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San Francisco: The Food Edit

Dear all,

as mentioned in yesterday’s post, we ate quite a lot of food in San Francisco. So if you ever find yourself in beautiful San Francisco you might want to check those places out. Have a great week!

Coffee

My two favorite coffee spots by far were Sightglass and Wrecking Ball.

Sightglass is packed with people working, studying or tourists. If you ever find yourself in SOMA, absolutely give it a try. It’s a cool industrial space with an inhouse roastery. We had a coffee and an iced vanilla coffee, which is one of their specialties. I’m usually a bit skeptical about any flavored coffee drinks. But seriously, this was so delicious. Flavorful without being cloyingly sweet, the vanilla cold brew combines traditional cold brew with vanilla bean paste, a touch of agave, and your choice of almond or whole milk. You can control the sweetness level by adding or skipping additional sugar and people, it was the best pick me up on a hot day. Oh, and their pastries are delicious, too. Aw, bring me back. 

Wrecking Ball, located on the cute Union Street in Cow Hollow, has the most beautiful wallpaper I’ve ever seen that’s for sure. They take their coffee making equally as seriously as their decorating and even though the pastry selection is not super big, the things they have on offer are absolutely delicious. The chocolate cookie and the scone (that I accidentally let fall on the floor, oops) were very delicate and tasted great.

Mexican Food

As I had written in yesterday’s post, we ate lots of Mexican food during this roadtrip and San Francisco was no exception. My absolute favorite was La Taqueria in the Mission district. A really no frills, down to earth place (where you obviously have to wait in line, because we’re in San Francisco remember?). Their vegetarian burrito is super flavorful. I don’t know what it is but let someone who has been eating lots of burritos lately tell you that they are freakin delicious at La Taqueria. I’d recommend a Mexican beer or agua fresca to go along with it and. There goes your satisfying and filling dinner. Other mentions go out to Tacolicious and Gracias Madre. Gracias Madre deserves a special mention as it is a vegan Mexican place. Yes. El Techo is a super popular roof top space in Mission District as well (waiting in line if you haven’t reserved is the normal), where we had a nice dinner with the lovely Alex and Marcus. However, even though the food was fine I’d rather recommend you go there for drinks and snacks but not for dinner as it is quite pricey for what you get.

Light Lunch

Like everywhere in California, healthy food seems to be on offer everywhere so finding a lighter lunch when we know that we’ll be going out in the evening is really an easy endeavor.

Some of our favorite spots for delicious (how many times have I used that word already?) and nutritious meals were:

Seed and Salt, Mixt and Blue Barn Gourmet. Seed and Salt being the vegan and suuuuuuuuper ultra mega healthy option (almost a little too much if you know what I mean). If you’re really serious about your nutrition and want to be able to choose between 10 different types of Kombucha and blackbean tempeh or eggplant bacon, this is your place. However, what I’ll say is that it is quite pricey.

Another great place to grab a quick bite to eat is Mixt. They’re spread all over the city, yet it’s not a boring ‘put-your-own-salad-together’ place  as they really offer creative and different ingredients and dressings. Definitely give it a try. Last but not least, Blue Barn has some nice sandwiches, burgers and rich salads on their menu. We went to their location on Chestnut Street in the Marina, which is definitely a nice spot to sit outside and watch people walking by.

Breakfast Diner style

Philipp will sometimes say that I pay too much attention to what places look like and that I get sucked into all the so called ‘hipster’ places. To proof him wrong we went to a really nice diner place called Louis. It’s basically egg heaven. Every type of omelette, scramble, pancake, waffle, you’ll find it there. Bonus. You can walk your breakfast off afterwards by discovering the ruins of the Sutro Baths just next door.

Best Dinner at Al’s Place

Thanks to my beautiful friend Deana’s recommendation we ended up making a reservation at Al’s Place. It was our first dinner in the city and I was really blown away. The plates are creative and delicate in taste and will leave you feeling very satisfied. Never have I had a smoked apple sauce with fries but…oh HOW delicious.

Sweets and Treats

So this is a tough one. After having had a delicious dinner at Al’s place on our first evening, we wandered off, walking around Mission district and ended up at Mission Park. Right across there’s the famous Bi-Rite creamery. It’s renown and famous for its ice cream. And because it’s that famous you have to….yes, you’ve guessed it, stand in line. I had a lot of convincing to do but we stood in line. However, I think the ice cream really wasn’t worth it (which was obviously not easy to admit after the whole standing in line thing if you know what I mean). I opted for a scoop of the peach Cobbler and the ricanela. The next day we went on a Mission food tour (thanks again to my great friends Lory, Laubine and Christine for giving us such a thoughtful gift) and well, we ended up going to the Bi-Rite creamery again (with no waiting time as we were on the tour, oops). They’re famous for their salted caramel flavour and I’ll say that one was good but still not mind-blowing.

