Coffee snobbery

We finally got one of these individual ceramic drippers for coffee. All the cool kids use them here.

If you’re really cool, you can get a little kettle to go with it.

Personally, I still like our Cuisinart coffee maker. But it’s fun to indulge in a little coffee snobbery.

I bet people would be really impressed if I busted out my ’40s vacuum coffee pot!

A foodie weekend

Pretty teeny flowers from our yard.

Mike and I kicked off our weekend on an awesome note when we decided to check another restaurant off our Top 100 list and went to Pizzeria Delfina in the Mission. The item we were supposed to eat was the Pizza Margherita, which looked amazing.

But we decided to have the Carbonara special instead, a white pizza with a runny egg yolk on top (perfect for scooping up with bits of chewy crust). We ate it so quickly I didn’t even get a picture.

Mike did get a shot of our artichoke/arugula appetizer with his iPhone.

We sat on the other side of the kitchen so we could see all the bowls of fresh ingredients, including a giant slab of Parmesan cheese that they scrape off with a vegetable peeler (just like I do!).

It seems like every restaurant should have an open kitchen like that. It’s so much more enticing to see the fresh ingredients than just a few lines on a menu.

The real reason I loved this place so much, though, was that like a lot of places in the bay area, they just try to do a few things really well. All of the ingredients are really high quality, fresh, in season, and so on. It seems like a lot of restaurants fail when they try to do too much.

After dinner we saved just enough room to have a treat at the Tartine Bakery down the block. We split a gorgeous lemon cream tart that was definitely the best tart I’ve ever had.

One of the women sitting next to us said we were making it look so good that she was tempted to go buy one.

We also got lattes in giant latte bowls. I was in total food heaven.

We explored some fun shops in the Mission that we had missed on other trips. They had some great furniture stores with drool-worthy mid-century finds. It was great eye candy.

Saturday morning we had a bunch of errands to run, so we decided to start our day with some fresh bread from Acme Bread in Berkeley.

We got a whole wheat levain loaf and a sweet baguette in addition to some breakfast pastries. The total for all of it was $9. I made a mental note to buy bread this good every week.

If you find yourself on a bread shopping spree like we have been, might I suggest making zucchini bread pudding?

Personally, I am in a bit of a bread coma, so I’ll be attempting to get back to normal!

Loving: Honeysuckle hand soap

I can’t tell you how excited I was when I saw this on the shelf at (of all places) Ace Hardware.

I’m a devotee of Mrs. Meyers cleaning products, mostly because they smell like anything but cleaning products. But my favorite scent of all time is honeysuckle, and I haven’t been able to find it since I bought a mini spring cleaning kit at World Market a couple years ago.

But it’s back! At least in the hand soap. Please, Mrs. Meyers, bring back the whole line! And send me samples!