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October 16-22, 2009


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  Thursday, October 22, 2009

The special ramen ($10.95):

... at Oishi Ramen:

... came with thin slices of bbq pork and a chunk of yummy and fatty stewed pork, roe, hard boiled egg, and nori in a hot broth. The noodles were okay, but it didn’t dispel my belief in Santa.

A California roll ($3.95):

... contained sea legs which made for a pedestrian fish pole.

I took it as a good sign that the majority of the diners at Oishi Ramen were Asian, but this popul-asian did not translate into a meal that bowled me over.

Oishi Ramen

219 El Camino Real
Millbrae, CA



  Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Shanghai Dumpling Shop was filled with Chinese diners chowing down on clay pots, soups and, of course, their namesake nosh.

The xiao long bao ($7.50):

... came a generous 10 to an order. These pork meat ball centered soup dumplings were filled with a rich slurpable broth. The wrappers were a good thickness - not too doughy but still able to confine the liquid centers of these luscious xlb.

Chive dumplings ($6.25):

... were also pork packets but these hives of chives were boiled (rather than steamed). A hit of soy and pepper sauces added some culinary color before we gobbled up these dough-minuative lumps.

A green onion pancake ($4.95):

... offered a textural turnout in its flattened and fried formation. This wheel of onion dough was good, but not worth dumping additional lings for.

Shanghai Dumpling Shop
455 Broadway
Millbrae, CA



Mark your Calendar

Taylor Boetticher and Ryan Farr are staging another protein performance at Bloodhound. This butchery demo of a goat and a lamb will take place while a whole hog spit-roasts on an open fire.

The event is called “Petting Zoo” and there will be delicious 4505 Chicharrones, chicken beer sausages and salumi to go with a bacon inspired cocktail. Yum.

Petting Zoo

Tuesday November 3, 6 p.m.
tickets $40
1145 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA


Another butchery update:

This weekend’s Dario Cecchini demo has been relocated to Nopa.

Check here for the revised deets and new lower price.

Dario Cecchini demonstration and booksigning

Saturday, October 24th 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
560 Divisadero
San Francisco, CA
Tickets are now $175



  Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tree dandruff caused us to leave the outdoor branch of 900 Grayson. We put down roots in the dining room where we dug into a demon lover ($12.00):

... aka chicken and waffles. Although the waffle didn’t exhibit any crispy, fluffy or show-offy characteristics, it boughed to the crusty, moist, bird bits which were slathered in cream gravy.

Onion rings haloed the New York white Cheddar cheeseburger ($11.00):

... which was cooked to a nice medium rare with added tang from bbq sauce and a boost from bacon. We sawed through the accompanying pile of crisp, greaseless, tater twigs.

We enjoyed the timbre of this little luncheonette and will have to lumber back again soon.


900 Grayson
900 Grayson St.
Berkeley, CA



  Monday, October 19, 2009

Our pal K. took a break from her Indiana Jonesy job and whipped back to Mama Con:

... for cold beer and a freshly caught and fried Boca Colorado:

... served with lime, a side of cabbage salad and fresh tortillas after an amuse of fresh cheese:

Her description of this crispy-skinned critter taken with ice cold beer and a view sounds like our kind of culinary con-vergence (even though they don’t have all the mod cons.)

K. cautioned that there is a development going up nearby so this El Salvadorian seafood spot may struggle to surf-vive.

Mama Con
Coastal Highway west from La Libertad
pass Mizata, look for sign on the left
El Salvador



Mark your Calendar

Leif Hedendal and Nicole Lobue will be guest chefs at Mission Street Food this Thursday. Their menu includes smoked black cod with stinging nettle and preserved lemon ($14), heirloom pumpkin soup with chanterelle Tartine toast and St. George Chardonnay brandy creme ($9) and Moroccan spiced, slow-braised lamb shoulder ($13). Proceeds will benefit Free Farm Stand.

Mission Street Food

Lung Shan Restaurant
Thursday, October 22nd beginning at 6 p.m.
2234 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA



  Sunday, October 18, 2009

We quickly courted food at the SF Westfield Center’s Buckhorn Grill where the “Jammin’ Salmon” sandwich ($7.95 plus $1 for wild salmon):

... was aptly named.

