Strike Gold from Drinks to Desserts at Oro | SoMa, San Francisco

Salted Date Ice Cream | Oro

Salted Date Ice Cream | Oro

The salted date ice cream with cardamom marshmallow and sesame chocolate granola from Oro in San Francisco is a must order. Spicy, herbal, citrus flavor of the soft marshmallow with the crunchy sweet granola is heavenly.

Chefs from SF favorites Commonwealth and Foreign Cinema bring you California/Mediterranean cuisine in industrial but warm space with concrete walls, marble bar, Edison lights and brightly colored local art. Be sure to check out the cocktails, blind tasting menu and the crispy, juicy roasted chicken – great for a group or a date.

The Food/Drink:

Roasted Chicken | Oro San Francisco

Roasted Chicken | Oro San Francisco

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Chocolate With A Conscience – A Day With TCHO & Takito Kitchen

Takito Kitchen Powders

Life is good when you get invited to a chocolate tasting. I ventured over to my old neighborhood, Ukrainian Village, to Takito Kitchen for a  chocolate tasting hosted by TCHO Chocolate and Fortune Fish & Gourment . The whole event was inspiring from the restaurant space, friendly wait staff, incredible food and of course, amazing chocolate.

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A Night at Foreign Cinema or How Everyone Ate My Sesame Fried Chicken

Foreign Cinema Patio

Foreign Cinema has become a San Francisco standard and for good reason. Gayle Pirie and John Clark have consistently served tremendous and inventive California/Mediterranean influenced food on an almost daily changing menu. Several options went through my mind when I was thinking about where to have my bachelorette dinner but Foreign Cinema won out with its great venue (foreign and independent films shown nightly), atmosphere and of course food.

Let me stop here and say that all the dishes we had were great, beyond great in fact, but the big take away and the main reason I am writing this post is two things:

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Coming Home to the Mission and Delfina – San Francisco, CA

Delfina Sign

I wrote about my celebration weekend in San Francisco earlier this month and wanted to follow-up with my trip to Delfina. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Delfina. I’ve been on dates there, had heart-to-hearts with friends, and celebrated many occasions. Each time it has always felt like I was coming home to a comfortable and warm place with the best meals.  I think the last time I was at Delfina was in 2006 (I believe it’s been open since 1999!) and it was much as I remembered, crowded with good energy but this time around minus the tattoo heavy staff. Continue reading

I Left My ♥ in San Francisco

GG Bridge

I called San Francisco my home for almost nine years and miss it to this day. I have not been back since 2010 but I had the chance last weekend with some friends for a friend’s weekend/SF reunion/bachelorette party. It was impossible to get in everything I wanted to in less than 72 hours but I assure you, I tried my best. Experiencing so many new places in SF was great but the best part of my trip was seeing all of my SF friends again. Nothing can compare.

I will post separate reviews on the sit-down dinners but wanted to pass on some must do/see/eat places. Continue reading

Anthony Bourdain, The Layover – Don’t Worry, It’s Still Obnoxious

The Layover EP

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‘The Layover’ began filming in San Francisco recently, going to staples like Swan Oyster Depot, Blue Bottle Coffee and Molinari Deli. I’ve been to all three and I can attest they have solid food and are within reach for most budgets. The lines are the only downside.

Anthony Bourdain says of the new show, “’The Layover’ is a fast, busy and content-filled hour. We go to spots that I personally think are cool and fun for all budgets.  In every case, these are places where I either did go, or would visit even when the cameras are off. ‘The Layover’ is a reflection of what I’ve learned over time. It’s about telling a story that viewers can recreate themselves.”

I’m looking forward to see if this approach works and really need to find out when and where it will be filming in Chicago. Hoping Bourdain will cover more accessible places.  Anthony Bourdain, The Layover.