Otra Vez

I hope you do not hate me after this post.

Why? Because I am posting pictures of Beretta, yet again. Last time, I promise.

Half of the Lisbon house went out to eat a midday meal on Saturday and we had bad luck choosing a restaurant. Everything good was either closed because of the awkward timing or way too far away. Luckily, our go-to Beretta welcomed us with open arms.

Their arugula & fennel salad was a great starter and paved the way for our feast to come.

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Just expect a picture of Taylor at least once a week now. She makes an awesome dining companion. I do not know if it is our shared love of arugula or because she is always down to leave at a minute’s notice to grab Easy Breezy with me at 10:00 pm. More than once…wish I was kidding.

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Can we take a minute and soak up this meat antipasti? From the top to the bottom: prosciutto, lard, salami, mortadella and hot coppa. We do not have to talk about the pickled salad goin’ on in the upper left hand corner because I did not like that. At all.

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I love this picture because it is an actual candid. I can only imagine the dirty thoughts that ran through my head when the waitress brought the plate out.

Hint: It involved a crostini and meatgasm in every bite. A calorie less than divine.

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I found my table lighting hot spot for these broccolini dosed in garlic, olive oil and peppers. It is hard to believe a dish so simple can taste so good.

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I know gnocchi is a cult favorite, but who has had it pan seared? It is life changing and I want to recreate something similar soon. This dish was made with pancetta and porcini mushrooms.

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Lastly, what Beretta is known for, their thin crust pizza.

On top is a broccoli rage, pancetta, tomato & mozzarella special and the bottom has hot salmi, coppa, tomato, provolone & diavolicchio peppers.

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This week is bitter sweet for me, I have to work and study a lot but will reward myself with a mini trip down to LA for the weekend. 🙂 Details to follow.

What are your plans for the long weekend? (Forget the fact that I am asking on a Wednesday).

Grub Down

Introductions suck.

I don’t mean to sound blunt and rough, but there is something so nerve-racking about having a blank screen staring at you. Not only is it waiting for you to make your first move, but it also wants you to fill in the whole screen with senseless banter and colorful pictures. The latter part I can deal with; I can take the pictures of my food and I can write about my day, dining escapades or what have you, but how do I pop in every morning to say hello?

I’ve read somewhere that you should write your blog like you’re writing to your sister. It’s inviting. It gives you your writing voice and it’s how the reader can relate to you. When did I miss the lesson where I learn how to introduce myself to my family members? (By the way, I know I’m big time now because my sister now reads my blog! Hi Jie Jie! I love you!)

Anyways, I think I proved my point because that is my introduction for today. And I am going to leave it at just that.

Close curtain.

I have been eating out so much lately, which is good and bad at the same time. On one hand, it makes my blogging hobby easier because I can show off shiny pictures of delicious San Francisco food. On the other hand, I look back at my old posts and wonder what people think of my eating habits. It seems like a lot, but I still cook at home at least 3-4 times a week. I know it’s healthier, cheaper and a lot of fun to eat something you prepared yourself, but it is SO HARD to say no when someone texts/invites you to a night on the town.

With that, I’m going to show you pictures of one delicious eat in the Mission District. If you check out my Restaurants page, you might notice that most of the places are in the Mission. That’s because I live near by and there are so many options on Mission St., Valencia St., and now Guerrero St., that I don’t feel like making the trek to the north side of SF to eat.

If you’re not from or familiar with San Francisco, just ignore everything I said previously.

Fun fact: While checking my site stats, the majority of my readers are from the Bay Area and the second runner up is NYC. Feeling the love from both coasts. It’s like a warm love hug and I am just taking it all in.

Okay, on to pictures.

Grub is located on Valencia St. I was driving by, looking for somewhere new to try and stopped in when I noticed there wasn’t a wait. Being empty is an understatement, but it was maybe around 4:00pm on a Sunday and the dinner rush did not hit yet. I really digged (is that even a word?) their decor, especially the printed tables and funky art.

Their sign outside is just a picture of a fork and knife, kind of like my blog button up top. 🙂 It made me feel a little close connection with them.

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Who doesn’t love spicy popcorn instead of bread and butter for a pre-appetizer treat? It was a nice change of pace and I ate it faster than I am proud to say.

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Horrible photo, but all bottles of wine were 50% off. I said no and thought I was pretty stern with my dinner companion, but they somehow convinced me that it was too good of a deal not to pass up. Okay, fine, I will drink half a bottle of wine when I have a million things to do when I get home.

Just kidding, I just had a glass. Maybe two.

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Since we were going balls to wall for our appetizer and main course, I had to add a little bit of veggie to not feel like a total failure. This was a side of broccolini (love) with lemon, garlic and olive oil.

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The next plate to arrive was their chorizo and bacon Mac and Cheese, provided from their famous Mac and Cheese bar. The fusilli pasta was coated in a creamy blend of white and sharp cheddar, topped with grand padana parmesan breadcrumbs. It was a mouthful in person and in writing.

See, I told you I have been eating A LOT of mac and cheese. I think it’s time for a break before I get MnC’d out. I just think the Burritt Room Round Table really got the ball rolling, because before that event, I have not ate this kind of cheesy dish in quite a long time.

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And for a disappointing grand finale, a delicious burger with no picture. Whomp whomp. I know everyone is on the edge of their seats wondering what accessories I dressed it with. Did I cash out and add avocado? Sriracha aioli or white truffle? Sadly, this will forever remain a mystery…

Shortest post but I’m in the middle of what might be the longest week ever and will come back with cool things for you to read about soon. I promise. Well, I’ll try to promise.

50% off a bottle of wine, do you buy it or pass? What’s your introduction writing strategy? Try not to feel like you’re in an English composition class in college.