The Bon Vivant Blog

Food and Travel

The Bon Vivant Blog header image 4

Entries from May 2008

Pinky's Steakhouse (Yaletown)

May 29th, 2008 · No Comments

The Bottom Line: Don’t go here. Don’t think about going here. If you think about go here, think about something else. I’ve been here twice. The setting is swanky, but the food is terrible and everything is expensive. Steak? I had better steak at The Keg the same week. The Keg? Yes, that’s how bad […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Uncategorized

The Juice Bar Collective

May 19th, 2008 · No Comments

Tiny super busy storefront – which is what attracted me to it as I was walking by it. An institution in Berkley (I later found out). Offers quick lunches of salads, sandwiches, quiches, foccacia, soups and chilis. Juices obviously offered too. I was attracted to the baked products – tried the yam muffins, chocolate ginger […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Baked Goods · Berkeley · Inexpensive

Chez Panisse Café

May 19th, 2008 · No Comments

So I tried to make a reservation for dinner at Chez Panisse restaurant but they only take reservations exactly one month in advance and I was off by one day. Luckily, they also take reservation for their café which also does lunch. Comfortable arts and crafts style room with an open kitchen and also a […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Berkeley · Brunch · Cafe

Bay to Breakers 12K Run San Francisco, CA

May 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Always on the third Sunday in May – thousands of runners descend on San Francisco to run one of the oldest footraces in North America. It is almost 100 years old and involves running – you guessed it – from The Bay to the Breakers on the other side of Golden Gate park. Although the […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Uncategorized

In-N-Out Burger

May 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Of course we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to visit this place when we fortuitously walked by on fisherman’s wharf. Excellent burger without filler on a steamed white bun loaded with fresh tomatoes, lettuce and onion (if you want). If you get it animal style realize that it is quite a lot of onions. I […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Cheap Eats · Fast Food · Favorites · San Francisco

Ghirardelli Chocolate

May 18th, 2008 · No Comments

I wasn’t expecting much here. Ghirardelli is known for great chocolate, but in the world of Lindt, or even in the more rarefied air of Pierre Herme, Patrick Roger, and Michel Cluziel, Ghirardelli is in the same category as Hershey’s. But – consider me very surprised. This was the best, most all-American ice-cream sundae that […]

[Read more →]

Tags: San Francisco

Philz Coffee

May 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Brewing a huge list of coffees by the cup – like a manual Clover system. I tried their most popular brew – Jason’s Blend but they seem to have a blend for all tastes. T tried the handmade espresso in a cappuccino – interestingly prepared with vigorously hand-shaken milk and I think they poured the […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Cafe · Coffee · San Francisco

Cowgirl Creamery

May 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Located in the foodie heaven of the Ferry Building Marketplace on the Embarcadero, this place shouldn’t be missed. Lots of local, national, and international cheeses, but don’t hesitate to give their creations a try. Super friendly staff – the place gets busy. Try their soft cheeses with some bread from Boudin. We tried the Red […]

[Read more →]

Tags: San Francisco

Boudin Bakery

May 18th, 2008 · No Comments

Boudin Bakery – of the famous “San Francisco Sourdough”. Right in Fisherman’s Wharf, great shop, great bread. Not much more to say – their sourdough bread is great. We didn’t get a chance to try their soup or any of their other bread, but yup – go here, buy their bread. Sourdough might not be […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Baked Goods · Cafe · San Francisco

Acme Bread Co. San Francisco, CA

May 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Started years ago by a Cal student who baked bread for chez Panisse. We visited the outlet at the Ferry Building – beautiful-looking bread. We tried the baguette which was decent and not expensive at $1.80. The pain au chocolat was disappointing though. Apparently, they do very good cinnamon bread and the best place to […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Uncategorized