Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Culinary Excursions in the SF Bay Area

As a lot of you know, I really like food, too much so.  A little over a year ago, a few Oxygen members went on a tour of Berkeley's gourmet ghetto (home of Chez Panisse) with Lisa Rogovin who runs "In the Kitchen with Lisa" Culinary Excursions.  It was a fantastic tour!

Lisa is so much fun to be with and she knows everything about the San Francisco Bay Area food scene.

Last week, a friend and I went on her new "Taste the Mission" tour .  I know the part of the Mission with Bi-Rite, Tartine, and Delfina on 18th Street, but I didn't know the area Lisa showed us.   Here are some places we visited and foods we tried:

Mission Minis is a storefront with mini cupcakes baked fresh daily. Flavors may include: cinnamon horchata, Aztec chocolate, pink lemonade, ruby red velvet, and more.  

Handmade tartlets from Mission Pie and hand held savory pie delivered by Bike Basket Pies.

Humphry Slocombe's award winning (and one of a kind) ice cream, as well as a maple bacon donut from Dynamo Donuts.  
Mexican delicacies from El Farolito (taco), La Palma Foods (huarache and fresh salsa) and La Victoria (pan dulce).
I also loved a new restaurant we visited called the Local Mission Eatery on 24th Street.
We also had a short guided tour of some of the beautiful murals in the Mission.  The tours run about three hours and I promise you won't be hungry afterwards.  Lisa does tours of the Ferry Building, the Gourmet Ghetto in Berkeley, and a food and wine tour in West Marin County.  The Mission tour runs $75, but if you mention the Oxygen network or the EntreNous blog to Lisa, she will give you $10 off.

To get more information, go to Lisa's website: