I have had a few visitors over the past couple of weeks and while I love cooking for guests, I certainly prefer to dine out at fun and delicious San Francisco joints. So if you ever find yourself in the bay area (especially in my neighborhood by the water) you wont be disappointed by these few favorites below:
With only a few seats, taking out is a great way to enjoy your fill of fresh fish and scrumptious sides. My favorite are the sweet potato fries, they are as sweet as candy but you feel slightly better eating them knowing that it’s a vegetable.
If you find yourself in Marin meandering around the shops in Sausalito, make your way to Fish on the water. With a great view, outdoor seating and plenty of daily catch to meet your fancy, this lunch spot is not to be missed. The fish is so good that their most popular crowd pleaser is fish over a bed of salad. The fish speaks for itself.
Sushi. I could live on Japanese food for the rest of my life and be happy (and probably have mercury poisoning). Ace has a friendly atmosphere. It’s a neighborhood sushi joint, if one is lucky enough to have a neighborhood sushi joint.
Local, farm fresh, seasonal food all dressed up in delectable salad combinations. Plus the take out box is adorable!
The name says it all. It’s unfortunate that their salsa is so delicious and they refuse to sell it by the jar. I vow every time to remember tupperware to take home my leftovers….
Please let me know when you try these places and feel free to invite me along if you’re here
at the Top of the Mark.
If you live here, are passing through, or if you are on vacation in San Francisco, you must stop at the historic 19th floor of the Mark Hopkins.
The views are incredible and will simply make you smile at the beauty of the city.
And the drinks will put a smile on your face for another reason – they are delicious.
I recommend the Organic Spring Breeze!
Happy Almost New Year!
Do you see this pile of bacon!?
Yesterday morning some friends and I had front row seats to this mound of meat while enjoying a delicious brunch at Plow.
I had an incredible plate of eggs. But if you are heading here any time soon the lemon ricotta pancakes are where it’s at! Yes I stole one dairy filled bite
With full stomaches we embarked on an afternoon of short films hosted by Lunafest. Check it out to see if these films by women, about women, for women are playing near you. All of the films were fantastic and it was just enough time in the theater to make room for more food.
This time a homemade feast complete with hummus from scratch (recipes to follow).
Monday’s are always full of plenty of emails, work and wishing it was not Monday. So what better way to get through a Monday but thinking about sushi for dinner all day. That is what I did yesterday…
When the clock struck 5:30 I was out the door and on my way to Japanese heaven.
I met my friend for some good chatting and delicious rolls.
(That girl behind me is giving me such an evil eye haha)
Then I beat the rain home and watched the very wet victory of these guys:
So not a bad Monday I’d say
Yesterday was a special day, complete with a surprise delivery of beautiful flowers.
And a celebratory dinner at a restaurant I have been meaning to try for a very long time.
The meal was delicious but the best part was the Tea Leaf Salad.
They mix together all of the ingredients, lentils, peanuts, sesame seeds, garbanzo beans, garlic, lettuce and fermented tea leaves.
This is the most delicious salad with incredibly unique flavors that are worth the hour plus wait to get into the restaurant.
I can’t wait to go back for many more celebratory occasions or for when I’m just craving some tea in my salad.
Who doesn’t love being picked up after a long work day with roses!!?!!
Well let’s just say this is not a usual occurrence, but last night was date night. Dave scooped me up from work and we went to one of our favorite restaurants, The House.
Where you can sit with people you love
And they bring you food like this
And you eat food like this
The food is so good that I even told the waiter when he grabbed my very empty plate from me that I was SAD the meal was over!
Date night has not been a priority since my accident. And with so many friends and family coming to visit every meal out has been with at least 2 other people. So last night was long over due. It felt wonderful for it to just be the two of us, enjoying food we love and each other’s company.
How often to do you go out to eat with friends and family? How often do you go out to eat with just your partner?
We all do it…
Stray from the comfort of the known, the well-liked, the satisfying
and try something new…
a new restaurant that is.
Last night we braved crossing the threshold of a new local eatery and were sorely disappointed.
We took some friends and were lured by the promise of yummy mexican, space to sit together and fast service. But the food was less than average, the seating was awkward and two out of the four meals took 5-7 extra minutes to join us at the table.
We are glad that we finally know the truth about the restaurant we have wanted to go to and now we know we don’t need to go again. It’s always hard to “waste” a meal but when you’re with good friends, who make you laugh the food isn’t really important and there is always that favorite restaurant around the corner.
Do you feel the same way about trying new places to eat?
It’s not every day that your co-worker comes in waving her finger with an engagement ring on it! After the announcement of a new fiance in the office everyone was on a high – especially because it was a Friday before a 3 day weekend.
Friday was definitely a day of treating one’s self to start the holiday early. For lunch I dined out with a coworker and enjoyed this simple but delicious quinoa dish at a local cafe.
After loading up on a lengthy to do list for when I get back next week, I ran out of the office to meet dave for dinner at Grub.
To celebrate the end of the week wine was in order
Grub is known for their mac and cheese so I left that to dave
and I had a veggie burger
Once full on restaurant food we made our way back home to unwind from the day and rest up for today’s big adventure…
which involves traveling over this baby (Happy 75th Birthday Golden Gate Bridge!)
Saturday was a day of cleaning. My boyfriend’s birthday was earlier this week and we decided to celebrate with our friends last night, which meant good times AFTER we did a good sweep of the apartment. (It’s always good to have people over – it keeps your apartment in check hehe).
Of course before we could celebrate in style we had to indulge in some Thai food for dinner – papaya salad, but obviously not as good as mine the other night.
After filling ourselves with shrimp, papaya and mint we rushed back home to finish setting up.
I did not make anything special for the evening but people were plenty satisfied with chips and salsa and veggies and hummus. What do you normally serve when you have people over?
The party was a success and today will be spent cleaning and hopefully some form of exercise will find it’s way into the schedule. I’m posting the links below to motivate me to sweat later – I hope you find some inspiration too
Walk it off
Saturday definitely reminded me of a day back in college: some exercise, a lecture, free goodies and a night out.
After another successful workout on the elliptical I showered and hopped in the car with Dave to head to an alumni event. This time it was a small lecture from a famed Brandeis professor and renowned public health advisor Stuart Altman.
It has been a long time since I was in a lecture like setting and it made me nostalgic for the college days. In addition to some intellectual insight we were offered brunch nibbles – yum.
Right after this we drove over the bridge to Oakland to pick up my race jersey and bib for the Oakland half marathon I am not doing today because of my latest injury.
Walking around the expo I started to feel pretty bummed out that I was not running today, but I realized at this point I am simply happy to be walking without pain and soon enough (maybe not as fast as I would like) I will be running again. The weather is also freezing cold and rainy – less than ideal race conditions – and I am more than happy to spend the day inside.
To round out the day Dave and I went on a nice date night to a local pizza joint, Delarosa. I of course did not eat the pizza (it does mean that I ate the crust and picked off a few mushrooms though) and I did enjoy a super juicy grilled chicken salad and a ginger cocktail
And yes, we went to see the Hunger Games, and yes I was super duper pleased with how they stayed so true to the book with the characters, plot and feel. And yes it was so good!