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July 17-23, 2008
|Wednesday, July 23, 2008
... were bis-cut with a smaller cutter. These diminutized dough patties were still satisfyingly large, and will probably keep customers coming round instead of getting round.
|Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The special at Memphis Minnie's today was rib tips ($7.95):
... which were a buck off their usual price. I have had these many times in the past with delicious results, but today's must have bucked off some of their flavorful rub – don't get me wrong, they were still tender and once they got a serious dose of the housemade sauce I enjoyed them, but this meat plate is usually tippier. Sides of slaw and mac and cheese added starch and crunch breaks to this flesh fest, but the mac was sadly lacking in lactose compared to our other visits, but to be fair, it was under eight bucks.
|Monday, July 21, 2008
We should have known better than to visit Yank Sing 2:
... when Yank Sing is directly next door. When you take the dim sum-meliers out of the mix, you end up with product that doesn't move. The assault-style service in the parlor gets a bunch of plates on the table before your porky buns hit your chair, but their neighboring outlet is cartistically impaired.
... which we both deemed dim. The scallop dumplings, sui mye and potstickers flatlined on the steam table. The springroll and custart tart were both flakey and the pork bao did not suffer from being in a holding pattern, but they were all standard issue in flavor and joyless in presentation.
Yank Sing 2
From our Bunrab email bag, Mike asks about this weekend's dessert.
You could explain where the cupcakes came from. They are beautiful.
They were actually made by our friends who are serious culinary overachievers. These are people who built (I don't mean bought) their own wood burning pizza oven, make their own wine, cure their own olives and grow just about every fruit and vegetable that does well in their micro-climate….oh, and that is in their spare time (I actually think that they are two sets of identical sextuplets paid by the government to shame the rest of the population into greater productivity.)
Tim writes with a seafood search.
I'll be traveling to SF and Marin County in a few weeks. What is a good time of day to go to Pizzeria Picco on the weekend? Late afternoon, early evening? How long is the wait in the evening? Where would you recommend to go for high-quality, fresh seafood with simple, preferably grilled, preparations in SF or Marin? Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.
Unless there is a heat wave, Pizzeria Picco is pretty full at the usual dinner and lunch hours. We like dropping by between 3 and 4. There can still be a wait, but it's usually minimal. Dinner time is all about luck and timing – you just never know.
Have a good visit!
|Sunday, July 20, 2008
I got a flute containing their hit on a Bellini which subs out the peach with prickly pear puree in this pink Prosecco punch.
Chubby got a fragrant basil and grape laced cocktail served with a plastic intake tube which moderated his beverage consumption with flappy muddled leaf valves. This is an excellent alternative for those who wish to quit drinking.
|Saturday, July 19, 2008
... for dessert – no 'splainin' required.
|Friday, July 18, 2008
It would be more fitting to request the doneness of meat at Couleur Café on a scale of blue to black, but they adhere to the less Pantone, American terminology.
Their flatiron steak ($18.00):
... wasn't meant to be a fancy dry aged and home schooled cut, but it was a tasty ve-gone special cooked to the requested rare and served with a pot of Roquefort pepper butter (which I didn't find necessary) however, I was happy to find that along with this muscle were some seriously good, crispy and delicious frites.
|Thursday, July 17, 2008
Umi Restaurant is the remodeled, former home of SF Thai BBQ:
...and even though they have changed hands and cuisines, the concept of offering a peppy, budget-friendly lunch has stuck like rice on rice.
Oyako Don ($8.00):
... was a bowl of comfort food bracketed by both ends of the circle of chicken life. Neither the chicken or egg came first since I started with some good hamachi ($5.00) and hotate ($4.00) nigiri:
It's a satisfying cheap and cheerful chow stop.
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