A few weeks ago, the Bay Area Girls got a visit from our favorite Mid Western-er. Jefe popped down and spent a whirl-wind of a weekend with us. I suspect he thought he’d get in some rest and relaxation, what he got was 72 hours of one or both of us yacking his ear off, a ton of food…even more food, lots of sight-seeing and even better, a weekend with his self-proclaimed favorite Bay Area residents! I didn’t get to take a pic of EVERYTHING we ate, because there were too many moments when we were so famished we gobbled up the food before I remembered to snap a picture! I adore Jefe and miss his company already, pleaseeeee come back and see us soon!
Trish’s Mini Donuts
Pier 39, Building B, Level 1
San Francisco, CA 94199
Pier 39 is super touristy, but when I take any out of towners there, I have (and I do mean HAVE) to stop off at Trish’s for these fantastic donuts. It’s a mini cake donut fresh fried and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar to order. HEAVENLY! I’m not sure what they put in their batter, maybe they lace it with crack to keep us feenin’ for more, whatever it is, I hope they never stop because I’m so incredibly addicted!
Taste of Rome
Sausalito, CA 94965
After spending the morning in Petaluma doing some hardcore cheering for the ALC practice ride, we were all super famished and agreed lunch in Sausalito would be lovely, especially since the day was gorgeous. Isn’t that always the “thing” to do for us city folks? Go somewhere quaint and cute for lunch on the water. It’s on the main street where all the tourist go, mostly because the ferry let’s out about 3 blocks down. The place was smallish, you order at the counter, get your drinks and take a number to an open table to wait for your food. We had to stake out a table that was dirty, stand by it til someone came to clean it off for us. It took about 15-20mins before that happened, went to the front to order (while Jefe sat back and made sure no one stole our table) and settled in to watch a Giants game on one of their many flat screens. After about 20 mins, our food arrived, well, Di’s and Jefe’s food arrived as well as the mussels for the table. My lamb burger (of course I ordered a burger!) didn’t show up til almost 15mins later. I made the others eat so their food wouldn’t get cold.
Spaghetti Bolognese with Meatballs
I stole a quick taste from Jefe’s plate, it wasn’t mind-boggling, or even that great, just..standard. Jefe seemed to enjoy it, although, I think it’s because he was famished!
Cheese Tortellini and Mussels in a light tomato broth with garlic bread for dipping
I didn’t get to steal a taste of the tortellini but Di said it was fantastic. The mussels were good, perfectly cooked til just opened, still sweet and tender inside. The tomato broth lacked flavor to me, I wish it was either more tomato-y, or more spicy, or more garlicky, or more SOMETHING to compliment the mussels further. The bread was great for dipping though, I’m such a carb craver.
Lamb Burger with Sun Dried Tomato Aioli
I was scanning the “breakfast” side of the menu because I was in a breakfast-y mood until my eyes roamed over to the burger section and the Lamb Burger practically SANG to me. Everyone knows I’m a huge burger whore, even more so, I LOVE lamb!! I love that gamey flavor and the richness of it and if I’m gonna eat a dead animal, I’m gonna make sure it’s a good one. I was a little worried that I’d be underwhelmed and I hate it when that happens, my food arrived about 15mins after my friend’s and I was a little annoyed/irritated at that. When it did come, I started smiling again because it’s a good size, lots of skinny fries and smelled heavenly. I cut it in half to make it easier for me to dive in (and still look kinda girly) and it was AMAZING! Juicy, perfectly cooked, great flavor, and I was finally a happy baby!
211 O’farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
After lunch in Sausalito, we popped over to Union Square to hang out for a bit before catching a show. Waked around a bit when Di said she wanted something sweet. I had heard of Cako and passed by it many times but never stopped in, so I lead the way and we bought 4 cupcakes for the 3 of us to share. The display of cupcakes were gorgeous, but the counter where you get your cutlery and napkins was grossly dirty with lots of crumbs. The cloth place mats they had there looked dingy as well, like they never bothered to wash it. That turned me off a bit.
Clockwise from top right:
Coffee – Chocolate cake topped with coffee buttercream frosting
Strawberry Cheesecake – Graham cracker crust, strawberry cake, cheesecake filling topped with cream cheese frosting
Salted Caramel – Chocolate cake, salted caramel filling topped with a salted caramel buttercream frosting
Lemon – Lemon cake topped with cream cheese frosting
I feel a little lack luster about 3/4 of these cupcakes. I’m a cupcake fan but these, for some reason, just didn’t do it for me. I love coffee flavored anything and was really excited about the Coffee cupcake, I expected this awesome mocha flavored cake and a yummy coffee buttercream. The chocolate base, although good and moist, was just standard, the only thing that made this “coffee” was the butter cream and its light coffee flavor. Not the punch I was expecting. I plain just didn’t like the strawberry cheesecake, it tasted artificial too me. Salted Caramel I get when it’s available, once again, the same cake base at the coffee cake, but the caramel was almost non-existent! I didn’t get a salty sweet punch, I didn’t get much of anything, just was just sweet, on top of sweet and nothing to really cut it. LEMON(!) was the saving grace. I love citrus type desserts and after tasting the other 3, I wasn’t too excited about this last cupcake. I’m so glad I was wrong, not only did it have a strong lemon taste, it made me pucker a bit at the juicy sour sweet taste, I wish the frosting would’ve been lemon frosting and it would have made it just that much better.