World Dinner Club

World Dinner Club
World Dinner Club

Monday, June 27, 2011

Hot chocolate camelback? Why not?

There are so many cool things about AT&T Park in San Francisco. I got to visit on Friday with co-workers for a work event at a SF Giants-Cleveland Indians game, which the home team won.

While the garlic fries were quite intoxicating, the real novelty was the hot chocolate and Irish coffees on a chilly San Francisco June evening. Serving up the hot cocoa was a guy with a camel back like contraption on his back! (Don't think it was Ghirardelli). He also carried a can of whip cream. A really neat concept!
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Friday, June 10, 2011

New Banh Mi Discovery: Ba le Friends Bakery & Deli

My colleague Amanda announced that we were going to get banh mi sandwiches for lunch. I presumed that she meant Eden Center, which is the hub of all things Vietnamese in the Washington, DC area.  Instead we went to Ba le Friends Bakery & Deli, also in Fall's Church, VA

Unlike Nu Lan in Eden Center the place doesn't smell like a pickled vegetable larder. The pungent smell of that restaurant makes me gag. Here the pleasant smells are of cooked meat and fresh bread.

The combination of bakery and deli is fun as you see a great range of foods plus bubble tea.  There are 14 different kinds of banh mi, from shredded chicken to mystery meat "kebab."  I got the red roast pork, which was divine.  The bread was was and crusty without being too hard on the surface. The warm pork had a tangy glaze and the vegetables did not overpower the vegetables. There was not gnarly, stringy bits of meat in my sandwich.  Truly excellent.  I got the mango smoothie with tapioca bubbles, which was satisfying and a meal in itself.  I would definitely try and go back there.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Spa Unlike Any Other: The Rise of Cured Meat Therapy - The Atlantic

A Spa Unlike Any Other: The Rise of Cured Meat Therapy - The Atlantic

This is pretty funny. The cosmetic treatments sound nuts

Back from San Francisco

Came back yesterday from a world wind trip.  Well at least it felt like that.  We had a glorious time in San Francisco.  I even had dinner with the Picky Eater at Chez Panisse in Berkeley that included tongue and greens salad and chicken Escoffier with a dry Barbera.  

We also stopped in at Japantown, Chinatown, the Mission, the Marina... I could go on, but I'll return to some of the great spots I discovered and write more about them in separate posts.

I will add that one of the places I went to in that regard was the Buena Vista cafe--where the Irish Coffee was introduced to America!

The big news is that we found an apartment there and will be moving in a couple weeks.  I'll miss DC in many ways, but will be excited to eat and drink in the Bay Area.  

Great Beer Commercial from Down-under

(My thanks to Josh for finding this).