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April 21-30, 2010


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  Friday, April 30, 2010

"To go?" seemed like a strange question coming out of a taco truck:

... in a parking lot, but the on site dining facilities:

... were inviting enough to get my tacos ($1.25 each) to stay:

The pastor, carne asada and pollo were all chopped into chicklet-sized chunks which topped corn tortillas served with the requisite lime. These pleasantly salty saucers of maize and meat were served up in a jiffy at this tanked up taqueria.

Tacos Peralta Truck
342 E Hillsdale Blvd.
San Mateo, CA



  Thursday, April 29, 2010

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation event hit the Club Level at AT&T Park this evening with some major league culinary talent.

HMS was first at bat with their excellent elixirs.

These cocktailors are in the business of creating bespoke beverages for events and their lavish liquids set the tone for this evening’s festivities.


We poked into the kitchen to say hello to Chef Corey Lee:

... as he assembled his monkfish liver mousse with sour cherry and cucumber with a shot of green almond soup:

This fabulous filtration system and nutty drink were a hedonistic herald to hold us over as we impatiently wait for him to open his new restaurant, Benu, this summer.

Squid ink vinaigrette colored in new potatoes and seaweed:

... in Chef Lauren Kiino’s earthy and seay salad that was extraterrestrial good.

The reception gave way to the main event which was a procession of pristine portions including Bar Crudo’s tombo tuna with salsa verde, peri peri peppers, chive blossoms and olive oil:

... COCO500’s trout tartare and Luce’s venison “carpaccio” with bulgur and rhubarb:

... finished with a konbu spritz.

Chef Mark Sullivan:

... always knocks it out of the ballpark. I wonder if anabolics were used to get his mussels to this level of enhanced performance. Bits of crunchy garlic toast added contrast to the creamy salt cod flan hidden underneath a shellfish soup.

A deceptively simple looking salad:

... from Chef Chad Newton was seriously delicious. He combined purple asparagus, fava beans, peas and radishes in a chopped salad that was the essence of Spring. Humboldt Fog cheese and a mustard vinaigrette brought these garden goods home with a rich tang.

This event covered all the bases by bringing together ace talent for a good cause.

Share Our Strength

Taste of the Nation
AT&T Park
San Francisco, CA



  Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Grilled pork ($6.50):

... was served over “rice stick” which were rice noodles infused with fish sauce and scattered with peanut particles, grated carrots, green onions and bean sprouts supported by a platform of lettuce.

This cheap and cheerful chow was a flavorful tangle which I enjoyed in the packed dining room of Saigon City.

This popular Vietnamese venue also does a brisk take away business. I’ll have to grab a banh mi next time.

Saigon City
418 E. 3rd Ave.
San Mateo, CA



  Tuesday, April 27, 2010

There were patrons staring into cyberspace as we entered Picco:

... but we were focused on some drinks and snacks as we uploaded ourselves onto a couple bar stools.

Avocado bruschetta ($8.75):

... was mispronounced by the server, but it rolled down our tongues as we opened our faces to enjoy this ripe, balsamic accented, creamy fruit enriched with a meaty scattering of chorizo Leon.

Three mini burgers ($14.95):

... with Pt. Reyes blue cheese and caramelized onions were too good not to order an extra. Mushrooms capped off these grass fed meat morsels.

Picco may get a good cellular signal, but the chow gets an even better reception.

Picco Restaurant
320 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA



  Monday, April 26, 2010

I made a pre-prandial pottery purchase at Heath Ceramics where I checked out the claymation on their monitor:

... which throws a live feed of their factory firings into the pot dispensary.

My resulting munchies were managed around the corner at Il Cane Rosso.

My rare roast beef sandwich ($9.00):

... with perfectly pink slices of Marin Sun Farms' cow and roasted onions in a parmesan aioli lined Acme roll was beefy bliss as crusty bread gave way to umami-boosted bovine bites.

This was a meat-tastic midday meal at this rotisserie on a roll.

Il Cane Rosso

1 Ferry Building #41
San Francisco, CA



Mark your Calendar

Traci Des Jardins will be tending the bar during the Cinco de Mayo celebration at Mijita (at AT&T Park) where you can grab a cinco dollar margartia between 5-7 p.m. or a dos dollar Dos Equis between noon and 3 p.m. (when KNBR will broadcast live from The Public House.)

If you haven't been by since the bifercation of the former Acme Chopped House, it's time to double back to check out the fiesta.

