Wednesday, April 30, 2014


OK. I did it.

I went for the artisanal toast.

When you're sharking for a seat at one of San Francisco's hippest, most francy new coffee shops and land one, it's tempting to go ahead and try out the big-slab-of-francy-toast trend.

I am the embarrassing one with the blog who will say, like, um, I just bought a ton of really pricey coffee beans and now I feel blown wide open to just order AS MUCH FANCY TOAST AS I CAN EAT! (Also, that magazine story in the Pacific Standard made me cry and was awesome. )

I had one piece at The Mill on Divis. It was alright. Homemade Nutella. Not bad.

The people sitting around me were all awesome and not coffee shop real estate hoggers. There's no wifi there.

I had my wifi hotspot so I did up some spreadsheets casually.

*Note: Now home in SC, I am grinding and pour-over brewing those flipping amazing Fourbarrel fundochamba or whatever coffee beans in such a heathenly way that the barristas or whatever they are now would lose a filling making a "disapprove" face. 

Later in the week in SF, I hit Sightglass Coffee in SOMA! Man, it is also very beautiful!

I was at the wrong Sightglass Coffee, it turns out, to meet a friend. The room was pretty forgiving, and although it took convincing, they pre-ground some of their super heavenly coffee for me despite getting a little nerded up about what *type* of pour-over system I use. 

I'm like, I use the "nothing fancy" method: plastic cone, cone filter, boiling water just set for a moment to chill out, fresh ground coffee, welcoming vessel. Swish. Time for the porch. 

I did not have toast at Sightglass, but I did grab a squash and goat cheese pastry for later, which did, later, brighten a grouchy-from-work friend's afternoon and got us all on the good foot.

Monday, April 28, 2014

When you want to have a small-slash-large birthday party with a cake


It was quite a lovely Happy Birthday party for Debi, my wonderful business partner at Flock and Rally.

Terra patio, Terra PDR, getting served by our gal Natascha who rules, getting visited by Chef Davis, who rocks.

Good times with a highly tasty strawberry cake from Silver Spoon Bakery!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Afternoon, Buddy P.

Afternoon, Buddy P.

An homage in a glass. Honoring recently departed barman Buddy Parker, the Afternoon, Buddy P. is a deeply styled taste delight made by Motor Supply Co. Bistro barman Josh Streetman after losing his friend. Lovely.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Ladies night at the Cellar.

I've been doing the ladies' night 3-course at Cellar on Greene in Columbia, SC. With some great ladies.

$22 for 3 courses, farm to table any day, with $5 good wines on Mondays and half price bubbly by the glass on Tuesdays. Hello, I love you won't you tell me your name?

I wish this were Twitter so I could tag the rad GM, @winesnobsc. Heck, I am tagging her anyway. I had a shrimp paella the other night that killed!

Friday, April 25, 2014

Eating the Good Life

Oh, yum.


Dear, darling nutmeat taco, please continue to be healthy, raw and vegan, and on Main Street, with hard liquor at the bar. Hooray for Good Life Cafe!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tasty Moments, Coast to Coast: Dim Sum at Dragon Court, Charlotte, NC

I'd like to share some tasty things that are happening.

Dragon Court
Charlotte, NC

Real, honest to god dim sum. In the Carolinas! 1.5 hours from Columbia, SC. Oh, do you think I am stoked? You are correct, sir. I am stoked.

 Look at those red bean balls. So translucent and ja' crispy. Oh, but when you pop them open and they crispily, chewily part ways with that's the jam. Totally worth a trip. And that's dessert.


The menu is full of "real Chinese cuisine" items, many of which scare me a bit, which means that they are, indeed, the REAL DEAL! Hallelujah!

Look at those yummy wide rice noodles with the tasty shrimp inside. Yum. See my char siu bao steamed BBQ pork bun? I wanted to eat ten of them, but the siu mai, the sticky porky rice wrapped in leaves, and everything else was like, "No can do, sister. You have room for one of each of us, or you go bye-bye with sad tummy."

We left with very happy tummies. Although one of us *did* take a nap during the car ride home.