Monthly Archives: June 2010

Mi Padre Fantastico

Whew, what a fun-filled weekend! I had two days of North Beach Festival — one for friends and one for family. Both were good times! Yesterday turned into dinner at an outdoor cafe and singing contest.

But today was all about my papa! I don’t think he knows what a wonderful man is he is, but he should! Thank you Dad for always being there and being simply amazing. I don’t know what I would do without you! We walked around, got lunch in an outdoor cafe, and in true  Little Italy form, finished with a cannoli and some gelato!

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!



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Jumpin’ Out of a Plane

Oh man, I did not know how hard it was to commit to blogging everyday! But on to my new post — let’s dive in (no pun intended)…

Last weekend I foolishly decided to go sky diving. But seriously, I was so stoked to finally cross something off of my “bucket list”. And it was amazing!

The waiting around took forever. Word of advice for those out there considering this fete: go EARLY! We arrived in Monterey at 11am and filled out our paper work — and didn’t jump ’til close to 3pm. Sitting in the airport hanger and watching others take the plunge, well I almost chickened out. When I saw a guy take the jump my eyes watered and I hyperventilated. But finaly it was our turn. I strapped up and got into this janky plane.

Luckily I had a chance to talk to the pilot, who re-assured me he had been doing this for 2 years. Yeah, not so reassuring. Anyway, when we were up in the plane I was like WTF did I agree to do! But there was no backing out.

I jumped first — and almost chucked right before Iwe jumped, but what an exhilarating rush! I felt free, and like a bird. The whole thing was over pretty quickly. I will DEFINITELY do it again, but next time I will definitely get documentation that I actually did it.

My advice? DO IT! No regrets, no second chances. As Rhianna says, “LIVE YOUR LIFE”!

P.S. Here’s the deets: We jumped in Monterey at the highest your can sky dive: 1500 feet. Our approximate speed: 120 mph.


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Disclaimer: This post will be heavy with food-centric photos, and just might make you drool!

Last Thursday I had the privilege of attending the Dress For Success Gala at The City Club.  The mission of Dress For Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life, and the gala supports the organization by donating proceeds from the evenings ticket sales and silent auction.

The view from the 11th Floor.

Amazing female chefs came out from Fifth Floor, The Restaurant at Wente, Barbacco, Carneros Bistro, Gitane, and E & O Trading Company and showcased their goods. Champagne was flowing from Domaine Carneros, La Crema was pouring vino, and Ketel One was shakin’ up martinis for guests. Following the reception was the ceremony and auction, complete with a fashion show. Unfortunately I did not stay for the show, but I did get a chance to take a lot of foodie photos! Enjoy.

Fifth Floor's table scape

Ahi Tuna Tartare

Bacon-wrapped Chrizo stuffed Dates

E&O's Cauliflower Ginger Soup with curried croutons and micro cilantro

Carneros: Pork belly on crostini

Barbacco's house made salami spread

Gyuyere Cheese Balls

Fifth Floor's Roasted duck with zucchini and mushrooms

Strawberry and creme crepes from Wente


.....& Cakes!

Oh and we finished the evening up with one of these:

Punchbowl at Rickhouse


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Openings, Openings, and More Openings

I can certainty sense the recent recession recovery here in SF. I’m not sure what our current unemployment rate is (last I checked ~12%), but you’d never guess with all of the restaurant openings in the city. Last week, the long awaited American Grilled Cheese Kitchen finally opened it’s doors much to the delight of the SoMa residents and office dwellers alike,  although I don’t know who has time to wait in a line that wraps around the corner (which has been the norm everyday for the past 3 weeks). Let’s just say that on my next day off, I will be biting into the Mushroom Gruyère sandy with fontina, gruyère, roasted wild mushrooms and gold potatoes, melted leeks, and thyme butter.

Also opening last week in SoMa? The Dartealing Lounge which features 36+  teas and infusions with a menu showcasing traditional teahouse dishes. Nothing wrong with acting high society in an urban playground.

