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May 11-21, 2011


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Saturday, May 21, 2011

We were enraptured by our Bi-Rite ice cream in chocolate, malted milk with chocolate and peanut brittle and cookies and cream.

These heavenly, cone-versions were testament to BiRites religious adherence to divine demonstrations of creamy creationism.

It's nice to know that these bib-lickal portions won't be our last (Bi)rites and that we are assured more second comings for these crucial fixes.


Bi-Rite Creamery
3692 18th St.
San Francisco, CA




Friday, May 20, 2011

Our pal K. frequently finds herself at southernly sites which often involve swell chow. She sent some snaps of a recent BBQ which was a meaty marvel. (The captions are from K.)

They call me Mr. Picnic.

cutting ram's throat

working down the haunch

The testicles must go.

stomach and intestines

lots of interior in a sheep

flies on the carcase

The head, hooves and skin are not saved but trundled off.

The butcher shop opens in the picnic area.

smoking meat

Dinner is served. Tortillas and potatoes on the side.

Thanks K!






Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Julia Morgan Ballroom was crawling with croupiers during this evening's High Stakes for Habitat event. This casino night was a good bet for supporters who anted up at blackjack, roulette and craps tables to chip in for the Bay Area chapter of residence wranglers at Habitat for Humanity.

Chicken sate, crab cakes and spinach and feta phyllo pockets were chased by 'bibings from the bars before rolling back to the dice at this fun foundation fete.

Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
High Stakes for Habitat
Julia Morgan Ballroom
465 California St.
San Francisco, CA




Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Speared spears of 'sparagus ($4.95):

... were stripped in bacon and grilled along with chicken liver, skin, heart:

... and gizzard sticks ($2.25 each):

... at Izakaya Ginji. Liver impaled in comparison to the chewy gizzards, crispy skin, heartable heart and in-fat-uated asparagus since this filtration 'ffal was cooked a bit more than we prefer.

The salmon, avocado maki ($6.50):

... was okay but some cucumber crunch would have played a welcome roll in this mono-textural maki.

Our bird wing ($2.25):

... was good but not special enough to frequently fly.

Shrimp ($3.25):

... was cooked to a perfect, moist-middled bottom feeder fabulousness. This ebi-ullient, shell-shielded seafood was cooked prawn-to to preserve its flapping flavor.

Grilled rice balls ($2.75):

... had a nice crusty exterior with a shoyu striped center but it needed another food stuff to act as a counterpoint (and we were out of ammo since these arrived last.)

Kikusui Junmai Ginjo ($14.00):

... was a wave of dry, delicate sake to wash down our snacks at this friendly Japanese Tapas Shop.

Izakaya Ginji

301 E. 4th Ave.
San Mateo, CA




Tuesday, May 17, 2011

($8.00 each):

... stung us with fresh lime juice and rum at The Downtown Tiki Lounge where we carved out a corner of the bar at this Gilligany gathering spot for hen parties and tropical tourists.

The snacks ($7.00 each) were standard bar fare. Guac-tooped Tiki tacos in chicken and beef:

... deep fried potstickers:

... and spicy chicken wings:

... fortified us as we rum-inated on our conservative choice of forgoing the 32 oz. scorpion bowl.

The friendly natives and tropical decor set off by a backdrop to basketball (on the flatscreens):

... gave a relaxed and funky setting to this wooden figured fortress.

The Downtown Tiki Lounge

144 S. B St.
San Mateo, CA




Monday, May 16, 2011

Milagros is a Chevy-esque chow-queria where I grabbed some Carnitas Norteñas ($14.00):

... which were served with house made corn tortillas. These masa-catable, guacamole garnished, neat 'nitas were meaty morsels served with refried beans and rice.

This Happy Hour focused site in Redwood City has tasty tequilas to distract diners from the themey setting.

1099 Middlefield Rd
Redwood City, CA
(650) 369-4730




Sunday, May 15, 2011

I swung over to Cha Cha Cha for lunch in their brightly bordered restaurant.

The Lechon Asado sandwich ($8.75):

... was a hot hunk of heated porknini with red onions, pickles in a soft roll with a radiation-crisped ratio.

I cha cha chomped down this cruci-fix of fine swine combined with mayo and lettuces. It confessed its tender and rich meatiness as I absolved it of its existence.

The chow is in step with the decor at this colorful corridor of comida.

Cha Cha Cha Cuba
112 South B (at First Ave.)
San Mateo, CA




Saturday, May 14, 2011

Our pals gifted us with a multitude of munchable mementoes from their trip to Singapore.

Pork floss:

... was cotton candy for the carnivore (although did not offer the oral hygiene benefits that the name implied.)

Crazy cookies and fruit roll-ups made of spicy pork:

... covered both our meat and sweet teeth with these super Singaporean snacks.





Friday, May 13, 2011

The tea leaf salad ($9.25):

... at Mingalaba was a steeply flavored, cabbage, peanut, tomato, yellow pea and sesame seed segregated plate tossed at the table:

... with fried garlic and peppers. This caffeinated creation is required eating at this Peninsula Burmese and Mandarin restaurant where we also dug into vegetarian samusa soup ($9.75) with a lentily broth with cabbage, falafel and samusas in a rich and savory solution.

Mango salad ($8.95):

... masqueraded as shredded cheese, but it was really a fruity formulation of crisp, delectable, vinegary astringency. Garlic, onion and cukes lent more crunch and punch to this cilantro sealed selection.

Burmese style noodles ($8.75):

... was a room temperature tangle with tofu that had a fried fringe to their tender soy centers. This pleasingly spiced and cilantro laced pasta plate was a nice nest of nosh.

Tender spears of asparagus and crunchy red and green peppers hogmented spicy pork ($10.95):

... with eggplant. The pig pieces were tender tufts buffeted by this veggie variance.

The service was friendly and efficient and they had plenty of vegetarian options for my plant-based pal.

Mingalaba continues to be the best Burlingame Burmese bunker. I won't make it so long between visits.

1213 Burlingame Ave.
Burlingame, CA




Thursday, May 12, 2011

You'll know precisely the poundage you are putting down at Mill Valley's Yolo Yogurt Lounge:

... where you swirl and top your selection of yogurt (from the 10 flavors dispensed) and the scattering of sweets with which to cap your sweet tooth.

After assembling our DIY desserts they tipped the scale at a 45¢ per ounce.

I gilded chocolate and "mounds bar" (chocolate-coconut) churnage with some Cap'n Crunch from among the cereal options:

The "chocolate rocks":

... tasted far superior to stones. Chocolate sprinkles and peanut M&Ms further frilled our hedonistic helpings.

This scale tipping parlor proves popular with their pairing of impulse shopping and snacking.

Yolo Yogurt Lounge
505 Miller Avenue
Mill Valley, CA





Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Curry Up Now has gotten into gear at their non-mobile, brick and mortar truck spinoff. The mobs have settled down and there wasn't the pileup at the counter that previous pitstops have involved.

My burrito ($8.00):

... was a tikka masala tube of chicken chunks, rice, and spice. This orange centered, creamy, rich roll up was a tasty torpedo set off with lemonade ($3.00), a ginger-kicked, barely sweetened, citrus solution which was the ideal beverage along with light and crispy poppadom:

... which were offered free of charge by a friendly chef.

This free wheeling, casual curry shop continues to be an excellent place to tank up.

Curry Up Now

129 S. B St.
San Mateo, CA









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