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Tartine Bakery and Cafe – San Francisco

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Anyone who has driven through the Mission on a weekend, knows that the far-reaching line out the door on the corner of Guerrero and 18th is the beloved Tartine Bakery. With a comfortable, laid back charm of a neighborhood bake shop and noteworthy accolades from the James Beard Foundation (Outstanding Pastry Chef 2008), Tartine has been on the radar of locals and nationals for many years.

I haven’t been in a while, and revisited this past week. From the moment you walk in, you are that kid in a candy store. Except instead of candy, you are surrounded by an assortment of pastries and loaves of freshly-baked bread. From the Buttermilk Scones, to the Tres Leche Cake, it really is difficult to decide. Especially for a carb and sugar-aholic like myself. I wanted everything. I finally decided. One sweet and one savory. That is it…for today.


Here are a few tips for dining at Tartine Bakery & Cafe:

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Hot-Pressed Sandwiches (Mozzarella & Tapenade (front) and Spicy Turkey)

Keep in mind that Tartine Bakery’s sandwich portions are generous. Certain varieties like the above also take around 15 minutes to prepare. If you are dining with a friend and you are both really hungry, order two different sandwiches and split them. Variety is the spice of life.

If you are on the lighter side of hungry, you and another can share one order. I have a HUGE appetite, and still managed to only finish one and 3/4 sandwiches.

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                The famous Tartine Bakery Morning Bun

It’s no secret that the most talked about item on the Tartine Bakery menu is the Morning Bun. From people on twitter excitedly claiming “Yessss, last morning bun is mine” to the thousands of reviews just on this one particular pastry, the Morning Bun has definitely been a San Francisco icon for the last several years.

If you really want that Morning Bun, and are worried that after waiting in a 20+ person line, they may sell out, go on a weekday afternoon. It’s that easy (unless you have the job that offers no flexibility). Leave the fighting for Jerry Springer. You’ll also easily find a seat. Morning Buns are one of those things you should enjoy in peace.

Make sure to ask them to heat the bun up for you. It adds a nice flakyness to the outer croissant-like texture accentuating the warm, gooey cinnamon bun-ish center.

Food Fashionista Romy the Cat

Last but not least, there’s a possibility you are going to have leftovers, so make sure you hide them from those hungry stalkers. My cat Romy tried to creep up on my remaining sandwich, but no one, not even my sweet, sneaky kitty, gets between my food and I.


Tartine Bakery & Cafe

600 Guerrero St
(between 18th St & 19th St)
San Francisco, CA 94110

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Food Fashionista’s Fondness for All Things French

Only after I glanced at day before yesterday's Instagram did I realize that everything I posted had a French theme. No surprise there. J'aime la France. Happy Bastille Day, my friends.

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Moules Frites (Mussels and Fries) with a baguette and a glass of Beaujolais at Grand Cafe. Although the Orpheum is in a sketchy neighborhood, Grand Cafe is a good spot to grab a quick, pre-theatre bite followed by a brisk 10-15 minute walk to the play to burn calories. *Note the French newspaper. 


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Food Fashionista’s DIY Origami Money Ring

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I'm Japanese. I take lots of photos, I like raw fish, and yes…I know how to make origami. For those of you who are like "wt* is origami", according to Wikipedia, it's a " traditional Japanese art of paper folding which started in the 17th Century AD". I just remember it as a hobby from my childhood. I'd have a stack of square-colored paper in metallic, pastels, neons, and neutrals and I'd have my origami book and I'd make stuff. Cranes, boxes, yachts (okay, row boats), and rings.

I recently made a ring out of a dollar bill (above), and my friends just loved it. A few chefs I know even wanted to show their kids. And that, my friends is a good thing, since I've found that dollar-bill origami is actually a fantastic way to keep kids entertained at the dining table. Not everyone wants their little ones to bring their video games or coloring books into restaurants, but someone, somewhere always has the dollar bills in their pockets or purse.

Just make sure to carry some $1's or the kiddies may be sporting some pricey origami bling.

For instructions on HOW TO MAKE A MONEY ORIGAMI RING, visit HERE 

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