Sushi Ten Omakase: A heavenly experience in Tokyo

Ever since watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi, I’ve been wanting a similar experience – a full sushi omakase where the sushi chef meticulously creates each dish and presents it to you. And while you can find great sushi in San Francisco, it’s still better in Tokyo. Unfortunately, most of the fine sushi dining is limited …

Tartine’s Lemon-y Tarts

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When Denise gives you lemons, make lemon tarts. My friend Denise, and often photographer-friend-in-crime has a Meyer lemon tree in her backyard. In addition to selling over 20 pounds of it to Bi-Rite (by the way, I think Bi-Rite is awesome for buying locally grown produce to make …

Blue Bottle’s Double-Chocolate Cookies

My favorite cookie lately has been Blue Bottle’s Double-Chocolate Cookies. When my coworkers run out in the afternoon for their coffee fix, I find the temptation of this cookie irresistible. It’s kind of like a brownie, kind of like a cookie, and just a whole lot of chocolate. When Blue Bottle, the ever popular cafe …

The French Laundry

Andrew took me to the most amazing meal at the French Laundry this weekend in Yountville. It was an incredible 9+ courses that lasted over three hours. As the only restaurant with 3 Michelin stars in the Bay Area, Thomas Keller’s restaurant is in high demand, hence my frantic dialing two months ago with two …

Fregola with Mushrooms

Ingredients: 10 dried porcini mushrooms ½ cup hot water 2 portabello mushrooms 1/2 pound of mixed shitake, enochi, and other mushrooms 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil ½ cup finely chopped yellow onion 3 medium cloves garlic, minced 1/3 cup dry white wine 1/2 lb toasted fregola 1 tsp dried thyme …

Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes with Creamy Peanut Butter Frosting

I made these cupcakes this weekend for my future brother-in-law’s birthday. Happy Birthday, D! Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes Makes 12 cupcakes.   Published May 1, 2010.   From Cook’s Illustrated. Use a high quality bittersweet or semisweet chocolate for this recipe, such as one of the test kitchen’s favorite baking chocolates, Callebaut Intense Dark Chocolate L-60-40NV or Ghirardelli …

Spice Market (NYC)

Final post about dining in NYC…If you’re in the Meatpacking District, don’t go to Spice Market. Or if you do go, just get drinks and appetizers and skip the entrees and desserts. It was our final night of the trip and we didn’t have a dinner reservation. After walking along The High Line and browsing …

The Mermaid Inn (NYC)

Yet another post about dining in NYC…and yet another brunch in NYC. This time brunch was with Andrew’s friend Stanley on the Upper West side. While Andrew preferred the Mermaid Inn to Locanda Verde, I was still smitten with the latter. The menu at The Mermaid Inn consisted of your typical brunch fare. If you’re …

Locanda Verde in NYC

Locanda Verde in TriBeCa came highly recommended from my friend Jack, a former Manhattanite. So when my friend Marie suggested we meet her there for brunch, it seemed like the fates were conspiring to get us there. I liked the atmosphere of Locanda Verde instantly with its warm and inviting wood decor. I was even …