Slowly but surely, the tomatoes at the farmer’s market are being replaced by pears and other fall produce…
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This topic arose the other day at the office: Which SF neighborhood has the best restaurants? We never came up with a definitive answer to this question at work, but it’s been on my mind ever since. Last year, I sang the virtues of these twenty restaurants that all happen to be scattered all over the city. It’s hard for me to choose just one neighborhood. Could it be the Richmond district, with its great Korean and Shanghai dumplings, and the other neighborhood cheap eats that anchor it? Or is it the Marina, home to my beloved restaurant A16? As overrun as downtown is with tourists and business travelers, it’s home to some restaurants that are dear to me: Katana-ya, Town Hall, Bong Su, even — dare I say it — the Rotunda at Neiman Marcus.
I’ve thought about this long and hard, and I don’t have an answer that I can stand behind 100 percent. At long last, I am inclined to say the Mission. Despite its shady drug deals, too-cool-for-school hipster reputation, and never-ending shortage of street parking, the neighborhood is filled with a diverse selection of thriving restaurants. I appreciate the never-fail favorites like Delfina, Pizzeria Delfina, Tartine and Foreign Cinema. I also welcome Spork, Dynamo Donuts, Frjtz, and all the other trendsetters that give me a chance to try something different and new.
Do you have any votes for the San Francisco neighborhood with the best restaurants? Please do chime in!
In case you were wondering, I did wind up making those blackberry crumbles…
This week Andy and I took a walk in the woods near our house. Since we’re in the thick of blackberry season (pun intended), I was hoping we’d find some blackberries on the wild bushes that grow on the side of the road.
They were just starting to ripen. Many of them were an unripe magenta hue, and even more still remained colorless. Picking them was tricky, since the bushes were covered with thorns, and they also happened to grow along the side of a rather steep ravine.
My hands were scratched and covered with berry stains, but I was able to enjoy some of the fruits of my labor. I haven’t yet decided what to do with them, but I’m pondering making blackberry crumbles.
Don’t you love how blackberries can look so much like molecules?
So it finally (and completely unpredictably) happened: I got a job writing about what I love most — food.
I am so incredibly excited!!!
Starting the week after next, I’ll be one of the editors at YumSugar, a food blog connected to the online women’s network Sugar Inc. I’m still definitely going to weigh in on restaurants (something I won’t be doing in my professional blogging space), home-cooked meals and other musings here, but you’ll also be able to read me on YumSugar under the byline “YumSugar” from now on.
Bring it on!
Hello everyone, just wanted to let you know that I am still alive and haven’t forgotten about amuses bouche and the rest of you all. In the past month I’ve had a really bad cold, a fever and some really painful neck problems — but I promise I have some good eats coming soon!
Emporio Rulli’s Cialde
My friend Jen and I are both in love with food, so logically we would have seen the same Italian holiday special on the Food Network. It led us to the cialde at Emporio Rulli this past weekend.
Emporio Rulli in Larkspur is (as of 2004, when the special was filmed) the only place in the United States where one can find these cialde, or delicate wafers. They are filled with crushed almonds and sugar, and stamped with a pastoral scene from the town of Montecatini, Tuscany, where the wafer press originates. The wafers taste faintly reminiscent of caramelized sugar and pair perfectly with coffee or espresso.
Tomorrow — look out for my post on Pizzeria Picco!