Dec 29, 2010

Marlowe, one of the best burgers in SF, SoMa

There are few lists of the best burgers in San Francisco, each of them with their own criteria and marvelous pictures. 

We went to try the one from Marlowe and it's excellent. Sided by crispy French fries and aioli sauce, the burger was very well prepared and delicious.

I would like to take the opportunity to wish Happy 2011 to all of you!

Dec 23, 2010

Pyramid Brewery, Berkeley

Football, baseball and most of the team sports are greatly appreciated in American culture. Specially the last games of the championships are always more fun when watched at bars and pubs. 

One of the top classic games in the SF Bay Area is always football games between Stanford University and UCBerkeley. On that Sunday, we watched the game in Berkeley at Pyramid: surrounded by specialty beers, burgers and sandwiches. Stanford won hugely and we could feel all the disappointment around. :)

The brewery holds tours on their facilities every day starting at 4pm.

Dec 20, 2010

Corner Bakery Cafe, Flowood, Mississippi

Our last post from Mississippi is about Corner Bakery Cafe, a healthy conscious franchise from Dallas that has been expanding all over the country. 

It was the first time I ever saw and tried one of their places. They offer panini sandwiches, pastries and baked goods in a cozy and warm atmosphere. 

We tried their panini sandwiches and they were good. Their berries parfait was fresh and made to order: berries, granola and yogurt all well balanced. It was a great stop for breakfast or midday snack around that area.

Dec 17, 2010

Fresh Market Grocery Store, Madison, Mississippi

Mississippi has been the top US State to have the highest percentage of obese people in the country. It's a sad fact and I personally thought it was most the media exaggerating than all reality.  It's not the case. 

Previously, I saw in the Southeast US, a little girl eating an orange without peeling the skin, since she had never eaten one before, she didn't know what to do with it. It was heartbreaking.

The good news is that recently, healthier mindsets are getting there and with that, new options (Vegetarian healthy restaurants, for instance) and grocery stores.

As the name already states, the Fresh Market carries the freshest fruits and vegetables. They have a great selection and variety, with high quality and reasonable prices. They also offer organic local produce and imported products. It's a great stop for groceries, if you ever happen to be around Jackson (the capital of the State).

Dec 14, 2010

Bi-Rite Creamery, Mission District, San Francisco

Some people think ice cream is all the same. I disagree. The ingredients, the texture, the flavors, the feeling can be all different. The first time I tried Bi-Rite Ice Cream it was a honey lavender flavor and I had never forgotten it: just too amazing.

Located right by the Dolores Park on the Mission, Bi-Rite uses the slogan "Creating Community through Food". (They are directly involved in several actions towards giving back to the community).

They are also listed on the 7x7 magazine "100 things to eat before you die in SF": #35 - salted-caramel ice cream from Bi-Rite.  

Dec 11, 2010

Monk's Kettle, Mission, San Francisco

I guess you already can tell that we have been hopping around gourmet beer bars around the SF Bay Area. Each of them has their own special character and an interesting flare. This time, we went to Monk's Kettle in the Mission District. I passed by the bar few times but never would have thought they served beer. Kettle for me always reminded me of tea, much more when it's associated to the monk.

The small place offers great selection of European beers, some of the same offered at La Trappe and some slightly more expensive than elsewhere. Still, it's worth trying for their exclusive selection and their service, which was impeccable, friendly and knowledgeable. 

Food wise, the only thing we tried their chocolate chip cookie dessert and it was very hearty and delicious. The place gets packed all week long, we went on a Sunday afternoon and got no line and great crowd. It's a fun place and we will come back! 

Dec 8, 2010

Limon Restaurant, Mission District, San Francisco

I never judge a place just because of the previous reviews and reports I read. With a couple of friends, I went to try Limon on Valencia Street, in the Mission District for Sunday brunch. Despite some mixed feelings I had upon previous readings, once I was there, it felt totally different. Seafood ceviche was incredibly fresh, lemony and refreshing. I ordered the Latin bouillabaisse (a type of seafood stew) and it was very delicious. I haven't tried my friends' dishes, but described as it was great. Service could be faster and more attentive, but overall the experience exceeded my expectations. It was interesting to try a Latin brunch, inspired in Central and South American cuisines and ingredients. 

More info on Limon: 

Dec 5, 2010

La Trappe, Belgium Beer in San Francisco, North Beach

Few months ago, I posted a comment about La Trappe, the Belgium-style pub that is located in North Beach, when describing the La Chouffe pub in Amsterdam.

La Trappe offers an amazing selection of Belgium beers. To pair well with your choice, try great Belgian food: mussels, Belgian fries and delicious burgers! Whether the menu is simple, it pairs really well with the food.

The street level entrance doesn't give a real idea of what this place has to offer. Downstairs, you can find the pub and it's an amazing cozy place. Their beer menu is pretty much a book, where you can find through type of beer and their related page.

Once looking for type of beer, you have a great selection of brands and an informative description of each. The waiters there are knowledgeable and very helpful to describe and suggest different choices.

I go there few times a year and always have a raspberry Lambic - totally recommend it! It's one of those cozy places that doesn't change often, yet you always feel great about being there.

Dec 2, 2010

Samovar Tea Lounge, Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco

Sometimes, half way through the busy routine life, you just need a pause to sip a great tea and enjoy a nice conversation. Finding a good place to do that can be a challenge around cities that live in a rush. Samovar is this place. While enjoying an extensive selection of tea and good small plates to pair with them, there is a perfect place to enjoy silence, read a book, get updated on the emails and/or talk to a good friend. 

I was introduced to this place through a great friend and since then, I always think of her while going there. For a mid-afternoon break or to grab a light snack, this a great spot. On a side note, I just would like to mention that after going there for almost two years, I felt a difference on their service - on this last time I went. It was not as attentive and friendly as always, my friend also felt that. Maybe it was just that day or it was just us. 

I love the Jasmine Pearl Tea, but they also have great chai and oolongs. Their chocolate chip bread pudding, scone, dolmas and salads are also delicious. They have three locations around the city, but my favorite is still the Yerba Buena Gardens one.