Chef Todd Shoberg’s new restaurant Molina opens tonight in downtown Mill Valley. The intimate Doug Washington-designed restaurant is both chic and cozy creating an inviting backdrop for Shoberg’s casual and comforting cuisine. The daily changing menu will highlight just-plucked produce from nearby Marin farms and seafood from local rivers and ocean waters. There will also be an available vegetarian or vegan offering for the health conscious, non-carnivore. Try the Manila clams with pork belly and Calabrian chile in uni broth or the Monterey Black Cod in Douglas fir miso broth. On a side note, the tunes spinning on the record player are groovy, but the acoustics in the place are a bit roaring. They are very aware of the issue and working on a solution.
Details = fresh flowers, lit candles, dim lighting
Half Chicken with roasted asparagus panzanella, Monterey Black Cod, Hand cut Kennebec fries (oops, ate a few fries pre-photo)For more info, visit Molina
Just a short jaunt from San Francisco is the picturesque coastal town of Half Moon Bay – the famed spot where surfers from around the globe gather to attend the annual Mavericks surf competition, and a relaxing spot along the Pacific Coast Highway where some lucky locals get to call home.
One thing residents and visitors have in common when they find themselves with a little free time in this coastal neck of the woods, is a visit to Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. Casual and inviting, this quintessential California surf shack was name one of America’s best beach bars by Travel + Leisure magazine. Beer lovers will appreciate the 1,200 square-foot Mavericks Beer Garden and on-site brewery, where hand-crafted, award-winning Mavericks® Beers & Ales are piped directly to the bar. The Mavericks Amber Ale won a bronze medal in the 2012 World Beer Cup, and the Ocho Barril Saison won Best in Show for session beers and the gold medal in the Wood/Smoke Ale category at the California State Fair in June 2013.
At a recent Beer vs. Wine dinner event, guests were treated to a four-course meal prepared by Half Moon Bay Brewing Company Chef Gaston Alfaro with select pairings of beer and wine from in-house brewmaster James Costa and Hatcher Winery’s Sewell Hatcher respectively.
The evening’s dishes spotlighted local farms in every course and although ballots were taken at the end of the meal to determine a winner, it was no doubt a friendly competition where diners, and all those tinvolved were asking themselves…why isn’t beer and wine simultaneously paired with every meal.
Here are some more photos from the event, and a schedule of some upcoming beer and cheese (yup, you heard it right) dinners taking place at the brewery:
Microgreen Salad with Fresh Dungeness Crab Mavericks Big Break Ale 2012 Hatcher Winery Sauvignon Blanc
Head Brewer Shane Aldrich, Sewell Hatcher of Hatcher Winery and Brewmaster James Costa
Mac & Cheese with Harley Farms Fromage Blanc and Cowgirl Creamery Red Hawk Triple Cream Princeton by the Sea IPA 2010 Hatcher Winery Mourvedre
CHEESE & BEER MENU 2014
Chicken with Cilantro Lime Vodka Cream Sauce, Red Hawk Cheese and Sundried Tomatoes Paired with Princeton-by-the-Sea IPA
Savory Spinach and Cheesy Artichoke Bread Pudding Paired with Bootlegger Brown Ale
Gourmet Grilled Cheese Panini with Housemade Beer Bread Paired with Big Break Ale
Queso Blanco with Cochinita, topped with Housemade Beer Bread Crumbs
Served with Crispy Pita Chips Paired with Mavericks Amber Ale
‘Tis the season for Michelin Guide releases! It’s the time of the year that the most highly-regarded chefs around the globe wait in anticipation for THAT phone call, and then breathe a sigh of relief (or not), for about a week until they warrior back in their kitchens until next year’s announcements.
With lovely ladies Martina Kostow, Dominique Crenn, Heidi Brown, Amanda Lam. Where’s #DaisyLainu?
It isn’t a party without never ending bubbly
On a recent, crisp, fall evening in San Francisco, I attended the San Francisco MICHELIN gala at the opulent Bently Reserve to celebrate the launch of the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco, Bay Area and Wine Country 2014 Guide. Gastronomy-loving guests mingled with their favorite local culinary stars while enjoying a champagne reception, and a walk-around tasting featuring cuisine from select Michelin-starred chefs/restaurants including Mourad Lahlou (Aziza), Mark Sullivan (Spruce), Lissa Doumani and Hiro Sone (Ame’), Teague Moriarty and Matt McNamara (Sons and Daughters).
Chefs Alexa Atala, David Kinch, Dominique Crenn, Corey Lee, Josh Skenes, Daniel Patterson
Spotted in the well-heeled crowd enjoying an extremely rare Tuesday night off were chefs Christopher Kostow (The Restaurant at Meadowood), David Breeden (French Laundry), Josh Skenes (Saison), Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn), Daniel Patterson (Coi), Corey Lee (Benu), David Kinch (Manresa), James Syhabout (Commis), and powerhouse Brazilian chef Alex Atala of restaurant D.O.M. in São Paulo who was in town for the release of his new cookbook.
Michelin’s Michael Ellis with Chefs Mourad Lahlou and Teague Moriarty
This truffle fit perfectly into my purse ;D
Michelin Guide Director Michael Ellis flew in from Paris for the special event, and was delighted to enjoy a reunion with Le Toque Executive Chef Ken Frank, who Ellis had worked with many years back. Isn’t it funny how food always brings people back together.
Bibendum flexing with Bay Area’s newest MICHELIN two-star chef, Michael Tusk (Quince)
Concluding the night in style with Shawn Gawle’s Canelés at Saison
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If you’re in San Francisco and contemplating where you should grab that post-work cocktail tonight, look no further than the recently opened Noir Lounge in Hayes Valley. They play old flicks in one room, and have decorated the place with vintage finds from around the country.
Find them at:
581 Hayes St San Francisco, CA 94102