Arsicault Bakery and its Life-Changing Almond Croissant
This is the best almond croissant I’ve ever had, and I do not say that lightly. For real, this is the kind of pastry that will haunt your dreams.
Taylor’s Automatic Refresher (aka Gott’s Roadside): Worth the Trip out to Wine Country (and Maybe a Plane Ticket Cross Country)
The Food Network will be proud to know that based on this one segment, showing off those ridiculously good looking tuna burgers, I planned an impromptu surprise trip to Napaâ€¦with Taylor’s Automatic Refresher naturally at the center of my itinerary. True Story.
Sushi Bistro: Rock n’ Roll Me
Sushi Bistro keep sushi fresh and fun with innovative combinations of ingredients (and dish names). Case in point, the orgasmic Rock n’ Roll: sweet scallops smothered in kewpie mayonnaise spiked with sriracha (Thai-style hot chili sauce), and served on top of a California roll.
Front Porch: Come. Stay. Pull Up a Chair and Join Me and My Bucket of Chicken
Front Porch accurately describes its fare as Caribbean comfort food: the signature Fried Chicken was cleverly presented in a fun, retro, popcorn bucket, complete with a handful of popcorn to snack on, sides of stewed coconut red beans studded with pork belly bits, and spicy rice dirtied up with bean remnants and chicken gizzards.
Girl Crush: Giada De Laurentiis
I love Giada. I love her simple yet sophisticated take on Italian food â€“ authentic flavors, beautiful presentations, and dishes/ingredients described in wonderfully poetic terms. And happy to say, she was in town today promoting her new book, Giada’s Kitchen, at the massive flagship Williams-Sonoma in Union Square.
Chilly Weather = Prime Phà²-Slurping Weather
When the sky is grey and the chilly fog rolls in off the bay, there is one thing that is guaranteed to make me feel better: a big fat bowl of hot phà² steaming in my face. After trolling Little Saigon in search of the perfect bowl of phà² tai, I am excited to report that Bodega Bistro has got just what I need.
I love coffee. No, seriously. I really love it. There are few things as deeply satisfying as a rich, frothy, quality cup of coffee. I discovered my local Philz Coffee today in SoMa. When I took my first sip of the heavenly elixir I’ve come to think of as my liquid crack, it stopped me dead in my tracks.