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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.


cake is good, pie is better.

Three Babes Pie, San Francisco

Toffee apple: a Three Babes Pie, San Francisco

You know we here at MUS-e-YUM love our cake but given the choice, we’ll go for pie every time. Homespun as it is, quintessentially Gramma’s dish, it’s easy to forget just how complex a good pie can be, how many notes it can hit. More complex than a cake we think…There are a few great places to go for pie in San Francisco and Three Babes Bakeshop is one. Probably top of the list. Yes, it’s a pop-up. It’s only available once a week at the Stable Cafe in the Mission although, yes, you can call to place an order. It’s worth a trek and hope they open a brick and mortar. Then, there’ll be more pie. . .

Today's Flavors at Three Babes Pies

Today’s Flavors at Three Babes Pies

Three Babes

(415) 742-0484

dinner with the supper club at the front porch

the Front Porch, the Mission, San Francisco

the Front Porch, the Mission, San Francisco


dinner at the front porch, a set on Flickr.

Dining with the Supper Club, in the Mission at the Front Porch. . . purveyor of good country cooking, by the hand of an expert chef. I always enjoy eating here, I love the eclectic decor, I love reading the menu. They take care to get it right, down to making their own hot sauces and ketchup in-house. They’ll start you off with some corn bread. Then, get the fried chicken, slightly spicy with a hit of lime. Get the pork chops. Get the baby gem salad with market peaches, pecans and a bacon vinaigrette. . .it is grilled and the slight char on the lettuce gives it this great flavor, rounded out by the savory of the cheese and the salti-sweetness of the bacon.

Burger at the Front Porch

Burger at the Front Porch

The burger, however, was nothing special. The bun was gorgeous, most likely house-made, but the bread was too dry. The meat was cooked slightly longer than I’d have thought for a medium rare and the juiciness was gone. The fries, happily, were great: cut thick, they are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Served with house made ketchup, a real win, there. The drink menu is a fun read, heavy on sweet drinks and bourbon / whiskey comes up a lot. And, where else in San Francisco can you find moonshine?

The Front Porch

65A 29th St
Between Mission and San Jose Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110

Open nightly 5:30pm-10:30pm
Brunch Saturday & Sundays 10am-2pm


ethiopian in SOMA: MOYA

20120802_food_moya_1det by markevnic72
beef tartare and salad, a photo by markevnic72 on Flickr.

Moya, aother “find” within walking distance of my office, ethiopian is a fun alternative for lunch. Today I was joined by a fellow artist (painter), paralegal-by-day. He’s also got some wild stories. WOW. Always fun.

I ordered the kitfo, a beef tartare with clarified butter. You heard me correctly. This was accompanied by salad, KIK ALI-CHA (yellow pea stew) and the ingira bread. The first bites of the tartare were amazing but be warned, this is heavy stuff. They give you a lot of it and I wasn’t able to finish it. It’s really rich. The salad does help to cut that richness but in itself, was unremarkable. My friend had a grilled chicken with ethiopian spices and enjoyed it a lot. He too felt we got a lot of food for our buck. The menu does cater to american tastes, and is not as broad as I’ve found at other ethiopian restaurants. It is quick though, and perfect for a well executed, nontypical lunch.



121 9th Street
San Francisco, 94103


hidden gem in the civic center: mirtille

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lentil soup, french press, a photo by markevnic72 on Flickr.

Bonjour Mirtille.

Part of starting a new job is adapting to a new stomping ground as well. “Living into” your new job involves getting to know new coworkers and routines but also, exploring a new neighborhood. Finding a good cup of coffee and a quiet lunchtime escape is essential. Mirtille has become (one) of those spots for me. And they have Parisienne Macaroons too- that’s a bonus.

Given that Mirtille is conveniently located in the heart of the Civic Center and quite near a major BART and MUNI station, it continues to appeal to locals-in-the-know and somehow remains invisible to tourists. The outside of the cafe is painted jet black and there’s very little signage to call it out. Inside, you’ll find sexy plum colors, a little chrome, and comfortable chairs. And you ‘ll find your cup of coffee.

