I've had some incredibly delicious nibbles lately in the Bay Area. I hope that if you make your way there, you'll find them too.
Yesterday I ate a gorgeous lunch at Canteen in San Francisco. But the highlight? Little homemade Parker House Rolls yellow and sweet with through and through butter. Like brioche but richer, or challah but denser. Parker House Rolls can be considered a dessert if you can extend poetic license to tongues and the taste buds upon them. Do not delay. This is bread at its richest.
I've not been there yet but you can bet I'll wake up early just for "Rachel's Jam & Blue Bottle Coffee" at Pizzaiolo in Oakland. Serious Insider Dish: this Rachel person makes Jam and marmalade the likes of which will, if ever sold commercially, make you re-think your love affair with the Doyenne of Jam & Marmalade making. Who wants to go there with me first?
Near Persian New Year I ate an ice cream at Ici which tingled and warmed me all over. Pistachio & Rose. Surprisingly soft pink in hue, this ice cream had a transportational effect. I hear it's still in rotation. Go. Now. Do not wait.
And lastly, strawberries. At the Tuesday Berkeley farmer's market Lucero had some of the best early strawberries I've ever eaten in spring. Medium sized, completely red, long stemmed and very strawberry-y.
I'll be at the Thursday market today for more of them.
See you soon?