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February 1-10, 2015


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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

We were steer-iously impressed by the beef jerky ($2.00 each):

... at Smokestack.

These soft and spicy plumes of protein are cowmpletely addictive. Definitely on our required eating list.

The chicharrones:

... were good, but our current in-fat-uation is with the Barrel & Ashes rinds.

Duck ($25.00 per pound):

... was marvelous moist and flavorful flapper which we Parker housed in relishable rolls.

Enticing entries were x’ed out on the chalkboard, (leaving a short stack of selections):

... so we will have to smoke out some of their ribs on our next trip to this empori-yum.

2505 3rd St.
San Francisco, CA



Monday, February 9, 2015

We were lured by the wood burning oven at Pizzalina:

... where Brussels sprouts ($7.00):

... were heated in this hearth and tumbled with lemon vinaigrette.

Prawns ($18.00):

... also passed through this cinder center with sun dried tomatoes, garlic and chili. The seafood was mealy and didn’t mingle merrily with the tomatoes for us. Even though the seafood wasn’t our thing, the herb flatbread wedges were very nice with a crisp, saltiness and chewy edges.

Escalle pizza ($17.00):

... was capped with Hobb’s pepperoni, sausage and mozzarella in a fennel pollenated ‘politan pie that was good (but did not bump PIcco’s from our primary position).

Pizzalina is a friendly stop:

... that fires fine flatbread. We will have to return to check out their the enticing salads, risotto and meatballs.


914 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
San Anselmo, CA



Sunday, February 8, 2015

Perfectly cooked day boat scallops:

... and Mumm sparkling wine:

... launched the tasting menu at Ambience:

... where a purple potato crumble spudded favas, beets and cilantro.

Cayenne-coerced creme fraiche coated a plump, poached oyster:

... served with chilled sake:

... that lent its floral flourish to hamachi with shoyu, micro greens and roe:

Seabass strewn with yuzu tobiko:

... was yolked by yam in a molecular mound married with radish and a 2011 Charming Grüner Veltliner.

Tuna tartare with wasabi tobiko:

... provided a luscious landing strip foliaged with truffle-scented micro greens served with a 2013 Les Chaumiennes Poully-Fumé.

Butter-poached lobster bathing in a bisque on a cushion of rice and millet:

... was a tantalizing tail with 2010 Trione Chardonnay.

A pomegranate potion:

... perked our palates before we plunged into a poussin paté:

... perched on puff pastry.

The kobe beef tartare:

... was a marvelous manipulation of meat crowned with a quail yolk with daikon strips and bread crumbs washed down with 2011 Gigondas.

Seared squab breast in a balsamic reduction:

... flew with fennel and onion while venison:

... demonstrated doe-lectability with bok choy spore-ted by mushrooms ringed with 2012 Ridge Guenville.

Little meringues sandwiched chestnuts plated with relishable rinds and pleasing pates des fruits:

... before a flourless chocolate fortress with chocolate truffles, spun sugar and a tangy kiss of raspberry coulis:

... touched off by 10 year Taylor Tawny Port.

Chef Morgan Song knows his way around pristine proteins with standouts being the lobster, squab and venison. His light touch is echoed in his use of glass in the serving ware and decor in the intimate dining rooms.

This Los Altos dining den delivers.


132 State St.
Los Altos, CA



Saturday, February 7, 2015

Smokestack was the sight of today’s SF Beer Week American Homebrewers Association event:

... where Magnolia’s Dave McLean toured tipplers though the tanks:

... as we tapped into some swell suds.

There were experiments like “madcap” with a botanical bent and their AOK IPA:

... but today’s standout was the “swept by fire”:

This tragedy-inspired smoked pale ale phoe-nixed our thirst with an extinguished balance of citrusy scents hopping through this charred chug.

AHA members brought sterilized glassware to tote off Magnolia’s proprietary particles of yeast before heading home from this fun foray which included a raffle so you could try your luck along with the suds.

San Francisco Beer Week
American Homebrewers Association
2505 3rd St.
San Francisco, CA




Friday, February 6, 2015

Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous:

... was a no cone zone due to swift selling of their waffley wares so we filled our tubs ($4.00 each) with “Pink Squirrel”:

... and lemon:

... scoops.

The rodent-free ration of pink cocktail-inspired cocktion was a nut and chocolate liqueur lavished lump that, while fine, was trumped by the lemon and buckwheat honey hump at this popular portal for cheery churnage.

Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous
699 22nd St.
San Francisco, CA




Thursday, February 5, 2015

The pastrami sandwich ($11.00):

... at M. H. Bread & Butter:

... was ryely constructed of sauerkraut, pickled mustard seed aioli and sensational ‘strami in-breaded in their lovely leavenage.

Their coffee cups now display the unabbreviated title of this bake house:

... where we tucked into a slice of butternut squash quiche:

... that was fringed with a flaky pastry.

Lumbering by for loaves always manages to merge into a meal at Maximilion’s.

M.H. Bread & Butter

101 San Anselmo Ave.
San Anselmo, CA




Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Credit cards are the coin of the realm at Picnic on 3rd:

... where they forgo folding funds for plastic purchases.

Our magnetic stripe swipe led to a table of toothsome tucker touched off with Fra’ mani spicy salami:

... smoked prosciutto and red grapes ($8.00):

... wasabi cashews ($3.00):

... sweet and spicy popcorn:

...achiote chicken ($8.00):

... and braised beef with squash and rice ($8.00):

Today’s menu was Southern Mexican-inspired and they change up the region of influence on a daily basis so even though we won’t be able to have the same chow again, their techniques with proteins resulted in succulent servings reinforcing the reasoning that this fine food wasn’t a fluke.

The kitchen monitors the pulse of their punters via the optional comments on the emailed receipt.

This quick and peppy counter service and takeaway turnout was just the ticket today. We will have to make another PoT stop soon.

Picnic on Third
493 Third St.
San Francisco, CA




Tuesday, February 3, 2015

We flew in for some angel wings:

... and tea leaf salad ($11.00):

... at Burmatown with pals who were new to this fowl flapper and fermented foliage foundation and merrily Myan-munched these morsels.

Tea leaf rolls:

... are not listed on the menu, but are available by request. We chomped these hand held, savory stumps of caffeinated crunch along with kimchi potstickers ($7.50):

... as well as pockets of poultry and beef binders in bao:

Garlic noodles ($9.00):

... brown rice ($3.00) and coconut rice ($3.00) created a carbo combo to backboard savory short ribs ($13.95):

... and chili kicked green beans ($5.00):

Another fine feast at this cozy Corte Maderian town house sated our Burma craving.

60 Corte Madera Ave.
Corte Madera, CA




Monday, February 2, 2015

They are refurbing the W hotel in Westwood, so options other than room service were limited to the poolside tent where forty bucks (including tip) got us a basket of gluten goods:

... and some coffee. We can file this under convenience rather than deliciousness.

We had a parade of hotel catered chow that ranged from meh to decent. We were pleasantly surprised by rare-ish salmon and halibut at a couple events:

... but most of the passed appetizers have not seen much innovation since the 80’s. All in all, it has been a fun trip.

The only air traffic of interest at the Burbank Airport appeared to be that of the ball variety.

The terminal and our flight to Oakland had a delightfully deflated population (although our flight touched down late).

W Hotel Westwood
930 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, CA




Sunday, February 1, 2015

Former French Launderers spun out a BBQ restaurant.

Barrel & Ashes pork rinds ($4.00):

... didn’t need any of the accompanying malt vinegar mayo as these crunchy, cloud-like chicharrones alone are worth cloven hoofing it over to Studio City.

Coleslaw ($4.00):

... and Brussels Sprouts ($4.00):

... were swell sides along with a hoe cake ($6.00):

... with maple butter.

They chose not to cook this corn-cocktion to the traditional garden tool, but cast it into iron so it could get crispy edges and soak up more buttery goodness in this sap sweetened maizement.

Brisket ($19.00 for a half pound) was marvelous muscle while a full rack of ribs ($37.00) were sumptuous, spare, spokes.

Rocky road ice cream:

... pleasantly paved our palates for some thyme and white chocolate lemon pudding cake ($9.00):

... with cream and filberts, while good, it was trumped by the apple cobbler ($9.00):

... which arrived hot from the oven with a crisp crust of biscuits over sensationally spiced fruit and a snowball of vanilla ice cream.

We forgot it was service compris and ended up double tipping, but it was well deserved not to mention that the prices are very low for the exceptional eats.

Next time we will have to check out the Frito pie, short rib, chicken sandwich and hush puppies at our new favorite bbq place.

Barrel & Ashes
11801 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA









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