I’m waking up with aches and pains from our snowboarding weekend in Tahoe. I will post video, pix and thoughts about our snow adventures later.
A couple of weekends ago, we went to mass at St. Ignatius in the City by the Bay. It’s a beautiful Jesuit church next to the University of San Francisco.
The mass had a running commentary for the Lenten season. It was weird but it would have made more sense if we caught the explanation at the beginning of the ceremony.
After church, we kicked off our private taxi service. We picked up my Medill buddy, Sara, near UCSF. Next, we went back to Topeka (a street in SF. Serious!) and picked up my Kansas co-worker, Dana. We made it out of Bayview and headed down to the Mission to see Susan and Tom and their doggies.
It was a beautiful Sunday night — meeting new people, catching up with friends and eating good food. I was running on fumes and a couple of hours of sleep but I was just happy to spend time with my friends.
Susan and Tom introduced us to Circolo. It’s a hip Asian-inspired restaurant in the Mission. On Saturday nights, it turns into a dance club. The servers were nice and patient with our group. I am always a sucker for foie gras and I enjoyed our goose liver trio. This appetizer had three preparations of foie: savory, sweet and succulent. I also digged Susan’s entree: a tasty sea bass with a miso glaze. The fish tasted delicate, with a delightful buttery aftertaste. I also enjoyed my veggie dish, the shitake risotto. The creamy arbrio rice was the perfect canvas for the yummy chunks of mushroom.
Bottom line: it was a pleasure to explore new flavors with this intersection of friends from Berkeley, San Francisco, Medill and Kansas.