We got through the first part of the holidays without the kitchen. Lots of meals out and take out. The cooking isn’t too much of a problem, but prep work isn’t as easily done at the dining room table and cleaning up is a drag–dishes in the bathtub. Mostly though, it has been raining which really interferes with using the gas grill.
We started with me making a selection from the food trucks at Waller and Stanyon on Thursday night. Whomever put together Off the Grid was a genius. Since I normally cook I hadn’t ever used them before we lost our kitchen, but now I walk up on Thursdays and make a selection from the assembled carts (I’ve linked where I remember the vendor). So far we’ve had nothing but good stuff. The first night I went I got a variety of empanadas, which were excellent that night and also heated up another night. I also tried out the Creme Brulee Cart. The next night I got Cuban food. Yumm. Skipped dessert that night. This Thursday I got food from SF Whisk. Again, really good. Also a dessert from Pacific Puffs–a little cream puff with eggnog filling. Friday we got pizza from Zero Zero as our other take out choice was closed. It was pouring, and I had to heat it in the microwave which didn’t do any favors to the crust.
Mitch had a haircut late in the day on Saturday so we met at Cliff’s Variety in the Castro. He purchased light bulbs and I a martini glass since mine had broken that morning (see above, dishes in bathtub). We walked over to Maven, which is basically a hipster bar that also serves food. We had calamari, ravioli, duck sliders, fries. And a martini. I got pissy with the server because they sloshed my martini onto the table and although I had requested 3 olives, there were only 2. I got the additional olives and did get them to wipe up the spilled vodka, but I believe that if you pay $10 for a cocktail, you should get to drink all of it.
Sunday we stayed home and I heated up turkey chili. We had no breakfast because I had forgotten to get anything and it was raining. I made tuna for lunch. Monday we were out again. I had physical therapy in the morning and needed to make a few gift purchases, so I picked up sandwiches at Say Cheese. Roast Beef and Jambon Serrano. As we often do, we split so we got to enjoy both. I added pickles and fruit. We took my mom to McCormick and Kuleto’s for crab Monday evening. Mom had a crab louie after we all split a huge crab cake. I had crab and pasta and Mitch mahi mahi–again, we split. Mom shared her tomatos with Mitch and offered her lettuce and hard boiled eggs, but ate all the crab and the olives. It was fun people watching and we finished with cappuccino for Mom and Mitch and a decaf espresso for me.
Christmas Mitch and I had our traditional Christmas sausage and panettone, both cooked on the grill. I always forget that when I’m heating things on the grill I need to turn them, so I burn the bottom of the panettone. We enjoyed some gifted peanuts as a snack in the afternoon, then went to Mom’s for her gift opening, then out to another dinner! Roast beef, with a variety of sides, crab salad, and a lovely apple/berry tart with ice cream for dessert. I have the leftovers in the fridge. Mitch had purchased a lovely bottle of Barolo at the office fundraiser which we also enjoyed.
After PT last night Mitch suggested we grab dinner downtown. He snagged a reservation at Perbacco and we met outside a Walgreen’s where I picked up a couple of things. We cabbed home. More crab salad, crab bisque, and pastas. Tonight we’re going to the SFMOMA after my PT and I think it is about time we eat at home. Oh, wait. It’s Thursday, maybe we’ll make it to the food trucks!