
2 tbsp parmesan cheese
1 tsp Italian herbs
S&P to taste

Mix together the egg, mayo, dijon mustard, lemon juice, lemon zest, Italian herbs, and S&P.  Add into crab meat, mix in panko crumbs and parmesan cheese. Mix all together, be careful not to break up crab meat.

Oil up a pan and drop in a quarter sized ball of the mixture and cook on each side for about 3 minutes.  It should be golden brown on both sides.  Taste to see if you got all the seasonings right.  If so, this makes about 3 medium sized patties.  Cook at medium to high heat for the first 3-4 minutes on each side. Then change it to low heat so the inside heats through.

I whipped up a simple dip with what I had on hand.
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup greek yogurt (or sour cream)
a pinch of Italian herbs seasoning
a squeeze of lemon
lemon zest

Whisk together and you have a simple dip made in no time.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

23 Jun

The boy loves BBQ chicken pizza, so in an effort to make him happy, I scrapped together something easy.  It’s cheaper than any pizza you can get from a restaurant and customizable to your liking

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Pizza crust (I used the Boboli thin pizza crust)
1 cup BBQ sauce
1/4 sliced red onion
1/2 cup corn (I buy the frozen roasted corn from Trader Joe’s)
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 chicken breast- shredded (cooked however you want, I had left over roasted chicken)

Preheat your oven according to the packaging details on the back of your pizza crust.
Spray a baking sheet with non stick spray.
Spread the BBQ sauce on, sprinkle with cheese
Pile on the rest of the toppings and stick in the oven for about 15 minutes

Enjoy!

Hash House A Go Go

15 Feb

After hearing so much about this restaurant, a couple of us made the drive down to San Diego to try Hash House.  They are epically known for their chicken & waffles.  Apparently, people are saying it’s better than Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles.  I split an order of Andy’s Sage Fried Chicken w/ mash potaters and a BIG blueberry pecan flapjack with the boyfriend.

The flapjack went unpictured, but it was the size of a giant dinner plate.  We barely even made a dent in it.

Their infamous fried chicken wasn’t all that great.  I’m a big fan of dark meat chicken, so this just didn’t do it for me.  The whole meal just felt too heavy for me and didn’t sit well.

I declare: HYPE

Old Vine Cafe

15 Jan

I’ve had Old Vine Cafe bookmarked for a while now and finally got around to trying it for lunch.  I’m a bit against spending $20 for lunch, but their 3-course set lunch was well worth it.  I stalked their menu beforehand so I knew exactly what to order when I arrived.

1st course: Porcini Bisque with a crostino

2nd course: Porcini Mac & Cheese 
3rd course: Grandma’s Cheese Cake

I’m sure you can sense the theme I went with for my lunch.  I’m sure if they offered a mushroom dessert, I would’ve went with it.  The porcini bisque was nice and creamy with the perfect subtle taste of the mushroom.  It wasn’t too heavy which I hate in a bisque.  The pocini mac&cheese had the perfect blend of cheeses.

Let’s talk about the cheesecake.  I die.  When they first brought it out, I couldn’t believe how small it was.  This thin little sliver on this ginormous plate was the biggest tease.  I don’t normally eat desserts, but this was hands down the best slice of cheesecake I’ve ever had.  The graham cracker crust and the berry jam did it for me.

Overall, Old Vine Cafe was well worth my $20 spent on lunch.  I’d be happy to even order the cheesecake for all three courses.

Vegas to OC

21 Mar

No, I didn’t go to Vegas this weekend, but I do have a trip planned for March 28-30 🙂

Recap of the weekend-

Thursday: I decided to skip class and go to Steve’s Match Day at UCI. Match Day is where med school students find out where they do their residency.

Steve opening his letter. I would be such a nervous wreck if I had to open a letter that determined the next several years of my life in front of a huge crowd!
His mother is VERY excited he’s doing his residency at UCLA.  
I’m so extremely proud of him. Friends for 9 years 🙂
We all went to Sam Woo for lunch, then Yard House for some afternoon drinks. 
Later that night I met up with some OC Tweeters at Claim Jumpers for Debbie’s LLS fundraiser.  It was great getting to meet and talk to new people. 
Friday: Worked til 6, then Gyu Kaku for the return of our favorite Vegas couple, Carlo and Andrea.  We were celebrating Carlo’s belated birthday and decided to do happy hour at Gyu for their cheap eats and drinks. 
Happy Belated C-Lo
The BF decided to go in for the kill
Saturday: Worked til 3. Picked up another acai bowl from Banzai Bowl
So delicious!
Went bowling. I finally broke 100, but still lost. Had dinner with Vy and Vince at a new Peruvian restaurant that just opened near my house called DX Peruvian.  It was alright, but I still prefer Inka Grill in Costa Mesa. 
Sunday: Work til 4 and just relaxing for the rest of the night.

Quote of the day-
Friendship with one’s self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world —Eleanor Roosevelt