Every week involves a seemingly continuous stream of food, drinks and people. Of course not every taste or conversation is post-able, but the range of experiences is usually pretty amazing. Discover favorites from June 27 – July 3, 2011, some of which will help to fuel full posts.
7/1/11 – It was a business meeting that drew me to Rowland Heights, and it was Seafood Village that continued to hold my interest on the eastern end of the San Gabriel Valley. The checklist menu yielded plenty of satisfying specialties, including crispy roast pork, barbecued pork with peanuts and pan-fried white radish.
7/2/11 – Barefoot Coffee Roasters was my second and best coffee stop on the drive north from L.A. to San Francisco. Barista James Lee pulled me two shots on a Dalla Corte espresso machine, highlighted by the bright single-origin Aconagua from El Salvador. Barefoot’s been around since 2003 in Santa Clara, and the owners apparently have their sights set on expansion in Campbell and Los Altos, two more Silicon Valley communities.
7/3/11 – Ferry Farms, situated 40 miles south of Fresno and home to a fifth generation orange grower, delivered a surprise highlight at the Fort Mason farmers market, a fresh pint of pulpy Navel orange juice. Clearly store-bought O.J. can’t compare. They were on the verge of switching to Valencia oranges, in keeping with the seasons.
7/3/11 – Ritual Coffee Roasters and liquid nitrogen-fueled Smitten Ice Cream are the first two tenants in back-to-back Hayes Valley shipping containers, a promising development with a Suppenkuche biergarten and pop-up museum in the works.
7/3/11 – We beat the system at Bi-Rite Creamery in the Mission. While 50+ people waited for scoops of the original ice cream, we waited 0 seconds for twisted cones of salted caramel/chocolate soft serve next door, and walked away with a fresh peach popsicle to boot.
7/3/11 – Even after enjoying a feast at Mission Chinese Food and Moonlight beers at the Make-Out Room, it was impossible to resist a second dinner at Locanda, a Roman inspired spinoff from Delfina’s owners. Even though vegetarians filled two of our table’s seats, we still scored a plate of late night lamb brains. The creamy, lightly battered brains came with fried artichokes, capers and sage leaves.