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June 1-8, 2008


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  Sunday, June 8, 2008

The 5th Annual, 2008 Golden Glass grand tasting:

... wasn’t your garden-variety event.

All of the participating wineries had to be approved by a two-fisted wine committee. who selected the over 120 wineries. Before the headliner, there were a couple of warm up acts. Gruppo "Gusto Piemonte" discussed their region and winemaking techniques before a tasting of wines that best represented their newly formed association.

The next seminar covered New Zealand's wine production goal of 100% sustainability by 2012:

... before leading us though a tasting of zealous wines.

We hopped over to the Festival Pavilion:

...where we saw the usual cook-nescenti.

Toponia was char-cutting-up her Fatted Calf goods for a long line of ligament-lovers.


... kept tongues wagging with his fantastic bollito misto of lengua and Cotechino sausage:

... which he serves up seasonally at Poggio.

Bruce's baby hamachi skewers:

... were a Picco'ed clean. These fresh lemon lifted seafood sticks were worth the stake-out in the queue.

Andrew Freeman was less queue and more GQ as he chatted with seminar curator, Erin Hunt and New Zealand wine PR wrangler, David Strada.

We chatted with karaoke master, Alder, and asked him to steer us towards some of his picks. We loved the floral, peppery St. Pauls 2006 Sauvignon Passion and the cherry picked Prunotto 2005 Mompertone Monferrato.

Taking advantage of a slow moving line, we caught up with Brett whose Contigo Restaurant is opening in August.


... was trying to keep up with the traipsing traffic targeted towards his terrine:

Bi-Rite Creamery scooped up their chocolate ice cream:

... and capped it was some olive oil and Maldon salt. I remember when Pizzeria Picco started dishing out this soft serve combo and there were those that balked, but there was no sign of hesitation from the screaming masses today.

Blue Bottle:

... capped off this great day of spit takes.

Golden Glass was a choice chalice.

5th Annual Golden Glass
Festival Pavilion
Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA



  Saturday, June 7, 2008

An Iberico cured ham greeted attendees of Hog Heaven:

... which took place this afternoon at the Pasta Shop in Berkeley. Thin slices were whittled off for salivating seekers of sensational saline satiation. The flyer had the feel of a larger event but we cone-soled ourselves with a couple of Boccalone's:

... inverted porcine party hats:

... filled with savory slices of salumi.

The Berkshire pigs and salt in the La Querica Prosciutto:

... made for a buttery and clean tasting combo. It is clear that these flavorful food flaps are no Amateur-sciutto.

David's Old World hamlettes:

... and chunks of the Pasta Shop's pork sausage were also dispensed to the kosher-free crowd who seemed happy to sample these porky products before hooving it out the door.

Hog Heaven
Pasta Shop
1786 Fourth St.
Berkeley, CA



  Friday, June 6, 2008

Since today is National Donut Day we had the traditional celebratory fare but our well rounded meal was not easy to come by. We went to Donut Alley but were met by a locked door:

... with a shrugging woman behind the windows mouthing, "sold out" (which seemed like a loophole for shuttering at 11 a.m.) We aborted the back alley visit (since they wouldn't feedus) and went to another vendor of hole grain food.

Most people think of chow mein and sushi as Asian cooking, but it seems to me that donuts are frequently fabricated by first generation fry-masters of the Far East.

The Golden Cream Donut Shop:

... reinforced this theory.

We got our Asian food to go:

... so we could wash it down with our java of choice as we frittered away our mealtime.

Golden Cream Donut Shop
911 Lincoln Ave.
San Rafael, CA



  Thursday, June 5, 2008

Lint? It's not how I roll…

Not all restaurants can afford to use linen napkins and the paper ones can give off a chintzy, eco-hostile vibe, but I cannot fabricate a reasonable excuse for subjecting diners to a devise that defeats its own purpose.

These rustic rags:

... disintegrate like a Listerine strip for your lap. The dine-druff transferred during the normal use of this crumby shield:

... makes you look like you frequent a lap dancer with psoriasis.

I don't think we need to have a black napkin option that you find in some other cities, just something that has a thread count higher than 2 digits or customers will be driven out of their cotton-picking minds.



From today's Bunrab email, Steve H. writes about the Pub closure in Sausalito:


Hamburgers on Bridgeway and Patterson's pub: like Burns and Allen. very sorry to hear that Patterson's is closed.


Gutenberg replies:

Dear Steve,

Yeah, we're sorry we were the ones who had to say "Goodnight Gracie."




  Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Our friend R. reccoed a restaurant a little off our beaten path.

It's a good sign when you sit down to eat and see some of your favorite San Francisco chefs seated in the same dining room.

Check out what Chubby has to say about our visit to Oakland's Camino restaurant.


