I have been wanting to try Bar Tartine for brunch for a while. Years ago I canceled my reservation because they were going through a transition and I wanted to give them some time. So finally we made it there. We were not that hungry because we had breakfast at Tartine earlier and picked a couple of small dishes to try. My bother had the Beef Tartar with Egg and Horseradish SMØRREBRØD and he liked it. It looked pretty good and I tried a tiny bite of the bread and I liked it too. He also ordered the very heavy Potato Flatbread with Garlic, Dill and Eggs. I took one small bite and it is perfect if you love heavy carb food, but not for me. He managed to eat 2/3 of it!! Of course he regretted his choice. This happens when he doesn’t take my advice. My husband and I shared the Sprouted Lentil Croquettes with Tzatziki. It was pretty tasty. The Lentil Croquettes were fried perfectly and went very well with the crisp bread and the cool Taztziki. Our other dish was the very delicious Smoked potatoes with black garlic. I could have eaten ten of this delicious potatoes. The Black Garlic sauce was amazing. A great dish and apparently a very popular one. My brother picked their Oat porridge Bread and he loved it.
We had high hopes for this place and it was on our list last trip, but due to the location we didn’t make it there. I was excited to find out that they had a stand at the Sat Ferry Building Farmer’s Market. Unfortunately we were not that impressed with our selections.
Pain au Jambon (Sat)
My favorite breakfast, nothing is better and more satisfying than this. At $5.75 is the best breakfast deal and the biggest Ham and Cheese Croissant that I have seen anywhere. It takes a while to eat this beauty and after savoring the melted Gruyère, ham and the perfect Croissant you will be set for a while.
Pain au Jambon (Sun)
We got there at 8:10 am not realizing on Sun they open at 9:00. We walked around and when we got back at 8:35 there must have been at least forty people a head of us. The PAJ was perfect and we picked up a few more stuff for our Napa trip.
Berry Frangipane Tart
This was good but on the sweet side.
We ate this before our Di Rosa tour in Napa. It did the purpose of giving us a little snack before the tour, but my husband was not crazy about it. I liked the combination of the cheese and the black pepper.
Double Pain au Chocolat
This one was sitting in a warm car for a few hours and when we ate it, the chocolate in the middle was nice and soft and the texture was still perfect.
Double Chocolate Tea Cake
We had this twice. The first time was very chocolaty and perfect, the second time less so because it was a day old.
Chocolate Oatmeal Walnut Cookie
This was the thinnest, crunchiest and most delicious cookie ever. just perfect and so reasonably priced.
Ancient Grain Bread
Great nutty bread with a great crust.
Couldn’t resist the aromatic bread and snacked on it with cheese from Cow Girl Creamery at the airport.
This one was softer and stickier than the Ancient grain one.
On our last day in SF we went to pick up our breads and I told one of the staff how much we love Tartine and we wish that they would open up a location in LA. He said they might. Well let’s hope, so I don’t have to dream about Tartine breads and Pain au Jambon anymore.
Yesterday we went to Huckleberry in Santa Monica after a few months of hiatus and their Prosciutto and cheese Croissant was so small compared to Tartine’s PAJ and maybe a little more than a dollar cheaper. So Tartine bakery, if you read this please come to LA area FAST!!
Sprouted Seed Bread, Chevre, Beet Sauerkraut
Asparagus with Mustard Greens, Egg Yolk, Bottarga, Green Garlic
Beets and Strawberries, Black Walnut-Beet Miso, Ginger, Wild Arugula, Oxalis
Meatballs braised in Black Mole, Russian Kale, Hominy, Whey
Pork Sausage with Nettle puree and Fava Beans
Seared Artichoke, Asparagus, Snap Peas with Rutabaga Cheddar sauce
chocolate, Caramel with Nettles ice cream
After I saw the pictures of their food and read the mostly glowing reviews I was excited to try this place. While we were in the cab on the way to the restaurant I told my brother and husband that I think La Folie restaurant is located on the same street. As we got out of the cab I couldn’t believe that Verbena was directly across the street from La Folie. What a small world!! After I looked at the menu none of the main dishes appealed to me with the exception of the veggie one, so I suggested that we order from the top and the middle part of the menu. We started with one of my favorites of the night, Sprouted Seed Bread, Chevre, Beet Sauerkraut. This was the tastiest, crunchiest, seediest bread that I have ever had. The Chevre added creaminess and Beet Sauerkraut added color and a little texture to the dish. I could eat that bread every day. Our second dish was a light dish of Asparagus with Mustard Greens, Egg Yolk, Bottarga, Green Garlic. It had a pleasing umami taste and a reminder that Spring had arrived. Our next dish, Beets and Strawberries, Black Walnut-Beet Miso, Ginger, Wild Arugula, Oxalis was very pretty and tasty if you like Beets. I prefer raw to cooked Beets, but still enjoyed this dish especially the sweet strawberries and the flavorful Walnut beet Miso sauce. Meatballs braised in Black Mole, Russian Kale, Hominy, Whey was a nice dish. The Meatballs were cooked perfectly and were served over a flavorful Hominy, but my brother said the Mole was not as impressive as Rick Bayless’s Mole. Of course there are hundreds of recipes for different mole sauces. The only dish we didn’t really enjoy was the Pork Sausage with Nettle puree and Fava Beans. I found the sausage fine, but the sauce didn’t have much flavor and it was a little bitter. The best dish of the night was the only veggie main dish and I am glad we went for this over other fish or meat dishes. Seared Artichoke, Asparagus, Snap Peas with Rutabaga Cheddar sauce was amazing. It had so much flavor and texture from different veggies, Parmesan bread crumbs, Miso sauce and the cheese sauce. It was a good size dish and all the veggies were prepared expertly. Even though we were really full, we shared the Chocolate dessert with Caramel and the very delicious Nettles ice cream. Our server was very informative and friendly and we had a great time.