Here’s another one I have my eye on: Fondue Cowboy. I’ve never had fondue, but who doesn’t like the idea of dipping bread in creamy Gouda and blue cheese? And with extras like spicy sausage, truffle oil and infused salts, this place takes melted cheese to a whole new level.

The Mint Plaza seems to be adding more restaurant real estate with the opening of Thermidor. I love the Mad Men-esq decor Urban Daddy described — whatever happened to dirty martinis in the office? Anyway, the Lobster Thermidor, a baked half-lobster drenched with brandy béchamel sauce, sounds pretty darn appetizing (and like I’d have to run 10 miles to burn it off).  Since this a 1960s-era inspired restaurant and bar is right down the street from mi casa, I should not miss this one.

For all you Mill Valley/Corte Madera residents, I have to give a plug to Brick & Bottle. Chef Scott Howard is back in Marin slingin’ dishes like Duck Confit Pizza with caramelized onions with fontina cheese; Pimento Cheeseburger with cabbage slaw, chili, pimento cheese; and the Dungeness Crab Cake with saffron aioli, smoked bacon potato salad, and mâche (recipe featured on Tasting Table for all you at-home chefs out there). California Comfort Food never tasted so good.

And of course I saved the best for last, which would be Chef Tyler Florence’s Wayfare Tavern in the old Rubicon space. Some people may have said he sold out when consulting on the Applebee’s menu, but he must be laughing all the way to the bank because that gave him funding for his first restaurant venture. Go Ty baby! Totally looking forward to the opening events.

Where ever you choose to spend your dough, you will surely not be disappointed.


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U Street Fair

Yet another day of ridiculousness in SF yesterday. The weather has been so crazy lately, but so far I see the pattern as follows: Monday – Friday (aka the work week): cold, overcast, and sometimes rainy; Saturday & Sunday (aka the weekend): sunny, warm and beautiful! That’s all good with me, because there’s nothing worse than sitting behind a desk when I’d rather be outside playing.

Anyway, I met a group of friends at the Union Street Fair yesterday. Boy, was it hot and crowded! Following the festivities (and a couple drinks later) we moseyed over to Circa for food. Not before a firetruck full of sexy bachelors said “hi”.

Street fair season has begun!

Sexy pants!

Stoli & Sugar Free Redbull--breakfast of champions!


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There’s something in the San Francisco air…

…. and it’s not just the fresh smell of sewer, although that is a good guess.

Nope–it’s Best Of season. Every year, be it by voters or editor’s choice, we are introduced to what’s hot, hip, happening for us urban dwellers. SF Weekly had their annual “Best Of” Party 2 weeks ago, SF Gate just closed the polls on their annual voting contest, and I attended the 7×7 Best of The City Party on Thursday night in Ghirardelli Square.

To their credit, there was a lot of beautiful people there — mind you, it was an “exclusive” party — and the electro band was pretty fierce. But here’s my major critique of the evening: when you have a Best of The City Party, aren’t you supposed to showcase the winners at the event? I guess 7×7 did things a little different because they featured the Ghiardelli Square vendors. Maybe it was a I-scratch-your-back-you-scratch-mine type of thing for using the space, who knows. I was able to try the food at The Pub at Ghiardelli Square, and their Buffalo Blue Mac & Cheese and Pulled Pork Quesadillas were pretty tasty! Not to mention the “Whispering Waves” from Ana Mandara – lobster ravioli with mango and coconut sauce was fresh and perfectly crisp.

I’m not knockin’ the event because of the beautiful views of the bay (and the free Skyy vodka cocktails did help), but let’s just say I have a renewed excitement for San Francisco magazine’s Best of The Bay Party on June 1.

Mykella & I


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Echo’s Reach

Last week I had the privilege of watching City Circus’ presentation of “Echo’s Reach”. This shizz was seriously eye-popping and mind-blowing. It was a combo of breakdancers, jugglers, beatboxers, clowns, contortionists, song and story.

Echo’s Reach is tale of a circus in a prison. And in true San Francisco form, it includes tales of diversity and acceptance, and the struggle for freedom and love.

Unfortunately it isn’t showing anymore, but here is an awesome vid–check it out!

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