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May 12-20, 2010


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  Thursday, May 20, 2010

The look of Pakwan's entrance:

... gives the feeling of walking into the mouth of a great white shark, but this chummy chamber paks wan fine feeding frenzy.

We locked our jaws on chicken in both the tikka boti ($6.99):

... which were speared, grilled, tandoori tidbits and a chicken biryani ($6.99):

... boasting a basmati based blend of spiced chicken and tomato.

We needed a bigger boat after we boosted our ballast at this Pakistani and Indian chain.

41068 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont, CA



  Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The lobster roll ($18.75):

... at Old Port Lobster Shack serves as both lunch and an economic indicator. Although the sandwich size took a tumble a while back, it has held value of its old port-folio by consolidating its assets (which are sheltered by a serving of fries and currantly updated slaw.)

This edible oracle bonds together crust and acean in a mutually fun formation that's worth a buy order for this tasty sellfish (along with a mug of the chowder ($5.75):

... to sweeten the deal.)

Old Port Lobster Shack

851 Veterans Blvd.
Redwood City, CA



  Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A cup of creamy carrot soup ($5.00):

... was served in a little bowl (due to dish discrepancies) but this vessel of vivacious veg blended root-imentary flavors with flair at Mission Beach Café.

The tuna salad sandwich ($12.00):

... was a upscale take on not-so-sorry-Charlie-chow reeled in with a crusty roll, lined with lettuce (making it easy to be hooked) on this marvy midday meal.

Mission Beach Cafe
198 Guerrero St.
San Francisco, CA




  Monday, May 17, 2010

Bull market

Everyone in line at BullsHead Express was a regular except for me. This pen of cattle shoehorned into a small business park:

... was populated with sandwich seekers from the immediate vicinity.

My pepper jack cheeseburger ($6.56):

... was a basic beef burger that had a slightly higher bread to meat ratio than I prefer. I'm guessing that this wouldn't be the case if I had ordered the half pound (rather than third pound patty.)

They make a big deal about the health benefits of their bison burger, but I didn't let that buffalo me into roping one today.

The wacky thing about this bull pen is that you order at the counter, return to retrieve your food and queue again to pay, but they keep the lines moving fast at this friendly and funky, food fixture.

BullsHead Express
819 Mitten Road #39
Burlingame, CA



  Sunday, May 16, 2010

For the last seven years, Nancy Oakes:

... has aligned the Star Chefs and Vintners Gala benefiting Meals on Wheels to create a gastronomic galaxy of supernova sips and bing bang bites.

We orbited around the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason to find ourselves gravitating towards the fresh spring salad:

... made by Chef Chad Newton:

... with rye bread crumbs over a field of wheat berries.

Marcia clued us in to Chef Bruce Hill and Aaron Toensing's:

... delectable hand pulled mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto with Castelvetrano olives, radish, cardoon, artichoke and a dab of ramp oil:

We got to sample St. George new righteous rum:

... in Scott Beattie's (Trader Vik's inspired) Mai Thai:

...before nesting with a "bird of a feather" with bourbon, tequila, vermouth, maraschino liqueur, bitters and orange oil by Jon Gasparini of Rye:

We took a peek in the kitchen and caught Chris Cosentino combining favas and strawbs:

... while a human serverpede:

... waited to launch them into the diningsphere.

This celestial celebration was a collision of culinary creativity and ravenous revelers who filled their black holes before imploding with satisfaction.

In addition to attendee and patron stimulus, live and silent auction items:

... brought in some major funding during this annual event to support San Francisco's homebound seniors.

Meals on Wheels of San Francisco
Star Chef and Vintners Gala
Festival Pavilion
Fort Mason
San Francisco, CA



  Saturday, May 15, 2010

Mill Valley isn't exactly a hotspot of nightlife so we felt safe seeking bar real estate at Bungalow 44 at 9:30 this evening but we backed out when we found their drinking hole plugged up with patrons.

