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Monday, February 22, 2010

Cafe Claude

Impromptu romantic dinners are a perk of living in SF. We're not much for prescribed nights out like Valentine's Day or even birthdays, but when the mood strikes us it's nice to have the entire city at our feet.



Tonight, J suggested we head to Cafe Claude in Claude Alley. The outdoor tables were all empty, but the alley was still charming with its dim lights and sidewalk umbrellas.



We shared a pate plate, which turned out to be quite a generous portion! Our favorite was the rabbit, which was very peppery. 


As the hungrier diner tonight, I ate the almond trout with string beans and potatoes in lemon butter sauce. Deliciously rich and tender, this filled me right up.


J kept it light and healthy with Cafe Claude's very popular endive salad. This salad might have just changed my mind forever! I've always thought endives were convenient scoop-shaped vegetables, but these were actually a flavorful salad green in their own right! They were crunchy and sweet, and paired nicely with bacon, tomatoes, and blue cheese. Total bill for our meal was just shy of $60. Not cheap, but not bad for a brief breath of civilization until our home comes together (fingers crossed; it should be soon!)

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The Butler & the Chef

Well, I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I hate driving. This is how I know I've become a true transplant. No one from Los Angeles hates driving; only people from San Francisco brag about their carlessness. But after three days of driving around the Bay Area, I was ready to return my rental car. This morning (don't ask) I ended up on Treasure Island after I took a wrong turn onto 3rd Street and ended up on the Bay Bridge.

Always one to turn lemons into lemonade, I hopped out of the car and took some photos of San Francisco in the fog. Treasure Island really does have a lovely view of the city.

After getting safely back into the city I had breakfast at The Butler & the Chef. I had a buckwheat crepe filled with smoked salmon and creme fraiche, with a side of very fresh baby spinach. It was a lovely meal, and I had enough left over for lunch. If you want a cozy French breakfast in a quiet, lesser known part of town, this is a great spot to keep in mind.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Le Garage (Sausalito)

Today was the hottest day of 2009 in San Francisco. Coincidentally, we had planned a boat ride across the bay to Sausalito. We had breakfast at the Ferry building, had brunch in Sausalito, and then shared a prosecco at a waterfront cafe while we waited for the ferry back to SF. It was pretty much a perfect day.


Le Garage was our surprise brunch location. He's usually not very good at keeping secrets, but J decided that I wasn't allowed to know which hidden local gem we were going to today. He did a great job. This place is tucked off the beaten track next to a lovely little marina. We had a great view of the boats as we dined (click on the photo in the last post to see our view).

J had a really fun "assemble your own" type breakfast. There were two soft boiled eggs, Spanish ham, grilled asparagus with cheese, and a tower of brioche strips dipped in cheese and shaved black truffles. Okay, doofus alert. We were both really excited by the eggs because neither of us has ever eaten eggs out of egg cups before. It's fun! I felt like The Little Princess.

The Little Princess would never have done something so unladylike. But yum, brioche and egg yolks is a winning combination.

I had a duck breast, medium rare, in maple sauce with a side of rosemary potatoes. Very tasty and hearty, and not something you see on every brunch menu.

Our salad was less exciting. It was fine, but it was really just watermelon, tomatoes, cantaloupe, cucumbers, red onions, and goat cheese. Nice, but unexciting compared to everything else. Our total for three dishes and a glass of iced tea was $50. Not cheap, but you can't put a price on finding a secret brunch spot. Go J!

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