Beachside Coffee Bar & Kitchen

Hey munchkins!  Today is another episode of fooding in the brunch genre, in San Francisco.  On a weekend where I went to the city to visit my friend in the city, we decided to stop for brunch at such a place.  It’s in a super convenient location in the suburbs of Outer Sunset district which makes it super convenient to get to if you’re from there locally.  It’s also right by the cost of the Pacific Ocean, so it’s a pretty sweet combo to hit up the beach to relax and catch the waves after such a meal, haha, then again I guess hence the name “Beachside”.

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The exterior of the cafe. Along the side are the outdoor tables and some beach chairs to relax and chill. Check out that line, though! (Don’t worry..it moves fairly quick).

The interior of the cafe is actually really small.  The way it works is similar to just take out where you order first, pay, and get a number stand.  After, you can look, depending on your preference, for a table indoor or outdoor.  It’s all up free for grabs!

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Interior of cafe with tables. How cozy and cute!

One thing that you may want to bare in mind is NOT to secure a table before ordering.  A and I tried doing that and the people ahead of us were not very happy, expressing that it is a bit inconsiderate for people who are ahead waiting and did not have a table…and suggesting the table would have been theirs.  Regardless, it’s really not that big of a deal, the tables free up fairly quickly, so the system works out well.

We are benedict junkies so for a heads up, the menu is not restricted to benedicts, but ohhhh trust me, they are gooooood.  A ordered the classic Beachside benedict along with a iced coffee to freshen up the morning.  I, on the other hand, opted for the more vegetarian option, florentine benedict.

The coffee wasn’t the star, of course…it was just a nice way to freshen up a gloomy day and get motivated.  Here’s me just trying to be artsy fartsy with my camera.

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The daily necessities with an iced coffee.

I’m always a sucker for benedicts, and I really enjoyed my choice.  The yogurt sauce along with the fried spinach was a good combination of flavours that went well with english muffin and poached eggs.  The tomatoes also add a touch of freshness to the entire meal which makes me feel like I had too clear of a meal, prepping me for the entire day.

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Eggs Florentine – Served on our Homemade English Muffins & Hashcakes

The beachside benedict came with english muffin and bacon, drizzled with hollandaise sauce.  Although I’m not too big of a bacon fan I found the flavour light and a good combination of all the ingredients.  A is a pepper and salt addict, which after trying it with and without it I found it necessary with just a light touch of pepper and no salt since the bacon itself is salty to begin with.

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Beachside Benedict – Served on our Homemade English Muffins & Hashcakes

One great thing that came with both our dishes that we didn’t expect to be so great were the hashcakes.  A mix combination between hash browns and tater tots, the hashcakes were so dense and moist on the inside while maintaining a crusty exterior.  The potatoes were very rich in flavour and a bite of the hashcakes was different than any other another hashbrown texture that I’ve ever had in the past.  A and I both enjoyed eating them a lot :).

The restaurant in general was very homey and small but cute.  One downside I would say about the little restaurants that are around is that although it’s super convenient to get to, it can get quite crowded pretty easily.   Although it gets quite busy,  tables become available for seating at a reasonable amount of time.  Our meal was around $30 in total, which I think is decent for eating in the city.

I would definitely recommend coming here if you are looking for some breakfasty food in a local suburban area!  Don’t forget to visit the beach that faces the Pacific ocean after!  The beach is calming and beautiful!

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-ksdn

Craftsman & Wolves

Hey my foodos!

It has been an awful long time since the last time I’ve posted on this…and too many things in my life have changed.  I’m currently no longer a student, I’m graduated and now working – and the biggest catch of this, is that I don’t live in Canada anymore :(.  I moved down for work, and now I live in NorCal, the home of fresh food and amazing food talent.  I’m hoping to revive this food blog and am planning to post more often (when I have time and when I can remember..).  Now that I have a job this also allows for me to explore with less guilt and go eat recklessly more often.

Okay, well enough about me, and now I will talk about my foodventure that me and N had during our weekend in the beautiful city of San Francisco.  We spent the weekend in Mission – food central.  We hadn’t realized this until we started exploring and we noticed all these restaurants with beautiful, hip interior and the creative items available on the menu.  At this point, we promised ourselves that we would make a stop at the next candidate that met the criteria.

And that is how we found ourselves inside a wakening ambience that we wanted to be in.  The interior was very simple, with an smartly perfectly unfinished ceiling and spider lights.  This little shop was filled with little baked goods both sweet and savoury.  Because N and I walked into Craftsman & Wolves as our first meal of the day, we decided to order a few savoury dishes.

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We ordered a very delicious savoury muffin made with wheat, sausage and green onions that speaks for itself, really.  I mean, never judge a book by it’s cover ;).

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A “simple” muffin

Craftsman & Wolves are geniuses by stuffing the muffin with a soft boiled egg that makes your eyes salivate just its looks, haha.  All the flavours were subtle yet worked in harmony, which made hard not to devour.

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We also ordered a slice of their quiche, which was my personal favourite of the two.  Although I’m a sucker for soft boiled eggs and the muffin was amazing, I loved that the ingredients inside the quiche complemented one another so well.  The picked carrots had a nice and subtle kick to them which really worked my taste buds 🙂

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Quiche (zucchini, baby kale, curry, asiago cheese) with pickled carrots

Our visit here was very pleasant.  It’s always nice to encounter a nice little shop that you enjoy by coincidence.  It just makes everything a better experience ;).  It’s good to be back, and hopefully being in this new space will motivate me to be more disciplined in blogging more often.  Until next time guys!!

-ksdn

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Cora’s Breakfast & Lunch

Hey all! 🙂
If you’re hungry in the morning and feeling for a fresh but filling breakfast, Cora’s is the place to go!  Specializing in breakfast and lunch menu, Cora’s provides a selection of crepes, pancakes, sandwiches and much more!  They also have a featured fresh smoothie made with a mix of the freshest fruits they have.  M ordered one with pineapples, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.  It had lots of berry seeds and tasted very fresh with a hint of sourness (which I actually liked!).

Spinach and Cheese Omlette ($9.25 + tax)
For my meal, I decided to order the spinach & cheddar omlette.  In my opinion, I preferred the potato wedges more than the omlette itself. The wedges were lightly roasted and salted. The omlette on the other hand was a little too cooked for my liking. They overdosed on cheese and the spinach was not very noticeable in flavour.  The flavour ends up getting a little bland in the taste palette, and I ended up resorting to ketchup for help.  But in terms of filling level, I was EXTREMELY full!

The atmosphere of the restaurant is very home-y and friendly.  It’s definitely a casual place to have fun with family and friends!  Even though there will probably a wait time when you go, the wait time is relatively short and servers are friendly and respond quickly.

My overall ratings for Cora’s …– atmosphere: 8/10
– value: 7.5/10
– food: 6.5/10

Feel free to visit Cora’s at http://www.chezcora.com!

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Until next time!

-ksdn