Take an apple hand pie break with some food news
By the looks of my photos, I think I need to change the blog title to the King of Brown Food. It isn't like I'm trying to eat that color, seems it just turns out like that most of the time. But hey, I did have brussels sprouts recently and they are green! This week since my jaunt into Cafe Lambretta didn't quite turn up baked good goodies I was jazzed about, I figured I would run back by old fave Neighbor Bakehouse and since what was new since it had been awhile for visit. He's got a lot of the bestsellers still around and looks like they've added some pie and cake, though since it was only 9am, those weren't quite ready yet. That is when I turned my attention to the apple hand pie. I balked a little bit at the price as for me, anything over $4 better be big and super delicious.
It was definitely on the bigger side than say ones you'd get at a fast food restaurant. Plus, it was chock full of small square apple pieces and cinnamon. All the flavors are right there. The outer crust is somewhere between pastry and croissant, but seems this particular one was on the flakey, crumbly side of things which you can probably tell by the darker than normal color. Also, these were most likely made a couple hours ago, which is fine, but for my taste, I think hand held pies like this really shine if they are still warm. The crust is still on the soft side and the apple filling is hot and tasty. Not being warm kind of takes away a bit from this one. So of course I popped it in the toaster for some heat which did soften things up a bit, though it was still mega flakey and an falling apart. My only other option was to slather on some butter and just enjoy it as some salty sweet crunchy bread with a nice apple cinnamon flavor. Yes, butter makes everything better, have some with this weeks food news.
- A craft grocer? Sounds way to twee and hipster, especially when you see the photos. Just what Fillmore St. needs. The pastries look pretty good though so I may have to stop by.
- Dogpatch continues to be the new hot hub to open your restaurant in as this wine couple try to make a go of it.
- Some place created a doughnut burrito--a doughrito--for national donut day. I would say I'm sorry I missed this, but I am not. Fortunately it was just for one day. Unless they sold a bunch, then expect to see it on other menus soon. Sad. 😢
- A Chez Panisse chef has given it all up to......start a podcast? Is that the new future of food?
- Here's some lowdown on the chef shuffles going down around town.
- Seems you can eat your way around the world in the Bay Area. Though looks like you might have to BART your way around the East Bay to do it. Well, I guess that is like going to a foreign country.
- Single Thread in Healdsburg has been named "the one to watch" for new restaurants around the world. We'll see.
- Sure, Outside Lands isn't until August, but here's the food and drink line up announcement which seems to be just as important as the bands that will ultimately play. We have our priorities you know.
- Looks like Forbes is totally enthralled with the food at the new Centurion Lounge at SFO. Airport food, it's the new thing.
- Because there just aren't enough places to get Mexican food in this town, three new spots have opened to help quell that. (Was I able to convey my sarcasm clearly?)
- In case you missed it, Terra in Napa closed after 30 years. Not because of rent increases either, but finding and keeping good help seemed to have been a big issue. The restaurant industry is tough, even in wine country.
- The Daily Meal says these are the 101 best food trucks in America? Really? Only one from SF and a bunch down in LA?! I'm not buying it. They need to try more of the ones around the Bay Area.
- Eater takes a deep dive into the women chefs the media don't see and why.