Funfeasts is about enjoying and exploring life - through food. It's an attempt to chronicle my feasts of fun and the many tasty bites experienced along the way.
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Bits and Bites from the Corkscrew Cafe

Monterey and Carmel are classic getaway spots here in the Bay Area and it's easy to see why.  With views of the ocean peering out from between the many tourist spots you don't need to veer far from the basic footpath to enjoy your stay.  But you will be rewarded if you take a detour and see what the
rest of Carmel Valley has to offer.

For me, I love the area off West Carmel Valley Road with its less-hurried wineries, cafes and shops all tucked away in what feels like a secret hideaway.  Some of my favorite afternoons have been spent lingering over a late lunch with the golden glow of summer sun peeking through the trees.

Am I a bit of a romantic?  Maybe, although being recently single may be prompting such a feeling. But truly, if you want a path-less-travelled feeling, do check it out.

Corkscrew Cafe
55 West Carmel Valley Road
Carmel Valley CA  93921
831-659-8888


The goat cheese, garlic and bread sampler is beautiful to look at and wonderful to nibble on!

More Marlowe

It seems like destiny that my current (new) job is located almost directly across from my favorite restaurant, Marlowe.  And with the close proximity you'd think I'd visit every day.  But unfortunately it's a favorite of many and the long line out the door for lunch prohibits a lot of drop-in behavior on my part.  Fortunately, when I do have a break and can scoot out it's across the street I go.

Not only does Marlowe remain a favorite place for me but the mushroom soup has become a favorite dish. Who knew such simplicity (although I bet this is NOT simple to make) could be found in such a homey yet elegant dish?

To make this a truly decedent meal, add on a side of fries and aoli.  Oh, and don't take my spot in the lunch lineup!

Simple soup in fine form.  

Marlowe
500 Brannan Street
San Francisco CA  94107
415.777.1413

BSide BBQ - Oakland

While surfing through the April issue of Sunset magazine I came across an article about BSide BBQ in Oakland and the owner, Tanya Holland.  Always on the lookout for my faves:  brisket, mac and cheese and a side of cornbread I just knew this was on my list of "eating to-do's".

As we were making our way to a concert in Concord (ok...Barry Gibb who was fantastic) we stopped and I found myself in my element.  Great sides, amazing sauce and a casual, clean vibe all made the experience such a nice treat.

The owner really knows her stuff when it comes to marinades and the meat itself (go look up point cut and deckle).  It's always impressive to see passion fused with knowledge because you can almost taste it in the end result.  Deeply flavored from end-to-end with solid execution.   A winner!

There's nothing better than cornbread and slowly melting butter!

Not sure this photo does justice to the mac and cheese, but trust me, it's good!
Additional information

BSide BBQ
3303 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA 94608
(510) 595-0227

How to: 
http://www.sunset.com/food-wine/techniques/brisket-recipe

Don Pistos Mexican in North Beach

Located in North Beach, Don Pistos is an under-the-radar place that serves really good Mexican food.   Signage from the street is very subtle and only the people standing outside give away the fact that something great is going on inside.

That "great" is a delicious take on Mexican street food from tacos to tamales and a whole host of other items we didn't get to.    What we tasted - the fish tacos, tacos al pastor and tamales with charred green chile and cheese - all divine.  Oh, and we also downed a boatload of those super crispy, salty chips.   Try as I might, I just could not stop eating them (and they kept magically appearing too!)

I absolutely cannot wait to go back.  Hint:  if you don't have reservations the cozy bar is a nice option.

Good food, bad photo, but I'm posting anyway so you'll have to try Don Pistos on your own! 
Don Pistos
510 Union Street
San Francisco CA
http://www.donpistos.com/

Oakland dining at Lungomare

Jack London Square in Oakland boasts an impressive lineup of places to dine with brunch being one of my favorites.  It's the perfect time of day to take in a view of the water and relax with glass - and fork - in hand. 
 
A recent visit found us at Lungomare where the tantalizing descriptions made food selections difficult.  We settled on ricotta pancakes (robust in flavor but light in texture) and scrambled egg panini. Both were delicious.   
 
The menu at Lungomare

Although I stuck with my usual beverage, coffee - I prefer to take my calories in hearty food! - I couldn't resist this photo of my friend's mimosa.  It's like a wonderful work of art - in a glass. 

Great start to the day;  a beautiful, inspiring mimosa

Fluffy ricotta, blueberry pancakes.

All Spice - San Mateo CA

Tucked away from the very busy El Camino, All Spice looks like a nice - but misplaced - house that's actually a restaurant serving Indian fusion.  And very good fusion indeed.
 
Below are a few good examples of our fine fare; sea bass and the beef short ribs.  Both were beautifully plated, cooked and spiced to perfection.   
 
Beef short ribs in a very delectable, slightly curried sauce.

Silky, rich sea bass.  As tasty as it looks!
If there is a negative at all here it's that reservations are hard to come by and a Saturday night requires patience and planning.   Other than that, a true gem!

All Spice
1602 S El Camino Real
San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 627-4303 
http://www.allspicerestaurant.com/