Nov 2017

Tartine Manufactory – San Francisco

Tartine Manufactory - San Francisco

A few months ago, I booked a weekend getaway to San Francisco in the dead of night. I’m very much a planner by nature, especially when it comes to travels, but a bout of insomnia and a too-good-to-be-true airline sale had me feeling spontaneous. Bay Area, here we come!

Tartine Manufactory - San Francisco

Following a BART ride from the airport to the hotel—a transportation treat for suburban dwellers—The Astronomer, June, and I jetted to The Mission for an early lunch at Tartine Manufactory.

Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson of Tartine Bakery fame opened the 5,000-square-foot Manufactory late last summer. The expansive space houses a restaurant, coffee bar, bakery, and ice cream shop.

Tartine Manufactory - San Francisco

We were lucky enough to get a table without a wait. Granted, it was the sunniest table in the dining room, and we were squinting and sweating the entire meal, but we’ll take what we can get.

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Nov 2017

Porridge + Puffs – Los Angeles

Porridge + Puffs | Chef Minh Phan

Chef Minh Phan’s beloved Porridge + Puffs is popping up on Monday nights at Proof Bakery’s commissary in Silver Lake. I was lucky enough to catch one of the dates before the run comes to an end next Monday, November 13. Here’s to hoping that the engagement is extended through December because: porridge weather.

Porridge + Puffs | Chef Minh Phan

Prior to popping up with Porridge + Puffs, Chef Minh spent time behind the stoves of Beachwood Cafe and Field Trip, both in Hollywood. Fun fact: Porridge + Puffs debuted at Field Trip after dark nearly three years ago. The concept has since gone on to garner critical acclaim and a cult-like following— #PorridgeForThePeople

Porridge + Puffs | Chef Minh Phan

Proof’s commissary was transformed into an indoor-outdoor-cafe slash interactive kitchen for the pop-up. Priced at $20 per person, the set menu included vegetables to start, a bowl of porridge to follow, and a sweet nibble to finish. The menu changes from week to week.

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Nov 2017

The Mighty – Los Angeles (Downtown)

The Mighty - Los Angeles (Downtown)

Quinn and Karen Hatfield opened a new restaurant, and it is really terrific. I’ve been smitten with Quinn’s savories and Karen’s sweets since their Hatfield’s days (Version 1.0, Version 2.0) and am stoked that their latest effort is so close to home. This opening is a tremendous win for Downtown (and my belly).

The Mighty - Los Angeles (Downtown)

Christina and I met up for a midweek breather at The Mighty last week and proceeded to order enough food for a party twice our size. It was gloriously excessive.

The Mighty - Los Angeles (Downtown)

I love ordering “shrimp toast” whenever I see it on menus because I’m never certain what will arrive. The Mighty’s take arrived on toasted focaccia with a spicy sambal spread and plenty of fresh herbs. The Southeast Asian flavors were unexpected but totally welcomed.

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