Roam Artisan Burgers

The menu on the wall

Restaurant Review: Roam Artisan Burgers Crowd: Britex Strollers, American Apparel leggings, Banana Republic collard shirts  Vibe: Cheery Decor: Urban Rustic, if that means a 200+ year-old beam reclaimed from a bar, glass bottle chandeliers, and hanging terrariums by Flora Grubb … Continue reading

Tyler Florence: Wayfare Tavern

Restaurant Review: Wayfare Tavern
Crowd: Blazers with loosened ties and blouses with black pumps
Vibe: Lively and loud
Music: Jazz
Decor: Turn-of-the-century San Francisco Barbary Coast
Layout: Four floors: 1. Basement floor for the restrooms and an entrance to the kitchen 2. Main floor with a raw bar, full bar, open kitchen with a Chef’s Counter, and booth seating 3. Second floor with a smaller bar, more seating, and a Billiard Room 4. A rustic, private dining room with a wine cellar.
Service: Genuinely Friendly, Professional, and Precise
Portion Size: Large
Imbibe: Jasmine Green Tea Cooler (non-alcoholic)
Enjoy: Fresh out of the oven Popovers and Goat Cheese Ravioli
Waist Slimmers: Chilled Watermelon Salad, Marin Tomato Salad, and Crisp Pacific Catch Halibut
Price: $177.85 across four people, three appetizers, three entrees, 3 glasses of wine, and one non-alcoholic beverage

The instant you walk in and pass the four eager hostesses, you feel like you have stepped away into another time and place. A feeling of mischievousness overcomes you, and you begin to wonder about all of the secrets this place might have, just like in the 1800’s. The bar is packed and the open kitchen is full of action. It feels a little chaotic, while I wait at the bar for the rest of my party to show. Despite, the opening week crowd, the bartenders are upbeat and do not give off the “I feel the pressure, I am too busy” vibe. There is a whirlwind of staff buzzing around and attending to your every need. At times, it feels like there is more staff than patrons. The general manager is very kind and talks to us in length about the making of Wayfare Tavern. The size and style of the menu is very representative of Old America, with a modern-Californian twist. It’s large with ample choices for the meat lover and pescatarians. However, there is only one vegetarian entrée with quite a few salads and sides to pick from.  We watch Mr. Florence carefully inspect and perfect each dish before it goes out, which is really amazing to see. He even tries to take a few minutes away and talk to patrons, which I really appreciate in a celebrity and chef.  As for the taste, I am a little disappointed. Maybe, my expectations were too high, but as a gourmet foodie, I find the food to be good, not great. The entrées are a little overpriced, but justifiable for the neighborhood. Though, I do plan to go back, just not too soon.

Wayfare Tavern l 558 Sacramento St San Francisco, CA 94111 l 415-772-9060

The Parlor

Stuffed animals and birds are common fixtures

The Classic American Menu

Elegant, rustic tablescape

Organic Marin Tomatoes with Black-Eyed Beans, Goat Cheese, and Chive Blossoms

Smoked Olive Oil Mac n' Cheese

Goat Cheese Ravoli with Summer Squash

21-Day Dry Aged Grass Fed Sirloin

The men on the table claimed it was above average

Intrigued by Club Dine In!

Farm to Table Brunch

June 20th marked the one year anniversary of our official engagement, meaning a ceremony in front of 120 family members. To celebrate, we decided to stay-in and make one of our long, scrumptious brunches. The morning before, we filled up our market bags with organic heirloom tomatoes, mint, basil, baby leeks, ricotta cheese, goat cheese, a brioche bun, farm fresh eggs, bing cherries, nectarines, raspberries, lavender, and gladiolus.

making it official, again

The Ambiance:

Our dining room

The Menu:

Floral Cherry Salad

Floral Cherry Salad is a staple salad that I make during the spring and early summer. Mix salad greens, flower petals, slivered almonds, and pitted cherries together in a mixing bowl. Drizzle lightly with balsamic vinegar, sea salt, and pepper.  Toss and serve.

Fresh herbed Omelet

Fresh Herbed Omelet

Roasted Tomato with Quinoa

The Roasted Tomatoes stuffed with Quinoa is really easy to make. Try for yourself.

Raspberry and Ricotta Brioche

Raspberry and Ricotta Brioche makes for an elegant brunch dish or dessert. It is also very easy to make.

Did you know that Club Dine In! is on Twitter and Facebook? Follow@clubdinein for daily health, fitness, and social news, recipes and delicious tips! Join the Club Dine In! community on Facebook to connect with like-minded individuals and find out about exclusive Club Dine! events.

Grand Opening of North Beach’s Farmers Market

Last Sunday, June 13th, the North Beach Farmers’ Market opened with the support of hundreds of San Francisco residents and tourists.  It was a pleasant, sunny San Francisco day for the grand opening. North Beach is a newbie in the Farmer’s Market scene and this market was the perfect size to ease the neighborhood into the shopping experience. This market is the smallest I have seen in the city, but it offers most of what you would expect. Freshly baked breads and pastries, olives and olive oil, cheese, honey, abundant fruit and vegetables, eggs, brightly colored flowers.  Though, don’t expect to find coffee or hot food trucks here. But then again, you are in North Beach! You can easily walk over to one of the many cafes for your daily fix of java! Take that coffee and freshly baked goods to Washington Square park and enjoy!

Please show your support of this market, by visiting every Sunday. Be sure to sign the petition, requesting to extend the market until early fall.

North Beach Farmers’ Market

Mason Street, between Columbus Avenue & Lombard Street
Every Sunday from 9 am to 1 pm
June 13, 2010 through October 24, 2010

Super Toxic Foods

collage dirty dozen

Strawberries and other berries are known as “Super Foods”, for their antioxidant properties. These nutritional powerhouse foods are loaded with crucial nutrients, which have been proven to help prevent well-known effects of aging, including cardiovascular disease, Type II Diabetes, hypertension … Continue reading

USA vs England Soccer Match

Taking the Muni

AT&T Park

There were a lot of people!

SCORE!

It was hot!!

about 10 of us had a chance to sit together!

Thank you for all the Club Dine In! members who made it out to the stadium to watch the USA vs England soccer match with us. About 20 of you came! Unfortunately, we were not all able to sit together. I look forward to watching more sporting events with you guys!