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Food

restaurant favorites: Company

photo of warm ricotta

Warm, house-made ricotta cheese, served with artichoke tapenade and fresh-from-the-oven bread.

Photos of the food at Company Restaurant, SF

 

Company, you had me at the house-made ricotta cheese. Served warm from the kitchen. With toasted house-made bread. And in-season fruit…

Every time I go to Company, and this restaurant is on my very regular rotation, part of me thinks I could eat this dish and only this. But then there’s always something new on the menu that snaps me out of that fantasy. A chopped salad with seasonal fruits. A warm soup featuring the vegetable found in the farmers market this morning. The lamb. Oh god, the lamb…

What then ensues is this. Ricotta as a starter for the table to share. Maybe two orders. The topping will change seasonally but has been as varied as balsamic strawberry, peaches, honey, or an artichoke tapenade. With that order in, don’t miss out on a soup. The celeriac was a recent favorite, its texture perfectly velvety and smooth and exquisitely aromatic.

As for the main, the burger, roast chicken, and steak frites are always on the menu. I’ve had each one. Served with a blue cheese, the burger is an umami explosion, with a nicely charred exterior and ideally pink interior. The bun is made in house. The fries, tossed with cheese, are candy. The steak has always arrived perfectly cooked and the roast chicken as well, moist and flavorful.

Dessert could very well be the ricotta again. Or try the pot de creme. I’ve also had the fruit crisp with house-made ginger ice cream, which I loved. Get two, to share for the table. Yes, there’s room…

People ask me what my favorite restaurant is, and I have to say that Company is it. I’ve been coming to this restaurant since fall of 2012, and it’s been consistently wonderful. It’s right in the center of the hottest neighborhood, the Mission. But it doesn’t have the attitude. No matter the occasion, the food is right and the ambience is, too. The host always greats with a smile and if you’re lucky, you’ll get a seat in the front window, so you can enjoy the street life of this sweet corner in the Mission. I’ve come here for my birthday, for others’ birthdays, to treat the friend in from out of town, to send off two friends on their last night in town before moving back to the East Coast. For a solitary meal at the bar after a long day at work. The restaurant is just right for so many occasions. Casual, inviting, with top notch food.

Company Restaurant
1000 Guerrero St
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 374-7479

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b. patisserie bakery opens in Lower Pac Heights

Check out the following story: b. patisserie Sweetens Lower Pac Heights, Starting Today – Eater Inside – Eater SF.

b. patisserie, ala sf Eater

We were fortunate enough to try the kouign amann, sort of a hockey puck formed of buttery, flaky and compressed pastry layers thus dipped in sugar. This is an amazing and beautiful thing. And, a meal in itself. The other items described in the link above merit your swift attention, notably some fun macaron options. Savory lunch items, too! This is a major local opening folks, do go.


if you’re looking for a great gift idea. . .

Lots of ideas for a great gift (round up below) and if you’re looking for a fun afternoon of browsing, check out the Renegade Craft fair today if you’re in San Francsico, LA, Chicago, NYC or London. We’ re not huge fans of large retailers for gifts. We prefer giving (and receiving) something unique, handmade and best of all, local. Those gifts have heart. They might even be green. Keep your eyes peeled for artisans who explore REUSE in making their items rather than using virgin materials. Maybe they’re using recycled materials, too. How about food products, grown and packaged locally? If your vendor is local, you can be assured the carbon footprint in distribution is low.

So follow the link and learn more about the fair and if you can’t go, look for local artisans in your community… San Francisco Holiday Info « Renegade Craft Fair.

Here are some other ideas for you San Francisco folks:

Letter Press stationary, handmade cards and screen print dish cloths by

ink.paper.plate Press or Coffee n Cream Press

Beautiful hand cut wooden products, like cutting boards, stools, etc:

Bruce Powell Fine Woodworking

Local Honey grown by the busy bees at Hayes Valley Farm

HONEY!! **

(**note, this is a the last year for Hayes Valley Farm and their project, Project BEE – Cause. Get the last jar of honey from this amazing experiment in permaculture!)

