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July 16-23, 2007


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  Tuesday, July 23, 2007

We were on an errand (to pick up a Modicum of wine) and made a lunch stop at Bouchon Bakery.

We sat at one of their outdoor tables with our ready-made sandwiches.

My ham and cheese ($6.50):

... on baguette had a nice balance of mustard, pork and Swiss, but didn’t have a crusty shell due to its brief stay in the refrigerator case To be fair, this didn’t keep me from devouring the whole generous meat and cheese torpedo.

Chubby got the roast beef sandwich ($8.50):

...on pesto lined foccacia. Its nicely rare, meaty filling was complemented by cheese and arugula. It was good, but its bread-tegrity was challenged by the fridge as well.

All of our picky issues were erased by this strawberry tart ($6.00):

... which looks so innocent. It is a plain, well-tailored, grey suit with sinful undergarments. The scattering of pistachio dust over the strawbs is a herald of the pistachio praline that lies beneath the pastry crème. A crisp crust, a layer of nutty richness with little caramelized crunches of pulverized brittle and the summery red fruit combined to make the best strawberry tart ever.

Chubby got a chocolate éclair ($3.50):

... which looked like it got fashion tips from a churro. This ridged choco-filled cigar was tasty, but couldn’t outshine that fruity tart.

Bouchon Bakery
6540 Washington St.
Yountville, CA





  Sunday, July 22, 2007

The fruit display at Frog Hollow always catches my eye and I will often stop for an order of their fruit crisp ($5.00):

... which can be a delightful snack or a horrifying minefield for teeth:

One byproduct of these stone fruit desserts is that they can be crunchier than expected. The first time I encountered pits I thought it was a fluke, but I have found it to be a fruity game of Russian Roulette. I guess they just Frog-get to hollow out their harvest on occasion.

Today’s crisp had only one pit (but it was surprisingly big) which took away a bit of enjoyment from my otherwise pleasantly tart and mildly sweet peach and cherry combo. Walnuts added a suspicious yet edible crunch. Perhaps these peachy eats should come with a warning sticker.


Frog Hollow Farm
San Francisco Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA




  Saturday, July 21, 2007

Pie Vote

We got a tip from Bunrab reader, Thaddeus, about a Mission-worthy burger. Lazlo Bar:

... is run by the Foreign Cinema folks and occupies the small space on the Mission Street side of their outdoor screening room/restaurant. On our last visit to Foreign Cinema we discussed returning to check out this little drinkery (which is named for the dude in the film Breathless) and now we had an excuse.

This little, funky bar is just the sort of place I would want in my neighborhood.

The people are nice, the chow is good and dogs drink free (from a waterbowl that is.)

Most everyone who walked in knew the friendly barman who had all the regulars’ drinks ready before they asked for them. He commiserated with all those needing some hair of the dog that bit them as he muddled, shook and tapped his way across the air conditioned bar.

We enjoyed our burgers ($10 each):

... with beer in this festive Saturday gathering spot. Our beefy patties emerged from the Foreign Cinema kitchen accented with brown sugar-kissed bacon, lightly pickled red onions, lettuce and aioli on an opiate-speckled Kaiser roll.  A generous spud stack of fries helped to drain our suds as we finished off another day specific (weekends 12-3p.m only) San Francisco burger. It’s definitely worth popping in if you are in the ‘nabe during this burger-window of time.

We had laid the burger and beer foundation of our nutrition pyramid, but we needed a pointy top. The answer was written in pie-roglyphics:

... down the street. We charted our way over to a pie contest. It was American Pie-dol (but this Simon was a pieman rather than a Cowell and Paula Adbul looked a lot different in person.)

Organized by Nathan Lynch, this neighborhood bake off:

... took place at Southern Exposure This venue will eventually evolve into the expanded home of Mission Pie.

