For my 28th birthday I was feted throughout the weekend with meals at various fine dining establishments around San Francisco, including (the orginal) Chow and a small Italian place on Fillmore St. that makes its own (fresh and delicious) pasta. There may or may not have been cupcake consumption from Citizen Cupcake and Miette (and I make no judgements as to which was better, because they were both delicious. As was the ginger sandwich cookie. Or, I would imagine that they were delicious.). There were also wild-blueberry muffins for Sunday breakfast before a long and lovely lunch at The Slanted Door (lemon martini; vegetarian spring rolls; vegetarian Vietnamese crepe; tofu-mushroom main dish for me).
One would think that by the time my actual birthday dawned on the 16th I would have been holding my still-full stomach and wishing for a light meal of green tea and fruit. Not so! I was served breakfast in bed at 7am (a pot of tea; scrambled eggs; muffin; toast with jam) to start me off, and indulged in another lunch at the Ferry Building (vegetarian plate! veggie sushi!), and another chocolate cupcake (do I have a thing for cupcakes? But who wouldn't, really). And still I had room for dinner that night.
We went to Nopa (www.nopasf.com), which recently opened in the neighborhood. It's gotten some buzz from various publications around town, and even garnered a small spot in Gourmet magazine. I called in the afternoon to make a reservation for four and it's a good idea I did; I think it fills up pretty quickly for dinner, and even at 6:30 on a Monday was fairly packed. It's not cheap -- and there was only one vegetarian entree -- but the atmosphere, all warm wood and high ceilings, is cozy and comfortable. The food is thoughtful and fresh, and I think the restaurant mostly uses local, organic ingredients. The best part? It took about five minutes to walk there, and this was much appreciated post-eating because the wind had picked up and it was another chilly San Francisco evening.
Members of our party consumed:
Early girl tomato salad with olives and feta
Moroccan vegetable stew (potatoes, carrots, almonds, tomatoes, squash)
Fish stew (halibut, cod, squid)
Chocolate pot de creme (SO good)
I also had two glasses of sparkling wine. It was my birthday, after all!