World Dinner Club

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Lers Ros Thai - Plal Kra Pong Nuang Manow Sea Bass | Foodspotting

Lers Ros Thai - Plal Kra Pong Nuang Manow Sea Bass | Foodspotting

Superb dinner last night at the new Lers Ross in Hayes Valley, SF.

S, Jenny and I had appetizers of Chicken Satay, Succulent pork shoulder, fragrant and delicate Tom Yum Koong Soup (below).

Our main course was steamed sea bass with discs of garlic and ginger and heaps of fresh lemon grass (below), which stole the show and some terrific sweat chili clams with basil that packed amazing sweet and spicy flavor.

I'm psyched that Lers Ros is now so close. I can't wait to go back.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

AP News: Analysis: Tiny desserts, bacon backlash shape 2011

AP News: Analysis: Tiny desserts, bacon backlash shape 2011:

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Those strangely contradictory food trends continue!

"Perhaps that is where we should look for our 2012 trendy "it" food. Breakfast. We could even have tiny gluten-free pancakes made in countertop cookers. Perhaps topped with kale."

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Choosing Your Airline Seat Based On Your Social Network | TechCrunch

Choosing Your Airline Seat Based On Your Social Network | TechCrunch:

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Dear fellow travelers,

Would you like to be seated next to someone with whom you share something in common or do you just want them to shut up and let you watch the movie?

Curious to get your thoughts and comments!

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Short Order: Chef Gaston Acurio's Guide to Lima, Peru: Restaurants + Bars: GQ

The Short Order: Chef Gaston Acurio's Guide to Lima, Peru: Restaurants + Bars: GQ:

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Had a sumptuous lunch of cebiche, causas and empanadas on Saturday at Gaston Acurio's La Mar on San Francisco's Embarcadero. Peruvian food is dynamic, diverse and bursting with flavor, which S appreciated after a week in Zurich. This tour of Lima by Gaston himself on has the perfect, simple description of Peru: food is the most important thing.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Commonwealth: Respect for ingredients and a love for the diner

A restaurant I recently took Sam, a food-obsessed friend, to was Commonwealth in the Mission area. The tasting menu is very reasonable  at $65 (and the foie gras bon bon is on Alan Richman's best of SF list ). However, even a la carte you won't be disappointed: the sea urchin and the coffee braised beef cheeks are incredible. The service was warm, the staff truly knowledgeable as well as sincere and above all the food was exceptional. 

The arancini on a schmer of lettuce cream was slightly crisp and contained a silky center of truffle cheese.  The sea urchin stole the show.  It was unctuous and powerful served crostini style with ginger, kimchee, cauliflower and wild greens on a seaweed brioche.  We followed these small plates with cubes of duck confit with delicate squash agnoletti, savoy cabbage and sweet young turnips with a refined star anise broth. Coffee rubbed beef cheeks were a close runner up to the urchin.  The meat melts in your mouth with the luxurious beet-horseradish gemolata that accompanied it. Somehow an Alexander Valley, CA carignan was able to get me through this complete meal. Given the complexity of the flavors it's hard to pair a single glass of wine to a meal, but this carignan was rather versatile. Dessert was a rich peanut and chocolate semifreddo bar with texturally-impressive frozen popcorn that was marshmellow-like, which capped the meal perfectly. 

The way the staff welcomed and guided us through their wines and dishes was generous and charming. It's delightful to dine somewhere that loves its customers.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

S'mores when you want them in Healdsburg, CA

Moustache Baked Goods is a gem of a bake shop in Healdsburg, CA. S and I discovered it as we were exploring Sonoma. Their S'mores cookie is warmed up and a perfect accompaniment to your cappucino. Alas, there is no drip coffee.
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Monday, December 5, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

Is There Such a thing as a Hole in a Hole-in-the-Wall?

I would often see people lined up inside a convenience store on the corner of New Montgomery and Minna Streets in the San Francisco Financial District. What was the fuss all about? Curious as to what new flavor of Funyuns that they and only they must have, I went in to investigate....

I was pleased to find that The Store on the Corner has a small Korean kitchen in the back serving bulgolgi sandwiches and bibimbap. An nice, old lady was chopping up cabbage and a helpful, elderly gentleman prepared my non-stone bowl from various rice cookers and plastic containers. I paid at the register and hurried back to my desk at work.
The rice was just sticky enough, the pickled vegetables were tasty without being funky and the spicy, red gochuyang sauce breathed life into the mass of allegedly bulgolgi (it was under flavored).  Not an epic meal, but a fun discovery no less, especially for $7 (cash only).  It's not everyday you find a secret restaurant of sorts.

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