Two of my friends asked me recently when I would blog about food again. I guess it has been a couple of months since I did that--and I've had some good meals recently, too.
For instance, this weekend, I was in Berkeley visiting friends and doing research. Saturday night I had dinner at Zatar with Ben and Gigi. I told them I would cry if we didn't order hummus, so we did; the waitress teased us for licking the plate clean. We also shared the summer vegetable tagine which was out of this world and a chicken special in phyllo. Both main dishes contained the unexpected taste of cinnamon.
Then, yesterday morning I went with Jonathan to Brown Sugar Kitchen, a soul food restaurant in Oakland. I refused to have the unnatural combination of chicken and waffles. I'm sorry, there are some things that just shouldn't touch on a plate. The egg pie with veggies and mushrooms was delicious, though. I also liked their t-shirt with a waffle on it (though at first glance it could have been brains).
Both restaurants feature local, organic food--both have attractive interiors, both were packed, and in both I was in the company of good conversationalists.
I think I'm collecting restaurants I love in the Bay area . . . and I just added two more to the list. Happily, I'll be returning in a couple of weeks to attend the wedding of Steve and Rex. This time I'll try to remember to take pictures.
1981 Shattuck Avenue
Brown Sugar Kitchen
2534 Mandela Parkway