My muffin is feeling neglected.

God damn, I love oatmeal.

San Francisco has the highest amount of restaurants per capita. I love it. There are so many different choices for food that I’ll never run out. Within walking distance of my apartment there is:
– pizza
– Thai
– Italian
– Brazilian
– Chinese
– Indian
– Mexican
– Spanish
– Japanese/sushi
– ice cream
– burgers
– Vietnamese
– French
– American

And near work there is:
– Italian
– Thai
– Vietnamese
– Turkish
– Indian
– Soup
– Indian

I definitely prefer the restaurant scene near home more, but I am discovering more and more hidden treasures near work. My favorites near work are Little Delhi, Anatolian Kitchen, Split Pea Seduction, King of Thai Noodle, and Little Joe’s. My favorites near home are Zarzuela, Okoze, Za Pizza, Escape From New York Pizza, Lemongrass, Gary Danko, and Swensen’s. Yum!

OK, I really want to make some of these: Root Beer Float Cupcakes

Over the past few weeks, I have been thinking a lot about what can be done about global warming. One thing that can be done, and I don’t think enters many people’s minds, is to eat locally.

Our food often travels thousands of miles before reaching our mouth. This is all well and good if you don’t have to worry about the consequences of how it got here. Unfortunately we do have to worry about this very thing.

Eating locally aims to reduce this impact on the environment. On a whim, I googled “eat locally san francisco.” The first result was for Locavores, “a group of concerned culinary adventurers who are making an effort to eat only foods grown or harvested within a 100 mile radius of San Francisco for an entire month.”

Their next eat local month is September. It looks like I am going to give this a try and see what I learn. Of course, it will be much easier for me than for someone from, say, Arizona. It seems as though Northern California has enough variety so that I will still be able to eat like a king.

For Valentine’s Day, Alyssa got me pasta boobs:

And her sister got her some space needle pasta:

Add in some sausages…

And voila! Space boobs!

August 17, 2006

Lily’s BBQ
705 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

To Whom It May Concern:

Having moved to San Francisco almost a year ago, I noticed from time to time that this is not a city famous for its barbeque. Determined to satisfy my craving for a pulled pork sandwich with BBQ sauce and slaw, I scoured the Internet looking for a good barbeque restaurant.

The two places that I found online were your restaurant and Memphis Minnie’s. Pulling out my trusty Zagat guide, I found your restaurant to have a slightly higher rating.

Having made my pick, I made my day centered around going to your restaurant. I went to the Western Addition library, and after a few hours of studying there, I decided it was time to quell the rumbly in my tumbly.

I arrived at the restaurant at approximately 1:50pm, a good time for a late lunch. Unfortunately, I discovered a “Closed” sign on the front door. There was no indication as to why the restaurant was closed. No “sorry, closed for today,” no “be back in 15 minutes” sign. Nothing. Walking around to the side, I found the menu which listed the hours of operation. Well it used to at least. Now it just says:

Hours: 10am – 10pm Call

You can be sure that I won’t be calling. I won’t be making a point of coming to your restaurant. If you’d like to win me over as a customer, I suggest you try finding me in Memphis Minnie’s.

Sincerely,
Stuart Matthews
2240 Larkin Street Apartment 103
San Francisco, CA 94109

Today I have decided to go to the Western Addition library so that I can go to Lily’s BBQ afterwards. By the way, the Zagat guide gave Brother in Law’s a 23 (out of 30) on food, and a FOUR on decor. Seriously. A four.

Anyway, so of course I had to look up the address and hours for this library branch. And now I find out that this library is closing for renovation very soon. In fact, they’re having a freakin’ party (pdf) to celebrate the closing. This seems a little messed up. The branch will reopen in the spring of 2008.

I am not saying that it doesn’t need renovating, but it seems a little strange to celebrate the fact that a community educational resource will be unavailable for about a year and a half.

At least I will get to see it before it closes, and I might even make it out to the little party just to see the absurdity of it all.

Sounds like the beginning of a joke…

But no, really – Guess which part of this page I am responsible for.

Wow…I sure am funungry. Someone want to drive to San Rafael and bring me a cheeseburger? What, 4:30am too early for you? I’ll remember this insult!