Posted tagged ‘San Francisco’

Tasty Salted Pig Parts!

November 23, 2009

Ever since Boccalone was featured on “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” on the Food Network, Boyfriend has been dying to try it.  Any mention of the city resulted in Boyfriend asking if we could go to the Ferry Building to get a taste of the salumi cones.

Who can resist a place that serves “tasty salted pig parts”?!?

The place was a lot smaller than I expected.  It looked a lot bigger on TV.  Despite the small size of the shop, they had tons of salted pig parts for sale.

Besides your regular salami, prosciutto, etc. you can also get pre-packaged lard.

 All the cones were lined up waiting patiently to be purchased and consumed.

We went with a mixed salumi cone for $3.25.  I believe it had prosciutto, mortadella and salami in it but I could be wrong.

The three meats were all flavored wonderfully and it was a great afternoon snack.  I failed to mention that we had eaten lunch prior to the salumi cone so we had to do a couple laps around the Ferry Building to build up our appetite for it!

The next time we go, I’d love to try the nduja – spreadable Calabrian salami.  How luxurious does that sound?!?  I’d also like to meet Chris Constantino but that is probably less likely.

1 Ferry Building  San Francisco, CA

Moshi Moshi (Hello?)

August 12, 2009

I thought the name of this restaurant was so cute and catchy.  Moshi Moshi means, “Hello?” when you pick up the phone in Japanese.

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Since my Dad had eaten unagi at lunch, he went with tempura for dinner.  He does not eat raw fish.

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My Mom, Boyfriend and I decided to split a bunch of rolls because that is the easiest and cheaper route than ordering onigiri.  We had rolls with such names as Dynasty of Love, New Moon and Rock and Roll.

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The Dynasty of Love was spicy and came in cute heart shapes!!

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Moshi Moshi is located in an unassuming building on a corner in Potrero Hill.  I had never been to this area of the city before so it was fun going.  The prices were reasonable and the fish tasted fresh.  I’d definitely love to go back.  Hopefully, we will be lucky getting parking again!

2092 3rd St. (between Mariposa St & 18th St) San Francisco, CA

Bi-Rite Creamery!

August 10, 2009

I’ve been watching this show on the Food Network called, “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.”  Bi-Rite Creamery was featured on it and ever since I saw that episode, I’ve been dying to try Sam’s Sundae.  I FINALLY made it over there this past weekend!!

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We almost didn’t go get dessert because we were so stuffed from dinner.

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Once I saw the line, I knew I had to try it!!  Lines might deter people from wanting to get ice cream here but I figured it must be THAT GOOD if this many people want to stand in line to eat it.

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Their sign was 2 sided with a huge list of their flavors that day.

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Yay, Sam’s Sundae was there!!

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Sam’s Sundae is chocolate ice cream with organic bergamot olive oil, maldon sea salt and hand-whipped whipped cream. The Bergamot olive oil is citrus-based so it is sweet and fruity which  makes for a very interesting complement to the chocolate ice cream.

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Boyfriend went with Brown Butter Pecan and a cinnamon ice cream.  He loves anything with cinnamon in it!!  My Mom got kiwi strawberry and my Dad got Coffee Toffee.  All were incredible and I really can’t wait to go back and try the other flavors!!!

3692 18th St. (between Dolores St & Oakwood St)  San Francisco, CA

Dine About Town

January 22, 2009

We were in the city on Monday (went to the Academy of Sciences) and decided to stay out there for dinner.  I had totally forgotten about “Dine About Town” when I chose Kuleto’s.  Elisa’s parents used to take us there when we were in SF so I have nostalgic memories of the restaurant.

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Boyfriend got the special menu they had which included this bruschetta appetizer.  I stole a bite and the mushrooms were quite flavorful!

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His main was a beef dish with fresh arugula and beans.

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Boyfriend’s meal also included a homemade tiramisu which had chocolate covered coffee beans on top.  I’m actually not a huge fan of tiramisu (*gasp*, I know) but this one was pretty good.

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I ordered off of the regular menu and got a mixed green salad with walnuts and vinaigrette… it was the perfect amount of dressing for the salad!   My main dish is pictured above.  Veal scaloppini with spinach, garlic and capers in a white wine and lemon sauce.  The flavor was quite overpowering and I wish I had some potatoes to neutralize it a bit.

This restaurant is in an extremely convenient location if you’re shopping in Union Square.  The service was very good and I’d go back if I were in the area.

221 Powell St.  San Francisco, CA

Spanish Cuisine

September 3, 2008

 We went down a little alley and stumbled upon B44. (we actually had reservations so it was not by accident as it may seem)  Boyfriend had never had Spanish cuisine before so we decided to try it out.

 We started out with a romaine salad to share.  Despite the odd looking picture, this salad was great!  It was refreshing and flavorful. 

 I went with a vegetarian paella which came with pine nuts, shiitake, green beans, peas and other assorted vegetables.  It was an awesome choice and had a bunch of eclectic flavors all in one.

Boyfriend went with a sea bass dish which actually turned out to be fairly bland.  The fish itself was bland / overcooked but the corn and potatoes had flavor because of the bacon it was cooked with.  I think my choice beat his by a huge margin. 😀

I was grossy addicted to this olive tapenade-esque starter that was served with the bread.  I consumed much more starch BEFORE my rice meal evern came out but it was just THAT GOOD!  I didn’t get a picture of it since I inhaled it so fast but I’m not even a huge olive fan and I loved it.  Note: mentioning how much you love the tapenade to the waiter does not get you any to take home.  I tried. 😛

44 Belden Terrace  San Francisco, CA

A Chocolate Lovers Paradise

September 2, 2008

What would a trip to SF be without stopping by Ghirardelli Square?!?

We ordered a Warm Brownie Sundae to share which came with a warm brownie (of course!), vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, almond slices and a cherry on top.  I thought it was awesome that you can choose between mlik or dark chocolate fudge.  Boyfriend was sweet enough to choose milk chocolate since he knows I prefer that over dark.  (Even though dark chocolate is his favorite.)

To be completely honest, the sundae was a little too rich for me so I stopped eating about halfway through.  I think next time, I will just go for ice cream in a waffle cone.  We saw someone walk by with one and it was humongous!

900 North Point St.  San Francisco, CA

A Day in the City

August 31, 2008

We went to the Niners game Friday night (unfortunately, they lost) and spent the night out there so we could spend the next day in the city.  There are so many things to do out there and so many restaurants to eat at… we definitely haven’t capitalized on that since we moved to NorCal.

We went to Yank Sing for lunch.  I was craving good dim sum so we went to the “Rolls Royce” of dim sum restaurants.  It was probably one of the best dim sum restaurants I’ve been to and definitely the most expensive!  I loved the atrium area where we sat… we were close to the intruiging waterfall in the building and had natural lighting.  It was more quiet than sitting inside the restaurant but the carts came very frequently and we got a lot of attention.

We got our usual dim sum choices (shu mai, har gow, sticky rice, etc.) but a wonderful surprise was “Shanghai Dumplings”!  I’ve never seen these at dim sum before and I was so excited to eat them that we got two servings.  These xiao long bao were excellent although Boyfriend kept accidentally poking them with his chopsticks as he was picking them up and he kept losing a lot of his soup.

I would deifnitely love to go here again… the only cons are that it’s far from Sunnyvale and that it’s pricey.  P.S. We parked in the Rincon Center parking garage and it was free with validation!  That is quite unheard of in the city.

101 Spear St. (in Rincon Center)  San Francisco, CA


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