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昨晚刚刚看完这本书:

 

作者是一个三明治狂热者,他把自己吃的各式各样三明治放到扫描仪上,经过加工制作后,很清楚的把一个三明治呈现在读者面前。因为扫描仪是平面的,很多时候连一滴芥末都看得清清楚楚。这比用最好的数码相机去拍三明治更实在,亏他想得出!(更重要的是比例是1:1的~)

出书以前他在自己的网站 http://scanwiches.com/ 上就post过很多照片;有在外面买的sandwich,但更多是自制的。书里较为详细地介绍了作者选出来的人为具代表性的三明治的来历,名称,和成分,材料等的变化。虽称不上妙语连珠,读起来还是很风趣的。而且见识长了不少哦!比如英国除了下午茶时间的tea sandwich,原来还有一款俏皮的三明治叫Butty:

*Scanwiches Book Sneak Peak! Chip Butty: Hot Chips, Ketchup, on White Bread. 

Chip Butty: Hot Chips, Ketchup, on White Bread. (photo taken from http://scanwiches.com/)

两片面包中间夹薯条!哈哈,可惜上次去伦敦时根本不知道这玩意儿,没尝到。

如果不是这本书,我又怎么会知道西安有个有名的“东方汉堡”叫肉夹馍呢!真的好想吃吃看哦~

最让我心动的是Sandwich Loaf。Google翻译为夹心面包,看它的样子我认为叫“蛋糕面包”更确切吧:

据说这款用面包代替蛋糕,Cream Cheese代替奶油,中间随你加什么咸的沙拉(青豆啊,午餐肉啊,蘑菇啊,蛋,鱼等)都可以的party food很难在外面买到,只能自己在家做了。可要很有技巧才能把它“化妆”成跟个蛋糕一样吧:

大饱眼福,大流口水呀!

 

昨天还发现一篇有趣的博文:

http://www.fromaway.com/cooking/bacon-and-egg-candies

"Bacon and Egg" Candies

看起来很像荷包蛋对不对?呵呵,博文的题目是”Bacon and Egg” Candies,是模仿西方经典早餐“培根鸡蛋”的糖果。蛋白部分是化掉的白巧克力,蛋黄则是黄色的M&M糖衣巧克力。培根部分博主用了两根Pretzel Sticks(椒盐脆饼条),个人认为其实可以用真的培根,撕成小碎片就好了。当下不是很流行把培根混到甜食里吃吗?听到到处都在卖培根圣代,培根纸杯蛋糕,培根味甜甜圈等等,虽然我一样都还没试过…

 

从西北到东南

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Mon Jan 16 2012

马丁路易节我放假,要一早到Golden看牙医。大头请假陪我,本来约好了陈蕾一同前往,办完事后游荡一下市中心,再去吃有名的中东菜阿里巴巴烤肉,谁知她最后一刻放我们飞机!只能立马改变计划,幸好大头很能迁就我,由着我的脾气想去哪去哪。

 

早上7点的牙医预约害我们空着肚子,搞定后我有一个大胆的想法:Golden在Lakewood的西北方,不如我们怀着兜风的心情,享受清晨阳光,驶到位于Lakewood东南位置的Greenwood Village里的The Original Pancake House去吃早餐!一直想再回到这个我觉得又远,又很一般的早餐点就是想尝尝传说中的Dutch Baby(荷兰宝贝甜煎饼;这里有对这家店和这道早餐的描写)。

 

 

好多人啊,真是兴旺的早餐店(我们离开的时候是10点左右,外面更是排满了赖床到现在才想起要吃早餐的人!)不过大部分都是白发苍苍的退休老人,还吃这么丰盛的早餐,罪过了吧!

