Tuesday, November 4, 2008


So if you haven't heard or read my previous post, WE HAVE MOVED TO SAN FRANCISCO!!!

Mr.Phi got a job offer here and we decided it was a good time to move. We miss everyone and all our favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. But now we get to start fresh in a new city with new food adventures.

We've been to a couple places, nothing special, mainly places to keep us nourished as we handle the moving issues. But after some long hard craiglist days of searching for a place, we hit rental gold and decided to celebrate our newest humble home by going out to eat!

Both of us were in the mood for comfort food. Carbolicious Pasta!!!
Living out of suitcases for more than a week does that to anyone. So I started doing research, research, research....
Its a very big deal when you've moved to a new city to find an actual good restaurant. I wanted out first nite out in SF to really be the whole cupcake. Very special!!
After coming across the Chowhound post about "what SF establishment that has the best pasta", I knew we were in the right direction when I chose....


We usually make reservations way in advance, but this was all last minute to celebrate so I called and they said that we could probaby get a seat at the bar easily. Tables were reserved till after 10pm. Barseating was fine by us, since we would be riding the Bart in from Millbrae and unsure how long it would take us to get there.

We arrived to the restaurant after walking a few blocks from the station and informed the hostess we would take any seat open. She seated us at the bar and we took in our surroundings. It had a cute, local feel of the restaurant. Very cozy and was exactly what we were looking for. We settled in and ordered a nice bottle of wine. This is the first thing we love about SF!! We can order a ENTIRE bottle of wine, because WE ARE NOT DRIVING HOME!!! Oh happy happy joy! joy!

We ordered a bottle of St. Michael-Eppan Pinot Nero and were very happy with it. I'm either happy with wine or not happy with wine. I ususally enjoy blends. So I'm not sure I'll ever ellaborate more than that. Maybe 5 years down the line when I'm older?.....

Now our first course was gobbled down in mere seconds. Chicken liver spiedini(skewers) w/guanciale & balsalmico!! I forgot to take a foto, but if you know my love of guanciale, YOUKNOW how good it tasted and looked!! Mr.Phi and I split it because we both wanted to save room for dessert!

Now onto the main course. I ordered the risotto of the day which was a Kabocha Squash Risotto with a well of Fontina Cheese in the middle. Almost resembled a fondue with rice to dip in the well instead of bread! This was sooooo amazing, I was about to lick the bowl. I used the bread to do the dirty work of getting every last drop of sauce instead. hehehe

Mr.Phi's dinner of Pacceri and bluenosed seabass all' Amalfitana was good, but maybe a lil too fishy. He even commented on the fishiness, which means it was wayyyyyy too fishy lol. (hes been fishing since he was in diapers, being in a Viet Fishing Family)

Well both of us ate every last bite and still were ready for dessert. And as you can see we didn't even stop to take pictures of these desserts till halfway through eating them to come up for a breather!!

I ordered the Warm Scharffen Berger chocolate torta with olive oil gelato and Maldon sea salt becqause I've been in a chocolate mood for the last few months. This definitely helped with the craving! Wonderfully moist and cakey. I do not dig the ultra creamy deserts. You'll be happy to know after eating chocolate chip cookies every day of the last month(free cookies from hotel), I may be getting over this ailment.

Mr. Phi ordered the Pippin apple crostata rustica with caramel gelato and Pizzuta d'avola almonds. The apples were fresh of the season and the crust was delightfully flakey. Usually I would be all about the crostata, but I already explained my chocolate ailment.

The waitress came(by the way the staff there is wonderful and super duper friendly)and took away our 3rd and final licked clean plate. She asked "How was it?" and Mr. Phi quipped "Horrible, can't you tell!?" She laughed and said"Oh I definitely can"
Mr.Phi commented that I made an excellent choice and I of course agreed with him. The restaurant was wonderful and we will be back to try their pizzeria next door!! A wonderful first restaurant adventure of San Francisco!

Where has this year gone....

So for those poor 2 people who follow my blog, its been a busy year and sorry for not updating sooner.

Mr.Phi and I got married and just moved to SF. Sooooo I think you can understand why I've been lax in updating my food blog for months. Well no more!! I'm up and running. Hopefully I will update atleast 1-3 times a week from now on....well i can hope Lulz

But since I mentioned marriage, I'm sure you foodies are wondering what a foodie like myself would serve at my wedding.

Well, my husband to be was Vietnamese and his mother was awesome enough to make us a Vietnamese spread of salads, egg rolls, a jello salad and some other stuff which I'm sad to say we didn't get to try. This is the reason I did not do a Viet/Chinese banquet!! Because bride and grooms never get to eat!! Wahhhh
We also had Mis Padres Salsa, our favorite farmer's market taco guys come out. The had a grill going which served not just tacos, but quesadillas and chilaquiles. Oooh Chilaquiles, everyone ran for some once they saw me with a heaping plate of those deliscious salsa fried chips. hehe

And now the most important part of a wedding, the cake!! Well we went to cake tastings everywhere from San Antonio to Dallas to Los Angeles when we were deciding where to have the wedding. But I could never decide on a cake. I'm really not the type of girl who only wants one type of dessert off the menu! I want all of the desserts on the menu!! So thats what I ended up doing. I had the best of all worlds. Muhahahaha We went to Portos and I seriously got everything.

We ordered Chocolate Parisian cake, Guava and Apple Streudals, Brownies, Fruit Tart, Carrot Cake, Tres Leches Cake, cookies and moreeeeeee. On top of that I got a chocolate Raspberry Cake from Susina because that was one of the best cakes I ever had in my life. I even made some pink velvet cupcakes because I couldn't bring myself to pay a $1 a cupcake when I could make them for $8 myself. As I said in the wedding, this is what my dreams are made of and I was excited to have such a spread!

As for drinks, there was a Keg of Allagash, our favorite beer.(As you can see people of all ages loved it!) We even had the Dr.Pepper and Coke with the real cane sugar. No corn syrup in da house. (Well except for some diet coke for you foolish diet people!!!)

Anywho, everything at the wedding was fun and thanks to everyone who made it.

On another note, I updated a piece from Feb which I had never posted. Enjoy!