Sugar Rushed…

…for the last two weeks at Serious Eats New York.

6/14/10-6/18/10

Lunch for One: Curry-Ya

Sugar Rush: Almond Butter Lover at Moomah

Sugar Rush: Espresso Mousse at Black Hound

Lunch for One: Paradis To-Go

Sugar Rush: Tart Normandy at Margot Patisserie

Sugar Rush: Apple Strudels at Wolfgang Steakhouse and Caffe Falai

Sugar Rush: First Look at Takahachi Bakery

6/7/10-6/11/10

Sugar Rush: Pecan-Cranberry Loaf at Pain D’Avignon

The Dessert Files: Matcha Box

Sugar Rush: Espresso Granita at Joe the Art of Coffee

Lunch for One: Tartinery

Sugar Rush: The Good Batch, Stroopwafels at the Brooklyn Flea

Sugar Rush: Chocolate Mousse at Northern Spy Food Co.

Sugar Rush: Lychee Lassi at Curry-Ya

San Francisco VII: Sausalito and Sushi Ran

On Saturday morning, Carey (who was visiting her family for the week) invited Monsieur P and I for breakfast at Il Cane Rosso. Carey scored an excellent table, outside facing the water…sigh, nothing like this in NYC ;). Perfect 80 degree weather. We shared all four breakfast options which change on a daily basis, including housemade yogurt and fried egg sandwiches.

The restaurant was located in the Ferry Building, and conveniently enough, the hotel Monsieur P booked for the week was only a five minute walk away! This proved to be an excellent idea because we visited the Ferry Building multiple times a day during our stay, heehee.

Post-breakfast we took our daily coffee at Blue Bottle, also in the Ferry Building…man is their New Orleans-Style Iced Coffee ($3.50) INSANELY GOOD.

We spent the next hour perusing though the Saturday Farmer’s Market (also in, you guessed it, the Ferry Building!), making our way through a basket of strawberries…

…and then hopping on the ferry to Sausalito. The ferry docks from the Ferry Building and it is a truly beautiful 30 minute ride to this picturesque waterfront town. We did a lot of walking around the water, touristy yes, but peaceful at the same time. I’d love a vacation home here ;)

Take a closer look at the picture. Can you see the four or five rock ‘towers’? There’s a guy in Sausalito known as the ‘rock man,’ (though his real name is Bill Dan) and everyday he assembles these delicately balanced towers from all the rocks along the water. Pretty neat, huh?

In the early afternoon, we headed off the main streets to Sushi Ran on Caledonia Street.

The restaurant offers some pretty stellar lunch specials which we made sure to take advantage of. Our meals began with a bowl of miso soup. Monsieur P had the Chirashi Bowl ($19.50)…

…while I went with the Sushi Set ($18.50). A stellar, light lunch. Quality sushi for a price that would be much higher in the evenings. After lunch we tried to visit Alta Mira restaurant, an good spot for afternoon drinks and gorgeous views of the city. We walked uphill a bit to get there, but when we arrived, something looked off. There was a gate in front of Alta Mira and it stated, private entry only! Had someone turned the restaurant into a private home??

A quick search on our phones revealed quite the surprise…Alta Mira the restaurant had turned into Alta Mira Rehab!

Well, there goes our afternoon prosecco plans! Not to worry, dinner that evening would be at Nopa..another post to come soon.

Hope you are having a great week :)

Sushi Ran
107 Caledonia Street
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 332-3620

San Francisco VI: In-N-Out Burger

It’s been so long. Still delicious as ever. Midday stop at the only In-N-Out in San Francisco. The #2, animal style burger, and Diet Coke.

As much as I enjoy Shake Shack, I like In-N-Out about ten bazillion times more. The lady behind me sitting next to me had an animal style double double, animal style fries AND a milkshake. She finished everything. Now that was intense.

Post In-N-Out peek at the sea lions at Fisherman’s Wharf, then a cable car ride down to Union Square for shopping.

A touristy day indeed! :)

In-N-Out Burger
333 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
(800) 786-1000

San Francisco V: El Farolito and Bi-Rite Creamery (Again ;)

We cannot seem to stay away from Bi-Rite Creamery for more than 24 hours at a time! On Tuesday evening, dinner with Kelly, Chrissy and Pei at El Farolito and then a return to Bi-Rite. Meet the Coconut Sundae ($6.50). Toasted Coconut Ice Cream, Hot Fudge, Marcona Almonds, Toasted Coconut and Whipped Cream. I’ll have to replicate this at home once I find a good supplier of toasted coconut ice cream back in NYC…

We also had another sundae. You’ve seen this one before. It’s definitely the group favourite, hands down. The Afternoon Snack Sundae. Roasted Banana ice cream (the “roasted” element to the ice cream is strong in all the right ways), housemade graham crackers, caramel sauce and whipped cream.

