Check out our other stuff:   Yummy Chow   |   Photo Hutch  |  Home


      ABOUT ME:

 Name: Gutenberg

 Location: Somewhere near the Golden Gate Bridge.

 Occupation: BRPR (Bunrab public relations.)

the BUNRAB blog spot

Do you need to answer back? You can send me comments if you want to.

If I want to, I'll post 'em in this very blog.



July 11-20, 2011


go to next week's blogs



Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tony hooked us up with some wood oven blistered flatbread:

... when we sat at the Poggio bar. We chomped on these olive oil brushed, saline sprinkled sheets with a Manhattan ($10.00) and a "Tony Negroni" ($8.00).

Grilled lamb tongue ($9.00):

... was licked with horseradish creme fraiche and dotted with fresh peas, and crispy potatoes. This arrangement of budding bleater articulated with tender tufts of mouth muscle was a dulcet dish of delectability.

Pork belly confit hit our stomachs with roasted octopus ($11.00):

... in a frisee fortress topped with a poached egg. This yolk-gilded, swine and swimmer salad was another winner.

The sausage pizza ($14.00):

... is a standard order for us. This blistered round of mozzarella, lamb sausage, broccoli rabe and red onion was a nicely balanced combo.

Our perch allowed us to watch Tony in action as he kept the drinks flowing while simultaneously flirting with the feminine clientele (but not in a creepy way.) He always makes the tourists and the locals feel welcome at this friendly Sausalito stop.


777 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA





Tuesday, July 19, 2011

We swaggered up to the bar at Lafitte:

... where whisky was rolled out in a smokey CAOL ILA thyme elixir ($18.00) made with Scotch, yellow chartreuse and thyme. This orange-ornamented potent potion was pirate-worthy along with their Blood and Sand ($12.00):

John Barr red label Scotch, Dolin vermouth rouge, cherry heering and orange juice culminated in a scurvy inoculation that whisked us wonderfully towards the galley goods.

Fresh Parker house rolls:

...with fleur-ished butter began our bar bites with sel-acious carbo cushions.

The scallop and pork hot dog ($16.00):

... was dotted with citrus, compressed cukes and compressed cantaloupe. This pork pole with fruity de mer came on a bun spread with stone fruit mustarda. A haystack of fried potato strings and house made ketchup completed this out of the ballpark doggie detour.

A butter poached lobster-bacon salad ($21.00):

... had green beans, bits of crisp, applewood smoked bacon and mache in another surf and turf tumble of tastiness.
Perfectly cooked crustacean crowned this lambs lettuce layered lusciousness.

The staff was friendly, knowledgeable and excited about their cool cuisine.

We'll definitely chart a course back to this waterside warren of renegade rations.

Pier 5, The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA




Monday, July 18, 2011

The liquid nitrogen chilled:

... churnage at Smitten:

... is dispensed chilly nilly (rather than in the groupings ordered.) This can leave some parties with individuals left in the cold unless they share their scoopage (as we do).

My small vanilla with cocoa nib praline ($5.25):

... was a silky solution broken up by brittle bits of candied nib while Chubby had Tcho-sen the chocolate ($4.75 small):

... which took a while longer to emerge in the cocao-phany of orders. This rich ration had a nice nudge of salt to highlight a Tcho-piece of fridgid finery.

Even though the dairy deliveries can be delayed at this lactation location, it's worth the wait for these pleasing freezings that are frozen while you wait.

Smitten Ice Cream
432 Octavia St.
San Francisco, CA




Sunday, July 17, 2011

330 Ritch was the site of the Tasty Awards launch party:

... where Kollar Chocolates:

... caught our attention with their buttoned down bites that deserve a ringing endorsement. This cocao collection of bars and enrobed enticements:

... was a pleasing line of poduction that we will certainly seek out in the future.

Bellwether's righteous ricotta and The Bread Project's pro-social patisserie were accompanied by a cache of Cabernets:

... at this intimate introduction to this year's Tasty Awards.






Saturday, July 16, 2011

The short order cook at Royal Donut Shop:

... cracked two eggs simultaneously in one hand and swooped them into a sizzling pan for my over easies. Thick slices of bacon were smoky strips of succulence flapped beside jacks that came with sad, simulated maple mimicry but my "#2 Delight Special" ($7.50):

... was still fast-breakingly fortifying.

Standard issue joe partnered with the old school regality at this Royal rest stop where crowds:

... converged for a reasonable, rapid repast.

Royal Donut Shop

1165 Broadway
Burlingame, CA






Friday, July 15, 2011

Thanks to all who came out to the True Sleep photo show! It was great to catch up with everyone over cookies and milk (or wine!)


If you didn't make it to the opening, don't fret, the show will run until August 15 (extended 4 days). Though you may have missed the free chocolate chip cookies and milk, stellar espresso drinks can be purchased from our friends at Borderlands Café.

