Farewell, Danielle!

I don’t usually go out to eat brunch, but when I do, I get so full it’s uncomfortable. Does that happen to anyone else?

One of my best friends from middle school told me she was moving to Colorado, so we arranged a brunch date to catch up on everything. I’m going to be so sad to see her go, but now I have an excuse to go to the Rockies 🙂

We wanted to go to Red Door Cafe and I drove all the way there but it was closed! Hopefully we can try it next week. Instead, we went to Mission Beach Cafe, which always has a line out the door on the weekends.

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Coming here also has its plus, there’s always free parking all around. I also really want to commend the staff here, everyone was very friendly and attentive. Made me feel like I was right at home!

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Danielle was coming from school and it took her a little while to meet me, so I ordered a soy mocha while I waited. I thought they served Blue Bottle, but the coffee was from another local company. I’m not a daily coffee drinker, so it was a treat for me. Lucky for me, she came about five seconds after it got to my table.

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Yes, I comprehend how corny this picture looks! Danielle wanted to try and be a photographer for a few minutes.

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We both knew what we wanted, so I quickly ordered the the Wild Mushroom Benedict, with spinach, caramelized onions, truffle mornay sauce and potatoes. I did not make a bad decision, it really hit the spot.

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Who doesn’t love a good runny yolk?

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We also shared the French Toast with mascarpone cheese, strawberries and syrup. A few weeks ago I went to Olea and said that it was the best french toast I ever had, but I think I spoke too soon. The mascarpone on this french toast really brought it to another level. I can seriously go for this again. Right now.

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Now, I will keep this Wednesday short and sweet. Thanks again for reading everyone, I can’t express how appreciative I am!

What unique toppings do you put on your french toast? Have your good friends diffused across the country, or do they all live close to you?

A Rare Day Off

Sidenote: I noticed how much I have been eating out, so I put together a Restaurants page in the menu. Check it out!

This past Saturday has been very productive (read: expensive). I usually never have a Saturday off, which means I haven’t had the chance to experience the Ferry Plaza’s Farmers Market in the Embarcadero.

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Abby and I really got lucky with the weather, it was forecasted to rain but all we got was blue skies and sun! We got there around 10:30a and started our shopping and browsing at the knick-knack section. These flattened alcohol bottles caught my eye and we ended up buying 3 of them for $20. I have no idea what what I’m going to do with mine, or where I will place it; I somehow always manage to impulse buy. Which one do you think I bought? Hint: It’s green!

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After dabbling around at the other booths, we walked to the proper Farmers Market in front of the Ferry Building.

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The first booth was selling these beautiful tulips. I was going back and forth between picking up a bunch, but decided against it. Abby bought some in a really pretty coral/salmon color.

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These colorful bunches of Swiss Chard grabbed my attention, and the price wasn’t too bad either! I bought a head of Swiss Chard and Kale for $2 each. I also bought a pound of Brussel Sprouts for $5 from another vendor.

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We were already hungry, so we headed into the Ferry Building in search of something to eat. This trumpet playing boy had so much character! He was wooing the crowd with his dancing.

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There wasn’t that many sit down restaurants, but I did spot this mushroom stand. I love mushrooms, so I definitely appreciated all the different ones available. I will come back for the Chanterelles when I have a chance.

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Brunch on a Saturday in San Francisco is a dangerous game to play. Everywhere that is worth it or popular has a 40+ minute wait, so it’s hard to make a decision. Based on a friend’s recommendation, we tried out Olea in Nob Hill.

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Olea boasts it’s use of local, fresh produce and sustainable meat and I think it really shows in the menu. Yelp’s general consensus was to try the french toast, so we obliged. Their “french toast” is made with challah custard toast, with korintji cinnamon sugar that’s topped with fresh Mc Ginnis Farms apples. It was absolutely divine, possibly the best french toast I ever had.

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We also shared the migas con huevos: soft scrambled eggs with roasted pork tenderloin, tortilla chips, swiss chard and a drizzle of pepper/peanuts sauce and sesame seeds with a side of crostini. I found the sauce to be very interesting, more sweet then I thought it would be.

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After filling up, we walked across the street to Trader Joe’s and stocked up for the week. These veggies/fruits are included in my stable diet, and I usually buy these every week.

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The meats and pasta I get once in a blue moon. The ground beef was for Sunday dinner and I have plans for a eggs and sausage breakfast sometime this week. I also like to get one frozen pizza for my lazy dinner, and add mushrooms or sausages to spice it up.

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The blogging world seems to have an obsession with sunflower butter, so I grabbed one to try.

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These are the veggies I purchased at the Farmer’s Market (forgot to include the brussel sprouts). I also grabbed a jar of almond butter, it’s going to taste so good on my rice cakes; I can already imagine it.

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I finished unpacking around 3:30p, and just relaxed the rest of the day after a short nap. Chi had to work all night, so I stayed home and watched a movie. Now I’m off to find a tasty recipe on how to cook my brussel sprouts. Any suggestions? 🙂

What are your weekly food staples? Are you a peanut butter or almond butter lover?