New Zealander: a trip down under through the Alameda Tube. The East Bay is known for its diverse ethnic cuisine. I was with my friend, Leslie, earlier this year when we stumbled upon a place called The New Zealander on the corner of Webster and Central in Alameda.
The spell is broken as I pick up a rock and it falls open in my hands. We fall about laughing as my travel companion believes for an instant that I am Superwoman! Back in the car, air conditioning on high.
If Italian is your flavor, head over to Tony Vallone's Ciao Bello, where Chef Bobby Matos and team are offering a three course prix-fixe with boundless choices. For the primi, try a creamy Risotti ai Puntini with tenderloin and wild mushroom, a classic Cioppini Genovese shellfish soup, or the melt-in-your-mouth Pansoti stuffed with roasted butternut squash. For mains, feast on Braised Colorado cooking lamb shanks in slow cooker, Osso Bucco, Parmesan-crusted red snapper, Veal Picatta and more. To celebrate, why not order a bottle of a Italian sparkling wine? The choices are fabulous. All this, while enjoying the sounds of Houston musician Louis Carrington, Jr., will make the night an evening to remember.
The New Zealander's specialty, however, is its meat-filled pub pies. They are delicious. These pastry-like "snacks" come in a variety of flavors -- mince, mince with cheese, steak with cheese, lamb curry, minted lamb, chicken with mushroom, curried vegetable, and spinach with feta - a pie for every taste bud. But if you're in the mood for a good, old-fashioned burger and fries, the American Burger with Roasted Reds ranks as one of my personal favorites.
You can either serve the food in their natural state, or cook them lightly in a pan to prevent loss of vitamins and nutrients, so the meat's natural juices are retained. If the veggies are a tad too hard, steam them lightly beforehand. Just don't forget to cool the homemade dog food first before serving.
Another Christmas eve dinner possibility is duck or goose. This too can take some different handling as it is much different to cook than chicken or turkey. In years past a Christmas curried lamb goose was tradition.
Different countries have their very own way of celebrating birthdays. Let's have a look at some of the most unconventional yet interesting ways of celebrating this mild lamb curry personal milestone.
Most likely you'll be really thirsty from eating all of that wonderful Indonesian food, so that have a large choice of beverages such as Es Teler Seger Bener which is avocado, young coconut, jackfruit, condensed milk, Sekoteng which is made with palm seed, bread, mungbean, milk and ginger and my favorite is the Soto Jasmine tea served cold. Of course if you desire a more traditional beverage, Tempo Doeloe also serves soft drinks, sweet tea and juices. Tempo Doeloe is opened Monday-Wednesday, closed on Thursdays's and opened again on Friday-Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 12 Midnight. The bottom-line: Family friendly, Great Indonesian Food, Price point from $4.00 to $8.00 for lunch or dinner.