Posted by Lauren
I keep telling Nicole “ya I’ll draft a post probably in an hour… ” but the truth is I keep getting distracted by my other to-do list. If only laundry would clean and fold itself! I’m popping in to tell you about TWO new-to-me places in the Bay Area that I fell in foodielove with recently.
Thursday date night at a popular burger joint…
Umami Burger is basically In n Out’s fancy cousin. What originated in Los Angeles has quickly (and finally) spread to Northern California! I wasn’t able to make it to the SF location, but to my surprise Kyle received a coupon for free cheesy tater tots at the UB opening in Palo Alto. I was really excited about it to say the least.
Umami Burger obsesses over high quality, fresh ingredients:
It starts with the house-ground, hand-formed patty infused with the Umami Master Sauce. It builds with the carefully crafted combination of toppings resting on the lightly toasted and slightly sweet bun [and] it explodes with house-made sauces. (source)
The Original – parmesan crisp, shiitake mushroom, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, umami ketchup
Hatch Burger – roasted green chiles, house American cheese, roasted garlic aioli
The free tots! Hot and crispy! Their house-made ketchup is a great example of “umami”. After a little research, I learned that umami is the 5th taste element (think: Sour, Sweet, Salty, Bitter, Umami) and UB’s creator Adam Fleischman did an umami flavor quest to learn what is so addictive about it. He tested 100+ items from a Japanese market in a lab to discover the three glutamic acids of umami. #Dedication
We both thought the burgers were delicious. Special props to the bun being soft like a cloud and the perfect medium-rare patty. Thumbs down for the weird library decor. Afterwards we picked up Yogurtland for a different taste element ;)
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Location #2 that I want to tell you about is not a restaurant… it’s a brewery!
Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company
Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company, located in the heart of the San Francisco bay area peninsula, produces award-winning, handcrafted beer… Prior to the 1780’s the canyon portion of Belmont and San Carlos was known as “la Canada del Diablo” or Devil’s Canyon. Since opening [their] doors in 2001, Devil’s Canyon Brewery has won over 35 awards. (source)
My coworker, Lorraine, invited me to join her and some friends for DCBC’s Beer Friday, a once/month event where the brewery opens its doors to the public for live music, food trucks and of course some craft beer!
I had a pint of Belle, their California Sparkling Ale… they use champagne yeast to get a balanced, bubbly, slightly fruity, mildly hoppy brew. My second pick was their Silicon Blonde Ale and then I had a few sips of Kyle’s Deadicated Amber Ale. While the beer was delicious and refreshing, I was more excited about the lively crowd and music.
That guy singing, Mike Annuzzi, is one of Kyle’s friends from Cal Poly!
OK BUT THE REAL REASON this event was awesome? I found the puppy of my dreams. I spotted a tiny, white, furry thing in the crowd and forced my way through the crowd to get a closer look…
Everyone, meet Marshmallow. I AM OBSESSED.
My mom, sister, and Kyle all agree that now is not the time for me to get a pup, but just look at HER!!! Gah. I. Just. Can’t.
I chatted with her sponsor and he told me about Coppers Dream, the animal rescue group trying to find good homes for plenty of dogs. One day….. sigh.
Dog owners: how did you know you were ready for the responsibility of taking care of a dog?
Burger lovers: what are your favorite toppings?