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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


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.


our favorite store in San Francisco: MUJI

MUJI, San Francisco Store

MUJI, San Francisco Store

Founded in Japan in 1980, MUJI is a company that sells clothes and household goods worldwide.  They ‘ve recently opened their first west coast store right here in San Francisco, in the SOMA District. Why do we love it? We have fond memories of our first experience at a MUJI store, five years ago in Munich. There and here, the first feeling one feels upon entering the store is the zen-like experience of a design – focused space. From the design of the products to the design of the store itself, the MUJI vision is expressed in everything you see. From clothes to organizational aids, travel to stationery, furniture to kitchen, everything MUJI sells reflects their ideals of minimalism, of using natural or recyclable materials, of utility, of simplicity. You won’t find the bright colors of Uniqlo here, rather a subdued palette of neutrals and earthtones, of the materials of glass, cotton, paper and metal.

arts, crafts and stationary at MUJI, SF

arts, crafts and stationary at MUJI, SF

Nothing in the store is branded and in fact, the name MUJI finds its roots in the words Mujirushi Ryōhin, loosely translated as No Brand Quality Goods. That’s precisely what you get at MUJI. Objects here express beauty in their utility. And, it’s also affordable. It’s a true lifestyle store and one that outfits the kind of home we’d love to live in…we may not need to shop anywhere else!

MUJI

540 9th St
(between Brannan St & Bryant St)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SOMA

(415) 694-5981

Hours: Mon-Sat 10:30 pm – 8 pm, Sun 11 pm – 6:30 pm

 

 


20 Epic SF Sandwiches To Eat Before You Die – Eater Maps – Eater SF

Check out this article for a list of the top 20 sandwiches in San Francisco.

Our comments are below:

 

2,  great quality meat, but fatty. Not quite seasoned enough.

5, bland, fatty, not sure why this one makes the list, least of all in the top 5

7, amazing quality meat, fatty yes, impeccably seasoned. A star.

11, simple and delicious, just the right amount of pepper, the greens balance the egg, mayo and cheese perfectly

13, fatty but decadent. Nice spice. The bun is so good!

14, we love lamb, just the right amount of veggies to add crunch and a burst of juice

15 yes, a calorie bomb. But it hits all the right notes. We go back again and again for it!

16 this is a great seafood roll and a good value, too!

17 nicely marinated meat, right spice mix, juicy and grilled flavors harmoniously blend

19 Great german fare, spicey and delicious with ‘craut and onions. Do have the beer with it. So good. Love the weiswurst at Rosamunde, too.

 

20 Epic SF Sandwiches To Eat Before You Die – Eater Maps – Eater SF.


your trash talking tuesday tip, good clean fun

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20120729_dore_alley01det, a photo by markevnic72 on Flickr.

If you want to know how to make your event zeeeeeeero waste, talk to Folsom Street Events. They run one of the cleanest events in town!

waste nothing.


Craftsman and Wolves

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Craftsman and Wolves, a set on Flickr.

Easily one of the most anticipated bakery openings of the year, Craftsman and Wolves opened it’s doors prior to launching to give the neighborhood just a taste. That day, I started with the cocoa + carrot muffin, and it was good. Incredibly moist (almost wet, in fact) and incredibly rich.

On my next  visit, I tried a hazelnut scone. Savoury yes, but not remarkable enough to be my favorite scone in the city. Arizmendi remains the leader, there.

Perhaps my favorite of their many creations is the passionfruit croissant, a perfectly executed croissant with a classic, crispy exterior and a wonderfully airy, layered center. The croissant is in turn covered with a passionfruit glaze and the marriage of that and the sesame seeds is truly special.

 

Craftsman and Wolves
746 Valencia St
(between 19th St & 18th St)
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 913-7713
craftsman-wolves.com/


on the bishop driving drunk, a perspective

You go, Louis. You’ve put this one into perspective:

“Unlike the archbishop, I’m not a danger to other people:His Excellency, Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, soon to be His Grace, Archbishop of San Francisco, calls me a grave threat to the family because I’m gay and want to quietly get a civil marriage at secular City Hall with not a priest in sight (“Future archbishop charged with DUI,” Aug. 28).

What I don’t do is drive around drunk, endangering the lives of my passengers and everyone else on the road. Who’s the grave threat?

Louis Bryan, San Francisco”

Thanks for writing this letter to the paper in response to the news that the future Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.

via Letters to the editor, Aug. 30 – SFGate.


The Best Quotes From The UNIQLO ‘Celeb’ Chef Panel – Hangover Observations – Eater SF

This interview brings together some of the hottest chefs (Chad Robertson! )  of Tartine, and Brandon Jew of Bar Agricole, adorable Danny Bowein of Mission Chinese Food, and Jason Fox, of Commonwealth. The venue was the soon to open Uniqlo, a Japanese store that we simply can’t wait for. Check out their views, their favorite restaurants (Lers Ros comes up to the top) and opinions of food trucks:

Quotable:

· Brandon Jew on becoming a chef: “It gave me an appreciation on mother nature and natural growth.”

· On fish: “Today I can tell you the name of the captain and name of the boat where my fish came from. You couldn’t do that three years ago”

Read more via The Best Quotes From The UNIQLO ‘Celeb’ Chef Panel – Hangover Observations – Eater SF.


Want That in a Bag? It’s Going to Cost You – WSJ.com

“In San Francisco, “we just want to reduce the amount of single-use plastic bags out there,” says Jack Macy, Commercial Zero Waste Coordinator for the San Francisco Department of the Environment. “If a 10-cent fee can serve as a disincentive to consumers who go to the store expecting to get a new set of plastic bags each time, then these rules will be doing their job.”

Restaurants are exempt from the new rules until next year, and noncompliant plastic bags will remain acceptable for certain items, such as bulk candy and deli meats. Food-stamp recipients won’t be charged the 10-cent fee, according to the ordinance.”

Read more about the Checkout Bag Ordinance and San Francisco via Want That in a Bag? It’s Going to Cost You – WSJ.com.

The quotation above couches the issue well. I know Jack and worked with him and his team on the development of the collateral for this campaign and can tell you, he’s a helluva good guy. A lot of thought went into this move, and it’s good legislation….

no more plastic bags, San Francisco

no more plastic bags, San Francisco

at least 10 cents for your checkout bag in SF

at least 10 cents for your checkout bag in SF

SF: avoid the charge, BRING YOUR BAG.

SF: avoid the charge, BRING YOUR BAG.