Jalapeno cornbread and a little food news
I think I mentioned previously a new cafe had opened near my abode and I finally got around to going into Cafe Lambretta and seeing what baked goods they have on offer. To be honest, not a lot. Some croissants, a cinnamon bun (no frosting) kind of thing, something they are calling a biscuit but looks more like a flat square--one with cheese on top and one without and then sweet jalapeno cornbread. It is another of those mini loaf things which seem to be popular in coffee shops along with charging $3 for it. I am a fan of cornbread thus that is what I gravitated towards. My initial impression was oh, they call it sweet, meaning they probably adde some sugar in while making, but in truth, it was not all that sweet but more like what cornbread should taste like. The jalapenos were interesting though seems they had been de-seeded and didn't really add any off setting spicy flavor to the sweet. Neither did those little flecks of red pepper you see above. The bread itself was also kind of sticky, but hey, at least it wasn't dry! In my taste world this was somewhat better when I heated it up and added butter, as are so many things in the baked goods world. I can't say I was overly loving it by any means. Decent, just not "I need to go try this." I actually stopped by here a number of days in a row and the offerings were the same each day, leaving me uninspired to try others. I'm not saying I won't go back and possibly try one of their salads or sandwiches, but as far as these goodies go, I will wait until the selection either changes or gets upgraded somehow. Till then, lets chow on some food news.
- Mac'd lines up their second location, since mac and cheese is a thing now and Dumpling Time celebrates a one year anniversary. Something some restaurants don't even make it too.
- Cento Osteria in SoMa is finally open, it is like the third Italian restaurant that has been in this space. Let's see how long they last.
- KQED thinks the new GMO labels from the FDA are confusing. I'm all like, who really reads labels?
- Stonemill Matcha in the Mission is open and seems it is all about the pastries. Though, don't they get most from Tartine which means it they are gonna outshine the matcha stuff? Just saying.
- For those that can afford it, here's a host of food events in the next week you may be interested in.
- That cafe in Berkeley which closed because of a racist event (shocking because...Berkeley) has re-opened with new owners (former employees it seems) and a new name to "evoke" the neighborhood or whatever.
- Riesling is the new rose? Since when? I've been drinking this stuff forever people!! I will proudly say I was waaaayyy ahead of this new trend.
- For those that live "over there" here are some noteworthy restaurant openings happening now or in the near future.
- The #metoo movement in the restaurant business continues to roll on with a 60 Minutes expose. Having worked in restaurants over the years, yeah, the behavior of some in charge can truly be the worst.
- Just because I want to build on my waffle trends this past week or so, here are some falafel waffles!
- Evidently food halls are having their moment in the Bay Area, or at least that is what this publication is just now finding out what we've known for some time.
- An $8 million Mexican restaurant? Really, we need this kind of upscale Mexican taqueria type place? When will they ever learn.
- Some station in Tampa Bay thinks vegan in the Bay Area is a super cool thing to highlight. For those of us who live, it ain't all that.