Thorough Bread and Pastry

If fine French pastries and quiet, tucked away patios are on your “yes” list, check out our new favorite spot which happens also to be just a short walk from San Francisco’s newest and most tricked-out playground (aka Dolores Park). No, I’m not talking Tartine — excellent but the lines are soooo not kid-friendly. I’m talking about Thorough Bread & Pastry, which is part of the San Francisco Baking Institute. They’ve got fantastic sweet and savory pastries, you can watch the bakers in action behind the counter, and a sunny patio where you can linger and the kids can wiggle.

If you come, you absolutely HAVE to order the almond croissant which is one of the best things I’ve eaten this year. The texture and flavor are sublime. My littlest one loves the gougeres which I realize might just be the perfect toddler snack food. Yes, the name seems kind of fancy but it’s just a small cheesy puff — easy to hold, not crumbly or sticky….. and cheesy, but not too cheesy. And they’ve got us sticky bun lovers covered too.

Once your tummy is full of delicious pastries, you can run off all those calories when you wander over to Dolores Park for amazing city views, super long slides, artful play structures and the most excellent hipster watching ev-uh!

View post Dolores Park Image, Huffington Post

We ♥ Yamo’s Cold Noodles

The other Saturday we had absolutely no plans which is quite unusual for us. It was getting to be about lunch time, the sun was out and our tummies were rumbling. That means just one thing — time for a family food adventure! We headed straight to the Mission District. Serendipitously, there was no line at Yamo (teeny, tiny, Chinese-Burmese, cheap eats hole in the wall) so we grabbed a couple of the 8 or so stools at the counter, put Luca on our laps and tucked into some Burmese tea leaf salad and these tasty cold noodles. Just the right thing on a hot day. We checked out the hipster scene at Dolores Park and then capped things off with iced coffee from my #1 favorite caffeine stop, Philz,  just a short ways up 18th street. Buonissimo!

  • Yamo Cold Noodles (“cold noodles mixed with house special flavor, onions, cabbage, cucumber, and chicken”)  — Enjoy them at Yamo for a mere $5.25. I’m eager to try re-creating these at home. Got any favorite cold noodle recipes Yumminess readers?
  • Here’s a video that pretty much captures the vibe that is Dolores Park on a sunny day. The view of the city from the top slope of the park is one of the best vistas in San Francisco!