Mission: Complete all bolded items before I turn 30
Deadline: April 15, 2015
Chowder in a sourdough bread bowl and crab louie salad at Barbara’s Fish Trap in Half Moon Bay
I thought about going to Boudin and eating on the pier, but it’s a bit of a tourist trap and I have Half Moon Bay on my list of places I’d like to visit. This way I get to eat my sourdough bread bowl while sitting on the beach, though I’ll have to go before mid-summer if I want to eat my crab in-season.
I plan to buy an It’s It, Big Daddy, Super Sundae, and Chips It, and then invite some friends over to do a little tasting party with me so we can choose our favorite of the line.
Burrito in the mission district, The Little Chihuahua
I chose The Little Chihuahua because it has the Fried Plantain & Black Bean burrito. That combination of savory and sweet it calling out to me. I plan to bring the kids, get our food to go, and then walk over to the Golden Gate Park playground so T1 can ride down the concrete slides.
I’d like to dine in the restaurant on a Monday night, when the menu is more rustic and regional. Or maybe the cafe, which serves similar food but isn’t as pricey.
Saving up all my pennies for this experience (Alinea taught me that it’s not just a meal, it’s a performance).
Oyster farm tour at Hog Island Oyster Company
I fell in love with oysters on my honeymoon, where I was able to eat several from different bays and understand the way the environment affects the taste. For $10 I can visit Hog Island and see how they’re grown, then buy some to-go and shuck them myself.
The website pitching the tour says it takes a week to make a single bean. The tour only takes 40 minutes though.
500+ reviews on Yelp and 5 stars. Spots in the tour must be reserved 6 months in advance.
Irish coffee at Buena Vista
Invented in Ireland, but popularized by a travel writer in San Francisco
Roast chicken at Zuni Cafe
I’ll be ordering the roast chicken for two, and a fully prepared to wait a full hour to have the freshly roasted bird delivered to my table
Both dishes were invented in San Francisco
I’ve actually had Blue Bottle a few times already. I think it lives up to the hype after trying both the pour-over coffee and the espresso.
Roli Roti chicken from the farmer’s market
This truck always has the longest lines at the market. I’m going to buy a roasted whole chicken and bring it home for lunch.
Fortune Cookie Factory in Chinatown
File into a tiny room to watch fortune cookies being formed. As I type this I’ve already completed this one, and I recommend buying the adult fortune cookies for a some very tame adult fun.
Dim Sum with carts at East Ocean Seafood Restaurant
I’ve done dim sum take-out from a bakery, but I want to go somewhere with rolling carts and relatively inexpensive dishes. I chose East Ocean after reading lots of Yelp reviews about different places.
I was just going to do the Cowgirl Creamery tour, but then someone tipped me off to the Cheese Lover’s Tour via Food Farm Tours that takes you to several different locations and then feeds you a “locavore picnic with wine.” Yes, please.
We live in Fremont, which has the largest population of Afghan Americans in the US. Salang Pass claims to provide an authentic experience and comes highly recommended.
There is also a large Filipino population in Fremont. Pinoy BBQ is turo-turo style dining, with dishes laid out cafeteria style that you point at to order.
Even though it doesn’t lead the world in garlic production, the town of Gilroy has branded itself as the “Garlic Capital of the World.” I plan to stock up on all sorts of garlic heavy ingredients and then throw a very pungent dinner party.
Street food served by around 80 vendors. Attendance of around 80,000 each year.
There are a lot of food tours in San Francisco, the Yelp reviews pushed me to decide I wanted to have this company show me around.
Pastries at Tartine
Shortly after we moved to San Francisco we dined at Delfina and at ice cream at Bi-rite. The lines were long at Tartine, so we didn’t go in. I’ll have to make another trip up there to right this wrong. Michael Pollan says the bread there is the best he has ever tasted.
Hangtown Fry at Brenda’s French Soul Food
Hangtown fry is an omelette made with oysters and bacon, invented during the California gold rush.
Feastly is a startup that aims to connect cooks with diners. Monica says she is going to make a “Warming Winter Meal” at her home and I can sign up to join her for $18.50 a person. The cooks/chefs get reviews from people who have dined with them previously, and I’m hoping to dine with either Tracy G or Alysha O, who both have excellent reviews. I’m excited about both the food, and the opportunity to meet like-minded diners.
Sea Forager tour
I want to do the Mega Low Tide Clam/Mussel Extravaganza and learn how to forage for seafood right on the shore.
Buy crabs from the Half Moon Bay crab boats
Walk down to the end of the pier and buy live crab directly off the boats. Then I’ll take them home and cook them myself (another first for me!)
I’m going to round up my favorite girls in the Bay Area and visit the “gender illusionists” at AsiaSF. It will be a night unlike any other for me!
Self-guided pork bun tour on Clement Street
Thanks to commenter Jen, as she was the one who tipped me off to the Bold Italic blog post that shows you how to do your own tour of the pork buns in the “second Chinatown” of San Francisco.
I’m not a fan of the typical wine tasting experience at a winery – the setting is beautiful, but that’s all that you are paying for. Wine prices are largely about marketing, and so I’d rather find my wine in a setting where I can taste and compare a lot of different options.
A youth-run supper club that provides job and training to young adults between 16-22. The Yelp reviews indicate that it’s really good food too.
Are you in the San Francisco area? If any of these interest you too, maybe we can meet up and try them out together!