Saturday, February 6, 2010

San Francisco, December 2009

I meant to do a post on a trip to San Francisco last December, but I kept putting it off and just got back from a second trip to San Francisco this morning. I had the idea of doing one super-post on both trips, but Mabel had the good sense to suggest that I break it up. There's just too much stuff, it feels like it takes a day to recount a day. I feel a bit like Funes.

Last December, I flew over to the bay area for Priscilla's wedding, but I flew in a day early to hang out with Ben and Azusa. They took me to some pretty good places surrounding their neighborhood.

The day I got in (Sat 12/5), we got beer and sandwiches at Atlas Cafe.

I got their version of the Cuban.

It was respectable. Ben and azusa got this sandwich with beetloaf.

I thought it was interesting and good. They had some Indian spices in there and the sweet and savory thing going for it, but the texture was a bit mushy. Never had anything quite like it before.

I like Atlas Cafe overall, good vibe and outdoor seating although it was strangly cold that weekend.

Ben and I took a walk to Bernal Heights hill later that afternoon. I mention it mainly because we saw this cool I-don't-know-what on the way.

Later that night we headed to Homestead for some pre-dinner drinks. This place has cheap peanuts ($1, used to be free as per Azusa) and these titillating paintings up on the walls which prompted a conversation about Manet, Titian, and feminism. The empanada lady of San Francisco made an appearance. Ben and Azusa tell me they see her in bars from time to time.

For dinner we ate at Flour + Water.

Azusa had been wanting to try out this place for a while. It’s a relatively new place and sounds like it’s usually packed. We ended up sitting at their communal table. It has been a while, so I can’t remember the entire meal except that it was a lot of fun and that I ate agnolotti for the first time.

I’d been obsessed with agnolotti ever since reading about them in the French Laundry Cookbook. Thomas Keller thinks they are one of the most perfect pasta shapes. They had pork agnolotti on special and they were delicious. Delicate, porky, and perfectly sauced. My mouth is watering just thinking of them again.

The next day I headed to Priscilla’s wedding which was wonderful (beautiful ceremony, great food and wine), and then I was back on the east coast.

Atlas Cafe
3049 20th St (at Alabama St)
San Francisco, CA 94110

2301 Folsom St (btn 19th St and 20th St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 282-4663

Flour + Water
2401 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 826-7000

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