We get our fair share of requests for recommendations of what to do, where to go, what to eat as we have lived in the city for a while now. There’s nothing more we love than spreading the knowledge around. This extends to other things beyond San Francisco. Other finds like that lovely bakery, this great cooking show, that awesome dim sum place, this fantastic cheese. There are many things we would like to share with you on this space which don’t seem to fit in any other posts, created or run by wonderful folk. So starting today, every Thursday we’ll share three spectacular finds in San Francisco, in the shops, on the Internet, on the Web or just simply anywhere we come across them. Hopefully through here, you’ll find your new favourite pastry shop, Chinese take-out or a fun evening hangout.
On todays I love SF to bits edition
Good things come in small sizes at Delise Dessert Cafe on Bay Street. This little cafe totally gets the concept of wanting to indulge without feeling like killing yourself right after. The desserts are sized just about right so you can get a couple to sample or four to share with prices to match the size of the pastry. They opened about a block away from where we lived just about six months before we moved. Yes folks, they made us really think about wanting that move.
The owners Dennis and Eloise are the most welcoming and enthusiastic people. They were pastry chefs working for prestigious other places in San Francisco before they opened up this little endeavour. They have lovely, not-too-heavy sandwiches on the menu. The cakes and cookies are baked fresh everyday. With wonderful flavours like Irish Dream, the cakes are a slam dunk. What I’m crazy about here are the brownies. The chewy little dark chocolate squares with little sprinkles of salt have a texture unlike any brownie you’ve eaten. I have gone crazy trying to figure out how they make it. One of these days I’m just going to have to beg them for the recipe. They also have a fabulous range of ice-creams which change seasonally. Quince Poppy seed and Buttermilk Ginger are the bomb! (Does anyone say the bomb anymore? Way to be uncool, me. Wait, isn’t uncool…? Oh, dagnabit.) They surprise you with sudden Asian twists in unexpected places.
Don’t be fooled by their proximity to Pier 39. This is the most non-touristy little food option you will find in a ten block radius. Come here for lunch, say hello to Dennis and Elise, (and if you’re lucky their adorable little Gabe) have a sandwich and a cupcake and sit on their bar stools and watch the world go by out the window. You will leave just full enough.
A priest, a rabbi and an architect walk into a television studio. Sounds like the setup to a joke, no? In my case, a few months ago, it was a day in the life.
The television studio in question was the KQED Studio in San Francisco. The show was Check Please Bay Area. This is a show where regular folk argue over their favourite restaurants. I was told I needed to be on this show since I spend a good portion of my waking hours arguing about restaurants anyway. I’m glad I tried out. Despite my initial trepidation, it turned out to be a fun experience. And guess what, it turns out I’m not a complete muppet on television.
Check Please is in its seventh season in the Bay area. You fill out the questionnaire and recommend three restaurants you would like to talk about along with some information about yourself. If they like what they see, the lovely folk producing the show give you a call and set up an interview. If you’re selected, you then get a packet with the three restaurants you are required to review a month or so prior to the taping of the show.
I walked into the studio a bit sleep deprived on that July afternoon. I’d sent in my written restaurant reviews already but had forgotten a good deal about them so tried to cram while the lovely make up lady tried to make me look presentable. We each individually met with the show’s lively host Leslie Sbrocco where she did her best to put us at ease. The show was recorded without any rehearsal in a short time.