Friday, August 22, 2008

Spicy Japanese Eats? Are you Serious?

I took my Fondu Victory homie / biz partner to Katana Ya on Geary st. last night. Man, I dig that place! For those not in the know, and until recently I was not in the know, Katana Ya is a little funky Ramen joint and it's totally staffed by fobby girls. The noodles are delish and there are three soup bases to choose from, salt, miso or soy sauce. Now on to why this place is getting play on this bloggy. They have a dish called "Extra Spicy Ramen" and under the picture reads a caption, which I will paraphrase for you, "Can you handle it?" Challenge accepted as I believe I can handle it. I go with the miso base because I like the texture. The steamy bowl arrives and the broth is fire engine red and choc full of pepper flakes. Score! This is delish! It is pretty good and spicy and I devour the whole thing. Yum! Also, another cool thing about this place is that they have refreshing Sapporo on tap which is a tasty accompaniment. One thing about Katana is that unlike a typical Ramen house, it's not exactly cheap, but hey 8 bucks isn't too bad I suppose.

On a side note, as I have said to Steph many times I want to go to China with her and eat the nuclear spicy hot pot that I saw Anthony Bourdain eat on No Reservations. That and eat stinky tofu from a street vendor.
Also, please note the picture isn't mine, nor is it what I actually ate but I figured adding a picture is what people want. I give of myself to the people.

Spice must flow....................Just not from our arses.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

If you dip Chip into Salsa, it's really tasty.

Ok, this is the most delicious store bought chips n' salsa combo ever. Have'a Chips are delightful and they come in a fun sized bag. They are super cheap and are flavored with soy sauce and lime. Yum. The salsa is La Cascada (whatever that means?). It's not very hot, it says medium on the container, but it's very flavorful and cilantro-y. I highly recommend this combo.

The Spice must flow....................Just not from our arses.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Who's up for some hot sauce?

The hot sauce taste test.

The Spice must flow....................Just not from our arses.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Cadet Corps

If you want to be a part of the cadet corps, which is a silly way to say "contributor" then just email us and we'll add you as a contributor so that you may post your adventures as well. We'll be a big spicy, gassy, space commune.

The Spice must flow....................Just not from our arses.

Pretzel Time at the Monks Kettle

So last night we ended up going to The Monks Kettle in the Mission, simply because it was late, we'd never tried it and I was kinda hungry for meats! As Steph is not a beer drinker, this isn't exactly the spot for her but again it was open. However, where the hell else can you get a giant soft pretzel with cheese and mustard at 11 PM on a Monday? I defy you to find another place. With that being said, there were no spicy adventures or tales to tell. So why the post you say? Well, I include it for one reason; Steph inquired about the spiciness of the Stone Ground Mustard. "Is that mustard spicy?" I said "nope." So sorry to be anti climactic.

The Spice must flow....................Just not from our arses.

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Launching

So, here we go on our little journey to find out every ones "Ouch, that ish is effing burning mah tongue" threshold. Some can hack the heat and some can't. So what happens when peeps from different ends of the spectrum dine together? Who takes the back seat in their spice enjoyment? What restaurants and recipes can you relay to us so that we may discover that Shangri La where the uber hot and uber mild can coexist, where everyone is a winner, where as written in the prophecy that when the three suns meet a shard will be replaced in the Dark Crystal Chili to restore harmony and balance in the Spice Universe ......... You get the idea. Anyway, you might feel more comfortable in one of the Spice Odyssey t-shirts you'll see below.

The Spice must flow....................Just not from our bums.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Episode 1 - Burma Superstar

Ok, so I suppose I'd like to start off by saying this post is originally from 5/10/08 and was sort of a quickie. But with that being said by all means go ahead and read it and pretend like we just posted it. Then please feel free to comment with your opinion. 

Greetings Spice Warriors. Your spice host and hostess have news for you. Tonight we visited a veritable hotbed of potential spicy / non spicy coexistence, Burma Superstar. This little Clement St. hot spot just hasn't been on our radar , mostly because we are uber lazy and we don't get over that way too often. But I digress, because we got spice to discuss. We ordered four dishes beginning with a tea leaf salad, which had a spice factor of nil (Spice Camper). Next we had some pea shoots which were in a garlic sauce, and we might as well not even mention this dish in terms of spiciness. Ok, moving on to the samusas which are very much the same as samosas. Here we came to a fork in the road as the actual samusas are simply potato and curry filled and yet very mild. Steph was able to eat two of them without so much as a drink of water (which actually makes the heat worse. Milk that's what you really want. But water just sounds sounds better from a writing perspective)However, it came with a red chili sauce that had a bit of a spice cadet factor that i found enjoyable. With that dish we both won. Lastly, we had Nan Gyi Dok (mild coconut chicken and rice noodle curry) and when they said mild, they meant it. (totally Spice Camp). Steph wins again. All in all a very delicious adventure and one that Spice Campers can certainly enjoy. Spice overlords will be heading home in search of a habanero to gnaw on