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Dining in the City: Beretta

October 4, 2012

Most MLB teams have a dog day at least once during the season where they allow you to bring your favorite canine to the game.  I can’t think of a better combination than being at a Giants game with TM and my pup!  Since we were in the city, we decided to find a restaurant with outdoor seating so we could all dine together after the game.  Enter Beretta.

Everything we ordered was pretty impressive but our starter was amazing.  Every element of this dish had something I love: burrata cheese, walnuts, mushrooms, truffles and honey.  Put it all together on some fresh bread and it’s heaven.  If we go again, I would definitely order the burrata bruschetta on walnut bread with mushroom truffle honey.  I would even consider ordering two!

We had heard the portions are on the smaller side so we also ordered gnocchi with porcini & smoked pancetta as another starter.  The gnocchi were light and airy and had great flavors from the mushrooms and pancetta.

I chose the saffron with osso buco risotto as my main dish.  The osso buco was tender and flavorful and the risotto was cooked to luscious, creamy perfection.

TM chose the hanger steak alla siciliana.  It come with onions and broccoli rabe on the side.  His meat was cooked nicely and was very peppery, which I liked.

I loved the ambiance of this restaurant – it looked very trendy inside.  The pizzas I saw other people order looked amazing so I would definitely want to go back and try one.

1199 Valencia St.  San Francisco, CA

Mitchell’s Ice Cream

May 5, 2010

I couldn’t believe the crowd outside of Michell’s Ice Cream when we drove up.  The parking lot was, of course, full so Boyfriend dropped me off and I went to grab a number.  I grabbed number 36 and they called number 5 shortly after.  Needless to say, we had a pretty long wait…

We had studied and analyzed the menu and decided that it was a necessity to order two flavors each so we could both try more.  I decided on ube (purple yam) and white pistachio.  My choices turned out to be EXCELLENT.  The ube was similar to taro (is it the same?!?) which I love and the white pistachio was so true to the name with huge pistachio chunks everywhere.

Boyfriend decided to be square and just got vanilla and chocolate. : P  Isn’t that what it looks like he ordered?!?  He actually got buko (baby coconut) and Mexican hot chocolate.  The buko had some coconut shavings in it which I wasn’t a huge fan of but the ice cream itself was pretty awesome.  This is their most popular flavor.  The Mexican hot chocolate was the winner on Aaron’s cone with cinnamon flavors swirled into the chocolate ice cream.

 Two scoops on sugar cones will set you back $10!  It was NOT cheap by any means but definitely a great treat in this warmer weather.  We stood outside and ate and by the time we left, they were on number 74.

688 San Jose Avenue   San Francisco, CA 94110

Totally weeeiiirrrdd ice cream

March 25, 2010

By weird I mean prosciutto weird.   Pistachio bacon ice cream weird.  And peanut butter curry weird.   I got sucked in by another episode of  “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” and headed over to Humphry Slocombe for some dessert.  This episode was about the totally unexpected flavors you wouldn’t expect to go together.  Hence the prosciutto ice cream.   If you remember, Boyfriend couldn’t wait to try out Boccalone after seeing it featured on the show.  When Chris Cosentino mentioned his Boccalone prosciutto was mixed in with ice cream at Humphry Slocombe, Boyfriend couldn’t wait to try this out either.

Humphry Slocombe has tons of flavors which get rotated everyday.  They usually offer twelve a day.  Luckily, prosciutto was one of them the day we went!  Boyfriend went with a scoop of prosciutto and ancho chocolate.  Let’s just say the prosciutto ice cream was very weird and interesting.  I don’t know how I feel about meat mixed in with ice cream. There was a little heat to the ancho chocolate but the sweetness of the chocolate probably counterbalanced it.

Kio got “Jesus Juice.”  It is the red wine and Coca-cola flavored sorbet on the right.  I had a little taste and distinctly tasted the red wine flavor.  It was strange tasting red wine in ice cream form.

I love ice cream too much to have my experience ruined by a weird flavor.  I was boring and got Blue Bonnet Vietnamese Coffee ice cream.  It was delicious!  I think we’ll probably stick to Bi-Rite in the future though.

The sign was chained to the lamp post in case someone tried to steal it.  All in all I’m glad we went and I’m glad I tried little tastes of weirdness.

2790 Harrison St.  San Francisco, CA

Bushi Tei

January 14, 2010

In an effort to be healthier and hopefully lose some weight in the process, I have decided to reduce my red meat intake, cut down on starches as much as possible, consume more fish and hold off on the sweets.  Boyfriend and I went to Bushi Tei in SF Japantown because we wanted to use our restaurant.com coupon and we were greatly surprised at how well everything was executed.

We started out with a tuna tartar over guacamole appetizer.  Everything complemented each other well and the lime in the guacamole brought out some great flavors.

For my main dish, I went with the seared ahi tuna over rock shrimp risotto and red curry sauce.  I was concerned about the red curry sauce at first but it was just enough to give a hint of it in each bite and was so yummy!

