Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco – Hot List 2016

Liholiho Yacht Club

San Francisco meets Hawaii at this ingredient-driven, Spam-flaunting restaurant.

                                                     -Bon Appétit

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Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco -Continued

Kin Khao*

Kin Khao Thai Eatery was just awarded one Michelin star.  It is located near Union Square, making it convenient for both locals and tourists alike.

Mushroom Hor Mok Terrine:
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Hor Mok is steamed custard of red curry paste and coconut cream, topped with thickened coconut milk and fine silvers of kaffir lime leaves . The most popular representation is this fish curry custard often steamed in banana leaves. Kin Khao’s version is vegetarian with mushrooms and you eat it by breaking a piece of rice cake and spread the custard on top. Continue reading “Food Traveler’s Guide to San Francisco -Continued”

Cheese Straws

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Last weekend Grace and I hiked to Lake Ingalls to see the glorious golden larches in their prime colors. Remembered that I had leftover puff pastry dough in the freezer from baking the caramelized apple tart, I made Cheese Straws to bring along as snacks. Continue reading “Cheese Straws”

Caramelized Apple Tart – Tarte fine aux pommes

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Do you know your apples?  I lived in the East Coast for 10 years, back there and then, the only apples that pop up at the super market were: Granny smith, Red delicious, Golden delicious, and Macintosh.  I didn’t like any of those varieties. It is not until I moved to Seattle my eyes finally opened.  Washington state is one of the biggest producers and exporters of apples in the United States.  When I found Washington apples (with their red stickers) at a grocery shop in Taipei couple of years ago, I was so very proud.

Now onto the tart.  Recipe courtesy of Clotilde from Chocolate and Zucchini:

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons high-quality unsalted butter, melted
  • 40 grams (3 tablespoons) blond unrefined cane sugar
  • 1 quick and easy puff pastry (you can substitute a sheet of store-bought, all-butter puff pastry, about 250 grams or 9 ounces, thawed if frozen, but it will be a lot better with the homemade pastry)
  • 3 small apples, about 450 grams (1 pound), peeled, cored, and thinly sliced into circles
  • 1 pinch fine sea salt

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Caramelized Apple Tart – Quick Puff Pastry

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After an unusual dry summer, fall colors arrived earlier this year.  Last Sunday my friend and I went to Mount Rainier National Park. This is the first time I saw my favorite park dusted with these colors so vibrant and in such magnitude.  The wild flowers in the summer simply CANNOT compare. Continue reading “Caramelized Apple Tart – Quick Puff Pastry”