Posts Tagged ‘dinner’

The Greenest Thing You’ll Ever Eat Can Be Found at Bushi Tei Restaurant in Japantown

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

See?

That’s pretty green, huh?

I think it’s celery something, but they change the menu so much I can’t find the name of this starter online:

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And oh yes, please don’t steal their unique chopsticks, no matter how tempted you might become…

The World’s Most-Stolen Chopsticks Can Be Found at Bushi-Tei on Post in Japantown – Plus, Handmade Pocky!

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Oh dear, I guess Carolyn Alburger already posted a photo of those famous Bushi-Tei chopsticks, you know, the ones so unique that high-end diners swipe them. So, I’m not really adding anything here:

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(Honestly, I missed the photo that she posted. Don’t know how that happened…)

Darn, this means that I’m just another free-loading internet wantrepreneur, another aggregator.

So, I guess alls that left to do is send out a misleading, hyped-up, SEO-optimized, Huffington Post-style Tweet and then I’ll watch the $$$ roll in…

No, I can’t do it! I gots to add value before this post is done.

Let’s see here, Bushi Tei’s chopsticks look like Harry Potter wands, like mini-Elderwands. (There, I’ve started the rise from mere internet wantrepreneur, mere aggregator, up to the lofty perch of blogger, of content creator. Hurray! Whew, that was close.)

But wait, there’s more.

OMG, handmade Pocky!

“Chocolate Pot de Creme – Blackberry and Elderflower: Handmade Pocky” by Pastry Chef Yuko Fujii:

These Pockies are the cutest things I’ve seen since those mini choco burgers that Spork gives you to ease the pain right at the time you realize you dropped $80-something at a revamped KFC. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that. And, last I heard, their Original Recipe Pull Apart Rolls with whipped honey butter and sea salt are still free, price on the menu is listed as $0.00. Hurray! Oh yes, please don’t steal Spork’s hefty, metal, straight-outta-Pusan sporks neither.)

I was going to save these Pockies for another post, but I sure don’t want anybody to call me the “A-word.”

Anyway, bushi tei is swinging for the fences up there on Post Street – I mean, they had a Michelin star(!) for a while, right? (And let me tell you, you won’t find too many of those in District 5, let me tell you.)

And now, bushi-tei has a new chef, I understand, so who knows what the future will bring.

Fin

OMG, “Off The Grid: Upper Haight” has Grown Into Quite the Affair – Food Truck Dinner Party Every Thursday

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Off The Grid has come into its own at the Upper Haight Location at the end of Waller near Stanyan (just one block north of our landmark Haight Street McDonalds).

I had no idea that it’s become so popular, like it was yesterday, in the pouring fog.

And, of course, you can’t ignore the almost-perfect Yelp rating

Check it:

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Doublecheck the sked if you want to, but this is it, currently:

“Off the Grid: Upper Haight
Thursdays from 4:30PM-8:30PM”

I’ll tell you, I was there at the beginning, at the very first OTGUH like a year ago. Back then, it wasn’t slammed with people, but these days it is.

Get on out there next Thursday, why not?

I don’t know about other OTGs but this one is off the hook.

Enjoy the consensus, plus the Minority Report, which focuses on the fact that too many people are there (is that a bug or a feature?) and the air-conditioned summer weather (is that a bug or a feature?):

“Went last night, and wow. Bites of the night included the pork belly with pickled daikon from Chairman Bao (the bun was super soft and delicious with a generous serving of pork belly) a pandan waffle, and unagi onigiri from Onigilly (which also has miso soup, an awesome treat in the freezing Haight AND they give you free refills). Highly recommend going with a group of 5 or 6 and sharing bites of things.”

“If you’ve tried the Off the Grid at Fort Mason, then this is pretty much the exact replica of it except on a smaller scale. I recognized some of the exact same food trucks too. And just like Fort Mason, it is crazy packed. I had a burrito that I think might have been from El Huarache Loco, which was decent and had a nice spicy kick to it. Other than the novelty of experiencing the food truck craze, I think the food is only okay and a bit on the pricey side based on portion size. The crowds also get a bit overwhelming especially when you’re waiting in a humongous line in the freezing SF cold. Fun to try on occasion if you just want to dabble in different types of food.”

“Off the Grid is the new age of food trucks. They promote alot of fusion foods and foods not normally served in restaurants. Since I’m a Pilipino who loves food well, I go often. They have a cupcake truck, Senior Sisig, and that Korean truck. I need to try out the bacon truck the next time I go there. It’s  great place w/ your friends to meet up and snack on great foods. They have live music as well. I need to try out the other  OTG.”

OMG, “Yan Can Cook” for Leland Yee! For Just $100, Martin Yan Will Share His Secrets With You at Koi Palace on July 22

Monday, July 11th, 2011

I don’t know if Yan Can Vote for Senator Leland Yee in the coming San Francisco election for Mayor.*  But no matter, certainly Yan Can Cook and provide cooking demonstrations and lessons for Maxine and Leland Yee and YOU at the Koi Palace in Daly City come July 22, 2011.

