Monday, February 8, 2016

Eat in San Francisco: Barbarossa Lounge


Lady Killigrew made with rum, pisco, Kalani Coconut Liqueur, banana, allspice, and lime


Sausage plate with boudin blanc and lamb masala sausages, served with persimmon mustard
Photos used with permission from Barbarossa Lounge via Provocateur Media

Last week, I was invited to visit Barbarossa Lounge by the lovely ladies at Provocateur Media. I met up with Rebecca of Provocateur Media, Aimee of The Ohio Transplant, and my friend Amanda. Barbarossa is a sleek cocktail bar and lounge on Montgomery at the southern tip of North Beach, a few paces from the Financial District. The Barbary Coast themed venue features a dark interior with cheeky references to Alcatraz and the red light district which this location was known for. They serve a variety of delicious, well-made cocktails as well as an impressive menu of food.

I ordered the Lady Killigrew, which was made with rum, pisco, Kalani Coconut Liqueur, banana, allspice, and lime. It was quite good. It's clear the bartenders are expert at what they're doing and care about what they make. I would definitely order this drink again. One thing about this place is that it's hard to decide which drink to order. I was torn by a few other options like Madame Lucy's Reign, made with reposado tequila, Cardamaro, pear, lemon, and jasmine, and Bonny's Misfortune, made with aged rum, sherry, chicory, and chocolate.

Along with our drinks, we ordered a few dishes, the first of which was the Sausage plate with boudin blanc and lamb masala sausages with persimmon mustard on the side. These sausages were very flavorful and just the right texture. We also had the Ahi tuna plate with pickled shallot, pistachio, melon radish, and house nori cracker. The tuna had a nice kick and was complemented by the cracker's milder taste and texture well. We also had the Cheese plate with a variety of delicious cheeses. All of the food tasted great and rounded out the experience well.

After hanging out for a bit, we took a tour of the bar and lounge on both floors. There are keys from Alcatraz and key-patterned designs on the walls throughout the black and red interior. They have a very spacious bottom floor with sleek booths and chairs for larger parties. When you visit, be sure to check out the wallpaper near the restrooms. ;)

Special thanks to Barbarossa and Provocateur Media for the lovely evening and the great experience. If you've visited Barbarossa Lounge before, what do you recommend trying?

Barbarossa Lounge
714 Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA 94111
Open: Monday - Wednesday 4pm - 12am, Thursday - Friday 4pm - 2am, Saturday 6pm - 2am

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Eat in Berkeley: Smoke’s Poutinerie (Pt. 2)


The Hangover Poutine made with scrambled eggs, bacon, maple syrup, and Tabasco sauce



This past weekend, I stopped by Smoke's Poutinerie for the second time in Berkeley. I was invited to try one of their new flavors: The Hangover Poutine, which is made with scrambled eggs, bacon, maple syrup, and Tabasco sauce. It was pretty good. The scrambled eggs were fluffy and the bacon was flavorful. These breakfast flavors complemented the traditional poutine toppings of gravy and cheese curd well. The maple syrup added a nice sweetness, while you can add Tabasco for an extra kick. Thanks for the great poutine, Smoke's!

If you've visited Smoke's Poutinerie recently, what do you recommend trying?

Smoke’s Poutinerie
2518 Durant Ave., Unit A, Berkeley, CA 94704
Open: Daily 11am - 4am

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Eat in San Francisco: Arlequin Cafe & Food To Go


Chai Latte

This past weekend, I visited Arlequin Cafe & Food To Go with an old friend of mine. This charming cafe located in Hayes Valley serves warm drinks and tasty food. We both had a Chai Latte, which my friend highly recommended. It was quite good. I also discovered that it's hard to photograph this type of drink since it just looks like a cup of steamed milk. Hmm...

In addition to their inside seating, Arlequin also has a large patio space in the back. It's a nice escape of bistro tables and rose bushes.

If you've visited Arlequin before, what do you recommend ordering?

Arlequin Cafe & Food To Go
384 Hayes St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Open: Monday 8am - 7pm, Tuesday - Friday 8am - 8pm, Saturday 9am - 8pm, Sunday 9am - 7pm

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Eat in Berkeley: Flour & Co


Sticky Bun


Egg Pie of the Day and Soft Pretzel


8 oz. Latte

I've been wanting to visit Flour & Co's Berkeley location since they opened last September. Located a block west of Sacramento on University, the cafe serves delicious baked goods, such as Buttermilk Biscuits and Monkey Bread, as well as coffee from Stumptown.

When I stopped by this weekend with my pal Summer, I ordered a Sticky Bun with an 8 oz. latte while she had the Egg Pie of the Day and a Soft Pretzel. All of the baked goods were pretty tasty and the coffee was strong and perfectly prepared.

This shop is spacious and has a lot of places to sit at long wooden tables and counters. Flour & Co seems to have eased well into the neighborhood and it would not be surprising if it became a morning staple for many.

If you've visited Flour & Co, what did you try?

Flour & Co
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1398 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702
Open: Daily 6:30am - 6pm

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Eat in Berkeley: Elmwood Cafe (Pt. 5)


Flourless Bourbon Chocolate Cake

Last weekend we stopped by Elmwood Cafe for a latte and an afternoon treat. We usually visit the cafe for brunch (see: 123) or even lunch, so this was a nice change of pace.

In addition to our coffee, we ordered the Flourless Bourbon Chocolate Cake and two slices of Acme levain toast with Blood Orange Cranberry Marmalade and butter. The chocolate cake was dense and chocolaty like fudge. It went well with our lattes. The crust was crumbly goodness. We didn't really taste the bourbon flavor though. The toast was also good, although the marmalade was a bit too sour for my liking. I guess I'm not a marmalade person.

If you've visited Elmwood Cafe recently, what did you try?

Elmwood Cafe
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2900 College Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705
Open: Daily 7am - 9pm

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