San Francisco Brunch with Friends (Mini-Break Day 1)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Brunch with Friends in San Francisco
Brunch with dear friends and family in San Francisco.
How perfect is that?

I love San Francisco! I took a mini-break last weekend to visit friends, eat, and enjoy the sights. In that order. I heart visiting SF, but I'm such a Southern Cal girl I would get SAD with SF's often raining and foggy weather. Can you imagine me in the snow? No. I just can't.

On Saturday (Day 1), Sumi, my old RA from UCLA dorms (we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary soon! Oh my!) cooked up an amazing brunch! Here are some pics of our brunch...

Fruit Salad at Brunch, San Francisco, CA Potatoes, San Francisco, CA
Another former UCLA roomie, Diane and I made the fruit salad with lots of organic fruits. Sumi recently purchased a mandolin from Sur la Table and I made perfectly equal sized potatoes for potatoes with caramelized onions. Above, those are the beautiful Peruvian purple potatoes!

Morning Bun from La Farine (Oakland, CA)
Cousin Stan and David picked up a lovely assortment of deliciousness from La Farine French Bakery in Oakland, California. This is their famous morning bun. Sooooo delicious.

Buttermilk Waffles at Brunch, San Francisco, CA Fruit tart with Mango from La Farine (Oakland, CA)
We made fresh buttermilk waffles as well as bacon. This fruit tart with mango is from La Farine. Everything was delicious!

Here is an easy recipe you should make as your guests are walking in the door...

Soft Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Ricotta and Chives, Brunch in San Francisco Soft Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Ricotta and Chives, Brunch in San Francisco
Soft Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Ricotta and Chives, Brunch in San Francisco Sumi at Brunch, San Francisco
Sumi's making some easy and delicious Soft Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Ricotta and Chives. The recipe is on epicurious and appeared in Bon App├ętit, April 2008 (by Jeanne Thiel Kelley).

Ben and Shannon at Brunch, San Francisco Rose at BrunchYoko at Brunch, San Francisco David and Stan at Brunch, San Francisco
Ben, Shannon, Rose, Yoko, David and Stan (sorry, Diane, I missed your photo!). It was wonderful seeing you all!

Brownies (Martha Stewart recipe) at Brunch, San Francisco Blueberry Mochi (Gluten-Free) at Brunch, San Francisco
I made some Martha Stewart's double chocolate brownies and blueberry mochi cake in Los Angeles and brought them on the plane!

Ice Cream from Bi-Rite Creamery, San Francisco, CA Brunch in San Francisco at Sumi's House - Bi-Rite Creamery and homemade brownies
We ended the meal with some oh-so-good, makes you weak-in-the-knees ice cream from Bi-Rite Creamery in the Mission. Salted caramel, vanilla and balsamic strawberry. I topped my ice cream and brownie with some burnt caramel sauce.

Sumi's new beautiful chair
This is Sumi's newest purchase. Isn't this the most beautiful chair? I love it!

Fresh shiitake mushrooms
After all that food, I took my regular weekend nap. What would a vacation be without one?! For dinner, we grilled some fresh shiitake mushrooms, asparagus, potatoes, onions and, yes, even more bacon. See my flickr San Francisco 2009 Set for the final product.

Next day eating through Berkeley and Oakland, and back to SF for the wonderful House of Prime Rib!

I have a bunch of other photos on my Flickr account - See the San Francisco 2009 Set.
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Susan C said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful! I don't know what I'm more in love with - the food or Sumi's stunning new chair.

Esi said... [Reply to comment]

Well I saw on your twitter that you had a fabulous time and now there is proof in the photos! I'm going up north this weekend!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

wow - so much fun and so much good food! i made your blueberry mochi cake as part of my brunch spread for friends this past weekend - a big hit!!

KK said... [Reply to comment]

Looks like you had a splendid time...what better way to spend a mini break than with friends and good food.

Mary - you need to get paid lots of money to do this full time! Love the shots...

The Blonde Duck said... [Reply to comment]

What fun! I love San Francisco! That sourdough bread...

Pearl said... [Reply to comment]

looks like you had a wonderful time!

betty geek said... [Reply to comment]

Thank you for sharing those photos! It's nice to know the other side to you besides baking . . LOVE IT.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

OMG. I miss San Francisco. It looks like you had a blast.

Juliana said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, it seems that you had a great time. Love the pictures.

Monica H said... [Reply to comment]

And where was your picture? Everything looks lovely, glad you had a wonderful time. I'm off to check out your pics!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

OMG. I want the chair. The ice cream. And the morning bun. NOW.

Mermaid Sews said... [Reply to comment]

Wow, your vaycay looks like so much fun. I hear you on the weather, sometimes it makes my LA roots start to get ideas.

Alejandra Ramos said... [Reply to comment]

That pastry looks so good...

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