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July 21-31, 2011


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Sunday, July 31, 2011

We eased our pickled, buttered, brains into gear late enough to warrant comments from our normal Sunday stops. We then raided our goodie bag:

... and added the ties to our FL ball:

... to commemorate another blue ribbon meal.





Saturday, July 30, 2011

French Laundry List

Bouchon Bakery started selling pizza today, but we resisted filling our pie holes as we ventured further down the road to The French Laundry (where they peeled off these pies for their staff meal.) Now that Addendum is boxing up KFC (Keller fried chicken) and Bouchon Bakery is making 'za there is no excuse not to haunt Yountville for all Thomas Keller food needs.

Marc Hebrart Champagne, gougeres and salmon cornets provided a fanfare for the fine fare that was to follow.

A velvety velouté of Belgian endive was infused with Tahitian vanilla, Australian black truffle and balls of Gros Michel bananas:

The masterful melding of fruit, floral and fungus was brrr'illiant in this chilled chicory 'nilla, 'nana, nocturne.

Royal osetra caviar eggmented the Jidori hen egg in a Hangtown Fry:

... with Hobbs' bacon, gold nuggets of fried oysters and oyster foam in an awesome omelet.

Ear-shell clam tartare:

... was earily delectable over a lemongrass gelée with chili curls and navel orange segments:

7 spice cured Atlantic fluke:

... swam with a dice of bonito gelée, Haas avocado, radish, Asian pear and tempura hen of the woods mushrooms in a terrific tour of land and sea along with a wave of 2009 Nigl Gruner Veltliner.

Brioche soldiers marched into a field of sorrel velouté to attack a hen egg yolk doing cholesterol damage to a bunker of Perigord truffles:

They annihilated this well fortified position with extreme prejudice in a victorious vittle operation armed with strategic sips of 2002 Maison Leroy Bourgogne Blanc.

A piercing portion of lamb tenderloin:

... with a panisse crouton and eggplant basqued in a piperade to unify this sandwich on a stick.

Yuzu sorbet:

... awakened us with a tangy chill. Toasted pinenuts balanced this yellow football topped with a frisbee of nori-rice cracker.

2010 Domaines Ott offered rosé flourish to a toybox tomato salad:

... with burrata, ice plant and cornmeal crusted fried okra.

2008 HdV Chardonnay was high definition vin with a pleasingly uncompressed minerality that played well with sheets of Australian black truffle shaved over mac and cheese:

... formed with mimolette fromage. We savored every morsel of this mackable roni.

Signature Caesar salads with caramelized romaine, butter poached lobster tails and a sheet of melba toast were showered with grated bottarga:

This classic deconstruction romaines a favorite.

A coconut glazed foie gras terrine:

... was given a golden glow with a glass of 1994 Karthauserhof Riesling. Beet essence, cukes, basil seeds and strawberries de-livered the goods with this ducky dimensional dish.

Four Story Hill Farm Guinea hen:

... was carved table side as succulent segments of intensely flavorful fowl were arranged with roasted black figs and baby Brentwood corn. Sauce diable added a devilish influence to this henticing helping roosted with a 2008 Chateau Maume Gevrey-Chambertin.

Steak and eggs:

... was made up of calotte de boeuf with scrambled hen egg. Steak sauce rounded up this cipollini onion and potato portion along with a cassis-kissed 2007 Realm Cabernet Sauvignon.

Andante Dairy's moosical, cow milk "cadence":

... harmonized with young fennel, summer truffle, marcona almonds and currants in this uptempo curd composition.

Sweet tea sorbet with blackberries and pecans:

... was a southern breeze to buffet us to dessert.

A silver straw:

... offered sterling sipping to a fruit of the cocoa float:

Lemongrass soda and persian lime were the fizzy fluid around fruit of the cocoa sorbet. A hint of espelette peppered this potion with a quiet kick.


... contained a hidden campfire in this graham cracker lidded, magical chocolate ganache and marshmallow marvel. This kumbaya creation was an amazing after.

2010 La Morandina Moscato d'Asti edged us toward an effervescent ending as coffee and donuts, candied macadamia nuts and chocolates:

... concluded our phenomenal five and a half hour dinner.

