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Friday, January 14, 2005

10 reasons why I love being a foodie in San Francisco, Part I

I get occasional emails from confounded readers, asking where it is that I actually live. I guess that is at times unobvious from reading the blog. It seems I’ve been writing more about other places than I do about my own adopted hometown, San Francisco. I really should change that, you think?

You might also notice that I seem to be quite into lists lately. So I might as well do another one, no? How about, 10 reasons why I love –just love- being a foodie in San Francisco? These are the people, places, and things that help make my experience here a marvelously delectable one. They are distinctly Californian -and even more uniquely so Bay Area- and nowhere else in the world. As much as I love and admire great cities like Paris and London, there are things here that would be sorely miss should I ever move somewhere else. And here is the top ten list of them.

Pizzettadedans_210. Pizzetta 211 on a Sunday afternoon.
One of my favorite things to do on a Sunday afternoon is going to Pizzetta with a good book or good friends, enjoying the simple but delicious fares and relaxing in the calm, restful space in the shadow of an old tree.

Pizzetta 211
211 23rd ave. at California

Legateau_1 9. “After Midnight” on my birthday.
Almost every year since I moved to San Francisco, I’ve had the absolutely decadent chocolate “After Midnight” cake from the fabulous Citizen Cake for my birthday, with layers of dark and dense chocolate cake, milk chocolate cream, covered in dark, dark bittersweet ganache, and decorated with chocolate chards in random shapes. Just fantastic. I have no plan to change.

Citizen Cake

399 Grove St at Gough
Favorite things: After Midnight cake, the brunch menu

Brique1_4 8. Getting all worldly in the Tenderloin.
That colorful neighborhood has it all, from fantastic Pakistani and Indian curry houses, soulful North African couscous, spicy Thai noodles, Vietnamese Bahn Mi sandwiches, to delicious Turkish mezze.

Shalimar
532 Jones St at O'Farrell St.
Fovorite things: Keema curry, Goat curry (on Thursday)
Green Pizza (for Tunesian coucous)
219 Jones at Eddy
Thai House Express
901 Larkin St at Geary
Favorite things: Som Tum, Stewed Duck Noodle Soup, Pad Kee MaoDsc01455_1
Saigon Sandwich Shop
560 Larkin St at Eddy
A La Turca
869 Geary St. (at Larkin)
Favorite things: Pide, mezze, anything on specials that day, sweets

(To be continued)

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