There’s a line out this place every night. Very, very understandable.

Before we devoured all these sundaes, we had quite the gigantic (and extremely cheap – every item was less than $6) meal at El Farolito. Salsa options pictured above.

For myself: Nachos. Corn chips with beans, melted cheese, fresh salsa, avocado (about half an avocado), sour cream and jalapeƱos. Fork and knife was the only way to go. I conquered about 80% of this dish before I started to feel nauseous…plus had to keep room for the Bi-Rite sundaes!!

Kelly and Chrissy split a trio of tacos…

…and the Super Burrito…

…Innards! I feel full just looking at these photos :)

El Farolito
2779 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-7877

Bi-Rite Creamery
3692 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 626-5600

San Francisco IV: Zuni Cafe

Today Shann and I went to Zuni Cafe for lunch. The restaurant is conveniently just a short walk from Kelly’s apartment. On the agenda? Zuni’s Roasted Chicken for Two with Tuscan-Style Bread Salad ($48). After hearing about this dish for so many years, I was excited to give finally taste it for myself. We arrive just after they opened for lunch service.

No reservation? Not a problem, we were seated immediately. The hostess asked if we could prefer sitting downstairs in the cafe area or upstairs in the dining room (same menu for both places). We opted for upstairs, though in retrospect I think downstairs, with an open view of the kitchen, oysters and bar, would have been a tiny bit more fun.

Bread and butter to start. Ordering was quick, we knew exactly what we wanted ;) The Roasted Chicken takes an hour, so decided to reverse the normal eating order, and start lunch with cheese and dessert. Nothing wrong with a little change.

First up, Soft Farmers Cheese ($5.25) from Cowgirl Creamery. The menu said it would come with strawberries, but we ended up with raspberries instead. We slathered the cheese on slices of bread (the same bread served at the beginning of the meal, only sliced thinner), cows’ milk, so tangy and fresh. I would have killed for just the tiniest drizzle of honey.

[Note: Cowgirl Creamery has a retail shop inside the Ferry Building. I’ve always wanted to buy cheese there, walk to Acme Bread for a baguette and devour it all at one of the tables inside the Ferry Building. What’s stopped me from doing this? The FLIES at Cowgirl Creamery. The Ferry Building is clean, but Cowgirl Creamery has been flooded with flies every time I’ve stepped in. It’s a shame because I come with most eager intentions to purchase their Mt Tam and some fromage blanc. But seeing all the flies buzz around the cheeses out in the open is a terrible turnoff…I always leave with nothing.]

Our Cocoa Nib Panna Cotta ($7.75) was served at the same time. At first it looked boring, tiny, and well, too pure, if you will. But then I remember that often times, it’s the most boring dishes that taste the best. Such was the case here. The panna cotta was so light, just a whisper in your mouth, intensely chocolate-y in essence without having too much chocolate. Does that make sense? Probably not. You’ll have to have it yourself to see what I mean. Sigh, the magic of cacao nibs. Shann likened it to a chocolate milk panna cotta, and I think that is about right!

Soon enough the Roasted Chicken arrived to the table (same photo as top). What a sight, huh? A whole roasted chicken, the torn bread salad, studded with pine nuts and currants buried at the bottom, mustard greens as well. This dish could have easily fed three to four people if we had appetizers and desserts.

Here’s a better look at the torn bread salad (hard to see in the other photo because it’s all beneath the chicken). I love the contrast between the super crunchy, olive oil-laced bites and the softer, chicken-dripping saturated hunks of bread, with a strong vinegar tang, pine nuts and bright burst of currants studded about. Smitten Kitchen has a great post on re-making the Zuni Cafe roast chicken. If I made this myself I would likely quadruple the amount of garlic, but since I tend to eat out three meals a day, I am quite fine with the ratios here, scallions also played a small but crucial role.

We ate just over half the plate, and took the rest home. Now? Off to Blue Bottle for afternoon coffee, and then Monsieur P arrives tonight!

Zuni Cafe
1658 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 552-2522