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The Brunch Bunch

19 Nov

Brunch in San Francisco is, in a word, outtacontrol.

It is simply un-San-Franciscan to pass a weekend without whiling away at least one day sipping creative daytime cocktails at a table littered with plates of egg-laden goodness. (In fact, I think it’s our love of brunch that has prompted us to top just about everything with an egg, from burgers and pizza to housemade pasta.)

So it’s quite an honor to become a brunch institution in SF, and few restaurants are more deserving than Foreign Cinema. The Mission mainstay has been serving savory scrambles, plates of fresh oysters, and kickass cocktails since Willie Brown was mayor. Yet somehow I had yet to hit them up before this past weekend. (Wealth of riches, perhaps?)

Here are some photos of the highlights. I’ll definitely be returning soon.

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Behold, the Bloody Caesar; a vodkalicious, clamato-laced breakfast cocktail that provides the spicy satisfaction of a good ol’ bloody Mary, but far less filling. Genius.

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Baked goat cheese and radicchio, which was a much-appreciated gift from the kitchen. Note to holiday gifters: when in doubt, just send cheese.

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The hard cider omelette, in which apples and chanterelles nestle cozily inside a package of perfectly silky eggs.

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The colorful flower petals in my side salad were a beautiful and elegant touch.

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The balsamic-fried eggs with garlic potato hash and prosciutto are nothing short of a culinary masterpiece. I’m definitely going to have to try to figure this one out at home.

Cellar Soiree

30 Jul

Now that we’re nearing the end of summer, I’m starting to think ahead towards the inevitable “best of 2012” roundups I’ll have to write as we get closer to the holidays. The Abbot’s Cellar‘s opening in the Mission this month is solidly in my top five favorites (scroll down to find out why), as is the outfit I wore to its media preview. There’s something about this boho-meets-rocker-chick look that fits my personality perfectly.

{{{ Seven For All Mankind Jacket, Equipment blouse, fLuXuS tank, Marc by Marc Jacobs coated denim (similar here), JJ Winters bag, Kelsi Dagger pumps, Chanel sunnies, Rings: A Peace Treaty, House of Harlow 1960, Bell Jar, Bracelets: Linea Pelle, spikes similar here, Sequin, CultureKitty}}}

With the outfit situation under control, I headed off to the Mission to see the finished Abbot’s Cellar space for the first time. It was love at first sight. Scroll down for highlights and read my Rundown review here.

How gorgeous is this bar?

20 beers on tap. Yes, the bartenders need a cheat sheet to remember which is which.

Loads of reclaimed barn wood make this huge space feel warm and inviting, yet still very modern.

The seating area near the two-story beer cellar towards the rear of the space has an outdoor patio feel.

My adorable tasting glass.

I’ll be back for a full-sized portion of this pickled albacore appetizer.