 

心心念念想吃的Dutch Baby果然没叫我失望,看起来就像枕头一样软。跟平常的松饼不一样的地方是煮法。面糊的材料应该大同小异,普通的Pancake用煎的就可以,Dutch Baby是放在平底锅里现热两下然后再放进烤箱里烘烤,以至于两边会蓬松上涨,看起来让人更有胃口。这家店只提供原味的,可以搭配白绵糖和柠檬一起吃:

 

Dutch Baby

 

试过了就知道怎么一回事,其实电脑里存了很多不同Dutch Baby的配方,像是有香橙味的;回头买个可以放入烤箱的平底锅,自己动手弄!我点了个甜的,怎么也得给大头点个咸点。米国人的早餐最兴吃蛋啊,马铃薯之类的。Special菜单上有个Green Chile Eggs Benedict (墨西哥口味的火腿蛋鬆餅)。两个英式松饼,两个荷包蛋,外加牛油果泥,番茄碎,熔掉的芝士和带辣的酱,配烤马铃薯块儿: Green Chile Egg Benedict

 

不觉得有啥好吃。这么一盘下去不撑死才怪!所以我就小小尝了一点而已。上面的照片是大头的手机拍的。我手机拍的小了点,不过颜色更好看些:

 

其实这类早餐店到处都是,很多还开24小时的呢。OPH这么火有可能是因为全科州只有两间,而且它很大牌,每天只开到两点。我的话应该不会再想跑这么远的路回来了。

My Yelp Review on the Original Pancake House:

I’ve been here twice but I don’t think it’s speical enough for me to travel all the way from Denver to here. The first visit was a few years back so I don’t remember too much (if it was THAT special then I would). The recent second visit was because I really wanted to try a Dutch Baby and OPH is one of the few breakfast joints that serve that. I enjoyed it a lot but I was hoping there were more choices to pick from, like different toppings and even savory kinds. (There, that’d be a reason to come back if ever). My boyfriend got the Green Chile Egg Benedict from the Specials menu, average is all I can say about it. Our server that day, I want to say his name was Jerry, was such a nice kid, always had a smile on his face and very patient with us, even though they were super busy (by the time we left, there were lines inside and outside of the doors!) Their turn around time is quick, they have to, ’cause they only open till 2 every day. Could that be why the place is popular? I can’t think of something from Village Inn that wasn’t as good as OPH. And there are plenty of VIs that open 24 hours~

 

早上吃这么多,总得去运动消化一下。到健身房杀了一个半小时后,大头去看他的医生,我在那高楼里发现一个拍照相当理想的位置,赶紧用上照全景的功能把尽收眼前的地平线给拍下来:

 

这个是医院停车位之间的车道,我觉得形状非常特别:

 

天气预报说今天会下雪,果然,下午时分开始转凉,天上本来离我们很远的乌云也正在飘过来。但我们还是决定不管三七二十一,去The Melting Pot大唰一顿久违了的瑞士火锅,反正天越冷越适合打火锅!

 

Melting Pot这个店名是个双关语。大家都知道美国被称为a melting pot(大熔炉,意指什么样的外来人都有,是个十分多元化的国家)。瑞士火锅的特点呢就是采用易溶的材料,比如芝士啊,巧克力什么的。

 

从外面哪看得出来这是一家高级的餐厅?

 

入口的特点除了地毯,就是很想老式的国立图书馆:

里面好黑啊,老外喜欢的所谓“情调”;很多人喜欢情人节这天来,小两口躲在角落的一张双人台那卿卿我我,你煮给我来我喂你吃,轻声细语地说着情话。所以餐厅虽大(有2,3层)却格外安静。
  

又不能用散光灯,手机拍得真艰难:

 

在这吃饭预算好花个两小时吧。首先上来的是芝士锅,有4,5种不同选择。这次我们挑的是大头的最爱,类似于Spinach Artichoke Dip(菠菜朝鲜蓟车打芝士),配面包,青苹果,生红萝卜,西兰花和椰菜花(下方四格图左上)。其实呀,两个人吃完这么一锅Cheese,什么都饱了吧。这时候会上沙拉,让你“调节消化”一下:

 

 

如果沙拉酱是酸甜的那种还真有助于消化呢,或者就是不知怎的把胃再撑大了点,反正到时候你就准备好要吃汤锅了。真正算起来,瑞士的汤锅不够中国的火锅好吃。他们的那个汤本来就下了很多调味料来煮,食材也不外乎一些蘑菇,两个“鬼佬云吞”(下图绿色那些,里面裹的还是芝士,不同种的而已,晕!),几片三文鱼,两块牛/猪/鸡肉,还有一些虾。龙虾的话要另外加钱:

 

中国火锅就不同了,材料多,即使是用白开水来煮,到最后也能熬出一锅鲜美的汤底!

