Sam’s Kitchen – Toasted Oatmeal

K found this recipe from for Toasted Oatmeal a while back and we’ve been wanting to try it. “Toasted oatmeal” just sounds good doesn’t it? I was really surprised at how this turned out. The flavors were unexpected. It tasted just like Japanese brown rice tea.


1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cup Irish, Scottish, or any steel-cut oatmeal, or 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
Pinch coarse salt
Infused Honey
Stewed Fruit


Melt butter in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat.

Toasted Oatmeal Butter

Add oatmeal, and toast, tossing and turning oats, until oatmeal is browned and fragrant, about 4 minutes.

Toasted Oatmeal Browned

Add 4 cups water and salt, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until most of the water has evaporated and the oatmeal is tender, about 30 minutes for the Irish oatmeal and 10 minutes for the old-fashioned rolled oats.

Toasted Oatmeal Add Water

Serve hot with the toppings of your choice.

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Cafe Mo’z – San Francisco

Cafe Moz Huevos RancherosCafe Mo’z
36 5th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhoods: Union Square, SOMA

Rated: ♣♣♣♣

Sneaking in a shopping trip during lunch, my co-worker and I found this cute little cafe just outside the SF Shopping Center. I was initially looking at the falaffel sandwiches, but what is this? They have breakfast! Breakfast for lunch is always a preference of mine. Cafe Moz looks like your typical cheap take-out lunch place for the busy professional, but if you really sit down and enjoy the meal, you’d be pleasantly surprised.

The scene:

It seems like Cafe Moz serves 2 different kinds of food – Mediterranean and breakfast. An odd combination, but it works.

The service is very friendly. The server could’ve passed for borderline flirtatious, but hey, I won’t complain. Good service and good food is all I ask. My coworker even forgot her leftovers at the table and the server chased her out the door with her doggie bag.

The food:

Huevos Rancheros – I cannot turn down huevos rancheros. It’s a good brunch plate because it embodies elements of both breakfast and lunch. This common breakfast plate consists of hearty black beans mixed with fluffy scrambled eggs, salsa and chewy corn tortillas. I added a few douses of Tabasco for a good kick. One thing I look for in a good huevos rancheros is chewy tortillas. Soggy tortillas are no bueno.

The reason why I’m giving this 4 clubs rather than 5 is because I think they use a jarred salsa rather than a fresh one. Nothing wrong with that, but I’d appreciate it more if it was made from scratch.

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Zazie – San Francisco

Zazie Florentine BenedictZazie
941 Cole St
(between Carl St & Parnassus Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94117
Neighborhood: Cole Valley

Rated: ♣♣

I really want to give this place 4 clubs, I really do. The food was great, the ambiance of the outdoor seating is beautiful, but Zazie well deserves 2 clubs because of the lack of service and wait for it…. mice. Yes! Mice! I had my back turned against a fence covered in ivy and I heard rustling going on behind me. I dismissed it thinking it was a bird, but after we left the restaurant, K informed me that it was 2 little mice! Gross!

The scene:

In addition to Jack and Gus Gus, service was just plain terrible. I saw every other customer in the restaurant receiving amazing service from the staff, but we were getting no love. First of all, the host completely skipped our name when he was seating guests. The host said it was probably because the parties after us had a different group size, but I pointed out 2 other names on his list with the same party size as me. And then his response was, “Oh, well I guess I did skip your name then.” No apology, no offer for a discount or free item, nothing.

After we were seated, we were in and out of the restaurant in 1/2 hour. No joke. They even gave our check when we were still eating our entrée. Did I mention, this was on my birthday?

The food:

As I mentioned earlier, I really hate that I loved the food at this place. What I liked about Zazie is that you have the option to order small, medium and large portions – each about $1 difference. Since it was my birthday, K and I were doing a food tour around SF and we had to save our appetite for our next venture.

Gingerbread Pancakes – This was probably one of the best pancake dishes I’ve ever had. The pancake was topped with a very ripe bosc pear and a dab of lemon curd. The spiciness of the chewy pancake was balanced by the tartness of the lemon curd and the sweetness of the pear – a great combination indeed.

