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Acme Bread – San Francisco, CA

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Acme Bread Company

(1) 415 – 288 2978
1 Ferry Building, Market Shop #15
San Francisco, California 94111

www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com

OPEN HOURS:
6:20 am –  7:30 pm   Monday   – Friday
8:00 am – 7:00 pm   Saturday – Sunday

Founded in 1983 out in Berkley, CA by Steve Sullivan, Acme Bread was a pioneer on the Artisan Bread Culture.  Now 26 years later with two bakeries in Berkley, one in Mountain View and one  in the Ferry Building downtown San Francisco, dedicated customers are still enjoying the flaky joy that is warm bread.

While visiting this commercial handmade bread company,  it is hard to make a choice once you reach the counter!  There is a perfect  selection of the sourdoughs that San Francisco is famous for (it is because of the humidity and climate that the starters take so well).  Acme uses French and Italian techniques and only organic flour to create their magnificent selection of Viennoiseries ( croissants, Danishes, Brioches) and Breads  (Ciabatta, Focaccia, Baguette, Sourdough, Swetbread, Rye, Pumpernickel ……).

The Ferry Building itself is a wonderful foodie enclave.  If this were in another, more commercial city it would be housing all sorts of chains (read Au Bon Pain, Starbucks, Sharper Image, etc ..).  I was expecting another lost, culturally significant locale- a la Fanual Hall in Boston or the South Street Seaport in New York.  I was so happy to find all local food producers and a climate that defines San Francisco eating: width, breadth taste and locale.  Bravo.

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Erewhon Natural Foods – Los Angeles

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Erewhon Natural Foods Market

(1) 323 – 937 0777
7660 Beverly Blvd # A
Los Angeles, California 90036

www.erewhonmarket.com

OPEN HOURS:
8:00 am – 10:00 pm   Monday  – Saturday
9:00 am –   9:00 pm   Sunday

Erewhon is a true holistic supermarket, having one of the most extensive collections of health oriented specialty foods, which- in my experience- is only rivaled by Rainbow grocery in San Francisco.  Featuring  an extensive selection of raw foods along side vitamins, herbs and macrobiotic/natural  homeopathic remedies, nut butters, jams, local, foreign… and with some prepared foods Erewhon covers it all.

There is even a Tonic Bar, where you can get a custom remedy prepared for any symptoms you might have- just consult with the onsite juicer!

Erewhon is a bit pricy (though we found most markets to be more expensive on the West coast?), but totally worth the cost for the joy you bring to your body.  Many times after we left LA, we wound up wishing we had brought more healthier with us as we ambled north through the central Californian expanse.

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Matsuri – New York

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Matsuri

212 –  243  6400
369 West 16th Street
(bet 9th & 8th Avenues)
New York, NY, 10011

www.matsurinyc.com

OPEN HOURS:
Unfortunately closed now 2013

The word Matsuri means festival in Japanese

At the Maritime  Hotel

Chef Tadashi Ono’s wonderful Matsuri transports you directly into the Edo period-  giant paper lanterns  vaulted ceiling, dark wood floors,  jade-green ceramic tiles all create an ambiance to rival a movie set.  Born in Tokyo,  Chef Ono started his career at age 16, and then moved to Los Angeles to train at La Petite Chaya and L’Orangerie.  He then moved east to NY heading up the kitchens at La Caravelle Restaurant; nine years later he opened Sono on 57th Street and now we are so lucky since 2003 to have Matsuri.  Where, in the lushest of environments, Chef Ono presents authentic Japanese comfort food.  Flying in organic grains daily from Japan and offering more than 200 kinds of sake.

Special items for us include:

  • Kinpira – Sauteed and Simmered Burdock
  • Goma-ae  Spinach
  • Hijiki salad  in soy and sake
  • Kampach  sashimi with yuzu and green pepper sauce
  • the shishinto peppers in dashi
  • Mushrooms baked in parchment paper contain all their juices and flavour (ordered everytime)
  • Nasu Shigiyaki  –  Japanese eggplant grilled with miso sauce   so sweet and delicious
  • Black Cod marinated in sake paste and then grilled so perfect each bite falls effortlessly
  • 18 grain rice
  • Lotus roots, the perfect snack with a fresh Aldentéd sake crunch
  • The sushi and the sashimi are very fresh and clean
  • on the sweet side, the warm chocolate cake melts with every bite

Keep an eye out for Chef Ono’s new book:  Japanese Hot Pots; where he directs you to the creation of hot pot meals.  Recipies from the book will be featured in the restaurant’s menu as of late September 2009.

