Monday, October 20

{What I'm Currently Pinning}

Every now and then, I get sucked into the Black Hole that is Pinterest. Okay, to be truthful, Pinterest has been great in being a one stop site for getting ideas for dinner or DIY or etc.

This is what I'm currently pinning on my boards:

1. This is from How About Cookie and its gallery of lunchbox ideas. Once, the little one starts going to school or just for practice at home, I'd love to delve into creating some of these bentos.


2. For when I have long-er hair again...


3. With Halloween and Christmas around the corner, some DIY idea for decorating your front door. You can use the same instructions to create something similar for Christmas.

The Pinning Mama

4. Have to try this pot roast recipe!

You're Too Crafty

5. Pasta, pasta, pasta...

Inspired by Charm

Until then... 

Friday, October 17

SF :: Brunch and the Exploratorium

A few weekends ago was spent hanging out with two great friends, who live in the city, as well as my parents, who came up for the weekend to see the little one. It was a perfect day in the city- not too hot and not too cold. Just the perfect Goldilocks zone. 

We started the morning having brunch at Serpentine in the Dogpatch area of SF. The food was good and I'd highly recommend it. Also, just across the street is an ice cream parlor, Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous, which I give two thumbs up. The little one loves ice cream and she demolished the cookies and cream flavored ice cream that we got. After filling our stomachs with food and dessert, we made our way over to the Exploratorium, which has moved to its new location at the Embarcadero. 

Switzerland :: Baren Park & Barengraben

While in Bern for the day, we stopped by Bären Park and Bärengraben. The Bärengraben or the Bear Pit, is a tourist attraction in Bern, the capital city of Switzerland and has been around since 1857. It is located next to the River Aar near the eastern part of the old city of Bern. Bären Park, is a new addition to the bear pit, which is a larger and more natural enclosure alongside the river, which opened back in 2009. The Bärengraben is a heritage site of national significance because the bear is both the symbol of the city and its canton and is also featured on their coat of arms. 

The bear pit houses two bears and we were lucky to be able to watch them eat and walk up and down the park. 

Thursday, October 16

Switzerland :: Kambly Cookie Factory

Three years ago, we visited Cailler Chocolate Factory in Broc, Gruyere, Switzerland, this time around, we visited Kambly Cookie Factory in Trubschachen in the canton of Berne. (I'll post about Cailler another time.)

Kambly is a Swiss biscuit factory founded in 1910 by Oscar Kambly. Kambly is the most famous and most liked biscuit brand of Switzerland. They have two factories in the canton of Berne, where you can visit and try their biscuits and buy them for a much cheaper price. Their oldest product is the Bretzeli, which has been produced since 1906.

Each product that they sell, they have put out a tin where you can sample the product. You can also enjoy having lunch as well as have some coffee or tea, since they have a huge restaurant in the same room. They also have chefs cooking fresh cookies/biscuits. It is a must try on a visit to Switzerland, especially if you love biscuits.

 Until, next time!

Friday, October 10

NYC :: Dinner at La Birreria

For our first night in NYC, we decided to eat at the roof-top restaurant La Birreria at Eataly. La Birreria is located on the 14th floor of the building that houses Eataly. Here, you can get roof-top brewed beer of the highest quality as well as high quality food, while sitting under the stars and skyline. Birreria collaborated with Dogfish Head, Baladin and Birra Del Borgo to create, rather brew, unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally carbonated ales, within a few feet from where you are sitting, eating and drinking. The menu harkens a family style feast influenced by Austria and Germany, calling for beer braised pork shoulder (which, is amazing by the way!), meats and cheese. 

We waited by the bar and had some drinks, while waiting for our table to be called. Our friend, Duane, Sarah's hubby from A Passport is a Girl's Best Friend, was very excited to try the beers that were made in collaboration with Dogfish Head.

Here are the list of beer they have on draft: (list taken from Eataly-NYC site: here)

Toast! We have here the Dogfish Head 61 Minute in a flute glass.
Doesn't the color look amazing?
  • Dogfish Head Festina Peche, Berliner-Weisse with peach, 4.5% ABV
  • Dogfish Head Theobroma, Ancient Ale with cocoa nibs, honey and chili, 9% ABV
  • Dogfish Head 61 Minute, American IPA with Syrah grape must, 6.5% ABV
  • Lurisia Sei, Belgian Pale Ale, 6% ABV
  • Del Ducato, Baciami Lipsia, Gose with Himalayan pink salt and coriander, 4.2% ABV
  • Victory Hop Devil Nitro, Americna IPA, 6.7% ABV
  • Peekskill Hop Common, California Common with Nugget and Cascade hops, 5.2% ABV
  • Greenport Harbor Harbor Ale, American Pale Ale, 5.3% ABV
  • Kelso Nut Brown Lager, Euro Dark Lager, 5.75% ABV
  • Peroni Nastro Azzurro, Euro Blonde Lager, 5.1% ABV

Formaggi and Salumi

For appetizers, we ordered some formaggi and salumi (cheese and meat). The cheese is served alongside some hazelnut honey, which just gave the flavor of the cheese that extra oomph! We had the asiago fresco, ricotta fresca and the provolone (not sure about the last one). As far as the meats, we ordered the Affettati Misti ($21), which is the selection of all meats from prosciutto to salami to coppa. Doesn't it look amazingly good?

As for the main courses, we got the following:
Tagliata de Manzo
Tagliata de Manzo is steak served with cabbages and mixed radishes. Steak is always a great idea. 
Agnello is grilled lamb belly served alongside roasted eggplant, red onions and green pesto. Yum!

Maiale alla Birra

Maiale alla Birra is beer-braised pork shoulder and glazed with apricot and served alongside celery root and apples in a mustard vinaigrette. The meat was very tender and melted in your mouth.
As far as food and drinks go, everything was great. Everything tasted fresh and of high quality. Aside from food and great company, New York welcomed us with great weather, especially during dinner time. Since it was a clear night, they retracted the roof and let us enjoy the nighttime view of the New York skyline and Empire State building and stars. If you are ever in New York, definitely give this place a try.

Food: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Drinks: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Company: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

La Birreria is located at Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street in New York City, roof-top deck, in the Flat-Iron District, overlooking Madison Square Gardens. They are open: Sunday to Wednesday, 11:30am to 11pm (kitchen closes at 10pm) and Thursday to Saturday, 11:30am to 1am (kitchen closes at midnight).

For a copy of the dinner menu, see here.