In our hunger we had to jam this unseasoned and overcooked spawn of salmon satan into our gullets. To be fair, we didn’t ask for a corrected version (since our caloric demands trumped our hedonistic needs) and we were able to add some salt to ease this wound.

Buckhorn Grill

Westfield Center
845 Market St.
San Francisco, Ca


Mark your Calendar

Butchery is a Dante task when applied to Dario Cecchini. You may remember him as the talkative Tuscan in Bill Buford’s book Heat.

Meatpaper is presenting a fundraiser for Marin Organic featuring a demonstration of Cecchini’s expertise along with his cutting remarks.

There will be an intermission with refreshments and a book signing of Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town, so that you can follow the chopping with some shopping.

The Art of Meat Cutting
Dario Cecchini
Saturday, October 24th, 2:00-6:30 p.m.
tickets $275 (of which $200 is tax deductable)

Cowell Theatre
Fort Mason

Location Changed to:

560 Divisadero
San Francisco, CA



From our Bunrab email, Charles H. writes:


I recently came across the Daily Feed and I've started reading back from the October 17th, 2009 post and am currently reading your August 31st, 2006 post. I've never seen you in any of the posts and was wondering if there was a bio or at least a picture of you somewhere. Keep up the great work.

Charles H.

P.S. The Anti-Spam question was too hard.

Gutenberg replies:

Dear Charles,

Thanks for visiting the cyberhutch! Here are a few pics of us enjoying our chow.




Glad you passed the anti-spam quiz.



  Saturday, October 17, 2009

Aaron Saunders of Farallon Restaurant:

... downed nearly 100 oysters in 3 minutes:

The man was a machine - leaving all competitors in his wake during this afternoon’s Oysterfest 2009 at the Waterbar Restaurant.

This shellfish display of gluttony didn’t put guests off their chow. The low hanging fruits de mer were plucked from their shells as fast as they were shucked:

In addition to raw, competitive eating, there were more refined presentations such as Farallon restaurant’s heirloom tomato gazpacho with celery salad and Miyagi oysters:

... which inherited a wonderful flavor from top notch ingredients.

We loved Chef Adam Mali’s:

... grilled oysters with bbq sauce:

We nicked these cove-etable comestibles which sat over the fire just long enough to heat them through.

Epic Roasthouse rolled together Drakes Bay oyster BLTs:

... while their sister (and host) restaurant put Drakes Bay oysters:

in a delectable cilantro-scented stew:

Pastry Chef Emily Luchetti:

... gingerly wheeled in luchious chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches (with snappy shells):

... which we cycled through in tandem.

J sparking wine and Speakeasy beer were among the tide-y beverages to wash down these surf-ings.

This outdoor celebration of sustainable seafood was filled with music, mollusks and merriment.

Oysterfest 2009
399 The Embarcadero South
San Francisco, CA



  Friday, October 16, 2009

Kilty Pleasures

A dram-atic display of drinks germinated this evening at WhiskyFest 2009. This melding of malted merriment at the San Francisco Marriott was brimming with talented mash-makers.

Lance , Lou:

... Dave and Anthony:

... all remarked upon Jimmy Russell’s Wild Turkey "Tradition" 14 year old bourbon. We high tailed it to their table where they gave us a pour of this peppery potion:

Only 14,000 bottles of this toffee touched, lovely libation will be distributed in the U.S. so we were glad to have a spicy swig of this rare bird.

Daniel turned us in the direction of D&M:

... where we were captivated by the 37 year old Glen Grant Duncan Taylor bottling of a single cask whisky:

Camper gave his oak-kay to the Glenmorangie Astar:

... Single malt Scotch which was, indeed, a star.

Carving stations:

... and buffets kept guests fortified at this well organized and fun gathering.

We chased our straight sips with an “added bonus”. This cocktail created by Chase of 15 Romolo:

... was made with Basil Hayden bourbon, lemon juice, egg white, maple syrup, basil leaves and Czech Fernet infused with candied ginger. This herby handcocktail had a ginger heat and perfect balance of tart sweetness.

We wet our whisky whistles with some exquisite elixirs at this convergence of kilt:

... and kiln.

WhiskyFest 2009
presented by Malt Advocate and the Wall Street Journal
Marriott Hotel
San Francisco, CA









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