I send flowers!
I'm a pretty lucky gal. My mom is a professional chef--check out her blog adventures from her culinary school--so when I go the 'rents house for special dinners, they are truly an incredible dining experience and worth the 1 hr. commute on the smelly CalTrain down the peninsula after a long day in the office.
Monday was my sister Sara's b-day, and the menu was:
It was an amazing feast and wonderful company.
How awesome is the presentation?
Nice work mamacita!
My iphone died before the soup and grilled salmon came out, but here's "The Kid's Table" Dad manning the grill, on right, in funny apron in the back of this shot:
My first adventure to the new Ferry Plaza Market Thursday Food Fair involved:
All in all, an epic lunch break.
In celebration of the upcoming move to our very own Foodbuzz offices, we indulged in a final Lazy Susan meal at Jai Yun, which recently opened their doors for lunch. You walk in, let the server know how much you want to spend per person ($20 it was today), and let the foods begin!
No menu, just dish, after dish of
deliciousness…mostly traditional Chinese food dishes you won’t find on an Americanized
menu. I don't know what was in anything...but it was home run the entire meal.
Epic lunch. Jai Yun is on Clay and Kearny. Go, soon.
Technically, it was Featured Publisher Thursday, but I'm posting today. Giff Constable of Constables Larder was here yesterday for a conference. The entire edit team was cooped up inside during a fairly epic spring day for San Francisco, so we jumped at the chance to sit in the sun for a leisurely lunch. We headed to La Mar. The patio is the perfect place to sit on a sunny day when you want to feel like you’re on vacation (why did we pass on the pisco sours again?)
It was awesome meeting Giff. Always such a treat to put faces to names and enjoy the good company of our Featured Publishers offline, too! It was too bright for the photos of the food, but we have some previous pics here. After lunch, we walked Giff over to the Ferry Building with instructions to try Cowgirl Creamery Cheese and the Truffle Salt at the mushroom/truffle shop before he left town…
Last night Kiki and I were in need of a celebratory glass of wine and Farina was right around the corner. I've heard mixed reviews about Farina, and had never eaten there, but always it's the same advice: get the Pesto.
exception, every Tuesday for the past two years I've joined my grandparents for
dinner at their house, for what we've come to call Tuesday Supper Club. It's
invite-only for the generation of grands-- granddaughters, grandnieces--so
parents are never there. We grands are always encouraged to bring
friends, roommates, boyfriends, and the like. The only rule my Grandma has is
that you cannot bring someone you met the night before. "Two nights prior
is fine," however.
My Grandma is an extraordinary cook, my grandfather a true wine lover, and both are incredible storytellers. Each Tuesday feast begins with a strong pour of either Edna Valley Chardonnay or an Italian Sangiovese (my Grandfather's go-to starter favorites). Over an appetizer, we get an introduction to the meal we will be eating and the story behind where it came from. We catch up on our weeks and then head to the dining room to eat. The conversation then shifts to stories from decades we didn't know with words that we don't use anymore: Punch boards, wing-walkers, and murder boards, "Say what?! Grandad?"
On a really special night, we'll get my Granddad to bring out the model drones he designed in the 60's. "Tell us something classified, come on..." and he'll just chuckle and continue on about the training program for pilots and how impossible it was to try and knock one of these bad boys out of the air. We'll continue to drink wine, and needle for the juicy details of their lives, the parts that our own parents could never really pass on in the same light. Just as we begin to feel the relaxing post-feast/wine lull set in, my Grandma will sneak out and come back with a homemade dessert. Have I mentioned her baking is extraordinary? Over Bananas Foster, chocolate cake, or strawberry tarts, we'll finish off the last of the wine, and wrap up another meeting of the Tuesday Supper Club.
I've never blogged about Tuesday Supper Club before. I'm not sure why, but I suspect it's because I treasure the break from anything online when I'm there. It's the three hours of my week that I slip into their world, and walk away completely rejuvenated. I've never really been able to put into words or images quite what it's like to sit around the table with two of the most incredible souls.
Last night, however, my Grandma went above and beyond with an Irish Feast that changed my feelings on blogging about this. Exact recipes from her dinner while eating at Ballyhoe in Ireland in the late 80's...we looked, the pictures in the recipe book she brought back were exactly what these look like. Grandad opened some very special bottles of wine, and all four of us grands (myself, Devon, Kiki and Meggie) just about died when we tried Grasshopper Pie for the first time.
"I haven't made this recipe for a good 30 years," my Grandma divulged, "but I needed something green"...It was divine.
Irish Salad with mixed greens, tomatoes, hard boiled egg, beets, and a mustard cream dressing.
Lamb Stew with potatoes, onions, carrots and peas.
Grasshopper Pie. The whipped and frozen marshmallow in this frozen treat was delightfully light and fluffy and I totally ate half of Kiki's.
I was incredibly fortunate to experience some unexpected and very epic treats these past few days:
Midtown Lunch was in town last week with the entire Midtown Family and they stopped in the office for a few minutes on Friday to say hello. Since we didn’t get the treat of eating with them, the least we could do was greet them with an office short list of great, cheap S.F. lunch spots.
1. Mission: La Taqueria.
Must order: The carnitas tacos.
2. Chinatown: Latte Express (NE
corner of Montgomery & Kearny).
Must Order: The #4 BBQ Pork Bahn Mi.
3. Financial Distric: Sentinel. What to order: all the daily
specials are amazing.
What to order: all the daily
specials are amazing.
4. SOMA: Snack Depot (303 2nd
street). What to order: any sammy.
What to order: any sammy.
They were headed to the Mission, and were debating over a few recommended Mexican spots. Should they go for the burritos at Taqueria Cancun, or the pork carnitas at La Taqueria? After some serious peer pressure, we convinced Zach that he should try La Taqueria.
The next day, I had an email in my inbox from Zach:
“la taqueria... awesome! shared a carnitas burrito, carnitas taco, and cabeza taco. tacos were probably the best tacos i've ever had... and the green sauce- so excellent. thanks for the great rec!"
Hooray!! My sentiments exactly.