Thursday, Apr. 30 2009 @ 1:01PM
Thursday, Apr. 30 2009 @ 9:01AM
Monday, May 11, 6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute (425 Washington near Battery): screening of Lanza's short documentary film The Bread Altars of St. Joseph's Day, an interview by noted local cookbook author Carol Field, and light refreshments. Free, but reservations required; call the Institute at 788-7142 to RSVP.
Tuesday, May 12, Chez Panisse (1517 Shattuck near Vine, Berkeley): four-course Sicilian dinner with Regaleali wines, $125 including wine before service charge and tax. The menu:
Thursday, Apr. 30 2009 @ 8:13AM
But in a particularly poignant response to current events, many of the places are emphasizing the booze they're serving as much as the meals. Let's get Mom legless so she won't think about her dwindling 401(k), her upside-down-mortgage, or her unemployed kiddies!
Bacar (408 Brannan at Ritch, 904-4100) sent out a bare-bones announcement: Bottomless Bloody Mary Brunch 10 a.m.--2 p.m., featuring bottomless Bloody Marys made with local Lotus Vodka, $12; Annual Mother's Day Dinner 4--8 p.m., featuring 50 wines under $50.
General partner Jon Jackson told us "We usually do either a Mother's Day brunch or a dinner, on alternate years. We were planning to do a dinner this year. But our recent Easter brunch introduced the bottomless Bloody Mary made with Lotus vodka, whose offices are about two blocks from us in SOMA. You can't get more local than that! And it was wildly successful, so much so that not only did we add a Bottomless Bloody Mary Brunch to our Mother's Day plans, it will serve as the introductory launch for continuing Bottomless Bloody Mary brunches every Sunday from 10 a.m.--2 p.m."
The brunch menu includes French toast, eggs Benedict, quiche, hangar steak, Caesar salad, and a burger, as well as the more unusual crispy pork belly and potato hash served with asparagus and a fried egg (prices range between $8 -- $15).
In addition to the regular menu at dinner, there will be a special five-course tasting menu priced at $68 -- whose not-yet-finalized components will be determined by what's available in the markets.
Wednesday, Apr. 29 2009 @ 5:00PM
Wednesday, Apr. 29 2009 @ 3:30PM
All the specials are posted on their Web site, but Pal's provides a "detailed menu analysis" at the counter, in case you are curious about the origins of each individual component. Behold, the magnificent description of the addictive pork shoulder and arugula sandwich ($8) pictured above:
"The pork is grown by Jude Becker outdoors in a completely natural, free-range environment. It is a Berkshire-Cheshire cross. The arugula comes from Annabelle by way of Star Route in Marin. It is a cultivated strain of wild Italian arugula and has a lovely earthy, spicy flavor. The canola mayo is infused with some Riverdog fennel fronds and Knoll spring garlic and my neighbor's Meyer lemon. The sesame Kaiser roll is from Acme in Berkeley."
Tuesday, Apr. 28 2009 @ 8:45PM
"The Bay Area is blessed, we are a melting pot of culture," says Gus. "If you want to hit up a Thai, Ethiopian, vegetarian, Japanese, Hawaiian, breakfast, soul food, Vietnamese, Latin, Filipino, Indian, American, or Italian [restaurant], we've got it all. There are endless locations for us to explore and introduce not only to Bay Areans, but foodies worldwide!"
With episodes so far dedicated to burritos, cheesesteaks, BBQ, and deli meat, this isn't exactly fine dining, but it does cover an eating sector where the price is definitely right.
Tuesday, Apr. 28 2009 @ 1:30PM
Brand: Kika's Treats
Origin: San Francisco
Found at: San Francisco International Chocolate Salon
Ingredients: Semisweet chocolate, unsalted butter, unbleached wheat flour, rice flour, unrefined cane sugar, Rapadura sugar, unsweetened coconut, kosher salt, coconut extract, vitamin E
Why I bought it: Kika's Brazilian Honey Cakes are lovely, but the shortbread is a new offering from this La Cocina Incubator Kitchen-operated business.
Tasting notes: The Rapadura (dried sugarcane juice) gives this a caramelized tinge that's appealing. There's a good crunch and it doesn't make a big, crumby mess like regular shortbread.
Would I buy it again? Yes, although the Honey Cakes are beckoning . . .
What other blogs/sites thought of it: A Yelper calls these "so dark and addictive it's almost criminal."
Tuesday, Apr. 28 2009 @ 1:01PM
|SARDI - Greg Baker|
Tuesday, Apr. 28 2009 @ 8:01AM
An appetizer and entree will set you back $55-65, and desserts from the regular menu are $9-10. The restaurant is open from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and you can make reservations online or by calling 771-1140.
Upcoming Great American Food and Music Fest Features Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri, Marshall Crenshaw, Little Feat, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy -- and an Astounding Array of Eats
Monday, Apr. 27 2009 @ 2:10PM
Chef and Food Network star Bobby Flay is the host, and will demonstrate his famed grilling technique. Local-boy-made-good Guy Fieri, the most successful winner of the Food Network's The Next Food Network Star, will also appear onstage.
Food booths offering quintessential American delights have been curated by Serious Eats founder Ed Levine, who told us "This has been a fantasy of mine which I first proposed doing in 1993, and am now achieving at long last! I always imagined what kinds of foods I wanted to eat -- when I was in college in Grinnell, Iowa, I would fantasize about Barney Greengrass. Or what I wouldn't give for a real pastrami sandwich from Katz's on the Lower East Side. This is a fantasy list from years of deprivation!"
The dream team assemblage includes Katz's Deli (NY), Pink's Hot Dogs (LA), Barney Greengrass (NY), Graeter's Ice Cream (Cincinnati), Southside Market & Barbecue (Texas), Anchor Bar (Buffalo, NY, creator of Buffalo wings), Junior's (Brooklyn, home of the famed cheesecake), Zingerman's Deli (Ann Arbor, Michigan), Tony Luke's Cheesesteaks (Philadelphia), and Thomas Keller's Bouchon (Yountville). The booths will be offering plates of their specialties for $5 each (the first plate comes free with the price of admission to the Fest).
"We won't be doing a WHOLE Katz's pastrami sandwich, " Levine says. "That would finish someone off for the entire day."