Ticket prices start at $100.

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All the deets:

Dear Friend,

You’ve seen him on public television for almost 30 years.

His cooking shows have appeared in over 50 countries. 

He has hosted more than 1,500 episodes of his famous show, Yan Can Cook.

He’s written more than two-dozen books. Founded a cooking school in San Francisco; won countless awards and dispelled the mysteries and secrets of Chinese cuisine across the globe.

This is your chance to have dinner and learn all the secrets with a personal cooking demonstration from a master!

Join Martin Yan and me for dinner at Koi Palace on July 22. Space for this special campaign event is limited and tickets will go fast. RSVP.

Maxine and I could not be more pleased to offer this event to our supporters.

This really is a special treat – one of the best chefs at one of the premiere Chinese restaurants in the country.

Tickets to this special dinner start at $100 and space is limited – so RSVP quickly.

If you would like to sponsor the event ($250) Martin will be giving a special private cooking demonstration and lesson prior to the dinner. If you are a foodie – this is the place to learn all the tricks of a master chef and not to be missed!

RSVP to sponsor dinner with Martin Yan and join us for a private cooking lesson!

I hope you’ll join us for this truly special dinner with one of the best chefs at one of the premiere Chinese restaurants in the country. 

It will be a great night, for a great cause, for a great city.

Sincerely,

Leland Yee

PS – Dinner tickets are only $100 and space is very limited – so RSVP quickly.
 

See you there!

*Does Martin Yan live in the 415? Not sure…

OMG, You Gotta Go See Teatro Zinzanni Before It Leaves Us to Make Way for that Money-Losing America’s Cup 2013

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Here’s how you know when a relationship over, when your supposed beau says something like:

“I’d be happy to introduce you to other men not in this immediate area, or facilitate a conversation with men in the City, or perhaps a matchmaking service. I’ll email you their phone number or something.”

That’s it, it’s over, baby. HJNTIY.

So imagine how the hard-working people at highly-rated Teatro Zinzanni feel about their coming eviction to make way for the NASCAR-esque, tradition-be-damned America’s Cup 2013, aka Larry Ellison’s boat race.

Here’s what the Port of San Francisco is saying about the sitch:

We’d be happy to show them locations that are not in this immediate area, or facilitate a conversation with other city departments or commercial real estate agents.”

Or, in other words, GO TO HELL.

Anyway, put Teatro Zinzanni at the top of your Bucket List right now, before it goes away.

Ooh, backstage:

Ooh, bobbles!

To sum up:

Boo, America’s Cup Eurotrash

Yay, Teatro Zinzanni


Hold Onto Your Wands, Annual Quidditch Invitational Returns to Civic Center, Unless the Tents are for Something Else

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Your view of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is being blocked by these tents what just sprung up to engulf Civic Center Plaza.

(I understand that Hufflepuff will be the team to beat this year…)

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On a slightly more Sirius note, it’s Muggle Quidditch at Hahvahd University.

No matter, Harry Potter fever will be cured by July 15, 2011.

As seen on Fulton a while back:

You might belong in Hufflepuff, Where they are just & loyal. Those patient Hufflepuffs are true And unafraid of toil.

1865 Post in J-Town: From Yelp-Fraudulent “Kabuki Kitchen” to “Sundance Kitchen” to Nothing in a Few Short Years

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

First, it was all like this, the Kabuki Kitchen at 1865 Post near Fillmore, where a little five-star Yelp Fraud didn’t have the intended effect:

So then it was all like this, with a new name and menu for Bob Redford’s joint right next to the Sundance Kabuki movie theatre:

But now it’s all like this, all closed up:

Oh well.

Hey, maybe if Japantown hadn’t chased away so many tenants all these years there’d be a critical mass of foot traffic?

Maybe. Storefronts on Post what were empty in 2005 are still empty in 2011.

The whole place looks like a ghost town (a cold, 1960′s-style 100% cement ghost town) at night, pretty much. (Concrete and clay and general decay…)

Oh well.

OMG, Popular Brenda’s French Soul Food is Now Open for Dinner on a Safe Block in the Otherwise Crime-Ridden Tenderloin

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Will popular, four-star rated Brenda’s French Soul Food be as popular for dinner as it’s been for breakfast, brunch, and lunch?

Only Time Will Tell.

As recently seen on Polk, near the western fringe of the crime-ridden Tenderloin. Criminals tend to not like crowds of potential witnesses, so dread nought.

Why not get in line at 652 Polk betwixt Eddy and Turk, dine and then make a post to the Yelp, as thousands have before you?

Name That Iconic San Francisco Restaurant: Which Brunch-Lunch-Dinner Spot is This?

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Despite the use of green, brown and yellow as “primary colors,” I think it’s still pretty easy to recognize the tables, the chairs, the cutlery, the woodpile (camera left) ‘n stuff.

