YOUR WEEKLY DIGESTION OF FOOD NEWS TO CONSUME....AND TINY LEMON POUND CAKE
I'm in Berkeley and hanging around 4th Street, but not in any creepy way. I'm just killing time before a meet up and my stomach is needing a little pick me up. It's a hot day and there are lots of people out and many of the places are quite crowded. I'm searching for a little light sweet bite when I cruise by Bette's Oceanview Diner. I've heard of the place as it has a good rep even though it got featured on that Food Network show with that loud white haired guy who shall not be named. I don't get to 4th Street often in all the years I've lived here, but I few times I feel like I've wanted to try the diner but the wait to get in was off putting. This time I'm not looking for a whole meal and decide to hit up their to go side and see what's shaking. Their case has an array of cookies, cupcakes, pastries and other assorted sweets for me to choose from. I settled on this little lemon cake with sugared icing. It's a cute little pound cake thing with a very distinct lemon tang. The cake is moist, lemony and a little refreshing on this hot day. While I'm not this biggest fan of this sugared kind of icing, on this particular type of cake it works well to balance sweet and sour. Though I do caution, for some it may be too sweet, depends on your comfort level. And from about the middle up, this cake is really good. From the middle down is where the problem occurs. There is a severe wetness that seems to have trickled down towards the bottom making is soggy, mushy, overly sweet mess. When I picked this up to eat, a large swath of the bottom actually stuck to the parchment and came off the cake. It's like they brushed on some liquid sugar to keep it moist or something, but it has had the opposite affect and made too wet and oddly enough for me, inedible. This literally becomes a halfsies review then, the top half I liked, the bottom half, not so much. Thus I half recommend. Wouldn't keep me from trying Bette's again, but I'd veer myself toward something else to find a more complete result.
- The Chron has ranked their 20 favorite food trucks. Too many taco trucks and no Senor Sisig make this list suspect.
- Here's a tour of the new Bon Marche that just opened in the Twitter building, in case you wanna tweet about it.
- Something called eatsa opens Monday and SFWeekly got a sneak taste preview. Reminds me of an automat. Yes, I know what that is and so should you.
- Finally!! Pop-tart beer from 21st Amendment! Wonder how it goes with butter?
- Bayview is about to become the new hotspot for brewers and distillers. We'll see how this pans out.
- It's 1601 Bar and Kitchen's omakase style tasting menu. Well, at least it's under $100 (without drinks that is).
- And so it begins for La Boulange. Can't say didn't probably see this coming.
- Philz gets some competition as Reveille Coffee Co. is opening in Mission Bay.
- Don't want a whole can of beer? Here's where to go to get your beer shot on.
- Fake Yelp! reviews fool local food critic. Just another reason to hate Yelp!
- Apple Pay is going after food trucks now (watch out Square!). Soon it will be an Apple World we just live in. Or has that already happened?