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July 1-10, 2010


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  Saturday, July 10, 2010

Classic 101 Burger isn't on the 101, but it's close enough to pull over for lunch in a plain wrap diner.

The cheeseburger ($3.99):

... was the sort that you would get at the beach with a spongy bun and 1/4 pound patty. I got a side of onion rings ($1.69):

... which tasted fishy to me so I left most of these gaskets in the basket and wondered if they get many orders for their deep fried burrito at this comfort foodatorium.

Classic 101 Burger

575 Ralston Ave.
Belmont, CA




  Friday, July 9, 2010

I made a return trip to the recently visited Oaxacan Kitchen, which was filled during taco time today.

I took one bite of my steak taco ($2.50):

... before letting the server know that it was stone cold and soggy. She made a friendly apology but didn't replace it or remove it from the bill.

My unhappiness was short lived as I demolished their craveable carnitas ($8):

... which had nice crispy bits through the rich, savory and tender flesh served with guacamole, salsa verde and corn tortillas...and they were hot.

The Oaxacan Kitchen
2323 Birch St.
Palo Alto, CA




Mark your Calendar

You can storm Bastille Day early at Jardiniere's Monday dinner on July 12th. This 3 course meal of paté de Campagne, roulade of Hoffman hen and plum tart is a modest $45 (including wine pairings!)

Check out all the deets here.

Jardiniere Restaurant

Bastille Day dinner
July 12th
300 Grove St.
San Francisco, CA




  Thursday, July 8, 2010

Kingdom of Dumpling:

... is a province of pinched packets where we partook in plates of shrimp dumplings ($6.95):

...vegetable dumplings ($6.45) and marinated radish cakes ($2.95). These bite-sized bundles ruled in their doughy domain along with a plate of fried rice ($6.95) with tender chunks of chicken and a dish that had me at "chow" but threw in the "fun" ($6.95) which we also ordered poultrified.

We tried to order soup dumplings (which were lost in translation) but we were fine with what did roll out in the funky diming room of this petit pocket emporium.

Kingdom of Dumpling
1713 Taraval St.
San Francisco, CA




  Wednesday, July 7, 2010

I dropped into Revival (to see if there was a revelation collected on their plates) and found that there wasn't much of a congregation of customers in this downtown Berkeley bar and kitchen.

Avocado and bay shrimp ($10.00):

... surfed over hearts of palm in a sea-ological semblance of salad with a tarragon vinaigrette while frisee fringed house made sausages ($14.00):

... which were restrained in seasoning and leaned towards the lean.

The house made pickle forced the meat into a less dominant position in this diocese with its perky punch.

A potato salad fingerlinged this as churchy chow and there was house made mustard to anoint the oink sticks.

My choices may not have been divine, but they didn't shake my faith that this newly formed sect of saucisson and religiously sourced local goods may be able to provide a rapturous repast revolving around local theatre events.

I'll return when the spirit moves me... to try some of their spirits.

Revival Bar & Kitchen
2101 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA



  Tuesday, July 6, 2010

"Oaxaca" contains
the curious "wha?" the punctuation of discovery "ha" and the scatalogical "ka."

Fortunately for me, I only experienced the first two at the Oaxacan Kitchen:

... during my lunch which culminated with hot, crispy, eggy, churros rolled in cinnamon sugar (ha):

This fried, play doh fun factory food was reason enough to enter this Mexican meal mecca.

I started with a bowl of butternut and broccoli soup:

... which had a little picante punch to its sloshy squash.

The lamb chops:

... were fine fleshy flags (over a base of butternut boulders and mashed potatoes) that I gnawed from their poles and saluted.

The tabulation for my mastication was a mere twelve bucks (wha?) at this casual cantina that hawks good chow and a mean churro with a can do attitude.

The Oaxancan Kitchen
2323 Birch St,
Palo Alto, CA



  Monday, July 5, 2010

Blueberry probably ranks below apple in July pie production but we blew off the more traditional for this Violet Beauregarde-berried pastry:

... which darkened our dental districts as a finale to this holiday's color trio.




  Sunday, July 4, 2010

We went forth to K&T's for a BBQ that began with bacon wrapped figs:

... which were grilled to a declaration of delectability. These smokey figments were wrapped in striped flags of glory.

T. made magnificent rolls for Fatted Calf wieners:

and Saag's snappy garlic dogs which we dressed up with chili, kraut, relish and mustard:

... and woofed down along with grilled corn, heirloom tomato salad:

... home made vanilla ice cream in a patriotic parfait:

... and oatmeal cookies with a bit of luscious lard.

We waved goodbye when we started to flag from the fog of our full bellies after this fine feast.




  Saturday, July 3, 2010

Cabeza and Cerveza was a heady combination at Taqueria El Farolito.

I ordered some sesos, but was denied my brain food (I guess they got a wave of Marin zombies ordering the stuff) so I changed my request to chicken. We dug into some guacamole ($4.25):

... and chips before we tucked into our tacos ($1.95 each):

... which were piled high with protein. The tender and flavorful cabeza, lengua and al pastor were our top picks but the oily chorizo and dry pollo weren't our thing. Cilantro and onions circulated vegetal variety through these mounds of meat.

The San Francisco branches of my 'lito friend tend to be busy, but this dining room was vacant:

... at 8 o'clock this evening which seemed muy estrano for a Saturday night, no-brainer stop.

Taqueria El Farolito

1017 4th St.
San Rafael, CA




  Friday, July 2, 2010

One might not automatically
orbit around to an optometry office:

... when looking for a framework for froyo, but this combo opto/cafe charts new territory with a vision of farsighted care.

Coke bottle lenses and eye drops were replaced by Blue Bottle coffee drip ($2.50):

... at this lounge for Cadillac cataract catering.

Patients wind down with gratis swirls of yogurt and complementary cupcakes, while those who don't have their heads examined pull out their pocketbooks at this establishment that blurs the boundaries of grinding lenses and coffee.

Clear Optometry
138 E 3rd Ave.
San Mateo, CA




  Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Ferry Building Farmers Thursday market marked its first anniversary today but we chose to slip in for sheltered sustenance at the Slanted Door.

Flower petals of sliced live Atlantic sea scallop ($15.00):

... were plucked sparklinglyly fresh and arranged in an herbaceous lime-cilantro vinaigrette with a black tobiko roe-sette. This seafood surfing was sensational with bright flavors and textures.

Bits of pork belly oinked up manila clams ($17.00):

... which were roasted in a wood oven and served in a Thai basil boosted broth. These bovine bivalves made us as happy as they were.

The grilled lemongrass pork ($14.00):

... over rice noodles, bean sprouts, cucumber and mint was good but this imperial roll crowned combo followed such pristine seafood that it paled in parison.

Although the place was packed, there was no wait at this indoor option for Ferry Building daytime dining.

The Slanted Door

1 Ferry Building #3
San Francisco, CA









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