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Chic Cuisine

San Francisco’s Chicest New Brasserie – Absinthe

POSTED ON : July 17, 2013 | Posted in Chic Cuisine, FSF Home, Uncategorized

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Dear Fashionistas,

And we’re back with Chic Cuisine! In the last couple of weeks I have been eating to hearts content in all the most fabulous restaurants in the city because (drumroll please…) it was mine and the boyfriends birthday celebrations!! And we definitely got our moneys worth of good food, good drinks and good times, beginning with Absinthe. This brasserie and bar has been on my list of “must go restaurants” since I have lived in the city, and for some crazy unknown reason this was my first time there…and people, it will not be my last.

In the celebratory spirit, we started with a bottle of prosecco, and lots of appetizers. We ordered the mixed olives (boyfriend and I are olive fanatics…more on that later), spicy fried chickpeas and oysters. Now, we are by no means oyster connoisseurs, so we asked for a recommendation, and the superb server recommended the kusshi oysters as they are more mild and not as briny as other varieties. They were amazing! They were flavorful, delicious, and a great recommendation and reintroduction to the world of oysters. For entrees, the boy ordered the coq au vin. For those unfamiliar, coq au vin is a French braise of chicken with burgundy wine, mushrooms, and garlic. This particular version also had bacon, root vegetables, was topped with a crostini which really elevated the flavors and took it to the next level. (The boy could barely look up long enough to give me a verdict beyond a caveman grunt, but that’s how we know it is good).

I ordered the potato crusted arctic char, with little gem lettuce salad, blue lake beans, radish, a soft boiled egg and nicoise olives. After the first bite, I was dancing inside…the thinly sliced potatoes on top of the arctic char topped with a little bit of sea salt were so flavorful, and added so much dimension and texture to the fish. Like I mentioned before…I am an olive fanatic. If there is an olive on a menu, I am eating it. There’s something about the natural salty, complex flavors that I cannot get enough of. So in addition to the olive appetizer, my entrée had nicoise olives. It was the perfect little salty bite to add to the fish and the salad with the soft boiled egg. For the girl who always salts her food, this meal was the perfect amount of salt, and was perfectly seasoned. Every bite was enjoyed until the last! I cannot recommend Absinthe enough…go now!

 

Xoxo Ariana

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Chic Cuisine Goes to GLOBE ~ A Financial District Delight!

POSTED ON : May 7, 2013 | Posted in Chic Cuisine, FSF Home

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photo credit: Baby Greens Salad~sftravel.com; Wild Salmon~Alexandre Vidal Foodspotting; Burrata, Peach, Prosciutto Salad~ JoAnne Kao Foodspotting 

Dear Fashionistas,

This week’s Chic Cuisine date night brought us to Globe, a small restaurant in the Financial District for some American cuisine. On a Wednesday night at around 8pm the place was not exactly packed, but the intimate feel of the restaurant most certainly attracts the financial district crowd for cocktails and a bite. In what is most natural to the boyfriend and I we started with wine. The unseasonably warm weather in San Francisco last week had me craving cold crisp white and rose wines as they are the perfect thirst quencher for a hot day! We both had a glass of a French syrah rose, and boy was it good. It hit all the right notes of being light and crisp, but dry and not fruity.

Next, we ordered the little gem lettuce salad with blue cheese, hazelnuts, and buttermilk dressing. Unfortunately the bf isn’t a cheese guy so we had to order the blue cheese on the side, but I definitely got to indulge in some creamy, delectable blue cheese on my salad and it was a winner! So many of the appetizers on Globe’s menu seem like winners, you really can’t go wrong with any choice (the options with burrata were really calling my name but that will have to be another visit)! For dinner I ordered the king salmon with boccacino pasta, wilted kale and parmesan cheese topped with a salsa verde. Oh. My. Goodness. The salmon was cooked perfectly, really tender and moist while the pasta and wilted kale with parmesan was a wonderfully complex, salty (but not too much so…) side which made me do a little happy dance at all of the incredible flavors. He ordered the pork chop, with confit shoulder, butter beans and broccoli di cicco and (as is the norm on our foodie dinner dates) we were both silent for at least 10 minutes, really enjoying the food before debriefing when our mouths were not stuffed.

Globe’s menu is not extensive, but there were so many delicious looking things on it that it really deserves revisiting. I walked by a table that had ordered the oyster mushroom and truffle oil pizza and my head turned as I got a whiff of the delectable truffle oil, cheese and rich mushroom scent. That, a burrata appetizer and maybe another glass of that rose on a warm day would make a happy foodie blogger!

Xoxo Ariana

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Searching For A Patio Bar In San Francisco? Look No Further Than The Corner Store

POSTED ON : April 24, 2013 | Posted in Chic Cuisine, FSF Home


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Fashionista San Francisco couldn’t be more excited to introduce our new Chic Cuisine contributor Ariana! Not only a total fashionista, Ariana is always on the hunt for the next best food thing. Look forward to being kept in the know about the latest and greatest in San Francisco bites & libations by this fashionable foodie. Take it away style sister….

 

Dear Fashionistas,

It’s officially time for our first Chic Cuisine post! For our first foray into the vast realms of San Francisco food fare we ventured to the new neighborhood hotspot The Corner Store. On the unsuspecting corner of Masonic and Geary in the Nopa/Inner Richmond/Laurel Heights neighborhood lays the recently opened restaurant, which serves traditional American food. It is a breath of fresh air for the neighborhood, as it brings some much-needed chic cuisine to an underserved area.