Another very popular place is Tartine Bakery. You’ll recognize it from afar because of the long line in front of the building. My strategy this time was to go in at the end of the day but still, I wasn’t convinced entirely. It got me thinking that every regular bakery in Switzerland will offer the same if not better tasting chocolate croissant or treats. That was a bit of a bummer (#firstworldproblems). Lastly, one of the probably most instagrammed places we went to was Mr. Holmes. We got a peach apple cardamom danish pastry and an apple pie monkey bread. Ok but not more that I’d say.    

Drinks

I applaude you, if you’ve made it up to this point. We’re done soon, I promise.

One place we had to visit was Trick Dog Bar or else our dear friend Simon would not have talked to us anymore (I guess that’s a bit exaggerated but still he is serious about his drinks and wanted us to try them at Trick Dog Bar). They will serve up the most creative and what seems crazy combinations you’ve probably ever seen (or have you ever seen a Peanut Butter Cocktail before?). Definitely worth visiting if you’re into creative drinks.

Everthing To Go Please And Thank You

Hi friends,

For here or to go? This will be a question you’ll get asked in any café where you order a coffee. Let’s talk about that in today’s post. Fix yourself a cup of coffee (!) and get reading.

The “To-go” concept – grabbing a coffee to go

Americans seem to like things on-the-go. They eat breakfast in their cars on their way to work. They eat lunch at their desks and catch up on emails. And of course, they drink coffee on the run. Most Americans seem to always be on the go, running from one appointment to the next, going to and from work, picking up kids, running errands, and going to business meetings and social outings. Every morning I walk into town I’ll see literally EVERYONE (not exaggerating here) walking around with a coffee  in one hand and a phone in the other one.

While there are obviously Swiss people who down their cappuccino on the go, too, I still think that it is less common to consume everything on the go. I would also say that in Switzerland, people slow down when they drink coffee. They sit down. They sip leisurely. They chat. They relax.

What I found interesting (to actually bring you some sort of relevant information today) was that even though it seems that everybody is drinking coffee at all times everywhere the United States isn’t even in the top ten when you rank actual coffee consumption per person. According to this article by the Telegraph it’s the Finns that come out on top. They grind their way through an impressive 12kg per person per year, according to stats from the International Coffee Organization. Switzerland makes the Top 10, while the US is on the 26th rank. (If you wondered where Italy is, it made it on rank 13 with 5.8kg of consumed coffee per person).

  1. Finland – 12kg per capita per year
  2. Norway – 9.9
  3. Iceland – 9
  4. Denmark – 8.7
  5. Netherlands – 8.4
  6. Sweden – 8.2
  7. Switzerland – 7.9
  8. Belgium – 6.8
  9. Luxembourg – 6.5
  10. Canada – 6.2

My Favorite Cafés in Boston/Cambridge

Hi people,

It’s Friday soon and some of us need a coffee especially on a Friday morning to get things started, right?

I LOVE cafés, there’s just something about them. They are a place where you can stop and take in a moment of reflection and of course enjoy a great cup of coffee, tea as well as beautifully made and (even more importantly) deliciously tasting pastries. Oh YES.

Whether you’ll be visiting the area soon or are a local looking for inspiration, I’ve got you covered. What follows  are my favorite café spots so far (granted I haven’t seen ALL of them yet, I’m still researching. But those six have definitely won a special place in my heart, yes yes).

Have a great cup of coffee and take on that day, ok? Enjoy the weekend! I’m off to Zurich for the next 10 days and am looking forward to a wedding of a beautiful friend of mine, SO E-X-C-I-T-E-D. Hard to spell a word out when your that excited. Anyways, all the best and will talk to you next week!

Loyal Nine

Oh, I love this place. All about it. It’s concept mainly is that they use ingredients and create dishes that the settler a few (!) years back would have cooked with. I love Loyal Nine at every time of day, in the morning the café annex next to the restaurant is a lovely option with great coffee and tea as well as great and creative café food. If you want to go all out, I’d recommend you try the Brunch on the weekend (go for the bread pancakes, absolutely delicious) or dinner. Loyal Nine will not disappoint, it’s one of those restaurants where you leave with a happy belly, not feeling overeaten. The drinks are amazing, too. Can you tell that I like Loyal Nine?