Give a *Reusable bag* filled with *reusable stainless steel mug* and colorful *microfiber cloths*, make yourself a little gift that speaks Green; )

Support local certified SF Green Business , and baker, Mission Pie. Supporting them you’ll also be supporting their outreach to inner city kids, teaching them how to farm.

Get  a basket of baked goods at our favorite bakery, Thorough Bread and Pastry. Supporting them supports the students of the San Francisco bread making institute.

Get some cheese to go with that bread: La Fromagerie (2425 3rd Street, SF). They have raw milk cheese!

And jars of amazing peanut brittle or handmade marshmallows at Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous.


Leopolds Owners Take The Old Long Bar On Fillmore – Expansionwire – Eater SF

Leopolds Owners Take The Old Long Bar On Fillmore – Expansionwire – Eater SF.


Pal’s Take Away Moving – Eater SF

From Eater SF: “As previously suspected, the beloved sandwich makers of Pal’s Take Away are really moving out of Tony’s Market, and it’s happening “sometime after January 2013.” Owner Jeff Mason wants a new Mission location with a full kitchen: for better sandwiches, more tables, and expanded hours. Check out the Kickstarter video with cameos from Josey Baker, Richie Nakano, and Roli Roti’s Thomas Odermatt. [EaterWire]

Story via Pal’s Take Away Moving – Eater SF.”

Pals Takeaway photo

Great food and good cheer at Pal’s, all made from hyper local sources! David Knopp (left) and owner Jeff Mason share a light moment behind the counter during a busy lunchtime at Pal’s Take Away. Photo: The Chronicle

MUS-e-YUM notes:

We encountered Pal’s Take away about three years ago in 2009 (rumor had it that amazing sandwiches were being served at lunchtime from the counter of the deli in Tony’s Market, a nondescript corner market in the Mission. Rumors proved to be true!) For a while we were obsessed in particular with the Wednesday tradition started at Pals, a rotating guest chef would create a special sandwich, available only on that day. From Jake Godby of Humphry Slocombe to Danny Bowein of Mission Chinese Food, Pal’s had guest chefs that pulled from the best of the San Francsico food theme, creating fantasy sandwiches. Indeed, there was a lot of great fun happening at this surprisingly little place, and we have had a lot of amazing food there. We here at MUS e YUM wish the owner Jeff Mason well on his new venture and look forward to following his food!!

Here’s what Jeff has to say about his food:

“The idea for Pal’s started A couple of years ago,when I thought that it would be a great idea to open a small take out sandwich counter that serves clean, great tasting new twists on old favorites at a reasonable price using all fresh,organic local ingredients from my grower friends and neighborhood backyard gardens.”

Pal's logo

Look for the Pal’s TakeAway logo

Pal’s Take away

2751 24th Street (( at the corner of Hampshire ))

San Francisco, CA

(Pals is inside Tony’s Market)


best burger series, the Kronnerburger pop-up

logo, kronner burger

Kronner Burger logo

WE LOVE the pop up phenomenon that has become just one part of the food scene in San Francisco. The format brings rapid iteration to the streets, for a night or two a week a chef can try out a new concept, enjoying low overhead that frees the maker of the food to be experimental. The atmosphere is fun, full of foodie anticipation, and the owner of the space can bring a lot of variety to the neighborhood by trying different chefs on different nights for limited runs.

Brunos has hosted some very successful pop ups in the recent past, like Brunch Drunk Love. Now, the space gives way to burgers on Sundays and the oft overlooked Monday nights. If the concept, called KronnerBurgers, continues to do well, look for the owner to go full time and, by the sound of  the menu, it just might. We wonder how the addition of bone-marrow to the burger enhances the umami experience… We’re always looking for the best burger, so look for a review soon.

Thanks Inside Scoop SF for the story! Inside Scoop SF » The KronnerBurger era begins at Bruno’s.

Right on schedule, Chris Kronner kicked off his KronnerBurger project at Bruno’s these past Sunday and Monday nights; to be specific, he’s inhabiting the little side area to the left of Bruno’s, a dark room usually reserved for weekend club crowd overflow.

The opening menu (click here to view) will be tweaked continually, but the most recent incarnation included a crab burger ($14), fries ($4), a wedge salad ($10) and of course, the signature KronnerBurger ($11). Marrow in various forms was also involved.

