Monday, April 27, 2015

Mt. Everest Restaurant

Beth and I went to Berkeley to attend Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour. We arrived early to get convenient on-street parking, and then headed to Mt. Everest Restaurant, which was on the way to the concert hall.
That's my honeyed naan on the left, and Beth's plain naan on the right.
For her dinner, Beth chose Lamb Saag.
I had the Chicken Momo, which were served with a very spicy sauce.

Dinner was delicious, and the concert was terrific. Arlo is a talented musician and storyteller. We had ordered our tickets separately from Goldstar with Karma codes which we sent each other, but the box office cheerfully agreed to exchange them for two together. That left us sitting in the very top row, but center, with an excellent view of the stage. The seats in to our left were empty during the first act, but filled up after intermission. Our best guess is poverty-stricken students without tickets who came in during intermission. 

Lunch with Beth–Chim

Chim is the latest iteration of the Thai restaurant on the south side of Clay between Montgomery and Kearny. This was our first visit since the change in management.

We started with Tom Kha soup. It was served in this interesting chafing dish. You can't see it in the photo, but there is a flame in the bottom piece.

Lots of chicken in the soup!
We followed the soup with Pad Thai with shrimp.
Our check came with slices of watermelon, which we gobbled before we remembered to take a picture. It was very sweet watermelon, even though the color was a light pink.

Chim is open for lunch and then closes for a brief time before reopening for dinner. As you can see from the picture they are open to guests with dietary restrictions and ready to provide you with healthy homemade eats. Enjoy!

Lunch with Beth–Fenix

We decided to try the Eastern European food at Fenix, on the corner of Commerical and Leidesdorff. The interior is very pleasant, with lots of art on the walls and lighting provided by crystal chandeliers. We ordered at the counter and then chose a table. As usual, we ordered two different dishes and shared both.

Our first dish was a pilaf with lamb, which we forgot to take a picture of until we had loaded our plates. The food here is served in foil-lined baskets, but when we told the waitress we were going to share, she immediately brought us ceramic plates.

The pilaf was followed by an order of beef pelmeni. Both dishes were accompanied by a tomato and cucumber salad. The food at Fenix is tasty and well-balanced and if you're in the mood for an Arabian adventure, check them out.


Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day April 14, 2015

I arrived at Macy's basement about 4:00, and the line was all the way back to the Mexican restaurant! Even thought the line moved steadily, it took half an hour to get to the ice cream. I prefer ice cream without inclusions, but but there wasn't anything plain on the menu, not even (shudder) vanilla. So I chose the new "Tonight Dough" flavor, which is very busy but also surprisingly good. I thought about getting back on line for a second scoop, but by the time I finished my cup, the line was even longer. The word is out! Ben and Jerry's is awesome ice cream and also awesome for sharing it with ice cream lovers everywhere.

The Tonight Dough ice cream
Caramel & Chocolate Ice Creams with Chocolate Cookie Swirls &
Gobs of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough & Peanut Butter Cookie Dough
I crossed the street after leaving Macy's and walked past Union Square on my way home. This heart is at the southwest corner of the square.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Lunch With Beth–Americano

It was a nice day for a walk, so Beth and I headed over to Hotel Vitale, in the first block of Mission Street, to try out the Express Lunch at Americano. We don't usually spend this much on lunch (except for the occasional crab splurge), but the reviews were excellent and the lunch turned out to be well worth the price.

Elegant Place Setting
I chose the Quatro Formaggi Panini with a green salad on the side. The Express Lunch comes with a small mandarin and two house-made, chewy cookies already wrapped to take away for later.

Beth went with the Grilled Chicken Panini with a green salad. Soup is also an option.

The salad greens were amazingly fresh. Americano buys them daily from the Farmers Market.

Cookies–one chocolate, one vanilla
The food was excellent and the service was attentive. If you're looking for a fine dining lunch experience that won't take hours, Americano is the place for it.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lunch With Beth / Oolong Noodle House

Oolong Noodle Company is on Washington Street, across from the Pyramid, in the space formerly occupied by Louie's. Beth had been there before, but never tried the combination menu because the soup is so good.
 But since there were now two of us, we ordered one soup and one meal to share. We got the pork belly noodle soup.
And, making a theme of the pork, we ordered pork spare ribs with eel-flavored rice. It was definitely enough food for two, and tasty as well.
They kept the fish tank in the entry
There's too much glare from the street to see clearly, but the woman on the left is making noodles. 

Crab Splurge With Gina

Gina nabbed a Groupon for Fisherman's Grotto and invited me for a crab dinner. Her friend Louie was in town and came with us, but he didn't indulge in crab.

As soon as we sat down, our waiter brought us a platter of sourdough bread. Delicious on its own, it was perfect for sopping up all the garlic butter that came with the crab.

 Gina and Louie started with New England-style clam chowder. I had the salad.
We had a choice of roasted crab with garlic butter, steamed crab, or cold crab. It wasn't a difficult decision for us! The crabs were cracked for us, and so easy to pull apart that we didn't need the provided tools.
Crab swimming in garlic butter
 Louie opted for the parmesan-crusted halibut, which was covered in a tasty orange sauce that he couldn't quite identify.
Louie came along, just for the halibut.
 Our Groupon included a tiramisu to share, and we supplemented it with spumoni.

The restaurant's theme carpet
We were fascinated by the giant, fancy Applebee's across the street. Fortunately, no birds had defaced Gina's window and I got a good picture. If you're visiting SF, please check out a local resto, it will most likely be delicious and maybe even cheaper than Applebee's. We can give you lots of ideas if you're not sure where to eat in this town!