Monday, June 26, 2006


Am down 11 pounds. Yay! :)

Friday, June 23, 2006

Mirabeau Bistro

Ok, back to the subject of dining out...

If you are in the south Orange County area... one of the places I would highly recommend would be Tabu Grill in Laguna Beach, the next place I would recommend would be Mirabeau Bistro in Dana Point. The menu is French, and the restaurant itself is quite charming and kind of romantic.

Mirabeau Bistro

Here is a copy of my post on the message board from last year from my first trip to Mirabeau:

May 8, 2005

"Had the pleasure of dinner at Mirabeau French Bistro in Dana Point last night. The restaurant is on PCH and Crown Valley, hidden in an upscale strip mall where there is a Gelson's. Decor-wise, it's a lovely, elegant restaurant, with a fireplace outside where you can eat with a view of the ocean (you can also eat in the main room inside, but that gets a little noisy). When my friend and I arrived, the place was bustling and a little short on the wait staff that night. So much so that the co-owner/chef David Pratt was our waiter that evening (no kidding)! David Pratt's resume includes Picasso's at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Olives, and Masa's in SF. David was amazingly attentive (given that the restaurant was so busy) and distractingly good-looking.

Their breads and pastries are made there every day by co-owner and chef Kate Averill, with an equally impressive CV: the Ritz Carlton in SF, Olives, and was nominated for Pastry Chef of the Year, 2001.

While they have a nice wine list, my friend brought in wine (an incredible Meyer 02 cab, and a 96 Duval Leroy Brut-fantastic!). Mirabeau has a corkage fee of $11 per bottle with a 2 bottle maximum, but only if the wine is not on their wine list.

OK, now the food: As we drank our champagne, they brought us a small baguette of bread with crust reminding me of a hard biscuit but nice and soft inside, served with a little pot of hummus. For appetizer we ordered the Tomato Tart ($10): a round puff pastry on the bottom topped with carmelized onions, tomatoes, olives, basil and goat cheese....AMAZING! (that pastry was so flaky, soft and perfect, and great with the champagne).

As a main course, I ordered the steak "onglet" $20 (apparently the onglet is the portion of the cow that supports the diaphragm and there is only one onglet per cow). I ordered it medium rare with roquefort butter, and it came with herbed "pomme frites" that were fresh and twice-cooked. Needless to say, I was in heaven (and it all went so well with the cab!). Big portions! I was already full, but kept on eating.. it was too good to stop. My friend ordered the Rib-eye ($26) and that was incredible as well. For dessert, we ordered (I forget the actual name of it), but it was like a little pecan pie and was the perfect end to the meal.

I am already planning my next trip there where I will order a nice glass of sancerre and the Sole Meuniere (sauteed with lemon, parsley butter sauce and fried capers).. and will get the Chocolate Souflee with Mint Chip ice cream. Can't wait to go back. "


This is the last of my 3 days of the albacore eating plan. I hate it still, but have found that I hate less the Starkist Premium albacore compared to the Chicken of the Sea Albacore (which blows!)... both come in a pouch, (which is nice.. not as messy as the can). After the 3 days I will resume my regular low carb, low-fat diet.

On a good note, I have not had wild cravings for anything. I drove by a McDonalds and didn't even look twice (am a recovering Mc D's French-fry-eater).

Another good thing, I've not had any wine/alcohol since June 7th. I do not miss it and I'm sure my liver is happier. :)

Even still, I bought wine futures yesterday. 3 bottles (don't want to go overboard). Here is what I bought from Hi-Times Wine Cellars:
The chateau is across the street from Chateau Latour, and is a 5th growth. Ok, now I'm even boring Myself... I'll end this blog here. Ciao!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Hitting a Plateau

I've hit a tiny plateau, so here is my menu for the next 3 days. I HATE white albacore. Regular tuna I like, but for whatever reason, albacore I have to choke down. But grapefruit I like. Go figure. Here's the menu (you also need to have 80 ounces of water a day, plus 3 protein snacks in between ):

1 egg
1/2 grapefruit
any calorie-free beverage.

3 1/2 ounces white albacore
1/2 cup cooked spinach
1 cup lettuce
1/2 grapefruit

3 1/2 ounces white albacore
1/2 cup cooked spinach
1 cup lettuce
any calorie free drink

At bedtime:
1 cup, hot lemon water. (1/4 lemon, boiled in water for 3 minutes ..keep the rind on, drink water with the lemon still in it).

** no salad dressing is allowed on the lettuce. Oh well!

Monday, June 19, 2006

Paying the Piper

OK. Well, this year was marked by one gourmet extravagance after another. Anyway, since June 8th, I have put myself on a diet and so far have lost 6 pounds. Am cutting out some of the carbs and shunning the prosciutto, cheese, bread and wine. Instead my diet has been low carb and high protein. It's working alright. I will let you know about my progress. Thanks! :) (In the picture, I am the one on the left).