Category Archives: Food + Drink

Wako Japanese Restaurant – San Francisco’s Inner Richmond

Wako Japanese Restaurant

San Francisco isn’t known for their abundance of satisfying Japanese sushi spots, but we can now add Wako in the Inner Richmond to that short list Just make sure to plan ahead and make a reservation. The space is small, and you don’t want to trek over and find that you can’t get your sushi craving in.

Wako Japanese Restaurant
211 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 682-4875
 
 

Chef Yigit Pura’s New Cookbook “Sweet Alchemy” Coming Soon

Sweet Alchemy - Yigit Pura

The talented Yigit Pura – Executive Chef and Owner of Tout Sweet Pâtisserie – and former Pastry Sous Chef at Daniel in New York City and Executive Pastry for Daniel Boulud in Las Vegas just announced the release of his new cookbook, “Sweet Alchemy,” which will be available in-stores and online beginning Tuesday, August 19, 2014. The sweet and colorful book will showcase over 70 recipes of Pura’s signature pastries and desserts.

Pistachio Vietnamese Cinnamon Brittle

Pistachio Vietnamese Cinnamon Brittle

“Sweet Alchemy” is a unique cookbook that breaks down the process of baking into ingredient-driven chapters including sugar, butter and flour, eggs and dairy, fruit and flowers and chocolate. Each chapter features new twists on traditional recipes, such as Butterscotch Sauce, Sweet Almond Tart Dough, and Baked Berry Meringue Kisses. These playful sweets can be served on their own or combined into irresistible mélanges such as the Negroni Creamsicle – a composition of Citrus and Vanilla Bean Scented Panna Cotta, Grapefruit-Campari Gelee, and Ruby Red Grapefruit Supremes – or the Sexy Chocolate Coupe – a chocolate extravaganza that marries Dark Chocolate Cremeux to Bittersweet Flourless Chocolate Cake. With stunning photography by Frankie Frankeny, “Sweet Alchemy” brims with innovative recipes and classic techniques that will inspire home chef’s to create innovative desserts and sweet memories all year long!

Yigit Pura's Dark Chocolate Soufflé

Yigit Pura’s Dark Chocolate Soufflé

Chef Yigit Pura will embark on a book tour at various Williams-Sonoma locations around the country and believe me, you don’t want to miss him. So far, confirmed dates include:

August 19, 2014

6 – 8 p.m.

New York City, New York

Williams-Sonoma Time Warner Center

August 21, 2014

6 – 8 p.m.

Annapolis, Maryland

Williams-Sonoma

August 22, 2014

1 -3 p.m. King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

Williams-Sonoma

August 24, 2014

12 – 2 p.m.

Chicago, Illinois

Williams-Sonoma Lincoln Square

August 28, 2014 6 p.m.

Beverly Hills, California

Williams-Sonoma

September 6, 2014 Time TBD San Francisco, California

Williams-Sonoma Union Square

 

Chef Yigit Pura and Maui

Chef Yigit Pura and Maui

“With ‘Sweet Alchemy,’ I wanted to break down the barriers of intimidation people often have when it comes to making really special desserts. I want to show home chefs that with a little patience and a lot of love, they too can create wonderfully unique desserts at home.” – Yigit Pura

 

Learn more about Yigit Pura and Tout Sweet at  toutsweetsf.com

 

Photo Credit: Frankeny Images

I’m Aquarius by Metronomy – Mika’s Playlist

I’m a Capricorn but I’ve sang, hummed, jammed to Metronomy’s I’m Aquarius more in the last few months than to my own astrological sign. The beat is hypnotic, and Joseph Mount’s voice sinks into your soul when listening. It’s my recent go-to tune for blasting in the car while zipping around the city or playing on my iPhone when sweatin’ it on the bike after eating a pound of “crack and cheese” and a “vegan” doughnut (no, the vegan doesn’t make it healthier). But yup, I fell for that marketing trick earlier today…ate two in fact.

