Samovar

So I have to share another foodie find in San Francisco: Samovar Tea Lounge.  I discovered Samovar through two recommendations: Heidi’s San Francisco List at 101 Cookbooks, and a tweet my favourite local tea shop — David’s Tea.  And I am so glad I did!

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This was my amazing view for two of my lunches.  I was at the beautiful Yerba Buena Gardens location, and enjoyed sitting outside in December with my lunch and tea.

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I enjoyed this amazing fruit plate with my favourite new combination: blue cheese and honeycomb.  WOW.  I intellectually understood the idea of blue cheese and honeycomb, but you have to try them together.

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Each flavour offsets the other — from the sharp stinky cheese to the almost-cloying floral sweetness of the honeycomb and back again.

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And it didn’t hurt to have a lovely view:

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And a cup of tea blended for The Dalai Lama (cool!): rooibos, honeybush, ginger, licorice, cloves, and cinnamon.  I sat for a couple of hours on this gorgeous patio contemplating, relaxing, and recharging over a pot of tea.  Perfection.

DSCF0026Of course, I had to return to Samovar for another lunch to try something else off of the menu: two days letter I went back for a congee-like rice dish with tofu, seaweed, peanuts, green onions, carrots, and Sriracha. 

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Part of the fun at Samovar is choosing the perfect tea to go with your meal.  Along with this rice bowl, I had a pot of mint with cardamom, peppermint, ginger, black pepper, and a touch of green tea.  Yum.  Re-balancing and grounding after a too-late-night-out dancing at a Stevie Wonder and Will.I.Am concert.

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I had such a lovely time at Samovar, and managed to bring back a little bit of loose-leaf tea so I can have such contemplative moments in my own world.  I can’t wait to go back again!  If you’re in San Francisco, you must make sure to stop by!

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Categories: Breakfast & Brunch, Main Course, Snack, Travel, Vegetarian

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4 Comments on “Samovar”

  1. December 18, 2010 at 6:42 am #

    This place looks amazing, and the food oh my god! What with that and the choice of teas, I am sooo jealous. San Francisco is definitely on my culinary journey list now! This list just gets longer & longer, oh and I want your kitchenaid!!

    • December 19, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

      I really enjoyed my trip to San Francisco, and wish I’d abandoned the conference food and eaten out more!

      And yes, you do want my KitchenAid, it’s to-die-for. :)

      I’m going to try replicate some of what I had here at home, and will post when I do!

  2. December 19, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    Oh. my. God. Honeycomb & blue cheese sounds absolutely divine! Thanks for this awesome post on Samovar Tea lounge, I want to check it out now!

    • December 19, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

      Erica — you MUST go and give it a try! Enjoy!

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