Tuesday, July 1, 2008

I Left My Stomach in San Francisco

Sorry it's been so long since my last post. My life's been cracked-out busy for the past few weeks. I was filming almost daily, then took off for a much needed vacation to San Francisco Pride. I love San Fran for obvious reasons. For starters, it's a vegan mecca. The thrift shopping is unparalleled anywhere else in California. They have well-planned public transportation. But perhaps the BEST thing about San Francisco is that my parents just moved there from Ohio last year. In layman's terms, this means "Jenn's mom and dad moved to San Fran last year, and in good Jewish Parent fashion, will attempt to pay for EVERYTHING while she's in town." Lucky for me, I can let Jew Guilt step aside and enjoy the hell out of them spoiling me.
My birthday was back at the beginning of June, but I put my b-day dinner on hold until my SF trip so that I could dine at Millennium. For those of you not in the know, Millennium in SF and Candle 79 in New York are pretty much the top classy vegan establishments in the US. It was the most amazing meal I've ever had in my life. The staff even hooked us up with some free appetizers and desserts because the other five in my party were all carnivores, and I was attempting to convert them :)
I think the server could sense my exuberance, because she let me meet the chef. I've been dating strictly women for several years now, but I would have had sex with this man. Goodness.
On our table that night, we enjoyed...

  • Sage Gnocchi with Seared Morel Mushrooms, Fava Beans and Caramelized Onion-Brandy Cream
  • Wilted Bloomsdale Spinach & Spring Greens Salad
  • Sesame Crusted Oyster Mushrooms (These were free! And tasted like calamari.
  • English Pea Samosas filled with Mustard Greens & Fresh Mint, served with Cashew & Button Mushroom Korma, Tofu Paneer, Coriander and Apricot Chutney, and Green Beans with Mint & Lemon
  • Coconut Black Pepper Crusted Tofu with Lemongrass Marinated Oyster Mushrooms, Red Curry Sauteed Edamame & Asian Veggies, Kafir Lime Scented Jasmine Rice and Green Papaya-Nectarine Salad
  • Roasted Fazzoletti, which is Semolina Pasta Sheets layered with Exotic Mushroom Sugo, Saute of Morel Mushrooms, Butter Beans, Rapini & Baby Artichokes, "Gorgonzola" Cream, Basil Gremolata and Pine Nut Toasted Bread Crumbs
Coconut Black Pepper Tofu

And on to dessert. I didn't think I was going to be able to do it. I was so full. But I did it! I don't remember exactly what these were called, but I'll do my best...

  • Blueberry Tart with Some Kind of Amazing faux Creme and Ginger Peach (?) Ice Cream
  • Truffle/Mini Cookie Plate
  • Chocolate Cake of some kind (on the house!)
Blueberry Tart

And in case you're wondering if there were left-overs....