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December 21-31, 2014


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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ringing out 2014 with pals resulted in a raucous caucus with an abundance of excellent eats:

... including luscious lobster mac and cheese:

... and lots of ugly sweaters.

Spain provided a cluster luck tradition:

... as we welcomed 2015 in fine fashion.




Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The apple pie ($6.00):

... at Green Chili Kitchen:

... is known for the addition of green chilies in a Cheddar-crusted, walnut-strueseled wedge. Strips of green added an angle of interest to this classic closer while the chocolate pecan pie ($6.00):

... while good, was not able to trump their signature slice.

M.H. Bread & Butter maintains its Marin pie dominance on our list, but GCK was still a creative, crimped creation.

Green Chile Kitchen
1335 4th St.
San Rafael, CA




Monday, December 29, 2014

The new Burmese place on B Street in San Rafael was closed for the holiday so we hopped across the street to revisit Uchiwa Ramen.

The frigid weather attracted a full house of soup slurpers but we slid into a couple seats at the bar to fill our spam filters with some musubi ($3.50):

... that hulaed with juicy, grilled, lemongrass chicken wings ($5.95).

The shio ramen ($10.95):

... had a chick broth with bamboo shoots, bok choy, shrooms, boiled egg and a tangle of springy noodles while the shoyu version ($10.95):

... with fish cake had similar components to the shio but with an umami boosted broth that benefited from a dab of chili sauce ($1.00).

This heating hut was a welcome warren during the arctic elements.

Uchiwa Ramen
821 B Street
San Rafael, CA




Sunday, December 28, 2014

Burgundy was burgled along with some Screaming Eagle from The French Laundry during Christmas. These detectable drinks (numbered DRC) might land someone in the clink not unlike that s.f. art heist.

We went without waiting list wines and opted for caffeinated cups in Marin.

Toast burnt out in their Mill Valley slot and the Fred’s Kitchen crew has opened Kitchen Sunnyside to take over this downtown diner.

Snowed” spinach scramble ($15.00 with fruit):

... brought an image of grated parmesan dusting the top of fluffy eggs. I requested my eggs soft, but what I received was a stiffer slab. While okay, it delivered a separation of image of the om-age. Blackberries were fine but the blubes and strawbs were off season textures over a platform of grapes.

Morning tacos ($13.00):

... were a more flavorful filing system of scrambled eggs with tabs of sausage and bacon with cheese and salsa.

They top their plates with fried spaghetti which brought to mind this experiment so we had to see if the 3 piece break applied while fried (and it did.)

We may flip back to sunnyside once they’ve had a chance to find their stride.

Kitchen Sunnyside
31 Sunnyside Ave.
Mill Valley, CA




Saturday, December 27, 2014

We asked why candied ginger wasn’t on the shelves for holiday baking and were told that it was related to the proposition 65 lawsuit relating to lead content.

Instead of succumbing to the lure chipping wall paint of deri-lick homes, we went to Rustic Bakery:

... for a candied ginger scone ($3.75). This leaden loaf was our answer to elevenses along with a berry-ation.

Rustic was crawling with customers. This impossibly busy baking beacon was worth the lead wait.

Rustic Bakery
Marin Country Mart
Larkspur, CA




Friday, December 26, 2014

Gyoza ($6.00):

... had crisp edges to their pasta perimeters that encased ground pork and chicken as we embarked on dinner ‘dero’s newly situated Kirimachi Ramen.

Tsukemen ($14.50):

... had thick noodles to plunk into the pool of pork potion shot with bamboo, fungus and seaweed while the shoyu ramen ($12.95):

... was a semblage with thinner noodles mingled with arugula in a chicken broth. Both dishes donned pork pieces and marinated, boiled egg. These warming wares were good, but not rotation rations.

Kirimachi Ramen
3 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA




Thursday, December 25, 2014

Our nabes made delish dark chocolate mendiants that instead of representing the traditional four monastic orders, cloistered kumquats in a candied cathedral of cocao.

These worship-able wares warranted vows of silence as they melted in a cocoa communion.





Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Fat Angel flew away and was replaced by Taste in Faixfaxian fashion.

We had their version of kouign aman ($3.29):

... which was a sugared puff pastry square that wasn’t our thing, a marzipany muffin ($3.29):

... was okay but we preferred the “biscone” ($4.29):

... with its savory swine hybrid-ized biscuit and scone nudged with onion.

Our fueling foray was fine, but not a rotational rest stop.

71 Broadway Blvd.
Fairfax, CA




Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Almonds augmented saucisson sec sandwich ($7.00):

This ground nut-grouted baguette of salumi-centered, cornichion-cored ‘laboration at Craftsman and Wolves.

C&W’s signature semblange of inside ova of their “the rebel within” ($7.00):

... was embryolkily sauced in a pork-perked, meat muffin. This scallion-speckled, infamous eat lived up to its rebel-utation.

We squared off our meal with a lime cube ($8.00):

... with pineapple. Needles exchanged flavor in this pine treat that cone-tented our cravings.

The craftsmanship was matched by our wolfing of their wondrous wares. We will make our way back to CAW to fill our craws again soon.

Craftsman and Wolves
746 Valencia St.
San Francisco, CA




Monday, December 22, 2014

We suffered from the malady that we call “butter brain” which was the residual result of richness after visit to the laundry.

The antidote begins with coffee to accompany our inability to imagine eating again evolving into an emptying of the goodie bag:

Filled chocolates:

... chocolate bars and more butter (in the form of their famed shortbreads) along with reading materials and the warm memories of an amazing feast:

... clarified our craniums along with steel cut oatmeal.





Sunday, December 21, 2014

Our last cycle of The French Laundry:

... for 2014 began with Krug Grand Cuvee, salmon cornets:

... and gourgers:

... before a tour of touchstones and new noshes:

2008 Reinhold-Haart Riesling, 2012 Shibumi Knoll Chardonnay and a 2010 Vietti Barolo escorted us on this endeavor that ended with coffee and donuts, Medjools, eggnog and peppermint macarons, candied macadamias:

... filled chocolates and espressi.

Every bite was an impressive expression with tasty twists like using wheat burnt in the field for the pasta.

Chefs Thomas Keller and David Breeden were both excited about the upcoming improvements to the kitchen (even though they make it appear to diners that there no obstacles that necessitate this change.)

We were glad we could sneak in a visit before they shutter for the big kitchen remodel but the Silverado pop up French Laundry will open on January 21st to keep half the staff (those who don’t want to spin off for an extended vacation) employed.

The French Laundry

6640 Washington St.
Yountville, CA









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