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The incredible wall of musical past at The Fillmore

Oh, and I recently experienced Metronomy live at the Fillmore. If you haven’t been, the venue is historic with the likes of Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd having performed there in the past. Next time you see a show at The Fillmore, arrive to the San Francisco neighborhood early and visit Fat Angel for some pre-show comfort food including the chicken pot pie or the gruyère, cheddar, parmigiano-reggiano, cayenne mac and cheese. Be sure to wash it down with one of their signature cocktails, bubbles, or their generous selection of beer. Shoop-doop-doop, ah…

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Dine at the bar under the sparkly chandelier at Fat Angel – just hope there’s not an earthquake

Learn more about Metronomy at metronomy.co.uk

Learn more about Fat Angel at fatangelsf.com

Learn more about The Fillmore at thefillmore.com

La Boulange’s Rainbow Macarons for PRIDE Month

La Boulange Macarons

During the colorful month of June, La Boulange will donate $1 to the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation (REAF), for each box of Rainbow Macarons de Paris sold. REAF is a non-profit organization originally started by two loving mothers who lost their only sons to AIDS. Since its inception, REAF has been dedicated to raising money for AIDS service organizations in the Bay Area through the production of quality entertainment programs.

La Boulange Bakery will offer the box of Rainbow Macarons de Paris at its San Francisco locations for $12.50. The seven macaron flavors include orange, passion fruit, pistachio, cassis, chocolate, lemon and vanilla. Satisfy your sugar craving and help a cause. Now, that’s what I call sweet.

Learn more about the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation (REAF) at richmondermet.org

Learn more about La Boulange at laboulangebakery.com

Hall Winery Cabernet Cookoff Raises Thousands for Charity

Ca' Momi Pizza at Hall Winery Cabernet Cookoff

Ca’ Momi Pizza at Hall Winery Cabernet Cookoff

Is there anything better than indulging in good food and wine out in the fresh open air under the warm California sun? I can’t think of too many things, but one situation that could definitely top that off would be if all of the above were going to benefit those in need. So, that’s exactly what happened on a recent luminous Sunday afternoon in the picturesque Napa Valley wine country when tens of thousands of dollars were raised to help local charities. It was a well-deserved reason for 600 attendees to clink their wine glasses.

Hall Winery Cabernet Cookoff

The fifth annual HALL Cabernet Cookoff featured 15 All-Star San Francisco and Napa Valley-based Chef teams who were presented a task to create a personal dish to pair with 2011 HALL Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and compete for a local charity of their choice. Although it was a “competition”, the wine and food-filled affair was fun, friendly and indeed festive.

Hall Winery Tasting Room

This year’s event marked the first at HALL St. Helena’s new tasting room. The bright, naturally-lit, contemporary space was open throughout the Cabernet Cookoff, allowing guests to taste the entire portfolio of HALL Wines. Four recently released vintages were served including 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, and 2011 “Jack’s Masterpiece” Cabernet Sauvignon. Proceeds from wine sales as well as HALL merchandise benefitted the Cabernet Cookoff as well.

Hall is more than a winery, it's an art gallery.

Hall is more than a winery, it’s an art gallery.

Since inception, the Cabernet Cookoff has raised $75,000 for charities in and around the Bay Area. The 2013 HALL Cabernet Cookoff drew more than 480 culinary and wine lovers and raised $30,000 for the top four winning team’s sponsored charities.

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Team One Market at Hall Cabernet Cookoff

San Francisco Chef Mark Dommen from One Market restaurant took the coveted ‘Judge’s Choice’ first place for his charity, Napa Hospice & Adult Day Service, with his Potato Gnocchi dish. The ‘People’s Choice’ winner was a dish of Crispy Oxtail Tacos by Chef Daniel Capra of Paula Le Duc Catering. Their charity partner was the St. Helena Hospital Foundation.

Hall Winery Cabernet Cookoff

Judges and Winners at Hall Cabernet Cookoff

“The Cabernet Cookoff is a fun way to help our community. Everyone involved with this event – including our generous sponsors,  the incredible Bay Area chef teams, enthusiastic non-profit organizations and the entire HALL staff – all donated their time, joining forces to create a spectacular day full of opportunities learn about various philanthropic missions. Today, everyone came out a winner.” –  Kathryn Hall 

Thirsty at Hall Winery

Come Thirsty to Hall Winery

See all who participated by visiting the Chefs teams’ page on the Cabernet Cookoff website for a complete list of winners, participants, and featured non-profit organizations.

Learn more about HALL Winery and the HALL Cabernet Cookoff at hallwines.com