Friday, October 10, 2008

Fantastic Italian at Bar Bambino, San Francisco, CA

Our friend E, who doesn't like the best tomato soup ever at Jeanty at Jack's, steered us right this time by suggesting Bar Bambino. We got a table without a reservation, pretty much immediately. But I think we were lucky, since the couple who walked in after us were told there'd be an hour and a half wait. The staff was friendly. The food was delicious and while not cheap, certainly not too expensive either. The atmosphere was so lively for a Thursday night you almost forgot we are in the middle of a recession.

Squash Blossoms Stuffed with Fresh Ricotta and Parmasan $9.50
These were incredible. They were light and crispy and opened up to a plentiful and lush filling. The lemon introduced the perfect amount of acidity.

Small Salumi Plate $13
5 types of house-cured salumi, all of which were delicious.

Pappardelle with Braised Rabbit $14.50
The pasta was cooked perfectly and the sauce had a lot of the tender rabbit in it, which was a pleasant surprise.

Potato Croquettes $5
These were billed as Italian "tater-tots" and they were the only stinker of the night. Although the flavor was nice, they should have been smaller, crispier and served with a dipping sauce of some sort. Still, we ate them all.

Linguini with Clams $14.50
Again, the pasta was cooked perfectly and the dish contained an abundance of clams that were plump and tender.

Food: 2
Decor: 2
Service: 1

Bar Bambino
2931 16th St
San Francisco, CA

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Mmm. The Pork Store. San Francisco, CA

We met a friend at the Pork Store. He had, horror of horrors, never been there before. Despite the fact that he is currently a vegetarian, he found lots of options and thoroughly enjoyed his food.

Chicken Fried Steak $12
This is usually also served with 2 eggs, but I haven't been eating eggs lately and that's just too much food anyway. The steak was crispy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside. The gravy was every-so-slightly peppery and the hash browns were nice and crispy.

2 Pork Chops, Eggs, Bacon, Hash Browns and Biscuits $12
Giao's pork chops, were, sadly, not as good as usual today. Everything else was delicious.

Food: 2
Decor: 0
Service: 1

The Pork Store Cafe

1451 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Meatball Soup

A hearty meal that reheats well for lunch.

-4 stalks celery, thinly sliced
-2 bell peppers, seeded and diced
-1/2 onion, diced
-3 turnips, peeled and diced
-1 lb ground beef
-1 egg
-1/4 cup grated Parmesan
-salt and pepper to taste
-5 cans chicken broth

Mix the beef, egg, parm, salt and pepper with your hands and form into meatballs about 1" in diameter. Set aside. Sautee the veggies with a bit of olive oil in a large stock pot. When they are starting to color, add the broth. Bring to a boil. Drop in the meatballs one by one and cook until done.

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Monday, October 06, 2008


Giao's mom made us some delicious lobsters.

She roasted these lobsters on cookie sheets on 400 for about 45 minutes, or until totally red.

Garlic Butter and Lemon Slices
The perfect accompaniments for lobster.

Lettuce-less Salad
A tasty, autumn salad, dressed in homemade, whole grain mustard and balsamic vinaigrette.

-4 small squash, thinly sliced
-3 heirloom tomatoes, diced
-6 radishes, thinly sliced

-1 tb whole grain mustard
-2 tb balsamic
-2 tb olive oil

Whisk together the mustard, vinegar and oil to form a vinaigrette. Then pour the vinaigrette over the sliced veggies, toss and serve.

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Dinner at Yummy Yummy, San Francisco, CA

Giao's family was in town and we decided to go to Yummy Yummy again, a great Vietnamese place in our neighborhood. Again, it was delicious, and cheap.

Shrimp Salad $8
This is a cold salad of shrimp and lettuce, topped with fish sauce. It was a refreshing start to the meal.

Hot Rolls Stuffed with Ground Beef and Cold Cured Meat $8
Not my favorite. This was just a little bland.

BBQ Pork a la Carte $12
A heaping portion of tender, charred pork. This is my absolute favorite.

Catfish Clay Pot $10
This was an absolutely enormous portion of a classic dish. The caramely-sauce is so rich, and delicious when poured on rice.

Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: 1

Yummy Yummy
1015 Irving St
San Francisco, CA 94122

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Breakfast at the Kezar, San Francisco, CA

We went to watch football at the Kezar, a bar that is very loud and packed, and full of Eagles fans. We got a seat at the bar, which is about all that I can say that is good about this place, seeing as I'm not a fan of loud and crowded venues. The food was ok, but, you don't really go here for the food.

Cheeseburger and Fries $9
Decent, but not at all memorable.

Large Chicken Wings $14
This was a lot of chicken wings for the money.

Food: 1
Decor: 0
Service: 1

The Kezar Pub
770 Stanyan St
San Francisco, CA 94117

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