Passion Fruit Bostock
Kouign Amann Nature, berry Kouign Amann, Chocolate Strawberry Croissant
Chocolate Banana Almond-Croissant
Pâte Sucrée, Roasted Peanut Feuilletine, Peanut Butter Cream, Chocolate Ganache, Caramelized Peanuts, Chocolate Shortbread
After I read that Belinda Leong had staged at Pierre Hermé in Paris, my hopes were high and I was really looking forward to try this bakery. For the most part we were underwhelmed with what we tried. They are famous for their Kouign Amann and as I took my first bite, I was delighted with the texture and the taste. Unfortunately the middle part had a sugary syrup that I didn’t care for. To this date my favorite Kouign Amann is from Dominique Ansel in NYC. His had a cream in a middle. The berry Kouign Amann didn’t fare much better and it was too sweet. The Chocolate Strawberry Croissant was not impressive either. It didn’t have enough chocolate and I didn’t like the texture. The Passion Fruit Bostock was pretty good and it had a nice Passion Fruit flavor. At this time my brother picked up two other items to try because he couldn’t help himself!! Chocolate Banana Almond Croissant was OK and when we parted the Croissant and looked inside, it had a thin piping of chocolate and banana. I only liked the crunchy ends of the croissant. The last item we tried was my favorite. Peanut Tart had a great taste and texture thanks to the creamy Peanut Butter, rich Ganache, crispy Peanut Feuilletine and finally the Caramelized Peanuts. How can you go wrong with this combination. I only took a small bite but I will always savor the taste. As a whole if you are in the area it is worth a stop but for me the price to satisfaction was low and the travel time was high.
We originally had plans to go to Alta CA. After looking at the map the night before our departure I decided it was too far from our hotel and canceled our reservation. I am glad because our flight was delayed two hours and we would have never made it to Alta on time. After walking around in the Ferry Building and remembering how great the Toasties looked last time, we stopped here for a late lunch. My husband and I shared two dishes. Burrata Salad came with a delicious mixture of veggies, herbs, Kalamata olives and mixed greens. The Burrata itself was good, but we have had better. The Cheese Toasties were like French onion soup minus the broth with the addition of the maple mustard. Very cheesy and delicious. I gave the bigger piece to my husband since I didn’t need all that carb and had plans to stop at B Patisserie later on!! My brother had the special grilled cheese with the addition of bacon and the bite I took was OK and on the mild side.
Fútbol: The Beautiful Game
Some of the old favorites
Group of Figures, 1938
Designed 1918 made 1950
I would love to have this chair!
Hardedge Line Painting
Around a Round, 1959
Homage to the square, 1957
I love the colors.
One of the old time favorites going back to college days.
East Ninth Street, 1956
Girl in Chair, 1962
We went to brunch to this scenic restaurant in Silver Lake. I really liked the cool door and the cozy environment. Service was efficient in the beginning, but it slowed down and we had to ask for a refill on the coffee. We shared two dishes. The Creamy Grits was very flavorful because of the Chorizo, Bacon and Piquillo. The Cilantro and Cotija balanced the dish and the Egg added richness to it. The Pork Belly Hash Bacon was less successful but was very rich. I would have liked it more if the Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts and Pork Belly would have been roasted or sautéed longer to give it more depth of flavor. Their dessert menu looked interesting but we had plans to stop at Carmela Ice Cream later on.