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Leena Eats: The big one–The French Laundry.

By on Nov 2, 2011 in California, Leena Eats, Napa | 2 comments

I’m not worthy, Mr. Keller! But I sure as hell am gonna pretend I am as I eat your delicious-ass food! So, I dreamed about it. Made grand plans with friends to go there while drinking too much wine. I never actually thought I’d go there, at least not any time in the near future, and then something awesome happened. I had a baby, and because the entire process (except the end result) SUCKED, my awesome husband got me a gift certificate to the mecca of all food places…The French freaking Laundry, people. Are you ready for some killer food porn of the highest culinary degree? Really? Are you sure? You might want to grab a sandwich, cuz I won’t be responsible for your drool-soaked keyboards. Food pron, French Laundry style after the jump. The only thing we knew about TFL was that many people had a hard time figuring out where it was. This was the only sign outside...

Leena Eats: Slow in Berkeley- Fancy food for cheap!

By on Jan 14, 2011 in The Gastronomical Leena | 0 comments

I stumbled across Slow restaurant in downtown Berkeley when I was on the hunt for a cheap but delicious pre-movie meal. The restaurant had opened a few months earlier, and boasted a “SLOW” cooked menu at an affordable price. Although portion sizing can run a bit small on the mains, we were pretty impressed at what we found at Slow. Really good food, served to you fairly quickly at a decent price. More food porn after the jump. So as mentioned, we started with the puff bread as one of our appetizers. It was super tasty, but I wish we had ordered more, because between four people, it was gone in one second. We also started with an organic market vegetable crudite platter with hummus. This was also tasty. At the end of the meal, I just wanted to order more food and keep eating. I will definitely be hitting this place up again, perhaps to check out their popular lunch menu....

Leena Eats: The Marshall Store and heaps of oysters!

By on Nov 24, 2010 in California, Leena Eats, Seafood | 1 comment

As Thanksgiving draws closer, I figured you folks might want a break from all the turkey talk. Thus far, my trip to the Marshall Store has been my single best eating experience since moving to the Bay Area. I know. I KNOW. Powerful words for a gourmand like myself. But look at that freaking photo above! Heaven. Pure heaven. Food porn of  my heavenly experience after the jump. Simply put, this place rocks. The perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon! ~LTG! ********************************* The Marshall Store 19225 State Rt 1 Marshall, CA 94940 (415) 663-1339 Their website

Leena Eats: Bouchon Bakery

By on Nov 3, 2010 in California, Leena Eats | 0 comments

Ah, northern California, home to dozens of chef-celebrities and some crazy ridiculously delicious food. It’s a hard life I lead. Chef Thomas Keller, owner of The French Laundry, Bouchon Cafe and Ad Hoc restaurants, knows how to feed a bitch. Since I am years away from being able to afford his fancier restaurants, I decided to splurge on a trip to his gourmet bakery in the tiny picturesque town of Yountville. Heaps of food porn after the jump! And here is our haul from that morning: I highly recommend this place, whether you drive there for a quick breakfast, or even to get a picnic lunch to enjoy in the town (which is super cute, sort of what I imagine the town of Mayberry to be like, but with better restaurants and higher prices. I love me some Bouchon Bakery! ~LTG! ****************************** Bouchon Bakery 6528 Washington Yountville, CA 94599 (707) 944-2253 Their...

Leena Eats: Organic-Now CSA box

By on Sep 15, 2010 in CSA, Leena Eats, Oakland | 1 comment

Last month, I was contacted by a local Oakland CSA company called Organic-Now, who wanted to deliver me a box of their weekly CSA. I’ve been on the hunt for a local CSA, so I was stoked to try it out for free for a week. Above is the haul, , a nice combo of veggies and random fruits, all organic and locally grown. I particularly enjoyed the pluots (so many CSAs don’t include fruit or make it really expensive to add it on. Appreciate one that includes some with the veggies!). I used the celery and patty pan squash in some delicious Asian pan fried vegetarian dumplings. Another thing I appreciated was a list of all the produce in the box (sometimes, you just don’t know what stuff is!) and the recipes they included. Very helpful! Thanks to Organic-Now for letting me try their goods. For more info on Organic-Now and their CSA program, check out their website....