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September 21-30, 2010


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  Thursday, September 30, 2010

Alana's invokes a buck fifty charge for "real" maple syrup (which leads me to believe that the clientele of this chain mostly logs in the cabin crowd.)

My oatmeal flapjack ($7.75):

... was a fine futon of syrup sopping bread surrounded by caramelized apples and bananas. I got a side of chicken apple sausage ($3.50):

... which were swell cylinders of fruit and fowl. This homey hub of grub is a solid stop for a.m. eats.

Alana's Cafe
1408 Burlingame Ave.
Burlingame, CA



  Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I zero'ed in on my lunch at Bruce Hill's latest addition to the San Francisco dining equation with his flour-powered fare at Zero Zero.

A bruschetta ($4.25):

... of ripe heirloom tomatoes was splashed with Manadori Balsamic vinegar and showered with Pecorino that made me open my face for this toasty tomato 'tizer.

The panuozzo ($11.95):

... could easily serve two. A disk of dough was puffed in the oven, slashed into a pocket and filled with mortadella, prosciutto cotto, soppressata and provolone before being pressed with chef's presses on the hot griddle to meld this inside out 'za. Arugula and aioli supported this delectable dough pack.

We plan to check out the cocktails and pizzas on our next visit to this fine Folsom filling station.

Zero Zero
826 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA



  Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Bouchon Bakery's:

... sandwiches are available cold, but opted for the panninified version of their bread-bumpered ham and cheese ($7.00):

... to create a brittle border to the baguette. This plussed Paris-persuaded portion is on our required ration rotation.

The wagyu beef ($8.50):

... had us wagging our tongues over this coddled cow cradled in pretzel brioche bread that also got a hot pressing on the 'ninifier. The delicate, untwisted take on knotty kneading offered a balanced backdrop to the bovine belly of this meatwich.

We split a toll-licious chocolate chunk cookie ($2.75):

... which was a buttery, cacao-encrusted medallion of munchabilty.

The queue at this bake-atorium always moves guests quickly through the portal of palatable pleasures and keeps us striving to get our bouche on their goods.

Bouchon Bakery

6528 Washington St.
Yountville, CA



  Monday, September 27, 2010

We filed into Miscellaneous which we ranked among the brave new ice cream shops shunning the shackles of common denominators (as they excise straight up chocolate as a de rigeur offering.)

I tasted the Punkin Ale (noted on the board as "not pumpkin!") made from Dogfish Head brew. Although Beer and ice cream a heady-nistic combo, I find it more datable than marriageable so I engaged in an order of chocolate chip while Chubby got the halva (which was a sesame brittle swirled scoop of tahini-tagged churnage.)

House made cones (50¢ supplement) pedestaled our portions ($3.50 each):

The pieces of chocolate weren't so much "chip" as dandruff (which was head and shoulders above the standard issue version.) Flakes of pod product feathered into the frozen creme anglaise and melded magnificently in my mouth.

The halva was a tahini bit sweet with a textural twist from the brittle bits.

The hard working couple:

...who run the place kept a cheerful tone as they rolled through a lengthy line of lactose lickers.

This marriage of miscellany was worth a detour to this Dogpatch destination.

Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous

699 22nd St.
San Francisco, CA



  Sunday, September 26, 2010

SF Cocktail Week extends "happy" beyond its normally designated "hour".

Hangar One:

... hosted this afternoon's cookout:

... where cocktail cubbies conveyed St. George Spirit based beverages.

We loved the varied bevy of 'erages from the raspberry, tarragon and beet blend:

... served by cotton candy capped cuties:

... to the cardamom, mint and honied "Enlightenment" that we sought from the Radio and Ruby Room:

... with a Buddha's hand from Hangar One vodka.

Clare of Clare's Squares:

... added a new kind of cubic curiosity to the mix. Her little chocolate boxes filled with St. George brandy in a caramel sauce:

... had a pinch of salt to send these sensational sweets saline around our tongues with their gorgeous Georgesness.

Brooke Arthur:

... told us about her new lineup of 'lixirs that we need to procure at Prospect.

We chatted with Dave Smith between the tours he was leading:

... to distill this destination to touring tipplers. He tipped us off to the Lot 9 whiskey which we loved so much that we had to purchase on our way out. We were bummed that we weren't able to buy any of their righteous rum since its popularity stripped this source of any surplus slurping supplies. We'll have to hit up K&L next week or hit Bar Agricole to check out the aged version (which we anxiously anticipate sampling.)

We caught up with Lou and his associate:

... near the Fatted Calf pulled pork sandwiches:

... which pulled us away from any level of excess inebriation with its sweet, swiney sustenance.

