Food is a huge part of my life. I get so much happiness from a delicious meal, and also strongly believe that delicious food can and should also be good for you. Luckily, I live in two of the best cities in the world for fresh, delicious, eclectic food: San Francisco and New York City. I find lots of inspiration in restaurant visits and by reading their menus, and try my hand at recipes, too.
The 5 best things I’ve eaten recently:
The tacos at Papito Hayes are awesome (and they’re 2 for $10 and 4 for $18!!). I went with a friend recently (no way I could’ve eaten 4 in one sitting) and loved loved loved the rock cod taco that’s in focus in this picture. As soon as you bit into the taco through the crispy outer shell (read: fried!), the cod inside was hot, warm, and juicy. I also loved the vibrant colors of the cabbage on top. Yum.
Okay, this picture does not evoke much…but, the dal makhni at Kabana in Berkeley is amazing! If you enjoy spicy food, you will love this. I thought the sizzling chicken tikka that came out on a heated dish or the boisterous owner that wouldn’t stop talking to me and my friend would be the most memorable part of my meal, but really, it was this dal makhni.
I’ve only been living in the Bay Area for 6 or so months now, but I have three restaurants that I know will never fail me, and never leave me too poor, that I can ALWAYS take company to. La Note Provencal in Berkeley is one of those three. If you can get in, which is hard during brunch rush hours, this restaurant will warm you with its all wood rustic appearance and cozy, delicious, homemade-esque dishes. I am not a fan of pancakes, but the pancake that borders on being a dutch baby (it is so tender) at La Note is so good. Each time that I’ve been, I have half a pancake and half an order of eggs. This pancake is fluffy and soft in the center, topped with pears, and perfect with a light smear of the butter that comes on the side.
This here is my own creation! I’m a sucker for texture (“mouthfeel” as they call it in the food industry) and if you can’t make up your mind on whether you want something soft or crunchy, sweet or savory, warm or room temp make this! This is feta, avocado, and dates on a slice of toasted sourdough bread.
This looks like a pile of kale (’cause it technically is…) but the lemon dressing on this salad just makes it so much more. I got this at Alden and Harlow in Cambridge. I will definitely take a pass at this myself the next time I’m fixing myself dinner. A delicious dressing goes a long way in making a meal.