So now that we have a beautiful new laptop (sorry we can’t afford to send you to college now G), I am back in the business (hobby) of blogging. I intend to jump right back in where I left off and that was in San Francisco. Enjoy some breezy, summery fun posts over the next month as we start to settle into fall.
If you enjoy eating, San Francisco is for you. What I really love about its ‘food scene’ (heh heh, I said ‘food scene’) is that not only is the whole farm to table thing taken VERY seriously, you can find some really lovingly conceived, expertly made, delicious food that will not break the bank. You, of course, can break the bank if you’d like to…there is always that option…but you don’t have to in this town in order to really enjoy some very tasty treats.
I had a list of a ba-jillion places to try from family, friends and travel sites…it would have been impossible to have hit them all, but I am proud to say…I did a fairly good job. Allow me to channel my inner Goop and share some favorites.
Anchor & Hope-Well the fish was delicious and the wine was delicious, but really all I have to say is—Lobster and Macaroni & Cheese Fritters. We like to run HI/LO like that. Plus their business card/flyer made us giggle.
The Grove-A very chill and relaxed spot right near the SFMOMA. Independently owned, cozy-couchy seating, a big tree growing in the middle of the place with lights wrapped all around it, eggs florentine with arugula and a parmesan cream, very friendly people. So yes.
In the Mission District:
Delfina-We stumbled on this famous SF spot by accident. Since we were avec bebe we were also at the ‘early bird’ feeding hour so we were able to slip in at the bar with no reservation. Reservations for dinner can sometimes be a 30 to 45 days in advance situation. We went with the basics, ravioli in a brown butter sauce and spaghetti. It was so fresh and so delicious I felt like the critic in Ratatouille, who after his first bite, gets whisked back to a childhood memory of his mother cooking for him when he was a boy.
What We Missed:
Comstock Saloon-This looked like so much fun. It has a ‘gold rush’ look and feel to it and Free Lunch Friday! We missed Free Lunch Friday.
Mama’s-This spot is an institution in San Francisco. It’s nestled into the corner of Washington Square next to the beautiful Sts. Peter & Paul church. This was recommended by many a person, as they are known to make a mean breakfast. But, Nanny Rigsby and Michael also make a mean breakfast, so sorry Mama, next time.
Two Sisters Bar and Books-A couple years ago, my very favorite yoga teacher on the planet, Margi, picked up from New York City and moved to San Francisco to be near her family.
Not only did I get to take her class at Yoga Works in San Fran, which was so fun I nearly peed my pants, but her little one and my little one got to run around in a playground in the Marina while she and I caught up.
Her boyfriend of 100 years, Michael, is a mixologist at Two Sisters and was just featured in the SF Gate as the best bartender in the whole town. While I am not a big cocktail drinker, he made me a very gentle nightcap out of magic and sparkles that tasted like creamy, burnt caramel and sent me right to sleep.
For more about Margi and her yoga retreats and classes—she goes to Italy, Costa Rica, Beijing and more—click here.
Bar Jules-This sweet, little spot on Hayes has classic, expertly prepared French basics. The staff is friendly and charming AND they write out the menu in cursive every night. White wine, salmon, strawberry shortcake. No frills. Perfect.
Picks from Gwyneth Paltrow‘s Goop
In the Mission District:
Tartine-I can barely speak about Tartine yet. It is an institution of bread making. I thought, what’s the big deal? It’s bread. Thank goodness we just didn’t go there earlier in our trip because I would have gone back every day to eat Gruyere Puffs. The space is the size of my thumb nail and the line was out the door, but once I had a glimpse of the baked goods case, I began to see the light. Every delicious dessert you can think of (and I’m not really a cake and pie girl), was so beautiful…they each looked, well, fake. They looked like they had been shallacked for a photo shoot or were made of ceramic. I ordered a croque monsieur and a crazy looking slice of lemon meringue cake and both tasted even better than they looked if that’s even possible. My only wish was that Michael was there with his camera…I only have this sad iPhone shot.
Bi-Rite Market-This place is a real treat. It’s TINY, but somehow they pack in all the sections you’d find in your corner grocery store from cleaning supplies to a fish counter. It’s jam packed from floor to ceiling with all kinds of amazing treats. Everything we purchased there was fresh and delicious and of amazing quality.
Picks from our foodie friend Lady Grady
In the Mission District:
Bi-Rite Creamery-Ok…I know I am very lucky to somehow lay claim to these two beautiful boys, despite the fact that little G looks like he decided to go out on a whiskey binge and start fist fights all over town. And I know I am even luckier that I get to eat ice cream with them that tastes of honey and lavender or of salted caramel, but I had to post this somewhat boastful photo because I need to be reminded from time to time that I am, in fact, lucky. Plus, I don’t care how overdone the whole salted caramel thing gets. I will always love it and I will always order it and I hope it never ever goes away.
Humphrey Slocombe-Lady Grady informed me that even though Bi-Rite Creamery ice-cream is amazing, there is supposedly even MORE ice cream out there and I should go find it…the touter the sweeter. One afternoon we schlepped it over to this joint to find a long line and an intriguing list of flavors. With everything from Salt and Pepper to Olive Oil to Government Cheese, I went with Malted Milk Chocolate and G with Nutter Butter. Sometimes, you can’t resist the classics. But I was dying to find out what the cult favorite, SECRET BREAKFAST flavor was all about. Are you ready? It’s bourbon flavored ice cream, with corn flakes. Heh heh heh.
FourBarrel Coffee-This is my husband’s department, but I have to mention it because it is such a scene. With descriptions of their coffees along the lines of the most intricate wine descriptions, ie.
FLAVOR: Navel orange, cinnamon, and fig fragrances introduce a creamy cup. Watermelon and lime flavors balance a fresh pastry and cardamom finish. Excellent mouthfeel…
coupled with the fact that everyone in there is so hip and so cool and so knowledgable, you will feel like you just had the best cup of coffee you will ever have for the rest of your life.
What We Missed:
Bar Agricole-Just look at their brunch menu.
And THEN—there’s the Ferry Building, a food mecca all its own that will receive its very own special post. Until then…