Foodie Friday

Happy Friday Friends!!

chiaroscuroIt’s been a great couple of days with my family in town – especially because of the awesome food! While I have been sticking to the posted dietary routine as best as possible, I definitely used up one of my ‘cheat meals’ the other night. Since it is Restaurant Week here is SF we went to dinner at Chiaroscuro, right next to the TransAmerica Pyramid. The food was so amazing I totally forgot to take pictures….WHOOPS!!! We had an incredible four course meal complete with an amuse, intermezzo, and excellent wine.Chiaroscuro-food Today we’re heading out to Vie for a private wine tasting and I’ve provisioned some goodies to pair with everything – I am super excited to see how the day unfolds and looking forward to the rest of the weekend with my family and Phil.


’til next time, keep smiling! 🙂


Foodie Fun

Happy Hump Day Friends!

It seems like Tuesday is our new date night because Phil and I hit the town again last night. When we first arrived in San Francisco Phil and I stayed at The Stanford in Nob Hill directly across the street The Fairmount. I had wanted to stay there and Phil had no idea so of course when he found out he felt terrible…in an attempt to ‘make up for it’ we went to dinner at Laurel Court, the restaurant in the hotel, and it was lovely! photo 1-5

We found the menu both approachable and adventurous. They offered classics like roasted brussels sprouts, truffle fries & New York strip and unique plates like warm yam puree with spiced beignets – we were delighted by our 3-3 Phil and I shared the yam puree, poured table side over spiced beignets with shaved pecorino and maple creme fraiche which was divine, probably the best thing I’ve had since we arrived in San Francisco (with the exception of my cooking). I had the day boat scallops with fennel and rock shrimp while Phil enjoy his New York Strip for entrees & we shared some roasted brussel sprouts and truffle fries along side – SOO good!!! Since we switched gears mid-lent and chose to give up cursing instead of sweets (truth be told I can sound like a bit of a sailor and THIS is much harder), we got dessert!!!!! Lemon panna cotta with macerated raspberries was refreshing and delightful – perfect way to finish the night. I have a feeling we may be coming back when family comes to town! photo 2-4

’til next time, keep smiling 🙂

Taking it all in

Happy Tuesday Friends!

I’m getting a late start to my blogging week but I needed a day to take it all in! Phil and I spent some time exploring our neighborhood, found a fun farmer’s market, and enjoyed a lovely brunch on the water. There is a cute little wine bar a few blocks from us that we both agreed we’d love to check out for Happy Hour. On Friday we were two of the first people through the door and found two stools on the corner of the bar – it didn’t disappoint. The small plates were tasty but the wine selection is what had the bar near maximum capacity 45  minutes after opening its door…we’ll definitely be going back!photo-5Another new gem we found was a weekend farmers market set up just beyond the park at the bottom of our hill. We were headed over that way for brunch and stumbled upon a whole foods mecca…organic produce, meats, eggs, cheese, baked goods, etc…it was heaven. Even though I could’ve explored the market for the rest of the morning we had a brunch reservation to get to and I had been looking forward to it since before we even arrived in San Francisco.


My aunt and uncle thoughtfully gifted us a certificate to Green’s Restaurant, Fort Mason’s bayside vegetarian hot spot. We decided on brunch so we could peacefully take in the views and indulge in a little Sunday Funday cocktail. Phil and I picked a quiet table in the back of the restaurant by the window and were immediately taken by the view. Of course the food was wonderful as well: I had a mushroom and leek omelette, Phil had a Tex-Mex scramble and we washed them down with a blood orange mimosa and bloody mary – YUM!!!

photo 1-3As if we hadn’t had enough fun this weekend, we’re heading to Cotogna for dinner tonight….BUT I’ve got to get a lot done first!!

‘Til next time, keep smiling! 🙂