Chef de cuisine Timothy Hollingsworth and his crew made some mind blowing chow which we relished with Sommelier Dennis Kelly's reccos. Every visit brings something new and noteworthy...but we still can't pass up the idea of Bouchon Bakery pizza next time we come to Yountville...

The French Laundry
6640 Washington St.
Yountville, CA




Friday, July 29, 2011

Kika treated us to her terrific Brazilian cheese bread:

... at the Media preview dinner for the La Cocina 2011 SF Street Food Festival, where Jon Gasparini mobilized his "Rye on the Road" cocktail catering crew to content the crowd.

15 Romolo's "jambalini" was a tantalizing take on arancini replacing the traditional risotto with jambalaya while wax moth larvae:

... wormed its way onto the menu from Don Bugito. These salsa-lined, masa cocoons turned guests' pupae holes into amused bouches.

This Cocina collaboration continued in the dining room:

... with multiple morsels including standouts such as Anda Piroshki's beefy pouches of piroshki:

... Alicia's Tamales los Mayas' masterful masa meldings:

... and Sabores del Sur's sensational Alfajores:

Super-cold 3 Twins Ice Cream created a flurry of flexing:

... to dig into their delectable dessert.

La Cocina is an incubator kitchen that supports low-income food entrepreneurs with everything from the shared use of commercial kitchen to marketing. This important organization has hatched some swell chow and their 3rd annual San Francisco Street Food Festival is going to offer their wares as well as an impressive roster of rations from 4505 Meats, Beretta and the arepa lady.

This food festival is worth marking on your calendar...

2011 San Francisco Street Food Festival
Saturday August 20th 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Folsom Street between 22nd and 26th
admission free, individual vendors will sell food and drinks with a price tag of $8 or below. All money raised benefits La Cocina.





Thursday, July 28, 2011

I learned a new word as I loaded up my personal bus tubs for the xray machine - "forhibited". That is such a great efficient and authoritative... I guess they'd call it "efforative."

It's too bad that post security provender at SFO is determinaled by the air carriers. The recently opened terminal 2 has some enticing options these are not United with the bordering bases.

I decided to sidestep that wacky, cheesey crab'tatta from my last Anchor Steam visit and succumbed to the pressure of Yankee Pier.

My cheese omelette ($11.75):

... was a Cheddar-filled egg fold served with home fries in a TSA compliant (yet ova-packed) parcel. Although it did not warrant additional inspection, it was fine flight fortification.

Yankee Pier
San Francisco Airport
Terminal 3




Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I returned to Yu-Raku:

... for another round of Japanese-style-Chinese (and Japanese) food. This liasian of cuisines attracted a crowd that was responsible for bowls of ramen racing by my table during the lunch rush.

The buta kanitana don ($9.50):

... was a rice bowl topped with baby bok choy and stewed pork. The tender, rich chunks of swine on this gradient of grain and green was congenial comfort cookery.

Yu-Raku's translated tucker is always a fun and funky food foray.

104 S El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA




Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Ray Signorello:

... hosted an al fresco lunch at his Signorello Estate where we sat on the terrace to taste his estate grown and bottled wines.

Chef Michael McMillan:

... produced a menu to partner with potions beginning with the silky 2010 Seta:


... turned up over caramelized turnip topped with a squash blossom sauce (which bloomed in their garden.)

2009 Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes manifested a marvelous minerality in this low yield, highly pleasing potion positioned with a quail nested in a lentil and mushroom ragout:

Grains of Chardonnay infused finishing salt topped this pleasant pheasant.

Signorello has a protein partnership with none other than Snake River Farms. We love the marvelous muscle from SRF and Chef McMillan seared their Kobe beef tenderloin:

... to spotlight this marbled marvel on a spudestal of potato gratin with some Swiss chard from the vineyard garden.

A flight of 2007 - 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon:

... cowlaborated with this luscious loin. We found the 2007 to be the flyest fluid with lush layers complex with currants.

2007 - 2010 Padrones were positioned in a line of luscious liquids bordering a bundle of dried fig and walnut strudel with a cherry compote

We sat across from consulting winemaker Luc Morlet:

... who infused his wines and discussions with a wonderful sensibility. His stories of his early days in Champagne leading to his California creations were captivating.

