Donuts from Pinkie’s Bakery. Photo from Facebook.
Noodle making on an Edible Excursions tour in Japantown. Photo from Facebook.
A couple Bernal-residing (and hawk-eyed) tablehopper readers have written in asking about why “Pinkie’s Bakery” is now showing up on their receipts from Mutsumi Takehara’s ~SANDBOX BAKERY~. We reached out to Cheryl Burr, co-owner of Pinkie’s (with Chris Beerman), who confirmed the news but couldn’t share details at the time.
A post just hit the wires on Bernalwood with the details: Pinkie’s is, in fact, now serving its American/comfort classics in Bernal Heights. In an email, Burr says, “I’d like to bring many of my signature Pinkie’s pastries over to Cortland, and I’m keeping a lot of Mutsumi’s products as well, but many of the Japanese items are gone because I feel like those were really specific to her and her vision of the bakery. We are also bringing in artisan breads, cakes, and a lot of afternoon treats. We do a lot of wholesale bread and are using the kitchen overnight for our production as well. I’m excited to serve the neighborhood and meet all of our neighbors. I have a four-month-old, so I really like the family vibe of Bernal; kid-friendliness and family was a big part of Mutsumi’s bakery and I definitely won’t be changing that as it becomes Pinkie’s Bakery.” 833 Cortland Ave. at Gates.
Culinary tour company Edible Excursions is celebrating 11 years in business, and you can get in on the party with a special discount on all tours this summer. Between now and the end of August 2015, all tours are 30 percent off with discount code CELEBRATE (not including private tours and packages). Current tours include Craft Cocktails, Mission 18th Street, and Japantown Eats and Spa Treats, which includes a massage! There are also East Bay tours available; check them all out here.
Cow Hollow has a new spot for Indian food, called ~LASAN~. It’s from the same team that ran Indian Oven in the Lower Haight, and this time around they are offering an extensive menu of staples. The menu includes a large selection of flatbreads from their tandoor oven and also calls out some of their ingredients, like Mary’s free-range chicken. 3145 Fillmore St. at Pixley, 415-346-4900.
Financial District workers now have a new place for lunch. It’s a panini shop called ~PRESSED~, with a menu of sandwiches, salads, and lasagna, plus coffee and breakfast items. Hours are Mon-Fri 7am-6pm and Sat 10am-3pm. 3 Embarcadero Center at Sacramento, 2nd floor, 415-781-0302.
~GRUB~ on Valencia has reopened, this time under the same management as Toast. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a menu of American diner-style classics. The breakfast and lunch menu includes omelets, egg combos, Benedicts, and waffles, as well as salads, sandwiches, and burgers. At dinner, look for entrées like fish and chips, Cincinnati-style spaghetti, and meatloaf. Hours are breakfast and lunch daily 7am-4pm, dinner Tue-Thu 5pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm. 758 Valencia St. at 19th St., 415-431-4782.
And just a small housekeeping note for you: in case I got you fired up to eat at ~CALIFORNIOS~, they will be temporarily closed from June 28th to July 7th. During the break, they are remodeling the bar to allow for a more comfortable dining experience, plus installing carpet to “add another layer of luxury for our guests.” When they reopen, the menu will also be slightly longer and set at a higher price ($97 for the menu and $65 for pairings), but guests will be able to have their tables for the entire night. So get ready to sit back and have a leisurely meal in July.