BAKER STREET BISTRO
Baker Street Bistro
2953 Baker Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
DOLORES PARK CAFE
Lox Scramble with a Sake Lemon Sour. Just about a perfect way to begin a day at Dolores Park. Cheers to starting out with Sake and a scramble. -Allie Merrick
INCHIN'S BAMBOO GARDEN
So, San Mateo has yet another new place to dine, and I intend to make this one a regular stop. I stopped in the other day with a few of my crew (Prerna, Laura & Toby) for a quick bite at the noon hour. Each of us had something different, and every one of us absolutely loved each one. Entirely tasty with rich, dense flavors, the meal was awesomely accented with proper ambiance. With killer lunch specials and kick ass happy hour deals, this place is a win in my book. Merci beaucoup, Inchin's Bamboo Garden for setting up shop in San Mateo.
I'm going to keep this short and sweet. The best bottomless mimosa in San Mateo can be found at Osteria Coppa.
Available 'bottomless' on Sundays, not only are the mimosas absolutely stunning, but the Mushroom Frittata (Maitake & Hedgehog Mushrooms, Broccoli Romesco, Goat Cheese Cream) is phenomenal. Beyond that, the staff is on top of it and never allows you to see the bottom of your mimosa. Osteria Coppa is quickly becoming more than a trend for me, but rather a tradition.
"While there are a number of Happy Hour options in San Mateo, my favorite place for sipping and snacking is 31st Union. With farm-to-table fare, 31st Union offers $5 glasses of wine and $5 wings (my favorite combo), along with a number of fabulous selections - such as the quinoa salad. Small but spacious, 31st Union welcomes you with communal tables, an intimate bar and tables for two or more with lit with low-lit Edison bulbs and a kick-ass wait staff. Cheers to the best Happy Hour specials that make me (and many others) a regular."
MORIMOTO NAPA: FRESH & FABULOUS
Fresh & fabulous. That's the best way to define the cocktails, the scene & the fare at Napa's Morimoto.
Merci beaucoup, Monsieur Nicholas, for the introduction to Morimoto and a magical, memorable evening. My Chicago Correspondent, Kelly, and I had an epic evening. From charismatic cocktails such as 'A Night In The Woods' (Woodford Reserve, Douglas Fern, Allspice Syrup & Bitters) to the beautiful bottle of Bollinger, the sipworthy evening was spectacular. And then there was the perfection we found on our plates. It started with the Hamachi Tacos and then went deep and delicious into a number of dishes - oysters, lobster & steak... oh my! It goes on record as being one of my favorite meals to date.
MOUSTACHE BAKED GOODS
"The Butcher, via the baker, is a palate pleasing maker."
So, upon walking past the storefront window of Moustache Baked Goods, a certain cupcake caught my eye. For any of you who know me, you know that bacon is my palate's BFF. In addition to wine, bacon is always on my want list. Pair up bacon with confectionery excellence and you have something I can't say 'no' to. Enter here 'The Butcher' - a cupcake featuring maple spice and crispy local bacon.
Healdsburg has a lot of hidden treasures - Moustache Baked Goods is one of them. It is a MUST see (and taste) when you're in town. Don't believe me? Have a look at this menu and tell me I'm wrong: http://moustachebakedgoods.com/pages/menu See?! There's something for every sweet tooth to salivate over. Thanks, Logan, for the excursion. And thank you, Wine Country Walking Tours, for the introduction.
Turducken: (n.) a dish consisting of a deboned chicken stuffed into a deboned duck, stuffed into a deboned turkey
My first Turducken experience came from an invitation by the one and only Nicholas Keeler, owner and winemaker of Authentique Wine Cellars. For 'Friendsgiving', he prepared Turducken, (in addition to ham) and all the fixin's. An incredible meal was paired with his equally incredible wine. Click on the images below for a closer look. Cheers to terrific Turducken and wonderful wine! And merci beaucoup, Monsieur Keeler.
THE BEST OF BURMA
"So, this was my very FIRST Burmese cuisine experience. In a word, it was 'vibrant'. Vibrant? Isn't that a way to define color? For sure it is, and for sure the food was very much colorful - not just visually but in terms of taste as well. A variety of unique, intense flavors made this meal memorable. When in San Mateo, CA, stop in to Best of Burma." -AM
Palata: homemade multilayered bread served with a coconut chicken curry
Rainbow Salad: unique in the 22 ingredients with four types of noodles, green papaya, onions and too much to list served with a tamarind dressing
Chicket Kebat: stir-fried chicken with special spices comes with mint, chilies, cilantro, onions and tomatoes