I Left My Heart In San Francisco

When I dropped my (nannied) kids off at their daycare yesterday morning, the sweet aroma of home made cookies filled the air right away. It was so enticing, like the sirens singing to a group of lost sailors in Homer’s ancient epic. I tried to convince myself that chocolate cookies weren’t the most nutritious breakfast, but the force was strong.

I ended up yelp-ing the closest bakery and found myself ordering a coffee, because what’s the warm cookie without a coffee? And when there’s fresh baked banana bread, how do you say no?

Thank you, Blissful Bites, for reminding me that at the tender age of 21, I am allowed to eat whatever I want for breakfast.

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The weather in San Francisco has continued to rise, I forgot what it feels like to feel the warmth wake me up from the other side of the window. Leaving the house at 7am leaves much hesitation about wearing shorts out, but today I was not disappointed.

Sometimes I am so self absorbed that I forget to stop and smell the flowers; I can not believe I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to cross the Golden Gate Bridge several times a week. While on my way to school, I had to pull over and just take it all in. It’s the little things that really get you every now and then.

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I could go on and on and regurgitate everything I learned in class today, but since I like you guys, I will show you all the delicious food I ate. My friend Abby texted me around noon to see if I wanted to eat dinner with her, I think she already knew what the answer was. Marlowe describes itself as, “an intimate, bustling dining room that feels like you’ve dropped in on a dinner party at your best friend’s house.” I’m going to have to agree with them.

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The restaurant is located right across the street from the bustlin’ Caltrain station on 4th and Townsend. By some divine miracle, I managed to get a spot right outside; this celebration calls for a round of shots! (Juuuust kidding!)

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Abby is one of my favorite dining friends because we always agree on appetizers to share. More appetizers to share means more food in my stomach. More food in my stomach means one happy hapa.

We started with Warm Deviled Eggs: stuffed with picked jalapeño & bacon, topped with aged provolone. These were a great way to start the night, nothing like a good deviled egg.

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Our next appetizer was the delightful Steak Tartare. I don’t know how this dish ever got past me, but I never tried tartare before. I was a little skeptical to eat the raw beef at first, but everything changed after my first bite. I think this is the best thing that I have ate in 2013. This steak was mixed with poached quail egg, arugula and a side of crostini. I’m just going to put it out there again that this was one of my favorite dishes.

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Abby, who is a huge fan of scallops, ordered the Pan Seared Day Boat Scallops. These little guys were served with bacon-wrapped asparagus, wild mushroom, English peas & Sauvignon Blanc cream. I am not much of a seafood fan but these were delicious, Abby raved about the asparagus.

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Strap yourself into the chair for my entree: Grilled Niman Pork Chop on a bed of sweet potato gratin, herbed bread crumbs, sautéed spinach & oloroso sherry jus. This entree was so massive that I gave Abby one of my chops and still felt full after, this piggy was a great bang for my buck.

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We finally cleansed our palate with a Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta Affogato and lemon biscotti. The Affogato was a little strong but tasted wonderful with the biscotti.

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I very much enjoyed this restaurant and will try to convince Chi to come with me for lunch sometime. His family is coming into town this weekend, so we’re just going to take it easy.

Any plans for Cinco de Mayo? Have you tried raw beef before; if so, did you like it?

5 thoughts on “I Left My Heart In San Francisco

  1. I know what you mean about the weather. The other day I went home to swap my pants for a skirt; I was dying!

    Mmm, steak tartare, definintely an underrated treat!

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