Monthly Archives: June 2012

SF Chefs 2012 Launch Party with M.Y. China SF & More – Get Ready Bay Area!

SF Chefs My China SF - Food Fashionista

At last night's SF Chefs launch party under the dome at Westfield, San Francisco Centre, there were delectable offerings from Straits Cafe, La Boulange, Lark Creek Steak, La Cupola and more. And although they're not opening their doors until September 2012, the crowd went culinary crazy for the noodle-making skills of the upcoming restaurant, M.Y. China by Martin Yan. The olympic-worthy performance, was just a glimpse of what's to come at M.Y. China with its future open kitchen which will allow "diners to watch the chefs at work, from the intricate folding of dumplings and won tons to the hand-pulling and twisting of noodles." The restaurant will also "feature a floor to ceiling array of small monitors along one wall with continuous loops of Martin Yan cooking shows, creating a digital mosaic of the showman in action."

And we know that Yan Can Cook, but you don't have to wait until September to try his cuisine. Chef Martin Yan, along with many of Bay Area's finest and most talented chefs will be showcasing their cooking talents at the upcoming SF Chefs food, wine and spirits festival being held on July 30th – August 5th in San Francisco.

For information on events, personalities, and the wonderful charities SF Chefs supports, visit their website HERE

If you'd like to see previous FOOD FASHIONISTA coverage on SF Chefs, visit HERE

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Jimmy Choo Boutique – Union Square, San Francisco

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Originally featured in Citysearch SF's New & Notable

Oh, Jimmy…what took you so long? We’ve been waiting for years.

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Choo shoe lovers can rejoice as Jimmy Choo finally opens its first 1700 square foot stand-alone boutique in San Francisco. Most well-known for their stylish stilettos, this British luxury brand will also offer handbags, accessories, and fragrances in their boudoir-inspired Union Square location.  The natural-colored décor accompanied with lavish, contemporary mirrors and chandeliers make the perfect backdrop for the season’s collection of ultra-bright footwear and leather goods. Chic techies will love the exclusive black and white crystal-encrusted “TYLER” iPad case ($495). 


Photo Credit: Drew Altizer


166 Geary St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 391-3300

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Cassava Bakery & Cafe – San Francisco

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This is no ordinary neighborhood café and bakery. Cassava is the Outer Richmond gem serving well-executed offerings, at affordable prices. Tiny in size, but big on flavors, this newlywed team of Kris Toliao and Yuko Ioroi incorporate high-quality ingredients into their short, but sweet menu. Start the day off with a Sous-vide poached egg with chorizo, queso fresco and tomato sauce or a just out-of-the oven quiche. Toliao’s attention to detail is apparent with previous stints at Michelin-starred spots including Luce in S.F., and Kikunoi in Japan. And speaking of Japanese, Cassava serves a traditional Japanese breakfast on weekends. They also offer special dinner tasting menus at their 12-seat communal table, but do book up fast. It’s BYOB until they get their wine and beer license, so grab your favorite beverage and come on over to Cassava.

Cassava Chicken Panini
Chicken Panini with a side salad

Cassava Chicken and Baby

Can’t forget the Cornichon

Cassava Inside
Cassava Bakery + Cafe Interior

Cassava Curry Puff

Cassava’s Curry Puff

Cassava Main

Cassava Bakery + Cafe

3519 balboa st (between 36th & 37th)
san francisco, ca 94121


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Craftsman and Wolves, San Francisco – First Look


The much-anticipated opening of chef William Werner’s Craftsman and Wolves is now a reality. Serving an evolving, seasonal selection of sweets with several savory dishes, this is a contemporary escape in the heart of the Mission. And while the location on Valencia may be hipster central, one step in this chic patisserie and you will easily feel as if you’ve been transported to an ultra high-end pastry shop overseas. With modern aesthetics in both interior design and product display, Craftsman and Wolves is all about the details.

I attended a sneak preview, and was impressed with the offerings and space. CAW, with their delicately thought-out menu is a venue where I could easily stop in for a casual breakfast – Sightglass coffee, Passion Fruit Sesame Croissant + Yogurt and granola. On the other hand, the decor and menu makes it the ideal location for an afternoon Formosa oolong tea time and lunch with the ladies. CAW is a unique addition that San Francisco has been both lacking and unexpectedly waiting for. It’s also another reason you may want to hit the gym extra hard this week.

