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August 1-8, 2008


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  Friday, August 8, 2008

Eight is considered a lucky number in the Chinese culture, so it only follows that 08/08/08 is a lucky deight to seight the desire to take a geight for some pleights at a low reight for what we eight.

Pearl City Seafood is a dim sum parlor:

... with tray-circulated chow. Lots of old timers and locals with very few tourists in the mix. Nothing fancy, just cheap and standard dim sum:

... where you won't have to weight, so you won't be leight.

Pearl City Seafood

641 Jackson St.
San Francisco, CA



  Thursday, August 7, 2008

We took our chances by walking into what looked like a very busy A16 during dinner this evening and were promptly seated at the kitchenside bar.

We love having a front row seat to the wood burning infernos that sear the stellar chow that they serve in this Marina marvel.

We tucked into some tummy with the tripe napoletana ($10.00):

... which qualifies as required eating, Thin slices of tender and succulent stomach are cooked in a tomato, herb, onion and wine sauce. We were told by the server that there are two ladies who come in every Wednesday and each order a double order of this dish followed by a budino. They sound like very reasonable women.

A perfect scorch pattern of polka dots adorned the mushroom pizza ($16.00):

The balanced sweet acidity of the tomato sauce with grana padano, olive oil, mozzarella and oregano had us popping caps in our assuaged pie holes.

A16 ranks number one on our alpha-numeric pit stops.

2355 Chestnut St.
San Francisco, CA


Mark your Calendar

Tapas – Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society is putting on a tasting of domestically produced, Iberian varietals at Copia on August 9th from 2-4 p.m.

You can check out the list of participating wineries and purchase tickets here.

Tapas at Copia
August 9, 2008, 2:00 p.m. $25 per person
500 First St.
Napa, CA



  Wednesday, August 6, 2008

L'Osteria del Forno was open today, but there was a wait, so we walked down the street to The House Restaurant:

... where we moved in on some commercial real estate. We paid their asking price on shrimp dumplings ($9.00) with Chinese chives:

... Steamed mussels ($9.00):

... in a garlic and shrimp broth topped with black radish and tobiko, and some crunchy calamari ($9.00):

... which were all fusiony fare followed by my Unagi sandwich ($10.00):

... which past inspection with architecturally sound slices of avocado and tomato on grilled bread.

The agents got us though the process efficiently and we cleared our plates and Escrow before the house bubble burst.

The House Restaurant
1230 Grant Ave.
San Francisco, CA

Mark your calendar:

Heirloom Tomato Week is a San Francisco event to provide relief for the over $100 million lost to the food industry during the salmonella scare. 52 restaurants will be spotlighting these flavorful fruits on their menus from August 14th-24th. You can make your rezzies at Opentable.com and see what chefs like Bruce Hill, Chris Cosentino and Craig Stoll create with this local bounty. This tomatofest is the first of three seasonal SF promotions which will be followed by a January 2009 Dungeness Crab and April 2009 strawberry spectacular. There will also be a big three day food and wine shindig next August in Union Square.

Check out their website for more information.




  Tuesday, August 5, 2008

We were met by a closed oven door at L'Osteria del Forno so we headed to North Beach Lobster Shack for some sandwichfaction.

It's difficult to pass up their sublime Lobster Rolls but I felt compelled to sample something other than this shore thing.

The Oyster Po' Boy ($15.75):

... comes in the same East Coast style, top loading white bread bun which was jam packed with shellfish like a bready Japanese commuter train at oyster rush hour. They took the express South dressed in crisp suits without a speck of grease. NBLS changed their slaw recipe to include dried currants. This prevented me from adorning my sandwich with this crunchy, vegetal enhancement.

We waited a little longer than we expected for our counter service order, especially since there was only one other table of people waiting, but this was probably a fluke since we didn't suffer this problem on previous visits.

It was a very good lunch, but it doesn't come close to the craveability of their loaf of lobster.