True Sleep Photo Show
Borderlands Café
870 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA






Thursday, July 14, 2011

I began my double dog dining with a visit to Ben Franks.

These weren't electric eats:

... but they did have a good snap and tomato slices. There was no self serve condiment station so I wasn't able to tailor my skimpily dressed tube steak to my taste.

I was able to garnish my goods at Kelly's Deli:

... where a station of augmentation offered jalapenõs (a 30¢ premium at Ben Franks) for their larger, juicier beef batons.

Kelly's dogs didn't have the snap of Ben's but the consolation of DIY condiments helped to hinder any disappointment at this bustling business in front of the local Home Depot.

Ben Franks

491 El Camino Real
Redwood City, CA

Kelly's Deli (in front of the Home Depot)
1125 Old County Road
San Carlos, CA






Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Vieux Carre and a Dark and Cloudy:

... were quality quaffs at the bar of Brick and Bottle where we craved a cup of the tangy tomato soup that accompanied the grilled Swiss and braised shortrib sandwich ($15.00):

Frites fringed this crisp crusted cheese and beefwich which was fine fortification.

The frito misto ($12.00):

... with fennel and lemon was a little more frito'ed than their usual concoction of calamari, but we were sandwich sated so this misfired squid didn't dampen our dining.

It seems like we boomerang back to the pimento burger and shortrib sandwiches when we want a beefy bite to bolster the beverages at B&B. The friendly bar staff serves up homey helpings to Corte Maderians in this strip mall stop off the 101.

Brick & Bottle

55 Tamal Vista Boulevard
Corte Madera, CA


Mark Your Calendar - Reminder

Only two more days until the opening of True Sleep, David Ichioka's photo show over at Borderlands Café. Come on by between 6-9pm on Friday and check out the work in this fine Mission coffee spot.

We hope to see you there!






Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I lumbered out of Goodman's Hardware where a food stand ornamented with a lounging hot dog and an American flag beckoned.

A charcoal grill:

... cooked my chicken kabob wrap ($6.00):

... wound with a sheet of lavosh and filled with lettuce, onions, cukes, tomatoes. Tender tufts of chicken had a creamy sauce with a hit of garlic to balance out this pleasing poultry portion.

The friendly staff driving this vittles vehicle are making some nice nosh. I will definitely detour to this parking lot stand next time I make a hardware run.

Kabob House
775 Redwood Highway
Mill Valley, CA




Monday, July 11, 2011

We weren't so much embittered as we were surprised by the absence of Peychauds bitters behind the bar at Osteria Coppa (since the cocktail list positioned their Sazerac as the top selection.)

The barman:

... did make a nice Basic Hayden based Manhattan for us to sip along with the (still pleasant) Pey-no-chauds Sazerac

A tumble of tentacles were mixed with sole and fennel in a fritto misto ($11.00):

There were even deep fried discs of orange stacked into this vitamin C-food tower. Tartar and cocktail sauces came with this squidy serving, but it would have shone brighter with the addition of some lemon wedges.

The pizza ($16.00):

... has taken a step up since our last visit. Guanciale, onion, chilies and Pecorino planted in a tangy tomato sauce on a crust that was a bit crisper and chewier than our previous pie.

We'll have to check out their outside "Coppa Cabana" when the weather warrants an exterior experience.

Osteria Coppa

139 South B Street
San Mateo, CA
650 579-6021









BUNRABS Home | Contact Gutenberg | Yummy Chow | Photo Hutch


Entire contents copyright © 2011 by BunRabCo. All rights reserved.








Find individual postings:

or by area:


Daily Feed Archives:

Today's blog

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

December 2010

November 2010

October 2010

September 2010

August 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

January 2010

December 2009

November 2009

October 2009

September 2009

August 2009

July 2009

June 2009

May 2009

April 2009

March 2009

February 2009

January 2009

December 2008

November 2008

October 2008

September 2008

August 2008

July 2008

June 2008

May 2008

April 2008

March 2008

February 2008

January 2008

December 2007

November 2007

October 2007

September 2007

August 2007

July 2007

June 2007

May 2007

April 2007

March 2007

February 2007

January 2007

December 2006

November 2006

October 2006

September 2006

August 2006

July 2006

June 2006

May 2006

April 2006

March 2006

February 2006

January 2006

December 2005

November 2005

October 2005

September 2005

August 2005

July 2005

June 2005




Gutenberg's favorite blogs:



Inside Scoop


SF Eater





Grubstreet SF

Dessert First


Chez Pim

David Lebovitz

Chuck Eats

Beer and Nosh

Bay Area Bites


Refined Palate

101 Cookbooks


In Praise of Sardines

Jalapeno Girl

Eating Every Day

The Hungry Hedonist

Cooking with Amy

4505 Meats

Offal Good

Fatted Calf

Urban Daddy

Amateur Gourmet

The Grub Report

Albion Cooks