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July 9-15, 2009


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  Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ici’s house made cones are not only crisp conical containers, the plug of chocolate ganache hidden in the tip acts as a drip and show stopper to their frosty fare.

I went with a single scoop of vanilla-fudge-peanut ($3.60 for a single cone) while Chubby one-upped my order with a foundation of chocolate ($4.60 for a double cone):

We were thankful that our treatonistic Ici interlude wasn’t hampered by a manipulative mother or cosmetically inferior (but still tasty) cones so that we were able to delight in our dessert without distraction.

Ici Ice Cream
2948 College Ave.
Berkeley, CA



  Tuesday, July 14, 2009

We slid into Home Restaurant:

... and got cozy with a Homegirl cocktail ($7.00):

... of vodka, cranberry juice and lime lightened with a bit of champagne and a plate of mini corndogs ($8.00):

... in a cornmeal batter. A dunk in yellow mustard completed our colorful kickoff continued with a crisp collision of iceberg and bacon ($8.00):

... in a titanic salad with radish and carrot dressed in a buttermilk ranch.

A fabulously flakey pastry capped the pot pie ($14.00):

... filled with chicken, peas, diced carrots and celery in a creamy sauce complemented by a 2006 MJLords Sauvignon Blanc.

Mozzarella and parmesan melded with a béchamel in the nicely seasoned macaroni and cheese ($7.00):

... with crispy breadcrumbs and chives.

The slow cooked pot roast ($17.00):

... was so tender that our knives suffered from neglect. This is the sort of classic American chow that would satisfy a meat and potatoes maniac. Horseradish cream completed this hefty helping of old school chuck herded along with a 2007 Poppy Pinot Noir.

The dessert list ($7.00 each) included Bing cherry cobbler, peach shortcake:

... nectarine sorbet and banana bread pudding which all sounded as though they fit with the theme in a Betty Crocker sort of way, but the reality was that they outshone their descriptions. Pastry Chef Daniel Saravia:

... is going to be on those SF rising star chef lists in no time. He bakes with a light hand to roll out tender-crumbed shortbreads and incorporates seasonal fruit with a skillful restraint that spotlights the produce.

Home is not the place for those in search of molecular gastronomy or foie gras. The name sets the expectation at this friendly retro-raunt. Executive Chef Jim Wimborough, Sous Chef Sammy Johnson:

... and Pastry Chef Daniel Saravia are making casual and tasty comfort chow in this easy to get to eatery (we popped out of the Muni station directly in front of the place.)

They even have a 3 course prix fixe meal (including a glass of wine) for $13 that they serve from 5-6 p.m.

Home Restaurant

2100 Market St.
San Francisco, CA



  Monday, July 13, 2009

We were downward facing dogs when we discovered Il Cane Rosso’s:

... opening was delayed until tomorrow so we zipped over to Zinnia only to find that they do not pedal their plates on Mondays:

... so we decided to roll over to Flour + Water:

... and as luck would have it, we ran into some friends.

A plucky fried squash blossom ($10.00) stuffed with ricotta had a crisp, hot crust but the cheese was cold in the center. Early girl tomatoes and crunchy kernels of sweet, white corn added a fresh foundation to a seasonal salad.

M. reccoed the lamb tongue salad ($11.00):

... which was tottering with warm spuds and licked by whole grain mustard. A perfectly poached egg sauced this tender bleat meat budding with taste.

The Margherita ($12.00):

... and the ricotta, squash and peppery arugula strewn Biancoverde ($16.00 + $2.00 for egg on its face):

... were good blistered pies with chewy crusts but the standout dish was the cappeletti ($16.00):

... which M. had enjoyed previously and highly endorsed. Our hats were off to these pasta packets with corn and crescenza cheese finished with a little butter and parsley while the maltagliati ($14.00):

... didn’t tag team with its preceeding corntender. The giblets and favas were good, but the pasta was a little stiffer than I prefer and the brown butter didn’t draw all the elements together.

Although I am bonzo about chickpeas, ($5.00):

... these fresh beans cooked with prosciutto were only okay. There wasn’t enough ham to add meaty muscle and the wood oven’s influence wasn’t as aggressive as I had hoped.

A wonderful piece of halibut ($21.00):

... was mindfully cooked to a moist-middled maturity and served with eggplant puree, chard, tapenade and little surgical spears of delicate asparagus.

Maldon salt studded a chocolate budino ($7.00):

... with a whipped coffee-caramel cream. The saline segments made this dessert shine.

A pistachio punctuated honey semifreddo with basil granita, poached cherries and biscotti crumble ($7.00):

... was a nice whipped cream nut loaf accented with fruit to compete our impromptu get together.

The decor is well thought out with lots of wood and a cool mural on the back wall:

We particularly enjoyed their water cabinet of curiosities in the unisex bathroom:

Little nits aside, we would definitely spin back to this friendly hub of carbo contentment.

Flour + Water

2401 Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA



From today’s Bunrab email Morton screams:


Wanted to give you the heads up that Sketch will be closing for good on July 26. Get the goods while you still can. Details on their blog.


Gutenberg replies:

Dear Morton,

We were sorry to hear that they are closing their doors but also happy for their good news and that they will still be offering their goods online.

Thanks for the heads up on their cone-dition.




  Sunday, July 12, 2009

Humphry Slocombe:

... uses pig fat from Boccalone:

... to make these delectable discs of sensational shortbread ($3.50):

These pork pucks split the fatuous factor fifty-fifty between lard and butter. A bit of crunch from cornmeal and an herbal infusion from rosemary make them worth porkcurment.

Humphry Slocombe’s Boccalone Lard Shortbread Cookies
Boccalone Salumeria
San Francisco Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA



  Saturday, July 11, 2009

I open my door to see that B. was also wearing a GAMA-GO Yeti t-shirt:

... as he stopped on his trip to L.A. last night.

Our breakfast orders also matched this morning when we hit the Half Day Cafe for a tortilla scramble ($8.50):

... which was an egg, tortilla strip, cheese, tomato, chile combo. Chubby got a basic egg and toast situation ($6.25):

... and we found that both of these standard issue breakfasts did nothing to distract from our discussion (which is good in one sense, but bad in another.) Although not abominable, we had yeti higher hopes for the filling of our abdominals.

The Half Day Cafe

848 College Ave.
Kentfield, CA



  Friday, July 10, 2009

Maple honey caramels from Sweet Revolution:

... have a nice amount of “give” to their organic tree and bee bites. These revolutionary rations of maple, dairy, honey and vanilla bean have little micro pockets of sea salt that warrant their plain brown, pornographic, packaging.

These luscious locally-produced lumps are available at Bi-Rite or Miette if you can’t wait for delivery.

Sweet Revolution Caramels
2565 3rd St.
San Francisco, CA



  Thursday, July 9, 2009

Dogzilla vs. Mouth-ra

Ryan Farr:

...has unleashed a monster with his Dogzilla ($8.00):

... at this afternoon’s Ferry Building market. These Farr-bricated tube steaks radiated over a grill:

... before being hit with a net of kimchi:

... and a dorsal fin of 4505 chicharrones.

We did battle with this snapping savage and destroyed our pupponent with relish (well, Korean relish...) The rinds took this wiener over the top by detonating crackly explosions over this demonic dog and we had to stockpile some of these skin strips ($3.00):

... to keep in reserve (but we ate them immediately.)

There were long lines at the tents set up with tacos, pizza, sandwiches and Korean food. By the time we made it to the head of the Namu line:

... they just sold their last order of the Korean tacos, but our ‘zilla triumph made it worth the trip.

Thursday Market
San Francisco Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA









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