Saturday, April 19, 2008

You would too if it happened to you...

and that would be tired. I'm trying out a larger font size out...

my tiring day started out with another go at North Beach. Making sure to check hours of operations, I had all my places pre-scoped out. Brunch starts here (above) and Mama's, a popular brunch spot in North Beach. The above picture was taken around 2pm but when I was in line (which was about an hour wait to get in) there were approximately 50 people in the queue.

And then when you get inside, there is yet ANOTHER line for ordering food! Add another 10-15 minutes. I ended up sharing a table with some random people who were in line. I went by myself and simply assumed that their group of 4 should take the big table. It'd be a bit greedy for me to take it all for myself so when I told them to take the table they simply invited me to join which made for some fun random talking but I mostly talked to this one girl Summer who sat next to me. She told me her husband was a/the? producer for the Invisibl Skratch Picklz. and then about the project she was working on with some of these folks. I let the others mostly alone because they were 1) across the table and 2) seemingly catching up on gossip and stuff. I could have talked (and did a bit) about stuff like "where do you live? where are you from? what do you do?" but I... don't loathe but highly prefer to avoid those types of conversations. Wow, bigger font sure makes it look like I'm writing a whole lot more!

Food! You want to know about the food I waited 90 odd minutes for! That's 15 for sitting at the table. The above is the salmon scramble with bagels and cream cheese. Savory. Quite to Very good.

3 Buttermilk Pancakes with Berries. Very Good to Awesome. Probably the best and fluffiest pancakes I can recall having. Light and tasty. Not full marks (as if I was giving marks out) because this would have benefited from having a homemade berry based sauce to bring the dish together rather than the standard syrup. Still don't hesitate to get this. The whole experience was worth the wait.

Made it to Molinari's Deli where I picked up some Italian goods for what I think will be a next Sunday dinner night. So all you lurkers who live in SF leave a comment or shoot me an email if you want to be invited. I've been working out a menu with Deda...

Next up I met with Akiha. I took her to the Office Max to get her a new chair and desk. I tried my best to bring up usability concerns and issues while ultimately letting her make a decision. While it took her awhile to finally decide, I'm always glad to help a friend out. I just won't let my unfathomable patience go unnoticed!

We then went to Studio Gallery on Polk for a show. They always have these nice show spreads which while mostly consisting of Trader Joe products, are always welcome and make for tasty art noshing.

Here I am with the featured artist Chiami Sekine who has earned the "happiest person in picture with Nat" award. Must have been the Nitrous Oxide cologne I had on.

I think someone said this painting was featured in a magazine. Plus, someone bought it. See the red dot? Art gallery secret code stickers.

Bird Bird Bird Bird Bird. I like these.

Long day! Even longer. Went to Lennon Studios to make noise with Casey and friends.

Afterwards, we were sadly turned away from Suppenkuche for a late dinner but ended up next door at a place called Bar Jules.

The ambiance was nice and very typical of Hayes Valley.

The prices were a bit high.

The food were pretty good. I had the quail which is quite tiny but it takes you a long time to eat it because it's so hard to get the meat off and you have to really dig in with your hands. The quail complemented the farro quite well. The farro on its own was a bit... different. The portions were small but appropriate for a late night meal. Everyone else also enjoyed their meal. This is definitely not a place for your average hungry American. Then we all went home.

1 comment:

bittermelon said...

one of the best oxtail dishes i ever had was at bar jules. went there on friday to have more oxtail. unfort not the same dish but tasty all the same. mama's just seems too daunting. for the same wait, time, effort, i think dottie's is just as good if not better. am i the only one who thinks crispy pancakes are good? also, quail frightens me.