作为广东人,平常在家“打边炉”,我只要蘸姜葱就可以。看到Melting Pot里的各式蘸酱我也挺兴奋的,是不是很像调色板啊?服务生有告诉我们哪个酱配哪样东西,可我懒得遵从,每样一点放到盘子上最后搞混了一起吃更爽!(下方四格图右上)

 

一轮照啊吃啊我们可没闲着。最后按照习惯我问服务生拿了个碗和勺子想喝汤(他非常惊讶,难道老外打火锅都不喝汤么?)才抿了一口就知道怎么回事了,那汤咸得!完全无鲜味可言。还是比不上中国人呐!这也刚好让我更期待甜品 — 巧克力锅!也有4,5种选择,以前我尝过一个“黑白巧克力鸳鸯锅”,好看到差点没舍得吃:

这次点了个白巧克力香蕉肉桂锅(下方四格图右下)。服务生还给我们表演了一下怎么热锅的:

 

罪恶呀,已经是甜的不行的东西,猜猜放些啥下去“煮”?嗯,芝士蛋糕,棉花糖,草莓(这个还可以)和其他甜食(下方四格图左下)。统统下锅之后就是这个样子:

是甜得舌头都没知觉了呀,可那蔫呼呼热乎乎的东西就是没法抗拒。好几次烫到舌头,后来干脆勺到铁盘子里,凉了后直接端起盘子舔!
 

 

我们赶上了两点半以前的“午餐特价”,这顿包含消费和税大约50美元一个人。否则平时还要更贵些。但我会把它列为“享受”,不单单是吃顿饭而已咯。

 

My Yelp review on The Melting Pot:

I love the melting pot! The ambience of the restaurant, from its old library facade to old wooden floors and walls and stairs fusioned with modern art pieces make it great for special occasions! It’s one of the very few times where I actually enjoy the low light, despite the fact that it ruins my pictures… Needless to say it’s probably better suited for Valentine’s Day and Anniversaries than group get togethers and birthdays, because, well, the place is dim and quiet!

I’ve never had Swiss Fondue anywhere else so I don’t know how Melting Pot’s fondues stack up with other places’, but I just love the idea of the slow, 4-course meal dining style. You will spend about 2 hours here but you’ll keep having more to look forward to. It’s fun cooking your own food and if you’re lucky and get a good waiter, he might even play some tricks with ya! Any of the cheese and choclate fondues I’ve had have been wonderful, salads are good too. As for the main course, I highly recommend paying the extra bucks and getting the lobster tail, it’s totally worth it! If I have to pick one thing to be my most favorite, it’s the sauces. They bring them out like a painter’s palette, each and every one of them is delicious. My tip? Mixed them all together as one big dip and be pleasantly surprised! I wish they let you pack left overs in to go boxes because sometimes you can wear the most loose pants but still be super full in the middle of the 3rd course….

 

抱着鼓胀的肚子,大头和我一边商量着晚上不吃了,一边踱步到附近商场里的一家宠物店玩了半小时:

出来的时候果然大雪飘飘。要是还是晴空万里的话今天就更完美了!

Junz, Parker CO

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Wed Jan 4 2012

My Yelp Review:

My cousin works here so I might be slightly influenced, but Junz is a pretty interesting fusion (Japanese & French!?!) restaurant and according to him, a lot of hot chicks dine here at night (lol). We met the owner that night and he seemed really breezy, gave us free drinks and appetizers.

My cousin still ordered a lot though; the boys enjoyed the “Japanese Style Chicken Wings with Ginger Soy Marinade” a lot, us girls thought they were just OK. We didn’t like large wings, prefer them smaller. Then there was this Tuna salad app on mashed avocados, with some artichokes, the tuna was definitely raw. Not my cup of tea but it had a very nice presentation. Fried Calamari and Fried Shrimps were both tasty but not that different from each other. I made sure I got my Yellowtail Collar, as always, such a dish never disappoints! The chef also whipped up some so-called “New Style Salmon Sashimi” for our table, so it’s not just sliced raw fish, more like a fish version of Beef Tataki. But it still failed to turn me into a sashimi lover.

