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July 1-10, 2011


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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Our pals perfect baby shower celebrated a daughter to be delivered in days included plentiful paella, and fruit pie to add up to a pi to the second power feast. This gestation equation foundation was a fabulous gathering of friends awaiting the new addition.

Guests toted away pretty preserves as parting gifts. This Blenheim apricot jam:

... will make an appearance on our breakfast toast.





Saturday, July 9, 2011

We got to be part of a swell surprise BBQ party to celebrate our pal's new citizenship status. All American chow:

... filled our borders with inalienable bites of grilled goods (with Mexican cokes somehow sipping past our lips.)

We baked an apropos patriotic pastry:

...for this covert op that saluted the Jury duty, voting and a sense of entitlement awaiting our pal.





Friday, July 8, 2011

The Moroccan Burger:

... at Cafe Trio didn't bear much resemblance to the camel filled bread we had in Fez, but it was a handsome hump of lamb and beef bound in a soft bun and spiced with a Northern African influence. This sheep and beef sh-eef was served with all the expected burger-phenalia as well as a side salad with a perky vinaigrette.

This strip mall stop provided pleasing provender for my burger break.

Cafe Trio
363 3rd St.
San Rafael, CA




Mark your Calendar

Win 2 general admission tickets to the Bay Area BBQ Championship by leaving a comment for us (with your email address) - a winner will be selected at random from those leaving a comment by 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 12th.

This Major League Q benefits foster children hosted by Alternative Family Services.

Each ticket includes entrance to the BBQ championship with 5 BBQ tastes and a ticket to the Oakland A's double header.

Iron Chef contestant Ric Gilbert, the Food Network champions "The Bad Boyz of BBQ" and the "Q Masters" will get up in each other's grill as the competition heats up.

Find all the BBQ and baseball deets here

The Bay Area BBQ Championship
July 16 - 9:30 a.m.
Oakland Coliseum
Benefiting foster children hosted by Alternative Family Services




Thursday, July 7, 2011

I asked if the lo mein with 2 items ($8.95) would be enough food for lunch at Cheung Hing:

... which met with a laugh that parlayed into a plentiful protein pile.

The BBQ pork was fine swine while the duck was bone-centric, but the fat fringed meat was very nice.

Noodles arrived:

... with a bowl of broth which I used as a dunking tank (although I'm not certain that was the intent) until I packed up most of the meal as leftovers.

The service is quick and peppy in this eat-it-and-beat-it dining room dominated by Asian diners.

This Hong Kong BBQ business boasts a chef duck mascot:

... to provide a Judas feast for those interested in massive mounds of meat.

Cheung Hing
245 El Camino Real
Millbrae, CA




Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The olive bread:

... at Insalata's had a sour tang with a moist crumb under a crusty armor with bits of chopped black olives studding this lovable loaf. I asked which bakery they buy from and was told that they bake this beauty in house...impressive.

Deep fried spanakopita "cigars" ($9.00):

... with feta and spinach came with an ashtray filled with tangy cilantro yogurt. We liked these crisp rolls even more than the squash and raisin version we had on our last visit.

I requested my salmon ($24.00):

... extra rare and was rewarded with a perfectly cooked, pink portion poised over a foundation of fregula. A potion of tomato and leek brodo infregnated these pasta pearls.

Ahi ($24.00):

... was seared in a maguronificent fennel, onion, red pepper and panzanella ahisemblage. Croutons added crunch to this righteous, rooty tuna tucker.

Insalata's insulated us with their meticulously prepared Mediterranean-influenced chow.

We'll have to keep this San Anselmo station on our rotation.


120 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
San Anselmo, CA 94960



Mark your Calendar

Come meet the Bunrabs and check out David Ichioka's True Sleep - photographs of real people really sleeping at Borderlands Café on July 15th.

This series of slumber shots reveals the choreography of unguarded subjects in their nocturnal states.

The exhibit will run from July 15-August 11, 2011, with the opening reception taking place on July 15 from 6-9 p.m.

David Ichioka's True Sleep - photographs of real people really sleeping
Borderlands Café
July 15 from 6-9 p.m.
870 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA




Tuesday, July 5, 2011

An amuse of parmesan gougers filled with béchamel and topped with chives:

... had our bouches buzzing with glasses of sparkling rosé:

... at Chez Papa Resto in Mint Plaza.

