Things I enjoyed imbibing and ingesting recently, at home and in various San Francisco restaurants.
Things I enjoyed ingesting and imbibing in June:
Farmers Market fresh peaches, Snowed Spinach omelette breakfast at Sweet Maple
Japanese grill cooking in Japan Center West Mall, stuffed bell pepper from Mollie Stones, Chipotle chicken bun sandwich at Streatfood, salad from a FiDi pizza place, pork buns and fruit tartlet at California Academy of Sciences Nightlife, steamed broccoli and white wine at home
Sauvignon blanc at Source SF. I also had meatless buffalo chicken, lemon Brussels sprouts and black bean soup but my dinner photos came out blurry, grapefruit mimosa at Sweet Maple.
Five years ago, when this blog was relatively new, I wrote an article titled My Favorite Carbonated Beverages. At the time I was doing a lot of writing on HubPages and had posted an article about the best flavored water.
In that article, I’d named the #1 option to be Clearly Canadian. I wrote:
“I fell in love with this brand of bottled water more than ten years ago, long before the shelves were filled with so many brands of bottled water and long before I’d given up drinking soda. I think that’s why I liked it so much at the time. It’s a carbonated flavored water beverage so it tastes a bit like soda but it’s fruitier and fresher. And I think there’s something to the fact that they’re using pure Canadian water because it really does taste clean. They’ve now launched a non-carbonated version of their water which I haven’t tried yet but am interested in testing out.”
The truth is that I felt really nostalgic about this brand. We used to take these long summer road trips from Arizona to visit our grandmother in Ohio, and there was one summer when I was a teenager when I fell in love with Clearly Canadian and drank it during the whole drive. Additionally, I was involved in pen palling back then and would decorate beautiful pages in friendship books – my early stabs at art … Clearly Canadian and Snapple and other drinks were part of the ephemera I included in those pages. So I just have this fondness for those cold glass bottles and their yummy drinks. I’m sharing this now because I just received a Facebook message letting me know that Clearly Canadian is making a comeback. Note: they aren’t a post sponsor or anything; I just found the message interesting and thought I’d share. Their website says:
“To all of Clearly’s loving, thirsty, demanding fans, this is where you come in to bring Clearly Canadian to life! With your help, work and commitment, Clearly Canadian will be coming to a store near you and into your hot little hands even sooner. Your pre-orders will be literally pushing Clearly Canadian into production. Please order today and please keep campaigning like its 1994!”
They are running a campaign right now to spread the word that they’re back, and they’re offering opportunities to get free cases either by purchasing some to get the free one or by spreading the word to enough people. Looks interesting. Anyone else a fan of this drink?
Some of the things I enjoyed food-wise in May:
Sweet Maple deep fried Dixie bacon
Drinks and Desserts
Chardonnay and Lemon Poppy Scone from Munchery
Wine at Fat Angel
One of my favorite local breakfast places is Sweet Maple, in lower Pac Heights near Japantown. Usually I order the two egg breakfast with Millionaire’s Bacon and coffee. But on this day I decided to order white ginger tea, a side of fruit, an omelette and Dixie Bacon (which is deep fried bacon). Yummy all around.
A lovely evening spent at home making cheddar mushroom ravioli from scratch:
A few of the things I imbibed and ingested in April …
veggie sandwich (above) and coffee (below) at Cafe Leila in Berkeley Continue reading
Some of the things I most loved consuming and imbibing in March.
Fruit and omelette at Sweet Maple, breakfast sammie and hashbrowns and Little Griddle, yogurt and fixings for oatmeal at home, Chia Pod “yogurt” which I’ve got mixed feelings about and French Toast at Curbside Cafe (which actually wasn’t mine, I got two eggs and bacon which was good but not as pretty for pictures)
Here are some of my favorite things I imbibed and ingested in February, some at home and others at San Francisco restaurants.
I’ve been on a bacon kick here at home but I also still eat healthier oatmeal and fruit on a lot of days. The other two pictures are from Stable Cafe; mine was the egg, bacon, cheese wrap and the other is the Nona (eggs, tomato, cheese, toast and ham).
I was excited to see that Huffington Post had linked to an article of mine recently. They did a slideshow of Coffee Pot Cooking ideas in which they linked to my article on HubPages, written quite a long time ago but still popular there, of 12 Foods That You Can Cook in a Coffee Pot.
They specifically highlighted my info on how to make instant ramen noodles in a coffee pot. I shared:
“Basically you put the noodles into the coffee pot itself, you put the spice in the filter where your coffee is supposed to go and you run the water through the machine just as if you were making a pot of coffee. Let the noodles sit long enough to become soft and you’ve got Ramen noodle soup that is no different than if you made it on a stovetop or in a microwave.”
In my article I also talk about how you can use a coffee pot to cook other broth-based soups, oatmeal and grits, vegetables including broccoli, poached chicken and fish, couscous and rice, pasta, beans, eggs and chocolate sauce.
The Huffington Post slideshow includes some of these (and not others) and adds info on using your coffee pot to make hard boiled eggs, lemon pepper chicken and chicken pesto pasta, a grilled cheese sandwich, quesadillas, and corn on the cob.
Did you know your coffee pot was so versatile?! Of course this isn’t going to work for all of those trendy coffee people who have given up the old-fashioned coffee pot in favor of French Presses, Keurigs, etc.
Have you ever cooked anything in your coffee pot?