Princess cakes & Strawberry shortcake & Fruit Tarts. Oh my!
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Murata's Cafe Hana
1737 Post Street #368San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 567 9133
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:
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.
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.
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.
600 Guerrero St
(between 18th St & 19th St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
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
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.
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.
DEMO: INTERNATIONAL MEATBALL
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).
DEMO: MARVELOUS MACARONS
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).
DEMO: SUMMER ROAD TRIPPING
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).
More SF CHEFS details and tickets can be found at: http://sfchefsfoodwine.com/events/
My friend was craving a Cheeseburger. I was craving vegetables. We were in the East Bay.
What better way to meet in the middle than a visit to Barney's Gourmet Burgers. He got his spicy chipotle burger special. I got this GIANT montrosity of a vegetarian burger.
Although service was a bit wonky, I did enjoy snapping pics and shortly thereafter, consuming this meaty fungi sandwich all to myself. If you are wondering how it was done, I cut it in half and squished it down. Yes, it did ooze out of the bun, but that's okay. That's what the knife and fork were there for. Splashes of tabasco and squirts of ketchup kept it extra tangy.
Roasted Chicken w/pine nut cranberry panzanella, garlic chips, arugula
Since opening last August, Local Cafe has become a popular, family-friendly, go-to spot for brunch and lunch on Piedmont Avenue. Evident by the consistent, loyal following packing the 30-seat restaurant week after week, Local Cafe has now decided to open its doors for an afternoon happy hour and weekend dinner service. We think that's a smart idea.
Started by first-time business owner, Megan Burke, this creative home cook, occasional caterer and insatiable restaurant-goer had a dream and passion of opening up a "welcoming, non-pretentious neighborhood gathering place with honest, nurturing food." One visit to Local Cafe, and you'll feel the vibe of the close-knit staff with a focus on community. The community effort was very vital to the success of Burke's vision and she "wanted to give people work that hadn't worked in a while". As a mother of two young girls, Burke envisioned a "good place with good food where kids can get loose." And speaking of kids, there's a chalkboard in the middle of the dining space where everyone can doodle and explore their creativity. Proving that talent starts at a young age in this family, the contemporary paintings adorning the walls are the works of Burke's 10-year old daughter, Natalie.
Little gem salad w/apple, walnuts, black river blue cheese
Now on to the food. The kitchen, from day one has been run by Executive Chef Jhon Gomez (Oliveto, A Cote') and Consulting Chef Colin Etezadi (Boot & Shoe Service, Camino, Pizzaiolo). From jams and pastries, to cheeses and wines, you'll find the persistent use of local purveyors (Inna Jam, Straus Family Creamery, Graffeo Coffee, Queen of Sheba Honey Farms, Donkey & Goat Wines, Tara's Organic Ice Cream) on the Local Cafe menu. Gomez has already built a fan base for his delectable daytime dishes such as the B.L.A. Sandwich with apple smoked bacon, lettuce, pickled shallots, and avocado ($9) and his Eggs Benedict with parma prosciutto and savoy spinach ($10). And starting just this past weekend, he debuted his dinner service.
Crispy pan-seared halibut, fava puree, dandelion greens
Expect to find a consistent, seasonally-inspired menu with a few daily specials. Local Cafe understands that customers fall in love with particular dishes and come back for their favorites. I can appreciate that. There's nothing like craving a dish you just tried, only to find out that you will never be able to order it again. Dinner items will include comforting, affordable plates such as the Pork and Beef Meatballs with crostini and red sauce ($11), Salads ($8-12) and entrees including a crispy Half-Roasted Chicken with seasonal vegetables ($15), and a Flat Iron Steak with grilled aspragus, celery root mash, and garlic drizzle ($16).
A California-centric wine list, and beer by the bottle from several local breweries (Linden Street, Sudwerk, Bear Republic Breweries) were chosen to pair well with the food. If you are in need, the staff will be happy to suggest items or pairings. There's also a walk-up counter for those looking for food on the go. Wherever you may be visiting from, a visit to Local Cafe' will have you too feeling just like one of their preferred locals.
4395 Piedmont Ave
(between Brandon St & Pleasant Valley Ave)
Oakland, CA 94611
Ask and you shall receive. A pepperoncini request, turned into a full-on pepperoncini sandwich at Specialty's Cafe & Bakery in San Francisco. Lately, this is one of my preferred lunch spots to grab a vegetarian sandwich on the go. At a mere $6.79, the portion is generous and the price is unbeatable. I got it on whole wheat with avocado, mushrooms, fresh lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, italian vinaigrette, black pepper, bell peppers, cucumber, sprouts, stone ground mustard, ranch, mayo, provolone, and yes…pepperoncini.
I ordered mine with cheese and mayo, but if you want it strictly vegetarian, you can ask for yours without the dairy.