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December 9-16, 2008
|Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Bubba’s was closed today, so we headed to Corte Madera Cafe with empty stomachs and low expectations based on past visits be we were met with cheerful service and chow that showed some care in preparation.
My feta and spinach scramble ($9.95 plus $1 to sub out fruit for spuds):
... had a dice of anemic tomato to remind me that it ain’t summer anymore. It came with one piece of toast, which I do not consider a rational ration without the context of surviving a jet crash with my soccer team in the snowy mountains and having already eaten all 4 ounces of my toothpaste.
I got over the pain de me with some freshly sliced fruit and discovered through the Reese’s peanut butter cup model of culinary collisions that I enjoy lightly salted bananas.
Chubby got ham and eggs ($7.95 plus $1 for fruit sub):
... which were solid diner chow (aside from the singular slice of bread for sopping.)
CMC doesn’t replace Bubba’s on our breakfast rotation, but they are a friendly stop (despite their gluten intolerance) and they know how to fry an egg.
|Monday, December 15, 2008
We did the metabolic math and figured that if each person brought a half dozen diminutive doughgobs to a cupcake potluck:
... we would have to attend a Glycoholics Anonymous meeting on the way back to the hutch.
... were Chubby’s contribution to maintaining a savory blood level.
|Sunday, December 14, 2008
Even when it’s wet outside:
Cornets were topped with salmon:
... glasses were filled with champagne, and wassailers:
... were wassailing at this lively Yountville gathering.
Kids decorated cookies:
... got themselves decorated:
... and ate candyfloss:
... while grown ups’ jaws dropped at the sight of Willy Wonka-esque displays of dental deteriorants:
French Laundry desserts have the unique ability to achieve the promise made by their appearance in every headful of these hedonistic mirth morsels.
All of the usual suspects were on hand to keep the discussion as lively as the chow at this annual celebration of community and carnality.
|Saturday, December 13, 2008
I carried our overcooked eggs back to the counter at Della Fattoria:
... and said “yes please” when the counterperson asked, “you want those runnier?”
The word “poached” has eggspanded over the years to include steamed and it seems as though the process used to cook these eggs was hot on the bottom and cool at the top. The replacement eggs ($7.00 for two:
$6.50 for one with bacon):
... looked promising with barely set tops, but their bases had that hard boiled yolk texture and there was no runny yolk to be sopped up with their delicious house made bread.
We’ve had better food here in the past, and there is a lot to like about this counter service cafe and bakery but we’ll give the eggs a rest next time.
|Friday, December 12, 2008
... where the relentless Friday crowd ignored the restraining call of the stock ticker in favor of the temptation of tasty tucker.
We both turned to the specials to squash our hunger. My pumpkin pancakes ($11.95):
... came with bacon and eggs soft scrambled just how I like em. Chubby got his pumpkin waffle ($11.95):
... with eggs and chicken apple sausage:
We transported these pumpkins into our carriages and found them both smashing.
|Thursday, December 11, 2008
Us Bunrabs consider Serpentine Restaurant’s Happy Hour the best in San Francisco. Not only are there delicious, specially priced cocktails, there is a buffet of fantastic nibbles at each corner of the bar. This evening’s was a little happier than usual since it doubled as Serpentine’s first anniversary celebration.
... was on the house (and down the hatch) to complement beets, savory bread pudding, fromage blanc and crispy, cornmeal battered oysters.
The vibe lives up to the timely title and these merry minutes materialize on the second Thursday of every month.
|Wednesday, December 10, 2008
This kooky cookie grew out of a refrigeration malfunction at FWF. They weren’t able to chill any of San Francisco Cheesequake’s candy cap mushroom cheesecake (which we enjoyed at the Cheese Plus Food Festival) so the SFC tooth-quaker, Peter, baked up a non-perishable puck to purvey.
A16, Delfina and Incanto are just a few of the eateries stepping up to help the San Francisco Food Bank. If you have dinner at one of the participating restaurants on December 18th, a portion of your payment will help those in need.
Check out the list here.
|Tuesday, December 9, 2008
This Tablehopper event co-sponsored by Scharffen Berger and Sagatiba Cachaca melted away the bail out blues with specialty drinks:
...and that all time panacea - chocolate.
La Cocina kept the mole sliders slidin’:
... while a cocktail and food pairing competition took place in the VIP room.
Elizabeth Falkner, Lisa Schiffman, Brad Kintzer:
... and Jordan MacKay judged some tasty tidbits including this unctuous pork belly:
...which was seriously swinetastic.
Aurora Siegel and Alicia Bidnic of Rose Pistola:
... were the only team from the same restaurant. Alicia made this “cheese and crackers”:
... with home made graham crackers, cocoa nibs, Mimolette cheese, 62% cacao SB chocolate, mascarpone, honeycomb, coconut milk and crispy prosciutto.
You’ll have to check out Marcia’s e-column next Tuesday for a recap and a list of the winners.
We got to catch up with friends, imbibe some wild cocktails, nibble on competition-grade chow and everyone got sent home with chocolate. Sweet.
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