Mission Delicious in Portland, Oregon

WHERE TO EAT IN PORTLAND Ava Gene’s: This place was AWESOME. I would go back and eat there every night. It’s better than Locanda, my favorite Italian restaurant in SF. It was ranked #5 in top new restaurants in the country when it launched. The cauliflower salad, calamari fritto misto, pasta with tripe and panna cotta were all delicious. Reservation […]

Foodie Shopping: Salumeria

Salumeria is an old-world style deli selling gourmet salami, prosciutto and pasta in the Mission. The adorably cute shop also sells sandwiches to-go which make it the perfect place to pick up some great food before heading out on a hike. The Marina can have its Lucca’s deli and North Beach can have its Molinari’s because now the Mission has […]

Fried Olives Locanda is my go-to restaurant in the Mission. It was the Jewish artichoke that put it on the map, but I haven’t ordered it since my first visit. From the owners of Delfina and Farina, Locanda focuses on the dishes found in Rome. I have so many favorites there, but I always order the Fried Castelvetrano Olives. It’s […]

Foodie Shopping: 4505 Meats

The best thing I ate in the entire last year was a sandwich created by the Bone & Gristle Boys called The Boss Hog. In all of 2012, there was nothing, not a single thing, that passed my lips that tasted better than this Grilled English Muffin stuffed with cornmeal crusted and deep-fried pork cutlet, slow roasted chili rubbed pork, […]

Weekly Eats: Hot Pot at Nabe

During the cold winter months, or heck, all months in San Francisco, nothing beats a hot pot of broth, meat and veggies to keep out the chill. I’d been to a couple shabu shabu places but was not that impressed. The broth, and the meat cooked in it, lacked flavor. Not true at Nabe! Nabe just opened a couple months […]

Weekly Eats: Dim Sum

I admit it…I’m not a fan of brunch. I know that in San Francisco and New York City, saying “I’m not a fan of brunch” is foodie-suicide, but I’d much rather eat a hearty dinner than the most delicious bacon and eggs. I’ve concluded that the reason I don’t love brunch is because it’s not my comfort food because I […]

Nikumaki Onigiri at Izakaya Roku by Gary Stevens At some point last year I gathered about ten of my coworkers and walked to the JapaCurry truck, only to walk ten very disappointed and hungry coworkers back to the office because the line for the truck stretched down the block. Luckily, back in October, the fine folks of the JapaCurry truck […]

Weekly Eats: Chicken Wings at Hog & Rocks

It’s playoff season and the 49ers are looking pretty good. Come Saturday night, a good number of San Franciscans will be glued to their TVs or holed up in a sports bar with a beer and trash-talking those Packer fans. Growing up a Niners fan in the late ’90s means that I hold only the deepest contempt and a lot […]

What to Eat in 2013

Happy New Year! With the new year, comes a host of new resolutions. Perhaps more fun than losing 15 pounds, going vegan, or giving up alcohol, would be to eat more delicious foods. Here’s a list of what I think we should all eat in 2013 (in San Francisco). Feel free to add to the list! Hamburger @ 4505 Meats […]