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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

 

 


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]


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.


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/


Ice cream in the Dogpatch

Ice cream in the Dogpatch by markevnic72
Ice cream in the Dogpatch, a photo by markevnic72 on Flickr.

Meet the Pink Panther by ice cream superstars Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous. The Pink Panther is an ice cream flavored with almond liquor and chocolate liquors. Rich. You’ll find Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco- urban, trendy and my favorite ice cream shop in the city.

Here are some other flavors I’ve tried there.


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Pre-opening at Craftsman and Wolves

Pre-opening at Craftsman and Wolves, a bakery on Valencia Street, SF

Pre-opening at Craftsman and Wolves, a bakery on Valencia Street, SF

Pre-opening at Craftsman and Wolves, on Valencia in the Mission. San Francisco.

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. Rather than buying, you could reach in a fish bowl and draw the name of a pastry, which you got as a free sample. I drew a cocoa + carrot muffin, and it was good. Incredibly moist (almost wet) and incredibly rich.

Pastry raffle

Pastry raffle

The richness matches the space, a concrete and wood industrial fantasy. The owner has a pedigree, previously of Telltale Preserves. Telltale was amazing and this should be equally so. More to come!

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

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


dining at Ragazza, superb Italian in San Francisco

Rustic and blistered, the thin crust pizza at Ragazza, San Francisco

Rustic and blistered, the thin crust pizza at Ragazza, San Francisco

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dining at Ragazza, a set on Flickr.

One of my favorite Italian restaurants in San Francisco is Ragazza. The pizza is among the best in the city and you should order at least one, but look also to the other parts of the menu, and save room for those, too. This is a time when going with friends and sharing is ideal. Start with one of the house made salads. They’re creative and rotate with the season. Perhaps a persimmon and goat cheese and pistachio, or what’s pictured here, blood orange and pancetta. Get at least one order of the baked pasta with butternut squash. Split a pie, any are amazing, the crust thin, and blistered. Even roasts are represented on the menu, you’ll find the meat perfectly cooked. Finish with a desert pizza, a thicker version of the crust with nuttella, and whipped cream.

Ragazza
311 Divisadero St
(between Page St & Oak St)
San Francisco, CA 94117

(415) 255-1133
ragazzasf.com


Teach Pie.

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It’s been nearly four years since my first trip to Mission Pie, a wonderful oasis for homespun dessert and savoury pies located in the Mission District of San Francisco. I was new to the food community then, and eager to learn more about it. I wanted to learn more about the provenance of the wonderful ingredients being used in the meals that I was enjoying. My eyes were being opened to the wealth that is the abundance of the Bay Area’s local produce.

I’d started taking photos, too, with my new digital camera and many of those pictures were of my food. I began to post photos of memorable meals on Flickr and Yelp, together with reviews of my experiences both good and bad. I wanted to document my excitement for what I was discovering and for what I was learning, all at the same time. And, I wanted to connect with others who shared my passion. And my passion was fed.

It’s funny now to think that something as quintessentially homespun as a warm-from-the-oven pie could be a novel new player on the bakery scene but then, it was. At a time when bakeries were vying for the top cupcake, a bakery devoted to the humble pie seemed novel and maybe even bold. No one was doing pie then. I sought out Mission Pie soon after it opened and on that visit, after tasting that perfectly cooked crust and the luminous brightness of the fruit inside, even then remarked to my friend that pie ‘just might be’ the new cupcake. Was I right? Maybe not quite on the grander scale but for me, it sure is! And I wanted to learn more. . .

slice of Mission Pie

What I also learned on this first visit made me love this business even more. Mission Pie is the retail outlet for a bigger picture and a bigger story. All the ingredients which comprise every one of those gorgeous pies comes from a ranch, the Pie Ranch, located outside the city on the San Mateo Coast. Bees make the honey, fruit falls from the trees, wheat is milled to flour, and the spirit, hard work and love of farmers and volunteers all come together there so that you and I may enjoy the fruits of their labor here, and I was- and am- blown away and moved by that concept.

photo by Yelp's Dana W.

Founded in 2002, The Pie Ranch is a working farm, not only producing food but producing change. Their mission (Mission Pie) is to feed and nourish the body, the mind, the consciousness and the broader community by educating people as to where their food comes from and how it gets to one’s table. The Ranch welcomes students from inner city schools and introduces them to the country, all the while teaching farming and an appreciation for where food comes from. They mentor adults who want to learn to farm sustainably.

So they’re doing far more than growing food or even making pies…they’re making a difference. You can see this passion in the eyes of every single person in this video and I invite you to check it out:

via Teach Pie. on Vimeo.

The Pie Ranch apprenticeship program gives apprentices the skills needed to become the next generation of successful farmers.

Pie Ranch is an education farm whose mission it is to inspire and connect people to know the source of their food, and to work together to bring greater health to the food system from seed to table.

pieranch.org/​

Thanks to Nancy, Jered, Amy and all the apprentices and interns!

Mission Pie  

2901 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 282-1500

Hours:

Mon-Thu 7 am – 9 pm

Fri 7 am – 10 pm

Sat 8 am – 10 pm

Sun 9 am – 9 pm


San Francisco’s Favorite Burger, 4505 Meats

As if hearing our call here at MUS•e•YUM for the Best Burger in San Francisco, the fine fellows over at SF Eater have mobilized the entire city (and their fancy-shmancy number crunching servers) to scientifically determine just that! The winner? -no surprise here: celebrity chef and food concept innovator Ryann Starr and his 4505 Meats. Starr is a busy guy, running 4505 Meats at the Ferry Building on Thursdays as well as other pop up venues (like his fabulous turkey lunch right before Thanksgiving in Hayes Valley, link here) and the scrumptious 3-SUM Food Truck which you can find at various Off the Grid venues around town.

http://sf.eater.com/archives/2011/04/29/4505_meats_new_school_burger_wins_big.php

4505 Meats “New School” Burger Wins Big!

Friday, April 29, 2011, by Laura Beck

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4505 Meats won the Best Burger in the SF Bay Area Burger Brackets showdown! You go, girl. Congrats to 4505 Meats team and congrats to all of our restaurants and voters. You’re all the real winners here. I think.

4505 Meats Burger [Photo: HamBlogger]