We are rarely that deep in the Mission (24th & Harrison), so I took the opportunity to hit up Humphry Slocombe before a show at the Brava Theatre. Although the line wasn’t anything compared to BiRite Creamery, the staff took a lot more time to dole out ice cream to customers.
Since it was included in the 7×7 Big Eat 2013 list, I chose the Blue Bottle Vietnamese coffee ice cream. Although it was good, I wasn’t blown away. I normally like Blue Bottle’s iced coffee but didn’t feel enough of it in the ice-cream. Humphry Slocombe’s Secret Breakfast ice cream is much more interesting and different, which I recommend trying instead.
Portland’s Stumptown Coffee is a rare find in San Francisco. Luckily for me, I work a block away from a café that has it! Ma’velous Coffee & Wine Bar is tucked in a small spot on Market Street between 10th and 11th. When I realized my ‘in the know’ friends didn’t know it was there, I knew I had to share the wealth.
The interior is dark and lined with semi-private booths and tables that are perfect for an off-site work meeting.
Ma’velous’ baristas know their stuff so if you aren’t sure what to get, just ask for recommendations. They do public cupping every couple of weeks, so keep an eye out for signs at the cash area for the next one.
My go to drink? A small soy latte.
A recent office relocation has meant a lot more lunch hours for me in San Francisco’s mid-market district. With Twitter and Yammer’s somewhat recent move to the neighborhood, new restaurants have been popping up to keep up with new traffic.
I had been wanting to check out Machine Coffee and Deli since the Big Eat 2013 list had been released to try the ‘Crankshaft’ tuna melt. Of course I geeked out and did a little research before heading over. Machine Coffee and Deli is a small shopfront (blink and you’ll miss it!) by the people behind neighboring Show Dogs and Foreign Cinema. They serve Four Barrel coffee, breakfast goods and are known for their sandwiches.
It was a sunny Friday afternoon and I was craving some time in the sun. I ordered my Crankshaft tuna melt and the server said he would bring it over to me if I wanted to sit outside at Show Dogs. The sandwich was pretty heavy for lunch and I would definitely share it with someone if I go again. Not only was it a mayonaise based tuna salad, but there was cheese melted on both sides of the roll to tie it together. I liked the freshness of the arugula and the pickled bite of capers. If you are hungry and love tuna melts, go for it. A bit steep at $10 for the neighborhood but worth a try.
Machine Coffee and Deli
1024 Market St @ 6th St
San Francisco, CA
Monday through Friday 8am – 5pm
I have been collecting cookbooks for the last couple of years. Not only do I use them for their recipes (duh!) but also as design elements throughout the loft. There is nothing prettier than a shelf filled with your favourite cookbooks.
Daniel Humm and Will Guidera of three Michelin star Eleven Madison Park are releasing their second cookbook- ‘I Heart New York’. The book is “designed explicitly for the home cook” and an exploration into New York’s local ingredients, cuisine, and cocktail culture. There is no doubt there will be a level of pretenciosness from the James Beard award winning and Michelin star bearing Daniel Humm, but I am looking forward to experimenting with some challenging dishes.
Eater provided a first peek at some of the cookbook’s content, showcasing Francesco Tonelli’s photography.
‘I Heart New York’ comes out on April 9th and can be pre-ordered on Amazon. Can’t wait to add this one to my collection.
The James Beard Foundation 2013 Restaurant and Chef semifinalists have been announced. San Francisco has some great nominees throughout the list, including pastry chef William Werner from Craftsman & Wolves. I loved visiting Tell Tale Preserves’ stand (Werner’s previous pop up patisserie) at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market and am so glad that he has found the perfect permanent space for C&W.
The Rebel Within is THE standout item at C&W. It is a cheese, green onion and sausage breakfast muffin with a soft boiled egg in the center. The hype around this muffin is real. It is as good as it looks. It costs a steep $7 but is worth a try at least once. And it’s on the Big Eat 2013 list.
The large glass display case makes it impossible to leave without grabbing a couple of other treats. I had to restrict myself but couldn’t leave without a Valhorna chocolate chip cookie with sea salt sprinkled on top. In contrast to the $7 breakfast muffin, a $2 large cookie seemed like a bargain.
Craftsman & Wolves
746 Valencia Street (at 18th Street)
San Francisco, CA
Monday through Friday 7am – 7pm
Saturday 8am – 7pm
Sunday 8am – 5pm