Today is Fat Tuesday, which means it's time to eat...a lot.
What shall you eat a lot of, you ask? We have two suggestions, not necessarily because they're related to Mardi Gras or Ash Wednesday, but rather, because they're just simply delicious and we like them.
First thing: Tamal Restaurant
It's south of Market, on Howard at 12th Street. It's casual, it's affordable, they use fresh organic ingredients, they serve dishes like Moscovy duck confit tamale with port-soaked cranberries, wrapped in saffron and achiote masa, with a balsamic-pear mojo sauce.....and they have pitchers of fresh pomegranate sangria.
The chef Moaya is a tamale guru (his tamale cooking classes in Sonoma consistently sell out months in advance), and yet he has also mastered other innovative twists like the freshest crab cakes you've ever had (forget bread and egg fillers) with chipotle crema served on baby mizuna with blood orange vinaigrette and fire-roasted corn succotash. Cory, the owner, is a sweetheart, and she may even wait on you.
Check it out and try a selection. Mm, mmm.
Second thing: Lagier Ranches Almond Butter (chunky style).
For some strange reason, John Lagier's almond butter is really, really addictive. Maybe it's because it's made from only pure, organic almonds grown on his local farm. Or maybe it's because you get to choose between fresh roasted or raw, perfectly chunky or gooey smooth. Or maybe it's because it tastes amazing on fresh, sliced fruit. (Actually, it tastes decadently wonderful right this second on chopped bananas.)
In any case, no matter how you like it, you can pick some up at the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Market on Tuesday and Saturday.