A few blocks away, we slipped into a couple spots at Piazza D'Angelo:

... (next to the woman (unpictured) we would refer to as "loud-lady") where we were promptly watered and fed.

Scallops ($13.50):

... were nicely seared with moist middles mingling with a mushroom melange. Truffle oil was too present in this 'tation (sort of like loud-lady) but otherwise it was a fine fungusy formation.

Calamari ($10.25):

... completed the circle of our snacking before we blew out the door away from our earsplitting neighbor.

It's good to see booming business (even with high volume customers) for what in Mill Valley qualifies as midnight.

Piazza D'Angelo

22 Miller St.
Mill Valley, CA



  Friday, May 14, 2010

A refreshing Grey Goose pear vodka with Prosecco ($10.00) and a raspberry-scented Hana sake with muddled strawberries ($7.00):

... welcomed the weekend as we slurped down a half dozen pleasing little kumamoto oysters:

... at Art's Tapas + Sushi Lounge.

Hamachi ($9.00):

... was crowned with thin circles of jalapeno hidden under a haystack of radish in pools of truffled ponzu.

Onigoroshi cold sake ($7.00):

... was a delicate, dry rice wine that went swimmingly with the fish.

Carpaccio ($9.00):

... was criss-crossed with wasabi aioli and scattered with capers, arugula and parmesan. These sirloin sheets were tasty tucker.

The volcano roll ($12.00):

... packed the heat that the name heralded in its magma of spicy tuna with crunch from cucumbers. Slices of maguro and flying fish roe tinged with wasabi covered this 'cano while unagi eel-ipsed the dragon roll ($12.00):

... filled with avocado, cucumber and hamachi.

Dramatically sizzling plates of escolar ($10.00):

... and bass ($12.00):

... left a trail of smoke as they made their way to our table. These flavorful fish rested on a bean sprouty bed of carrots, zucchini, peas with a few Goji berries thrown in the mix.

Takaaki Yamaguchi's fusion fortress was a fun Friday foray fusing cocktails and yellowtails with free parking to boot.

Art's Tapas and Sushi Lounge

2353 Lombard St.
San Francisco, CA



  Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Country Way should have a log line of "big food, cheap" in their log-lined lounge:

I was going to get the tri-tip and eggs, but the sign tipped me off:

... that I needed to tri another dish, so I breakfasted on Texas pork steak and eggs ($9.95):

The meat was as big as the state stated:

...the eggs were done to a nice over-easy and the cottage cheese (which I subbed out for the "country fried potatoes") was a protein profusion tempered by the accompanying toast.

This is neck thickening food (at least that's what I gathered from a scan of the room) as well as crowd pleasing (through its shock and awe strategy of portion "control".)

If you prefer the use of a steam shovel over that of a chilled salad fork it may be worth tanking up at this Fremont food fixture.

The Country Way
5325 Mowry Ave.
Fremont, CA



  Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Jardiniere Sommelier Eugenio Jardim filled us with zeal as he poured the new-anced wines of New Zealand while recounting his recent visit to this region.

We began with a refreshing 2009 Mohua Pinot Gris buzzed with honeysuckle and lemon before twisting towards a dry 2007 Peregrin Riesling as Sommelier Jardim described the cool climate and terrain of the central Otago vineyards (where Mohua and Peregrin Vineyards are located.)

A strawberried 2008 Mohua Pinto Noir and a plum delicious 2007 Peregrin Pinot Noir showed off the pleasing potions of this zealous land.

The chef sent out duxelles in puff pastry, mussel crostini and lamb sliders:

... to complement the balanced and bright wines that we savored over the course of the evening.

Sommelier Jardim's:

... passion is as impossible to resist as phylloxera. His vivid travel stories, encyclopedic knowledge and kindness are worth a visit to Jardiniere even without the benefit of beverages (but they certainly don't hurt.)


300 Grove St.
San Francisco, CA









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