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April 1-9, 2010


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  Friday, April 9, 2010

Huckleberry Round

Dynamo donuts’ huckleberry helix was a finn-tastic fence of pink-washed, berried treasure.


Dynamo Doughnuts
2760 24th St.
San Francisco, CA



Mark your Calendar

There will be no pole dancers at the Stags party held by the Stags Leap District Winegrowers (at least I didn't see this activity listed). There will however, be a series of open houses with barrel tastings, food and wine pairings and an opportunity to take in the terroir of the V2V (Vineyard to Vintner) event.

Stags Leap district's vintners and winemakers will be hosting each table at the Soireé Cabernet Gala Dinner which will be held at Clos du Val. Bottles will be unearthed from the cellars of this Bacchus caucus during this celebration of an area where every vintage is a leap year.

Check out the deets here.

V2V - Vineyard to Vintner

Stags Leap District
Saturday, April 24
Open Houses 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. $135 per person
Soireé Cabernet reception and dinner $285 per person



  Thursday, April 8, 2010

I embarkaderoed over to the zip line ride:


... near the Ferry Building justin time to be turned away since they were "sold out" for the day (although technically, it was free). Instead I made a plan b line over to grab lunch at the Namu stand at the farmers' market.

The Okonomiyaki ($8.00 + $1.00 add'l for an egg):

... was a crispy, gooey, kimchee-kicked pancake dusted with a dandy drift of bonito flakes and dolled up with Kewpie mayo. A free range (actually buck range) egg sunny sided up to this jacked up flap.

I'll ask for a little less of all the liquid agents next time I get an egg-mented version, but it added the right zip to my afternoon.

San Francisco Ferry Building Farmers' Market



  Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Salesmen who insert your name into their pitch can often be classified as smarmy, but they do understand how to get your attention. The narcissistic pull of personalization, however accidental, is a tractor beam that propelled us to Chubby’s Dinner.

It wasn’t shocking that their “GRMT” Coffee ($1.49):

... was both vowel and flavor challenged or that their ham and eggs ($3.99 + 60¢ for substituting tomatoes for hash browns, + $1.29 for toast):

... were what you would expect from any greasy spoon, but the monotone, world-weary waitress (who can blame her, really?) cleared up any doubt that I our experience wouldn’t warrant a return to this denny-son chain chow.

Chubby’s Diner
266 Mount Hermon Rd.
Scotts Valley, CA



  Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A "love apple" is a tomato, so what better place to procure pomme d'amour plants than Love Apple Farm?

Famous as Manresa Restaurant's kitchen garden, this produce patch also sells some of their biodynamic booty to the public.

Expert guidance (through over a hundred varieties) mated us with plants ($3.50 each) that will produce black, white, red and green goods.

We were also prescribed an asprin, fish heads and list of other soil-utions that will keep us walking on eggshells and steeping worm casing tea.

"Casings" seems like inverted version of vermicompost verbage, but I guess it's a polite (if not misleading) expression for excrement. Authorities swear by this poo brew, so we will bow to their pu-erh of authority and load the dirt chambers with casings.

If you are seeking seedlings to support your summer salads, cruise out to Santa Cruz mountains and swing by this source of superior 'shades.

Love Apple Farm
Spring Tomato Plant Sale
Each Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday until May 30, 2010
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
or by appointment
9299 Glen Arbor Road
Ben Lomond, CA





  Monday, April 5, 2010

Foster City is no place to freeze. A bowl of hot and sour soup ($2.50):

... with chicken, tomato, and mushrooms got foliage-flavor from lemon grass and kaffir leaves at Sweet Basil Thai.

Chili paste cut through pork and beans ($7.95):

... over rice. This sweat-inducing swine, red pepper and crisp green bean lunch plate was thermal innerwear at this friendly, bamboo-bordered, south bay stop.

Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine
1473 Beach Park Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404



Mark your Calendar

If there’s one situation that sparks positive discussion of death panels for Grandma it’s the annual Marin Master Gardeners’ Heirloom and Hybrid Tomato Market where ruthless nanas will cut you for their deadly nightshades.

Last year we showed up an hour early to this crack-for-seniors event and once they opened for business, we experienced only a few canings as we emerged with our fruitopian finds.

Check out the list of goods here, make a list and high tail it to this retail mater mob.