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Lotus Roots
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Kinpira (sauté and simmer Burdock)
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Uni and Fatty Tuna Sushi
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Main Dining Room

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The House Cafe – Istanbul, Turkey

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The House Cafe

(90) 212 – 227 2699  Ortaköy
(90) 212 – 259 23 77  Teşvikiye
(90) 212 – 245 95 15  Tünel
(90) 216 – 368 7764  Caddebostan
(90) 212 – 345 6202  İstinyePark
(90) 212 – 327  1774   Corner-Teşvikiye
(90) 212 – 287 1030   Bebek
(90) 212 – Kanyon

www.thehousecafe.com.tr

The House Cafe is a beautiful restaurant chain with cleverly designed individual locations combined with tasty food and pleasant service. Exactly what one wants from a restaurant.

Architecturally, all  of the House Cafes are designed by Autoban Design Office ,blending antique, modern  and industrial elements resulting a stylish setting.  On the Culinary front, London Savoy trained chef Coscun Uisal blends local and international cuisine; including pizza pasta sandwiches and salads, using organic ingredients from sustainable sources whenever possible.

The Ortaköy location opened in 2005 with a premium view of the Ortaköy bridge and of the mosque on the Bosphorus.  It is the perfect location for brunch and includes a buffet area on its sunny terrace. On weekend evenings, a DJ takes over the bar creating  a pleasant atmosphere  for cocktails.

There are also pleanty of  jams, marinated olives, southern Turkish olive oil,  coffee, biscottis, cookies  and lovely wines.

Cooking classes are on offer at the İstiklal location offering different culinary teachings; including Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Ottoman and French cuisines.

As an aside, there is The House Apart division of the House Cafe, through which one can rent fully furnished luxury apartments scattered around  İstanbul.

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The House light toast: Toasted whole wheat bread sandwich with flax seed marinated light feta cheese, rocket leaves and sun dried tomatoes.
Menemen : Three eggs scrambled with tomatoes and green peppers (a personal favorite all over Arabia) at Ortaköy

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Salad of warm artichoke hearts filled with mashed sun-dried tomatoes, and prawns sautéed in sweet & sour sauce on mixed Mediterranean greens at Kanyon

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The House Cafe at Ortaköy
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Couscous with chestnut mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, spinach and caramelized onion at Kanyon

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Grilled Vegetable salad: Assorted layer of grilled seasonal vegetables, baked beetroot, sautéed Halloumi cheese with tahini sauce at Kanyon

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Souen Organic Ramen – New York

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Miso Ramen

Souen Organic Ramen

212 –  388  1155
326 E 6th Street
(bet 1st – 2nd Avenues)
New York, NY, 10003

www.souen.net

OPEN HOURS:
12:00pm – 11:00pm Mon-Fri
12:00pm –  1:00am Sat- Sun

Since 1971 Souen has been the place in NYC  for macrobiotic food; with their main restaurants in Soho and 13th St. This latest Souen is the third of the chain and, thankfully, home to a completely different menu!  It focuses on different styles of Ramen (all organic) and Japanese comfort food.  Souen 6th St. has fast become a local staple and an easy choice for quality, quantity and taste!

There are still a few macrobiotic options and the food is definatley “healthy” tasting.   If you ware gluttoning for the deep pork of a traditional ramen, try Rai Rai Ken on 10th St.  If you are looking for dishes being both flavorful and light- with the brilliant upside that you can eat as much as you want without feeling overly full or heavy- Souen 6th St. is the place.

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Goma  Tofu  with black sesame sauce
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The appetizers are quick and special.  Top tasties include the Yuba (tofu skin) marinated in kombu shiitake broth or the “Miso Yuba”  (Note: the Miso Yuba is not allways in the menu, but requestable).  The Seitan Dumplings are fulfilling and quite good, while the Kimpira – a marinated Burdock root is just crunchy happiness.  Another hidden gem is the boring sounding Maze Rice is actually a delicious side and goes very well with the Burdock Kimpira.  The House Salad is surprisingly bountiful and recommended for a bit of green in all the browns.

The specialty of Souen is being able to combine the different Ramen broths (Miso, Black Sesame, Shoyu, or Curry) with your choice of noodle( Soba, Udon, Wheat or Rice).  There is also a ramen salad and a wild seabass ramen,  and like at most Ramen places you can add toppings to your choice

There is a special Lunch menu set of a ramen pluss a side dish

The specials are usually fantastic- I’m hooked on the Brussels Sprouts!

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Yuba (tofu skin) marinated in kombu shiitake broth
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Miso Ramen
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Pad Thai Soba
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