Mom Cooks a Surf and Turf Meal

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Lobster tail.

My mom cooked an awesome surf and turf meal for us this weekend.

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Lobster, filet mignon, mashed potatoes and asparagus.

She also cooked an amazing lunch that weekend as well. She served home made shumai, egg rolls and congee.

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Freshly steamed shumai.

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Salty black bean fish for the congee.

What an amazing meal this weekend. I think I just put back on all my weight.

Orens Hummus Shop and Boba with Annie and Julia

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Pulled beef served inside hummus.

After watching the sunset near Pacifica, we went to Orens Hummus Shop.

Oren Dobronsky, a technologist with 4 successful start-ups under his belt was drawn to the Silicon Valley, the epicenter of today’s technology innovations. Life in the valley was good, but one thing was missing: a big plate of creamy Hummus like back home in Tel Aviv, with fresh Pita & Mediterranean salads. A true entrepreneur, Oren decided to take matters into his own hands. With the help of his wife Nancy, an experienced restaurateur, the couple opened Oren’s Hummus, an authentic Israeli restaurant.

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Julia and Annie waiting outside and enjoying the evening weather.

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Seasoned fries with a lovely spicy mayo sauce.

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Chicken kabob dish with rice and falafels.

I thought the chicken kabob was pretty good. However, the rice was advertised as “basmati rice”… which felt a little unauthentic compared to some other basmati rice I’ve had.

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Annie and Julia posing in front of the chandelier in the restaurant.

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Boba at Teaspoon after dinner.

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Fresh mango smoothie.

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Annie getting her tea with tapioca.

Tartine Bakery & Cafe

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Fresh pastries at Tartine.

After Coit Tower, we grabbed some lunch at Tartine Bakery & Cafe.

Pastry chef ELISABETH PRUEITT and her husband, renowned baker CHAD ROBERTSON, are the co-owners of Tartine Bakery and Bar Tartine in San Francisco. They both trained at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Elisabeth and Chad traveled, trained, and cooked in France and upon their return, opened Bay Village Bakery in Point Reyes Station, California. Using a wood fired brick oven, they baked bread and created rustic, elegant pastries using many of the techniques they had learned abroad. Chad’s bread garnered the attention of Alain Ducasse, who wrote about the couple in his book, Harvesting Excellence.

I’d say that their pastries are pretty good. Their sandwiches are hella expensive. Be prepared to pay $17 for a sandwich. Annie said their breakfast bun was off the hook, so put your $$ towards their pastries.

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More deliciousness.

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Expensive cookies. $10.50 per bag.

I would say that the food was good, but probably overpriced for my liking. Other than that, their pastries are fantastic.

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More pastries.

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Julia walking into Tartine.

Breakfast at Sweet Maple

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French toast at Sweet Maple.

After watching the sunrise at the Golden Gate Bridge, we grabbed breakfast from one of our favorite places, Sweet Maple.

Nearly as famous are our Big Hip deep fried French Toast, bottomless mimosas and bloody Marys.

I typically get the eggs benedict… however, from this point forward, I’ll probably get the french toast—it’s unbelievable. Both Annie and Julia got it, and I have to say, I was a little jealous! 😋

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Millionaire bacon.

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Eggs benedict.

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Annie and Julia enjoying their breakfast in SF.

Founded in 2010, Sweet Maple is now the the go-to brunch destination for San Francisco locals and knowledgeable food tourists alike. Home of world famous Millionaire’s Bacon, our extra-thick, sweet and spicy bacon that is slow-cooked for hours with brown sugar and spicy peppers to a chewy perfection.

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Julia and Annie posing for a photo after breakfast in front of Sweet Maple’s entrance.

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Glass door entrance of Sweet Maple.

If you’re ever in the area, you should definitely check Sweet Maple out. Be prepared for a long wait if you want brunch on a sunday though.

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Big hip deep fried french toast.

EDIT

Annie said this photo is actually the “Big Hip deep fried French Toast”. She insisted that you try this—it tastes like funnel cake. And yeh, it’s pretty damn delicious.

Share Tea and Berkeley

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Annie standing at the gates of Berkeley.

After dinner at Homeroom, we drove over to Berkeley to grab some boba at Share Tea. Julia was on a mission to try out everything during her time in California.

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The entrance of Share Tea.

You’ll notice that this place was flooded with asian students. How come we didn’t have this kind of stuff when I was in college. 😩

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Winter Mellon tea.

If you go to Share Tea, I recommend getting, “Winter mellon, with crema, 0% sugar”. This is what I got.

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Julia and Annie enjoying their boba run.

I’m digging the vibe of this area. People seem to be positive and laid back.

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Berkeley was literally across the street.

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Annie and Julia posing in front of a statue.

Homeroom Mac + Cheese, in Oakland

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A giant bowl of Jalapeño Mac and Cheese.😏

Julia wanted to try out a new restaurant, so we drove over to Oakland to eat at Homeroom. They’re known for their Mac and Cheese, and one of my friends (Rebekah) recommended it to me a few months ago.

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Annie puts our name down to get a table.

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Homeroom entrance, with plenty of seating.

While we both had experience in the industry. Erin had worked in restaurant kitchens before becoming a lawyer, and Allison was a server before she entered corporate marketing. Nothing had prepared us for the year it took to launch Homeroom. –Homeroom Story

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Julia taking a photo of her Garlic Mac and Cheese dish.

If you decide to go here, you should definitely order the Garlic Mac and Cheese… and be prepared for a huge portions. We had left-overs for days. One dish was certainly enough for two people.

I would say that this place is for hard core mac and cheese lovers. If you only like mac and cheese exclusively as a side dish, Homeroom may not be for you.

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Julia and Annie enjoying their experience trying new restaurants in SF.

For the record, Julia really liked this place. Annie felt like it was way too much Mac and Cheese. For me personally, I think the Mac and Cheese was good, but needed more salt. The dish with bacon was actually pretty tasty… but I agree with Annie, it was a little heavy.

Nonetheless, delicious!