Nothing’s really changed over the years (decades?) except the prices….

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(And I’d tell you about the parking sitch out front but that would just upset certain NIMBYs so oh well.)

San Francisco Restaurant Community Comes Together to Help Crime Victim – Benefit at Ragazza January 24th

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Haighteration has the story this AM about how the San Francisco restaurant community is coming together to help one of its own, someone who is still reeling from a crime committed late last year:

“In late November, a beloved member of the Ragazza staff, and broader San Francisco restaurant community, was the victim of a terrible crime. To help this individual get back on their feet, Ragazza, along with several other establishments, are hosting a fundraiser. All proceeds will benefit the crime victim. Funds will be raised through several sources.”

And check out all the local businesspeople who are contributing, below.

“1. On Monday, January 24, Ragazza will donate 100% of sales proceeds to this cause. For this evening, Ragazza will hold an intimate benefit dinner, with a special menu designed by Chef Sharon Ardiana.  The meal will be served family style, with antipasti, salad, pizza, entree and dessert.  Seatings are at 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm or 9:00 pm.  The cost is $35/person, including wine, excluding gratuity and tax.  As of 1/13/11, the 7pm seating is sold out.  To make a reservation or to be put on the 7pm waiting list, please email Laurie at laurie@aocsf.com.

2. A variety of items will be auctioned off on eBay, between Friday, January 21st and Monday, January 31st. Auction items include special meals at notable San Francisco restaurants, cooking lessons, private meals prepared by Bay Area chefs, art, photography, wine and other items. To see all items up for auction or to bid on an item, please visit this link.

3. You may send a cash donation to benefit the victims of this crime. To do so, please send a check made out to our fiscal sponsor, La Cocina, Inc. Please write Ragazza Fundraiser in the memo line so that your contribution goes directly to our cause. Donations may also be made on the evening of January 24 at the restaurant. For your donation to be tax deductible, it will need to be made via check payable to La Cocina, Inc. Donations may be sent to:

La Cocina

2948 Folsom Street

San Francisco, CA 94110-4028

Note that all auction items and donations made via check to La Cocina, Inc. are tax deductible over the fair market value of the item (in the case of auction items). La Cocina is a registered 501c3 organization.

Full details coming soon, along with links to the eBay bid pages once the auction is live (anticipated to be on Friday, January 21).  Here’s a preview of some of the items we will have available for bid…..

Dinner for 8 in your home, cooked by Frances Chef/Owner Melissa Perello.
Italian cooking lesson, wine tasting and dinner for 4 prepared in your home by Chef/Owner of Ragazza, Sharon Ardiana and  Suzanne Drexhage
Dinner for 2, with wine pairings, at your choice of either A16 or SPQR
Wine dinner for 4 at Andalu
Dinner for 2 at Bar Tartine
Chef’s Dinner for 2 at Cafe des Amis, with wine pairings
Customized meal for 2 at Delfina, menu designed by Chef/Owner Craig Stoll
Customized meal for 2 at Flour + Water, menu by Chef/Owner Tom McNaughton, with wine pairing
Wine dinner for 4 at Garibaldi’s
Dinner for 2 at Gialina..and you can go to the head of the line!
Dinner for 4 at Nopa, seated with Chef/Co-Owner Laurence Jossel and Wine Director Chris Deegan
Dinner for 4 at the Chef’s Table of Rotisserie & Wine – meet Tyler Florence and Chef Jeremy Fox
Customized cake by Elizabeth Falkner of Citizen Cake, sized to serve 40 people!
2 dozen cupcakes from Kara’s Cupcakes, delivered by cupcake maven and owner, Kara Lind
Marlowe‘s famous Marlowe burger, delivered to your office w/all the fixin’s…for 8 people
Carnitas dinner for 4, delivered to your door by Nopalito.
Sundae making party for 24 by Bi Rite Creamery
Cocktail making class for 15, along with signed copies of Art of the Bar at Comstock Saloon
Coffee tour/tasting for 6 at Equator Coffees & Teas-  the coffee of Ragazza & The French Laundry
Cooking clases at La Cocina
Poker party for 5 at Le Club….burgers, bourbon or champs, your own dealer & private table
Pizza Politana pizza party for 15 at your home
High end tequila tasting for 4 at Tres Agaves
Margarita party for 20 at your home by Tortilla Heights
A case of mixed Italian red wines, selected by Chamber and Chambers Wine Merchants
Gift certificates to Boulevard18 ReasonsBi Rite MarketOminvore BooksAbsintheLori Anderson Skincare, Pal’s Takeaway SandwichesIncanto and more!
A day of custom photography, with Katie Newburn, photographer
2 custom art pieces by artist Michelle White
50 custom cards/envelopes, designed and printed by Olive-Route letter press.
Custom canvas printing of your favorite photo by photographer, Nick Vasilopoulos
2 hours of custom tattoo work with the amazing Shannon Archuleta
And still more to come……