We went on a beautiful, sunny, Friday afternoon (with our fabulous mother in town, we spare no sandwich.) With both of us having a healthy love of the sandwich, of course we were drawn to The Corner Store’s myriad of options on their lunch menu; Mom ordered the fried chicken sandwich (pictured) with cabbage and lime cole slaw and calabrian chile aioli on a rosemary roll with warm dill potato salad. I ordered the old standard egg salad sandwich, made not so standard with the addition of capers, tarragon, and home made potato chips. Naturally, the next few minutes were silent as we both enjoyed the flavorful sandwiches and sides and once we came up for air, both exclaimed how delicious the addition of the capers and tarragon were to the egg salad, and how the cabbage and lime cole slaw was a genius topper on the fried chicken sandwich. And homemade potato chips (!!!)? What more does a girl need in life to make her happy? Being a resident of the neighborhood I have also indulged in their fried green tomato sandwich with burrata, basil aioli, pickled red onion and avocado on a French roll. Needless to say (as I type this I am drooling all over again) it is another treat for the taste buds in terms of complimentary and complex but winning flavors.

Apart from their lunch menu, The Corner Store features happy hour specials and bar snacks from 3pm to 6pm, and 11pm to 2am, and dinner is served until the late hour of 2am for those night owls looking for a gourmet feast after a night on the town. They also feature a delectable looking brunch menu (this will be my next visit!) and cocktails for every occasion. Since we will be featuring only local goodies on our Chic Cuisine feature here at Fashionista, it is also crucial to mention that they serve a number of local Bay Area beers and wines and of course the Oakland born and SF favorite Blue Bottle Coffee.

The Corner Store is worth a trip to the neighborhood if you’re not a resident like myself. With a glass of local Sauvignon Blanc in their outdoor seating area, facing some gourmet fare from their ever-changing menu, you really can’t go wrong.


Xoxo Ariana

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New Years Eve at Comstock Saloon

POSTED ON : December 30, 2012 | Posted in Chic Cuisine, FSF Home


Dear Fashionistas,

We’re sure you’ve got invitations lined up around the block, but if by chance you just can’t find the perfect way to ring in the New Year we’ve found it for you. One of our favorite North Beach watering holes for saloon fare and classic cocktails –Comstock Saloon– is holding a double event! From 12p-4p on Dec 31st they are hosting a Drake’s Bay Oyster Company Pop Up (keeping our fingers crossed they aren’t really closing!!!) where for $10, yes that’s not a typo, you get a half dozen oysters and a complimentary taste of Louis Roederer Champagne! All of the proceeds go to the families of Drake’s Bay Oyster Company and we couldn’t think of a better way to check off that resolution to do something nice for a stranger than this. After you’ve had your fill of oysters and bubbly stick around for A Toast to Oysters & San Francisco. For $65 pp you can fashionably enjoy a 3-course prix fixe dinner while live piano and gypsy jazz play in the background. Fashionista San Francisco knows they’d pick the Roasted quail with oyster-guanciale stuffing, sauteed artichokes, fennel, and nettles for our main and it doesn’t get any more San Fran that an It’s-It Ice Cream sandwich as part of your dessert.

Do a good deed, eat some delicious food, and look fabulous while doing it….sounds like a perfect Chic Cuisine New Years Eve to us.

xoxo Kris

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Adventures in Excess-Cowgirl Creamery And Hog Island Oyster Farm Trip

POSTED ON : September 5, 2012 | Posted in Chic Cuisine, FSF Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

top: J. Crew; jewelry & sunnies: Ambiance SF; pants on Ryan: Bonobos “Prints of Persia”

 

Dear Fashionistas,

Any respectable SF food lover is well aware of Cowgirl Creamery and Hog Island Oysters because of their year round presence at the Ferry Building. What most fashionable foodies don’t know is that both of these epicurean meccas have their main farms only an hour and a half north of the city and they are open to the public! This past weekend a group of us made the scenic drive up there and enjoyed more cheese and oysters than you can fit in your unzipped Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel… but that’s the point of making a trek like that right?

First up was Hog Island Oyster Farm which we found in the teeeeeniest town of Marshall… population 50 humans, 1 million oysters, elevation 15 feet. Seriously. You can buy bags of oysters to go but why would you when you can make a reservation for the most sought after seat in town- a picnic table right on the water for $5 a person. The view is stunning and the fee includes a bbq, condiments, a shucking knife, and you can BYOB (no hard alcohol allowed).  When you buy oysters and shuck them yourself they are about half the price of the shucked ones but the cost of getting your mani redone needs to be factored in there. At Fashionista San Francisco we don’t mind getting our hands a bit dirty for the sake of learning something new and shucking oysters is a fabulous skill to pull out next time you find yourself stranded on a deserted island or at a stylish backyard oyster fest. Tables on the weekends usually book up a month or two in advance but during the week are pretty open. If you are like us and make your plans at 11 am the day of then they have 2 communal tables and a standing bar (that is actually half of a real boat that they planted in the ground) that you can squeeze into and make some new friends at.

Once your belly is full of fabulous little oysters then head back down to Pt. Reyes and stroll into the Cowgirl Creamery shop. It sells cheese, bread and wine that you can take onto their patio and enjoy but the real highlight is they make their cheese on site and you can see it in different stages of production. Eating local is fab and there is no better way to appreciate how local your meal actually is than that.  Sit outside with your sunnies on and relax with a local beer like a Lagunitas IPA or a crisp white wine and wonder what other stylish foodie excursions are out there waiting to be discovered in beautiful Northern California.

Outfit Suggestion:  Keep in mind that you are going to a farm so your new ankle strap heels aren’t going to cut it. Cool tribal sandals with cuffed destroyed jeans and a thin tank/cozy wrap sweater layering combo is perfect for the changes in weather on the water. Spice it up with fun sunnies, a nautical necklace and a cool but understated clutch and you’re ready to be feed fashionably.

xoxo Kris

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