There’s a laundromat in the city’s Hayes Valley called the Don’t Call It Frisco Laundromat. The name quotes an admonition you will hear often from a certain generation of locals, who will tell you the word grates like chalk on a blackboard. The taboo started, or at least took hold, in 1953 with the publication of San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen’s first book, entitled, well, Don’t Call it Frisco.
“Not Frisco but San Francisco,” Caen prescribed. “Caress each Spanish syllable, salute our Italian Saint. Don’t say Frisco and don’t say San-Fran-Cis-Co. That’s the way Easterners, like Larry King pronounce it. It’s more like SanfrnSISco.” (No one pointed out that the command to caress each syllable and to elide them was contradictory.) — Frisco Vista
I went up to Napa on Saturday for my friend Scott’s birthday at Ubuntu - a vegetarian restaurant and yoga studio. Eight of us did a yoga class, went back to the hotel to clean up and then came back to an incredible dinner. I am a definite carnivore but this was one of the most innovative and creative dinners I have ever had. Some background on Ubuntu and the chef, Jeremy Fox:
“Our philosophy reflects an appreciation for all of the people in our community who contribute daily to producing the Ubuntu experience. Ubuntu features a delicious menu of daily-harvested food, with a focus on farm-fresh produce, much of it from our own biodynamic gardens. Ubuntu, briefly stated, is “humanity toward others”, which is the basis of this community-focused restaurant.
[Chef] Jeremy states, “I’m very excited to have the chance to do something that hasn’t been done before - this project has the distinction of being of a vegetable restaurant rather than a vegetarian restaurant. We’re not offering a philosophy of “no meat,” rather, we are celebrating what comes from the gardens, what shows up at the door and our relationships with farms in Napa.”
This morning we all went to Alexis Baking Company in Napa for another incredible meal - brunch! After brunch I headed up to St. Helena, had coffee, read the obits and then met up with Keith, Jordan and Jared to check out the new PlumpJack winery, Cade, a LEED certified winery in a spectacular location. Definitely check it out if you are in the area.
To close out the incredible weekend we then went to the housewarming of our friends Meagan and Jude and had even more incredible food. Jude is the owner/chef at Cook in St. Helena.
The traffic coming back to San Francisco this evening was horrible but so worth it for such a great weekend.