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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Cocktail Spotlight: The Trinity

3 kinds of citrus and fun times with a lemon zester resulted in this festive, blood red cocktail. Given its tequila base, deathly hue, and trio of citrus, I thought a Dexter-inspired name was fitting.

2 oz blanco tequila
Juice of 1 tangerine
Juice of half a lemon
Juice of 1 small blood orange*
1 tsp strawberry syrup (I had homemade, but jam also works)

*about 4 oz total of juice

Zest long strands of blood orange and lemon, twirl around the end of a spoon, and set in freezer to help it keep its shape.

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add plenty of ice, shake, and strain.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Lemon Bonanza: Clover Club

A weekend escape to LA yielded a backpack bursting with lemons from a friend's yard. What did that mean after we arrived at home sweet home? A Clover Club, of course. It's incredible the complexity tree-fresh lemons bring to a cocktail. Like summer in a cup.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Roam Burger

Elk for lunch: add it to the list of "sure, why not" things you do when you live in a food Mecca like San Francisco. Roam Burger's French and Fries version had avocados, fries, and caramelized onions in one package of oozy deliciousness. Why would I say no? Paired with a seasonal, housemade blood orange soda, it was the perfect farewell to a long week.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Cocktail Spotlight: Pineapple Lime Fizz

Tart, tropical, and sensuously frothy. This is one for the books.

1 lime, juiced
2 oz gin
1 tsp fresh pineapple juice
1/2 tsp agave nectar
1/2 egg white

Shake all your ingredients together, add ice, and shake again. Garnish serve, and savor the compliments.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Suan Cai Yang Rou Tang (Lamb Soup With Pickled Napa)

This classic Northern Chinese dish has long been on my list of "things to learn," since Dear Husband says picked Napa cabbage is "possibly the most Northern Chinese dish there is." I present....V1 of our very own Lamb Soup With Picked Napa.

Making the soup once you have fermented cabbage is simple, but the pickling process of the cabbage will have to be saved for another post. For this soup, I boiled pork bones and ginger until I had a rich broth. Then I added sliced picked Napa, sliced pieces of shabu shabu lamb, and vermicelli noodles. I added white pepper and chopped green onions to each bowl before ladling in the soup, and done! A delicious one pot meal completed in under half an hour. Perfect for weeknights, as long as you've done some prep ahead of time.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Samovar (Yerba Buena Gardens)

Samovar is one of my favorite quick getaways from work. And the wasabi smoked salmon salad? Delightful.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Schubert's Bakery

A big San Francisco football game should be celebrated with big San Francisco food favorites. When the girl behind the counter at Schubert's asked if we needed writing on our 6" princess cake today, we jokingly said "Sure why not. Go 49ers!" 

She laughed, disappeared into the kitchen, and took it to a WHOLE 'NOTHER LEVEL! Love this city, love its fans, LOVE LOVE LOVE this princess cake. After all these years it's still one of the best cakes (and best bargains) in town.

Can't wait for it to be Sunday!