Tatte Bakery

I couldn’t do a favorites list without including Tatte. It’s just…Fantastic! Friends and family who came to visit can attest, it’s a pastries heaven for anyone looking for a delicious sweet or savory breakfast. Seriously their display in the morning is just, unbelievable. They have grown quite a bit in the last time and now have various branches all over the city, definitely check them out if you ever wanted to try super delicious chocolat croissants, pecan nut roses, lemon tarts, meringue, halvas, kouign-ammans and the list goes on. They really know their stuff.

Thinking Cup

Thinking Cup seriously convinced me with their coffee in the first place. They use Stumptown Coffee (remember, that was the coffee I drank in New York that I loved so much). It’s actually seriously the best coffee I’ve ever drank, no doubt.

Longfellows

A brewery at night, a coffee shop in the daytime. I love Longfellows if I want to get a productive working morning or afternoon in. It’s a place to get good coffee and get on your laptop. There’s just this peaceful atmosphere that I love. Also, the chairs are #goals!

Pavement Coffee

I especially love the Pavement café on Newbury Street, as it is tucked away a little in the underground and you kind of have to know where it is. Nonetheless, quite a few people know about it, as it is ALWAYS full. But hey, I get it, pretty decors, chill atmosphere and good coffee. Yep, it’s a cool place.

Flour Bakery 

Hands-down the best sandwiches. If you ever feel hungry, check Flour Bakery out. The Harvard graduate Joanne Chang has opened a few branches since opening up her first one here in Harvard Square. And yeah, those sandwiches are just, wow.

What are your favorite cafés in the place you live? Have a fantastic weekend!

My NYC Food Guide

Friends!

I went to New York last week and was BLOWN AWAY. Yet again. Like everytime actually. This city is just so powerful in every possible way.

Overwhelming, huge, intense, never boring, exciting, multifaceted, a little intimidating, and the list goes on. How would you describe your experience in New York if you’ve ever visited before? I’d love to know in the comments below.

All of the adjectives listed above actually also apply to a specific field I want to cover today: The food. I once read that you could have dinner every day of your life at a restaurant in NYC and never nearly have seen everything. There are just SO many restaurants and places to get food. Crazy.

In order to help you out a little here (and for my own memory keeping) I thought I’d collect my favorite food spots in NYC, especially the ones I got to try during my last visit around.

Breakfast of dreams

I am a breakfast person. That’s what I am.

It’s a good thing actually. Except when I want to eat everything on a menu. It’s definitely the meal I feel I can eat the most. So.

If you’re into breakfast as much as me and find yourself in the Midtown area, definitely check out Penelope. It’s a beautiful place with a neighboorhoody feel to it and the most MOST delicious French Toast and pancakes ever. The omelettes and eggs were great, too, I was told. I wasn’t too interested in them though, my main focus clearly being on the French Toast and pancakes. Normal. 

If you’re into the whole French bistro ambiance thing gone NYC style, you have to go for brunch at Balthazar.

Is it bad that I got to know about this place because of an actress (hey Mindy Kaling) that once posted a delicious photo of when she visited? The good thing is that it brought me there, right?

Anways, it’s a beautiful place in Soho where I’ve had the best Eggs Florentine of my life (ok, haven’t had that many so far but it was D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S). My mouth is watering right now. Did I even tell you that I am trying out to go vegan for this and next week as a little experiment. Already missing those eggs. Not a good sign I guess. Anyways, I’m regressing. If you still want to get your sweet fix but the place is full (reservations highly recommended), fear not, I have a solution for you. They have a little tucked-away bakery (LOVELY) next to the restaurant where you can get the best orangy brioche and pain of chocolat. HEAVENLY.

Coffee Stop

We were lucky enough to stay at the Ace Hotel in Midtown (beautiful hotel) but were even luckier to find out that there was a Stumptown Coffeebar inside the lobby. We obviously had coffee there EVERY DAY as it just was the perfect cup of coffee. I know I know by now you think, woman, relax, don’t get excited as much as that. But it was just so perfect. Please, do me a favor and go to one of the Stumptown places if you’re ever in New York. Ok? Thanks.

Light Lunch Fusion Style

We were walking lots everyday (we were visiting with my parents btw) and after having had good breakfast/brunches we’d rather keep lunches light or skip them after all only to have a little snack in the afternoon so that we could fully enjoy our dinners in the evenings.

