Travel Journal 02: San Francisco

San Francisco has become a “must visit” destination for the culinary circle, as much as any other type of traveler. From tree oyster mushrooms to leche de tigre (tiger’s milk), follow us on our journey through a city that’s known as an incubator for many food trends.


Our 1st stop is a marketplace that offers everything from artisan cheeses to the freshest chicken and fish: The Ferry Building Marketplace, home to dozens of gourmet shops and boutiques, most focused on sustainable, locally produced food products and ingredients.

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Cowgirl CreameryA European style cheese shop and café, is well known for their flavorful cheeses.

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Far West FungiA unique marketplace shop that carries dozens of varieties of fresh, locally-harvested organic mushrooms (exotic fungi).

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Imperial Tea CourtWorld famous and highly acclaimed, Imperial Tea Court is the source for handcrafted loose leaf Chinese teas.



Rancho Gordo Rancho Gordo uses the highest quality, rare, indigenous beans for their heirloom beans. In addition to beans,  Rancho Gordo grows, and occasionally imports New World foods.



Roli RotiFeaturing slow cooked street food, including herb infused, free-range rotisserie chicken, and rosemary roasted potatoes. If you’re a fan of pork, the porchetta sandwich (rotisserie cooked porchetta & caramelized onions), is a consistent favorite.

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CoquetaCoqueta, a Spanish tapas bar with an aesthetic similarity to Venice, features the best ingredients Northern California has to offer. For dessert lovers, the strawberry-rhubarb gazpacho is made from chunks of frozen fruit puree and rinsed with liquid nitrogen; add the gazpacho, and the dish slowly thaws to a velvety sorbet.

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A dramatic space with wood tones and leather accents, boasts great views of both the bay and the kitchen.



CotognaA rustic-modern eatery, Cotogna offers spit-roasted meats, grilled meats and fish, wood-fired pizzas, and handmade pastas. It’s kitchen boasts a massive rotisserie and grill designed by Universo in Italy; four spits turn on a wood fire, while hardwood coals heat three grills below.

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La MarLa Mar Cebicheria Peruana is a modern Peruvian restaurant led my Executive Chef Gastón Acurio. Ceviche and empanadas highlight the menu, while the restaurant patio features a stunning view of the bay. Leche de tigre, or tiger’s milk (lime & fish juice, onion, chilies, salt, pepper), is a Peruvian sauce used in ceviche, or served in a separate glass.

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Soulva A casual Greek restaurant serving roasted meat wrapped in a sandwich, Soulva also offers other options, such as carafes of Hellenic wines, and frozen yogurt. The space has an industrial modern design, with copper stools and utensils. One of the owners was previously Chef De Cuisine of Kokkari, a famous Greek restaurant we visited on our last night.

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KokkariRated #1 on Zagat 2015, Kokkari is a downtown Greek restaurant, known for its lamb chops and anything prepared on their spit. Staff members are dressed in full suits and ties, and they possess great reputation for being exceptionally attentive.

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Earthy, rustic tones dominate the restaurant’s interior, with a grand fireplace large enough for the rotisserie to be on display. A common element we’ve noticed among admired restaurants, an open kitchen concept that includes rotisserie ovens, brick ovens and wood fire grills.

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Travel Journal 01: New Orleans

From Duck a la Saulnier with Ramen Noodles to a house built for Napoleon, come join us at these food-world favorite restaurants based in the historic French Quarters of New Orleans.

Cafe Du MondeOur 1st stop is a world famous cafe known for its cafe’ au lait & beignets. “Au lait” means it’s mixed half and half with hot milk. Beignets are square French-style doughnuts, lavishly covered with powdered sugar. Since 1862, Cafe Du Monde is committed to a relatively unchanged recipe, and for them, it works.

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King FishKingfish, an upscale casual restaurant with a very robust cooking style, is found in a gorgeous space filled with tin, industrial style lighting, dark paneled wood, and a full-sized grand piano. Kingfish features a Louisiana-centric menu, from chargrilled rabbit to rotisserie chicken injected with Cajun marinade and dusted with herbs de Provence.

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Napoleon House Our next stop is a 200-year landmark located in the French Quarter: Napoleon House. The name derives from the popular local story that its building was intended to be a residence for Napoleon Bonaparte after his exile; a local plot to bring Napoleon to Louisiana was halted with news of Napoleon’s death.


Napoleon House is known for muffuletta sandwiches, a popular sandwich originating among Italian immigrants. Another favorite is the signature drink, Pimms Cup (Pimm’s, lemonade, 7up, garnished with a cucumber). Our favorite part was the courtyard, an amazing oasis of history that feels very much like Havana.

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Doris MetropolitanDoris is a modern steakhouse in a renovated space with a glass-enclosed temperature-controlled dry-aging room. From porterhouse to Japanese wagyu, all meats are displayed by age on silver baroque pedestals.


One way Doris Metropolitan distinguishes itself from other steakhouses is the Mediterranean flavors infused throughout the menu. The sweet bread and presentation is nicely composed, with demi-glace, roasted poblano yogurt sphere, pearl onion, and truffle oil. The restaurant’s atmosphere feels European, with nicely curated music you could probably find playing somewhere in Paris.

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