Saturday, September 4, 2010

Butler and the Chef (SF): a Parisian Brunch in SOMA?

After driving up to SF with Kat's 9 Lives and LAist's Sam Kim, we figured we'd have one quick brunch before going our separate ways in the city. Kat recommended Butler and the Chef in SOMA since it was close to where we were and it has good reviews.

The bistro is located right in front of South Park, adding to its charm.
In contrast to the entrance which seemed small, the dining room extends far back. The furnitures gave it a cozy Parisian feel. We were seated in a narrow section next to the kitchen.

Fresh squeezed OJ: my personal brunch staple.
Kat said the eggs benedicts are popular here so I ordered eggs benedict with Niman Ranch ham (Served on toasted olive bread with house-made Hollandaise sauce and a side of baby spinach salad. $14)
I really enjoyed the fatty and flavorful ham. The toasted bread was a little hard to cut easily with a knife but other than that this was a good dish.

Someone else (probably Sam Kim) ordered La Parisienne crêpe (buckwheat crêpe, egg, ham, and emmenthal. $14)
I only had a bite of this but I liked the earthy flavor from the buckwheat.

Kat got the Belgian waffle with Nutella ($9)
The waffle was a little soggier than I would've liked but I liked the moistness inside.

I never expected to get mignardise following a brunch at a bistro, but these chocolate truffles were delectable.
While it wasn't an extraordinary brunch, Butler and the Chef is a cute place with good food. When I'm in the SOMA area again, this would certainly be on my list of brunch places to consider.

Butler & the Chef Bistro
155a S Park St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 896-2075
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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Giveaway: Tickets to Munch LA - CANCELLED


Fundraising with cookies and Krispy Kreme is so last year. This year it's all about food trucks!

That goes for school fundraising too.
Fairfax Highschool is holding a one day festival called Munch LA featuring 30 food trucks, culinary demos, even designer shopping (shopping for Paige Denim or T Bags dresses while munching on kimchi fries?). There will be complimentary drinks from sponsors including Hansen's Natural Soda.

Participating trucks include India Jones, Ahn-Joo, Dim Sum Truck, Frysmith, Tropical Shaved Ice and way more (full list here).

Tickets are $7 pre-sale and $10 at the door but for the next 3 weeks, Munch LA is giving away one pair of tickets per week!
I'll be drawing the name from all the comments below, so the earlier you enter, the more chances you'll have to win! I'll be drawing names at midnight of Sunday 9/5, Friday 9/10, and Wednesday 9/15.

How do you enter?
1. Just leave your email address in the comments below.
2. You'll get ONE extra entry if you either:

  • Tweet: "Win a pair of tickets to @MunchLA on @gourmetpigs"
  • or "Like" my Facebook page. But either way you'll have to leave a separate comment to let me know.
Good luck!

Munch LA
11am-5pm. Fairfax High School, 7850 Melrose Ave, LA 90046
Free parking on-site (first come first serve).

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Giveaway: LA County Fair Tickets + Wine Tasting Vouchers!

As you may know, the Los Angeles County Fair kicks off this weekend!

Their PR contacted me to do a giveaway so I'm giving away a PAIR of tickets to the LA County Fair along with some wine tasting vouchers you can use to sample some of the winners of the LA International Wine & Spirits awards.

Besides the usual fair foods (like the bacon-wrapped oreos and deep-fried everything) the food trucks will also be coming to the Fair to keep you sated between the rodeo and circus shows.

Here's how you can enter:

1. Leave a comment below with your name and email address.
2. Get an extra entry by "liking" my Facebook page. If you already have, then you'd automatically get the extra entry.
Since the Fair will start this weekend and we want to get you the tickets as soon as possible, you have until midnight on Sunday, September 5 to enter. Good luck!

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