Photo of some of the Expa and Bravado team at Fogo de Chao.
Let me start of by saying that Brazilian food is amazing, and Fogo de Chao is da 💣. It was cool catching up with folks there, talking about design, start-up life, photography and food. Being around so many passionate people (that are masters of their craft) is inspiring.
**Warning: The next photo has some red color meat. Don’t scroll down if you’re vegetarian/vegan/etc**
A variety of delicious all-you-can-eat proteins.
Oh yeh, did I mention that the salad bar there is probably better than most restaurant foods? I’m crazy about the assortment of things you can try there. The quality is 👌👌.
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.
Julia and Annie waiting outside and enjoying the evening weather.
Seasoned fries with a lovely spicy mayo sauce.
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.
Annie and Julia posing in front of the chandelier in the restaurant.
Boba at Teaspoon after dinner.
Fresh mango smoothie.
Annie getting her tea with tapioca.
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.
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.
Julia walking into Tartine.
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! 😋
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.
Julia and Annie posing for a photo after breakfast in front of Sweet Maple’s entrance.
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.
Big hip deep fried french toast.
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.
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.
Annie puts our name down to get a table.
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
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.
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.
Julia demonstrating her dragon breath skills.
On our tour of SF, we stopped by Japan Town and tried out the dragon breath dessert from Chocolate Chair. It’s definitely a gimmick, but everyone should try it out at least once.
The colourful dessert is made up of liquid nitrogen coated ice cream cereal balls.
Annie anticipating her first taste of dragon’s breath.
Annie’s dragon’s breath game needs work.
Dragon’s breath dessert, freezing everything it touches.
It just tastes like cereal. The best way to create the smoke is to take 2 or 3 balls and chew them quickly while breathing out.
Liquid nitrogen being poured into the mixer.
Japan Town Peace Pagoda.
A Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa; a monument to inspire peace, designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds, and to help unite them in their search for world peace. –Wikipedia
After walking around in Japan Town, we headed back to the apartment. For some reason SF was hot as balls, and everyone was drained.