Mijita and The Public House

Cinco de Mayo celebration, May 5
AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA



  Sunday, April 25, 2010

We went to a swell al fresco party at K&J’s:

... where we admired their veggie garden and gorged on grilled goods. After we inhaled the delish chow, J blew out the candles on a sweet vanilla cake from Kara’s cupcakes:

... (an augmentation that moves them up several cup sizes without going all Heidi Montag.)

San Francisco weather cooperated to make for an sensational celebration.




  Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bernard Portet of Clos du Val hosted the Soireé Cabernet during this weekend’s Stags Leap District’s Vineyard to Vintner event.

A reception in the Barrel Room:

... allowed us to sample the 2006 appellation collection where we ran into Sarah who steered us toward the Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon. We topped off our glasses with cones of mini french fries nesting micro cheeseburgers:

These Hello Kitty snacks were a tasty bite (with bonus points for presentation.) Passed hors d'oeuvres:

... and swirls of wine:

... gave way to a dinner by Elaine Bell Catering.

White truffle delice salad:

... slow roasted Italian prawns with gigante white beans:

... in a flavorful preserved lemon kissed tomato sauce followed by a tender, perfectly cooked portion of cocoa-rubbed venison:

... with a quinoa salad and root vegetables were washed down with the area’s wonderful wines. The 2004 Griffin Cabernet Sauvignon (made by Malk Family Vineyards) was one of our faves.

Animated dinner conversation, ample wine:

... and a savory supper followed by a dessert buffet:

... and dancing:

... made for a Stags (Leap) party that proved that this district knows how to AVA good time.

Stags Leap District Winegrowers
V2V - Vineyard to Vintner event



  Friday, April 23, 2010

Bungalow 44 and Buckeye were mobbed but we kept on our quenching quest and eventually found vacancies at the Pacific Catch bar where we netted a couple meh cocktails and appetizers.

The shrimp ceviche ($7.95):

... was a glass of lime juice marinated shrimp with avocado and cilantro (with chips to acting as their delivery system.) The crunchy tortilla triangles overshadowed the textures of the fish dish.

Calamari ($8.95):

... was mixed with thin slices of tempura battered lemon and pepper. The chipoltle aioli added some interest, but it wasn’t the greaseless, crisp squid dish that we had hoped for.

After failing to hook a seat at our previous stops, we were happy to find a port with friendly service, but the chow wasn’t our thing.

Pacific Catch

133 Corte Madera Center
Corte Madera, CA



  Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wine Enthusiast Magazine raised the curtain on their annual Toast of the Town event in the War Memorial Opera House.

This tasting of top rated wines:

... with bites from local restaurants is a chorus of courses as you scale flights for flights (of wines stationed on four floors of the historic house.)

There were oysters:

... and smoked salmon:

... to nibble on between sips.

Patina Catering's creamy garlic bisque with a little grilled smoked gouda sandwich with bacon jam was the perfect soup and sandwich combo:

Press made surf and turf tartares of hiramasa and steak:


... made by Rose PIstola were topped with stracchino cheese and fava puree.

Chris Carpenter of Cardinale held a tasting of his Napa Valley 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon.

As winemaker, Chris displays his appellation appreciation by whittling away the clusters without lustre to permit only the best bunches to reach fruition.

He commits the cardinale skin to the juices to sate his tanic desires before oak barrel aging. Eggstraction of excess tannins is done with albumen so vegans will have to cross the road for a less re-fined wine (leaving more for us.)

He likened his craft to that of conducting an orchestra so it was apropos that this tasting took place in this venue.

This evening's Opera House "cheers" were echoed throughout the War Memorial.

Wine Enthusiast
Toast of the Town 2010
War Memorial Opera House
San Francisco, CA



  Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Hushpuppies littered a Caesar salad:

... (sitting in for the traditional croutons) at CreoLa.

This fetching first course ($8.00) was hailed with parmesan and anchovies which reigned in this Romaine campaign.

The Cajun Jambalaya ($17.00):

... had grilled, moist, flavorful chicken, smoked duck, tasso and andouille sausage in this judicious jumble of cravable creatures and spices.

White tablecloths invited staining by the Oracle employees and other high tech workers tucking into the Creole cuisine.

Next time I'll have to try one of their po'boys or maybe the "oyster rich girl" sandwich with bacon wrapped oysters.

CreoLa Bistro
344 El Camino Real
San Carlos, CA









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