This afternoon on the terrace of Signorello was a Tuesday well spent.


Signorello Estate
4500 Silverado Trail
Napa Valley, CA




Monday, July 25, 2011

We have had the worst luck at Mill Valley Beerworks, every time we visit, they are sans house suds. The most recent tapped out brew was a redwood tree branch steeped solution which sounded treelicious.

Our new plan had us branching out with Dying Vines old brick bitter ($7.00) and the Reissdorf Kolsch ($5.00):

Both were satisfying 'ski's as we tucked into a cheese board ($14.00):

... of Pt. Reyes blue, brie and Pt. Reyes Toma. A deck of wheat bread triangles doughminated this dried apricot and fig finished fromage fromation.

A paninified pastrami sandwich ($9.00):

... with Emmentaler, red onion, pickled slices of carrot and mustard came with jicama sticks:

,,, tossed with a dill vinaigrette which were tuberlar tastes of crisp, rootiness.

Perhaps their imminent expansion to the storefront next door will cause events to come to a head so we can actually score some of the works of this beer boutique.

Mill Valley Beerworks
173 Throckmorton Ave.
Mill Valley, CA




Sunday, July 24, 2011

We stationed ourselves at Southern Pacific Smokehouse where Novato's best barman was behind the rail.

Alex Bachman was in overdrive with his gin-based "Nova Sour":

Mexican sage added aromatic herbaceousness to this orange bitter-boosted, lime-lifted 'lixir given body with egg whites. This tangy tipple was a sensational, summery sip.

A Willett Rye:

... rendition of a Manhattan was taken uptown with Gran Classico and Angostura bitters in an outstanding borough 'bibe:

I don't know if the "Victoria":

... was named for the queen, state or secret, but this regal refreshment had the unexpected element of Fernet Branca to bolster the botanicals of this elegant Gin drink.

Kold Draft cubes, house made bitters and tremendous technique were applied to these quality quaffs.

We fortified ourselves with some harissa chicken wings ($7.00):

... which were meritorious, meaty motivators (but we decided that we both prefer the flavor of the dry rub version of these smokey stubs).

The fish and chips ($18.00):

... are always a good bet here with greaseless, battered bundles of fried fish on a bed of fabulous frites. They must be ordering some supernatural spuds to get potatoes long enough:

... that you could actually use the fries as shoestrings.

It is rare that we have multiple cocktails that all blow us away, but Alex Bachman's stirring solutions are worth a special trip.

Southern Pacific Smokehouse

242 Vintage Way
Novato, CA




Saturday, July 23, 2011

Poplar Creek Grill is a green restaurant, but not the LEED variety, it's on a golf course in San Mateo.

This putt ticular provender provider is also near a shooting range and marina so they cater to a leisure centric caliber of clientele.

I got a Crispy Chicken Wrap ($9.75):

... which was a golf bag of white meat strips packed with tomatoes and lettuce in a roll up that seemed like kid menu fare except for the addition of a spicy kick. This birdie bundle was below par, but the setting was a pleasant place to ice tea off for lunch.

Poplar Creek Grill

1700 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA




Friday, July 22, 2011

I bypassed the blah bentos at Sushi Sam's and noshed on nigiri.

Maguro, hotate, tako and nama ebi ($3.50 - $5.00 for each duo):

... were all well above C level with the deep fried shrimp heads:

... shouldering a flavorful cabeza crunch.

The rainbow roll ($15.50) and "hot dog roll" ($4.00):

with deep fried yellowtail were both serviceable, sating, servings.

They really churned through the lunch business as the staff stayed in overdrive delivering hasty helpings to the hoards.

This Sam Mateo sushi stop was inexpensive and quick with al a carte options that trump the set lunch menus.

Sushi Sam's
218 E. 3rd Ave.
San Mateo, CA




Thursday, July 21, 2011

A belated Bastille burger ($12.50):

... at Café Bastille:

... was stormed by a juicy, medium rare, beef patty fortressed by a basic, sesame seed bun. The customary accoutrements came with this salad-sided serving. Thick cut frites had light middles and crispy crusts which I munched through with military might.

The al fresco lunch crowd liberated the dining room of any inmates at this bustling Belden business.

Café Bastille
22 Belden Place
San Francisco, CA









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