Three Things

November 2019 — Issue No. 71

Hey hi! A little late on the send, here is a look at the month of November. Which as you can imagine was very food-focused. Next time I write to you I'll be in Hawaii! 

💨 Smokesgiving

—–Things I Ate

Michael and I have traditionally held a dinner for friends during the winter. From Christmas Formal back 2011 (a prime rib dinner), Christmas Formal 2012 (a 7-course meal) to 2.5.15 (an 11-course French inspired meal). This year we wanted to do something a little more special. So we did what any reasonable person would do, rent out a venue, hire 2 bartenders, invite 50 people, and cook for 24 hours. Smokesgiving was born. We did 4 pork butts, 2 briskets, and a turkey breast. We also did beans, coleslaw, pickles, and potato salad. The whole thing came together in 2 weeks and I think it went extremely well. The ironic part of these events that we never remember eating the food but we always remember the people :)

🧂 Darren v. Salt Fat Acid Heat

—–Things I Ate

I’ve now made 21 things from the cook book and still aiming to hit 24 by the end of the year. This month I made: Pasta alle Vongole, Phở Ga, and Glazed Five-Spice Chicken. The pasta with clams was really quick and tasty. The phở took all day but the flavors were deep and rich, a side-affect of cooking the broth for 12+ hours. The five-spice chicken was so tender. They also only sell five-spice in 5 lb bags (the recipe called for 2 tablespoons) so let me know if you need some five-spice.

🦃 Thanksgiving

—–Things I Ate

My favorite holiday. The only one truly centered around food. No mascots, no costumes, just about being thankful for what you have and those around you. Well… the very first Thanksgiving was… a little, uhm, awkward. Anyway. Michael’s family comes to the city every year to host Thanksgiving in the marina. My sister made another trip up and Sophia's sister drove up from San Diego to make it a full house. Mike and I smoked a turkey and I collaborated with Birkley on an epic cheeseboard to rule all cheeseboards. We had a lot of stuff going on that week but it was excellent to be around family and friends.

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🕯 Restaurant Design Offsite

—–Things I Saw

I’ve been at OpenTable now for two months and its been such an amazing experience so far! I’m getting to know the product better and forming new friendships with my team. We had a design offsite where we made soy candles, played mini-putt, and went bar hopping. I knew things were really clicking when we were all singing old R&B songs as we walked from bar to bar.

🦆 Matt + Maia

—–Things I Saw

Matt and Maia recently moved to a new place and had some friends over for cocktails and games before going to a special dinner at Progress. Matt crafted some excellent rum cocktails and I destroyed everyone at games (obvi). We had 6 of us so we were able to order majority of the Michelin-started menu. The duck is always the standout dish. The chewy roti was also excellent. Good food, great friends, what could be better?

🏮 Diwali

—–Things I Saw

OpenTable hosted a little gathering to celebrate Diwali earlier this month. A group of folks even choreographed a dance that they showcased for the SF office. Good food, new friends, and dancing? I’m there.

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🌯 Señor Sisig

—–Places I Went

We were entering our sophomore year of college when food trucks started popping up in San Francisco. One of my favorite food trucks back then was Señor Sisig. Filipino food rolled into burritos usually stuffed with french fries. My mouth is watering now. They are still my favorite food truck and they have expanded to a fleet of trucks to meet the demand for sisig. This month they opened up their first store front in the Mission district. We took a trip over there to check it out and to try some of the store’s exclusive items, like the crunch-a-dilla, a fully-loaded quesadilla. They did a really great job with the space and it has been great to watch them flourish over the last ~10 years.

🍣 Sausalito

—–Places I Went

I went over to Sausalito twice this month and both times were to eat at our new favorite sushi spot, Sushi Ran. The food is always excellent and we usually go for lunch so its a little slower and less busy. I took my sister there for the first time and she absolutely loved it. She is a sushi connoisseur so that is high praise coming from her. 

🍷 Napa

—–Places I Went

Sophia and I had our groups of sisters visit over Thanksgiving. We ate a lot, shopped, got coffee, and went to Napa! Emma and Maya hadn’t been before so we took them to Domaine Chandon for some champagne tasting and then we went to Jacuzzi for some wine tasting. Unfortunately, Sarah is only 19 so she couldn’t partake but we did find a cool olive oil place for her to explore. Sophia and I are both super lucky to have such amazing sisters and we were thankful to spend as much time as we did with them!

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✍️ Hand-typed in San Francisco by Darren Wong.

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