No visit to LA is complete without a weekend stop at Ricky's Fish Tacos. In the last two months, he has moved from his Hollywood/Silverlake location and has now found a home in a parking lot in LA's Chinatown.
I always order two or three shrimp and fish combo tacos and an agua fresca of the day.
Super Bowl XLVI is right around the corner and we know that many of you are either hosting your own game day party, or attending a gathering as a guest. Even if you aren't a big fan of football, we know you're a fan of food, and there's going to be plenty of that to go around on this very special football Sunday.
Food Fashionista asked some super Chefs to share their favorite recipes for the annual football festivities. Best part of all, you can easily create these unique and tasty recipes at home with the step-by-step instructions and ingredients listed by these professional chefs.
This year, forego being the friend who brings the bag of chips and jar of salsa, and impress your friends with one of the dishes below. We can't predict if it'll be the San Francisco 49er's or the Baltimore Ravens who'll be holding up the trophy this year, but we can guarantee that you'll be a winner in the eyes of your Superbowl party comrades and foes if you make one of these recipes for this coming Sunday's big celebration.
Chef Justin Simoneaux's recommended recipe is Smoked Chicken & Andouille Sausage Gumbo, because it’s hearty and can feed a group! Also, since the Niners are playing the Ravens in his home state of New Orleans, it’s like bringing a little taste of the South to San Francisco.
As you can tell from the photo, Justin's team is the Saints!
"My recipe is for roasted chicken wings in fesenjoon sauce. This is simple and uncomplicated, the sauce even matches my favorite team, the niners. This recipe is easy and a crowd pleaser. The color is reminiscent of the 49ers. Prediction - 49ers: 36, Baltimore: 24" - Hoss Zare
"I chose this recipe because I wanted to do something with crab, keeping the main ingredient local as the 49ers are in the Superbowl. I also wanted to make it finger food and fun so that people had to use their hands to eat it. I like to compare it to the shellfish version of chicken wings and something that would go really well with cold beer on Superbowl Sunday. The crab could easily be substituted for head on shrimp in the shell." - Mark Dommen
"My favorite Team has to be the Jets because I was named after them back when they would win in the 70's!
Even though it's labor intensive, these tacos can be done DAYS ahead and bring the Big game a fancy factor!. Braise the beef days ahead, keep warm during the game, and guests can make their tacos during the breaks in the game! These will definitely take your game to another level!" - Jet Tila
"Why is this dish my favorite? Well coming from Philly you can't watch football without Philly Cheese Steak. It's like drinking water for us. I think I had my first Cheese steak when I was 5 and then once every weekend since then...well when I lived there that is, I can still smell those Amorosa Rolls though this version is more a West Coast style." - Chef Thomas Weibull
If you find yourself craving dim sum in the East Bay, look no further than King Valley Tea House in Pinole. On Saturdays, there's even a local, year-round Farmers' Market right across the street where you can grab fresh produce, kettle corn, pizza, and artisan gifts. Who knew?
Enjoy “Holiday Tea” for the adults, or “Magical Tea” for the kids in celebration of the season at Top of the Mark's world-renowned 19th floor sky lounge located on top of Nob Hill.
The holidays at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins are celebrated with decorations, gingerbread houses, carolers, and the return of holiday tea at the Top of the Mark lounge. For the entire month of December, the iconic Top of the Mark offers a traditional “Holiday Tea” and a special “Magical Tea” for kids featuring delicious sweet and savory bites by Executive Chef Christophe Depuichaffray and Pastry Chef Phoung Vuong in addition to a selection of specialty teas.
On a recent weekday in October, we drove approximately two hours on a zigzagging Highway 1 to the small and secluded West Marin town of Marshall - population 50. With the exception of my motion sickness, there were spectacular views all 55+ miles. I probably enjoyed ten of them, but that's okay, I did manage to get a few great photos. To my relief, I did find out later, that there was a much simpler way to get there and back from San Francisco, sans the need for dramamine.
The arrival time couldn't have been any more ideal with the picturesque, glowing sun setting down on Tomales Bay. It was absolutely stunning. We checked in to one of the waterfront cottages (Ruthie's), where there was a private bay-view balcony, just feet above water. And, if it couldn't get any better, upon arrival at Nick's Cove & Cottages, guests receive a plate of fresh BBQ'd Oysters - a nice little snack to take in the natural setting while you kick back on the wooden balcony. The location is serene and rural, but the cottage accomodations are first-class, with heated bathroom floors, comfy beds, a well-stocked mini bar and modern amenities.
Don't expect to be yapping on your cell phone or twitter while you are out here. There's minimal internet connection, and that's a good thing. If you really need to make a call, you can use the (gasp) land line. This is meant to be a vacation. A real vacation. A time to relax, unwind, and get back in touch with the beauty and nature of the universe.
