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August 9-16, 2009


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  Sunday, August 16, 2009

Those who must wait often turn green with envy:

... as they scope out the scoops at Cici.

Our piccolo ($4.50 plus $1.00 for the cone):

... selections were chocolate gelato under some honey lavender vanilla and the cookies and cream with a (richer than it sounds) chocolate sorbet.

All of our selections were seriously satisfying and the crisp, house made cone with a chocolate cork plugging the drip tip as a bittersweet end to our treat.

Gelateria Cici
17 East Blithedale Ave.
Mill Valley, CA



  Saturday, August 15, 2009

There was a long queue at the New People building:

during today’s grand opening of this bubble of Japanese pop culture.

We wanted to hit the café inside, but the Blue Bottleneck at the door was too much of a grind.

We grabbed a simple Japanese curry ($5.00):

... at the Delica tent set up on the street.

This was a basic and satisfying rice and beef curry bowl to eat to the beat of TsuShiMaMiRe:

... who had the crowd origamied around their fingers.

A spear of mini manju ($1.50):

... was fresh and soft with sweet red bean filling while the basil lemon blueberry and chocolate mini cupcakes ($1.50 each) from Kingdom Cake:

... didn’t cater to the Japanese style of sugary restraint (but we were fine with that.)

Asian American Recovery Services is dedicated to helping their community fight substance abuse and were raising funds by selling strawberry shortcakes for a mere $3.

We ponied up our dough and hid our horror as big tubs of commercially sliced, thawed, fruit and cans of whipped cream emerged to produce what must be one of their programs-in-a-bowl. Any tendencies that we may have had towards food addiction were cured in one, low cost step. We applaud their cause, but their cuisine needs rehab.


... brought their J game to this summit of art, food, music and retail. We’ll have to return and actually make it through the doors next time...

New People

1746 Post St.
San Francisco, CA



  Friday, August 14, 2009

The Beretta crew have pulled the trigger on a new chamber of chow, Starbelly.

They officially open on Tuesday, but after sampling the perfect pizzas:

... stellar sliders:

... and perky padron peppers:

... during this evening’s party, we could tell that this place will be a hit from day one.

The place was packed with locals, sip-lebrities:

... and indulgent sisters:

... enjoying house made salumi, seared diver scallops in sweet corn puree:

... popcorn clams, mini corn dogs:

... and perfect, petite, Prather ranch beef patties on brioche.

Thin crusted, beautifully blistered pizzas were top notch. The market mushroom with Gruyere, thyme and roasted onions and the figs with blue cheese, arugula and prosciutto:

... were seriously impressive.

The pricing is in tune with the times with appetizers at $5-14, salads $5-7, pizzas $11-15 and entrees $11-16 which is incredibly affordable given the high quality ingredients utilized by masterful Chef Adam Timney:

We’ll definitely shoot back for a sit down meal at this friendly center of Castro-nomy.


3583 16th St.
San Francisco, CA



  Thursday, August 13, 2009

N. was visiting from out of town so we took her on a bay ferry ride and gave her a tour of the Ferry Building before dinner at Contigo.

We passed globes of glowing eggplant and loaves of enticing Firebrand bread which lined the open kitchen as we made our way to a table. Those wood oven baked loaves were toasted and topped with tomato for the pa amb tomaquet ($4.00 for two):

... which were a true expression of tomato on this open faced sandwich topped with extra virgin olive oil.

Cucumbers ($7.00):

... with wild fennel, red torpedo onions, and cherry tomatoes were a stack of sensational slices of summer.

Catalan style sauteed greens ($7.00):

... with crunchy toasted pine nuts and sweet golden raisins and a bowl of luscious butter beans ($8.00):

... fresh from Iacopi in Half Moon Bay paved the way for some oxtail croquetas ($8.00):

... and pork belly bocadillo ($8.00):

... which were so good on previous visits that we couldn’t pass them up. The little potato chips complemented the pig-cled onion sandwich.

Benenjenas fritas ($8.00):

... were batons of the rosa bianca eggplant (that called to us from the display case) treated to a tempera-like battering and frying with a pool of salsa brava adding a sweet acidity of this tomato sauce to the eggsemplary aubergine.

