Hometown Glory, Bay Area Edition

Christmas Treats

Christmas Treats: Prime rib, homemade macarons, baked brie and Peking duck.

I had a brief but wonderful trip back home, full of good times with family and friends (and lots of food). I flew back home on Christmas Eve and was welcomed to a wonderful feast of Chinese and Western food. My cousin made amazing homemade macarons and baked brie (he even has a special wood-fire oven in his house). However, nothing could beat the Peking duck. My aunt has a brand-new steamer oven (I didn’t even know those existed) so we had freshly-steamed buns to pair with the three ducks. Yes, we had three ducks and prime rib. That’s my family for you.

Tonys and Super Duper

Pizza from Tony’s and cheeseburger and garlic fries from Super Duper Burger in San Francisco

One of the best days of my vacation was spent in San Francisco trying Tony’s Pizza Napoletena. The line for Tony’s is always CRAZY long (like 2-hour wait long), but I was determined to try their margherita pizza, which won the world pizza cup in Naples, Italy. They use special dough so they only make 73 margherita pizzas a day (talk about a good marketing tactic–exclusivity). My friends and I also ordered the Cal Italia pizza, which was the gold medal winner of Food Network’s pizza champions challenge. This pizza had asiago, mozzarella, gorgonzola, sweet fig preserve, prosciutto, parmigiano and a drizzle of balsamic reduction.

I loved the pizza. It was even better than Delfina’s because even though it was thin crust, it didn’t get soggy. While the margherita was delicious, the Cal Italia pizza completely won me over. I loved the combination of the slightly sweet and savory that came from the fig preserves and the prosciutto. The pizza was cooked perfectly with a thin, crispy dough, but fluffy crust. The Cal Italia would have definitely made it on my list of 100 Things to Eat in San Francisco Before You Die. If you go, I’d recommend going early to put your name down (they don’t take reservations) OR even ordering your pizza to-go and eating it in Washington Square Park.

While in SF, I also got to check out Local Edition, an awesome bar that opened up right before I left SF last year. It’s the same owners of the Rickhouse and Bourbon & Branch so you can expect highly-skilled bartenders making quality cocktails in ’20s Newsies outfits. No night would have been complete without some garlic fries and a cheeseburger from Super Duper Burger, one of my favorite SF burger chains.

Pinkberry

I love you, Pinkberry.

Bay Area Treats

My sister got me hurricane popcorn for Christmas!!! Mexican food from Fiesta Del Mar, sushi from Masa’s and brunch at the Rick’s Cafe.

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Live Your Life Deliciously at LYFE Kitchen in Palo Alto

LYFE Kitchen

I don’t get excited about food or restaurants in Palo Alto very often. Yes, my favorite sandwich place of all time is in Palo Alto (The Village Cheesehouse) and there is delicious Greek food at Evvia. Overall, I feel like the food scene in the Peninsula is really subpar compared to San Francisco. So when my friend Amy sent me an article about LYFE Kitchen at 167 N. Hamilton Ave., I was intrigued. The menu was developed by Top Chef Master Art Smith and vegan chef Tal Ronnen. LYFE Kitchen (Love Your Food Everyday) advertises no genetically modified food, no additives and nothing processed food all under 600 calories. I am not a nutritionist so I can’t fairly analyze how “healthy” everything on the menu is. I can judge taste though!

In lieu of probably sounding a little crazy, I ate at LYFE Kitchen three times this week– once for dinner, once for lunch and once for breakfast (all different days, I swear!). I just happened to be in Palo Alto a lot this week (it’s atypical) and there were a lot of things on the menu that I wanted to try. The restaurant is super casual; you order from a counter and then servers bring your food.

BBQ Chicken Flatbread

Corn Chowder

Fish Tacos

Unfried Chicken

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