Mark your Calendars

As we mentioned last week, The Golden Glass will be taking place at Fort Mason this Sunday with a great line up of wineries and some excellent eats, but they have now added some opera to the mix. Daniel Hendrick, Salvador Padilla, Martin Gonzalez and Roman Palacios will be the 4 tenors you get for your 5 tenners ($50 in advance, 6 tenners at the door.)

The Golden Glass
Sunday, June 8th 3-7 p.m.
Tickets $50 in advance, $60 at the door, $45 for Slow Food Members
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA


From our Bunrab email, Steven C. writes:

We miss Chubby and his burgers and bathrooms! Gutenberg is a wonderful daily addiction but Chubby is the special occasion, and we're so concerned, we are thinking about contacting Special Agent Eliot Ness in Chicago, where the Chubbster was last seen.


Chubby replies:

Dear Steven,

Thanks for the encouragement. It got me in gear to write about a great new detour-worthy spot.

Your pal,




  Tuesday, June 3, 2008

There are plenty of accidental collisions of complimentary businesses but the best ones involve bars.

Bars can act as unofficial waiting rooms for neighboring restaurants or they can be a good resource to tap for a food vendor without an alcohol permit. Pick up your grub at San Francisco's Rosamunde Sausage Grill and sit down next door at the Toronado Pub to wash it down with a pint. It's good for both businesses since Rosamunde has limited seating and Toronado has spectacular suds that pair perfectly with their links or the famed Tuesday only burger.

Sausalito had its own version of this pub and grub partnership with Hamburgers on Bridgeway and Patterson's Pub.

Chubby and I were in the mood for this burger and beer circuit, but we were met with alarming news:

Patterson's is no more. They are building a Venetian-style eatery called Piccolo Teatro which was supposed to open in June, but they have already hit the usual snags (in the restaurant business? Shocking!) so look for them to open in July.

We went with plan B and headed over to our normal non-beer spot at the waterfront to munch on our smoky, grilled, meat rounds ($6.60) topped with melted Lappi cheese:

One order of crinkle cut fries ($2.45):

... was enough to split, and for some reason, today there were none of the usual aggressively pomme handling gulls.

If you are into streamlining, the savvy snacker phones in their order 15 minutes before arrival, picks up their meal without waiting in the long line and heads for the waterfront picnic tables or benches. But there's something to be said for watching the hypno-grill slowly rotating:

... an orrery of edible planets in this universe of burgers.

Hamburgers on Bridgeway

737 Bridgeway Sausalito, CA



  Monday, June 2, 2008

The new Teacake Bake Shops in Lafayette and Corte Madera are now marketing their masticatable merchandise.

This chain stems from their Emeryville shop, but sadly, the Marin outlet dispensed with the Mr. Espresso coffee (which they dispense at their flagship.) This meant that I was disposed to be addressed as "your flagship" since I didn't have the necessary caffeine counterpoint (the nearby Tully and Il Forniao coffee isn't my thing.)

We got a Chocolate Sour Cream Cupcake ($3.00) with a vanilla frosting:

... which was a moist, chocolate dough stump capped with a very sweet icing. The Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcake ($3.00):

... was only okay. It didn't have the intensity of flavor that would have appeased our nutty desires.

The crisp edges of the buttery chocolate chunk cookie ($2.00):

...were worth the caloric toll they housed even though I prefer ccc's that are thin centered (so that they never verge on cakey.)

The one item to purchase here is the brownie bite ($1.00):

The crackly crust and moist, deep chocolate flavor is just the thing to kick your choco-craving for a buck.

This store is too girly for me:

...(to be fair, it's a freaking cupcake parlor, not a machine shop) but the staff is friendly and efficient and those little chocolate brownies for a smacker will probably cause me to descend on this dainty, doughy detour again.

Teacake Bake Shop
119 Corte Madera Town Center
Corte Madera, CA



  Sunday, June 1, 2008

Fantastic people and parties made for a great visit to Mendocino.

We checked out of the inn:

... and bookended our journey with lunch at the Downtown Bakery and Creamery.

Joe's breakfast pizza ($9.25):

... had a nice crunchy and chewy crust lined with sautéed leeks, sliced mushrooms, mozzarella and asiago. Alchemizing bits of bacon rounded out this flavorful flatbread. The egg looked great, but it was cooked until the yolk was firm so it refused to act as a saucing agent, but this wasn't enough to eggstract our zeal for this 'za.

Mexican scrambled eggs ($8.00):

... were nicely seasoned and served with avocado and a tomato salsa. I particularly liked the house made tortillas served along side this pepper and queso fresco accented scram.

They serve their Friday through Sunday café menu counter service style. The crowd was mostly locals who knew the drill.

If Healdsburg is outside of your grazing area, you can always pick up one of their craveable fruit galettes at their Saturday Ferry Building Farmers' Market stand in San Francisco, but if you are taking a trip on the 101, it's an excellent place to pull off for a recharge.

Downtown Bakery and Creamery
308 A Center St.
Healdsburg, CA




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