Piel de sapo (aka “toad skin”) melon hopped off the plate with jamon serrano ($9.00):

... and black pepper syrup. This sweet, salty, clean, meaty and peppery gilded lily pad was a hamsome prince of a dish.

Olive oil poached albacore belly ($10.00):

... blew our minds with this rich cut of young, line caught fish over piquillo peppers with the saline snap of sea beans.

A wild nettle topped coca ($14.00):

... was lined with caramelized onions and zucchini rounds on this tasty wood oven fired flatbread.

Our Pavlovian response to the Dirty Girl strawberries ($8.00) with crema fresca on an almond meringue:

... was scientifically supported by the crisp, whipped egg white cloud, red, ripe berries and creamy cap of this bell ringing dish.

We were nutty for the fruity scoops of peach and pistachio ice creams and plum sorbet ($8.00):

... as well as the Blue Bottle coffee ice cream ($8.00):

... infused with a perky portion of grounds (for divorcing ourselves from moderation.) A cardamom chocolate cookie added a crunchy bit to this cow and calf-ination combo.

We got carried away with dessert since passing up the churros with chocolate ($8.00):

... would require a restraint that we cannot condone. These hot, sugar-rolled dough sticks can’t be beat especially when dunked in the alchemizing chocolate caliente.

We caught a return ferry that broke down in the middle of the bay turning our brief excursion into a Gilligany three hour tour ending with passengers shuffling off the ship:

... looking like they took an overnight flight while others decided it was an opportunity to take advantage of the shipboard bar until they were less than shipshape.

Although the professor was no where to be seen, the ferry bosses met us at the dock to apologize for the lack of professional-pulsion (which I thought was a nice gesture, especially since it was probably the last thing they felt like doing after midnight.)

Contigo Kitchen + Cava
1320 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA



  Wednesday, August 12, 2009

We dropped by a party thrown by Erin:

... and Kevin at Fish & Farm where Chef Chad Newton presented the crowd with shots and tots:

...(the tots being of the Hobbs bacon persuasion.)


... pork ribs, buttermilk fried chicken wings, gazpacho:

... corn soup and cones of pole bean salad:

... with dill creme fraiche, sweet 100 tomatoes and fried shallots kept the carousing charged.

Fish & Farm
339 Taylor St.
San Francisco, CA


Mark your Calendar

The past Family Winemakers of California events have provided great opportunities to sample some sensational sips and catch up with the loca-pour action. A great opportunity to speak with these winemakers about their grapey goods.

Family Winemakers of California Tasting 2009
Sunday August 23, 3-6 p.m.
Tickets $50 advance, $60 at the door
Festival Pavillion
Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA



  Tuesday, August 11, 2009

San Francisco’s summer fog and drizzle sent us to seek fortification at The Metro Cafe.

We sat down to an organic beet salad ($7.50):

... with tangy goat cheese on a hill of vinaigrette tossed spinach before tasting the tender tentacles of the grilled calamari ($6.50):

... with white beans, chopped red pepper, dill, olives, slivers of preserved lemon and garden lettuces complemented by a citrus scented, 2007 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc.

P.E.I. mussels ($8.50):

... were cooked just until their plump bodies released their shellfish grip. They sat in a pool of nicely spiced tomato broth that we scooped up as a soup.

A cone of thin, crisp and greaseless Kennebec fries ($5.00) were served with a pot of house made ketchup:

Tapenade covered a free range chicken breast ($15.50):

...on a nest of creamy polenta. Tomato sauce lent a sweet, acidic, spicy dimension to this bird.

The baby back ribs ($15.00):

... fell off the bone after their long braise with coffee and cardamom. These maple sweetened meat sticks sat on a field of delectable green lentils cooked with carrots and onions which received peppery punch from a 2006 M. Cosentino Pinot Noir.

A creme brulée:

... and a chocolate cake with mixed berries ($6.00 each):

... and a glass of Dow Tawny Port capped off our evening of comfort food at this friendly neighborhood spot.

There is an inviting patio garden in back for weekend brunchers but the dining room is the place to enjoy a chilly San Francisco summer evening.