Nick's Cove restaurant is adjacent to the cottages and also offers stellar views. In addition, they serve excellent cuisine. Though they are best known for their fresh, local oysters and seafood dishes such as dungeness crab mac & cheese, Nick's offers a whole lot more on their menu. Executive Chef Austin Perkins specializes in serving the finest seasonal, sustainable California cuisine sourced from the area’s abundant Marin and Sonoma County farms. They also have a well-thought out cocktail list and wine selections to match. A favorite dish on the special menu, was the Scallop Ceviche with panko crusted coconut rice. It was finely paired wtih a 2010 Russian River Valley Dry Gewurtztraminer from Halleck Vineyards.
If you aren't tempted enough yet, the wonderful, hospitable folks at Nick's are hosting their inaugural Crab Catch at Nick’s Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages this Sunday, November 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's a family-friendly affair and throughout the day, various crab-centric activities will be available for crustacean-lovers of all ages including a Tomales Bay crab-catching competition and a cooking demo with Executive Chef Austin Perkins. There will also be a crab-infused cocktail “Crabby Hour;” and a three-course Dungeness crab tasting menu, with a portion of the day’s proceeds benefiting the Petaluma Educational Foundation. If interested, you can register at http://crabcatch.eventbrite.com. For those looking for something a little quieter, you can always book Nick's for a mid-week getaway. Either way, you won't regret it.
For more of my Nick's Cove Getaway photos, including a 10-course, wine-paired dinner, visit my kullection HERE
Living in San Francisco couldn't be better. Not only was SF recently listed as the best city in the U.S. to live in, but last night, our beloved Giants swept the Tigers to become the World Series Champions - a title they've earned twice in the last three years. Indian Summer continued to bless us with radiant weather, and I couldn't think of a better way to spend a Sunday with friends than at Off The Grid's Picnic at the Presidio. It was, unfortunately the last event of the season, but exciting news is that they'll be back in Spring when the weather will once again be picnic-worthy.
The sun was beaming down all day. (Pictured) - Wing Wings Fried Chicken (what heaven tastes like), Matt Cohen of OTG , Fresh Bloody Mary fixings
Halibut Tacos & Beans from I Love Blue Sea & The Whole Beast
(Clockwise from Top Left) Beer, Bloody Mary + Mimosa Kits for Sale, Cucumber Mimosa, Bloody Mary Lawn Views
Held in partnership with The Presidio Trust, OTG Presidio Picnic is quintessential San Francisco and the location couldn't be any more ideal. Not only were there incredible views, but a variety of excellent eats and liquid libations. I wish I could've tasted a plate of food from everyone who was vending. The restaurants/chefs were high-quality and included local favorites Roli Roti, Chotto, Wexlers, Stag Dining Group, Nopalito, Bar Crudo, Humphry Slocombe, Dixie, The Whole Beast, Del Popolo, I Love Blue Sea, and more.
(Clockwise from Top Left) - Dolly's Doughnuts, Frog Hollow Farms pears, Friend Shadows, Three Babes Bakeshop Pie
We enjoyed lounging in the hot sun, drinking brunch-like cocktails, and indulging in Wing Wings finger lickin' good Fried Chicken. This all happened while watching people play Bocce ball and listening to the DJ spin old-school jams (Salt n Pepa's Push It, Prince's Kiss...). Presidio Picnic is a casual, yet sophisticated outdoor event for friends, family, children, and canines - all of the above are welcome and from what I witnessed first hand yesterday, a fun, flavorful and festive time for all. Can't wait for Spring.
Love Apple Farms announces its fall workshop schedule as well as its farm dinner events. Whether you’re looking to learn the basics of ice cream making or take up winter vegetable gardening, there are plenty of exciting classes available this fall!
TCHO Chocolate Ice Cream at the City Target Opening Party
San Franciscans no longer have to drive all the way to Daly City, or the East Bay for their Target fix. City Target opened this week in SOMA's Metreon complex, but not without a little soiree last week. Tacolicious, Rye on the Road, Anchor Steam Beer, Smitten Ice Cream (above) and other local favorites, were on hand serving guests bites, cocktails, and fuel for some in-store shopping and mingling. Now, if only there were a Rye on the Road bar in the store serving cocktails every day. That, I guarantee would lead to a sales boost.
Leading Restaurants * Local Winemakers * Epicurean Artisans * Extraordinary Chefs * Mixologists * Live Music * and More
Saturday, October 13, 2012 | Noon – 4pm
San Francisco magazine presents FallFest 2012, a celebration of the Bay Area’s best in food and wine. Leading restaurateurs, winemakers, mixologists, and epicurean artisans join together for an inspiring day of premier wine and food tasting, chef demonstrations, cocktail competitions, and panel discussions.
It all takes place outdoors at Justin Herman Plaza, which is transformed for the day into a European-style marketplace, taking full advantage of the season’s gorgeous weather and the waterfront’s beautiful views. Come feast, drink and celebrate!