Monthly Archives: September 2011

big news

A few weeks back, I hinted at some big news. I was waiting for a few things to fall into place before spilling the beans, but now it’s official — Pot + Pantry is moving! 

Come November-ish, our new address is going to be at 593 Guerrero Street. You might recognize that as the former home of 18 Reasons, which also means it’s right by Tartine, Delfina, Bi-Rite, etc. The idea of being their neighbor is crazy exciting, and also intimidating. I hope the cool kids like me.

The new space is still small, but it’s significantly larger than the 180 sq ft Thumbelina-sized storefront that has housed Pot + Pantry thus far. I have big plans, but little time, so my motto will be “git r done” for the next month or so. Wish me luck.

The store will continue to be open at 3412 22nd Street through most of October, although we may have some funky hours as we near the end of the month. I’ll keep the “About Us” page updated as the month progresses.

And lest you think we forgot, Kate and I will be posting our upcoming Skill Exchange class schedule next week. It’s going to be most excellent.

So, with that, I hope you enjoy the weekend! I’ll be running around like a headless chicken. Stuff’s about to get cray (yes, cray).

Photo from here.

greatest hits: the france edition


So many fantastic recommendations from friends, and even seventeen days were not enough time to check them all off our list. I guess that means I’ll just have to go back. :)

I considered writing lengthy posts to detail everything I did in Paris, and then I remembered that most people usually find other peoples’ travel experiences boring. So! I compiled my version of a “greatest hits” album and present to you in no particular order:

+ Fat Tire Bike Tour of Paris on our first day. Perfect weather, witty tour guide, major landmarks. So much fun.

+ Outstanding pastries and preserves from Blé Sucré, which was a mere block and a half away from our apartment in the Bastille and thus became “our” patisserie. I saw that they were included in this month’s Food & Wine! Good for them.

+ Rue d’Aligre, right alongside Marché Beauvau, the oldest covered market in Paris. Just ten steps from our apartment, we found ourselves there quite often.

+ The most expensive and most delicious figs I have ever eaten, along with the rest of loot from the market.

+ L’as du Fallafel, which was randomly closed the first two times we tried to eat there. Found success the third time, and it was so very worth all the trouble.

+ Cooking demonstration at Le Cordon Bleu, with our charming if not ever-so-slightly inappropriate instructor.

+ Fangirling at La Bovida and A. Simon and (not pictured) E. Dehillerin.

+ Amazing burrata at La Cantinetta in Marseilles. This entree was the beginning of the best meal of my trip.

+ Excellent, excellent, excellent chocolate and white peach scoops from Le Glacier du Roi in Marseilles. Best ice cream of the trip.

+ Pho from the famous Pho 14, which deserves its reputation. Don’t do what I almost did and eat at Pho 13 up the street. Tricky, tricky.

+ Charcuterie smorgasborg from La Taverne Henri IV.

+ (Half eaten) Breakfast at Rose Bakery. I lament that we didn’t get to eat here until our last day.

+ Breathtaking Monet masterpieces at Musee de l’Orangerie. My favorite.

+ The Eiffel Tower at night.

Ah, I’m nostalgic for it already!

eat real oakland

So, I guess time doesn’t stop in SF when one goes on vacation – there is so much going on! And I am having a heck of a time catching up on things, but first things first:

Eat Real Fest! I’ve never been before, so I’m super duper excited to attend this year…especially as a judge of the honey contest! The festival is accepting submissions starting tomorrow for comb, extracted, crystallized, single-flower, and wildflower honeys, so all of you with your “secret” hives should enter! In the meantime, I’m going to practice being really judgmental. That’s what it means to be a food contest judge, no?

Second things second: I have a bunch of goodies to post in the online shop, but wow, am I too short on time to get them up soon. Look for an update early next week…(maybe)

And I still have so much to share about my Paris trip! I’ll get to that at some point, too.

That’s all for now! Thanks for listening. ^^

Photo from here.

i’m back

Bonjour, San Francisco! Seventeen days, two blisters and countless croissants later, I have returned. It was just as amazing as I’d hoped.

There are too many good things for me to share. I need to sort through all my photos first, but in the meantime come visit me at the shop! We’re back to normal hours starting this weekend.

Photo above from my first day in Paris. I totally wore a boater hat *and* stripes *and* polka dots. I have no shame.