The staff are reliably friendly, and every once in a while you’ll hear a bit of spoken french, as well. The cafe feels more European than American. The food takes you to France, too. Beyond your espresso, you’ll find quiche and pretty baguette sandwiches. Pastries. Making your own salad at the counter is fun- for one set price, choose your greens and up to six ‘add-ins’. All the ingredients are fresh. A personal favorite is the soup of the day. And, the french press, bien sur.

options at Mirtille, Civic Center, SF

options at Mirtille, Civic Center, SF

zucchini soup, ginger carrot soup

zucchini soup, ginger carrot soup

87 McAllister St
(between 7th St & Leavenworth St)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Neighborhood: Civic Center/Tenderloin

(415) 252-7661


Mon-Thu 7 am – 7 pm
Fri 7 am – 6 pm
Sat 7:30 am – 4 pm
Sun 7:30 am – 11 am


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

Dinner at Outerlands

Dinner at Outerlands, San Francisco

Dinner at Outerlands, San Francisco


Dinner at Outerlands, a set on Flickr.

This might just be my favorite meal of the year, making the restaurant one of my new favorite places to eat in all of San Francisco. I can’t believe more people aren’t talking about it. Location, location. A warm oasis in the foggy outer Avenues, Outerlands is simply a wonderful restaurant, slightly off the radar, definitely off the beaten path and every bit worth the trip. Every dish was memorable, click the images above for a taste. After your meal, explore the neighborhood a bit. Trouble Coffee, and the eclectic interiors store, Mixed Nuts. The beach is nearby, too.

4001 Judah St
(between 45th Ave & 46th Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94122
Neighborhood: Outer Sunset

(415) 661-6140

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


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.

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

(415) 255-1133

best bakeries of the Bay Area, La Victoria

La Victoria, Sunday Supper pop-up

La Victoria, Sunday Supper pop-up


La Victoria, a set on Flickr.

La Victoria is a great bakery in a neighborhood full of bakeries. Located in the Mission, San Francisco, La Victoria takes inspiration from mexican-style pastries but the chef has distinguished himself from the rest by choosing organic ingredients and also, by creating some new items you won’t find in the average Mission panaderia.

Not only that, La Victoria has broadened the concept of the bakery by hosting special dinner events throughout the week, “Pop ups“. The Pop Up is an experience that has become popular in San Francisco over the past four years, in that a chef with a food concept can try the idea out in an established kitchen and dining space that otherwise wouldn’t be in use. It’s an easy and low cost way to get feedback from the public about one’s food. At La Victoria, the pop up calendar is as follows: Wednesday you’ll find Jewish Soul Food. Fridays, Cajun. Sundays, a very special Sunday Supper, new-style Mexican, the traditional cuisine, but stretched…

lunching series, Canela: your Castro pocket restaurant

Brunch at Canela, egg omelet and salad

Brunch at Canela, egg omelet and salad

I love the Castro neighborhood but for the movida, the street scene, less for the food. There are a few dependable spots, though, and this is one. Relatively new, Canela is nice enough to be a date night, and casual enough to be a place for friends to gather. This is a Spanish style tapas restaurant (of which there are few in the city) and as such, you can order large plate (appropriate for that dinner out) or small plates (ready for that group of friends to share) Today, I was in need of a stage more than anything. My friend, a film maker and director in town from Los Angeles, is used to good food.  I wanted something fast and easy, since I had to get in and out over my lunch hour, yet something nice enough to make the afternoon special for my pal. Canela fit the criteria nicely.

The food is not mind blowing, but solid and good. Get the calamari and white beans. Get the Revuelto, a very thin egg omelet with savory sauce, sausage. Get the Lamb. Get the patatas bravas, roasted potatoes in a spicy sauce.

calamari at Canela

calamari at Canela

revueltos, an egg and chorizo omelet at Canela

revueltos, an egg and chorizo omelet at Canela

The service is friendly and it’s not hard to get a table here without waiting. The look is sharp and clean. So if you need a place to enjoy an evening in the Castro, check this place out. It’s a find.

2272 Market St
(between Sanchez St & 16th St)
San Francisco, CA 94114

(415) 552-3000