News: Michelin San Francisco Bay Area 2015

27 10 2014

Michelin has recently released their annual listing for star rated restaurants in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, and once again my mouth waters with desire. The only place I’ve been on the SF list is State Bird Provisions, though I’ve certainly perused many of the other winners’ websites longingly in the past.

Deliciousness from State Bird Provisions

Deliciousness from State Bird Provisions

Two questions:

  1. Is is a requirement to have a $100 minimum per person tasting menu to get more than one star?
  2. Should Sir and Star be getting pretty close to making the list?

Ok, that’s all my editorializing for now. If anyone wants to sponsor me to try any of these restaurants, I accept. :)

Benu, San Francisco
French Laundry (The), Yountville
Restaurant at Meadowood (The), St. Helena
Saison, San Francisco

Acquerello, San Francisco
Atelier Crenn, San Francisco
Baumé, Palo Alto
Coi, San Francisco
Manresa, Los Gatos
Quince, San Francisco

All Spice, San Mateo
Ame, San Francisco
Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford
Aziza, San Francisco
Bouchon, Yountville
Boulevard, San Francisco
Campton Place, San Francisco
Chez TJ, Mountain View
Commis, Oakland
Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant, Forestville
Gary Danko, San Francisco
Keiko à Nob Hill, San Francisco
Kusakabe, San Francisco
La Folie, San Francisco
La Toque, Napa
Luce, San Francisco
Madera, Menlo Park
Madrona Manor, Healdsburg
Maruya, San Francisco
Michael Mina, San Francisco
Plumed Horse, Saratoga
Solbar, Calistoga
Sons & Daughters, San Francisco
SPQR, San Francisco
Spruce,San Francisco
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco
Terra, St. Helena
Terrapin Creek, Bodega Bay
Village Pub (The), Woodside
Wakuriya, San Mateo

Japanese Restaurant Provides Stuffed Animals for Solo Diners

12 05 2014

In response to a recent comment I made to a friend about eating dinner alone at a restaurant, she sent me an article about a Japanese cafe’s solution to this issue. At the Moomin Cafe, a giant, stuffed member of the Moomin family will happily accompany you for a coffee and a pastry.



stuffed animal restaurant 3


Based on the popular children’s books written by Finnish author Tove Jansson between 1945 and 1993, the little “friends” scattered around this cafe are purportedly cast in their roles in order to alleviate the loneliness of solo diners. Though I can’t seem to find the restaurant’s website to confirm this claim (as opposed to the restaurant merely being an adorable tribute to their namesake book series), nor do I really feel that an over-sized stuffed hippo would distract me from any gloominess I might feel being alone in a restaurant, I still like this idea.

Almost as enticing as Japan’s now famous cat cafes, I would definitely enjoy a slice of cake across from this little Moomin.

stuffed animal restaurant 2

hi there, little guy!



Restaurant News: Win This Restaurant

2 04 2014

Ever win a contest? How about a restaurant? Me neither. But someone will do both when the owners of Pace Food + Drink in Santa Barbara give away their restaurant to their favorite entrant on June 1, 2014. I thought this was a strange choice for what to do with a successful restaurant you no longer want to own, but it certainly is intriguing.

pace food + drink

pace food + drink in santa barbara

tuna tartare

some food from the current menu… yum

What do you need to do to enter? First, put up 500 big ones — that’s right, the entry fee is $500 just to submit your info. A steep price, perhaps, but the grand prize has a value quite a bit higher:

The winner will receive:

  • A fully operational, 50 seat restaurant with an open kitchen and a beer and wine license
  • The lease paid for up the first 12 months (a value of $83,000)
  • $20,000 in working capital to help cover expenses for the first 12 months (at the current owners’ discretion)
  • 120 hours of mentoring, if requested, from the current owner/chef  Jeff Snyder, who has over 35 years of experience in the industry
inside the restaurant

inside pace

Not a bad deal, really. To enter, individuals or groups are to submit a 3-minute (max) video and a one-page essay describing how/why they are the right fit for the restaurant. From the submissions, the current owners and a panel of local restaurateurs-made-judges will narrow the lot down to ten finalists. From there, five entrants will each take the reigns at the restaurant for one night (respectively), and then a winner will be chosen.

snyder family

the snyder family: giving away their restaurant in santa barbara, california

Is this all fodder for the next big reality show? Will there be so many entries paying $500 each that they’ll make up for the money they would have gotten from simply selling the place? Are these people billionaires just doing this for fun? I’m not entirely sure. But I bet there are more than a few people out there pretty excited about the prospect of winning their very own restaurant in Central California…

Press Release: 7 Squared Project

31 07 2011

I was recently contacted by Kyle Garrett from Seven Summits Productions and told about a neat new venture called the 7 Squared Project. This is a bold project by two film makers who want to use their prowess with the camera to highlight 7 non-profits and 7 businesses in San Francisco with a crowd-funded mini-documentary series. Many of the featured businesses/non-profits are doing work that is geared towards food — Four Barrel Coffee, Heart of the City Farmers’ Market, La Cocina, Mission Pie, and the San Francisco Food Bank, to name a few (hence the reason I was interested in featuring this on B&C). If you’re still scratching your head, watch their short video on Indie-Gogo site and you’ll understand a lot better. Plus, exponents are pretty awesome, so I was excited right away.

7 squared

7 Squared Project

Per their press release:

The 7 Squared Project is a community-based fundraising campaign that aims to produce a series of mini-documentaries for fourteen organizations that are doing purposeful, socially responsible work in San Francisco.  Some of the organizations involved are up-and-coming enterprises, while others are already established staples of the city.  The project will be funded by donations from members of the community who want to support such worthy organizations.  In return, the organizations are providing a variety of incredible prizes in exchange for donations to the project.

The funding goal to produce the fourteen mini-documentaries is $49,000, a carefully chosen amount that equates to $3,500 per video.  This will cover production costs and allow the filmmakers and project creators, Amber Crosby and Kyle Garrett, to produce two mini-documentaries per month, beginning in September 2011.  Whether the project falls short of its funding goal or exceeds it, one video will be produced for every $3,500 raised from the campaign.  The 7 Squared Project hopes to produce more than the targeted fourteen mini-documentaries.”

So, if you read well, you’ll notice that these nice folks are hoping to raise a bit of cash for this adventure… and they’re a bit short at the moment. If you feel so inclined to support local film makers and their quest to expose (in a good way) socially responsible businesses and non-profits (may of which feed us yummy food), feel free to donate a buck or two, and tell your friends, too. I hope they can make some cool videos because I know I’d enjoy watching them. Documentaries are the best.

B&C Donation: $25. Booya.


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