Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Eat in SF: Eatwell Farm's Ice Box

Goat Cheese Soft Serve

I visited Eatwell Farm's Ice Box for the first time this past weekend. Located inside the Second Act marketplace on Haight, they sell four flavors of delicious soft serve ice cream a day. Although I'm not a fan of soft serve in the slightest, I may become one after trying Ice Box's. 

After sampling the Goat Cheese flavor, I knew I was smitten. It had the rich, authentic taste of goat cheese, but it wasn't overpowering. It had more character than the typical soft serve I'm used to and the subtle, though dynamic flavors I love. I enjoyed the ice cream in one of their handmade butter cones, which I also highly recommend. Although this soft serve came to six bucks a pop, it was totally worth it. This is one of those ice cream experiences that others try to live up to. It was that good.

The next time I visit, I'll try the Stoneground Chocolate or the Spiced Pumpkin.

Eatwell Farm's Ice Box
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1727 Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94117
Open: Monday - Thursday 12 - 6, Friday - Sunday 11 - 6

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Eat in SF: Burma Bear

Lemon Pepper Salmon with Coconut Rice

I first heard about Burma Bear from Amanda, an old co-worker of mine and the powerhouse behind Disqus' Talk Shop fashion and beauty channel. She used to help out at Burma Bear when it was a pop-up and a mainstay at various food festivals across the Bay Area. This Burmese barbecue place recently opened a permanent location inside the Second Act marketplace on Haight between Cole and Shrader.

When I visited this past weekend, I ordered the Lemon Pepper Salmon with coconut rice. The salmon was fresh, moist, and perfectly seasoned. When combined with the delicious rice and pickled vegetables, the dish was simply a piece of heaven. At about ten bucks a pop, it was also quite a deal.

The next time I stop by I'll have to give their famous Baby Back Ribs or the Kale Tea Leaf Salad a try.

Burma Bear
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1727 Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94117
Open: Monday - Thursday 11:30 - 7, Friday 11:30 - 6, Saturday - Sunday 11 - 6

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Eat in SF: Ritual Coffee Roasters


I visited Ritual Coffee Roasters' newly renovated Mission location a few weeks ago. Situated on Valencia near 21st, this hip coffee shop has been on my list of places to try for a while.

I ordered my signature drink, a cappuccino, which was very good. Like most other cappuccinos I've had in the city and in LA, it had the bold flavor I love and was prepared perfectly.

I will definitely make a trip to Ritual Coffee Roasters the next time I'm craving caffeine in the Mission.

Ritual Coffee Roasters
1026 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Open: Monday - Thursday 6am - 8pm, Friday 6am - 10pm, Saturday 7am - 10pm, Sunday 7am - 8pm

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Eat in Berkeley: Café Clem

Les Oeufs Lucas with steamed-scrambled eggs, crème fraîche, goat cheese, basil, roasted tomatoes, and parsley

Like Elmwood Cafe, Café Clem is one of those popular Berkeley brunch spots I'm surprised I haven't tried until recently. Located on Kittredge between Shattuck and Milvia in Downtown Berkeley, this cafe and bakery is known for their Provençal cuisine. Since it's owned by the same folks as La Note, which I reviewed for brunch and dinner, you know you're in for a treat. I visited with the lovely Brandy of Will Bake for Shoes, who was actually one of my first subjects way back when and a member of the exclusive club of blog veterans.

I ordered Les Oeufs Lucas, which was made up of steamed-scrambled eggs topped off with crème fraîche, goat cheese, basil, and parsley with their signature roasted tomatoes and toast on the side. The eggs were fresh, and the crème fraîche and goat cheese combination gave them another tangy dimension.

The next time I stop by I might try one of their mouth-watering baked goods, which range from carefully assembled tarts to flaky croissants and other French staples.

Café Clem is a great place to enjoy a book from the Central Library right next door over a cup of coffee or to catch up with close friends over brunch.

Café Clem
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2020 Kittredge St., Berkeley, CA 94702
Open: Monday - Friday 7 - 6, Saturday - Sunday 8 - 4

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Eat in Berkeley: Elmwood Cafe

Poached Egg Sandwich with organic heirloom tomatoes, Niman Ranch bacon, an organic poached egg, herbed mayo, and arugula on sliced Acme sourdough bread

I've known about Elmwood Cafe since they transitioned from being Ozzie's Soda Fountain in 2010. However, it wasn't until a few weeks ago that I finally visited this quaint College Avenue cafe with my pal Kim of Kim's Kitchen Sink.

I ordered a cappuccino and the Poached Egg Sandwich, which came with tomatoes, bacon, a poached egg, and arugula on sliced Acme sourdough. Both were pretty good. Like their lattes, the cappuccino was served in a large cup and was prepared perfectly. The egg sandwich was also very good. The herbed mayo united all of the flavors well and the ingredients were fresh. It was a good choice for a noon brunch.

I also enjoyed Elmwood Cafe's outdoor seating, one of the main highlights of eating there at brunch. It feels like a cafe you'd find on a cobbled European street.

I will definitely be returning soon. Pretty much everything on their brunch menu and their baked goods looked appealing. Kim confirmed these suspicions wholeheartedly.

Here are more photos from Elmwood Cafe. Nom.

Elmwood Cafe
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2900 College Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705
Open: Daily 7am - 10pm

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