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June 17-23, 2006
Tabla is always a welcome lunchtime option.
... had a nice,
slightly sour tang against the creamy cheese and perfectly cooked
veg. The cucumber and yogurt relish was good, but the dosa was such
a tasty dish on it’s own, that adornment was not required.
Sam’s email this morning put me in a Tabla frame of mind:
If it was me I would down the road to tabla for my ice cream fix. Last week they had chocolate and cherry. Last year their mint choc chip (fresh mint and scharffenberger) and their peach floored me with their deliciousness. Picco, pah
Tabla certainly does a great ice cream. Chubby
and I enjoyed that mint chocolate chip last year as well. I only
wish that they were open late enough to satisfy that après
dinner ice cream need.
Cone of Sublimeness:
Although I love their vanilla cone with Maldon salt and extra virgin olive oil, I was in a traditional mindset so I got a chocolate dipped chocolate cone while Chubby chose a chocolate dipped, chocolate/vanilla swirl ($4.00):
Four bucks might sound like a lot for a ice cream cone, but when you consider it’s Scharffen Berger Chocolate and Strauss vanilla soft serve, dipped in El Rey Chocolate, it turns out to be worth the extra 2 bucks above the Dairy Queen version.
It’s nice to have a choco-shell (that doesn’t taste like you are eating a chemical infused candle coating) around creamy, sweet swirls of childhood food done right. I only wish that there was a house made cone option to sub out for the off the shelf variety, but I guess the manufactured ones up the nostalgia factor.
The word “cupcake” can either be part of an exercise in namecalling, an endearment, or a frosted mushroom of cake. These babies are the latter. The mini cupcakes ($1.25 each):
... at DeLessio are irresistible. Not only are they
beautifully presented, they are tasty as well.
The chocolate was rich and moist with a malted vanilla sauce. The banana was my least favorite due to it’s dryness, the butterscotch buttercream wasn’t enough to bring it back to life. My favorite was the over the top cappuccino brownie topped with coffee buttercream and gilded with marshmallow. If you’re going to drink poison, you might as well lick the bowl….
Can you describe the mint humbugs at TFL? And how was that see-through tuile on the hayden mango sorbet? Thanks!!
The mint humbugs weren’t the ones you get at
These little, silvery, bias cut hard candies were gently minted and
just the right size so that you had an ergonomically sound hard candy
experience before hastily shattering the glassy candy in the back of
We also got a note from a bunrab regular who has started her own food blog in Malaysia. Stop by and check out http://foodmoochers.blogspot.com Sandra’s new site.
Sometimes you can’t arrive just before Pizzaiolo opens and you have to endure a wait. The more your stomach rumbles, the more you eye Dona Tomas or the other eateries down the street, but you wait beyond the estimated hour that you were quoted and order as you are seated (due to your extended perusal of the menu posted in the window while waiting outside.)
A few spears of asparagus ($9.00):
... were matched with lightly pickled infant beets and a perfectly boiled Sky High Farm egg. A tonnato sauce (made with tuna, anchovies and mayo) pulled all the elements together with it’s mildly salty, cloud of Macintosh 512K colored emulsion. Simply delish.
You can never come here without ordering a pizza ($15.00):
... This blistered specimen was topped with blobs of housemade sausage, thin slices of onion, along with kale, rapini and beet greens to make you feel like you are skimming the edge of nutritional virtue. The richness of the sausage was countered by the faint astringency of the greens in this circle of satisfaction.
... were full of flavor and falling off the bones in an effort to express their deliciousness. The soft polenta, fetal turnips and carrots were the perfect backdrop for this savory carnivore treat.
Everything was worth the excruciating wait, but next time a better strategy would be to come as a party of 6 or more (as they take rezzies for larger groups only.)
hey-that french laundry list looks like food porn-ha-so exotic!!
I guess the French Laundry’s porn name (pet + street) would be “Kitty Washington” due to the well fed (and smart) cat I have seen meowing at soft hearted cooks there.
Glad you liked the snaps.
After that tasty lunch a little
while back, I decided to return to
pretty stack of chow. A hidden foundation of orange slices helped to
provide cirtusy hydration to the dry tasting tombo tuna confit. Creamy
cannelini beans, chopped olives and wasabi sprouts added flavor and
textural interest but the large chunks of the poultry of the sea couldn’t
shake off the parched feel, even with all the encouragement from the
... and a brownie ($2.00):
... on the way out. I should have examined the CCC
before I ordered this plump specimen (and I prefer the thin, crisp,
buttery variety, live and learn…)
The brownie however, was in line with my choco-sensibilities. It was
moist, rich and milk-yearningly good.
From today’s bunrab email:
ahaha! I went to Rick and Anns this morning too! The eggs ARE cooked perfectly (I like mine scrambled hard). and the scones are really delicious. I wasn't too impressed w/ my Yukon Gold scramble though.
It’s a small stack world! Next time you see two rabbits eating at a table nearby, you should say hello.
A lot of people feel Rick and Ann's is worth a comment:
I'm normally always on the same page...but I couldn't get fully behind your assessment of Rick & Ann's. Have you tried their pancakes or any of their hashes....totally destination worthy (and worth the usually ridiculous wait). I highly recommend returning, maybe on a weekday when the line is shorter, to try their flapjacks...I usually go with the special of the day, as it's always something relatively seasonal and interesting.
Love the blog as much as ever...
I used to find myself in this area of town a lot and would always get the perfectly cooked eggs. I’ll have to try the hash and flapjacks next time. Thanks for the tip.
There is no meal that you custom-out as much as breakfast.
Even those averse to making decisions before coffee have got to love
this tailored-to-fit, yolk blot personality test. This call and response
exercise of egg, meat, bread, juice, and coffee particulars is telling.
... arrived perfectly
cooked (he requested it rare.) They forgot the Romesco sauce that was
listed on the menu, but he liked it fine on it’s own.
My Hamburger ($7.50 plus .75¢ for cheese):
disappointing due to it’s densely packed
patty. The Niman Ranch
ground beef with melted Swiss cheese on a Metropolis roll could have
been better with a lighter hand in the meat-forming department.
I like Rick and Ann’s a lot, but it can be hit and miss. The staff is friendly and efficient, there is outdoor seating on nice days and the dining room is light and airy. If your caffeine level drops during the wait, there is a Peet’s next door and some shady benches (often with some newspapers to peruse.) It’s not a food destination, but a good place if your find yourself in the nabe'.
French Laundry List
Every visit to the French Laundry delivers
the familiar and the new. Not only is the food impeccable, there
are always refinements (i.e. a new coat closet, new linens, custom
Cold Dutch white asparagus soup
with truffle powder
Thomas’ English muffin with poached hen’s egg, white truffle
infused béarnaise sauce and truffle coin
Terrine of Foie gras with pith gelee, Royal Blenheim apricot puree,
field arugula, chopped fennel cooked
sous vide with toasted brioche
Domaine Bachelet, Cotes de Nuits, Burgundy, 2003
Soft goat’s milk cheese with
Olive oil sorbet with chocolate pudding and cake
Hazelnut mousse encased in Valrhona chocolate with Spanish peanuts,
and spun sugar
The French Laundry
From today’s bunrab email, Sam writes:
I took a box of XOX truffles (along with many other SF choccies) to NYC to share with some NY food bloggers and they were a definite favourite, even up against the Rechiutti, Scharffenberger & Charles.
Wow, that is some tough competition for XOX to KO, especially for those spoiled New York palates!
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