Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Good Eats SF: Bob's Donuts

If you're looking for a fresh donut in a no frills atmosphere, check out Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop on Polk Street in Nob Hill, SF.

Bob's is a great place for a classic donut any time of day though the three times I've been was at late night. After Wayfare Tavern, we went to Bob's for dessert and they were frying up donuts batch after batch in preparation of the going out crowd. Fry was in the air.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Almond Biscotti

After a day full of savory eats (day? let's face it, it was a whole week), I had a hankering for something sweet and not too heavy. Since my dad also likes biscotti, I decided to give it a go in his favorite flavor, almond.

Biscotti means twice baked in Italian. The first baking will leave it moist in the middle. The second baking will get the crunchy texture you'd expect from biscotti. While  traditional biscotti does not have fat in it, this recipe has a slight cookie quality because of the butter.

Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit's Anise-Almond Biscotti.
Makes 3 dozen biscotti (I yielded about 2 dozen depending on thickness)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Good Eats SF: Off the Grid

Friday night, we checked out casual eats at the roaming food truck fair Off the Grid. We went to the Fort Mason location by the Marina.
We arrived at 6:30 pm during the primetime rush. The Fort Mason outpost had about 20 vendors, a handful with physical carts. The middle area was separated off for a makeshift bar, band, and chairs for sitting while the outside of the circle housed all the stands and trucks.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Good Eats SF: Wayfare Tavern

Continuing my unofficial series of "I Left My Stomach in San Francisco"...
After a full lunch at Redd and an afternoon of outlet shopping, we headed back to the city for dinner at Tyler Florence's new restaurant Wayfare Tavern. (Note, we didn't originally plan to jam pack the day of eats like this but it just happened)

We were greeted by a well-dressed energetic after work crowd in an American tavern atmosphere. The bartenders were dressed in white waiter jackets and black ties, the decor included deer heads and warm wooden bars. Arriving 30 minutes before our reservation, we got drinks from the bar which were served promptly.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Holiday Spirit

Got some? I do.

This is the first holiday season for my new bona fide family (me, the hubs, the dog). This means we get to send out cards to friends and family. Shutterfly makes it simple - all you have to do is pick a design and upload your photo. I use the site to share photos and to order prints all the time so it's even easier if you already have albums online.

Check out a couple of the 2010 designs:
Merry Berry Stripes
Starlight Flurries
Ahh more stripes! I really like the combo of light blue and red here. This one is also a nontraditional dimensions of 4x8 inches.
Cool Stripes
Crunched on time? You can even have Shutterfly stamp and address your cards for you at 99 cents per card. Check out the full line of holiday cards here

Now, I just have to figure out how to get Buddy in a Santa costume for our holiday card. 
Are you sending out cards this year? What's your design? 

FYI: I am receiving 50 free cards from Shutterfly for writing this post. All opinions are my own. 
Fellow bloggers: Get 50 free holiday cards from Shutterfly http://bit.ly/sfly2010 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Good Eats in Napa: Redd

Just got back from a whirlwind weekend in San Francisco, one of my favorite cities. We kicked off the weekend with a jaunt to Yountville in Napa for lunch at Redd. The weather was absolutely beautiful so we sat outside to soak in the fall sunshine.

Redd has a menu of about 15 courses divided into lighter and heavier plates. We ordered five (2 lighter and 3 heavier) courses and shared family style between the three of us. It was more than enough.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Loop de Loop Scarves

I've been obsessed with infinity scarves lately. It's a loop de loop of chunky warm goodness. I saw a couple of them last winter but this year they are all over the place! And for good reason. It's warm and cozy AND provides a great way to accessorize your neck in the cold cold winter.

Here are some of the ones I've found lately:

Always my go-to, J.Crew's marled "snood" - Not really sure what that stands for...scarf / hood? The word doesn't work. But the scarf does! Good weight and length - shorter than most so no need for double looping. Easy to slip on and off for that extra warmth factor. And in a cute marled knit (all over J.Crew this year).
Marled Knit Snood,
As I overbought (and returned) a few, I've noticed a couple key things to look out for when buying your own loop scarf, length and weight.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Good Eats SF: Philz Coffee

Are you a habitual morning coffee drinker like me? Every morning I have to get my grande Bold from Starbucks. It's good enough and I like a strong blend. Lately though I've noticed I've been getting bored of it. Where is the real coffee flavor?

