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Big Eat Day 11-Birthday Big Eat Part 2 of 5

I’m eating 100 Items off of 7 X 7s SF Big Eat List. You can see the rest of entries to this series here. Everything on the Big Eat List (so far) has been good, but some items are revelatory. They are so good, you have to talk out your feelings after eating it for days. Scream sorbet is like that, it's a game changer.

#31-Seasonal Flavors at Scream Sorbet

Scream Sorbet
Scream Sorbet

We found Scream Sorbet at the Ferry Building Farmers Market. All my life I've thought of sorbet as the cheap second I have to consume since I don't digest dairy well. It's possible that I might even hold an illogical grudge against sorbet. Why can't I just have ice cream? It's all your fault sorbet!

Scream sorbet has mended the fences and then some.

After a short sampling my posse decided the only logical course of action was to order all six flavors. The next 20 minutes were spent eating, moaning and generally falling in love with sorbet. There were three fruit flavors and three nut/chocolate flavors. They all changed my life.

Scream Sorbet is special because it's made in a Paco Jet which can micro-puree anything. The guy at the stand told us he could put a chair in and make chair sorbet with a paco jet. I'm not interested in chair sorbet, but hazelnuts micro-pureed into the most amazing dairy-free treat I've ever tasted are welcome any day.

Verdict: It's called Scream Sorbet for a reason. Go get yours.

Posted on January 29, 2012 and filed under Project EAT, SF Big Eat.

Big Eat Day 11-Birthday Big Eat Part 1 of 5

I’m eating 100 Items off of 7 X 7s SF Big Eat List. You can see the rest of entries to this series here.

For my birthday last fall my friends took me to the city to Big Eat for a day. We thought it would be a kind of leisurely day. We'd eat, wander around see some stuff and eat some more. We totally followed that plan, if you cut out everything but the eating.

#28-Apple Fritter at Bob's Donuts

In a nod to normal eating patterns we thought we'd start with pastries. Bob's donuts is a small hole in the wall on a street that I don't think I've ever seen before which is weird seeing as I grew up around these parts. At first bite the apple fritter was relatively unremarkable, but as we kept sampling it something weird happened. It got better? Perhaps it made the list because it has magic properties of persuasion?

Verdict: It was good, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Donuts at Bob's Donuts

#29-Egg Custard Tart at Golden Gate Bakery

Big Pastry Box-Little Door

Golden Gate Bakery is an institution and it's Egg Tarts are legendary. So much so that you will buy a dozen of them for 5 people and ignore the cranky Chinese ladies behind the counter when they throw a Cantonese hissy fit cause you didn't see the "Don't take pictures sign".  The lingering shouts of "Respect the sign. Don't take pictures" will fade into the distance as you bliss out in egg tart heaven. The crust is incredibly light, you can practically feel the individual layers, while the custard somehow tastes like egg without being off-putting. I am not a huge egg fan but I had to stop myself from hoarding all 12 for myself.

Verdict: Don't take pics. Just bring cash and your appetite.

Egg  Custard Tarts from Golden Gate Bakery

#30-Hamburguesa at Don Pisto's

From Golden Gate in Chinatown it's a short walk over to Don Pisto's in Little Italy. We were planning our first "meal" of the day to be brunch at Don Pisto's which is kind of a hipster Mexican place. Everything there was good. We should know because we tried about half the menu.

Breakfast Delights at Don Pisto's

The crowning glory however was the Hamburguesa, a burger that is marinated in bacon and onion. Yeah, you heard me right, marinated in bacon. When it arrived at the table it seemed unassuming compared to the chilaquiles and tacos and other fancier food we had just eaten. Upon reflection I believe that it's humble appearance is all part of the hamburguesas devious plan to charm you. The second you get close to that thing the intoxicating pull of bacon hits you in the face. The smell is crazy town and I mean that in the best possible way.

I would show you pictures of  us eating hamburguesa but our facial expressions are indeecent.

Verdict: Hamburguesa, where have you been all my life?

Hamburguesa at Don Pisto's

Did that seem like a lot of food? Probably, but we haven't even scratched the surface. This is a FIVE part series. :)


Posted on January 24, 2012 and filed under Project EAT, SF Big Eat.

Big Eat Day 10-Business with Shrimp on the Side

I’m eating 100 Items off of 7 X 7s SF Big Eat List. You can see the rest of entries to this series here. Can I share a pet peeve? It pisses me off when bad food is served at work conferences. I know from experience that conference food is expensive and I'm filled with indignant rage when I am sequestered into eating crappy-yet-surely-high-cost food. This goes double when I'm in a city where delicious inexpensive culinary delights abound. I ran into this recently in San Francisco. SAN FRANCISCO. Land of delicious food. It was ten kinds of wrong.

Is bad food a serious problem in the scheme of life? Absolutely not. Is it solveable? Heck yeah! When confronted with the steam tables of wilting vegetables, dry chicken and goopy salad dressing I had to say "Enough! I will get fat on good food, not mediocre food". I dramatically(in my head) unpinned my nametag and set off for the nearest Big Eat locale. There were two within walking distance: one was a gigantic alcoholic drink at a nearby bar. That sounded fun and extremely inappropriate. Instead I chose to head down the street for some Soul Food.

#27-Po'Boy at Brenda's French Soul Food

Black-eyed Peas and Brenda's Soul Food

Brenda's is a small shot gun of a restaurant that's decorated in a sort of modern nod to New Orleans. I like modern stuff and NOLA so Brenda's and I got off on the right foot. Also right away they brought me a dish of toasted Black-Eyed Peas. Yum!

Watermelon Iced Tea and Brenda's Soul Food

At this point I was really in a pleasant mood. With a full-time job and a small child I don't get to spend a lot of time by myself and yet here I was in the middle of the day. In San Francisco! And it was sunny! And there were toasted black-eyed peas! I was euphoric, so I decided to splurge on watermelon iced tea. A good choice, it was just sweet enough. I patted myself on the back and left with nothing else to do began to grin at random in an annoying manner at all the other patrons. When the waiter came I assaulted him with my good mood and ordered the po'boy triumphantly and gleefully. PO'boy! Yay!

Shrimp Po'Boy at Brenda's Soul Food

I really have no idea what a po'boy is supposed to taste like but I liked this one, the bread was very squishy and soft, the shrimp were crisp and there was a mayonnaisey, slightly spicy sauce. I like bread, mayonnaise, shrimp and spice, so there's really nothing going wrong there for me.

The sandwich was also served with pickled watermelon rinds (strange but good), cole slaw (nice and crisp) and french fries ( a win every time). I ate it all with satisfaction.

Verdict: Go to Brenda's. Enjoy a po-boy. Call me in the morning.

Posted on January 15, 2012 and filed under Mighty List, Project EAT, SF Big Eat.