hulabunny (hulabunny) wrote,

The 2010 Big Eat

I recently came across the 2010 Big Eat list, a list of 100 things to eat in San Francisco before you die.   I'm type-A, so putting anything in list form is going to pique my interest.  I'm a foodie, too, so a list of food will definitely get me hooked.  But 100 is a lot of things.  And I'm 35 miles outside the beautiful city of San Francisco.  And I have two small children, who aren't usually up for being dragged to the city merely for the purpose of sampling house-cured pig parts.  My husband says it's impossible for us to try all 100 things on that list within a year.

Sounds like a challenge to me.

And I don't back down from challenges.  (Well, except if it's a challenge that involves possibly getting hit in the face, because my face is my fortune.)  Now I am still trying to lose 10 pounds - technically, I'm down to 8 pounds to go (yay!) - so I'm not foolhardy enough to think that I can get to all 100 things.  But I am going to make a serious go of it and see how many I can try by February 4, 2011.

Luckily, there are some things that I have already tried, so I'm going to give myself a little head start for the things I've already eaten before:

1. Roast Chicken and Bread Salad at Zuni Cafe - It was uber-expensive (over $30, and that was at least 3 years ago) but damn good.  The chicken was so tender and redolent of the fresh herbs dotting its delectable, golden skin.  The bread salad was amazing as well, with bursts of dried currants complementing the crunchy, yet soft and chewy, yumminess of the bread cubes.

15. Any Seasonal Flavor at Scream Sorbet - I love Scream, and luckily, they have a stand at our local farmers' market.  The first seasonal flavor I tried was the plum shiso, which was simply summer perfection.  One spoonful of the insanely creamy, gorgeous fuschia frozen confection had me hopelessly addicted to Scream.  Since then, I've enjoyed their creative flavor offerings, including elephant heart plum, Satsuma mandarin, cashew caramel, fig walnut, and peanut butter and jelly.  Every flavor so far has been brilliant.

33. Prime Rib at House of Prime Rib - Often imitated, but never duplicated, HOPR is the place to go for a nice thick slab of meat.  Sure, no matter what time your reservation is (and you WILL need one) or when you arrive, they're going to make you wait in the bar and get at least one drink out of you before you're seated at your table - they want you nice and relaxed so that you can leisurely sup on your meal.  Don't fill up on the sides (lavishly presented salad prepared table-side, choice of potato dish, creamed spinach, and Yorkshire pudding), because make no mistake, the perfectly seasoned, perfectly cooked prime rib is the star of the meal. 

89. Lettuce Cups at Betelnut -
Lest you think it's all gushy-gushy, I have to wonder why this is on the list.  Maybe I'm pickier about Asian food, but I don't recall the lettuce cups as being all that.  I do remember that the filling was well stir-fried; everything was cooked just right to that light crispiness that indicates supreme mastery of the wok.  The flavors were good but nothing special, so my lasting impression is mostly meh.

90. Korean Tacos at Namu's Market Stand - This was delish, but the name is a bit misleading.  It's a piece of toasted Korean seaweed filled with a bit of short-grain rice, tomatoes, minced bulgogi (that's Korean barbecued beef for the uninitiated), diced tomatoes, and an artful squirt of what looks like Korean chili sauce mixed with mayo, then folded over in a taco-like fashion.  That's the only thing "taco" about it, that the seaweed is folded over.  But I'm not going to quibble with the name, it was still super tasty and was relatively cheap eats.

So that is 5 out of 100.  Writing all that made me hungry; now I have to decide what I'm going to try next.  I'm open to recommendations.

Happy eating!
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