Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Plant Cafe Organic

Pier 3 at The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111


3352 Steiner St, San Francisco, CA 94123

I don't have anything against inorganic food, but organic food always strike me as fresh and healthy! So after a morning at the farmer's market at the Embarcadero, I stopped by The Plant Cafe for a quick brunch.
The cafe offers outdoor seating with great view of the bay. It also offers heating lamp to make sure the customers are warm on cooler days.

The lunch menu offers food like salad, burgers, pizza, pasta, oysters and a delightful wine list. Everything seems ordinary but is organic. At the Marina and Downtown location, they also offer "create yourself salad" and fresh squeeze juices and smoothies. The cafe's signature Plant burger strikes's housemade with lentils, mushrooms, beets, cashews and bulgur wheat. Yummy! You can choose your breads from regular burger bun, wheat bun, and variety of sliced bread. You can also choose what to go in it.

The Swiss and Mushroom Plant Burger

The burger patty is very soft and flavorful, but I cannot taste specific ingredients that was in it. The bread was toasted perfectly. The mushroom and melted Swiss cheese added some softer texture to the burger. I LOVE this! It was so good, I ordered it again when I went again.

I also tried one of the pizzas on the menu. It was my favorite pizza, Margherita, but it comes with corn also! The pizza consists a thin layer of cheese, lots of heirloom tomatoes, basil and corn. The crust is thin and soft toward the center but crunchy at the edge.

Margherita Pizza with Corn
Mimosa with Fresh Orange Juice

And...wash down the meal with a glass of mimosa made with fresh orange juice!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Ti Couz

3108 16th St
San Francisco, CA94103
(415) 252-7373

Like pho, crepe is another one of my comfort food. I think it's because it usually contains cheese or sauce. It's warm, gooey, soft, hearty and delicious! I am used to going to places like Squat and Gobble, Crepevine, Crepeville, etc, but it was nothing like Ti Couz.

Ti Couz is a French crepery located in the Mission District. The door front was hard to spot because I swear, I'd passed by it so many times but never noticed it until I decided to look up where it is and go. The service there was awesome. The waiter is pretty helpful and attentative. I'd been to Ti Couz two times, and both times, they left a big jar of water in case I wanted more.

Buckwheat Crepe with Mushrooms and Mushroom Sauce

I first heard of this from my coworker Kathy. She highly recommended it, especially the mushroom sauce. Then after checking out Yelp, many Yelpers said the same great things about the mushroom sauce being a must try. I personally love mushroom, so there was no doubt that this was my very first Ti Couz order. The crepe was folded in square-form with a thin later of mushroom stuffing inside and warm creamy mushroom sauce on the outside. The crepe itself was made with buckwheat and is crunchy around the edge and soft around the center. The buckwheat crepe itself already possess tons of flavor! I can eat it like bread or crackers! The mushroom sauce was very rich in mushroom flavor but was a bit too salty for my taste. So, the second time, I order a crepe with a side of mushroom sauce.

The crepe itself looks flat, but it was stuffed with mushroom.

Buckwheat Crepe with Egg, Ham and Cheese

This is another one of my favorite. It tasted great without any sauce whatsoever. It was simple and very hearty. The crepe was extra crunchy on this one since the stuffing was much dryer. The egg was made sunnyside up with a perfectly bright and runny yolk, which acted like a sauce itself.

I think I will come back here indefinitely! There are many varieties and combinations on the menu that you can create yourself. Ti Couz also serves fresh juices, Italian soda as well as beer and it's perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner!