Smitten Ice Cream, San Francisco

My fiancee's favorite ice cream shop!   Of course there's a line.  Don't forget this is SF.   Simple setup.   Watching the magic is half the fun.   Worth the wait every time! Smitten Ice Cream, 432 Octavia St #1a, San Francisco, CA 94102  


Chez Panisse, Berkeley

A culinary landmark.   I went upstairs for the more casual cafe.   Though known for focusing on quality ingredients, I thought the bread was rather standard.   I think this might have been my favorite part of the meal!  Local halibut tartare with cucumbers, radishes, green coriander and ginger.   I eventually tried to recreate … Continue reading Chez Panisse, Berkeley

Dandelion Chocolate, San Francisco

Dandelion Chocolate is one of my favs!   I remember liking this Butuo Liberia bar, but their selection changes.   Packaging is nice, and it looks even better on a hipster table.   Those marshmallows can be easy to miss.   Hot chocolate is rich.   Actually all the chocolate drinks are rich!  Horchata included. … Continue reading Dandelion Chocolate, San Francisco


Central Kitchen, San Francisco

Went here for a birthday dinner date. (= Lovely on the outside! Lovely on the inside! But the seats were uncomfortable as if they don't want you to stay and enjoy your meal. The ginger beer was awesome, makes me want to find and buy some! Got the "Let The Kitchen Decide" and was stuffed! … Continue reading Central Kitchen, San Francisco


Claudine, San Francisco

At first, Claudine's left me slightly disappointed.  But then after much pondering (over the course of a few weeks), I think it is simply "good."  I would be comfortable recommending it, and it is a good date spot (note to self!), with a reliable assortment of French dishes (as far as one visit can show … Continue reading Claudine, San Francisco