My mom cooked an awesome surf and turf meal for us this weekend.
She also cooked an amazing lunch that weekend as well. She served home made shumai, egg rolls and congee.
What an amazing meal this weekend. I think I just put back on all my weight.
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.
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.
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.
I would say that the food was good, but probably overpriced for my liking. Other than that, their pastries are fantastic.
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! 😋
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.
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.
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.
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. 😩
If you go to Share Tea, I recommend getting, “Winter mellon, with crema, 0% sugar”. This is what I got.
I’m digging the vibe of this area. People seem to be positive and laid back.
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.
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
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.
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.