Category Archives: food

Tacos and ice cream – a mission in the Mission

While in San Francisco recently visiting friends  – I wanted to 1) have some “real” Mexican food, and 2) try the ice cream at Humphry Slocombe.

Both were in the Mission.

We went to La Tacqueria. It looked like a fast food place – you order at the counter, find a table. I ordered 2 carnita asada tacos, with the works – beans, cheese, sour cream, guacamole. Medium spicy. An order of chips and salsa and an order of guac to share (there were 3 of us). A Corona. (The 2 guys each ordered 1 burrito and 1 taco.)

The salsa and guac came first. The salsa was fabulous, more like pico de gallo – chopped tomatoes and cilantro and onion. Great flavor, really fresh. The guac was real thick and chunky.

The tacos were the best I have ever eaten. Ever. (And I get around.) The taco is wrapped in 2 soft corn tortillas (it needs 2 to hold all the “stuff” in it). The flavor of the meat and the flavor of the green sauce – superb. I really should have ordered one – I had no idea how big this was going to be. But – I had no problem finishing the second one.  My husband had a pork burrito and a taco – and while he loved the burrito – he loved the taco even more.

We then had to walk it off so we could eat ice cream.

We walked around the Mission, up 24th street to Harrison St. This neighborhood had really colorful murals and art painted on the buildings.

I had read about Humphrey Slocombe in the New York Times Magazine about a month before our planned trip. I do not live in NY. I do not live in SF.

This was ice cream fate.

The thing about Humprhy Slocombe? Is the crazy-innovative flavors. It is ice cream for adults. Adults who can step out of the chocolate, vanilla box, and into —

Peanut Butter Curry. Jesus Juice (red wine and coke sorbet). Secret Breakfast (Jim Beam and cornflakes). Balsamic Caramel. White chocolate lavender. Salt and Pepper. Prosciutto. Sweet corn. Rosemary’s baby (rosemary and pine nuts). Ancho chocolate. Blue Bottle Vietnamese coffee.  Milk chocolate tarragon. Candied ginger. You get the picture. A full flavor list is here. Flavors rotate daily.

Well. We got to Humphry Slocombe, and there was a line down the block – the 10 minute wait gave us time to decide which flavors to try. I read today’s flavors – no Salt and Pepper, ahh! I really, really wanted to try that.

We get up to the counter and see that you can try the flavors you are thinking about – before ordering.

I tried the Thai Chili lime sorbet – too hot for me.  Between the 3 of us, we ordered the Jesus Juice sorbet, and peanut butter curry, sweet corn, Blue Bottle Vietnamese coffee, and Rosemary’s baby ice creams.

Loved them all, but my fave that day was the peanut butter curry.

We had to go back another day, I had to try this salt and pepper ice cream.

We brought our other friend along – now there were 4. That day we tried balsamic caramel, ancho chocolate, burnt butter, secret breakfast, and… salt and pepper. 

It was not  what I imagined it to be – it was sweet, but with sea salt and peppercorns.  It was my fave.

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36 hours in NYC – wish ribbons, blue shoes, and friends

We ran off to NYC for a quickie get-together with friends.

I’ll get to that later…

First, we got to the hotel around 7 pm, and cabbed it over to the 2nd Ave. Deli for matzoh ball soup and pastrami sandwiches. I still think this is the best pastrami in the city. Also, I really like the free mini-shots of chocolate soda that come with the check.

Then I had to wrestle with rugrat kids in the hotel business center at 9:30 pm to get on a pc before the 10 pm chat that Max Adams kindly arranged for her 5150 screenwriting workshop with guest screenwriter Terry Rossio. This was no picnic, trying to get that pc. A couple of kids on one pc. 2 Spanish guys on another, a surly teen girl on another, and an older man with a yarmulke on the last one. At about 9:50, after much exaggerated sighing, I announced “I have a 10:00 meeting with someone in Hollywood, is anyone getting off soon?!” Yarmulke guy kindly gave me his pc. It was a great chat – lots of great information and advice from Terry. And – Johnnie Depp is hotter in person than in the movies. So I hear.

Friday we had lunch at Luke’s Lobster in the East Village. It has recently been named one of the best lobster roll places in the city. It did not disappoint! Yum. The place has no real seating, just about 8-10 stools at a bar. We luckily got window seats and polished those babies off.

