Sunday, February 12, 2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
E and O Kitchen and Bar on Sutter Street and if you haven't been, make a plan to go--the atmoshere is casual chic, the food is divine Asian fusion with great cocktails--even housemade ginger ale and they have a great happy hour from 3-6, Mon-Sat. Really nice, you could order directly off the regular menu on NYE--dinner included ahi tuna tartar, pad thai noodles with gulf white prawns, wood roasted black cod on water spinach and of course a very tender shaking beef with tomatoes, chilis and watercress. We only had to travel a block to the Shelton Theater for a super hilarious, well priced comedy show called "Cheaper Than Therapy". This long standing club in the heart of downtown SF has a cool downstairs bar and will definitely remind you of a below street New York bar.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Just got back from a wonderful visit to LA with my dear friend, Brendan Eisan. It was a belated birthday celebration for me and an early birthday celebration for him. One of our adventures included going to the amazing living art show, The Pageant of the Masters, in Laguna Beach. Laguna Beach is a artsy beach town 2 hours south of LA--yes the traffic was awful getting down there--but worth it. Part of the world-renowned annual Festival of the Arts, the festival's highlight is The Pageant of the Masters. The festival was started after the end of the depression as a means to draw business back to the art colony at Laguna Beach. The Art Association struck on the idea of a summer art festival, to be held the week following the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics in hopes that visitors would travel south to Laguna Beach before journeying home. A smash hit at the festival was the Living Pictures show created by artist and vaudevillian Lolita Perine. She dressed local residents in costume and seated them behind a makeshift frame. In 1935 Roy Ropp, a local construction worker, realtor and amateur artist, expanded Perine’s concept and developed the performance into its present-day format---A ninety-minute stage show of “living pictures” – incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people posing to look exactly like their counterparts in the original pieces. An outdoor amphitheater and professional orchestra complete the amazing performance.
Food wise, we did well! We had a delicious dinner in Laguna at Tortilla Republic, with salsa verde chicken enchiladas, pork fajitas and great guacamole. Saturday night, birthday dinner at Pace on Laurel Canyon--cedar grilled salmon and molten chocolate cake. In LA, Sunday brunch at the Little Next Door, featured a wild mushroom/gruyere omelette and creamy potato gratin with coconut cheesecake to finish. For casual lunch in Sherman Oaks--- 8oz Poke. Build your own poke bowl with a variety of fresh fish, sides, sauces and toppings. My poke bowl was a ridiculous amount of fresh ahi tuna poke and spicy tuna on baby greens with rice, wonton chips, avocado, cucumber and seaweed salad for $10.95?? I dream of a repeat every day!
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Pioneer Woman. Something about using your waffle iron more than twice a year and not having to turn on the oven were strong motivations to make this idea work! I have practiced a couple of times and it really is quite easy. I use fresh store bought pizza dough--I use about a 1 1/2 cup size portion, let it rise and roll it out on a floured board to the approx size of my waffle iron. My iron is a square Cuisinart waffler that I LOVE. I also love my JK Adams French rolling pin---gets the dough as thin as you like with no effort! I linked Ree Drummond's recipe but I made a few variations and you can too. Spray your waffler with non stick spray and let the waffle iron heat up as normal. Lay your rolled out dough on the iron and close the lid and cook dough till the green ready light comes on. I then brushed the dough with olive oil, layered on pepperoni slices, grated mozzarella and Mexican blend cheese, chopped artichoke hearts, more cheese, dash salt and pepper and closed the lid---for about 1 minute till cheese melts. Open lid, brush down any bits that might have stuck to the top (actually much less than you would think for all that cheese) and lift out with a large spatula to your cutting board. For clean up, let the waffle iron cool, and brush away any bits with a pastry brush and layer paper towel on the grates and close lid to absorb any excess oil. The BEST way to clean it just to make a batch of savory waffles the next morning---spotless!! Other combinations I have tried are cooked sausage with thinly sliced baby zucchini and onions and sliced black olives. Overly wet/heavy toppings don't work. You can use pizza sauce, but use a light hand.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
iThai in San Francisco! iThai is one of our Book Club destinations when we don't feel like cooking--but want delicious dishes with super fresh ingredients. Some of our favorites are the panfried chive dumplings, the crispy calamari (pictured above), larb salad, BBQ chicken with cashews in a Thai country style glaze and wok-fried filet mignon with basil and peppers, all served with jasmine rice. Make a visit to the Post Street restaurant for many more great dishes.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016
Sotto Mare at 552 Green Street in the heart of North Beach. Owned by Gigi Fiorucci, you may recognize two of his former SF landmarks--Maye's Oyster House on Polk Street and Caesar's near Fisherman's Wharf. Not to disappoint, this seafood haven has a line out the door, cioppino to die for, not a french fry in sight--and they don't do dessert. On this particular night I had their super thick and creamy chowder followed by fresh petrale sole in a piccata sauce with perfectly cooked vege's--get in early and sit at the counter--don't be disturbed by the push and shove--it's part of the experience---Sotto Mare also sells seafood retail for the extreme home chef in all of us.