During his residency, Mr. Lynch will be running a revolutionary, bicycle delivery service for pies from Southern Exposure. If you want to take advantage of this pie-cycle business which operates from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Tuesday- Saturday, call 415.282.4PIE


Laszlo Bar
2526 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA

Southern Exposure
2901 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA
for pie deliveries: 415.282.4PIE

Mission Pie
2901 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA




  Friday, July 20, 2007

Usually lunch at Bridgeway Hamburgers means sitting outside and enduring aggressive panhandling from seagulls, but today was a beer day and we took our burgers next door to Paterson’s bar:

... to wash down with some suds:

It’s the same deal as Rosamunde and Toronado – that whale and pilot fish business relationship. Back in the day, you used to be able to go into Paterson’s and order a burger, but times have changed.

This simple, decent, cheeseburger ($6.60):

... is cooked on a rotating grill and served on a soft bun with the usual trimmings. The fries ($2.45) are the frozen, crinkle cut variety (which I like just fine.) They are crispy with starchy bellies and promote envy from those ravenous birds.

The tourists are starting to flock in (along with those gulls) but they mostly go to the larger establishments down the street like Poggio or walk around shopping for something hideous to take home.

I just wish that the tourists wouldn’t stop in the middle of the sidewalk to window shop when I’m making my way to get my burger fix, but I guess that’s the price I pay for going to this part of Sausalito during the Summertime.

737 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA




  Thursday, July 19, 2007

We decided to have some Mediterranean chow at  Hayes and Kebab:

We placed our orders at the register and got our numbers which were swapped out for our lunch:

I checked out K’s garbonzo-tizer of hummus which was fine. My Lamb Shish Kebab ($10.95):

...was tender and flavorful. It came with sides of  rice,  bulgar and salad.

This was the sort of place that I’m happy to pop into when I’m in the ‘nabe:

... but not necessarily trip-worthy.  The people were friendly in this clean and cozy eatery.

Hayes and Kebab
406 Hayes St.
San Francisco, CA



  Wednesday, July 18, 2007

We cooled off with our pal S. today at Sketch in Berkeley.  I asked Eric what would pair well with the burnt caramel ice cream and he suggested the Strauss yogurt. This tangy de-gurt was a kicky counter point to the carbon-based ice form.

Chubby got a burnt caramel and chocolate combo and S. got blackberry and vanilla bean for their two toned treats ($4.50 each) We love Sketch.

They were slicing up some peachy fruit on the back counter, which inspired a visit to Monterey Market:

... for some fuzzy stone fruit including some sweet as honey Babcock’s.

Sketch Ice Cream
1809A Fourth St.
Berkeley, CA



  Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Bakesale Betty was bustling today. We popped by for their famous fried chicken sandwich ($7.00):

... which maintains its status of the best poultry sandwich in town. A seasoned, crunchy coating yielded to a moist white meat in this generous serving of clucker. A field of fresh, jalapeno-ignited coleslaw set off the soft torpedo bun.

Today’s pie was blueberry ($3.50):

When I requested a slice, the counterperson pulled the lone, packaged piece from the refrigerated display. I quickly asked if it would be possible to have a serving at room temperature and even though the place was busy, they cut me off a chunk from a new pie. Yea. My smile became dark blue after today’s tasty lunch.

There were gorgeous peaches and plums on racks that looked like they might become tomorrow’s pies. Too bad I won’t happen to be in Oakland tomorrow or I would make a peachpit stop.

Check out some of our other Bakesale Betty visits.

Bakesale Betty

5098 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA



  Monday, July 16, 2007

We participated in a great San Francisco program called Just Think today. But first, we took a break to just eat at the Slow Club.

In order to fully embrace today’s activity, I went with the brain food.

My salmon ($13.50):

... was grilled to the extra rare that I had requested. A ring of olive oil  smashed Yukon spuds were in a choke hold with a chunk (out of an ear) of corn salsa verde to Tyson it all together. This was the winner in the lightweight division.

Chubby’s burger ($10.50):

... was a knock out with its beefy Prather Ranch punch followed by ripe tomato slices, jack cheese, and hit of aioli. He kept his lunch welterweight with a salad rather than fries.

The Club hit the spot and was anything but slow for today’s peppy lunch.

The Slow Club
2501 Mariposa St.
San Francisco, CA




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