Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Fancy Food Show 2009 San Francisco

Here is the deal I love going to San Francisco just for the food.  So get ready for a post where I just ramble on about what I ate.
Friday night I met up with my cousin Shelly, who lives in SF and is totally in the know on all the hip, exciting places to eat in the city.  She has yet to disappoint. We had dinner at Farina in the Mission district.  It was a beautiful restaurant with fantastic light fixtures and beautiful white marble counter tops.  We sat in the bar and watched the pasta chef make fresh pasta and foccacia. My favorite thing I ate here was the antipasti. It is called Prosciutto Di San Daniele E Burrata Su Focaccina. Which was a slice of focaccia bread topped with burrata cheese and prosciutto.  What is Burrata cheese? I had no idea so I looked it up......I found out that burrata cheese is fresh mozzarella cheese with cream on the inside.  Yumm.  It was so good. I had some sort of ravioli with truffles. It was ok I guess I don't really remember it so well so it must not have been that great. Shelly had tortalinni with a pesto sauce made with walnuts.  I remember this dish because it was really good. I think I would get the pesto next time
We stopped by Tartine so I could get a couple of pastries for breakfast the next day. Then we walked up to the Bi-Rite Creamery. 

They make ice cream in small batches using organic milk and organic flavorings and fruits.  I had the salted caramel and roasted banana ice cream. Delicious. I spent most of the rest of the trip trying to figure out how to get back to this ice cream shop..taxi? bus? tram? who knows I will need to figure that out for the next trip.
Lunch at Whole Foods. I love this place.  Why is there not one near my house?...I should think about moving.
My coworkers have arrived and they want to go to the Cheesecake Factory in Union Square.  I ordered my favorite avacado eggrolls and decide to step out of the comfort zone and get something I have never ordered.  I am not really sure why but I decide on the famous cheesecake factory meatloaf.......did not love it!  I should stick with the tried and true favs.  I tried the Lemoncello Cream Torte which might be my new favorite.
Spent all day eating cheese, olives, cookies, candy and green olives at the Fancy Food Show.  Sunday evening one of our vendors took us to dinner.  We ate a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, postrio.  It was a fancy looking place. Our server was totally into his job.  as he was telling us about the menu he circled the table and waved his hands in the air as he described each dish saying things like  " we take a ravioli and deconstruct it" and "the pork lion and the potatoes represent the ying and the yang of the pork".......wow such passion for your job.  I had the bacon wrapped sea scallops the first time I have ever ordered scallops and I loved them.

This is a photo of my dessert...I can not remember what it was but I know it was great and had salted vanilla ice cream. It was sure good I wish I could remember what it was.....

This is the dessert my coworked ordered.  It was some sort of chocolate cake, toasted marshmallow cube, ice cream and a garnish of caramel popcorn.  
Buba Gump's at the warf. No comment. I hate chains. But the peeps I ate dinner with seemed to like it so whatever. 


Brit said...

I am going to SF in a few months so I'm writing down your recommendations. Thanks!

The Duncan Family said...

I think you have the greatest job ever! You get to do the neatest things!

nicky said...

Brit-I saw Alice Waters on 60 minutes last night and she was talking about a slow food festival they have in San Fran in the fall. I think we should go.....think about it.