Local Shoutout: Tapas and Scoops

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Honestly, I’ve come to the realization that I don’t explore the Mission district of San Francisco enough. Such delicious yummies to be discovered there!

My fellow foodie friend and I decided to try a tapas bar we’d never been to: Picaro. This spanish-themed rustic gem is right in the heart of the Mission, near 16th and Valencia. Of course, a large pitcher of their highly acclaimed sangria was a must!

 

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We decided to pair it with some garlic chicken (which ended up being more red sauce than garlic), grilled artichoke hearts, snapper strips with garlic mayo. Side note: bones galore, in both the fish and the chicken. Eat slowly and carefully.

 

 

 

 


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Struck by the bright idea that sweets were needed badly after our tapas, it was time for a trip to the legendary Bi-Rite Creamery

I decided to try their seasonal Honey Lavender flavor. Two words: MIND BLOWN. It got even crazier when I decided to make it the base of my sundae. BEST CHOICE EVER. Splash of orange infused olive oil with a sprinkle of sea salt, topped with hot fudge. Quirky yet amazing.

 

 

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My foodie partner in crime decked hers with oodles of toffee on top of her cinnamon snickerdoodle ice cream and never looked back.

DAREDEVILS OF DELICIOUSNESS.

Another night in the San Francisco complete due to yummy food feats. Both locations serve up locally sourced ingredients and amazing options, worth a trip next time you’re willing to take a walk from BART.

 

 

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Thanks for reading and happy eats,

Lisa

Local Shout Out: East End Pizza Company

The Bay Area is a foodie’s dream, with thousands of restaurants with fantastic fare. Every flavor, every style, every price range.
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With that said, I’ve found that quality artisan pizza places that won’t cost you your first born child are few and far between. The answer to the gap in pizza brilliance: East End Pizza Company.

East End, located in my hometown of Alameda, is small and quaint. Specializing in select handcut meats, their small corner of the Alameda Marketplace always perfumes the air with fresh baking bacon. Bacon: the welcome addition to any and all pizzas, especially when done right.

I’ve only eaten a few pizzas there so when my boyfriend and I were in the mood for some properly done pie, we headed on over. We tried one of their standard offerings, The Supreme. (trust me, this is far from The Supreme that chain restaurants offer.)

Recipe DNA:

  • red sauce
  • spring onion
  • crimini mushrooms
  • classic cheese blend
  • ADDED: East End’s DAMN FINE BACON (No, really, that’s what its called.)
  • finished with shaved ricotta salata

Cooked at 450 degrees in their beautiful woodfired oven, and the crunchy crust with the crafted sauces and well-paired meats and finishing touches, all of the love comes out in the taste. With fantastic Yelp reviews from other pizza-enthusiasts like me, this place is so worth a visit.

Thanks and happy eats,

Lisa


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