Friday Favorites

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Hey Everyone!

Happy Friday! Hope you had a great week and are stoked about the weekend – I know I am. I’m all about traditions and this brings me to one of my favorites – Friday night date night.

Whether it’s with Ittai or my closest friends, I love to go out to dinner, relax and welcome the weekend with a cocktail (or two).

Often times I go to my usual haunts in the city and never really steer too far away from the uncomfortable. But when I had the opportunity to go to Berkeley last weekend to check out FIVE, well, I couldn’t pass it up.

A lot of people make the Manhattan/Brooklyn comparison when it comes to Berkeley, but if you’ve been to the East Bay, you know it’s pretty effortless.

Nestled in the heart of North Berkeley, FIVE is located inside Hotel Shattuck and right off Shattuck Street. The interior is super modern and inviting and the food follows suit.

Executive Chef Stephane Tonnelier brings his expertise to each dish with subtle hints of his background as a chef in France. We started off with the Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits (nom!) and the Baby Beet Salad that were the perfect gateway into the entrees. Pro Tip: The salads are huge so splitting is a great way to go! I suggest the Baby Beet Salad for it’s delicious watermelon and Humboldt goat cheese.

For my main entree I had the Spring Nettle Ravioli that was filled with the most delicious english pea & cauliflower mascarpone and Ittai had the Grilled Porkchop with eggplant puree.

Finished off with a trio of delectable desserts, we left stuffed and oh so happy. And while the food was excellent, the service was even more so. Will, our waiter was one of the nicest servers (and people!) I have ever met. He’s an East Bay native and has worked at FIVE for several years – a testament to how special the place truly is.

So, what are you waiting for? Be a little adventurous. Catch BART, head to the East Bay and get yourself to FIVE.

Cheers!

 

 

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Nom Spotlight – Ichi Kakiya

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Hi Everyone!

While I wouldn’t call myself a foodie (i’ll leave that to Shikha), I do love to eat. And often. Coming to San Francisco from Ohio has definitely reawakened my palette. From acai bowls to avocado toast and fresh sushi, i’ve been insanely impressed by what SF has to offer.

And one thing I think this city does better than the rest of the country? Seafood.

Luckily, I got to check out Ichi Kakiya – a beautiful seafood and Japanese restaurant tucked away in Bernal Heights.

Known for their oysters and raw bar, I indulged in a variety of colorful and delicious bites that are well-priced surrounded by an ever better atmosphere.

Pro Tip: If you get off work in time, make Ichi’s happy hour. The menu (and prices!) is unreal.

Some of my favorites from their well-curated menu included the Cove Miyagi and Shigoku oysters, the Hamaguri clams, the Kabocha Dashi Soup with crab (SHOWSTOPPER!), and the House-Cured Umi Masu salad.

Seriously, you guys…it was phenomenal. Pair the meal with a delightful wine from their happy hour menu and your taste buds will be thrilled.

For more tasty updates, check out Ichi Kakiya’s website and Instagram!

Cheers!

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Photos via Scott Wisner & Aimee Rancer

Nom Preview: Precita Park Cafe

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Hi Everyone!

So, much like any person over time, this blog has evolved a bit. In the early days (2 years ago?), I focused primarily on my own style. And it was crazy fun. But, since each and every year has passed, I have found new passions, things that interest me, and well…the list goes on.

One thing that i’ve never stopped? My love of food and eating. In fact, besides shopping i’d say it’s my favorite hobby.

That being said, I want to let you in on a little (not little, at all) secret: I love cheese. Cheddar, Swiss, Burrata, Goat, Gruyere, the list goes on. And trust me – it’s a long list.

SO, last week when I checked out the fabulous Precita Park Cafe…I fell in love. With burrata. Precita Park Cafe is located in Bernal Heights, an area that I do not frequent on the regular, but I fell in love with.

Located in the heart of Bernal, the cafe has a light and airy charm about it that makes dining inviting and more importantly, fun.

The menu? A mixture of handcrafted pizzas, pastas, and erm…cheese. Oh! And tasty craft brews and California wines. Nom.

Do I have you salivating yet? Okay, so what are you waiting for? Go! Now. Seriously, i’m doing y’all a favor. 🙂

When you go, don’t miss out on the house made burrata, deep fried quail stuffed with mac ‘n cheese (I KNOW!), and the Sausage and Montasio Pizza.

I left Precita Park Cafe with a full belly and happy heart. I’m thinking you’ll feel the same.

Cheers!

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Local Faves – SF Edition

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Happy Thursday, y’all!

So, you guys already know how much I love San Francisco. I can’t help but go on long tangents about the city and whenever someone asks me my opinion about what to do in the city, I feel like I naturally gravitate toward the food and drink arena.

With that being said, here’s a few of my favorites bars and eats in the city. Oh, and sightseeing is pretty good too. That’ll come later.

1. Archive: Located on 2nd and Mission, this bar/restaurant is a great place to grab a delicious cheese plate or pie (pizza, naturally). Their happy hour is outta this world.

2. Blue Bottle Coffee: If y’all don’t know, this coffee is the creme de la creme of San Francisco coffee. I love stopping by before work for an iced coffee or latte and their granola and yogurt is delicious. Buuut, being the Midwestern that I am, i’d take Dunkin Donuts any day (o_o)

3. Duboce Park Cafe: A local neighborhood spot in San Francisco that can do no wrong. Lox bagels with all da fixings? Oh yeah.

4. Jane: Located a few blocks away from my casa, I love stopping by Jane for awesome coffee (Stumptown) and organic/gluten free bites. Love their birdseed muffin. Weird, I know. But just trust me on this.

5. Herbivore: All vegan options for those of you who don’t eat meat, etc. It’s SO good. Their potato pancakes are pretty impressive and their juices will give you one hell of a wakeup call.

6. Natoma Cabana: This newly opened bar is a hop, skip and a jump away from my office. Such a good place to unwind after a long day and their upstairs is light, airy and allows for good creepin’ abilities. Oh, and did I mention they serve beer out of solo cups? HOLLA.

7. 4505 Meats: Just go and try the hamburger. I beg of you.

8. Rosamunde’s: As a lover of hot dogs and sausage, this is one of the best places to grab a bite before a night out on the town. I rediscovered how much I loved them this past weekend at Outside Lands and can’t wait to go back!

If you need any more reccos, let me know. You know i’d love to give ’em!