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October 17-24 , 2006
What the hell was I thinking?
I had heard that the recently rethought Greenbrae Grill:
... was big on organic, locally grown ingredients prepared with care. So I thought I would give it a check up based on a couple of reccos.
My friend S. has never eaten there, but has co-workers who said that
the soups and the pizza were good. S. also told me not to use the bathrooms
during my visit (ew.) So, with an empty bladder, I went to Marin
General Hospital for some lunch stat.
...and was about to turn around and walk out when a friendly employee greeted me by saying, “the pizza’s good.” So, I got a slice of tomato, onion and cheese pizza ($3.18):
... and had a seat in the dining area:
... that would constitute Pat Kuleto’s worst nightmare.
The pizza tasted like it looked.
It’s horribly unfair of me to condemn an institution for having food that tastes like it’s from an institution, it’s even worse to criticize a place when you aren’t even spending five bucks for the privilege. I know it must be a horribly thankless job to cook for grumpy, sick people or their agitated friends who come to visit. It’s not the sort of place that you come to with a spirit of levity, but maybe that’s exactly the reason that this place should aspire to lose the tired eats and make some kick ass sandwiches or fried chicken. Of all places, they should be the least concerned about healthy food, after all, if you get a heart attack, ER is right downstairs.
I guess the point of this cafeteria style eatery is not to attract guests. The point is to service the hospital, but this food would send me to the psych ward if I were prescribed a regimen. Actually, after walking through the sticky floored hallways to get here, I should have my head examined.
We’ve always considered Clement Street San Francisco’s Chinatown. Not only does it serve as a refuge from Christmas, there are plenty of cheap and cheerful Chinese places to grab a quick bite.
The House of Clay Pot has $5.95 clay pots filled with rice and a wide selection of toppings. They sounded appealing, but I opted for the Sichuan Chicken ($7.95):
... which was a nicely spiced, generous portion
of dark meat, green bell peppers and onions.
... He liked the thin,
tender, cow slices with a jumble of string beans.
House of Clay Pot
It was time for a house cooling party before our friends move to their
amazing new digs.
... served alongside caramelized Brussels sprouts:
... zukes, bulgar, and vine ripened tomatoes:
of K and G’s garden.
A fine time was had by all and it only makes us anxious for the house
warming party on the other end of the move.
My new favorite store bought chocolate chip cookie (since Sharffen Berger changed their recipe) is the ccc ($1.50):
... available at the Cowgirl Cantina at Tomales Bay Foods. Normally I don’t go for such a blonde, soft, specimen, but this delicate, thin, oval of buttery goodness has a lacey, subtle crispness around the perimeter that is irresistible.
I wish that they sold these at the Ferry Building in addition to their HQ in Pt. Reyes Station. But it’s worth the trip to pick up some cheese, local produce, and a Fatted Calf fegatelli to go with your buttery coasters.
Singing, Sake and Sushi collided in a evisceratingly fun evening. Film Arts Foundation was tonight’s venue but it had been so long since our last visit that we were looking for their old offices across the street instead of their modern, larger facility.
This was the perfect spot to screen some ultraviolent cartoons, chow down:
... and watch horrendously phenomenal karaoke performances.
No animals were hurt in the making of this party…except for the fish:
... that were brutally slaughtered for the nigiri.
The $7.45 buffet at India Gate:
... may not be the
best in town, but it’s
a good option if you need to grab a quick cheap bite in San Rafael.
Standard issue dessert of fried milk balls in syrup and that almond studded rice pudding:
... that never has been my thing. But this is a quick and peppy, eat-it-and-beat-it lunch.
India Gate Restaurant
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming…
Lunch was a BLT ($7.50):
... from Rustic Bakery. Heirloom tomatoes and a mesclun fulfilled their T and L roles and the foccacia added an onion kick to this toothsome bacon sandwich. The aioli didn’t make it all the way to the edges of the sandwich (one of my personal pet peeves in sandwich making – all bites should be flavorful, not just the center) but it was still fine.
As their name indicates, baked goods are their raisin debt. I would return for the buttermilk blackberry scone ($3.00):
A subtle sweetness and berry tang balance out this light, sugar shielded, wedge.
The chocolate chip cookie ($1.50):
...had the thin crispness that I like in a ccc. It’s filled with pecan bits and penny sized coins of chocolate. Not bad.
I’ve been enjoying the flatbreads that they make for Cowgirl Creamery, but I hadn’t visited the mother ship for a long while. I will have to come back to check out some of their other baked goods soon.
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