The “Rebel Within” – a savory sausage and cheese muffin with poached egg is a beloved, signature creation of Chef/Owner William Werner.

A Contemporary Patisserie which evokes memories of sweet times in

                                 Paris and Tokyo

                                 Chocolate Croissant Stack

         An Assortment of “Good Morning” pastries awaits you.


                             Lovely decor, lovely confections

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Slow-roasted carrots with goat cheese and mizuna on house-made

                                   ciabatta bread


                       Beet Salad with Hazelnuts and Fennel

                       Gougère with smoked cheddar & chili flakes

            The more the merrier. Go with a friend and share a few…


Craftsman and Wolves officially opens today at 7am. I predict this is going to be THE SPOT to wake up to in the Mission.

746 Valencia St
(between 19th St & 18th St)
San Francisco, CA 94110




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Food Fashionista Hearts Handbags

Food Fashionista Mika Takeuchi Handbags
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This may look like an abstract painting, but it’s actually a vibrant, colorful sampling of my collection of handbags. From Balenciaga to Fendi, to limited-edition Hello Kitty, you’ll find it in my closet. Each of these cherished pieces represents a story, a memory, a history, of a time which most likely took place in a lounge, restaurant or cafe near home or some place exotic around the world. I’ll often find business cards, receipts, or matches (no, I don’t smoke) from a spot I dined at in one of the pockets or compartments and it’ll always make me reminisce and smile.

Food Fashionista Handbag tips:

-Clutches are perfect for evening drinks or dinner on the town.

-Crossbody bags are the ideal day bag. It will leave you hands free and ready to hold that latte and croissant on the go.

-Shoulder bags are a smart lunch or brunch time option. The roomier, the better for that unavoidable shopping stop on the way home. Just make sure it has pockets so you can find your stuff.

-Always pass on replica bags. If you can’t afford designer or luxury, it’s better to get a trendy, no-name bag that is current and stylish. Fake is never in style.

-Don’t be afraid of color. It’s the best way to add some splash to your wardrobe. Even if you love wearing muted colors, the bag will sparkle and speak volumes.

-When dining out, don’t leave your purse on the floor. Not only is it bad luck, but it’s dirty. There are plenty of purse hangers out there for sale that’ll protect your coveted investment.

**Oh, and I may be purging some of these bags soon, so stay tuned!

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Food Fashionista’s Coconut Milk Macaroni and Cheese

Food Fashionista Mac n Cheese

Who doesn't like a macaroni and cheese fix once in a while? There may be some of you out there, but you are a rare breed. It's quick, simple, and brings back carefree childhood memories. My health tip for those who love it, but are trying not to consume too much dairy, is to add coconut milk. It's creamy, and adds a touch of sweetness to it. Throw in some of your favorite vegetables and seasonings like mushrooms, brocollis, peas and red chili flakes, and it's a quick and satisfying meal that you and your kids will adore.

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SF CHEFS 2012 Cooking Demos – Meatballs, Macarons & More

Here's your chance to learn firsthand how several of the Bay Area's top chefs create some of their succulent signature dishes. From Hoss Zare's famous meatballs, to Morimoto Pastry Chef's macarons, SF Chefs cooking demos has the 411 straight from the source. Reserve your spot before tickets sell out.

Hoss Zare Meatball Demo - SF Chefs


WHO: Hoss Zaré (Zaré at Fly Trap) and Chris Thompson (A16)

WHEN: Saturday, June 9, 12:00PM – 2:00PM

WHERE: Union Square Williams-Sonoma Demo Kitchen

WHAT:  Let acclaimed chef Hoss Zaré (Zaré at Fly Trap) take you on a meatball journey. With stops in Italy, Iran and beyond you’ll leave inspired to explore the flavors and foods of different cultures. Tastes of each dish will be offered to guests. Ticket Price: $20 / $15 (Visa Signature).