A good place to have a light lunch however and that we all loved was Momofuku Nishi. It’s the one Momofuku restaurant that offers Asian cuisine with an Italian twist. Yup. Sounds interesting. Tastes delicious. Try it!

It’s Dinner Time

Oh Oh Oh. The dinners we had. Let me start with the first one.

It’s not a glamorous place, quite the contrary actually. But it’s such a good experience and such an iconic one, too. I’m talking about Katz’s Delicatessen. If you’ve ever been in New York but haven’t visited Katz’s, please do it next time you go and find yourself in the amazing LES. The atmosphere is just so much fun and the food is…well..nourishing! Not suited for vegans though might I add.

Jack’s Wife Freda: Beautiful little spot in West Village with small but delicious menu. GO!

Tacombi: I mean. Who doesn’t love Mexican food? No one, right? Tacombi is an oldie but goodie. I’ve almost always had at least one meal at Tacombi while being in New York. We went to the spot in Nolita and if you try to come a bit earlier than the big crowd (around 6.30 pm) you’ll easily get a table. Oh the food. Pure bliss.

Two other great places worth visiting are Egg Shop and The Butcher’s Daughter! Let me know if you have any other ‘must’ places in NYC, I’d love to hear!

DRINKS VS. ME: Nitro Coffee

Heyo! It’s Tuesday and we all need a little pick-me-up to get this second day of the week going, am I right?

Nothing better than a coffee to do that.

To all the coffee nerds and lovers out there reading this: I’ve got news for you.

There’s a new coffee in town. At least around here. And yes, I am late (very late) to jump on this bandwagon as it has actually already been around here for a couple of years now. I am talking about (drum rolls):

Nitro Coffee. Ni-what?

Yes, that was my initial reaction, too. Doesn’t sound like something I should be drinking. Sounds more like something my old chemistry teacher would be interested in.

Maybe you’re a super-well-informed-hipster-coffee-specialist and thinking, ‘really Sandra’? In that case, good for you and sorryyy. I’ve just tried it for the first time last Sunday at Barismo in Cambridge and wanted to share that with you. If you’re curious and want to know more about this interesting drink, you may read on:

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What it is

The short answer: It’s Guiness-like coffee served on tap.

The slightly longer answer: It’s cold coffee on tap that’s infused with nitrogen gas. The latter gives it a foamy texture. As the beans are only soaked in cold water, it also releases less bitterness into the brew than when coffee is heated.

How It Tastes

The process outlined above will leave you with a very smooth creamy taste and a slight sweet accent. However, there are no additional ingredients beyond nitrogen.

Try it for yourself

If you’re a coffee lover, it’s worth giving it a try as the taste is really good!

For my Swiss readers: I checked out if and where they serve it in Switzerland and I found a nice café (that  I used to go to as well) it’s the Henrici in Zurich. Go check it out and let me know what you thought! Or did you already know about Nitro coffee? Let me know in the comments below!

For all the American readers (yay): There are some cafés that do offer Nitro in Cambridge and Somerville (just a few examples obvs) such as Forge Baking Company or Longfellows Cambridge.

#Byeeee

FOOD vs. ME at Tatte Bakery

I want to introduce you to a new segment around here, which I will name FOOD vs. ME.
Really, you say? Yeah. I’m not totally convinced by that name either, but I’ll roll with it for now. If you have any suggestions for a cooler name (and I know that you are a creative bunch) let them down below in the comments section. Thanks a million!

Back to what I was telling you. I want to use this weekly update to let you know about all the great foods and drinks I’ve discovered at great places while being here. And fortunately, Boston is known to be a great foodie spot. So, there you go. Finest American foodporn, served with love from me that will hopefully inspire to either come discover it yourself or go out and eat where you life. Both ok for me.

Today’s post will be about the Tatte Bakery and Café that I’ve visited last week and which, spoiler alert, I highly recommend, should you ever be around Boston or Cambridge.

Great Flavors in great interiors

Founded in 2007 by Tel Aviv-born film producer Tzurit Or, Tatte Bakery and Café has already openend its sixth café in the Boston and Cambridge area. What they all share is their extensive offer for breakfast, brunch and lunch, that consists of fresh and house made items such as Tartines, Shakshuka and the greatest pastries you’ll ever taste (to only mention a few).
Also, their interiors are beautifully designed so that every visit will not only be a treat for your tastebuds but your eyes as well.

© 2016 TATTE BAKERY AND CAFE.