Boyfriend has a special love affair with beef and although he ordered red meat for dinner, it was grass fed beef so he claims it’s okay.  The meat was excellent and cooked to a perfect medium rare and served with mushrooms.

We did not order any sweets but they brought our these little almond cakes and chocolate truffles.  It doesn’t count if we didn’t order it on our own, does it?!?

1638 Post Street  San Francisco, CA

I’m darn good at eating

December 1, 2009

Did I forget to mention that AFTER we ate a scrumptious lunch at The Slanted Door, had Tasty Salted Pig Parts as a snack, and fought the massive crowd at Delfina, we rushed over to Bi-Rite for dessert?!?  I have no idea how I fit all this food in my stomach that day but that must mean I’m darn good at eating.

I love how a “single” here can actually be two flavors.  Boyfriend went with Honey Lavender and of course, Ricanelas (cinnamon with snickerdoodles).  He goes crazy for almost anything cinnamon.  The Honey Lavender was creamy sweetness and almost made me feel like I was eating flowers.  I will spare you the picture of my Pumpkin and Salted Caramel on a cone.  I was worried it would melt down and sides and you can see my lick marks.  I’m so glad I finally tried the Salted Caramel.  Salt with ice cream is an interesting flavor but it works with the Sam’s Sundae and it works here as well.

This place is teeny tiny but I managed to grab one of the three stools to sit on inside.  It’s not usually a problem but when you’re an ice cream lover and want homemade ice cream in the dead middle of winter, it makes it harder to enjoy outside.  Good news though – the Creamery is expanding!  It’ll probably be more packed than ever because yes, it is THAT good.

3692 18th Street  (@ Dolores)   San Francisco, CA

Massive crowd at Delfina

November 25, 2009

The first time we went to Bi-Rite Creamery, we drove by Delfina and there was a massive crowd outside.  I went home and yelp’d it and found out it had 4 stars with over 700 reviews.  I decided right then and there that I needed to try it!  I had a hard time deciding if I wanted to try Delfina the restaurant or Pizzeria Delfina first.  They are right next door to each other.  Given my recent pizza addiction, I decided I should give Boyfriend a break from pizza and try out the restaurant.  I did make a friend outside while waiting for our table and it turns out he works at the pizzeria!  He gave us a list of his favorites so I know what to order the next time I go.

We started out with a salad with pancetta and cheese shavings.  It was delicious with just the right amount of balsamic vinegar.

Boyfriend went with a lamb dish with butter beans and peppers.  The lamb was cooked perfectly and didn’t taste game-y.  It was paired wonderfully with Boyfriend’s glass of red wine.

I went with the spaghettini with fresh Dungeness crab.  The waitress exclaimed that this is one of her favorite dishes and since crab had recently come into season, it was back on the menu.  Huuuge chunks of crab in the pasta. 

The restaurant is small and cozy but it’s so bustling that it’s quite loud.  Everything was wonderful and I really can’t wait to go back!  Even the bread and sweet cream butter was amazing and we got a second plate and finished it off.   Another plus to this restaurant is that it’s about a block away from Bi-Rite.  If you can refrain from ordering dessert at Delfina, head over to Bi-Rite for some ice cream after dinner!

3621 18th St.  (between Guerrero St. & Oakwood St.)   San Francisco, CA

The Slanted Door

November 24, 2009

I saw The Slanted Door featured on The Best of the Bay TV show and a few days later on the Travel Channel.  I figured it must be sign to see it twice in one week!  When we realized The Slanted Door is also in the Ferry Building, we knew we just had to go!

I went in with no expectations.   Obviously, this is not a traditional Vietnamese restaurant but more of an Asian Fusion restaurant.  It was bustling even though we arrived around 1:30 PM and were told our best bet is to wait for counter seats at the bar where they serve a full menu.

Every table was packed, every seat at the bar was taken, people were sitting in the waiting area, and people were coming in and out the doors.

We had an incredibly nice bartender wave us over to two women who just requested their bill.  We stood behind them waiting for what seemed like an eternity while one of them finished up their half glass of beer.  Two different bartenders gave me apologetic looks and also apologized to me once we finally sat down.  We were also offered two tasters of white wine for our patience.  In addition to that, Boyfriend got a beer and I tried the lychee infused iced tea.  Good stuff!  The entire bar is organic.

We started out with the Slanted Door Spring Rolls, which were AMAZING.  The flavors of the shrimp, pork and mint were wonderful, the rolls did not fall apart once you bit into them and the peanut dipping sauce was great too.

We ordered the niman ranch flank steak over rice noodles as one of our main dishes.  Both Boyfriend and I had taken two or three bites and exclaimed how much flavor this dish had!!  At this point, neither of us had even eaten any of the beef!!  Once we ate the beef, it was all over.  The plate was practically licked clean.

We also tried the grilled 5 spice chicken with tamarind sauce.  The chicken was very moist and I liked the sauce.  Boyfriend didn’t like the sauce as much in the beginning but it grew on him.  It was a good plate and very filling but I probably wouldn’t order it again.  The other two are definites though!

1 Ferry Building  San Francisco, CA


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