The Metro Cafe
311 Divisadero St.
San Francisco, CA



Spotted Pig - here’s a shot of the savon de swine from Boccalone.

The pen was locked by the time we got to the Ferry Building today so we couldn’t pick up a bar, but instigators of irritating oration should look forward to some high falutin’ irrigation with these pig pucks.



  Monday, August 10, 2009

There was definitely a “show” at Show Dogs today when an enthusiastic, underfunded, personality used his powers of volume to try to get a better deal on wieners at this Market Street vendor. He eventually quit this dogged attempt but we wondered if they get a lot of this due to their location.

We placed our order at the counter and sipped a couple pints of Speakeasy Prohibition Ale and Lagunitas IPA from their selection of local drafts during our short wait for our chow.

The spicy whole hog ($5.00):

... with apple and horseradish sauce had a blanket of grilled onions tucking in this breakfast sausage textured tube of tasty Georgian pig.

There was a nice caliente kick to the Louisiana hot link ($6.25):

... with house made relish and mustard.

Grilled peppers and onions capped the Andouille ($6.75):

... along with house made mustard and a tangle of arugula. They made a note that this was organic, but when I eat a hot dog that’s the last thing I care about.

The fries ($3.75) were short spud stumps rather than laces, and although good, the winner were the onion rings ($4.00):

... which were crisp, sweet, brown collars for our tasty dogs.

Their sausages are sourced from some of our favorite casing crammers like Fatted Calf, Ryan Farr and Golden Gate Meats which they daugment with care. It’s a good place to grab a bite and take in the parade of humanity in front of the theaters.

Show Dogs

1020 Market St.
San Francisco, CA



Mark your Calendar


...and speaking of dogs...

Thursday August 20th, from 4-8 p.m. is Haute Dog Acme Hour.

4505, Boccalone, and Fatted Calf are among the fine swine on which to dine. A donation of a buck at the door goes to the Chefs Collaborative, a fiver for each tube steak a three dollars for Magnolia beer - suuuueeeet.

Haute Dog Acme Hour

Thursday, August 20th 4-8 p.m.
Acme Chophouse
Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA


...and if you are truly a pork-atarian...

Nob Hill Grille is holding a tribute to pork on August 25th and 26th.

The $40 4 course meal includes crispy skin braised pork belly with oyster mushroom risotto, short ribs and suckling pig with a wine pairing for an additional $15.

Tribute to Pork
Nob Hill Grille
August 25-26 5-10 p.m.
969 Hyde St.
San Francisco, CA



  Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Sunday Grand Tasting marked the final day of this year’s SF Chefs. Food. Wine. event with libations:

... demonstrations:

... and of course, food.

Chef Mourad Lahlou impressed again with his black cod with vadouvan, Granny Smith apple puree, radish and sea beans:

The Indian spiced, velvety fish, sweet apple and saline sea beans with a crunch of radish was Azi-licious.

Heirloom Early Girl tomatoes were showcased with black garlic and miso enhanced, basil puree;

Chef Bruce Hill has these deadly delicious nightshades on the current menu at Picco.

Chef Lauren Kiino:

... told us about her upcoming happy hour that they are planning at Il Cane Rosso. Little Italian appetizers and wine (yes, they now have a license) by the glass or litre. The happiness should start in a couple of weeks, but we got a preview with her Sol Food chicken liver pate with pickled eggs, agretti, port, white wine, cognac and bacon fat on a crunchy crouton. Based on this offal oval, early evening snacks and a carafe of wine by the bay sound like required eating.

We ran into the Cosentino tribe who gave us an update on the long awaited Boccalone soap - it’s now cured and for sale at the Ferry Building salumeria! Even fat-o-phobes wont say no to zero calorie, minty winged pigs positioned as a pork product for the loo rather than the larder.

Ladies got off easy with sundresses:

... to go with margaritas:

... during this hot SF afternoon while the Mayor and other style conscious SF men kept the ties and jackets in place aided by local brewers to provide sudsy cooling agents.

San Francisco’s food ethos was captured during this afternoon of hobnobbing, snacking and sipping on some wonderful cocktails and wines.

It’s too bad we have to wait a whole year to do this again...

SF Chefs. Food. Wine.

Union Square
San Francisco, CA









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