Former Chez Panisse pastry guru and current Parisian food blogger David Lebovitz (The Sweet Life in Paris, The Perfect Scoop) was in town last week, for a signing of his newest book, My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories at Omnivore Books. While he was back in the Bay, Lebovitz wasted no time in revisiting some old favorites and checking out some of the city's newest options for snacking and drinking. Here's a full accounting, with Instagrams, of everything the beloved blogger consumed as he ate and drank his way through San Francisco.Read More
Blogger David Lebovitz Ate All the Things in San Francisco
Here's a map of everything he sampled during his recent visit.
Hong Kong Lounge II 穗香小館
One of the author's all-time favorite dishes: Crisp fried tofu skins with shrimp. He also enjoyed dry-fried green beans, crispy chicken, and pork spare ribs.
Carnitas and braised short rib tacos from Tacolicious on Valencia were a must-stop for Lebovitz, who has long lamented Paris' lack of decent Mexican food. (He also had a margarita.)
"Super duper" cinnamon toast from Josey Baker and a Four Barrel macchiato kicked off Lebovitz's first morning in SF.
Lebovitz loved Dandelion Chocolate's "amazing" chocolate roll, layered with dark chocolate cream and roasted cocoa-nib powder.
The black sesame kouign amann from B. Patisserie was "one of the few times in my life I've been speechless about a pastry," says Lebovitz. "They just nailed it." (Take that, France!)
Bun Mee's grilled chicken salad was a healthy refresher for Lebovitz after several days of nonstop eating.
Hecho's avocado margarita was the first of many "really good cocktails" that Lebowitz enjoyed there.
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
Donuts, croissants and cruffins all caught the pastry guru's eye on a visit to Mr. Holmes Bakehouse.
Korean Village Wooden Charcoal BBQ House
Another hard-to-find item for a Paris-dweller: Korean BBQ and banchan. ("In many ways, Korean is sort of the antithesis of French food," Lebowitz has noted, which may explain its lack of popularity.)
Caramel almond sticks and toffee-chocolate macadamia nuts from Charles Chocolates cheered Lebovitz up on a foggy Sunday.
The classic Caesar salad at Zuni was Lebovitz's brunch pick; he was also amused by the presence of rabbit on their Easter menu.
Lebovitz sipped a classic Derby cocktail (bourbon, orange liqueur, lime, and bitters) at cozy Cotogna.