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July 1-10, 2014


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Thursday, July 10, 2014

The lamb dip ($8.50) with blue cheese (80¢ extra):

... is our go to sandwich at Philippe’s.

This mustard mingled mound of jus-saturated French roll with bounce from blue is a dandy dip.

A slice of cherry pie:

... was less our thing with a thick, prefab-tasting filling but the sandwich and tangy slaw:

... were well worth our return whenever we're in L.A.

Philippe The Original
1001 N. Alameda St.
Los Angeles, CA



Mark your calendar

A toque-nado is about to hit SF during Eat Drink SF with tastings, parties and workshops. The best Bay Area consumable crafters will flood Fort Mason with a bites and ‘bibes that spotlight this regions’ wealth of talent.

Check out the docket of surefooted chefs and the bevy of raging potion professionals at this highbrow hootenanny.

Eat Drink SF

Sunday, July 27th - Sunday, August 3rd




Wednesday, July 9, 2014

We were stopped dead in our tracks when we saw this sign:

... at Beth’s Community Bakery in Mill Valley.

Do they actually work in food service and don’t know what “see you next Tuesday” means?

We chose to grab breakfast at The Depot:

... instead where standard issue muffins:

... and coffee were served without the profanity.

The Depot
87 Throckmorton Ave.
Mill Valley, CA


Mark your Calendar

Heritage Fire is igniting at the Charles Krug Winery on Sunday, August 3rd.

Cow, lamb, and their barnyard brethren will be in the spotted pig light at this celebration of heritage breeds and the flames that finesse them.

This dismember and ember event is fortified with fromage and lubricated with libations at this primal protein pow wow.

Heritage Fire

Sunday, August 3, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
GA $100, VIP $200 (VIP includes early 3 p.m. entry with VIP tastings)
Charles Krug Winery
2800 Main St.
St. Helena, CA




Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The vinegary hot sauce of Sol Food beckoned so we hightailed it over to the neon green nook in San Rafael.

The original Sol center was closed and a petite post with a patio was added down the street but we opted for the larger corner copia where there was a traffic control officer directing diners to available seating.

A couple of our default order salads with avocado and tomato were proteined with shrimp ($12.95):

... and chicken thighs ($9.45):

... with pickled onions perked further with a splash of their sauce. These were as good as we remembered.

Sol Food perseveres with pleasing Puerto Rican portions. We will have to check out their Mill Valley munchateria soon.

Sol Food

903 Lincoln Ave.
San Rafael, CA




Monday, July 7, 2014

Popped back to Picco:

... to stalk their grilled asparagus ($12.95):

... fringed with a fris-egg salad and a pool of Romesco.

A bowl of broccoli di ciccio ($9.95):

... in a garlicy gathering with preserved lemon and chili.

We tore into lamb chops ($38.95):

... were radiantly rare residing on a tumble of turnips while perfectly pink salmon:

... was spiked by purple carrots and fragments of fregola in a fine fin-essed fish dish.

Picco remains our preferred Marin mastication station.

Picco Restaurant

320 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA




Sunday, July 6, 2014

While we were populating Portland, we mourned our lack of In n Out at Little Big Burger. Now that we are back, we went with our usual double doubles with ketchup and mustard protein style:

... well done fries and iced tea but we noticed something new at the condiment station. Little yellow peppers. These bulbs of sunshiney sealant added interest to our cheap and cheerful chow.





Saturday, July 5, 2014

Thomas greeted all of his guests at the French Laundry’s 20th anniversary party in front of an ice sculpture that doubled as the centerpiece of a caviar and champagne bar.


The luxury didn’t stop at the raw bar:

... charcuterie, truffle sandwiches:

...or specialty cocktails - there was a cigar-mollier who organized the apres edibles inhalants.

A funny and touching tribute from TFL friends and colleagues included a Matt Groenig Simsons version of Thomas being smooched by Homer.

Dancing and desserts sent us into the evening at this unforgettable celebration of dos decades of TK in Yountville.






Friday, July 4, 2014

A 4th of July party at J and K’s meant incredible bbq chicken that was brined, marinated, low oven-cooked and finished on the grill with a family recipe sauce.

We pledged allegiance to this poultry-otic plate with the red and blue of watermelon with berries, veggie slaw and cravable cornbread.

Garlicy guac, grilled shrimp and deviled eggs kicked off the festivities concluding with cakes:

... and ice cream sandwiches:

... that were from fresh made chocolate chip:

... and peanut butter cookies with a bit of extra salt to accelerate these wheels of churnage.

This day was independently enjoyable.





Thursday, July 3, 2014

The movers arrived late, but they packed up our flat in a matter of hours and rolled it all into a giant van.

Soon after our farewells to Skywalker Ranch, we flew to north, said goodbye to Portland, and started the drive home, pulling over to sleep at Seven Feathers Casino to get some shut eye and then again in Ashland for breakfast.

The Breadboard Restaurant:

... prides themselves on their oatmeal-based muffins. One with marionberries ($2.19) was massive and too dense to finish. It was like a compacted, square-shaped bowl of oatmeal.

The scramble ($10.99):

... was more to our taste. Peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, tomatoes and cheese was a homey heap while the special:

... with links, bacon and over easies was good. A French toast style muffin came with this meat and egg dish and it wasn’t our thing.

This friendly spear of shaking off hunger was a welcome Ashland driving break before we continued our path home…

The Breadboard Restaurant
Ashland, OR


Mark your calendar

We inject every a.m. with an AeroPress and are enticed that its inventor, Alan Adler, will appear at the upcoming CoffeeCon.

Expect cupping and grinding with a roaster roster that includes Blue Bottle, Four Barrel and Equator.

Saturday, July 26th
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Terra Galleries
511 Harrison St.
San Francisco, CA
Tickets $20 for exhibit floor plus additional fees for select classes and materials





Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Skywalker Ranch has been an amazing home away from home. Not only is the wooded setting and parade of wildlife relaxing with suites on theme with the name of the room (i.e. Fellini, Kurosawa, Gershwyn…)

We stayed in the spacious native American accented, woody Ford suite:

... and the light and airy Fellini suite.

Both were cinematically sensational.

Fully stocked kitchens made entertaining possible and when we needed extra chairs or groceries they materialized.

We loved the fitness center, espresso availability, replenishing snackage, Aveda toiletries and serenity of this Nicasio hideaway for an all-too-short visit.

One of the items that we were introduced at the ranch was Rustic Bakery’s chocolate cocao nib shortbreads. These buttery bundles of salty satiety with crunchy cocao casings are required eating.





Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Farmshop's menu was truncated when we arrived at 10:30:

... so we couldn’t get that amazing salmon from our last visit.

We drowned our sorrows in a Manhattan ($11.00) and a Rob Roy ($12.00):

... aka the Scotch version of a Manhattan. There were both swell solutions (although we both decided the rye version was our preference).

Pizza was the only offering on the late night menu so we went with a mushroom version ($18.00):

This wood fired round had a garden of rocket that took off with stracciatella and caciocavallo cheeses lassoed by tasso. There was a nice char to the edges and it was flavorful and good, but was light on the chewier crust we crave -- to be fair, we happily ate the whole thing.

We plan to return early enough for their extended menu next visit.

2233 Larkspur Landing Circle
Larkspur, CA









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