Forentine Benedict – Atop of an English muffin lies a bed of spinach, sautéed portabello mushrooms and a poached egg. Although the egg was a little overcooked, the freshness of the ingredients is what celebrated the dish. No need for fancy seasonings and toppings on this one.

Lemonade – What goes great with brunch on a sunny day? Fresh squeezed lemonade. But, you’ll have to make your own lemonade here. Zazie hands you 2 cups with an ounce of fresh squeezed lemon juice, a container of simple syrup and a jug of water. It’s up to you to make the perfect combination. I would much rather prefer them to make the lemonade since I always overdo the sugar.

I will probably come back to Zazie to give them another shot, but it will take some time for my wounds to heal.

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Delancy Street Restaurant – San Francisco

Delancy Street Restaurant StorefrontDelancy Street Restaurant
Neighborhood: SOMA
600 Embarcadero St
San Francisco, CA 94107

Rated: ♣♣♣♣

I love the concept this place! The Delancy Street Restaurant is the “training school of the Delancey Street Foundation, the country’s largest self-help residential organization for people who have hit bottom to completely rebuild their lives.” The foundation also clothes and houses the ex-convicts in the very apartment building in which the restaurant resides.

All tips are considered donations, and all restaurant proceeds after food costs go directly to house, feed and clothe our residents and teach all skills, values and attitudes needed for a successful drug-free and crime-free life in the mainstream society.

The scene:

The restaurant actually looks pretty upscale with the white table clothes and emply wine glasses sitting on the table. They even offer vallet parking for only $4. And if you’re lucky, you could be seated next to a spectacular view overlooking the Bay Bridge.

The food:

The food here is insanely cheap. You could get a full breakfast for only $6 a plate.

Orange Juice – This first caught my attention walking into the restaurant. One of the employees was squeezing fresh orange juice at the bar and it looked insanely delicous. The juice was semi-pulpy and sweet, just the way I like it.

Strawberry Pancakes – At only $5.75, this dish was impressive. The pancake batter was made from a strawberry puree. I  couldn’t believe how strong the strawberry flavor was in the pancakes. The pancakes had a soft chewy consistency which also indicates a good quality pancake.

Southwestern Chicken Hash – K got the Chicken Hash topped with 2 poached eggs. This hash was a healthier version of the usual hash. The spicy salsa on the side added a real kick to the dish. K never had a poached egg before and he fell in love. The oozy yellow center spilled onto the hash making it super moist and creamy with each bite.

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Yew Restaurant @ The Four Seasons Hotel – Vancouver

Yew Restaurant @ The Four Seasons Hotel

Neighborhood: Downtown Vancouver, BC.

Rated: ♣♣♣

Vancouver, BC is known for their fresh seafood & and delicious food overall. Yew at the Four Seasons is a popular restaurant for locals & tourist who want exceptional service & the mode/chic aesthetic.

The Scene:

Weekdays to weekends Yew is always busy. You can however get a table without a reservation during non-peak meal hours. Due to the nature of its location (in the Four Seasons) the price-point is much higher than normal catering to those who are willing to pay more for their meals & enjoy the modern design & cool restaurant. Their service & personal requests are above & beyond and this would be a great place for a special occasion – family birthday, girls night out or a special date.

The Food:

From many past experiences, their Mushroom Gnocci is always excellent! Fresh, soft, flavorful & the perfect gnocci texture. You may inquire about  made-to-order vegetable gnocci or even meat. Today’s meal – brunch – eggs benedict served with FRESH dungeness crab, spinach & fingerling potatoes ($18).

The dungeness crab was an extremely tasty addition to the typical eggs florentine (benedict & spinach) however the price point was much higher than the usual breakfast restau. All in all the ambiance and aesthetic of Yew Restaurant + great service + meal = overpriced but worth it once in a while.

guest blog post by: Tynessa Jue

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