Where have I been eating this year?
My kingdom for the guava buns recipe!
The late Jonathan Gold visited thousands of restaurants, but as closely as i followed him, I don’t remember a negative review. Sure, a nit pick here and there, but positive for the most part. Did he only go to good places? No. What he wanted, I think, was to elevate people and places. There are hundreds of stories of him turning a sleepy little place in strip mall into a mega-success, not by any innate power, but because people trusted him when he said a place was worth your time and money. In this post, you have emulated him. Positive notes about good places, not any complaints. It is said that we live a polarized world, but I would posit that we are more alike than different. This post speaks to that. Nicely done!
I just finished binge reading all the Mic Herron Slow Horse books. Fun, fun, fun! But they may keep you up past bedtime.
At the risk of adding to your TBR pile, I'd highly recommend the absolutely delightful "Disorientation" by Elaine Hsieh Chou (if you haven't already read it!). Such smart and snarky fun!
Love Il Buco Alimentari. I’ve been meaning to check out Hav & Mar, too. Thanks for the reminder :)
Several years ago, when I was working with my mom selling vitamin supplements, we went to an expo in San Francisco. During the times that we weren’t in the convention center, I decided that I needed to explore the city as much as possible, so I walked all over.
The first place I had to visit was the bodega featured in Bourdain’s SF episode, because when watching it with my roommate, she said, “Holy shit! That’s MY bodega! I lived in the apartment above it! I went there all the time!”
My perambulation took me through the Castro, and by a fascinating looking Mexican restaurant whose menu made me salivate, but wasn’t open while I was walking. But it stuck enough that, when it was time for mom and I to head back, but not before eating, I suggested it. When we went inside the gorgeous space and took a closer look at the menu, we realized it was a vegan Mexican restaurant, which neither of us had ever seen. But we stuck with it; she was still vegetarian at the time, and I don’t mind not having meat with a meal. And it turned out, at this place, I didn’t mind not having any form of dairy, either the food was beautiful and delicious, worth coming back for. So please, I’d you’re in San Francisco, please go to Gracias Madre.