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Hanabi is all about that Hai Nan chicken right now, and it’s Thai variation called Khao Man Gai. Who would think that boiled chicken and rice could be so delicious? It’s kind of becoming a thing right now out here on the West Coast. The tender slices of perfectly juicy chicken paired with rice cooked with chicken fat and a flavorful sauce with garlic, ginger, oil and some very thick, dark soy sauce with a simple garnish of cucumber and cilantro make the best anytime meal. In fact it’s considered breakfast in parts of Asia. Hanabi also returned to his hometown of Sacramento for some proper Mexican food including epic Birria, Molcajete and of course Micheladas. Also, get ready for a Wasabi soda by the Hanabi one himself.
Buzz week may seem like a great week to do honey tasting, but there isn’t better honey you can buy than Hanabi’s family label from Minnesota. So there’s really no point in tasting others. It’s not even close. So let’s switch gears and talk about beer, because that’s a great way to catch a buzz. First on the list from Ales Unlimited in San Francisco is Wolf 7 from Belgium. It’s a blonde ale that tastes delicious, especially when you’re on a sunny beach. Also the label design is on point too. Next up we tried Trooper which is an ale crafted by Bruce Dickenson of Iron Maiden. Seriously, even if it was terrible, which it wasn’t it’s the best beer ever. Next we tried a Hanabi favorite, XH by Hitachino Nest, It’s aged in sake casks. Awesome! Last on the big four we had Suiyoubi No Neko, or “Wednesday Cat” which is a a Belgian style white ale. This is some crisp and tasty stuff. The label design is winning points with Hanabi too. Hanabi made Buffalo wings from a recipe found in the film The Great Chicken Wing Hunt. That’s really interactive of him. Hanabi also went to a little place called El Borracho. Unfortunately, he didn’t get a good pic, so he dressed up his cat and that may be better than the duck carnitas he had. Insane Dane is crazy you guys. He’s only gone and given you a recipe for a smoothie, made in a Magic Bullet blender! WTF?
This week is FOMO week. I had to Google it. It means fear of missing out. There reason I didn’t know what FOMO meant is because Hanabi is on top of his game. Hanabi never misses out, especially when he’s in three places at once. With that said, Hanabi visited Home Remedy, which is a very sleek little market and deli near downtown Seattle. They feature some really cool little rice bowls, pizzas and sushi take away items all freshly made in house. Like I said, it’s sleek, and Hanabi seems to like it. So, don’t miss out on Home Remedy. Also, not to ever be missed out on is coffee. I would hate my life without coffee. Not because it wakes me up, but because it tastes delicious and keeps the headaches away. Since I cant’ ever be without my coffee, and since the only place to get coffee at 2am seems to be bad convenience stores I must have a home brewing system. I’m not a fan of giant coffee pots that just sit around and get lukewarm. Rather, I like all the single brew gadgets, so I thought I’d give a little review of three of the big names in single brew systems on the market, namely Nespresso, Kuerig and Tassimo. Lastly, Insane Dane gives out all the FOMO dirt on coffee spots on Dish + Drink.
When in Rome you should eat at any number of places that we’re not delving into in this episode. But, when in San Francisco and you want to induce a meat coma, I urge you to head straight to Chef Chris Cosentino’s new spot Cockscomb in the up and coming SOMA district. If you’ve ever watch just about any Food Network or Cooking Channel show that involves running around a kitchen or a city in order to eat or buy supplies, he’s probably on it. Locally he’s known as the master of offal. Seriously, if you google offal and San Francisco, he comes up. I took a date to cockscomb and I don’t necessarily care about impressing a date with how much I can spend on a meal, rather I let good food take care of that. But, what I do like to do is order the funniest thing on a menu just because. So, for this date I had been reading up an people seemed to be talking about this shared pin-bone steak. It’s $110. I’ve spent more than that on a few precious ounces of genuine Kobe beef so I figured this would be a decent but not crazy sized piece of steak. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s was 4 lbs. of steak staring at us. I feel like we should have been warned that usually a group of 4 orders it. But, ces’t la vie it was delicious! Perfectly cooked and seasoned. Oh, and it’s served with a bone-marrow reduction. Um, I could main-line bone marrow. So, don’t miss Cockscomb. It’s delightful. But, you should try the roasted half-pigs head and let me know how it is.
Millennials are a curious thing. Even though 2/3 of DJ Hanabi are of that ilk, it’s still fun to point out their silly ways. We actually don’t go too deeply into the topic of these 21st century babes in the woods. But, we do chide them a little. Hey, lampooning is fun! You’ll hear all about in our review of one of San Francisco’s most trendy, yet awesome and spot on coffee houses, The Mill, located in the Western Addition/ NOPA (if you’re fancy) neighborhood on up and coming Divisadero St. They serve fancy toast and Hanabi is smitten! Hanabi also gives you some pro tips on how to do some perfect deep-frying, Japanese style. Note to Hanabi: Get that candy thermometer! And of course we check in with Insane Dane to discuss some Dish + Drink topics
Today Patrick K and Matt react to songs from Belle and Sebastian, Weird Inside, The Mountain Goats, vhvl, Sleater-Kinney and AJ Davila and Terror Amor