There’s something about the process of cooking that exudes a therapeutic effect, it transforms any mood into a pleasant one-especially if the food tastes delicious! But every once in a while, I believe it’s okay to take a break from the kitchen and explore diverse restaurants in the neighborhood. On Saturday, I went from Hayward to Palo Alto to San Francisco, dining my way around the Bay Area. And yes, it felt good too.
First stop: Lyfe Kitchen, Palo Alto.
Cool, clean, modern ambiance.
Fresh herbs on display. I love their mantra “Love YOUR food everyday”.
What we ordered: Crispy Gardein Chicken Sandwich, it had fresh tomato, lettuce, agave pickles and other vegetables on multi-grain bread. Served with salad on the side.
We also had vegan Caesar Salad, with organic romaine, cherry tomatoes, english cucumbers, eggless Caesar salad dressing and multi-grain croutons.
I thought the Caesar Salad at Cafe Gratitude was the best version-then I had this from Lyfe Kitchen that blew me away. A MUST HAVE when you dine here.
Another must have: Chef Tal’s ancient grain bowl, with stir-fried Gardein tips and vegetables over whole-grain farro and quinoa with sweet chile-ginger sauce.
Look at how colorful it is! Not only that, it was sweet-savory and hearty, without the heaviness of a greasy stir-fry.
Now you see them…
Now you don’t…
Clearly, we loved the food. If there’s one thing I’ll have to critique about this place is that the portions were not that big, at least not for my appetite anyway.
Next stop: The Window, San Francisco
I had never heard of a “pop-up” concept before but apparently, aside from food trucks, catering services, and restaurants, “pop-ups” allow the chef and his/her crew to tour and rent a temporary space where they’ll sell their food for a limited time.
Over the weekend, New York based pop-up, Wildflower visited San Francisco.
Executive Chef Ayinde Howell cooked his signature creations- a rare treat for the folks of the Bay Area.
What we ordered: Beer battered tempeh tacos with chipotle spice homemade tortilla chips. My favorite from Chef Ayinde.
Crazy Jamaican slider with herbed JoJo’s & scotch bonnet aoli. Yum.
Seitan Shwarma With Mint Tzatziki in pita. I’m missing this already.
All vegan baby.
Chef Ayinde and his lovely food server (sorry I forgot her name).
Last Stop: Om Shan Tea House, San Francisco
It was time to unwind with a good cup of tea and Om Shan Tea House didn’t disappoint. I love their bohemian, provincial ambiance.
Beautiful lamps and their silhouettes.
The tea table has a built in sink, you just dump the water straight to it!
Sipping some Puerh tea. Mmmm…
I also have to point out that aside from premium loose leaf teas, Om Shan offers an all vegan food menu. Oh they spoil me.