As Another Year Passes…

by REID on March 10, 2012 · 5 comments

A couple of weeks ago, I found myself a year older — okay maybe a day older if you were asking me the day before — and on my way to 10 days of eating in both Chicago and San Francisco. I was quite excited by the prospect of dining in some new spots in both cities, as well as making a return to a few places that I had been to before.

Schwa Chicago
seared foie gras, cocoa nib brittle, apricot jam; Schwa, Chicago.

Girl & the Goat Chicago
goat liver mousse, housemade crumpets, pickles, pineapple relish, pear mostarda; Girl & the Goat, Chicago.

My time in Chicago started with a breakfast torta of queso and jam from Tortas Frontera by Rick Bayless at O’Hare International Airport and ended with a few plates at The Girl and the Goat a few days later. While I enjoyed dining at both Charlie Trotter’s and Alinea in between, it was dinner at Schwa that I found to be most memorable.

Haven Oakland
forbidden rice risotto, enoki mushroom, pea sprout, uni butter; Haven, Oakland

Landing in San Francisco on a Sunday afternoon, I took the opportunity to rest up before heading over to Oakland to meet up with some friends for dinner at Haven. A week later, I found myself finishing off my trip with two scoops of ice cream at Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous; a scoop of cake & cream and a scoop of peanut butter malt finished with a generous sprinkling Valrhona chocolate crispies.

Parallel 37 SF
aji, abalone, jalapeño, celery, ginger, brown butter; Parallel 37, San Francisco

Atelier Crenn SF
razor clam, carrot foam; Atelier Crenn, San Francisco

Saison SF
vegetables, lardo raviolo; Saison, San Francisco

The French Laundry Yountville
coffee and doughnuts; The French Laundry, Yountville

Photos from Schwa and Girl & the Goat were provided by Dale at the Nom Nom Foodie.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

kat April 9, 2012 at 7:02 PM

happy belated birthday! looks like a delicious way to celebrate!

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Cassaendra May 26, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Happy belated birthday! Thank you for sharing your journey to two great food cities!

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FatMan Seoul July 24, 2012 at 6:03 AM

Hello old friend, just thought I’d drop by to say a quick “HI”. Glad to see you’re still blogging after all these years. The blog’s looking mighty classy. Well done bro!

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Kelly October 10, 2012 at 6:43 AM

Might as well shut down the site…i mean…u were the best for a while….a long while blogging about local kine food…then u let one small kine braddah get under ur skin….and ur posts have not been the same…”ono kine grinds” to me makes me thing of “hawaiian” food….not just laulau…..but spam and saimin and anything that is”local”….sorry brah that u lost ur “gusto” to keep an awesome blog going…..but bbbrrraaahhhh…..U WERE THE BESTESTESEST.

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Kelly October 10, 2012 at 8:47 AM

don’t get me wrong brutha….i appreciate all the fancy kine ono grinds that u have blogged about here and there…but i think the bradaahs that spock ur site are looking for “ono kine grinds”…not “fancy kine grinds”…..just saying brutha….u were the best…the first website i looked to every day for a while, and u set the standard for all other “local kine” bloggers to follow. Im looking forward to another post about some “ono kine grindz” soon!

[Kelly, Thanks for the feedback. It's greatly appreciated. Sometimes, there is a need to expand ones horizons. Not that there is anything fundamentally wrong with SPAM, loco moco, chicken katsu and such, but there are other things out there. Right now, I am trying to find a balance between both. Thanks for your support and for checking back. Keep your eyes open for some new content soon.]

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