On the booze side, Gabriel Lowe (Locanda) will be on cocktail duty going forward. Sayre Piotrkowski (St. Vincent) will help out with the beers, and Sutton Cellars is going to provide a Basque-style cider.

So the important part: the schedule. For now, Kronner will be slinging burgers on Sunday and Monday nights for sure. This Saturday (12/1), he’ll be open for “happy hour” from 4:30pm-8pm.

In the coming weeks, he expects to continue to expand hours and days of operation, with the eventual goal of being open 7 days a week. Stay tuned and tune into Facebook for updates and specifics.

KronnerBurger: 2379 Mission Street, near 20th; kronnerburger.com

· Previously: Chris Kronner and his burgers descend upon Bruno’s [Inside Scoop]


For the Yigit Pura fans

If you’re a Yigit fan (like us!) here’s some news that you’ll enjoy. He’s coming back to TV thanks to the Millionaire Matchmaker. The best part? This show is all about documenting not his cooking prowess but rather, his dreamy, romantic side. Make a date to watch. Still, we’re rather glad that he works out at our local gym so that we don’t have to wait quite so long between episodes to see him.

Thanks to Eater SF for sharing:

Bravo announced the “clients” participating in the next season of Millionaire Matchmaker, and one of them is Yigit Pura—the same Yigit Pura who won Top Chef Just Dessertsseason one and just opened Tout Sweet Patisserie. In the preview video, matchmakerPatti Stanger says to Pura, “Look at how hot you look. You’re the first person I wish I had a penis for.” Well, this will be fun?


Tableware as Sensorial Stimuli cutlery by Jinhyun Jeon

How would our experience of food change if the tool used to deliver it to our mouths was …different? Different in terms of color, texture or even temperature from that to which we’re accustomed? The article that follows explores the idea that our perception of taste is not confined exclusively to the properties of a particular food itself but rather, an experience that encompasses all our senses. Can we change what we taste by manipulating factors outside the food? the maker of this line of tableware wants to find out, and has made knives, spoons and forks of varied colors, textures, weights, and even temperatures. Follow the link for details and of course, photos:

 

“By exploring synesthesia, if we can stretch the borders of what tableware can do, the eating experience can be enriched in multi-­cross­‐wiring ways. The tableware we use for eating should not just be a tool for placing food in our mouth, but it should become an extension of our body, challenging our senses even in the moment when the food is still on its way to being consumed.Each of these designs has been created to stimulate or train different senses, allowing more than just our tastebuds to be engaged in the act and enjoyment of eating as sensorial stimuli, therefore it would lead the way of mindful eating which guides to rediscovering a healthy and joyful relationship with food.”

via Tableware as Sensorial Stimuli cutlery by Jinhyun Jeon.


Mmm, postcards that smell like food — Lost At E Minor: For creative people

We at MUS e YUM now have a way to add a whole new sensory dimension to our food photography. Check out the article below…an interesting find on the art and culture blog, Lost at E Minor:

Mmm, postcards that smell like food — Lost At E Minor: For creative people.

“Imagine a food printer that takes a snapshot of food and extracts its aroma simultaneously, then prints a postcard with aroma inks via a sensor that mixes the inks in the machine. Yes, a Chinese industrial design student did dream up that concept, and has even made a prototype device of this food printer for a Sony competition. We’re not so sure about the invention, though. It is just slightly cruel to send yummy smells to a friend instead of calling for good old food delivery.”


Reveille Coffee Spills Food And Design Details – Plywood Special – Eater SF

This soon to open brick and mortar certainly deserves your attention. If the truck and the coffee you’ll find there is any indication, these java purists will create a stunning cafe. We’re already planning the drive over there to report first -hand.

“One of the biggest perks of the new space is an elevated open kitchen that will overlook the coffee bar. The day will start with assorted breakfast pastries, biscuits with jam and butter, and sticky buns made from scratch in the mornings. Lunch options will move into “simply prepared seasonal antipastas and sandwiches,” including a tuna conserva sandwich, and a farro salad with beets, avocado, and pistachio. The menu will start small and grow as the cafe does.”

Check out the full article on SF EATER:

Reveille Coffee Spills Food And Design Details – Plywood Special – Eater SF.