Sunscreen was made available for revelers to restrict redness while sampling the selection of sips:


... kept the party in red hot mode as she made all the hangar-outers feel welcome at this summery summary of San Francisco cocktail action.

SF Cocktail Week

St. George Spirits
Hangar One Cookout
2601 Monarch St.
Alameda, CA



  Saturday, September 25, 2010

A fiery festa with testa took place at Chase Cellars today as Primal Napa set wine country ablaze at this protein party.

This carne-val of creatures included BBQ'ed Hog Island oysters:

... birds, goats, cows as well as the de pigeur portions.

Fashion statements echoed the sentiments of flesh fanciers:

... as gorgeous grilled goods were gobbled.

Daniel Hyatt:

... was stirring up a bourbon cocktail made with a barrel of Evan Williams made exclusively for Alembic. This lemon juice 'lixir was blended with a syrup infused with lavender, oregano and mint. We loved this cool splash of whisky-based, citrusy, summer.

Rim jobs were available at the Magnolia taps where they greased up glasses with Fatted Calf bacon before filling them with Pork Lord beer.

This gesture spared us the embarrassment of greasy lip prints (which were concealed through this congealed camouflage.)

Butchery demos:

... translated into edgy performances for those boning up on bladework.

There was sensational salumi:

... a buffet of bacons:

... and insanely delicious grilled meats including Prather Ranch New York steaks.

Organizers Brady:

... and Carolina penned in some ultimate talent at the annual scream of an event which attracted both pyro and meat maniacs.

Primal Napa



  Friday, September 24, 2010

We asked for shorter pours of water for our Blue Bottle Coffee:

... and found them to be a better brew than the earlier efforts that we experienced at Cibo Café.

There were loads of cyclists:

... gearing up on grinds and tip toeing around in their fake high heels as we tucked into our panini.

Shrimp ($12.00):

... were clustered around the cut in the bacon bolstered bread. Tomatoes and pesto added punch to this pleasing 'nini.

Sheets of prosciutto melded with mozzarella in a crisp shelled, pesto plastered sandwich ($8.00):

Tomatoes offered a hit of hydration and flavor to this ham-some helping.

We'll have to come back to this Bridgeway business to check out their recently added dinner menu featuring enticing items like ricotta gnocchi and slow roasted pork shoulder.

Cibo Café

1201 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA



  Thursday, September 23, 2010

My tri-tip sandwich ($16.00):

... at Café Primavera:

... was a marinated, grilled, meat wad wedged into an Acme ciabata roll. Chipotle aioli and caramelized onions jacked up the pepper cheese on this muscular meal.

I liked my sandwich, but I loved the fries. Shattering shells with fluffy fillings made for a spudtacular side.

The crowd runs senior with x chromosomes - tables were well popu-ladied with elegant elders enjoying the garden and grub:

Café Primavera
at Allied Arts Guild
75 Arbor Road
Menlo Park, CA



  Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The name Emergency BBQ
sparked my urgent requirement for grilled goods stat.

I placed my order at the counter:

... of this petite pit-stablishment and a plate of ribs and chicken ($12.00) were brought to my table.

Pork sticks and white fowl meat had a good smoky flavor but were both a tad dry. There were hydrating sauces to help with my situation. I chose the hot version which had a nice bite, but wasn't sweat inducing. The chili-fied potato salad:

... and black beans added a starchy collar to this protein platter.

I realized that I should have gone with my gut and ordered the burger special when I saw the plump patties sizzling at me enticingly from the grill.

There are only a handful of tables at this take out and eat in business where big, hungry boys come to rib up from the smokers in the porking lot.

The friendly staff and good chow will have me coming back the next time they have a special going for one of those fine looking burgers.

Emergency BBQ

765 Old Country Road
San Carlos, CA




Mark your Calendar

Jardinere is saying auf Wiedersehen to Oktoberfest with a special 3 course supper. On October 4th a dinner of German butterball potato salad, sauerbraten, shortrib, spaetzel and apple cake will all be paired with German beers for a mere $45 (including suds.)

Check out the site for more.


End of Oktoberfest dinner
Monday, October 4th
300 Grove St.
San Francisco, CA



  Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I got the thick noodles at Halu ramen. These chewy strands wove with cha-shu in a deeply flavored, clear, broth.

Kikurage mushrooms, spinach, green onions and seasoned bamboo shot through this nori nudged nosh.

The pork was parched in this otherwise satisfactory soup, but with all the raves I've heard about this noodle nook, I wondered if I just came on an off day or misordered. The ranking of recent ramen in my trio of trips would be 1, 2 and Halu.

The surf boardered room:

... with aquatic accents was swimming with slurpers in this table service soupeteria.

Ramen Halu
375 Saratoga Ave.
San Jose, CA









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