Then our jaws almost dropped when we saw two big plates of sushi, can’t even recall what they were but we thought we were getting full with the appetizers already. Anyway, sushi was good, but a lot of them were spicy, guess that’s what customers prefer nowadays…

Ready for the main course? Cuz ordered both steak dishes (Rib-Eye Steak and Filet Mignon), they were just OK. The boys again seemed to enjoy the crab mashed potatoes, but I thought they were on the watery side. For us girls, he picked Chilean Sea Bass (on Risotto) and Sword Fish (on Lobster Cream Fettuccini), both were very very good. One thing we all unanimously loved was the mushroom sauce on top of our steaks and fish, it really transformed the meat. My Sea Bass was a thick cut that’s golden fried yet very juicy inside, you just can’t get enough of it! Cousin told me the secret, orang-y sauce was a reduction of boiling a lot of fish bones, and to the owner, it’s like little drops of gold, so precious (and so delicious) that he doesn’t usually grant second helpings. The sauce definitely peaked the taste of the fish. I was surprised how well the fish paired with Risotto.

Would love to come back and try more dishes on the account that Cuz doesn’t order too much food, just enough so we could savor it all!

老表今天休假,邀大头和我去他现在打工的餐厅试鲜。 好久没去Aurora,都不知道要开哪条路。千挑万选结果上了要收费的470公路。不过那一路可真叫顺畅啊!先到了表哥家和胖小子侄子玩了一会儿。小家伙越来越结实了,幸好看到我们没哭。把他放到Tracy妈妈家之后我们又开了20多分钟才到餐厅。沿路那个叫空旷啊,怎么说米国地大物博呐。Aurora算是正在开发的新区,房子多商场也多,到处都是生机啊。

点完菜都八点了,多亏了表哥的同事醒目先给咱们上了个前菜,否则肯定饿昏过去!这个也不知道叫什么,美奶兹拌虾之类的吧,一小口一小口吃还满滋味的:

等寿司的时候看了看餐厅,还算有格调。听表哥说到晚上有很多美女光临。今晚隔壁几桌就有俩金发俄罗斯女郎!

一如往常他们夫妇俩点菜多到收不了手。他们男生都很喜欢而我们女生觉得一般般的鸡翅膀:

这个朝鲜蓟(Artichoke)生吞拿牛油果酱沙拉看起来漂亮,可我不太爱吃。跟热狗同一个原理:搭配多姿多彩但味道融合不到一起。

椒盐虾和鱿鱼就没啥特别啦:

照烧鱼嘴巴,我很喜欢的一道菜,外脆里嫩,极品呀:

新潮三文鱼刺身,大概就是潮在有这么多佐料吧,跟手卷差不多了:

看这两盘寿司就证明我之前没说错吧,四个人怎吃得下这么多!

不忙不忙,才轮到正餐呢!牛扒两式。表哥的是越熟越好:

大头的则是越生他越爱:

Junz的牛扒一般般,上面铺着的蘑菇还比较入味。

我们女生点鱼,本以为健康些,结果Tracy那份跟意面:

我的那份跟芝士饭。味道超好,可肚子已经很撑了。谁看得出来我这份是鲈鱼?口感超像鳕鱼,够肥美(即使打包回去第二天仍然很好吃!)听表哥说那个橙色只有一点点的浆汁是老板的精心配方,用一大堆各样的鱼骨熬上几小时的来的汁水,客人想要多点老板都不愿给的。简直比金子还矜贵!

甜品完全不是我的注意,芒果和紅豆口味的糯米茲雪糕,挺普通的:

虽然搞到挺晚的,今天确实够快活:

Proto’s

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March 12, 2009
 

At Proto’s last night, this is what we had for starter:

It’s called something like "mini mozzarella tomato salad with olive oil", well, it was on the specials menu for only $3. We thought, OK, we’d like to have a salad. When the waitress put it on our table, we were like "what is this?" well, our idea of a "salad" was very different of course, and we thought this was some kind of a dessert. LOL!
 
