Review: Ichi Kakiya

A few months ago, the purveyors of Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar opened up a new restaurant in their original location: a 21-seat intimate Japanese oyster shop and raw bar called Ichi Kakiya. Restaurant Manager and Beverage Director Shasta Olarte was kind enough to invite me for a meal, which I wholeheartedly (and immediately) accepted.

Photo from the Ichi Kakiya website

Photo from the Ichi Kakiya website

Ichi Kakiya is housed in a very small corner spot way down on Mission Street, south of Cesar Chavez, on the west side of Bernal Heights. The space fits a sushi bar and a handful of small tables between the deep blue painted walls, and the feel is cozy and modern. The menu features a couple dozen small bites, specializing in oysters of which they were offering six different types when I visited…. 

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Review: Mission Rock Resort — Brunch

Ah, brunch. I hate being on bandwagons, but I’m totally on the brunch wagon. It’s such a wonderful feeling to enjoy your first meal of the day in a leisurely fashion while not having to do any actual work. SF is full of incredible brunch places, but I’ve found one where the food is great, there’s not usually a wait, and you can park your car (gasp).

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Mission Rock Resort is a bit out in the boonies—bayside in Potrero Hill—but totally worth the trip. It’s huge and has a large outdoor patio that is amazing on a nice day. The food is awesome, the service is great, and the prices don’t break the bank. I know, it’s not Plow or Boogaloos or Zazie, but you can park out front, you don’t have to wait over an hour, and you can actually look out on the bay while you eat. And now for the food…. 

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Review: Gialina

About a month ago I moved into a new house (new to me) across town, and have been busy trying out the sights and tastes of my new neighborhood in between the seemingly endless quest for new furniture. My new ‘hood is Glen Park, and they have the tiniest, most adorable one-block strip of “town” where we can shop, drink, and eat. One of the highlights in this micro neighborhood is Gialina, an Italian-style pizza joint by the same owners as Ragazza on Divisadero.

Asparagus w/ preserved lemon, leeks, Campagnolo & ricotta $18

Asparagus w/ preserved lemon, leeks, Campagnolo & ricotta $18

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Upcoming Event: SF Street Food Festival 2015

The SF Street Food Festival is back! For years I was invited to the preview dinners for these annual events, and I had thought the 2013 event was the final one. Apparently not — SFSFF is still in action and ready to delight with new hosts Noise Pop and The Midway, and new bay-side location at Pier 70. Read on for more information, and snag your tickets now at this link!

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San Francisco Street Food Festival (SFSFF), the Bay Area’s annual celebration of local food and drink, community, and entrepreneurship, is pleased to announce the dates for the seventh annual festival taking place on August 15 and 16, 2015…. 

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Upcoming Event: Mother’s Day

Yes, it’s that time again. No, not Christmas; rather, the Christmas that happens just for your mom  (or for you if you’re a mom, yeay!). Yes, Sunday May 10, 2015 is Mother’s Day! And I know there is always some moment in April where I realize MD is coming up, immediately call to make a reservation somewhere — because it’s better to have a reservation somewhere (and then sort out if you want to actually go somewhere else) than to have a reservation nowhere — and then frantically text my sister to see what’s actually going on.

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Mom status: My mom (mom), my sister (also a mom), me (not a mom)

So, if you have not yet remembered to make that reservation (or buy a card, or mark your calendar to remind you to call, or whatever), here are a few suggestions for around the Bay of places that reportedly still have room for you…. 

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Review: Hawker Fare

Hawker Fare opened its first location in Oakland and, after great success, has opened a second location in the Mission district of SF. Their website has nearly no info, and their Yelp page has reviews that are all over the place. Here’s what I thought.

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Pros:

  • The atmosphere was great — a large open area with light strands strung about mid-height in the tall-ceilinged room, kitchy plastic multicolored table cloths, brightly colored rug mosaics covering the walls, and fun music. It was just what I needed on a Friday night.
  • The cocktails are tiki-bar themed and are fun and yummy. You can even get a little paper umbrella for yours if you pester the waiter to bring you one.
  • The service was kind, attentive, and helpful with suggestions.

So, you’ll notice that I didn’t mention the food. That’s because it was really the only con. Which is why, even though I liked the place and had a pretty fun time, I wouldn’t go back. Let’s discuss…. 

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New Restaurant: Blaze Pizza Opens in SF & Free Pizza!

Hey y’alls! Blaze Pizza is coming to San Francisco! You may remember when their Fremont location opened last year and they gave me some sweet vouchers for free pizzas. Well, this weekend you don’t need a voucher — come build-your-own FREE artisanal pizza on Saturday, March 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. in exchange for simply following Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. The new digs are at Stonestown Galleria over near SFSU, and this is their inaugural SF location.

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What is Blaze Pizza, you ask?… 

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Review: Roka Akor, #SFRW

My only SFRW lunch this year was at Roka Akor where we enjoyed two beautiful courses of modern Japanese cuisine for $25 per person.

IMG_5114I pass this downtown establishment often — it’s at the corner of Jackson and Montgomery and has been around for over a year. It looks fancy, and it is, which is both why I have not yet been, and why I chose to take advantage of their participation in SFRW. The menu choices were:… 

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