Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Go Giants!

We are just having serious fun!  My Dad is calling the pitches with the rest looking on and cheering.  Glen, Art, Jonathon, Toran and Aurelia are all here while Jo-Ann is racing to sew up the Halloween costumes for the kids.  My little niece Collette came through surgery for an aneurysm with flying colors today as well.  Much to celebrate.  As I write this we are at the top of the 9th with SF Giants leading 11 to 4.  It doesn't get better!
We're celebrating with hot dogs and SusieCakes Giants cupcakes!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Michael Mina Opens Tonight

Michael Mina

Fellow blogging friend Catherine of Albion Cooks and I went to Michael Mina's opening party on Saturday night.  It was a late cocktail party with dancing, nibbles and quaffs.  We arrived early so were there for the beginning and enjoyed speaking with the staff.  It got going in full swing around the time we left at 10:30.  An unnamed drink of kaffir kaffir lime, pineapple gum and Beefeater was the evening's favorite, which our waiter dubbed 'Kaffir Collins' and said it wouldn't stick.

Lobster corn dog w/mustard aoli and tuna tartar

I enjoyed the various nibbles; first being lobster corn dog with mustard aioli and tuna tartar on a crisp toast round which came out on a large white rectangular tray with a stylish waiter who encouraged us to try everything.  I liked the tuna tartar best, it went down smoothly and had a perfect balance of seasonings.

Crab Cake and Lamb

I next tried the crab cake, which was great and had some green color in the interior which I couldn't identify.  It was SO noisy with people enjoying themselves that I couldn't hear what the waiter said the other piece was, a lamb bruchetta? I especially missed the 'lamb' part.  The base was made of lamb and perhaps potato for a soft bed for a little cheese tomato and marinated pepper, I think.  It was an inventive bite.

Peanut Butter & Jelly

There was a peanut butter and jelly sweet and crunchy bite too, the flavors were perfectly layered and made a nice finish after multiple savory hors d'oeuvres. Eater also reported on the evening here.  The redone interior with the ironwork and walnut wood was beautiful and I think Michael Mina's will get off to a flying start.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Eric Gower and the Japanese Kitchen: Bacon Recipe

Eric Gower and the Japanese Kitchen: Bacon Recipe

Quick and tasty-looking - pork loin 'bacon' from Marin's own Eric Gower.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Fresh! is playing

Marin's Nicolette Hahn-Niman is giving a post-screening talk at the Rafael tonight.  See last week's Bread and Butter for more details.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Joan Gussow interview

Joan Gussow talks about local and sustainable.