This winter, I have fallen in love all over again with grapefruit. I have been eating it for breakfast, putting it in salads and making cocktails (a bit of vodka and a splash of Saint Germain). There is something about the smell and the taste that is just intoxicating. Grapefruit always remind me of my grandparents. It's amazing how a smell or flavor can bring you back in time.
People often ask me about my favorite places to eat in San Francisco. It is always so hard to come up with a short list. Boulettes Larder might actually be on the top. Last week I had a leisurely alfresco lunch with a dear friend and mentor. The freshest baked bread with butter (which tasted like it was just churned), with coarse sea salt glimmering in the light. My mixed greens danced on the plate with a divine Burata and earthy, fruity olive oil. An oasis in the flurry of the Ferry Building.
My favorite new tea is from Bellocq No. 35, The Earl Grey. The organic full-leaf Ceylon black tea is scented with natural Sicilian bergamot. Flecks of blue cornflowers accent the beautiful black leaves. I love the packaging and beautiful yellow label. The canister on the shelf in my kitchen just makes me smile.