$18 at Jook Time, San Francisco, CA
As college students in our final year of school, we are very aware of finances. Knowing that loans will soon be due and that we have some lofty goals ahead of us, we know that we need to save money where we can. Last year we were lucky enough to stumble upon Jook Time, a small dim sum restaurant north of Golden Gate Park.
Jook Time is not what you would typically expect from dim sum. Growing up in the Bay Area and having dim sum with my family friends, I grew accustomed to being seated in a large room with carts of food rolling past. When you walk into Jook Time, it is just a small counter displaying the food and a handful of tables. We have experimented with most of the menu, but after so many visits we know the best choices.
Four Barrel, San Francisco, CA
For the longest time, I have only had the Four Barrel coffee at Tartine Bakery but never at the store. This all changed when we attended the seven year birthday party at Four Barrel HQ. Let me start by saying that 4B knows how to party. $1 for any coffee, free cake and ice, cream, a petting zoo, free arcade games, need I go on?
Plain Beignets, Brenda's French Soul Food, San Francisco, CA
“Want to try this French food place in SF this weekend? It’s the most reviewed two $$ place on Yelp.” Lynn asked.
“I don’t really like French food.” I responded.
“Here, look at the menu. It’s more of a cajun, New Orleans type of place,” she said as she handed me her phone.
“What is a Bey Net (beignets)?” I asked.
“I don’t know, but it looks good!”
“Alright, lets give it a shot.”
Brenda’s French Soul Food has quickly become our favorite restaurant in San Francisco (everywhere else too? maybe…) The lines can be long for brunch, but if there is one thing I know about San Franciscans, there are only two things they wait in line for. the new iPhone, and brunch. This establishment works like a well oiled machine, with servers, seaters, and cooks flowing in perfect unison. The shop itself is small, but I have never felt as if we didn’t have privacy.
Anyone who knows me knows of my love of coffee. Coffee has grown into a hobby of mine. When I learned what truly good coffee is, I knew that I wanted to learn how to make it. Coffee brewing is vastly complicated, far beyond what type of coffee bean you use (but that play’s a big part in it). I have heard it said that a mediocre barista can make great coffee taste meh but a great barista cannot make mediocre coffee great. I say all this to explain why I am writing about this particular coffee shop. My fascination with coffee has led me to Seattle, Portland, Santa Cruz, Los Altos, Napa, Oakland, and of course San Francisco. So why Ritual Coffee?
Ritual coffee has the unique blend (see what I did there *wink wink*) of extremely high quality coffee, brewing expertise, and the creativity necessary to make their coffee stand out. Today I am going to highlight three of their unique locations that really define the ritual to me (see what I did there again.)
Verve Coffee, Santa Cruz, CA
Some of the best coffee outside of the famous coffee havens (Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, L.A.) is located in Santa Cruz, California. Verve Coffee Roasters is an elite shop in a land dominated by Starbucks and Peet’s. Fairly new to the scene, Verve was est. in 2007. They have quickly expanded and made a name for themselves with three locations in their roots of Santa Cruz and very recently, their first location in Downtown L.A. just opened. If you are looking for a good place to do some work while you enjoy some coffee look no further than their downtown Pacific Ave. location.
"I'm the breadmaker, you're the breadwinner"
For our first blog post we decided to talk about one of our favorite new hobbies, baking (and eating) bread! Eating bread has always been a hobby of mine. Actually, it has been more of a lifestyle. Ask anyone in my immediate family what my favorite food is, it’s bread. The one thing I would push back against in the Bible is when Jesus says that man cannot live on bread alone. Obviously, that doesn’t apply to me, because bread is every layer of my food pyramid. But you get the point.