Dinner – Tuesday, September 7, 2021 My first (and only) visit to Californios was over four years ago, back when they were a modest operation in a small, dimly lit space. Revisiting those dinner notes now is instructive – it seems I saw promise, but evidently not enough to return anytime in the intervening period. […]Read more "Californios"
Dinner – Wednesday, May 27, 2021 This dinner was a long time coming – a group of us had a reservation here in January 2020, which was aborted after a fire shut the restaurant down on New Year’s Day. The expected reopening never happened, because the whole world shut down. We did partake of their […]Read more "Gozu"
Dinner – Sunday, May 9, 2021 We dropped by Angler a few times in 2020, when it took a turn as Saison Smokehouse (good, not great), and for some of their holiday take-home dinners (fun). However, Mother’s Day seemed like an appropriate time to return for a meal with the family, at a restaurant I […]Read more "Angler"
Dinner – Thursday, November 12, 2020 We should have seen it coming, shouldn’t we? Halloween, the election crowds, the approaching cold season and pandemic fatigue all combined to push COVID-19 cases to new heights (I won’t use the word “wave” because let’s be frank, it’s all been one long wave – this country never successfully […]Read more "Birdsong"
Dinner – Thursday, August 6, 2020 And so the state’s shelter-in-place order carries on interminably. In search of a way to take a break as responsibly as possible (and trying to support our friends), we skipped down the coast for a one-night stay at L’Auberge Carmel. Of course, the purpose was to dine at Aubergine, […]Read more "Aubergine"
Dinner – Thursday, July 9, 2020 Our previous dinner at Single Thread was in the immediate aftermath of the devastasting Kincade Fire. Who could have known then that our next meal would occur in the midst of an unprecedented global pandemic? Our family has been beyond fortunate so far, even as so many around the […]Read more "Single Thread"
Dinner – Wednesday, January 22, 2020 After about a year and a half of operation, Birdsong remains my favourite restaurant in San Francisco proper. I’ve written here about two past meals, but I think this evening was my sixth visit since June 2018 (eh, who’s counting?). Tonight, I returned with a friend and we were […]Read more "Birdsong"
Dinner – Monday, November 4, 2019 We were scheduled to eat at Single Thread on October 28, but the Kincade Fire put a quick stop to that as it forced a mandatory evacuation of Healdsburg and the surrounding areas. All in all, the fire burned through ~78,000 acres of Sonoma county in about two weeks, […]Read more "Single Thread"
Dinner – Thursday, October 3, 2019 It had been some time since I’d visited Mourad, and I was starting to get that nagging itch. I booked my dinner there, and then saw the announcement about Aziza’s revival a week later – it was meant to be. I’m still as captivated by the restaurant’s design as […]Read more "Mourad"
Dinner – Saturday, August 31, 2019 I was surprised to discover that my most recent post about Aubergine was last April, just before we had our daughter! This dinner marks our fourth visit since that post (!), and notably, our first since the restaurant was awarded their well-deserved Michelin star in the inaugural California guide. […]Read more "Aubergine"