Thursday, February 22, 2018

Eat in San Francisco: Bi-Rite Creamery (Pt. 3)


Chocolate and Vanilla soft serve ice cream

I've done it again! I'm reviewing Bi-Rite Creamery's soft serve a second time and the ice cream shop overall a third time.

I don't have much of a status update, however. Their soft serve is still delicious and those delicious flavors I've vetted include Chocolate, Salted Caramel, and now Vanilla. Now I've given you an alternative to waiting in the ├╝ber-long line for their ice cream a few feet over. Phew!

What's your favorite ice cream flavor at Bi-Rite?

Bi-Rite Creamery
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3692 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Open: Daily 11am - 10pm

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Eat in Oakland: Grand Lake Kitchen (Pt. 2)


Smoked Salmon with cream cheese, red onions, capers, lemon, and chives on a Beauty's Everything Bagel


Right: Latte



It's been a while since I reviewed Grand Lake Kitchen, one of Oakland's best brunch spots, back in 2014.

When I returned this weekend, I ordered the Smoked Salmon with cream cheese, red onions, capers, lemon, and chives on a Beauty's Everything Bagel as well as a latte. The bagel was everything (get it?) I wanted in a smoked salmon bagel and then some. They added some special goodness that upgraded this classic open-faced sandwich. Since I've last stopped by, they've added an espresso machine where they made my perfectly prepared latte.

If you've visited Grand Lake Kitchen recently, what do you recommend trying?

Grand Lake Kitchen
576 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94610
Open: Daily 9am - 10pm

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Eat in Berkeley: Ippudo


Shoyu Ramen made with pork belly chashu, scallions, nori seaweed, soft-boiled seasoned egg, menma, and naruto


Sake

I finally visited Ippudo, the popular ramen place on Shattuck at University in Downtown Berkeley, after seeing its line wrap down the block for weeks.

I tried the Shoyu Ramen made with pork belly chashu, scallions, nori seaweed, soft-boiled seasoned egg, menma, and naruto as well as a delicious shot of sake. The ramen was good although to me the main event was the sake. It had a rich flavor I enjoyed. While I forgot to write down which type I tried, they have a decently-sized selection you should be happy with.

Ippudo is very popular, but we were lucky in that the line wasn't too bad for a Saturday dinner. I'd recommend bringing good company.

If you've visited Ippudo, what do you recommend trying?

Ippudo
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2015 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Open: Monday - Thursday 11am - 11pm, Friday - Saturday 11am - 12am, Sunday 11am - 10pm

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Eat in Oakland: Hawking Bird


Sandwiched Hawking Bird: fried chicken sandwich made with chicken thigh fillet, mayo, chili jam, and cabbage slaw in an egg bun

I finally tried Hawking Bird this weekend after hearing so many good things from my favorite food bloggers and writers the past few months. Started by James Syhabout, who brought us the delicious and always inspiring Thai cuisine served at Hawker Fare, Hawking Bird is its casual counterpart known for their fried chicken and Khao Mun Gai poached chicken dish.

I tried the Sandwiched Hawking Bird, which is a chicken thigh fillet marinated in garlic and ginger, dipped in a rice flour batter, and double fried. I had this "sandwiched" with mayo, a homemade charred chili jam, and cabbage slaw in an egg bun. It was worth the wait. The fried chicken was juicy on the inside, and flaky and surprisingly light tasting on the outside. The chili jam had a nice sweetness that accentuated the sandwich's already dynamic flavors.

They also serve the sandwich, or fried tofu, over salad or rice. The next time I visit I want to try one of these combinations, along with a side of garlic noodles.

If you've visited Hawking Bird, what do you recommend trying?

Hawking Bird
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4901 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609
Open: Tuesday - Thursday 11:30 - 9:30, Friday - Saturday 11:30 - 11:00, Sunday 11:30 - 8:00

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Work It, San Francisco: John


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Spotted on Maiden Lane and Grant.
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