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Did you know the foil-wrapped super burrito was a San Francisco creation?

Foil wrap and all. I had always assumed it was created elsewhere, but it fills my heart with joy to know that my very own hometown was responsible for bringing the concept of a foil-wrapped overstuffed burrito to the world.

Living in Seattle years ago, I could not understand why it was so hard to find the burrito I knew and loved. They always insisted in on drenching these perfectly good burritos in sauce.

I'm going to call it a San Francisco burrito from now on. But maybe that's not necessary... there's only one kind of burrito in the world for me.

Hat tip to @tkane for enlightening us all.

The Fig Cafe - all the laid back gourmet flavor of North Berkeley next time you go wine tasting

My girlfriend Steph and I took a little mid-week retreat in Sonoma this past week. After checking out a few wineries (St. Francis, Sebastiani and Gundlach Bundschu), we headed over to Glen Ellen for an early dinner at the Fig Cafe. It's a casual, pretty inexpensive restaurant in a sleepy village called Glen Ellen in the hills smack dab in the middle of Sonoma Valley. You know, the OTHER California wine country. There seems to be a bit of a rivalry with the Napa Valley-ites.

To start, we had steamed mussels, and I ordered the top sirloin burger with dutch crunch roll and cambozola cheese (breathtakingly good) and Steph had the Salmon with chestnut spaetzle. The burger was incredibly hearty, and the cambozola I think has now firmly taken the #2 spot in my list of favorite cheeses to put in cheeseburgers. American Cheese of course can't yet be beat. Overall, the place feels as much at home in Glen Ellen as it would in the gourmet ghetto of North Berkeley. And that's definitely a good thing.

I love prime rib.

Me and ten of my friends got together on New Years Eve at my place in San Francisco for a great dinner party. The main attraction: an 11 pound 18-day dry-aged prime standing rib roast, accompanied by an incredible array of creamy sides. Think House of Prime Rib, but way more high quality because you can control the ingredients 100%. Many thanks to my friends Sushmita, Theo, Molly and Grace for cooking, and for everyone coming out to hang out and celebrate the new year in style.

Here are the recipes, courtesy of Tyler Florence's Ultimate cooking show on Food Network. I saw this on Christmas day and was absolutely inspired -- I just had to make it right away!
I highly recommend these recipes, and I also highly recommend having great friends come over to help cook, especially if cooking for 11.

Happy New Year!

Guilty pleasure of the day: Chef Boyardee Beef Ravioli

I am addicted to Chef Boyardee beef ravioli. How strange is that? Ever since I was a kid, I could never get enough of the stuff. The obsession continues to adulthood. I know it's not good for me, and I know it doesn't actually taste anything like real ravioli -- indeed, it's a culinary travesty and a gourmand's worst nightmare.

But marketing to kids works, both for Chef Boyardee and McDonalds. Sometimes when I just want to connect with my childhood, it's just a 3 minute microwave timer away.