Henry’s Hunan Restaurant, San Francisco

Mo Si Soup with won tons (not on the menu) at Henry’s Hunan Restaurant.  Delicious.

Henry’s Hunan Restaurant in Noe Valley, 1708 Church St, San Francisco, California 94131.

© Sarah Milstein 2013

Horsing Around, Half Moon Bay

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Chinatown, San Francisco

My dear friend from college and I met up for dim sum in Chinatown at Bund Shanghai, and shared a few things, the most memorable of which were the Hot and Sour Soup and Crab and Pork Meat Soup Dumpling (my favorite, but I always manage to burn my mouth).

Bund Shanghai, 640 Jackson Street, San Francisco, California 94133.

Blue Bottle Coffee, San Francisco

San Francisco sure knows you to haze a girl.  After being in the city for less than 24 hours, I got a parking ticket, my back car window was shattered, and my car was ransacked.  Fortunately, the vandals were nice enough to leave most of my things, including my favorite jacket, and they even left me a cinnamon roll.  Delicious.

Since then, however, things have brightened up.  The car repair shop took a liking to me and not only let me leave my car overnight, but also gave me 50% off.  I also discovered Blue Bottle Coffee.  I’d heard of it before, and seen photos of their drinks, but I got to experience it first hand yesterday.  Despite the fact that Blue Bottle has multiple locations, I somehow managed to find my way to the Kiosk location.  I must say, this was one of the best lattes I’ve had.  In an alley no less.  (I wasn’t as excited about the cookie.)

Blue Bottle Coffee Kiosk, 315 Linden St., San Francisco, California 94102.

Check out their website for their other locations.

© Sarah Milstein 2013

Santa Ynez Valley, California

Solvang, Santa Ynez, and Buelton were all made famous in the 2004 movie, Sideways.  Lined with lots of great wineries, beautiful views, mini ponies, and at this time of year, pumpkin patches, the Santa Ynez Valley is a hidden gem.  I love visiting this area, especially now that my best friend lives here!

We caught a pretty spectacular sunset heading back from Dominoes.  Stay classy, Santa Ynez.

© Sarah Milstein 2013

Kali Dining, Los Angeles

A good friend and chef, Kevin Meehan, founded Kali Dining a few years back.  It’s a great dining concept based in Los Angeles.  Since it started, I’ve gone at least four times–each time the people, food, location, and experience is different.  Dinners are held either in private residences, the backs of restaurants, back yards, or whatever locale is available, and are generally limited to less than 12 people.  I usually recognize a face or two, or a couple when I go, but sometimes the best ones are with strangers.  I went last Thursday and dinner consisted of seven courses, plus the best home-made baked bread.  You can expect dishes such as the following:

Thursday’s dinner involved the following glutinous feast:

  1. Kumamoto oyster, pork jowl, & radish mignonette;
  2. Deconstructed gazpacho sorbet;
  3. Beef carpaccio, black garlic, blue cheese, & onion bulb;
  4. Yellowtail, melon, fig, fennel, & vanilla;
  5. Risotto with Parmesan crisp;
  6. Lavender cured duck breast & beets; and
  7. Panna cotta with berries.

Check out Kali Dining’s Facebook page here, or book your next private dinner party here.

The Busy Mockingbird

Yesterday I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed and stumbled across these amazing collaborative drawings by Mica Angela Hendricks and her 4-year old daughter.  I’m not the only one enamored with these drawings though–she’s received considerable publicity.  It’s obvious why: They are simply so well-executed, imaginative, and visually delicious.  To see more, check out her blog busymockingbird.com.  If you like them, you can even buy prints here!

Republished with permission from Ms. Hendricks.