Manu Ginóbili, via Greg Popovich
(Don’t kill me, Warriors Nation. Great quote from a great player. We can only blame ourselves for unraveling tonight.)
How A Catering Girl and Chef Boy(ardee) Celebrates Cinco de Mayo
Spent the day with my boyfriend roaming around the city, hunting for tequila-infused anything and ticking off places on the updated Michael Bauer 2013 list. (Shout out to his restaurant, nojo, for getting on the list for the second year in a row! If you find yourself in Hayes Valley, check them out!)
SoMa StrEet Market
Hidden underneath an overpass and relatively quiet during the week, the SoMa StrEat Market was packed with music, food trucks and plenty of Corona buckets this past Sunday. The Cinco de Mayo special Margarita Sundae from Frozen Kuhsterd was my kind of dessert and booze: Casa Noble tequila frozen custard with lime agave syrup and Himalayan salt. (Thanks to my high school friend, Alex, for the hook up!)
You’d probably miss it if you weren’t actually looking for it. Nestled discretely next to deli Salumeria and restaurant Central Kitchen, Trick Dog is your third, late-night stop after lunch and dinner. Featured above: St. Elmo’s Fire and Baby Turtle cocktails, and the biggest “you-wanted-kale-you-got-f***ing-kale” kale salad with parmesan, avocado, pepitas and slow-cooked egg yolk vinaigrette.
Flour + Water
THE BEST PIZZA DOUGH EVER
You guys know that I love bread, so I speak with total honesty when I say that every other pizza crust is ruined for me. (And you can forget about asking me what I want from Domino’s. I’d rather eat cheese on cardboard now.) It is totally, absolutely perfect.
How to Go to a San Francisco Giants Baseball Game
1. Park on Brannan and 5th.
If public transportation is not an option, I found a block of two-hour street parking here. (It’s unlimited after 6 pm, super ideal for night games.) It will definitely be a gamble, but with regular special event parking in Mission Bay at a whopping $7 per hour, you ought to at least give it a try.
2. Pregame at Zeke’s.
It will be nearly impossible to find a seat, much less a table, on game day. Just start ordering shots of whiskey and ginger ale. By the time you get to your sixth or seventh round, a friendly “Tita” lady will say f*** it and start pouring you more on the house.
3. Get the free swag.
You win some, and you lose some. Two weeks ago, the giveaway was a replica championship ring. The next day, it was a calendar magnet.
4. Get the garlic fries.
They used to be Gordon Biersch garlic fries. Now, they’re Gilroy garlic fries. Do they taste any different? Not really. Are they overpriced? Hell yes. Are they worth it? Hell yes.
5. Find the giant Coke bottle in left field.
And wish you were twelve again.
6. Bundle up.
I don’t care how warm the weather was during the day. If you’re going to a night game, you’ve just entered a diamond-shaped vortex of bone-chilling sea winds.
Ewok hats from Universal Studios work well.
What Catering For 450+ People On An Outdoor Pier Looks Like
With the America’s Cup (aka, the Superbowl of international competitive sailing) fast approaching in August, the defending hometown champions, Team Oracle USA, are getting ready to hit the water running. This past Tuesday, they held a private party to celebrate the launch of their second boat. (This is what happened to their first boat, effectively ruining a $10 million sail.)
We partnered with Hartmann Studios to put together a killer completely compostable and recyclable-friendly BBQ for 450+ guests, including a champagne toast to christen the new boat:
I came across this champagne flute by chance on Restaurantware.com (and because it was the only recyclable champagne flute that came in bulk), but it turned out to be the perfect solution for an outdoor champagne toast. The square bottom proved to be wide enough to not only keep the glasses space apart to avoid knocking into each other, but also sturdy enough to resist high ocean winds.
More photos from the beautiful, sunny day:
Putting a warehouse-large sailing boat together: high stakes legos.
Warm Chocolate Cake and Banana Ice Cream, Bocadillos
You know that feeling when you put your spoon into something and you know, you just know, that it’s going to be the most awesome thing you’ve ever put in your mouth?
I love this cake, I would marry this cake.
Honey Buttermilk Bread: Arizmendi Bakery Panaderia & Pizzeria
I am a bread-venturer. Anybody who knows me will tell you that I love sweet things: desserts, pastries and bread. I love eating it, I love learning about it.
You see, great bread doesn’t just happen. I used to take it for granted as a vehicle: something to make a sandwich with, something to eat cheese with, something to put butter on. Great bread deserves to be eaten by itself. Great bread takes love, hard work and, most importantly, time. (Seriously, did you know that growing your own homemade yeast starter can take weeks? You can get instant yeast from any supermarket, but nurturing your own gives it unique character.)
Try the honey buttermilk bread. (I think they’re sitting in the second shelf to the right on the second shelf from the bottom.) It will wipe the bad taste of dry, flavorless hotel continental breakfast buns straight out of your mouth.