Instead of taking time to decide, we ordered the special pizza of the day:
 
When it said "pie", it really meant pizza (how strange!):
 

It was pretty good except that the spinach stung my tongue a little bit…
 
Then we decided it wasn’t enough food for us, this 12-inch, medium sized "pie" that had a hand-tossed, really thin crust, so we took a look at the specials menu again and got this mini pizza for $5:
 
It’s called "The Ruby" (I really hoped it was not meant by the color). There were pesto, olives, artichoke hearts, etc. on top. I thought the cheese on it tasted pretty good, but overall, not my type of pizza topping. The reason we ordered it (in addition to the waitress recommending it) was that we had heard of "pesto" on Friends and always wanted to try it! *eyes rolling*
 
Dessert time! My friend Julie mentioned how tasty Italian ice cream is (they call it Gelato), we decided to order the lemon flavor:
 

It was lemon ice cream covered in lemon powder sugar (?) and with lemon flavored syrup… At first I regretted not ordering a pint to take home for only a dollar more. But after tasting it, whooooo, too sour for me!
 
My favorite was of course the cannoli:
 

I loved how they had more of those creamy stuff all over and not just inside. (Later I looked it up on Wikipedia, the creamy stuff that doesn’t taste like cream, nor cheese, nor ice cream, is Mascarpone, or ricotta cheese. It is not very sweet and that’s why I’m crazy about it.)
 
Well, it was a pretty good meal, if not for the $6 a piece dessert, it wouldn’t have been too expensive (it was $44 after tax and tips; we did not even have anything to drink but water). I liked how they gave us the check in a little can:
 
I wonder if that’s how they do it in Italy, or Italian restaurants?!

食物篇

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好久没有写食物篇了。最近要么就很少出去吃,要么就是重复去以前报道过的餐厅,没什么新意,也没照相。我爸不许我们去唐人餐馆(因为他说中国菜他也会煮,不想给人赚),日本菜他又嫌贵,于是这几次去的都是地道的美国餐厅。
 
Jan 3, 2009
 
首先是Denny’s,全国都有的连锁店,跟Village Inn, Perkins, iHop等都属于那种全天供应早餐的餐厅,好像还是24小时的!唯一不同的就是Denny’s没有自己做的pie,害我少享受了一块甜点!
 
一般早上时分踏足这种餐厅就会闻到香浓的咖啡味和让人feel like home的煎蛋味,这正是我为什么喜爱这种餐厅的原因之一。不过今天来Denny’s不是冲着早餐,而是因为我有一张25% off的coupon,准备吃晚餐用的。
废话少说,我来介绍一下点了些什么吧。给胃口小的人,我们叫了两个appetizers(前菜):

Zesty Nachos
(Crisp tortilla chips topped with melted cheese, specially seasoned ground beef, freshly made pico de gallo and sour cream.)

墨西哥式的开口菜。主要是炸脆的玉米芯片;那是一种比马铃薯片硬,没有什么特别的味道的东西,目的是用来沾融掉的芝士,和着碎肉和小辣椒吃。所以如果片身不够硬的话就会变得软趴趴的。被列为前菜我想是要让客人趁饿时赶快吃掉,免得变软变湿!
 
 
BBQ Chicken Strips (右边)
我的至爱!一条条炸得又酥又脆的鸡胸肉,淋上酸甜的barbeque sauce(烧烤汁),配两根生芹菜,沾着白色的ranch沙拉酱,唔~味道一流!隐约记得我表哥爱吃同样的chicken strips,不淋烧烤汁,而是沾甜辣的honey mustard (蜂蜜芥末)。
给大胃口的人,我们叫了两个主菜:
 
Chicken Ranch Melt (上图左)
(A golden-fried chicken breast, crisp bacon, lettuce and tomato, topped with melted Swiss cheese. Placed on ciabatta bread that’s grilled with a zesty garlic spread. Served with a side of ranch dressing.)
 
这道点得不怎么好。就是我老爸嚷着要吃鸡堡,尽管前面已经吃了炸鸡条了!跟普通麦当劳的鸡堡没什么两样,只是多了几根香口的bacon(熏咸猪肉?)。吃鸡堡就当然要配薯条了!饮料是加了雪球的汽水(Root Bear Float)。
 
 
Philly Melt
(Thinly sliced roast beef, mushrooms and onions sautéed, then topped with melted Swiss cheese. Placed on ciabatta bread that’s grilled with a zesty garlic spread.)
一片片切得很薄的烤牛肉,拌着打了微芡的洋葱炒蘑菇,加盖一片白色的瑞士乳酪(最后会被热腾腾的蘑菇洋葱牛肉融化掉哦)做成的三明治,配薯饼和番茄酱。这是今晚味道最好的一盘!
吃饱饱还打包了剩下的BBQ鸡条,埋单时用了我的优惠券,这一餐加上小费和税才$30多块!连结帐的都说我们"got a great deal"! 呵呵!
 

