Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Eat in San Francisco: Beretta


Pear pizza with pancetta, gorgonzola, and caramelized onions


Spicy Marinara pizza with peperoncino and olives


Calamari Fritti with tomato, peperoncino, and arugula

This weekend I stopped by Beretta, a delicious Italian restaurant on Valencia and 23rd in the Mission, for the second time while catching up with friends.

We ordered two pizzas (the Spicy Marinara for the dairy-free and the Pear for the dairy fiends), along with a side of fried calamari. Everything was incredible. The Pear pizza was my favorite. It was topped with pancetta, gorgonzola, and caramelized onions; all of the flavors complemented each other nicely.

Along with the incredible food, Beretta has a sleek interior and serves great cocktails at the bar.

If you've visited Beretta recently, what do you recommend trying?

Beretta
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1199 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Open: Monday - Friday 5:30pm - 1am, Saturday - Sunday 11am - 1am

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Eat in San Francisco: Mission Pie


Walnut pie

I finally captured the goodness that is served at Mission Pie, a pie shop and cafe located on Mission and 25th in San Francisco's Mission District.

This past weekend I tried their Walnut pie, a fresh take on the super-sweet pecan pie someone's grandma used to make. They topped the sugary sweet filling with huge walnut halves over a flaky crust. It was great.

If you've visited Mission Pie recently, what do you recommend trying?

Mission Pie
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2901 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Open: Monday - Friday 7am - 10pm, Saturday 8am - 10pm, Sunday 9am -10pm

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Work It, San Francisco: Vee


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Spotted on Valencia and Liberty.
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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Eat in Oakland: FOB Kitchen






Tocino Silog with sweet-cured pork shoulder, garlic rice, sunny egg, and mixed greens

After hearing such good things about FOB Kitchen, a Filipino pop-up-turned-restaurant on Telegraph and 52nd, the past few months, I finally stopped by for brunch this weekend.

I tried the Tocino Silog featuring sweet-cured pork shoulder, garlic rice, sunny egg, and mixed greens. It was quite good. The pork was perfectly prepared and all of the flavors complemented each other well. Cut off a piece of pork, add some egg and some rice, and you've got the perfect mouthful.

In addition to the delicious food, the restaurant has a fun atmosphere with tropical themed wallpaper and beautiful wooden tables. The staff are sweet and helpful to boot.

The next time I stop by, I might try the Adobo Fried Rice or the Longanisa Hash. If you've visited FOB Kitchen recently, what do you recommend trying?

FOB Kitchen
5179 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94609
Dinner: Wednesday - Friday 5 - 10pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 10:30am - 2:30pm

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Eat in Los Angeles: The Rose Venice




Huevos Rancheros made with Rancho Gordo beans, cotija, salsa verde, avocado, and red onion

A couple weeks ago, I finally visited The Rose Venice, a hip cafe and restaurant located on Rose right off Main in Venice. Given that this cafe is found in coastal Los Angeles, I expected a charming, rundown place beloved by local beach bums. Instead, The Rose represents the new, bougier Venice, the one where tech has brought in money and raised rents. Its beautifully designed space has seating inside and out, and is quite spacious. (It reminded me of Gjusta, the ├╝ber-cool bakery also in the area.)

Following my friend's recommendation, I ordered the Huevos Rancheros made with Rancho Gordo beans, cotija, salsa verde, avocado, and red onion. Besides being quite photogenic, it also tasted great and was pretty filling. I tried a latte, which was prepared perfectly.

The next time I stop by I want to try either The Jenny Lea (two biscuits and fried eggs) or the Hearth Baked Shakshouka. If you've visited The Rose Venice recently, what do you recommend trying?

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220 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291
Open: Sunday - Thursday 7am - 10pm, Friday - Saturday 7am - 11pm

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