Naked Lunch

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Naked Lunch is a great place to head for lunch if you work in or near the financial district.

You side up to the bar and order your food and beverages.

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The bartenders are nice and knowledgable. I had an amazing brew from Fort Point a local San Francisco Brewery.

The beer I had was a speciality from when Fort Point did a tap takeover at Naked Lunch during beer week. It was a truly delicious drink and I wish I had not lost the receipt I wrote the name down on!

If you get a chance to try Fort Point do it!

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We dined on Mary’s Farm Fried Chicken Sandwich AND a Lamb Cheesesteak sandwich. Crispy French fries were shared amongst the table.

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I can’t wait to go back again and I hope you try to stop in for a bite.
I would say walking to and from the office plus lunch took about 1.5 hours. Worth It.
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Brews, Foods and Views.

Breakfast at Cafe Reverie in Cole Valley. Almost made a work day feel like a weekend.

IMG_9862Sunday morning breakfast after a spin class. At first I hated spin but I have really grown to love the intense sweat sesh it brings. Maybe one day I will get out on a real bike!

IMG_0064Brunch at Elmwood Cafe in Berkeley.  Everything I have tried here has been amazing!  Double mocha, coconut scone with lime curd, pear coffee cake, lemon waffle with blueberries and curd, poached egg sandwich and quiche.

IMG_0023A tasting at the Torpedo Room. Always new brews to try and enjoy.

IMG_0027 Sometimes San Francisco can be so peaceful. My friend is lucky to have this as her daily view!

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Local Eats at True Burger

I have been excited to try Trueburger for quite sometime now. After hearing a lot of amazing reviews from friends I was stoked to try it and when the opportunity arose this past Saturday I was excited maybe a little too excited.

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True Burger is basic. My favorite thing was probably their pickles.

I appreciate that this is a local restaurant and I want to support that… but if I am being real I would much rather go to In-N-Out. Sorrrrry.

If I go here again – I would not get a burger, fries and shake – it was too much for this old gal.

Also, something to note: if you are a veggie this may not the best place to go ( it depend on what you are looking for, of course) ; their veg option is a deep fried, cheese stuffed portobello mushroom.

I do like that they share a patio with a coffee shop/ bar next door. It was nice to sit outside and away from the booming crowd inside.  This place was PACKED on a Saturday night with what seemed to be local neighborhood families.

If you live nearby you should try it, but don’t get your hopes up like I did. It was not the best burger I ever ate but the service was friendly and I could see myself coming back here again to give it another shot.

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Spice it up with some Cauli.

The recipe I am about to share is one that you will make over and over again. I love Cauliflower and enjoy trying out new ways to eat it!

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The following made four servings.  If you were to add this to a bed of greens or grains you could spread it out a little longer.

Spicy Cauliflower Stir-Fry

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Easy peasy lemon squeaseee

Ingredients

  • 2 whole Heads of Cauliflower
  • 2 teaspoons Coconut Oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1 whole Lime (or Sub A Splash Of Rice Wine Vinegar)
  • 2 whole Green Onions, Sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon Sriracha, Or Other Hot Sauce
  • Lime (lemon) Wedges For Serving

Instructions

Break up the cauliflower into large florets, then, using your hands, break into very small florets.

Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium-high to high heat. Add the oil, then the cauliflower and garlic. Stir the cauliflower around the pan, allowing it to get very brown in some areas. Cook for 3 minutes, then turn heat to low. Add soy sauce, squeeze in the juice of the lime, and add most of the sliced green onion, reserving the rest for serving. Stir and allow to cook for 1 minute, then squeeze the hot sauce over the cauliflower. Stir until the hot sauce has been incorporated. Add a little more hot sauce if you want a deeper color and flavor.

Serve hot in a bowl. Sprinkle extra sliced green onions on top, and serve with a lime wedge.

This can be enjoyed with a tasty Gewurztraminer.  We had this one.

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bon appetit!

SF Beer Week 2015

All of us in the Bay Area are currently coming off of our Beer Week high.  I went out of town for the weekend ( I know my bad) so I missed quite a few events but the places I did get to check out were nothing short of amazing.

First stop, Pi Bar. Now, Pi Bar is a great place to go at any time for food, brews and friendly fast service. This particular night of Beer Week they were showcasing Russian River Brewery.

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I tried the Supplication Sour with Cherries, the Consecration Sour with Currants and the Erudition Saison.

All were amazing but the Saison was out of the world! Flavor, smell – just thinking about it makes me dreamy.
IMG_9819Next stop, Zeitgeist.  This is probably my favorite outdoor beer drinking spot in the city, has been since day one. They did not disappoint with their Beer Week showcase. They had over 15 beers from Almanac. I was able to try most of them since I went with a bunch of folks. If you have the chance to try Almanac – DO IT! They use locally sourced fruit and their (slogan?) is ‘Farm to Barrel’ LOVE it. Every beer I tried I enjoyed.

My favorites were the Bourbon Sour Porter, Sourdough Wild Ale and Dogpatch Strawberry. 
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I had the Red Wine Jezebel, Bourbon Barrel Vastness of Space and I see a DANKNESS.

All so beautifully good.
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For dinner, we had THE holy grail of dinners. You have to GO next year ( I will be) and dreaming about it every night until then.

The food was out of this world and the pairings were so on par that my friends and I couldn’t believe how wonderful the meal was.

Even though, you missed out on the pairing this year you should still go to MaMa Ji’s. I love this place.  
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I hope you enjoyed Beer Week and will try to check out some of these awesome places and brews.

Cheers.

Weekly lovin’

Snapshots from this last week.

A really sick ride that I couldn’t help but take a photo.

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Checked out the new Whole Foods in Berkeley and they had this adorable display in their coffee shop area. I hope to re-create this for my house.

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Working on a project for my friend Katie’s wedding… Have you ever heard of paper hydrangea balls?!

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Went to Shaver Lake over Presidents’ Day weekend and it was SO wonderful. Went fishing (no catching happened) and spent three entire days without the internet or tv it was surprisingly refreshing.   

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Read Gone Girl this weekend ( while I didn’t have internet) and it was crazy/terrible/amazing/good and you have to read it! I can not wait to watch the movie.

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Your new Mexican food fix…

Definition: Tacubaya

1. A western section of Mexico City; site of the National astronomical observatory.

2. An amazingly delicious taqueria in Berkeley, Ca.

The fourth street area of Berkeley is a cute little shopping district with lots of shops and restaurants.

I have been to Tacubaya a few times and every time it is SO GOOD. Not only has everything I have tried been tasty but I always want to try numerous items because they all sound so unique and fresh and flavorful.

While this specific locale is bit of a trek from my house its always worth it to head over and be treated to some plate licking good meals.

Come here expecting quality and freshness, its not your so-cal Mexican food ( at least not in my opinion) but its delish in its own way. I really wish it was in my neighborhood.

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Taqueria front.

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Quesadilla with Goat cheese, queso fresco, beets, roasted jalapeno sauce with papitas.

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Horchata. I can never say no to Horchata.

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Cute table numbers.

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Menu. Colorful, Seasonal, Wonderful.

Enjoy.