Libby Jane (SF)
Libby Jane is a Southern-inspired cafe in San Francisco’s Tenderloin right next to Brenda’s French Soul Food. They are partners (literally in life and in business).
Libby Jane is so dangerous for my diet. I dare you to not drool over the pile of freshly bakes pastries on the counter: sweet potato coffee cakes, bacon cheddar biscuits, crawfish pie, cinnamon apple biscuits, cookies, etc. The shelves are lined with pepper jellies (that are soooo good on your piping hot biscuits), pickled watermelons, voodoo barbecue sauces….OMG!
Read more: http://missfoodlover2013.blogspot.com/2014/03/biscuits-and-southern-charm-at-libby.html
Date Night Girl Cooks: Sopa de Res (Mexican Beef Soup)
I love this soup because it is very easy to make and also very flavorful.
I boil beef ribs, cilantro and onions then let them simmer for about 2 hours. I take out the cilantro and put carrots and celery in the soup. I let it simmer until the vegetables are tender.
Then I garnish the soup with more chopped ciantro, lime, jalapeno and green onions before servings.
So good and a perfect meal on a cold day!
CHEAP and Yummy Dinner at Tu Lan (SF)
Did Julia Child really pronounce Tu Lan ‘the best Vietnamese restaurant in San Francisco?” No one is really sure.
Tu Lan might not be the best Vietnamese restaurant around but with its history (urban legend or not), delicious dishes, big portions and cheap prices make Tu Lan a winner in my book!
Read more here:
$27 for 3 dishes with plenty of leftovers!
4.5 Stars: I super-love it!
Pacific Puffs (SF)
As much as I love pastries, I am just not crazy about them cream puffs — not even Beard Papa’s. I find the shell to be dry, hard and bland. Located right at the mall entrance, I have walked by Pacific Puffs a hundred times without casting it a second glance. At the moment, it was the only convenient choice. Location and service were friendly and fast.
I chose the salmon, dill and cheese savory puff and a medium coffee.
The fillings were very flavorful. The puff was soft, buttery and not bland. These are big pluses for me.
3 Hearts: Not bad. Will try more next time
Neighborhood: Downtown/Union Square
Mirtille was a chic French eatery in the TL area. I am saddened to find out that it closed in January 2014. I will miss the petit strawberry yogurts and chocolate mousse in adorable little jars that I was able to take home with me.
4 Hearts: I loved it but now it is gone! :(
Date Night Girl Cooks
Tri-Tip in the Oven
(Courtesy: The Tipsy Cook)
My guy who is a big carnivore loves tri-tip. Once in a while he would “surprise” me with a big piece of tri-tip. Of course, I have to cook it first. I love that guy but he just cannot cook! Thank God I can, otherwise, we will starve!
And I am so thankful that I found this fool-proof recipe by The Tipsy Cook. Here is his blog and the recipe for the tri-tip in the oven:
I have used his recipe twice already. It is simple and the tri-tip came out perfectly medium-rare and juicy as we prefer it to be. This one is a total keeper!
Thanks, Tipsy Cook!
New Year Meal: 01.01.2014
Date Night Girl Cooks
Open face Fried Egg Sandwich with Pepper Jack Cheese and Avocado on 21 Grain Bread
- Fry an egg. *I prefer mine “over easy.”
- Using the same pan, melt a slice of cheese. *Use non-stick spray.
- Slice half an avocado.
- Toast the bread. *Whole Grain bread provides a nuttier taste and it is good for you!
- Assemble everything.
- Splash some Tabasco if you want. *(Second picture) I love spicy!
A delicious, filling and healthy lunch without the guilt!
My lunch on 02.23.14 @ 3:30 pm
Date Night: Mustards Grill (Yountville/Napa Valley)
Mustards is a fun, upbeat and classy restaurant in Napa. After a day of wine tasting, Mustards is often our pit stop to sober up a little and indulge in California style comfort food. Mustards serves sustainable and farm-fresh ingredients grown right in their own backyard. Eating healthy New American comfort food feeds the soul and lessens the guilt of fermenting our livers in Napa’s finest wines.
Mustards is always going to be a part of my good memories of my trips to Napa. For many years, it continues to feed not just our alcohol-whetted appetites. It is a place to park our alcohol-addled minds and happily tipsy selves.
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5 Hearts: I am in love!
My Funny Valentine 2014
Love my singing/dancing monkey, chocolates and romantic dinner.
Thanks, babe! xoxo
Date Night: Bowl’d BBQ Korean Stone Grill (Oakland)
Bowl’d specializes in “Create Your Own” Bibimbop or rice bowls (cold or sizzling). I was expecting a limited menu of just rice bowls but I was pleasantly surprised! Bowl’d offers Korean barbecues and popular Korean dishes such as jap chae, kimchi stews, rice cakes, etc.
Sizzling bibimbop is my ultimate Korean comfort food right next to kimchi tofu stews. However, my guy and I are trying to stay away from carbs. We ordered the 2 Person Combo Dinner that came with 2 meats (we chose ribeye and barbecue chicken), egg casserole and tofu stew and rice.
For $50 the portions were very generous. Piles of meat were placed in front of us.
I also ordered the Mango soju $6. It was my first time trying this drink even though I have had sake many times in the past. True to its reputation, it was a “creeper.” I did not feel the effects until after I downed my drink. That stuff was strong! It was refreshing but just okay for me.
For our appetizer, we ordered the Mushroom Pancake in Egg Batter $7. The eggs were soft and fluffy. It was a very nice dish.
I truly enjoyed our dinner at Bowl’d. I like the contemporary space with high ceilings. This is different from most traditional Korean restaurants with cramped spaces.
The flavors were light. For more authentic tastes, I still prefer Casserole House next door. However, there was something about Bowl’d’s fun ambiance that I really would like to go back to eat through the menu. I will definitely try their Korean Fried Chicken and bibimbop.
And lastly, I am a fan of their multi-grain rice option and options to create your own toppings whether they be rice dishes, soups or stews.
(The original Bowl’d is in Berkeley.)
$81 including tax, tip, a drink and appetizer.
4 Hearts: I Really Like it!
Paxti’s Pizza @ Hayes Valley (SF)
Paxti’s is known for the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. I was sold on the Margherita thin crust using OO flour. OO flour made the crust crispy but with also a chewy consistency.
I got the pizzas for my team. I also got them a large The Matt Cain (Perfect!) $20/$24/$28 Zoe’s pepperoni, garlic-fennel sausage. However I did not get to try it but every one liked both the deep-dish and thin crust.
Note to Self: I really want to try the Vegan $21.5/$26/$30.5 Whole wheat crust, fresh spinach, crushed garlic, red onion, Daiya vegan cheese one of these days.
I got the pizzas for pick-up but the restaurant was attractive with loft-like architecture of high ceilings and brick walls.
$50 for 2 large pizzas with plentiy of leftovers
4 Hearts: I like it!
Neighborhood: Hayes Valley
Rainy Day in San Francisco
I love, love rainy days but somehow I am having a love-hate relationship with the rain these last three days. I was planning to go gallivanting in SF but it was not so much fun in the cold and rain.
However, I am home now and totally feeling cozy in my pj and drinking a hot cup of coffee while cuddling with my cat, and blogging. And I do not mind the rain, after all. Maybe I will light the fire place later…