Archive | July, 2011

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!!!! Day 1

11 Jul

Darlene here to report that I have taken on a new project today. I’m very excited about growing my own tomatoes. I essentially cheated and bought the tomato plant already seeded but that’s because it’s already pretty late in the season. I should have seeded in April or so but it’s ok, it will be a trial run. Hopefully next year I will seed before the season starts. I also plan on adding some herbs to my project. Status posts will be put up every so often. Hopefully I don’t kill the tomatoes!

Maillard Reaction

10 Jul

One of the greatest elements of food is that it exhibits a wide array of colors ranging from the translucent rice paper used in Vietnamese cuisine to the earthy and disfigured Perigord truffle. I find all the vibrant colors amazing and one in particular is great; brown is beautiful.

I am specifically referring to the brown crust that is formed on the surface of meat (and other foods) when it is being cooked with immense heat. This deliciousness is the result of the Maillard reaction: when introduced to high heats, the amino acids (protein) and sugars found in the meat combine and form new compounds.  In turn, these compounds break down and produce more new flavor compounds. The reaction keeps going until the meat is removed from the heat, so don’t leave it on to long or else your meal will go from brown to black!

Being the third member of this aptly titled blog, I find tidbits like the one above absolutely fantastic. Cooking for me is so many things: a learning experience, an artistic expression and also quite cathartic. I have been fortunate enough to dine at some very amazing restaurants, but for me home cooking always wins hands down. And the ecstasy that is street food is a damn close second.

During the few hours that I don’t have food on the brain it’s usually because I’m trying to focus on my day job of being a researcher, but that’s not many.  Other activities that I partake during these few hours are tennis, surfing and reading, but enough about me. I hope that what I write on this blog is entertaining and maybe even helpful; I am ready to jump in.


9 Jul

Greeting friends and readers

I am Nerf 2 the otaku nerd in this circle. My nerdy obsession means my main focus leans towards everything Japanese. Since watching the first episode of sailor moon as a young girl, a steep slippery road was paved into the world of anime and manga addiction. This hobby made way for exploring Japanese food as well as other Asian cuisines. From then on, I have been on a mission to eat my way around the world. This is an adventure that I would love to share with my Nerf posse and all those that care to listen. My adventure starts here at my home base in LA, the city of smog and angels.

Outside of my nerdy hobby and culinary mission, I work in the medical field dealing the sick and dying. Working in medical field has made me health conscious about what I eat (that is a bad thing with my love of food). Seeing what a clogged artery looks like will give anyone second thoughts about that double hamburger with extra cheese and bacon. We all wish that we can eat everything wrapped in bacon and keep a BMI of 20 and not have to hit the gym for five hours a day. Unfortunately that is not the case for the majority of us. Since we can’t be model thin, we can at least make sure to avoid putting poison in our bodies by eating healthier. Every little bit helps, and I want to share some of these healthier alternatives out there for better health without needing to eat hay.

Nerf 1 (Kim) has coerced me into writing in this food blog. Although, I may not be the best of writers, I hope you will still enjoy what I have to share. This is to Japanese food and healthy eating. Itadakimasu!

Reporting to duty

9 Jul

Nerf 1 AKA Kim here! I’m a food lover living in sunny San Diego (originally from the ‘burbs in Los Angeles) and always on the lookout for good places to eat for cheap. Being a not-so-recent college grad, I’m constantly broke paying off my student loans and I need to fill my belly without breaking the bank. I like to cook in my tiny kitchen and according to my fiancé (“The Dude”) I’m becoming a kitchen tool hoarder.  Besides cooking and eating, I’m a mechanical engineer by day and you can usually find me tinkering with The Dude over some broken machinery. I’m a voracious reader of TRNs (get a Kindle and no one will know what you’re reading) and I occasionally play video games (600 hours on TF2 during the unemployment days). I’ve recently started traveling more around the U.S. and just got my passport so I can explore the rest of the world. First trip outside of the country will be Fiji for the honeymoon!

I wanted to have the nerfs collaborate to create this blog since we were always cooking together and talking about anything to do with food. I figured it was a great way to share our experiences with each other and our friends. Hope you guys get as much entertainment checking out our blog as we do writing it!

First post

8 Jul

Nerds With Food is supposed to be a collaborative effort amongst friends to share with the internets what we already share with each other – cooking experiments, restaurant reviews, random thoughts, etc. This is, of course, an experiment in itself so don’t expect too much. Actually, don’t expect anything at all. That way, we’ll impress you no matter what. Hard to disappoint when the bar is actually ON the ground.

Please refrain from throwing tomatoes – eat them instead!

The Nerd Posse

Nerf 1

Nerf 2

Nerf 3

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