If you don’t know a Cherokee Purple from a Shady Lady, there will be experts on hand to make sure your microclimate mates with your toms.

UCCE Marin Master Gardeners’ Heirloom & Hybrid Tomato Market

Saturday, April 10

Bank of Marin - Bon Air Center 10 a.m. - 2 p.m

50 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Greenbrae

Pini Ace Hardware - Nave Shopping Center 9 a.m. - noon
1535 S. Novato Blvd., Novato




  Sunday, April 4, 2010

Glasses of Louis Bouillot sparkling rosé were a welcome lift from the rain as we ducked into Chez Papa.

The showers didn’t keep Jocelyn Bulow’s Potrero Hill bistrot from bustling with locals as we tucked into Chef Rodolfo Reyes’ gorgonzola-stuffed, prosciutto-wrapped, grilled artichokes ($10.00 for a plate of four):

These thistle missiles of flowering flavor were an inviting bouquet to our dinner.

Seared day boat scallops ($13.00):

... were anchored in a green sea of favas with a bright pistou coulis buffeting these perfectly cooked, caramelized ivory discs. Waves of crisp 2007 Domaine Auchere Sancere had a complementary minerality to the shellfish and beans.

Grilled Acme toast points came with the beef tartare ($13.00):

This ketchupy kobe-licious circle was capped with a quail egg (which we mixed into the chopped combo of capers, cornichons, and shallots.) This spreadable steak wedded well with the 2008 Vignobles Brunier Le Pigeoulet en Provence.

Black truffles perfumed the house made gnocchi ($13.00):

... with Reggiano Parmesan, bread crumbs, creme fraiche and olive oil as well as the delectable grilled asparagus ($12.00):

... with a brush of balsamic.

Garlic chips crowned perfectly cooked sole ($22.00):

... which sat upon a puree of peas infiltrated with black chanterelles, asparagus and fingerling potatoes.

We washed down the meltingly tender lamb ($19.00):

... (in an rich red wine and rosemary sauce with parsnips, peas and carrots) with a 2005 Maxime Chomel Crozes-Hermitage which the job with this daube.

We flipped for the tarte tatin ($7.00):

... with whipped creme fraiche on a round of pastry over a criss cross of caramel. The apples were cooked to maintain their integrity, but yielded to the fork with a balance of sweetness and acidity that makes this required eating.

The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and efficient in this cozy corner eatery where Chef Reyes’ menu makes an enticing stop for French Provencal cuisine.

Chez Papa Bistrot

1401 18th St.
San Francisco, CA



  Saturday, April 3, 2010

Our pals treated us to brunch at the Slow Club where we frittataed away the morning in the best possible way.

King trumpet shrooms played in a 'tata ($10.75):

... with asparagus and provolone. This round sat on a salad hedged by home fries but it was hard to out-bodacious the fried egg sandwich ($10.50):

... criss crossed with Zoe's bacon over sourdough bread. This yolk-sauced, aioli laced, BLT (or technically a BELT) was a hand held helping that suspended our satiety.

Slow Club
2501 Mariposa St.
San Francisco, CA



  Friday, April 2, 2010

The margaritas ($9.00 each):

... were watery and the chicken and pork dumplings ($12.00):

... lukewarm when they were served to us in the E&O lounge. The salt and pepper calamari ($10.00):

... didn’t give us an inkling to order further as Errors and Omissions were insured during our visit to E&O this evening.

E&O Trading Co.
2231 Larkspur Landing Circle
Larkspur, CA



  Thursday, April 1, 2010

The queues for que were easy to weather as the clouds kept the crowds from overflowing at the Ferry Building Farmers' Market this afternoon.

4505's andouille sausage ($8.00):

... had a good bread to wiener ratio with a diminutive dough duct defending a rocket-lined pocket holstering a snappy chicken and pork wiener with a winning balance of spice and fat.

The "Top Chef Taco" ($3.50) at Tacolicious:

... was a lengua loaded round with cannellini beans, cabbage, pickled onions and a lick of salsa verde. Crispy bits made this a toothsome bite of tongue.

Onions and cilantro ornamented the carnitas taco ($3.50) which was served with pickled carrots, jalapeno slices and lime wedges. This swine topped tortilla was a fine flap.

This weekly booth buffet yields reliably worthwhile edible impulse purchases.

San Francisco Ferry Building










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