Editor’s Note: Each week, Life & Thyme contributors are trotting the globe, taking in the sights and turning over all kinds of culinary stones for future stories. In our new weekly Off the Menu series, we ask for their favorite food-related finds from all over––and share them here.
I paid a visit to the subject of one of my Life & Thyme stories, Hog Island Oyster, during a visit to see my closest friends who live in San Francisco. We had grilled oysters, raw oysters, cheese, charcuterie, craft beer and a few bottles of Sancerre.
I am frequently in San Francisco for shoots and always need to stop in to see my fam at Liholiho Yacht Club. Chef Ravi’s food is a direct reflection of his heritage and use of the best ingredients. Pictured here is the octopus dish currently on the menu. Pure Aloha!
The vibrant Balinese food at Selamat Pagi in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. From the rich, tender Beef Rendang to the vegan lentil and coconut cream-topped Bali Bowl, each colorful dish offers an exciting depth of flavor. Photo courtesy of Selamat Pagi.
This weekend I was craving chocolate cake (like ya do…) and was searching the internet for a recipe that was simple enough I could make it with ingredients already in my pantry. That’s when I discovered the most amazing chocolate cake recipe ever by Arizona-based food blogger Melissa Stadler of Modern Honey. Her recipe is called “Love at First Sight Chocolate Cake” with homemade chocolate buttercream frosting, and it’s incredible––definitely love at first bite, too. So good, in fact, you’ll likely find yourself eating a slice for breakfast the next day with your morning coffee like I did.
My pick this week is for any of the amazing organic chocolate bar flavors from Santosha Chocolate in Asheville, NC. I can be a bit of a chocolate snob, and I have rarely come across a more perfect product. This chocolate is vegan-friendly, non-GMO, raw, real, and ridiculously satisfying. Plus, they come in these conveniently packaged portion sizes, ideal for a single person in a single sitting (okay, so sometimes maybe I spring for more than one––but come on, who can seriously be expected to decide*?!).
*My fave is Mint & Maca when forced, but seriously––they’re all delicious.