Friday, April 29, 2016

Eat in Berkeley: sweetgreen


Hello Portobello salad made with organic wild rice, shredded kale, raw beets, bean sprouts, basil, spicy sunflower seeds, roasted portobello mushroom mix, and miso sesame ginger vinaigrette

This past weekend I tried sweetgreen, a new salad shop that opened in the building previously occupied by Oscar's, on Shattuck and Hearst in Berkeley. Sweetgreen serves a wide selection of salads in multiple locations across several states.

I ordered the Hello Portobello salad made with organic wild rice, shredded kale, raw beets, bean sprouts, basil, spicy sunflower seeds, roasted portobello mushroom mix, and miso sesame ginger vinaigrette. It was pretty good. All of the ingredients were fresh and dressed perfectly.

They gave the old Oscar's a facelift by adding a neon sign listing each of the seasons and al fresco seating. Since they just opened on April 19th, there might be a bit of a line out the door. It goes by pretty quickly and you'll soon be greeted by their friendly staff.

If you've visited sweetgreen, what did you try?

sweetgreen
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1890 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709
Open: Daily 10:30am - 10pm

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Eat in San Francisco: Iza Ramen


Regular Iza Tsukemen: ramen noodle with a separate dipping soup, ume shiso plum chicken, slow-cooked BBQ pork, marinated egg, green onion, bean sprouts, bamboo shoot, and fresh seaweed

This past weekend my friend and I planned to visit Mensho Ramen on Geary in Lower Nob Hill. After meeting the terribly long line they're known for, we opted to try Iza Ramen in the Lower Haight instead. We made the right decision: Iza had a more manageable line and its surrounding neighborhood was quite lovely during the golden hour. Iza started as a weekend-only pop-up in the Mission and opened this permanent location last October.

I ordered the Regular Iza Tsukemen ramen with a separate dipping soup, ume shiso plum chicken, slow-cooked BBQ pork, marinated egg, green onion, bean sprouts, bamboo shoot, and fresh seaweed. I've only ever had tsukemen ramen at Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle in Los Angeles. It was quite good. The broth was thick like I remembered and filled with everything I like in a bowl of ramen. My friend really enjoyed the Regular Iza Ramen with their special broth (a mix of tonkotsu, chicken, bonito tuna, and vegetable broth), slow-cooked BBQ pork, a marinated egg, spicy green onion, bean sprouts, nori, and fresh seaweed.

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

Iza Ramen
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237 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94117
Lunch: Friday - Sunday 11:30 - 2:30
Dinner: Monday, Wednesday - Sunday 5 - 10

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Work It, San Francisco: Alia


Alia is wearing a coat from Pretty Pennyshirt from Goodwill, dress from Buffalo Exchange, socks from Sockshop Haight, and shoes from ShoeBizYou can follow her on Instagram.

Spotted on Valencia and 21st.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Work It, San Francisco: Kendalle


Kendalle is wearing a top and socks from American Apparel, jacket from Nasty Gal, shorts from a London flea market, Hater snapback hat, vintage sunglasses, garter holster from Ritual, and Demobaza boots. You can follow her on Instagram.

Spotted on Valencia and 22nd.
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Monday, April 25, 2016

Eat in West Hollywood: Urth Caffé (Pt. 2)


Blackout Pound Cake 

A couple weeks ago my mom and I visited our favorite coffee shop in town: Urth Caffé.

We finally accomplished our goal of trying one of the delicious cakes they always have on display. We ordered the Blackout Pound Cake with our usual Italian Cappuccinos. The cake was as chocolaty as expected and went well with the perfectly prepared coffee.

If you've visited Urth Caffé recently, what did you try?

Urth Caffé
8565 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Open: Sunday - Thursday 6:30pm - 11:30pm, Friday - Saturday 6:30am - 12am

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