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>Cooking with Arielle: Ricotta Lemon Bruschetta and Moroccan Carrot Soup.

>Arielle Ring, one of the most genuinely beautiful people I know, an amazing friend and one heckuva cook! Her kitchen is tiny, but she does a great job and I was super excited to help her cook dinner! :)

>Breakfast of Champions: Toast, Fruit, Tea.

>Cinnamon toast from Whole Foods, Aveda Tea and fruit salad of honey dew, cantaloupe and pomegranate seeds. Perfect way to start the day. :)

>Indian delivery from Little Dehli, Tenderloin, SF.

>Eep! This is my first non-pizza delivery in the US (had delivery while I was living in Korea)! And my first delivery I’ve had by myself, but of course, I ordered like I was eating for 10! Hah. I feel like such a city girl now. Haha. ;)

I ordered through, which worked great. The food came in about 15 minutes!

Here’s what I ordered: Little Delhi Special Bread; Bengan Bharta; Okra Vegetable; Vegetable Malai Kofta.
I didn’t care for the bread, but everything else was quite nice. I had tried everything except for the Vegetable Malai Kofta in other Indian restaurants. I’m so glad I tried the Kofta though–it was my favorite part of this meal and was really a delight.
This was a ridiculous amount of food for $30! I only had about 1/4 of it, froze some and will have some as leftovers this week. :)

>Chef’s Crab Fest at Bistro Boudin, Fisherman’s Wharf, SF.

>Bistro Boudin and Glodow Nead were kind enough to invite me to a special media dinner previewing crab season at Boudin.

We started off the evening with a little tour of the vast Bistro Boudin space (upstairs) at Fisherman’s Wharf. Among other attractions, they have a neat Boudin museum and private banquet room. You can schedule to tour the museum and bakery here.

The Boudin bakers must have so much fun with these creations.
The main dining room. I love all of the dark beams and openness.
We were seated in a cozy private table in the Buena Vista Carneros Tasting Room, which was perfect for our event.
Chef Misael Reyes with Casey Shaughnessy-Gray of Glodow Nead. Chef Reyes, who is originally from El Salvador, was once Francis Ford Coppola’s personal chef. He is also the only non-family keeper of Francis Ford Coppola’s mother’s recipe book–very cool.
Chef Reyes and prepared a lovely, crab-centric menu for us that was nicely paired by Sam, the Buena Vista Carneros Tasting Room manager.
Dungeness Crab Louis – Fresh Picked DUngeness Crab with Deviled Eggs, Avocado, Bibb Lettuce, Asparagus, RIpe Tomatoes & Louis Dressing.
Paired with 2008 Condes de Albarei Albarino
The crab was fresh, light and delicious. It went perfectly with the slightly tangy Louis (Thousand Island) dressing and mix of vegetables.
Dungeness Crab Mac & Cheese – Aged Vermont Cheddar Cheese, Fresh Cream & Freshly Picked Dungeness Crab with Buttered Soughdough Breadcrumbs
Paired with 2007 Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay
Light, creamy and delicious. The crab wasn’t overwhelming, but was present and, most importantly, the mac & cheese wasn’t too salty or greasy. I happen to particularly love mac & cheese with shell pasta, too.
Soughdough Tortilla Taco – Fresh Dungeness Crab with Avocado, Red & Green Cabbage, Cilantro, Crema Fresca, Pico de Gallo & Roasted Tomato Salsa
Paired with 2008 Sagelands Riesling
Boudin’s twist on fish tacos? A soughdough tortilla, of course! What a fantastic and fantastically Boudin idea! The tortillas were great, especially since I’m not typically a huge fan of corn tortillas. The crab was, of course, wonderful although they also offer fish tacos on their menu. The Roasted Tomato Salsa could have used a little more kick though–it was a little bland for my taste. The wine was my favorite wine of the evening though, and, more than the others, really enhanced the flavors in this dish.
Here is a photo of the full-sized portion of the Sourdough Tortilla Tacos. Thank goodness they cut down the portions for our dinner–even with our portions I walked out absolutely stuffed!
Cioppino – Dungeness Crab, Shrimp, Calamari, Mussels & Fish Simmered in a Spicy Saffron-Tomato Broth
Paired with 2007 XYZIN Zinfandel
What a beautiful dish. The calamari and mussels were just divine. They were cooked perfectly. My shrimp was a bit overcooked, but other than that, I really loved this dish. The crab was fresh and succulent and the broth–oh goodness, the broth! I loved the broth, especially with the toasty sourdough garlic bread.
The full-sized portion. Again, such beautiful presentation.
Left to right: Casey of Glodow Nead; Jason and Lizzie of ABC 7Live; Scott of Bistro Boudin; Susannah of YumSugar; Alison of Glodow Nead; Steven of the Nob Hill Gazette and myself.
I had to get a shot of all of us with our crab bibs on! What a fabulous group of people to enjoy a wonderful evening of food and wine with. It was lovely meeting you all.
Trio of Creme Brulee – Double Vanilla with Wafer Cookies; Peanut Butter with Ginger Snaps; Bittersweet Chocolate with Manjari Wafer.
Paired with 2007 King Estates Pinot Gris Vin Glace
What can I say.. I love dessert and I love modern creme brulees! I was already completely stuffed, but couldn’t help myself! The peanut butter and dark chocolate were my favorite–so lovely.

A nice little cappuccino to finish off the evening. I only wish I wasn’t too full to finish it!

Scott Shuttleworth, a managing partner at Bistro Boudin, and fabulous co-host this evening. Scott was a generous to provide each of us with a Boudin tote filled with all sorts of goodies–very classy.
I really love this tote. I’m going to cary it everywhere.
This limited Boudin baseball cap isn’t even available in the gift shop!
Buena Vista Carneros 2007 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
A crab, of course! This is surprisingly soft, too. And as much as I love dungeness crab, I think I’m really going to enjoy this soughdough crab, too!
Bistro Boudin, Glodow Nead, Buena Vista, Casey, Alison, Scott, Chef Reyes and Sam, thank you all so much for such a lovely evening. Cheers to crab season!

>Jalapeno Cheese roll from Andersen Bakery, Japantown, SF.

>This place is always packed, at every location. And I’d never been, so we decided to stop and grab a roll.

Pesto roll (left), Jalapeno Cheese roll (left). Ed, Jess and I split the Jalapeno Cheese roll. The bread was a lot harder than I thought it would be. And it was greasy because of the cheese. Not my favorite roll, but I bet some of the other pastries are better.
Thanks for the snack, Ed & Jess!

>Lunch with Tae at Slow Club, Potrero Hill, SF.


grilled flatbread
sheep’s milk mozzarella, smoked bacon,
roasted summer squash & caramelized onions $10.00

Slow Club has been on my list forever, but I never get out to Potrero! Luckily, I was heading out there to interview Tae Kim, President/Founder of Alite Designs, so we grabbed lunch before. The flatbread was very good.

prather ranch dry aged ground beef, tomatoes,
greens, balsamic onions, dijon mustard, aioli
& cheddar, swiss or jack cheese,
served with french fries $11.50

We shared the burger, too, which was also excellent–well cooked, with soft bread.
We also grabbed one of their huge chocolate chip cookies! Mmmm!
Post-interview Tae at the Alite studio. Their space is so fun and the interview was fabulous! They encourage people to check out the space and hang out, too, so grab a bite at Slow Club (next door) and then head over to Alite!
A HUGE thank you for everything, Tae! :)