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Out & About in SF & Chicago

Tartine's Bread Pudding

We went back to San Francisco this weekend to see my family. One of the places I have to stop at every time I go home is Tartine Bakery in the Mission. There’s always a line out the door but if you’re patient, you will be rewarded with the best croissants outside of Paris! Before heading down to see my dad, we shared a ham & asparagus croque monsieur with spicy pickled carrots and the bread pudding you see above. I can’t ever leave Tartine without a ham & cheese croissant, which we bagged up to go with a gougere and a chocolate croissant for our flight home the next morning.

There are many other must eats in San Francisco, but this trip was more about family than food. Perhaps I should have taken pictures of the full roasted pig at my dad’s. I was too busy taking pictures of all of my adorable nieces and nephews.

El Matate (Belmont, CA)

For some reason, I haven’t found carnitas in Chicago that is nearly as delicious as carnitas in the Bay Area. Yes, double fried pork is always delicious, but I haven’t found carnitas quite as heavenly as at El Grullense my favorite taqueria. Luckily, my dad’s house is walking distance to 3 locations. The picture above is of a carnitas taco (in a tortilla chip bowl) from El Matate in Belmont. Not as good as El Grullense but still better than anything I’ve found in Chicago.

Empanadas @ El Nandu

Finally, these empanadas are from El Nandu in Logan Square (Chicago). I like that they stamp and identify each empanada. We also ordered a lot of meat. In the future, I would recommend splitting a main plate as we have already had five subsequent meals with leftovers from four adults (short ribs over spinach salad) with enough for still one more meal.

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