 
Jan 14, 2009
 
为了庆祝我升职加薪,也为了用掉报纸上的优惠券,我们今天去了从未试过的Elephant Bar. 一进去,我们就觉得餐厅很有情调,跟The Cheesecake Factory有得比!进门的地方屋顶上有一把一把像大象耳朵的扇子在慢慢的摇动,应该说是在“泼扇”(广东话)。如果是大热天的话才会发挥到热带的意境,如今是大冷天,好像也没有必要点热带风味的食物。
 
 
 
其实我们并没有过多的选择,尽管他们的menu琳琅满目,我的coupon上规定优惠的是Chef Reinhard的三道Culinary Adventures(名菜):
 
  1. Crispy Dijon Mustard Coated Chicken Medallions ($9.95 – saved $7 with coupon)
  2. Kona BBQ Pork Ribs ($15.95 – saved $4 with coupon)
  3. Shrimp Scampi in Lobster Sauce ($12.95 – saved $6 with coupon)
  • Each dish includes choice of Green Salad or Caesar Salad and choice of Mini Fudge-Fudge Walnut Brownie or Mini-Fudge Sundae
 
首先上来的是3个沙拉。好大的盘子!一个人吃的话竟是沙拉就填饱肚子了,哪还吃得下后面的好菜啊!幸好,我爸胃口大,还希望有面包和着吃!
 
 
第一道主菜是表皮是甜芥末酱的炸鸡块,上面淋了仙菇做的芡,不单是给鸡块调味的,也是给旁边的薯泥的,还有一些放了香料煮过的蔬菜,像西兰花啦,灯笼辣椒啦等。看到一大块一大块的白色鸡胸肉,我爸妈面有难色。我因为爱吃鸡胸肉,毫不犹豫地叉起一块到我的盘子里切。原来这肉一点都不硬,也不像布渣,相反的, 香嫩酥松得很。爸后来说这是今晚最美味的。
 

第二个菜是红烧猪排骨,一大排的!上来的时候,我却觉得它颜色不够红,果然,味道不及地道的BBQ-不够酸也不够甜,表皮不够sizzling,肉也不是一咬就整条掉下来这么爽。它叫什么Kona BBQ,大概烧法不同吧,要不就是酱料不一样。旁边有一小杯用来加味的舔料,绸绸的,一试才知道是豆瓣酱之类的东西,但是墨西哥味超重。天知道我最不喜欢吃墨西哥豆了!这盘比较贵的排骨不及鸡块好吃,所以有时候不是最贵就是最好的!
 
 
还有一道菜,龙虾汁捞虾意粉。龙虾汁在哪里?我吃不出来。虽然一只只剥了壳的大虾仁即爽口又鲜美,意粉却没什么味道,淡淡的。再加上吃面时没有筷子总觉得没那么好吃,用叉子一圈一圈地卷再塞入口中总不是这么滋味。呵呵!
 
 

看到我们把桌子上的食物清掉以后,服务生问我们是不是准备好吃甜点了,我说“anytime!”三道菜送三个甜品,但选择只有两样,所以我叫了两个圣代和一个雪糕果仁巧克力小方块饼(brownie)。早知道brownie这么好吃,应该叫两个,然后只要一个圣代。一个就够吃了,像巨无霸这么大!不过我们慢慢一调羹一调羹地吃也全部吃完啦! Brownie呢,就不能慢慢吃了,因为它是新鲜烘出来的,热辣辣,盖在上面的两个雪球急速在溶化。这样一冷一热的组合我喜欢,就像Apple pie a la mode一般。

 
今晚是我请客,可我那客气的妈一定要帮我给小费,她说这样才开心!其实不知不觉,这餐因为有优惠,总共省了快$20!如果以原价来算,我认为食物的水平并不值。下次希望有新的coupon可以试试别的菜式!