San Francisco Treats, cont’d: Zeitgeist, Bi-Rite, Delfina, and the Berkeley Farmers’ Market

It’s been 2 days of non-stop dining in San Francisco which included an ice cream tasting (salted caramel, lavender honey) at Bi-Rite Creamery by owner Sam (one of the most passionate and exuberant people I’ve met in a long time), pizza at Delfina, meeting the Tamale Lady at Zeitgeist, BBQ and Sake with Bob at Memphis Minnie’s, an evening manifestation over prop 8 and a break in Dolores Park. The park stop was a quintessential San Francisco experience: I was offered afternoon ganja brownies by a lovely family, a psychic reading by a very witty and harmless drunk, and front row seats at a flag/cheerleading demonstration by a large man in a strapless gown. Actually, it felt like New Orleans any day of the year.

BBQ Wings and Sake at Memphis Minnie's, San Francisco

BBQ Wings and Sake at Memphis Minnie’s, San Francisco

Try this recipe for Cider Roasted Winter Squash from Sara Foster for Cottage Living Magazine.

And here’s an easy recipe for Fennel Salad:

Fennel Salad

Yield: 2   |  Total time: 10 min
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Sunday was much calmer. Friends, Brian and Paul took me to the Farmers' Market in Berkeley before heading to a booksigning for Trail of Crumbs. These gorgeous bulbs of fennel hanging in the air caught my eye. I love fennel raw with lemon juice and olive oil, caramelized with shallots and a pinch of sugar to accompany roasted monkfish, or smothered with tomatoes and onions...


  • 2 fennel bulbs, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 satsuma, peeled and sliced
  • lemon juice
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • fleur de sel


Spread fennel slices on a large platter or bowl. Top with satsuma (or other citrus), a squeeze of lemon juice, and a drizzle of olive oil. Garnish with fleur de sel or other favorite finishing salt.

If you feel the need for pork, as many of my friends do, then crisp up some pancetta slices as a garnish. I also like to shave Parmiggiano-Reggiano on top.

Date Published: November 8, 2008

All recipes have been tested by the Test Kitchens unless otherwise noted.

4 comments... read them below or add one


  1. November 11, 2008 10:18 am by Mesle Tow Reply

    Are you doing a book signing in San Francisco? Please let me know.

  2. November 11, 2008 10:30 am by kim Reply


    I just did a signing in Oakland this past Sunday. I hope to be back early next year.
    I post signings on my Web site under events and appearances.

    Thanks for your interest.

  3. November 11, 2008 6:10 pm by Mesle Tow Reply

    Kim – I love your book. I am about half way through . . . What a life! And I thought that my sense of identity was complex, international… I am at the part in the book, just before you land in Korea, where you talk about the possibility of not looking like the majority of other Koreans, and what this may mean. If I may ask, have you managed to locate your birth parents, or do you intend to keep looking? Although your fluid sense of identity may be a burden of sorts, there is also tremendous beauty to it. Your ability to blend, to mix, to re-invent. I can’t imagine what it is like to have to peel away layers to get to the part of you that knows you. You are a strong woman. And although I don’t know you, I respect you, and wish you much happiness today and in the days and years to come!

  4. November 15, 2008 9:28 am by Dan Reply

    That’s my favorite brand of Soju! Such a great post.

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