Bleu d'Auvergne mousse formed the foundation of a fig salad ($12.00):

This fromage collage of pistachios, arugula and a thin sheet of lardo levitated with rich, fresh and fruity flavors.

Pickled beets ($11.00):

... kept tempo with a marmaladey mandarin puree with bits of pomelo wedded with a pistachio vinaigrette.

Tentacles of charred octopus ($13.00):

... waved in a potato foam with piquillo peppers and piment d'espelette. A 2009 Domaine de Regusse Pinot Noir added cherry to this charry, peppery portion .

Sweetbread sausage ($14.00):

... was a grand gland fanned out on a toast. Pickled ramps and quince added a kick and kiss to this excellent offal offering. The 2008 Domaine Schlumberger Pinot Blanc gave a zippy citrus spring to this thy-must order dish.

A tangy, smoked yogurt sauce tied together the lamb duo ($28.00):

... with a crepinette riding side to the saddle of pink fava-fringed meat. Fava greens wove into this bleat feat with their beany, emerald offspring washed down with a 2008 Mas des Dames Languedoc.

We placed our knives aside when a meltingly tender braised beef cheek ($30.00):

... turned our way. This rich ration of divine bovine was sauced by a beet puree to lend a sweet earthiness and a mizuna parsley salad as a vegetal, vinegared, variance. A 2007 Gundlach Bundschu Cabernet Sauvignon rounded out this kowtowable creation.

Strawberry sorbet ($8.00):

... was fresh and fabulous along with a molten almond cake ($8.00):

... with a honey ice cream over a crisp meringue capped with slivers of toasted almond. This hot, cold, creamy and crunchy nutty nosh was topped off with glasses of 2006 Chateau d'Exindre Muscat de Mireval with an a-peeling burnt orange bias.

Chef Steven Rojas:

... is creating some swell statements in this banquette-bordered, paternal prandial post paired with wine director George Aknin's potions.

We'll have to come to papa again soon for more of Chef Rojas' terrific tucker.

Chez Papa Resto

4 Mint Plaza
San Francisco, CA




Monday, July 4, 2011

We took our DIY sous vide
setup for a spin:

... on some ribeye steaks which got a sear on the grill alongside traditionally bbq'ed burgers and tube steaks.

Seattle Food Geek's instructions were the blueprint to protein perfection enjoyed with pals on a fab fourth.





Sunday, July 3, 2011

Indoor bicycle parking:

... and cold beer gear the Gestalt Haus towards those seeking a friendly stop in Fairfax.

We got an IPA and a lager ($5.00 each):

... to wash down a hot pretzel ($1.00):

... smoked bratwurst ($5.00) and a Louisiana hot link ($5.00):

The non-herbage verbiage sounded tempting:

... but we didn't end up getting any brownies.

A VHS tape of Viva Las Vegas added an Elvisy ambience as we dug into our dogs. We liked the casual and friendly vibe to this funky, Fairfaxian, beer, brats and bikes breakroom.

Gestalt Haus

28 Bolinas Rd.
Fairfax, CA




Saturday, July 2, 2011

A new frozen yogurt shop sprung up in San Anselmo. This DIY dessert assembly establishment is churning out chilled culture to Anselmans.

It's one of those places where you fill your tub with your idea of what constitutes a sundae - then weigh and pay.

Oversized containers support delusional thoughts that you are merely dispensing diminutive dollops of duche de leche covered with anything from "cookie dough" to whipped cream.

All of these self service 'gurt shops are pretty interchangeable, but it's nice to see a new business in town.

Marin Yogurt - U-top It
245 San Anselmo Ave.
San Anselmo, CA




Friday, July 1, 2011

Off the Grid circled the wagons: create a munching mosh pit:

... as the crowds queued for truckated treats.

We grabbed a picnic table with pals and dug into a buffet of Chairman Bao clamshell bun sandwiches, bahn mi, noodles, tacos, CupKakes and one of each flavor of creme brulee cart's scorched sweets.

The melange of mobile munchables was a fine Friday finale with friends.

Off the Grid

Fort Mason parking lot
Friday nights
San Francisco, CA









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