North Beach Lobster Shack

532 Green St.
San Francisco, CA



  Monday, August 4, 2008

Eggettes are an inverted Hong Kong-style waffles that look like bubble wrap and taste like a series of conjoined, pregnant fortune cookies:

These hot and light batter bumps come plain, or in the case of my order, chocolate ($2.75). These are the perfect snack for Pac Men and or Ms. Pac Men who have grown weary of individual pellet nutrition delivery systems.

This establishment also sells tapioca drinks, but I prefer square meals to ingesting a purely orb-ganic diet so I bypassed the boba. This food form is a good way to regulate fast eaters with its built in speed bumps, but I think that the purpose of this egg-cersise was to ed-chew-cate us on non-dough-mestic goods.

3136 Noriega St.
San Francisco, CA


From today's Bunrab email, Susan writes to follow up on yesterday"s frozen food.


Ever tried a shot of Tully's soft serve coffee ice cream at Corte Madera Town Center? We love it even though it's too soft for a cone (they always discourage you from getting a cone and suggest having it in a cup with a cone on top). A shot is just the right size for us. It's hard to find a nice small treat and this fits the bill and is only two bills too!


Gutenberg replies:

Dear Susan,

Never tried Tully's, but it sounds like an interesting option (but I do find something vaguely disturbing about having a cone over the ice cream.)




  Sunday, August 3, 2008

With all the fuss about Pinkberry and other swirly spinoffs, there is a superior product that satisfies that tart, froyo fetish at Sketch in Berkeley.

They make a Straus Dairy frozen yogurt that has that perfect tangy balance with just a hint of sweetness. I got mine swirled with bur nt caramel soft serve ice cream ($3.50 for a small) but you can get it straight with toppings if you want to stay within the current cultural loop.

Chubby got a small peach sorbet ($3.50) which was a wonderful expression of this fuzzy fruit's floral, sweet and acidic pit-tential.

Sketch is a jewelbox of a shop where everything is made with care and attention to deliciousness by the friendly owners. We still haven’t tried their ice cream cakes that they prepare as special order items, but one day…

Sketch Ice Cream
1809A Fourth St.
Berkeley, CA




  Saturday, August 2, 2008

We can't pass up the ricotta pancakes ($11.00):

... whenever they appear on the list of specials at Bette's. These moist, lemon scented flapjacks are flippin' good. Fried eggs go down the hatch with yolk-sauced pork links for a line up that covers all our breakfast bases.

We came by while they were jammed and took the last two available counter seats. The cook is amazing to watch:

... he fills up the entire grill like it's an advanced version of Tetris that goes on until quittin' time.

Even though we don't come in as often as we'd like to, we love catching up with the staff and eating our favorite Bay Area diner chow.

Bette's Oceanview Diner
1807 Fourth St.
Berkeley, CA




  Friday, August 1, 2008

Dale Chihuly leads teams of glass artists in the creation of trippy installations.

You may have seen his work if you looked up while checking into the Bellagio Hotel. That crazy blossoming arrangement overhead offers proof that glass ceilings exist for male artists too.

But you don't have to stay in Vegas to see his colorful collection. The de Young museum has transformed into a house of pane with a full blown display.

Time specific entry tickets translate into a glass show that is always half full so you can drink in this striking exhibit with a clear view.

They aren't all hung up here like they are at the MOMA, Guggenheim and countless other museums that have snippy docents chastising you for taking non-flash pictures.

Seriously, it's against the spirit of art to forbid a non-disruptive method of capture and interpretation of a work, but I guess it all comes down to commerce, after all, you wont sell as many post cards if people can shoot their own. Even the de Young uses aggressive product marketing by funneling ticket holders through a well-stocked gift shop.

They hope the exhibition will relieve your financial inhibitions as they catch you during your glassy eyed, suggestible state, ready to buy that paperweight that you so urgently require.

When the de Young got old, our group filled the glassware at Poesia for a late dinner.

We agreed that the grilled Monterey Sardines ($13.00):

... packed a flavorful punch in this cozy Castro hideaway.

Poesia Osteria Italiana
4072 18th St.
San Francisco, CA





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