Waffles don’t show up too often here, despite the blog being called DailyWaffle. Around our house, they get inhaled before they can be captured with anything other than iPhone. So this is big, and if we’re going big, we’re not bringing your average Sunday morning waffles. These are Blue Bottle’s liege waffles – the ones served at the SF Ferry Building. But as we found out last weekend, their waffle iron has been on the fritz, so there were no waffles to be had. I had to take matters into my own hands, and luckily, the recipe is now available in the just published, “Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee: Growing, Roasting, and Drinking, with Recipes.
Posts tagged ‘San Francisco’
Two days after being back from SF, I’m finally hungry again. When you’re trying to pack food experiences into a compressed amount of time, you’re never hungry for 3 meals, let alone afternoon snacks. But I persevered. California delivered a gorgeous week of sunshine, practically a heatwave for early October. Ahhh, vitamin D. And not only that, this past weekend happened to coincide with Fleet Week, the America’s Cup, a post-season Giants game, and a Niners game. But let’s start with an appetizer, shall we? The Ferry Building ended up being a home away from home of sorts, since it was so close to the hotel.
There’s really only one thing to say about Humphry Slocombe’s Butter Beer ice cream: OMFG. It’s not hyperbole. It’s not even sucking up, this ice cream is really that good. It’s ridiculous. And hold the phone, I didn’t get this scoop at the shop, I made it. At home. From the new book – the Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream Book.
Now, if you’re already a Humphry Slocombe fan, I know what you’re saying, “What, you didn’t start with Secret Breakfast?” I love me some Secret Breakfast and Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee, but I said, “We gotta go for one of the deep cuts. And it shall be Butter Beer.” This isn’t the Butter Beer you’re thinking of, it’s a combo of their Stout and Brown Butter ice creams, and it’s not one for the kiddies.
It’s been four years since we left the Bay Area, so the list of restaurants we need to try has gotten ridiculously long. We don’t get down there as much as we should (our friends can vouch for that!). So when an opportunity to try Dominique Crenn’s “poetic culinaria” came up at Matt’s in the Market, it was hard to pass up. Except we did, because I thought, well, we can’t do these dinners two weeks in a row. It’ll be too much. But then, after a wonderful meal with Andy Ricker, we went for it, got on the waiting list and hoped for the best.
Not only was it a chance to try Chef Crenn’s modernist cuisine outside her home turf in the Bay Area, but it would be interesting to see how the two chefs — Chef Crenn and Matt’s Chef Chester Gerl — would develop a menu of complements. In six courses, it was inventive, it was sometimes challenging, it was beautiful.
You know you’ve had a really terrific vacation when more than a month later, you’re desperately holding on to the vestiges of the trip. Sure, I’ve stopped reading the Sydney Morning Herald and even more recently given up using the milk frother everytime I make coffee, but we did find ourselves at South Food and Wine Bar this weekend.
And even though Saturday was super windy and we found ourselves in a restaurant without power within about 15 minutes of sitting down, I kept my sunny Sydney disposition (and the wine probably helped, too).
South is even smaller than I thought — probably no more than 50-60 seats in all, even with the communal table just across from the bar.
The menu features the sorts of things you’d expect — barramundi, lamb, venison — but sadly no meat pies (perhaps too stereotypical). But the preparations and ingredients are lovely enough that you get over the eco-guilt of knowing they were probably flown nearly 8,000 miles to get to San Francisco.
Spring Pea Soup with Creme Fraiche
Bonus points to South for serving Antipodes sparkling water. That, in and of itself, was almost enough of a reminder of our time at qualia to make for a lovely evening.
South Food and Wine Bar
330 Townsend St. (at 4th St).