[Food Porn] San Francisco v1

To me, there’s nothing quite  refreshing as going back home and visiting family; it gets my head right and puts my heart in check.  From roaming the streets of Chinatown to watching the Mountain Dew Skateboarding Tour  to going out and dancing the night away at Ruby Skye with my favorites, San Francisco has a little something to do – and eat – for everyone.  One of my dad’s favorite things to do while I’m home is find new and exciting places to eat. According to him, I used to have quite the adventurous appetite but somehow as I grew older I started getting picky – it’s gotten to the point that most of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles know what my usual‘ is.  So, much to my father’s delight I let him make most, if not all, of the food decisions over the weekend and my stomach couldn’t be happier.

Friday was the first full day I was in the city – granted, it was a little tainted by the fact I had to do some work from the apartment, but no matter – the simple fact that I essentially can work from anywhere is fabulous!  For lunch, I visited him at work in the Symantec headquarters so I could finally meet his lovely coworkers, and then we ventured off to find our lunch!  We bounced a few ideas around, but once we walked past Osha Thai our decision was made.  The best part about Osha, besides how amazing the food is, is there are a few different locations in the city – so wherever you happen to be, you won’t have to venture far to get that yummy Thai food in your belly.

We started off with some delicious drinks – my dad got a Thai Iced Coffee while I sipped on a Green Tea Mojito, super refreshing – and appetizers.  There are a few Thai places in LA that pride themselves on their Duck Spring Rolls so it’s a good point of comparison – and oh my wow, they were amazing! I would’ve taken a picture but we ate them too damn fast.  For our main course we split a steak salad and dug into some of the best massumun lamb curry ever.

Massumun Lamb Curry from Osha Thai

Bummer and Lazarus: Tequila, Ginger Beer, Cucumber, Chilies

There’s a bit of a food tradition my dad and I have when we visit each other; it’s 5 letters long and is the best thing ever…if you guessed sushi, you’d be correct!  Literally every time we get together, we collectively crave it.  So this time, I let him to the picking and choosing of where to go – there are so many good sushi places in SF that you really can’t go wrong.  This time, the choice was Ame at the St. Regis Hotel.  Now, we’d gone under the premise that this fusion Japanese food was going to be sushi – well, (a) wrong and (b) I’ve never been so happy about my dad being wrong, ever!  First of all, Ame is one of the only Asian influenced Michelin rated restaurants in San Francisco – and their modern American take on cultural Japanese food is mouthwatering.

I started off with a Bummer and Lazarus, a signature drink from their incredibly extensive cocktail menu; they literally have a drink for everyone – beer, sake, wine, mocktails – you name it and they have it. We split a few appetizers but they were a little on the small side and between all of our appetites they went very fast.  Next up was the main course – I was pretty overwhelmed by the menu and there wasn’t any sushi per-say, so thank goodness they have a ‘Taste of Ame’ sashimi plate that comes with lots of delectable goodies like a sunomono salad with uni.  I’m not exactly a sashimi fan, but after eating here I might become one!

Taste of Ame Sashimi Plate

I was beyond stuffed after my entree, but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to try their beer donuts, if the establishment wasn’t so damn posh I’d suggest calling it the Homer Simpson because it essentially combines his two favorite things.  The donuts came with some of the richest chocolate sauce I’ve ever had covering the entire plate and a healthy chunk of Stout Ice Cream in the center. Omnom…

Beer Donuts with Chocolate Sauce and Stout Ice Cream

When we woke up Saturday morning we were all still full from dinner the night before so my step-mother and I took an adventure out to Chinatown during the day to get our walk and talk on.  After a few hours strolling around, I got a huge craving for BBQ Pork Buns – and I was definitely in the perfect location to fulfill it.  We walked for literally a minute and stumbled into Gourmet Kitchen to snag a few and I basically devoured them like it was my job.

BBQ Pork Buns

It’s always bittersweet to say goodbye to my family and the city that I love, but doing it over a great brunch at Prospect makes it so much easier. I usually go for the Eggs Benedict, but I was in the mood for something different and hearty – making the Prospector a shoe-in.  Bacon, eggs, potatoes, sausage and corncakes – such the well rounded American breakfast, but get anything at Prospect and you literally can’t go wrong.  Beyond making a great breakfast, it was also delicious as leftovers when I got back to Los Angeles that night.

The Prospector

Kitchen Kitten: What the French, Toast?

In the past year, I’ve shifted my focus on a lot of things – one of those changes has been spending a considerable amount of time in the kitchen, cooking and baking up a storm. I’ve perfected my stir-fry technique, developed my own special way of cooking chicken, and have a go-to recipe for lamb.  I filleted salmon the other week just to see if I could find a cooked fish recipe that I could enjoy.  I tried my hand at baking cupcakes, pretzels, and cookies all with the other hand firmly on a glass of wine.

It all started because I was sick of being a picky eater, and figured if I could learn how to make the things I enjoyed eating, then I would eat more.  Isn’t it great when you’re right?! The me from 5 years ago would laugh at my 27 year old self, because now I absolutely love it. Being in the kitchen is such a calming and cathartic process, and there’s no better feeling than cooking something up that you as the chef can’t get enough of. This thought goes into my head each time I savor a bite – this is amazing, and I did it all myselfIt’s such a source of pride, and I gift that’s so easy to share with friends and family.

Way back in the day, back when I was a litttttttle girl, my mom and I would indulge ourselves by making breakfast for dinner.  Sometimes we had pancakes, other times we had waffles…and then every once in the bluest moon she would make me my favorite – French ToastApparently, I wasn’t as helpful as I like to remember being because I’ve avoided making it for most of my adult life.  Good thing that’s recently changed for the better.  I have a super simple recipe – and kind of like Yan said, ‘If I can cook, so can you!’

French Toast – Prep Time :05 // Cook Time :15

Equipment:

  • Non Stick Skillet, 12″
  • Pie plate, or plate deep enough to soak the bread
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Whisk or fork

Ingredients for 2 Servings:

  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 3/4 Cup of Milk
  • 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
  • 4 Tbs Butter / Margarine
  • 8 Slices (1/2″) of White Bread – Challah, Sourdough, etc
  • Soft Butter
  • Maple Syrup
  • Optional, but I’d have it: Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Vanilla Extract, Fresh Berries, Powdered Sugar, Whipped Cream

Instructions:

  1. Add milk, salt, and a dash of nutmeg, cinnamon and/or vanilla extract to pie plate
  2. Break eggs into plate and whisk until consistent
  3. In your non-stick skillet, melt 2 tbs of butter on a medium-low heat
  4. Dip bread, one slice at a time, into the mixture – coat both sides well!
  5. Once four slices are dipped and ready, put them in the skillet for 4minutes a side, or until browned
  6. When finished, place the 4 slices on the cookie sheet and repeat with the other 4

Add some maple syrup, fresh fruit, powdered sugar or whipped cream and – voila, breakfast (or dinner) is served!