Archive | November, 2012

Foreign Cinema

12 Nov

Last week Monday I planned a lady date with my friend Alicia. A few months back I made a list of things I wanted to do and places I wanted to go that I sent out to a bunch of friends. One of the items on this list was checking out Foreign Cinema. I have heard great things about this place from others, but figured it was time for me to actually check it out. Alicia and I met for a cocktail (or two) before our reservation at Doc’s Clock, which is literally right across the street. It’s a divy mission bar where we made friends with the bartender and they have, wait for it, $3 well drinks during happy hour.

We made our way (all the way) across the street to Foreign Cinema and since it was somewhat chilly outside, we sat inside by the fire. Unfortunately, we couldn’t see the movie they were playing, but we weren’t there to see a movie, we were there to get caught up on some girl talk! We started out with more drinks of course, wen’t for a carafe of zinfandel (so yum)! For an appetizer we decided to start with the sea scallops, which were totally amazing. I chose the duck breast for my entree. We decided to be extra naughty and got dessert, the goat cheesecake. I like dessert as much as the next girl, but this cheesecake was a-mazing. If you ever get the chance to try it, do it! I will definitely be headed back to Foreign Cinema, hopefully when its warm so I can catch a movie with a delicious meal.

2534 Mission Street  San Francisco, CA 94110 – www.foreigncinema.com

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360 Degrees – Dubrovnik, Croatia

6 Nov

For our last night in Dubrovnik (and our entire Croatian trip) we decided we wanted to go all out. We heard that this was “the place celebrities dine” and thought, if it’s good enough for Beyonce, it’s good enough for us. They don’t take reservations and the night that we went there weren’t that many people dining there. This place is quite romantic and I think Gail and I were both thinking that the couple next to us was on the verge of getting engaged or something.

We ordered a bottle of Posip from Korta Katerena. Great wine. We actually had the same bottle the night before, and of course it was nearly twice as expensive at this place than the previous night. We started out with some amazing fresh sea scallops and a ravioli with a goat cheese sauce, which interestingly enough came in a little travel-size toiletry bottle. For my main dish, I opted for the sea bass. It was really amazing, but a small portion. This place is definitely going for taste and presentation. It was the perfect end to our wonderful trip. The dessert menu looked a bit too exotic for us, so we opted for cheap gelatos on our way home instead.

http://360dubrovnik.com/

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Taj Mahal – Dubrovnik, Croatia

5 Nov

Based on the name, I bet you’re assuming that Gail and I went to an Indian restaurant during our stay in Dubrovnik. Don’t be fooled, Taj Mahal is a really great Bosnian restaurant in Old Town. We found this gem through TripAdvisor searches, and thankfully, the people who reviewed it were right. We had some spotty luck on our Croatian travels with other people’s recommendations, but this place was just what we needed.

It was very hot when we arrived in Dubrovnik, and after a 15-minute walk from our lovely hotel, we were in dire need of cold beverages, and wine! We made a reservation through our hotel, and thank God we did, or we never would’ve gotten a table. Even with a reservation, we had to wait about 30-minutes to be seated since it was so busy. Taj Mahal is located in a small alley and has about 12 tables outside. Given the heat, we were very happy that we did not get seated indoors, that place must’ve felt like a sweat shop!

We started out our dinner with a bottle of posip (lovely local white wine) and an order of vegetable burek. Basically, this is vegetables (spinach) in filo dough. Gail ordered Ćevapi, a traditional Bosnian dish of small grilled rolls of ground beef served with chopped onions served in a flat bread. The bread on this was amazing. There were so many little sausages we couldn’t finish but pecked away at the bread. So good. I had the kebob which was served with a potato and also very good. We shared the vegetable plate as well which had a small selection of grilled vegetables. Since we very quickly went through our first bottle of wine, we switched over to a red. Bad decision. It was so bad, we could hardly finish the bottle. Lesson learned. Overall it was a good meal, but the service wasn’t amazing. I would definitely recommend this to anyone passing through Dubrovnik.

http://www.tajmahaldubrovnik.com/ –  Nikole Gučetića 2  20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia

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