All posts filed under: San Francisco Eats

Food: Beef Empanadas Argentinian Style

There is a place in the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco, that I think serves the best Empanadas – El Porteno. I’m only saying this because I haven’t been to Argentina, nor elsewhere outside of the country that serve up this specialty. The trouble is, I cannot have just one. So I order half a dozen and keep them at work to indulge one a day for the week. Okay, sometimes two a day – you know on a foggy cold day when one is needing all the comfort in great food ;). Anyway – I figured it’s about time I learned how to make them at home and this recipe is pretty easy to follow: INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 1½ pounds ground beef (20% fat) 2 onions, chopped 2 red bell peppers, seeded, chopped Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper 3 tablespoons ground cumin 2 tablespoons sweet paprika 1 tablespoon dried oregano ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper 1½ cups low-sodium chicken stock or broth 2 teaspoons sugar ½ cup raisins 3 packages (12 …

Travel: Best Breakfast in San Francisco Past the Tourist Trap

San Francisco is an easy city to explore on foot, or a bus, or Uber or any means to get past all the tourist areas and the best way to plan it, is to start out with breakfast to some of my favorite and tested spots  in my city and the rest of the list of many others I plan to explore eventually:

San Francisco: Some of the Best Patio Seating

The other day I had lunch at Yumma’s on Irving Street, and after ordering our falafel wraps, my friend suggested we sit outside in their patio – which I had no idea they had. (I hadn’t eaten there for years). But it got me thinking about all of the wonderful tourists heading to this fair city which I call home, and so I decided to add a list from here and there of some of the best patio seating in San Francisco: 4505 Burgers & BBQ (705 Divisadero St.) The patio at 4505 Burgers & BBQ may seem a little unconventional  (it’s a converted parking lot), but that’s what gives it San Francisco charm. If the patio alone won’t get you there, then the mouthwatering burgers and ribs should. All Good Pizza (1605 Jerrod Ave) A pizza truck turned brick oven is doling out delicious pies in a parking lot in the Bayview that’s making people line up. Enjoy them at the covered picnic benches. Arlequin Cafe (384 Hayes St.) Walk into Arlequin’s back patio and …

What Are You up To This Weekend?

Every Thursday I thumb through articles and event announcements for something to do over the weekend, and when nothing sparks an interest, I create my own fun. Meaning to say, I pray for good weather in the city and then go for long walks across town. Seven plus miles and then ride the Muni back to my neighborhood. After stopping somewhere downtown for lunch – of course. This weekend in and around the city we have some things going on which is cool to consider, especially those of you visiting from out of town: Livermore Wine Country Downtown Street Fest has wine and beer tasting, outdoor dining, arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment, and a family fun zone. Free.  May 6-7 Sustainable design festival – May 7, 2017: Shop for sustainably made apparel, accessories, home goods, and art at the Urban Air Market, with street food and local musicians on Patricia’s Green (at Octavia & Fell Streets). Repeats in Sept. Free. Wine tasting in Palo Alto – May 7, 2017: Taste 100 wines from 30 wineries …

Travel: Off the Beaten Paths – San Francisco Restaurants

This time of year we get together with friends, coworkers, and even family members for dinner – in a restaurant celebrating the holiday season over good food, wine and conversation. Over the course of this week I have selected the following five restaurants to try out for my get-togethers:

Travel: San Francisco’s North Beach Restaurant Guide

I love living in San Francisco and exploring through the different neighborhoods to find the new it place to dine or a store to check out. But one thing I appreciate is the familiarity and consistency of North Beach, the traditional Italian neighborhood that always puts a smile on face, for staying the way it is for decades and hopefully not getting sucked into the modern take or transition to the city that is taking place in the last five plus years. Knowing October is the best time to visit my city, I found this helpful site that lists the best eateries in North Beach for the wonderful tourists that are planning a trip here. {featured photo credit}

prelude to a trip

I don’t think that excuse “its a Monday” is valid anymore. I’ve been busy nonstop for the past two weeks. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday AND repeat  🙂 – so yesterday a friend of mine kidnapped me for lunch and forced me to step away from the piles of work sitting on my desk, overflowing to the floors around my office and after our delicious tuna sandwiches at Boudin’s – one of my favorite eateries in the city, I insisted we stop off at the Nespresso coffee/flagship store in San Francisco and pretend just for a second we were in Europe. It worked, pumping me up for my upcoming trip abroad – across the pond to be more specific. Just thought I’d share to hold us all over until I can focus on my writings hopefully very soon. {my photo: please ask if you’d like to borrow}