Then we cabbed it down to the New Museum on Bowery and Prince. I love this place because it is so off-beat.

There was a Rivane Neuenshwander exhibit in the lobby [other floors too, but I am telling you about the lobby..] – called “I Wish Your Wish.” She is a Brazilian artist.

It is walls of colored ribbons with people’s wishes printed on them. The ribbons loosely poke out of little holes. Visitors are invited to select ribbons printed with a wish to tie around their wrists. [The guy in the exhibit instructed me to tie three knots – I did.] When the ribbon falls off, Brazilian tradition is that one’s wish will come true. Visitors may write another wish and place it in the empty hole. [I did.]

So – I now will be wearing this yellow ribbon and green ribbon on my left wrist for – who knows how long?

There is this shoe store in Soho just a few blocks from the museum on Prince St. My favorite NYC shoe store – John Fluevog.

But. It was getting close to the time we had to be downtown for the reason we came to NYC in the first place – the party. I did not want to be late, but the husband insisted – insisted – we go get me some shoes. Who am I to argue?

I got me some baby-blue John Flouevog shoes.

They were even on sale, yay!

All this, and still – the best part of the trip – was seeing my old friends.

Friends I used to work with years ago. The occasion – an informal retirement party for a few of my old bosses, at Captain’s Ketch in the financial district. About 60-70 people showed, and caught up with each other over many glasses of wine and other alcoholic beverages.  It was way cool to see everyone again.

There is a core group (okay, clique) of seven women that are still really close – even though 4 of us have scattered off from that job. And we huddled and caught up with each other as if we had all been together just yesterday instead of 2-3 years ago. The best kind of friends to have.

The party was scheduled from 5 – 9pm, and at 10pm a whole lot of us were still there when the place turned on the lights to signal – hey you guys are running over – so we did what we used to do.

12 of us trudged up to Wo Hop in Chinatown for dinner. And pigged out on homemade wonton soup, dumplings, sesame noodles, egg rolls, and various versions of Chow Fun. 

And we all again hugged and went our separate ways. Until next time.

Chocolate-dipped bacon

I love bacon.

I love chocolate.

I LOVE chocolate-dipped bacon.

I first spied it among the more traditional deserts at a holiday party last week, and now am obsessed with trying to make it.

But, look what else I found – by Vosges Chocolate

The Flying Chocolate Pig!

Thank you

So today is about turkey and stuffing and football. Really?

If you have family and friends.

If you have your health.

If you have food and shelter.

If you have a job.

If you have love.

And you love.

Then.

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart

Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Love, Michele

BLT cupcakes?

I am all for trying new takes on food. Really.

But some things are just – wrong.

Like, sweet bagels. When we moved down south, we were appalled at the strawberry and the blueberry bagels. Bagels should not be sweet, that is just blasphemy.

Now I am reading in the NY Times about Bacon Lettuce and Tomato cupcakes? WTF?

Also there are cupcakes iced with fois gras? And bacon cupcakes with sour cream and chives?

This is actually happening in Chicago.

Hey, Chicago —

CUPCAKES. SHOULD. BE. SWEET.

photo by jessica tampas, NY Times

photo by jessica tampas, NY Times

A dumpling phase

I recently discovered some great (frozen) leek and pork dumplings at the Asian Market, made by Master Wu. We bought a few packages, and have been in dumpling heaven since.  I make my own “sauce” with soy sauce, white vinegar, and a little dot of chili sauce.

They are almost as good as the dumplings at the dim sum place we sometimes hit in Arlington – China Garden. If you are ever in the neighborhood, you should go there for dim sum on weekends – but you have to get there by 11 am or forget getting a table.

The bacon explosion

Here’s a heart-stopping recipe that has taken off in a big way.

Bacon wrapped around pork sausage wrapped around more bacon, in one big roll. Cooked on a smoker, then coated with barbecue sauce.

bacon650_331Photo by Don Ipock for The New York Times

The recipe was created last December by Jason Day and Aaron Chronister, and is posted on their website  BBQAddicts.com. It is also now in the New York Times.

Youtube had multiple videos of people trying to make this thing, with various degrees of success [search on bacon explosion for a laugh]. Some people are “making it their own” by adding cheese and other accoutrements.

The first one to make this, let me know. I do not have a smoker, sigh.