Bay Leaf Kitchen & Elianna’s Minted Spring Pea Dip

Elianna's Minted Spring Pea Dip

Image: Bay Leaf Kitchen

Simran and I have found a foodie soulmate in Elianna Friedman. In addition to being the woman behind CUESA’s Foodwise Kids program, she’s an inspired chef, seasonal food goddess and a wonderful teacher. She’s doing some really, really cool stuff to engage kids in learning about where food comes from and eating with the seasons which we wanted to share …. and she also passed along this tasty recipe to celebrate spring: an easy dip that combines pea shoots, mint and cool tangy yogurt. I’ve got some enthusiastic dippers in my family and we can’t wait to make this one!

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See you in September!

Gone Fishin

We’re taking a little end of summer break and will be back with more yumminess in September.  In the meantime, here are just a few highlights from our “A Little Yumminess Around the World” summer camps. We had a blast cooking and tasting world cuisines from every corner of the globe.

A big thanks to all the young chefs who came along to cook with us — we love your creativity, joy and curiosity! Much gratitude also goes to our wonderful pals at Bernal Cutlery and CUESA for sharing your knowledge and skills with our campers…. and a big thanks to See Saw in Hayes Valley for providing a bright and lovely venue for our classes.

– XOXX Stacie & Simran

Yumminess camp collage part 1

yummy camp collage part 3

See You at These Summer Street Food Festivals!

There are so many tasty events coming up that we just had to mention a few that are already on our calendars. This barely scratches the surface since there always interesting things (tastings, classes, and other food happenings) going on over at places like CUESA (Center for Urban Education on Sustainable Agriculture/Ferry Building Farmers’ Market), 18 Reasons, and Omnivore Books. Check out their event calendars.

This is the best time of year to take a trip to a farmers’ market to grab some of that gorgeous summer fruit, luscious tomatoes are on their way, too! During this peak season, you can hit a market pretty much any day of the week, so here’s a nice, comprehensive list of Bay Area Famers’ markets from SF Gate.

Happy summer eating! Love, Simran and Stacie

SF Street Food Festival

August 21st 11am to 7pm (Folsom between 25th and 26th Streets)

San Francisco’s Street Food Festival is back and bigger than ever. Come with an empty tummy so you can eat your way through the deliciousness from 4505 Meats, Beretta, Curry Up Now, Slanted Door, Kasa, Flour and Water, Kung Fu Tacos , Delfina, Creme Brulee Cart, and more!!! It’s good for the soul too! The event is hosted by La Cocina, a great nonprofit business incubator that’s helping to nurture low-income food entrepreneurs.

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Eat Real Festival

August 27th, 28th, 29th, Jack London Square (Oakland)

A celebration of delicious, affordable and sustainable food. Music, food craft demonstrations (think pizza tossers, noodle pullers, butchers), “urban homesteading” (if you’re curious about canning, jamming, fermenting, pickling — this is for you!), and of course great eats. Some of the Bay Area’s best street food and restaurant vendors will be cooking up amazing (and affordable!) dishes: tacos a hundred different ways, BBQ, flat-bread, noodles, curry, falafel, ice cream and more! We’re excited to try Pizza Politana, Adobo Hobo, Sam’s Chowder Van, and Ici Ice Cream just to name a few. Find the whole list of who’ll be there right here.

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Off the Grid

Fridays, 5-9pm, Fort Mason Parking Lot

We love this evening street food market for a fun alternative to Friday “pizza night” for the family. For more flavor on this event, check out the guest post from our friend Liz Farrell. Bring a jacket and a bunch of cash because you’ll want to taste a little of everything. Get there early to make sure you get your pick of menu items.

Happy Spring!

It’s feeling a lot like spring around here. The weather has been fantastic and we’re diving into our first baskets of strawberries from the farmer’s market. I’m excited about the start of such a delicious time of year — eating lots of strawberries (of course!) and dusting off my favorite asparagus and artichoke recipes. CUESA has a handy fruit, vegetable and nut calendar if you want to check out what’s coming into season.