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Mission Mondays: Solo San Francisco – Part IX

August 9, 2010

As far as I’m concerned, food should not simply be eaten—it should be experienced. So as I prepare for my jaunt to one of America’s gastronomic capitals, I’m looking forward to all of the ways I hope to enrich the experience by sampling some of San Francisco’s culinary pleasures.

Dessert at Careme 350

  • Careme 350 – the student-run restaurant of the California Culinary Academy. Where else could I find a 5-course meal for 17 bucks in San Francisco? I’m willing and excited to take a risk on these chefs in training. Check out the sample menu. I may have to stop in more than once.
  • Zuni Café – Seasonally prepared organic ingredients grace the tables of this higher-end restaurant/café. The sample menu includes a Frisée salad with sultana raisins in anisette, Manchego, hazelnuts, and shallot vinaigrette for lunch or Paine Farm squab roasted in the brick oven with quince-apple charlotte and curly endive-fennel salad for dinner. Everything—including the meats—are farmed and harvested sustainably. Might be worth the splurge.
  • Bi-Rite Creamery—Summer isn’t summer without ice cream but the locals never seem to need a warm weather excuse, though, particularly when it’s coming from Bi-Rite Creamery. Located in the Mission District, Bi-Rite offers small-batch, artisanal ice-creams and gelatos.  One of their more popular flavors? Salted caramel and vanilla. Definitely worth the long lines, I’d say. The ingredients are local, the harvesting sustainable, and the packaging biodegradable. Talk about a guilt-free treat. I can’t wait!
  • Chris Milano’s Foodie Adventures—3-hour long walking tours basically eating your way through San Francisco. There are three walking tours to choose from: Chinatown, North Beach, or the Mission District. At $79 ($69 if you pre-order online) I’m still a little iffy on this one, but if I had to choose, it’s Chinatown all the way.

***ETA: Plus I can always get tons of suggestions via the Tasting Table – San Francisco.***

Hopefully sampling all of the delightfully delicious delicacies San Francisco has to offer won’t leave me ten pounds heavier than when I first arrive. I’m planning on doing a lot of walking—and hiking—up those hills to keep me honest and in shape. But there will be times where I’ll depend on public transportation to get me from place to place, which I why I was so grateful for stumbling upon this San Francisco public transit primer courtesy of Budget Travel.  A little over three weeks to go. The anticipation is building into a frenzy…

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