Dining Out



I took the J Muni line to Noe Valley this week.  Destination:  Omnivore Books.  A store dedicated solely to cookbooks.  A dream come true, really.

Cookbook author and former Bay Area inhabitant David Lebovitz was scheduled to visit the bookstore for an autograph signing.  I wanted to get my copy of his latest cookbook, My Paris Kitchen, in preparation of the author signing.

As I crossed the street to head to the bookstore, I passed a man with earbuds and did a double take.

Me:  "Did I just pass Chris Cosentino?"

Celia the Bookstore Owner:  "Yes!  He was just in here.  His restaurant is just two blocks down the street."

Me:  "Do they serve lunch?"

So yes, I recognized a chef walking the streets from my hours of watching food geek television.  And yes, after making my book purchase, I headed straight to Cosentino's restaurant, Porcellino, for lunch.

I chose the salami sandwich, sauteed, garlicky broccolini, and a lavender lemonade.  The housemade salami, salty and slightly spicy, with peppery arugula, and sweet and acidic tomato conserva all tucked into a soft Italian bread took me back to simple, country meals in Tuscany and Provence.  Just a few ingredients, treated with care and respect, can be transformed into a memorable meal.

Oh, I definitely want a pitcher of that lavender lemonade in my fridge all summer long.


I seriously think all vegetables should be served like this.  People would always clean their plates.

NYC, Here We Come!

G and I just booked a trip to, well, New Jersey, really.  We're going to housesit for our friends, P&J, while they travel to Paris for the first time.

I'm not even bothered with the fact that P&J are going to France and I'm not (usually an occasion for bright green envy), because I will have a week long train pass to get into New York City.

My head spins with all of the possibilities for luxurious food moments.

Mario Batali's new over-the-top food marketplace, Eataly.

Chef Gabrielle Hamilton's Prune.

Boqueria, a tapas place that I've visited before, but I want to introduce it to G.

The Chelsea Market, a place that G and I discovered on our last trip to Manhattan.  The place is filled with gems, including Amy's Bread and Jacques Torres Chocolates.

Also on the wish list:  Murray's Cheese Shop

If you have any other suggestions for great NYC food destinations, please comment!