WHO: Michelle Hernandez (Le Dix-Sept Patisserie) and Jessica Entzel (Morimoto Napa)

WHEN: Saturday, June 23, 12:00PM – 2:00PM

WHERE: Union Square Williams-Sonoma Demo Kitchen

WHAT:  Macarons are the latest dessert craze and offer complex tastes in a deliciously compact package. Watch Michelle Hernandez (Le Dix-Sept Patisserie) transform classic (and unusual) dessert flavor combinations into beautiful macarons. These jewel-like treats will be paired alongside full-sized, decadent creations demonstrated by pastry chef Jessica Entzel (Morimoto Napa). Guests will taste samples of all the desserts demonstrated. Ticket Price: $20 / $15 (Visa Signature). 







WHO: Jason Berthold (RN74) and Omri Aflalo (Bourbon Steak)

WHEN: Saturday, June 30, 12:00PM – 2:00PM

WHERE: Union Square Williams-Sonoma Demo Kitchen

WHAT:  Get on the road with chefs Jason Berthold (RN74) and Omri Aflalo (Bourbon Steak) as they share simple, satisfying recipes (and wine pairings!) for your next summer picnic. These innovative chefs put a modern twist on the classics, developing robust and refined flavors from the bounty of seasonal ingredients available in Northern California. Samples of each dish, along with wine pairings, will be offered. Ticket Price: $20 / $15 (Visa Signature). 

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The Whole Beast’s Chinook Salmon Celebration Dinner at Qualia Wines


As many of you know, I attend a lot of food gatherings. Some good, some well not-so good, and then there are those that really stand out. They are the ones where you think about and crave what you ate hours, days, and even weeks after you first indulged in it. One such supper, was a recent California Chinook Salmon feast prepared by Chef John Fink of The Whole Beast. The occasion was a celebration of the recently thriving California salmon season. The special meal and lesson in prepping and cooking a king salmon, was held at the unexpected, urban tasting room of Dog Patch Wine Works, home of Qualia Wines – who was serving for this unique and intimate affair.


Qualia Wines - Food Fashionista

We started off the evening with several wonderful appetizers including Grilled Chase Cellars Zinfandel pork sausages, Llano Seco Ranch pork love confit, and brined, vibrant-colored Salmon roe on rye toast with sour cream, red onions and dill. The starters were paired with a 2011 Qualia Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma Valley, and a 2010 Qualia Carignan from Alexander Valley.


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It was an unusually hot day in San Francisco, and the ideal evening for an outdoor barbeque. Amid stainless steel, brick and concrete, stood Chef Fink, grilling up a whole, generously sized, 14-pound California Chinook Salmon provided by local, sustainable seafood marketplaceI Love Blue Sea.

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Cooked over an almond and oak wood fire and wrapped in a fish basket of organic green bay laurel leaves and stems, the Chinook salmon was a sight to be seen. With a dusting of porcini and fennel powder, served over a leek, chanterelle and fish fume nage with Qualia Sauvignon Blanc plus a drizzle of Qualia Carignan Sauce, this was one of the best salmon dishes I’ve ever tasted. The texture was that of black cod. Silky, buttery, like smooth warm sashimi. I know this experience has raised my expectations for tasting cooked salmon. Since the dinner, I’ve actually eaten salmon at a couple of San Francisco’s most revered restaurants, and they just didn’t measure up. Not even close. Chef John Fink’s preparation and cooking of the whole salmon was on an entirely different level. I’m yearning for some as I type this.

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Chef Fink also prepared a pile-high salad of Bitter Greens and a plate of roasted, fingerling potatoes. The flavors and textures went perfectly with the Chinook. I was the first to get up for seconds. I would’ve went for thirds if there was anything left, but my dining companions also couldn’t get enough. It was fantastic. Absolutely divine.

As if our appetites weren’t satisfied enough, the meal concluded with Chef John Fink’s version of a Cheese platter with a well-selected treasure trove of nuts, dried fruits, and cheeses from Rogue Creamery.

If you ever get a chance to experience Chef John Fink in action, I highly recommend it. Your taste buds will thank you.


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See more photos from The Whole Beast’s Chinook Salmon Dinner in our PHOTO ALBUM.

Find out more about Chef John Fink, HERE

Find out more about Qualia Wines, HERE

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