Ooh, my favorite!

SF Street Food Festival
August 24, 2010, 9:01 am
Filed under: Food, Green, Restaurants, San Francisco

The second annual SF Street Food Festival was this past Saturday, and as promised we stopped by to sample some small bites from some of the city’s most popular restaurants and street food vendors. We had a really nice time. The weather was a little gloomy but it was a nice way to spend a lazy Saturday morning. Since we got there early (around 11:30) we were able to stroll around without too much hassle from the crowds.

After about an hour it got a little crazy and it became really hard to navigate through the lines. Fortunately by that time we’d had our fill of snacks, so we hit the road and went up the street to Beretta for a relaxing lunch.  It was fitting because Beretta had one of our favorite snacks and drinks.

Here’s a peek at our what we got into at the festival:

Beretta – Spicy marinara pork slider and ginger, lime soda

So good. Tender and flavorful slider with the most amazing soda ever. I’m so inspired to start making my own summer spritzers now.

Flour & Water – sausage and white beans, melon proscuitto salad

Surprisingly Flour & Water had a nice little menu. Definitely what I would consider one of the city’s most overrated restaurants, they did step out with a nice housemand sausage and melon salad.

Hapa Ramen

This was our first stop to try to warm up a bit. It was a nice broth with some tender pieces of pork but the noodles were not great.

La Mar – ceviche

Clean and nice!

Kung fu tacos
Overrated! Just didn’t get it. Korean flavors served on a corn tortilla. No thanks. Gimme one or the other, Mexican or Korean.

Perhaps one of my favorite things about the festival was that nearly every container and utensil was compostable – barely any plastic used at all. There were stations like the one above set-up throughout the area and many of them had people on hand to help make sure you were placing your garbage in the right container. So cool!

Happy Friday!
August 20, 2010, 2:22 pm
Filed under: Food, San Francisco

Welcome to the weekend! Another crazy work week winds-down and I couldn’t be more excited. Tomorrow we’ll be making our way out to the San Francisco Street Food Festival. Not excited about the impending crowds, but my hesitations are completely trumped by my enthusiasm for the culinary delights that will be served by over 50 vendors for $8 and under!

After reading that last sentence I realize that I may be a bit too excited; you see, I’ve been let down by events like this before. Perhaps I should put myself in check but remain cautiously optimistic – just in case, right?

So that is my sexy event for the weekend. What will you be up to?

August 19, 2010, 7:54 am
Filed under: Green, Nature, Photography

Hill of up-country Sri Lanka by dinusha123

Sometimes I have to search for images like this to remind myself that there are still places in the world that we haven’t managed to destroy yet.

[image via the world we live in]

The Animal Print Shop
August 18, 2010, 1:37 pm
Filed under: Art and Design, Nature, Photography

Some of these have already made the blog rounds, but I couldn’t help but to add them here. A few years ago photographer Sharon Montrose opened her line of limited edition prints into a more affordable option so that we could all have the chance to own one (or more!) of these sweet photos.

Here are some of my favorites from the Baby Animals line. See more at The Animal Print Shop.

[All images via Sharon Montrose @ The Animal Print Shop.]

Scratch Map
August 17, 2010, 10:29 am
Filed under: Gift guide

The best part of a scratch lottery ticket without the part where you lose a couple bucks. A super cool way to track your travels around the world and the perfect gift for a jet setter.

Available here for $23.

[via unstitched]

August 17, 2010, 9:13 am
Filed under: Silly, Videos

Considering I can’t even use a yo-yo the conventional way, I find this completely fascinating!

Jensen Kimmitt wins the the 2010 World YoYo Contest with his new signature yo-yo the NORTHSTAR by YoYoFactory.

[via likecool]

Pizzeria Picco
August 16, 2010, 1:44 pm
Filed under: Food, Restaurants, San Francisco

Not the greatest pictures (from my phone) but I had to share because we had quite a lovely Sunday, complete with the most awesome dessert I’ve had in a while.

A trip out to Larkspur to visit our friend Dom quickly turned into a lunch date when I realized Pizzeria Picco was right down the street. Foodie Friend Brian had been talking about this place for a while, but I just hadn’t had the chance to make my way up north until yesterday.

It was a beautiful day and the pizza was great! Oh how I love wood fired pizza. (For my Seattle friends, it was very similar to Tutta Bella. But only the Columbia City location, not the others which are just not as good.) I was so busy eating that I didn’t take pics of the watermelon feta salad, or the burrata beet crostini, or the bacon braised kale pizza. I did however remember to take a pic of the tiny remaining pieces of the margherita pizza with calabrian chilis on the side.

I had been eyeing the dessert menu before we even left the house, and was especially intrigued by one of their specialties: organic Straus Dairy soft serve ice cream drizzled with DaVero extra virgin olive oil topped with a light sprinkling of sea salt. I was all set to order when this magically appeared after a mix-up on a different order. What a happy coincidence!

The ice cream was wonderfully smooth but also had the perfect amount of bite; I could almost chew it and that was a beautiful thing. The sweet and savory flavors were perfect: the olive oil was silky and fragrant and the granules of sea salt offered a bit of crunch and a great counterpoint to the sweetness of the ice cream. Ah, so happy!

Another lovely weekend come and gone…I can’t believe it’s Monday again.

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