[food #48] - angels on horseback at anchor & hope. B2R points: 70

tonight we tried #48 on the 7x7 list.  angels on horseback is a appetizer for $15.  it is a fried oyster wrapped in bacon.

Back to Reality (B2R) points: 65
verdict:  it is tasty but not out of this world.  the bacon is smoked and nice and the sauce is creamy.  overall, it is ok but not something i would crave.  this probably would not have made my list of the top 100 sf foods.

7x7 magazine posted a list of the 100 foods you must eat in SF... my wife and i are going to eat all of them and review them!

The 2009 Big Eat SF: 100 Things to Try Before You Die


1. Roast chicken and bread salad at Zuni

2. Coffee-rubbed pork shoulder at Range

3. Carnitas taco at La Taqueria

4. Spicy crab and grits at the Front Porch

5. Chasu ramen at Katana-Ya

6. Burger with fries at Slow Club

7. Shaking beef at the Slanted Door

8. Morning bun at Tartine Bakery

9. Tofu soup with kimchi at My Tofu House

10. Baja-style fish tacos at Nick’s Crispy Tacos

11. Pork sugo with pappardelle at Delfina

12. Porchetta sandwich at RoliRoti at the Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market 

13. Soup dumplings at Shanghai House

14. Beef brisket at Memphis Minnie’s

15. Oysters on the half shell at Swan Oyster Depot

16. Katsu curry from Muracci’s Japanese Curry & Grill

17. Tea-leaf salad at Burma Superstar

18. Salumi misti plate at Perbacco

19. Tuna tartare at Michael Mina

20. Chicken pot pie at Liberty Café

21. Pizza margherita at Pizzeria Delfina

22. Vietnamese roasted pork sandwich at Saigon Sandwich

23. Beer sausage with sauerkraut and grilled onions at Rosamunde Sausage Grill

24. Blue Bell Bitter from the cask at Magnolia Pub

25. Loaf of bread straight out of the oven at Tartine (bonus: sliced while still warm and slathered with Brillat- Savarin cheese from Bi-Rite, down the block)

