Tartine

tartine breakfast bun

The first of my San Francisco posts! Tartine is a lovely bakery/cafe that is every bit worth the 1.6 miles I plodded to get there. (Long story). After foolishly forgoing the bus and hauling myself a good distance on foot – something that I recommend for everyone to do first thing in the morning =D – I treated myself to yummy pastries and a hot cup of cappuccino.

It’s a lovely little shop, very quaint, though bustling. My only complaint is that that cappuccino was tiny!

Pictured above is the fabulous morning bun, sugary with a hint of citrus. I took one home, and it kept for a few days. X)

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Thanksgiving!

thanks turkey

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!! I’m a little backed up in posts, and I haven’t even gotten to my San Francisco material yet. However, I’m skipping ahead to do my Thanksgiving post now, before it gets so pushed back that you’re reading about it at Christmas. XD;;

So this year, I was invited again to my dear friends’ I & N’s place. (You know, I’m never quite sure if I ought to use real names here…if I blog about you, let me know if you mind?) It was as fabulous a spread as it was the year before, both food and company wise! The first thing that caught my eye when I entered the dining room at a quarter to four was of course, this gorgeous turkey pictured above, brined and cooked via a great recipe by Alton Brown. Several side dishes already lined the table, while numerous others were finishing in the oven. There were so many dishes it was hard to keep up!

I tried to take at least a bite of everything, but there’s sadly only a finite amount of food I can throw back in one sitting. There’s much to get through, so without further ado:

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5 Nov 2009, 7:00am
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Nata de Coco Yogurt

natadecoco

Oooooh my god I LOVE this stuff!! And I don’t even know what it is. That is to say, until I googled it just now. According to wiki:

Nata de coco is a chewy, translucent, jelly-like food product produced by the bacterial fermentation of coconut water and carrageenan.

………uh. Well, it tastes much better than it sounds, I swear. There are plenty of lovely foods and drinks that are made by fermentation, so don’t let this particular description deter you from trying “Nata de Coco Yogurt Dessert,” which can be found at your Japanese grocery.

They call it “yogurt,” but the binding is more like the consistency of pudding or almond jello (anin-dofu). It tastes like coconut, which I suppose should be to no surprise. The nata de coco was, I’m assuming, the translucent cubed chunks inside the yogurt. These had a decidedly chewier consistency, much like konnyaku. It’s a very “clean” sort of chewy-ness, so it doesn’t stick to your teeth, which is nice. I really love this snack! =9

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Honey Apple Rice Crackers

rice cracker

I saw this adorable bag of “Kotsubukko” rice crackers at the Japanese grocery and had to pick it up. (^___^) Look at those weirdly cute looking creatures with bangs! At least, I think they’re bangs… I’m not sure what most of those animals are, but they’re so funny looking (especially the smiling frog-type-thing on the far right). Rice crackers are a tasty alternative when you want a snack that isn’t oily like potato chips or so-fake-they-can’t-be-good-for-you like Doritos. Actually, these tiny pop ’em size rice crackers are very strange indeed, because I have experience eating “uni flavored” ones, and loving it. It’s still a mystery to me why I liked it, since I kind of hate uni.

This particular pack was “honey and apple” flavor, which sounded much more pleasant than sea urchin. It’s also “calcium fortified,” whatever that means. (I’m sure it had just as much calcium as those milk Pockys that made the same claim..) Anyway, these were delicious! I’m not sure I tasted much apple, but there was definitely a nice hint of sweet honey, which contrasted well with the salty soy sauce.

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