That adorable bear is a crepe my friends. Yes I finally got to fully explore Japan town in San Francisco. It’s really no wonder this was the first area I set out to find. What with my recent interest in making Egg Waffles (recipe in link) at home.
Anyways back to the Crepe, in the lovely Japan town “mall” there are two creperies. I opted for the one that makes adorable bears out of ice cream. I know, I know I can’t help myself. This particular crepe (there were 50 varieties to choose from) was a #36- Chocolate and vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup and corn flakes. It was delicious and an immediate sugar rush. Did I mention that today happened to be AOD (the San Francisco Anime, gaming, and cartoon convention) at the Kabuki hotel? So here I am sitting there eating my cute-overloaded bear crepe surrounded by Sailor Moons, men and women with gas masks and mail boxes (I kid you not) and what appeared to be zombie killing school girls. It was a surreal experience to be sure. It all just added to the buzzing atmosphere of the place. Packed to the gills with people.
The creperie was packed but well worth the wait, as was our lunch at Osakaya. I nabbed the #4 ramen special and a HUGE bowl of vegetarian ramen (I opted for this, there was also beef, pork, etc.) with a side of croquette (mashed potatoes and peas coated in japanese bread crumbs and deep fried–mmmmm!) landed in front of me. I managed to eat, little over half before surrendering to a full stomach. If you’re in the area definitely stop by. All that food, enough for two people and rich and delicious to boot, was less than $12.
I’d heard that San Francisco’s Japan town was one of the most authentic in the US and so far I’m happy with the experience. Design friends, acrylic paints, SD card readers and all kinds of art plethora can be bought at $1.50 a pop at Daiso and if you’re into web and graphic design you can get amazing access to images (vector, background and borders) by purchasing books/cd-roms of them in the book store (Design section).
In recent Chronicle Books news I’m clearly smitten:
yep that’s a whole (growing) shelf of Chronicle Books with more on the way. I have to say, Modern Sauces is my single most favorite cookbook in recent months. I’ve never been much for making sauces but my delightful and intrepid boyfriend whipped up the caper sauce from the book before we bought it and I must say, that sauce made that dinner. Next time you see it around pick it up and give it a look, the sauces are easy and oh so good…
To my tech friends, stay tuned upcoming info about ebooks and my latest favorite tech trick- Regular expressions. And also on the horizon, a short foray into graphic design. Til then!