San Francisco weekend pt. 2 : Sugar high Sunday

Orange blossom donut from dynamo And damn this coffee is good!

My Sunday morning walk led me up Valencia again. This time I stopped in at Four Barrel Coffee. A place the fabulous @HizKnits frequents and Erica raved about on her recent visit. The bonus – Dynamo Donuts in Orange Blosssom And I had to have a second cup of their coffee though I knew it would lead to a major caffeine buzz on top of the sugar high.

Walking back, a number of stores were open that I was too early for on my way and I stopped in here and there. The best find was the hat shop.

Thinking of @kzooerica Zomg @kzooerica you would die in here! Must visit in nov.

The really bad thing was that I ate the donut knowing full well that my afternoon would be filled with pie.

Pie or die

The person who I was kitty sitting for had to take a trip at the last minute and left me the tickets for the SF Food Wars “Pie or Die” event.

Only a portion of the pies to taste

Look at all those pie pieces! People did an amazing job making pies their own way. Even though there were three peach pies, each had an original twist. And there were a number of berry pies as well. My favorite name was the “Gleek Team” who had the “Rachel Berry” pie. In the end we had to just vote for our #1pick.

Then we had to judge

I was very happy when my favorite turned out to be both the professional judges favorite and the choice of the majority. Irving Lin’s blackberry lemon chess pie with honey jumbleberry sauce was a standout. Irving is the blogger behind Eat the Love and everyone should go over to read his charming account of the day.

Here’s a slide show from SF Food Wars:

Up next for SF Food Wars: the Great Salsa ChampionChip, at the Ferry Building on September 12.

After that I had to detox for the next couple of days. After all, I’m in training for NY Food and BlogHer.

Lest anyone think I neglected my duty…

General zod

Meet General Zod

Walking San Francisco’s Mission District and Beyond

Mission grates w chalk relief

This past weekend, I had the great good fortune of kitty sitting for a friend who lives in San Francisco’s Mission District. I love walking the city and had so much fun discovering places new to me.

Saturday morning I walked up Valencia and noticed a bunch of chalk art/graffiti had poped up. Some creative soul rubbed chalk on the grates that surround the trees lining the street. I never noticed the art on the grates before – a big thank you to whomever it was.

Oyster mushroom and spinach benedict

First off I had to fuel my weekend and I met a friend at Mission Beach Cafe. The wait (about 30 min.) was well worth it. I had the “wild mushroom benedict” and a “huge” grapefruit mimosa.

Well fed and slightly tipsy I headed to Imagiknit one of the few remaining yarn shops in the city. I should have taken more pictures. The store is adorable and a really great space. The people were very helpful and attentive. It was good to see it hopping. There were even a couple of people learning to knit.

Halp! Internet knitters. What to choose?

I was there looking for buttons for my Cassandra Cowl. (Excuse the crappy phone camera pic.)

Hubby met me for dinner and we headed to have some Ramen at Halu. The tiny place serves pretty fantastic noodles.

Chashu ramen at halu

Update: Mission Local has the full scoop on the chalkings. Toward the end of the video you can see the picture at the top of this post being made.

Next up…Sunday!

Bastille Day at the de Young Museum


I attended my first Art Point event at the de Young Museum in San Francisco celebrating Bastille Day and all things French. Second to the exhibit “Birth of Impressionism” (no pictures allowed) was the food they set out for us.

I quite liked the Absinthe’s anise flavor – I tend to like all things that resemble anise.

There were crudites and a few other savory tidbits. The cheese was swiped away almost faster than they could slap a piece on a cracker. Hubby said he felt like Peter Parker every time he reached for one it was snatched right out from under his fingers.


The sweets were particularly stunning and delectable.

Petit fours
Plates of Petit Fours

Platters of Truffles

And colorful rows of Macarons

Bardot a gogo
You could work it all off by dancing with a Ballerina from Bardot a Gogo.

Ballet a gogo

And then have another macaroon.
Macaron Pile

Bastille Day has passed, but the de Young has upcoming Friday night events featuring various French cultural activities.

For more pictures of the event including some of the guests in costumes look at San Francisco Citizen’s post.