Tasting menu at Aziza

by foodhoe on July 22, 2014

5800 Geary Blvd, (@22nd) SF, CA | 415.752.2222 | website


Aziza has been on my list of restaurants to try for quite a while… an almost embarrassing number of  years in fact.  It is an unassuming restaurant out in the Richmond District, where chef-owner Mourad Lahlou presents an exquisitely modern spin on Moroccan food.  It is the only Moroccan restaurant in North America to receive a Michelin Star, and we were excited to celebrate our 20th anniversary together by dazzling our tastebuds.  While the exterior is rather unremarkable, the inside has a simple modern feel with traditional moorish elements like the arches that resemble an interior courtyard with stylized Moroccan chandeliers hanging overhead.


The bar area was abuzz with activity throughout the night, the rhythmic sounds of ice being shaken, drinks muddled and cocktails being poured.  There were always a few patrons sitting at the cozy counter enjoying the artisinal cocktails of mixologist Farnoush Deylamian who uses fresh herbs, spices and farm-fresh ingredients.

handcrafted cocktails.  Mixologist Farnoush Deylamian takes muddled herbs, vegetables, fruits and spices and blends them into a premium selection of drinks.   – See more at: http://www.eatspeaksf.com/eatspeaksf/2013/02/review-aziza-.html#sthash.JPWH9LZB.dpuf


Mr. K had a martini which was served in an elegant old school cocktail glass.


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A Feastly feast of roasted pig face and pizza

by foodhoe on July 15, 2014


I received an invitation to an alfresco luncheon of wood-fired pizza and roasted pig face, to be served in a beautiful lakeside setting just a 35 minute drive from San Francisco.  I first focused on the words roasted pig face and then the words blogger discount caught my eye. I signed up to attend at a discounted price, but $49 for a four course meal with beer and wine pairings – which ended up being an epic 4 hour feast, is really quite a deal!  I got totally lost on the way to Fairfield, taking a long scenic route past Stockton, arriving flustered and a bit late.


I had called to let the host Steve (aka Don Stefano) know that I was going to be late, so although I missed the cocktails and mingling he and his lovely wife Bubbs set me up and we got straight to business. Steve began his career as a winemaker and is a self-trained cook drawing inspiration from chefs and winemakers he’s visited around the world who’ve been generous enough to share their creations with him.  He shares his experience through Feastly, a website that connects aspiring chefs with enthusiastic eaters who can enjoy well prepared meals served in the chef’s home.  It is a form of social media that gets people off their computers and engaged with people around a cozy table, where attendees can delight in the experience of dining with total strangers. There were a couple of other blogger friends (Christina from East Bay Dish, Brenda who writes Bites and Bourbon and her husband Pat), so I knew half the table already!  The other attendees were food enthusiasts, we all had a shared love of good food and wine and I was soon toasting and enjoying the meal.  So there’s my spot at the table, catching up by enjoying my three courses and beverages concurrently…


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The Dock at Linden Street in Oakland

June 30, 2014
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95 Linden Street, Oakland, CA | 510.338.3965 | website I recently met my friends Christina of East Bay Dish and Brenda from Bites & Bourbon for drinks and some excellent snacks at The Dock, a newly opened collaboration between James Syhabout (of Commis Restaurant, Hawker Fare, and Box & Bells Eating House, who is Oakland’s only Michelin starred chef) and Linden Street Brewery’s Adam […]

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Dinner at 1760, SF

June 24, 2014
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1760 Polk St (at Washington) SF, CA 94109 | (415) 395-1212 | website My friend Jaytee and I went to 1760 for a quiet birthday celebration (hers) a few months ago, sorry for the late report!  The restaurant is located at 1760 Polk (thus the name), and is a lovely casual dining venue that opened last year by the owners of Acquerello […]

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Sunday brunch at the Cliffhouse SF

June 16, 2014
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1090 Point Lobos, SF, CA | 415.386.3330 | website My friend Jaytee who lives in the city, has the knack for discovering grandly decadent brunch spots, although I doubt we’ll ever see one that reaches the level of indulgence as the Carnelian Room, which is sadly now closed.  But I digress…  Jaytee suggested this magnificent spot for our group […]

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festive dining at Straw in SF

June 9, 2014
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203 Octavia Blvd | 415.431.FOOD (3663) |  website I find myself irresistibly drawn to the whimsical foods of my youth and was excited to hear about Straw Restaurant which serves carnival-inspired comfort food, then doubly so when I saw the Blackboard Eats deal of $35 for lunch/dinner for two.  My friend and frequent dining partner DebbieG joined me […]

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A Feast at Great China 2.0 in Berkeley

June 2, 2014
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2190 Bancroft Way (at Oxford), Berkeley | 510.843.7996 | website lunch 11:30 a.m - 2:30 p.m.; dinner 5 to 9:30 p.m.  A few weeks ago, my friend Ben from Focus:Snap:Eat, organized a multi-course spring banquet at Great China restaurant in Berkeley.  Great China had closed due to a fire two years and reopened in December 2013, completely […]

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