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Sunday Outfit + Brunch

Sunday outing_4 7 2013

Sweater: Zara; Blazer: Banana Republic; Scarf: Nordstrom; Sunglasses: Chanel; Purse: Marc Jacobs; Pants: H&M; Shoes: Steve Madden boots.

What an eventful yet relaxing weekend! My husband and I had a nice Sunday walk to North Beach to enjoy brunch at Cotogna.  Cotogna is owned by Chef Michael Tusk (also owner of neighbor, Quince). The restaurant is rustic Italian with a beautiful, casual environment. It’s very warm and welcoming, with exposed brick and a partial open kitchen where you see things from cauliflower to pork belly cooking on the spit to housemade bacon being made on the grill and a wood-oven for the pizza.  We started with a Blood Orange & Cocchi Americano Mimosa and a Dry Farmed Tomato Bloody Mary with Aceto Balsamico & Espelette Pepper (both really unique and delicious). It was a really hard choice – everything sounded amazing (and we’ll have to go back). On this visit we had the Smoked Trout with Zuckerman Farm Asparagus, Rye and Sauce Gribiche and the Heritage Pork Shoulder Hash with English Peas, Cipollini Onion, and Baked Egg.  The trout was very fresh and great with the rye. The hash was served in a cast iron pan and the baked egg was great with the pork (cooked perfectly). And while waiting for our dishes, you MUST request the bread. They bring out a skinny slab on fresh, warm foccacia bread that is worth the trip in itself! Cotogna is located in one of my favorite San Francisco neighborhoods – Jackson Historic District. My first PR job was in this area. The narrow streets are lined with brick buildings that range from antique shops to art gallery’s to high-end fashion boutiques.

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The blood orange mimosa and simple, rustic plating.

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The smoked trout served on a bright orange plate.

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And the pork shoulder hash served in the cast iron on a wood board and rye toast on the side.

XO.

 

 

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Sunday Brunch

Boulettes Larder in the San Francisco Ferry Building has one of the most beautiful open kitchens and is a very unique culinary experience.  The restaurant has been there since 2004 with chef amaryll schwertner. There is one big communal table that seats 11 people located right in the heart of the kitchen. You can watch the chefs do everything from prep, to toasting the housemade bread, to plating. The table is rustic and simple – wood with paper placemats and a runner and there was a beautiful holiday bouquet in the center with my favorite holiday berries.

The menu changes daily. For brunch, we started with french pressed blue bottle coffee and hand squeezed orange juice. The boulettes larder beignets are a must. They come out hot and melt in your mouth.  We ordered the scrambled eggs with spicy purple broccoli and the poached eggs over greens and yogurt. The scrambled eggs was a pretty simple dish but with so much flavor. The contrast in flavors from the spicy broccoli to the eggs with a creamy sauce and feta cheese was perfect.  The poached eggs reminded us of Indian food from the flavors that were in the greens and the yogurt.

 

bouletteslarder2Boulettes Larder beignets.

bouletteslarder3View of the open kitchen from the communal table.

bouletteslarder4Scrambled eggs with spicy purple broccoli.

 

bouletteslarderPoached eggs on top of greens and yogurt.

bouletteslarder5The beautiful rustic table.

xo.

 

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