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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/

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dessert landscapes series: the jalousie by thorough bread & pastry

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the 'jalousie', by Thorough Bread & Pastry, Church St, SF

 

Thorough Bread and Pastry
248 Church St (between Market St & 15th St)
San Francisco, CA 94114

Neighborhood: Castro


lunching at my favorite cafe, starstream

Roasted fig, fresh basil and stracciatella cheese sandwich with salad of arugula, red onion and fingerling potatoes

Roasted fig, fresh basil and stracciatella cheese sandwich with salad of arugula, red onion and fingerling potatoes

Given the choice of trying a new restaurant or going back to one that is tried-and-true, I’ll usually opt for the former rather than the latter. So if a place does manage to keep me coming-back on a fairly regular basis why, that’s an endorsement in and of itself. Starstream certainly is that kind of place, and it certainly has a hold on me. I keep going back. And without fail, every time I do there’s at least one new thing waiting to be tried, something that blurs the line between sweet and savory (a distinguishing factor for which Starstream is known, check out my previous review here). As much as I try to resist that bit of sweet at the end of the meal, I can’t. (It is the best cookie in San Francisco, after all) And then there’s Remi, the owner and chef, who is a true gem.

The following is a lunch in pictures. Joining me on this latest visit was MUS•e•YUM Trustee, L., a former advertising exec. who’s eaten at some of the top restaurants in town and beyond, so he has a refined palate and holds the bar high. L. always presents a neutral and unbiased review. . . it was his first time eating here, in fact. (Not his last, he really liked it!)

On my plate were the roasted fig, basil & stracciatella cheese sandwich and the salad of arugula, pickled red onion and sliced fingerling potatoes . Both of these dishes reflect Chef Remi’s signature approach of bringing savory and sweet together, in a deftly-balanced way. L. also loved his meal, the Pork Conserva sandwich and Citrus Salad. He appreciated how well-balanced all the flavors were on his plate, as well.  The brightness of the citrus fennel salad was a real highlight, as well as the iced Bergamot tea he ordered with his meal, very aromatic and rich. We both agree the rolls on which the sandwiches are served are pretty great and well worth mentioning; they’re beautiful, they’re flavorful, and they’re made in-house by Remi, as well. We also agreed the portion size is exactly right. We left completely satisfied, but not stuffed. In fact, as always, I had room for a little dessert, the dark chocolate and red chile pepper scone, dusted with gorgeous crystaline turbinado sugar. The flavor of the scone was nothing short of amazing, the richness of the chocolate totally satisfies your sweet tooth, and it’s accompanied by a real nice “kick” on the back-end, thanks to the chiles. Awesomeness.

And this visit we found out about a bit of exciting news from Chef Remi- . . . so stay tuned for a big story mid-February!

 

Pork Conserva sandwich and arugula/fingerling potato salad at Starstream Cafe

Pork Conserva sandwich and arugula/fingerling potato salad at Starstream Cafe

figarella sandwich at Starstream

figarella sandwich at Starstream with the delicious iced bergamot tea

dark chocolate and red chile pepper scones at Starstream

dark chocolate and red chile pepper scones at Starstream

Starstream Cafe, on Harrison Street, SF

Starstream Cafe, on Harrison Street, SF

Starstream

1830 Harrison at 14th St (near the Best Buy)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: Mission
(415) 864-6370

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am – 4 pm

Links to articles in the Press:

https://sites.google.com/site/mattegrayinsf/journals/journal-2010

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/foodie/2010/10/star_stream_belgian_waffles.php

http://www.rundown.com/article.php?article_id=1445

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/foodie/2010/09/best_chocolate_chip_cookies_san_francisco.php


dessert landscapes series: coffee cake at Thorough Bread and Pastry

 

coffee cake, by Thorough Bread and Pastry

coffee cake, by Thorough Bread and Pastry, Church Street, SF

 

 

Thorough Bread and Pastry

248 Church St (between Market St & 15th St)

San Francisco, CA 94114

Neighborhood: Castro


dessert landscape series: croissant @ Tartine

 

croissant, Tartine Bakery, the Mission, San Francisco

croissant, Tartine Bakery, the Mission, San Francisco

 

 


Five of San Francisco’s Best New Pastries – San Francisco Restaurants and Dining – SFoodie

 

cocoa nib wafer at Goody Goodie Cream and Sugar

cocoa nib wafer at Goody Goodie Cream and Sugar

 

 

Now, didn’t I tell you that that cocoa nib wafer by Goody Goodie was HOT??

(Link to cocoa wafer and utter assorted cookie bliss.)

Thanks Jonathan Kauffman for another fine roundup, with Cocoa Nib Wafer coming in at #2, and featuring my current favorite folks, Goody Goodie, Pinkies, Knead and Sandbox.  Heck, I’ve been to Baker and Banker too, had two cookies and a scone, and will have a review up soon. (–>the topline: very good but . . . dang, it sets you back a few!)

Here’s the link to the article:

Five of San Francisco’s Best New Pastries – San Francisco Restaurants and Dining – SFoodie.

NEW BAKERY INFO FROM MATTE GRAY: Head over to Matte Gray for the scoop on another hot bakery opening, right at the nexus of two foodie hotspots, 24th and Valencia. Curses Gray, you’ve scooped everyone!!! (FOLLOW THIS LINK AND SCROLL DOWN TO 6 OCT 2010)


dessert landscapes series, I

achingly beautiful landscapes created by the confluence of butter, flour, sugar and fruit . . .
to view FULL SCREEN click on the ‘still’ image below, to jump to the show. ENJOY.

link to dessert landscape slide show

link to dessert landscape slide show


breaking news: bakesale betty to announce new sandwich item on the menu

Bakesale Betty of Oakland, CA

Bakesale Betty of Oakland, CA

Hot off the presses, Bakesale Betty has just posted to Facebook and she has ignited a firestorm of comment. There’s going to be a big announcement tomorrow- a new sandwich. Early guesses are pouring in via her Facebook fan page. Much of the speculation revolves around a bbq pulled pork option. Owing to Betty’s Down-Under roots, MUSE•e•YUM is making its own prediction, a Cheese and Vegemite Sandwich. Logic here.

Stay tuned!

Here are two of the sandwiches that have made Bakesale Betty’s famous, the fried chicken sandwich and the beef brisket~ and check out the recipe for the fried chicken sandwich here.

>UPDATE: news revealed here, after the jump!

world famous Bakesale Betty fried chicken sandwich

world famous Bakesale Betty fried chicken sandwich

Bakesale Betty's beef brisket sandwich

beef brisket sandwich from Bakesale Betty's