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As we finish up our last few days in #SanFrancisco, we decided to revisit Tartine so that we could try some of the other items, as well as get some better photos from the last time we went.
Here is a shot of some of the fresh pastries they make each day inside.We also got a shot of their morning bun, which is like a croissant crossed with a cinnabon with a hint of orange flavor. This is one of the most famous pastries made at Tartine.This time we tried the frangipane croissant, as well, which is a croissant filled with an almond paste and almond slivers, and powdered in confectioner’s sugar. Definitely recommended!
We also got a shot of another famous San Francisco institution, Boudin Bakery. They make some interesting baked creations. With the recent success of the Giants in the World Series, they made a Giants-inspired alligator creation out of bread. You can also spot some bread bears in the background.Look forward to our next several posts over the coming days that cover some of the other places we have visited in and around San Francisco!
Sundried Tomato Goat Cheese Open-Faced Sandwich
Sometimes you just need some quick, easy to make comfort food. This recipe is similar to the pesto pizza recipe we posted a few months ago, but uses goat cheese and sundried tomatoes.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Yield: 2 servings
- 4 pitas or naan
- 5.3 oz pesto
- 6.7 oz goat cheese
- 2 oz sundried tomatoes
We took a trip up to the Lagunitas factory in #Petaluma. Here is a shot of the entrance:
Here is a shot inside the factory. They have a similar setup in Chicago, though that one is much larger as that factory serves more of the country. The process involves shooting the wort through a centrifuge so that the solids fall in the center, while the liquids can be extracted from the sides. This process lets them push out ales in as little as 5 days, and lagers in 30 days.
For the actual tasting, we got to try their Pilsner, Copper Red Ale (they didn’t have the Censored that day), Pale Ale, IPA, and Couch Trippin Fusion (another IPA). We also got to try Lagunitas Sucks.
Lagunitas emphasized that they don’t brew to style, so most of their beers aren’t like what you would expect. We got to hear stories behind some of the names, such as why “The Kronik” became known as “Censored” and where the “Sucks” label came from.
Answers: The Kronik was seen as a drug reference by the government and was rejected, but the retort name “Censored” was accepted. If you look behind the label, every year the censored tag gets smaller, so you can see the original “Kronik” name more. The “Sucks” label was a makeshift beer when one year Lagunitas couldn’t meet demand for their winter seasonal “Brown Shugga'” and in self-deprecating fashion, came up with this replacement with a name that both poked fun at themselves and showed their love for the band Primus.
The founder of Lagunitas, Tony Magee, was originally a homebrewer. He started the craft because he was spending so much on beer, that his brother got him a kit with the goal of him saving money on beer. Unfortunately homebrewing is actually far more expensive, but he did not know that at the time. This is a shot of the employee lounge that tries to showcase some of that original love for craft beer.
Fusion Vegetarian Chili
Since our last fusion recipe was so popular, we wanted to try a #veggie recipe that involved a different kind of fusion.
Chili is one of those dishes that some people feel very strictly about. Most Texans, for example, will tell you there’s no beans in real chili. There are many other places that do it differently though, and this dish is largely about celebrating that.
The base of this dish is mostly a Cincinnati style chili, which you’ll see in some of the atypical spices like cocoa powder (which it turns out is a great thickener), though we modified it slightly with a bourbon whiskey twist to bring out some new flavors. There are some other chili modifications here, too, such as the addition of cornstarch to further thicken the chili. It’s served over spaghetti in the typical Cincinnati fashion.*Note: One issue we ran into in the tiny kitchen with this recipe is that with only one big pot, it’s difficult to make both the pasta and chili at the same time. We simply made the pasta first, letting the chili warm it up later when serving. If we had a second large pot or pan, though, we definitely recommend using it to finish the pasta at the same time as the chili. Using one pan adds about 10 minutes to the cook time for this recipe.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20-30 minutes *see note*
Total time: 35-45 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
- 1 lb spaghetti
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 3 garlic cloves
- 12 oz veggie crumbles
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- 4 oz bourbon
- 14.5 oz can chopped tomatoes
- 1 tbsp malt vinegar
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp chipotle chili pepper
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp hot sauce
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- 15 oz can kidney beans
- 4 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- First do some initial prep work. If you only have one pan for both the chili and pasta, make the spaghetti now. If you have more, begin making it while the chili cooks later. Crush and dice the garlic. Remove the skin from the onion and dice.
- Drain the kidney beans of their liquid, and mix with most of the other ingredients – the tomato sauce, bourbon, chopped tomatoes, balsamic and malt vinegars, chili powder, cocoa powder, sugar, cinnamon, paprika, allspice, hot sauce, and cornstarch.
- Add the oil to a large pot or pan and heat over medium high. Cook the onions until translucent, then add in the garlic and veggie crumbles.
- Cook the mixture just a few minutes until the crumbles begin to brown a bit more and are cooked through.
- Add the bowl of many mixed things into the pan and stir well.
- Once the pan is at a boil, turn the heat down to low and cover with a lid. Let it cook for about 20 minutes. If you have a second pot, this is the point to begin making the spaghetti.
- Remove the lid and stir the chili well.
- To serve, put the spaghetti on a plate, add the chili, then top with the shredded cheddar cheese to finish.
We thought we would say goodbye to #SanFrancisco in our last few weeks here by walking along the waterfront alongside Embarcadero Highway. We started down by the Baseball Park and made our way around until we reached the Exploratorium on Pier 15, taking plenty of pictures of boats and bridges along the way. One remarkable landmark is the kid’s slide inside of the coke bottle on the outer edge of the Baseball Park, next to a giant catching mitt (it looks like leather!).
On the way home, though, the Bay Bridge is even cooler when its all lit up. The lights appear to move up and down, or just dripping from top to bottom in an icicle pattern, all the way across. (Hard to see in a photo. The lighting globes from the dock in the foreground are a nice touch, though.)
Overall, it was a fun day, and we’re certainly glad we got the chance to take time out of our busy schedule working on Nowcado to see some of the sights and special landmarks of this city while we’ve been here for the last few months.