Sunday, May 22, 2011

Of Underground Markets, 21st Birthdays and Ice Cream

When I saw that there would be Bacon Caramel Corn and Candied Violet Ice Cream at the ForageSF Underground Market this week, I decided this would be a good time to check out the scene. Both of those treats were good, though neither ended up being our favorite.

Every booth had foods with pretty colors and lovely packaging. The vendors were fun, friendly and delighted to share their wares with so many excited people. My brother and I got there first and made the rounds to see what was available before we started buying. Our first stop was Simply Mochi were we tried the Lemon Curd, Blueberry Red bean, Strawberry Cheesecake and Strawberry & Chocolate. After much tasting & discussion the winner for both of us, based on flavor and consistency was the Strawberry Cheesecake.

Lemon Curd (left) and Strawberry Cheesecake Mochi

 Dorian was very happy to see Oaktown Jerk in the house and grab a bag of his favorite Thai Basil jerky. He also snagged some amazing chocolate chip cookies made with honey from Bay Area Bee Company. Before we started drinking mimosas, we decided to see what there was for noms and settled on a saucy pulled chicken sandwich from Good Foods Catering and a pastrami sandwich from Jablow's Meats. Dorian wanted to get some of the bbq sauce and try it in the pastrami, so next time he just might!

messy rules. and the sauce was so good!

we both agreed, we could have eaten several of these. the meat was smoked Friday!!

When Heather came, we had another round of Mimosa's and got to see the market again with a fresh (read, not starving) eye. Pie in a jar? Win! Hibiscus and Quince jam? Yes! After leaving the market, we headed toward the Pirate Store and Paxton Gate. We stopped at the Children's Paxton Gate store and I fell in love with Courtney Cerruti's beautiful work, most especially the owls.

The owls are all love. Go to her to see the rest. You will be so happy you did!
We also came across SFMADE, where there were corsets, candies, jewelry, kids capes and even tobacco on sale that were all locally made!

We then headed off to Bi Rite for ice cream where Salted Caramel was the favored flavor.After dropping Ms. Heather in cab, Dorian and I headed off toward 24th st so he could get the full Mission experience. We ended at Rosamunde because when I said the word sausages my brother started to salivate.

Dorian chose lamb and I went for the boar. Then we shared out so we got one of each and we split fries. The boar was good though once again the consensus was mutual with the lamb the clear favorite. All in all, this was a great day and the first ever with my brother old enough to drink! Yay for good days!

Friday, May 20, 2011

It's the End of the World as We Know it....So I Made Pie

It is apparently quite possible that in a few hours, you or I will  be raptured (please see item #3)

Should that happen I just want you to know one thing: first, I will be eating apple pie.

I've been reading John T Edge's Apple Pie which is a swoony read of epic proportions. This is the review of that book, though should I not be raptured, after I have kept a date with my Facebook friends to loot and then crochet, I will indeed be doing just that. Then I plan on reading the other books in the series. Side note: the other books in the series are Fried Chicken, Donuts, and Hamburgers & Fries. So, I'd really rather not be raptured.

This is a photo of my favorite place to get apples at the farmer's market. These apples are delicious. And if I take the less pretty ones, they are 50 cents a pound. PIE!

I used John Besh's pie dough (it's good stuff) and tossed a bunch of apples in a bowl with brown sugar, lemon, a tablespoon of butter and some cornstarch.

I know it's awful not to measure right? Wrong. But since my sisters both claim I am from Outer Space and I am pretty sure Space Aliens are not included in the festivities, I promise to make it up to you next time.

So as I wait to hear which of my loved ones I will never seen again and the zombie horde, I rest comfortably in the knowledge that no matter what else happens, I will always have pie. Or at least a really good memory.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Tillamook Fan of the Month for May

Just a quick note to let you know to check out the always delicious cheese maker Tillamook because they chose me, lil' ol' me!! as the Tillamook Fan of the Month!

My father would love this photo, maniacal grin and cheese? Yep, life is good!


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Curry Favor

When Biggie said she needed to cook for people, Heather and I gladly volunteered to be those people.....

fish cakes w green beans & green onion

cucumber & red onion salad w peanuts. sooooooo good!

the best, best, best curry EVER!!!!
Coconut Milk cake w Mango IC and Pandan whip