Monday, July 26, 2010

More Great Peruvian Food in San Francisco

I've written before about Peruvian restaurants in San Francisco, most recently in January when I talked about La Mar Cebicheria.  Recently, I visited yet another great Peruvian restaurant - Piqueo's - on Bernal Heights.  This small neighborhood place has terrific food, a casual feel, and friendly staff.  My brother-in-law, who lived in Peru, was extremely pleased with the food saying that it was pretty authentic.

We opted for the tapas so we could experience more variety.  Everything we had was delicious including the Peruvian corn cakes and the shrimp with garlic paste.  We added one dish of rice with seafood to share and were all happy campers.  Piqueo's has a nice wine list featuring wines from Spain, Portugal, and Argentina.  You'll certainly find something that pairs well with your meal.  We finished with a chocolate torte topped with lucuma (a subtropical fruit found in the Andes) ice cream and caramel sauce.  We were stuffed when we left the restaurant so we took a stroll down Cortland Avenue, the commercial center of Bernal Heights, and home to an eclectic collection of shops and restaurants.

I've still got more Peruvian restaurants to try including Piqueo's sister restaurant Mochica.  However, having now visited two Fresca locations, both Limón and Limón Rotisserie, La Mar, and now Piqueo's, I can strongly recommend that you sample Peruvian food while in San Francisco.  You'll enjoy some tasty food that you might not be able to find back home.

Friday, July 02, 2010

Blue Heron in San Francisco Where Magazine

In the July issue of San Francisco Where Magazine, Bonita Jessel, concierge at the Hotel Vitale is this month's guest in the magazine's "Ask the Expert" column.  In response to the question, "What do you suggest first-time visitors do while they're here," Bonita responds, "Plan a few hours with Rick from Blue Heron Custom Tours.  His tours showcase famous landmarks and neighborhoods, but some of the Bay Area's hidden gems, www.blueherontours.com."

Thanks to Bonita for the kind words.  To see the full magazine click on the title of this post.  Then go to page 10, to see all of Bonita's sage advice.