Too bad I don't live in San Francisco because the real coffee is at Philz. At $2.50 for a small and close to $4 for a large, Philz is not cheap. But it's also not your usual cup o' joe. It's an experience. Philz' motto is "one cup at a time" and that's exactly how they brew their custom drip coffee. Offering 20 blends and different roast levels, Philz takes "barista" to another level.

Crumble Top Pumpkin Spice Muffins

It's a sunny Saturday morning in the fall. I'm hungry for breakfast...muffins? I like these muffins because they are fluffy, not too sweet, and have the crumble topping.

After I wrote most of this post I noticed...I used one CAN not one cup of pumpkin. Which explains why the muffins were so "fluffy." Still turned out ok but the muffins were probably softer than intended. This is why I do not bake

Recipe adapted here from Stephanie's Kitchen.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wait, Is This My Home??

When I knew our shelves were being delivered, I read the assembly manual online. The first section was easy (assembling the shelf), but then there was the saftey wall mount that required brackets, a drill, and studfinder. Uh....How about a screwdriver and a good guess?? When I told the hubs his response was "Let's just call the front desk to assemble it on Thursday." Say what now?

Yes, this guy grew up in New York and had superintendents and handymen all his life. Still, it's no excuse to not try. THEN when I said "Why don't we ask to borrow a drill and studfinder from the super?"

And he said, "What do you need a finder for? Look no further."


Back to the shelves. One weekend, I had an empty apartment sans dog and hubs so I took it upon myself to improve our home. The assembly was straightforward. Took me less than an hour per shelf. And my stack of magazines finally came in handy propping up the shelf.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Virginia is for Lovers

And us. We went to visit my parents the other weekend. They still live in the home I grew up in. It was a nice break from New York. The weather was warm for fall (70F?) and quiet so we slept like babies all weekend. Even Buddy:
We were there only 1 full day so the hubs and I went shopping at a local pedestrian mall and left the dog with the grandparents (practice for when we have kids). I love that mall. It’s got an Anthropologie, Paper Source, J.Crew, and Sephora all in one concentrated area and a Yogen Fruz which is a faux Pinkberry (which some argue is a faux Red Mango, anyhoo...). The best part of being home was the yummy Chinese meal prepared by my mommers.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Portobello Fries, You're Super Delightful

Another weeknight dinner and no ideas. I got me 2 portobello mushrooms and that's about it. I was determined to use them in an effort to clean out my fridge. Then I remembered the awesomest tastiest thing I've ever had -- portobello mushroom fries at my wedding. While I didn't try to replicate the recipe (no idea what was in them), I got a hankering for mushroom fries in general.

I made a Panko mixture...yes, I used parmesan again. Does it seem like I can only eat veggies this way?

Monday, November 8, 2010

Mystery Vegetable: Eggplant

I don't know what to do with this vegetable.

Now, you might think this post is about Brussel Sprouts since they are prominently featured here but I think they're just pretty.

I've declared in the past that I'm not an eggplant fan even though I admire it's nutritious qualities as well as it's reputation for tasting like whatever sauce it's in.

Like my chicken ventures though, it's time for me to conquer another culinary question mark. Since it was late on a weeknight, I cooked simply and roasted slices.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Pretty Pictures (Not Mine)

Our wedding photographer Cly Creation was featured on Style Me Pretty last week! I recognized their ethereal, romantical style immediately. Sigh...I love the misty overcast look. Love the Brooklyn Bridge, one of my favorite New York landmarks.
Photos by Cly Creation
Check out the full feature here.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Slow Week

Halloween must have really took it out of me because it's Thursday and I haven't posted anything this week. I haven't done or cooked anything interesting - it's mostly been frozen pizza and some take out. The irony of this lack of blog posts is that it's NaBloPoMo (lol, National Blog Posting Month). Guess I've already missed the boat on that one.

Next week I'm heading off to San Francisco for a couple days jam packed with visits to my sister, bffers, and one of the hubs' groomsmen. For sure I'll have some stories.

In the meantime, here's a pic of Buddy post-Halloween festivities.

I hear ya, Buddy. That's how I feel about this whole week.