26. A classic gin martini at Bourbon & Branch

27. Papaya salad with salty crab at Sai Jai Thai

28. A Gibraltar at Blue Bottle Café

29. Spaetzle at Suppenküche

30. Laughing Buddha cocktail at Cantina

31. Pan con chocolate with sea salt and olive oil at Laïola

32. Pupusas at Balompie Café #3

33. Prime rib at House of Prime Rib

34. Yellowtail collar at Oyaji

35. Salted-caramel ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery

36. Dry-fried chicken wings at San Tung

37. Rotisserie chicken at Limón Rotisserie

38. French fries at Hayes Street Grill

39. Pierna Enchilada torta at La Torta Gorda

40. Cheeseburger at Taylor’s Automatic Refresher

41. Pho ga at Turtle Tower

42. Fried-shrimp po’boy at Brenda’s French Soul Food

43. Mint julep at Alembic

44. Cannelé at Boulangerie Bay Bread

45. Galapagos cocktail at Absinthe

46. Chips and salsa at Papalote

47. Ceviche at La Mar Cebichería Peruana

48. Angels on horseback at Anchor & Hope

49. Ginger snaps at Miette

50. Giant pretzel with mustard at The Monk’s Kettle

51. Maccaronara with ricotta salata at A16

52. Fried brussels sprouts at SPQR

53. Garlic soup at Piperade

54. Spiced-chocolate doughnut at Dynamo Donut with a Four Barrel coffee

55. Milk-roasted pork at L’Osteria del Forno

56. Caponatina with burrata at Beretta

57. Goat stew at Kokkari Estiatorio

58. Absinthe daiquiri at Jardinière

59. Huarache with cactus salad at El Huarache Loco (Saturdays at the Alemany farmers market)

60. The Brass Monkey at Little Star Pizza

61. Crab soufflé at Café Jacqueline

62. Shrimp-and-chive dumplings at Ton Kiang

63. Meatballs with grapes at Aziza

64. Paper masala dosa at Dosa

65. Crispy eggplant at Jai Yun

66. Pig parts at Incanto

67. Sand dabs at Tadich Grill

68. Irish coffee at the Buena Vista Cafe

69. Licorice parfait at South

70. Omakase menu at Sebo

71. A Fernet at R Bar

72. Arancini at Ducca

73. Popovers with strawberry butter at the Rotunda

74. Corned-beef sandwich with Gruyère at the Sentinel

75. Fried green beans at Coco500

76. Chicken hash at Ella’s

77. Eggs benedict on the back patio at Zazie

78. Chilaquiles with a fried egg at Pastores

79. Onion strings at Alfred’s Steakhouse

80. Apple fritter at Bob’s Donuts

81. Chicken curry at Punjab Kabab House

82. Fried chickpeas at Piqueo’s

83. Sweet-potato fries with banana catsup at Poleng Lounge

84. A margarita at Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant

85. Pulled-pork sandwich at Roadside BBQ

86. A cheese slice at Arinell Pizza

87. Fresh spring rolls at Out the Door

88. Buckwheat crepe and a French cider at Ti Couz

89. Lamb schawerma at Truly Mediterranean

90. Slow-cooked egg at Coi

91. Albondigas soup at Mijita

92. Bacon-wrapped hot dog from a cart in the Mission (preferably when you’re drunk)

93. Seven courses of beef at Pagolac

94. Mango with chile, lemon and salt at Doña Tere’s cart (At the corner of 21 and Treat Streets, no phone)

95. 3 a.m. bowl of caldo verde soup at Grubstake

96. Baby-coconut ice cream from Mitchell’s

97. Sesame balls at Yank Sing

98. Basil gimlet at Rye

99. Clam chowder at Hog Island Oyster Co.

100. Cheese course at Gary Danko



Gmail: A Symbol Of Everything That Is Wrong With Google--And The Reason Apple Is A Far More Beloved Consumer Company

marissa-mayer-web2summit.jpgMy colleagues just put together a neat slideshow of all the cool things you can do with Gmail if you're inclined to check out a little tab called "Labs".

There are things like:

  • Forgotten attachment detector, and
  • Did you get the wrong "Bob"?, and
  • YouTube previews in emails

And that's cool.  I guess.  If I ever want to watch a YouTube preview in email or feel the need to install a "forgotten attachment detector"--and I figure out that "Labs" is code for "settings"--maybe I'll experiment with it.

But between now and then I am going to continue to curse Google every minute of every day that they force me to view my email as a series of "Conversations."

As I've explained before, I understand that some people like the "Conversations" format.  I'm happy for them.  I, personally, can't stand "Conversations."  For me, they are confusing, cause me to miss important emails, and never work properly. 

For me, moreover, "Conversations" symbolizes everything that is wrong with Google.  It symbolizes why the company has a much smaller chance than it should of dethroning Microsoft in the enterprise.  It symbolizes why Apple will always have a big leg up when it comes to winning consumers' hearts and minds.

Why does "Conversations" symbolize all this for me?

Because it would be so simple for Google to create a "Normal email view" for people like me.  But Google refuses to do it.  Google would rather let its engineers fiddle around with "Labs" and "YouTube previews" and "forgotten attachment detectors" than do something so mundane and boring as let me view my email the normal way.  Google has concluded that the "Conversations" format is better.  So Google will be damned if they're going to build inferior old-way features for the likes of me.

In the mid-1990s, when Bob Pittman arrived at AOL, most people had written AOL off for dead.  AOL was "the Internet on training wheels," everyone said.  AOL didn't get that the Internet was about "technology."

And, yes, five years later, AOL crashed and burned, having failed to make the jump to broadband.  But before that its market capitalization increased nearly 100-fold, from about $2 billion to over $200 billion, and its subscriber base soared from 3 million to 20+ million.

Why did AOL kill everyone in the 1990s?

Because Bob Pittman understood what Google does not: When it comes to consumer products, it's not about "technology."  It's about consumer behavior and brands.  Consumers don't like to customize.  They don't like to be forced to learn new ways of doing things.  They actually don't like "technology"--at least not for technology's sake.  Consumers like to keep things simple and easy. 

Google doesn't understand that yet, at least not the folks who make Gmail.  (Google's Search, meanwhile, is as simple as can be--which is why everyone loves it).  With Gmail, Google is still infatuated with the idea that it can do everything "better."  Google can't be bothered to do things the old way because the old way is boring.

Well, here's what I'm hoping.  I'm hoping that the equivalent to Patrick Pichette--Google's new CFO who has finally brought financial and spending discipline to the company--will soon arrive on the product side.  I'm hoping this person will understand that, for the mainstream Gmail user, it's not about "technology."  I'm hoping that that person will understand that every day that Google makes me view my email as "Conversations" is a day that it is alienating millions of folks who would otherwise be big champions of the company. 

Adding a "Normal email view" would be so easy.  Until Google understands this--and adds it--it will never have a chance against Apple at becoming a beloved mainstream consumer company.

See Also: 10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With Gmail And Google Calendar

i'm waiting for the day google makes any real money outside of search.