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Aug
07
Baked Rosemary Lemon Salmon


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Wild Keta Salmon



I love fish. Especially during the summer months when I am more body conscious. To my delight I was in a grocery store I usually don't shop at and stumbled into this whole Fresh Wild Keta Salmon for .99 per pound! Nearly 3 pounds for under $3.00. I had to buy. I wish I would have bought more to freeze.



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.99 per pound Fresh Wild Keta Salmon



When I find a manager's special like this, I make sure to wash, clean and smell to assure that it is fresh. I wanted to keep the skin, so I descaled the skin even though it was gutted and descaled, I found more scales. SEE VIDEO CLEANING . Also, check out this video after the careful cleaning SEE CLEANED FISH


After padding dry I seasoned with...


Jul
11
Isla Vida Afro-Caribbean Restaurant - Black Owned

By Phyllis Bowie



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Guava Wood Fired Ribs




This first video is for permission to use Gregory Porters' song Take Me to The Alley in the Living With Phyllis Urban Food Show closing - VIEW VIDEO CLIP HERE


In San Francisco as the population of African Americans is at a low 3% and steady decreasing. So when a Black owned restaurant opens in the historically Black community in the Fillmore, I celebrate, promote and support them with enthusiasm. Isla Vida is one of those rare restaurants. Specializing in the broad spectrum of African Diaspora through Afro-Caribbean eats. By far the Guava Ribs are my favorite. GUAVA RIBS VIDEO


Isla Vida Exterior Video This may sound strange but they had me at the Water Ca...


Jul
08
Fillmore Jazz Festival 2019 – Food Edition

By Phyllis Bowie



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BBQ Oysters - Butter, Lemon & Garlic




The truth is I enjoy all festivals – street festivals, music festivals, cherry blossom festivals, but when it is up the street from my home and on Fillmore street, I am extra excited. This was the 36th Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival. I was honest with myself this year, food is my priority – funnel cakes, corn on the cob, garlic fries, chicken on a stick and the list goes on and on. The first day I was very early because I took my morning walk in Alta Plaza park. After a refreshing brisk walk and 3 sets of 10 pushups, my summer routine, I headed to the farmer’s market for my weekly shopping. Once I turned onto Fillmore the...


Jul
02
Living With Phyllis Fillmore Happy Hour Crawl

By Phyllis Bowie



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Happy Hour Crawl $5 drinks at Fat Angel




The Living with Phyllis Fillmore Street Happy Hour Crawl. I get so excited as I am feverously working hard to finish the 4th season of the Living with Phyllis Urban Food Show. I am planning the 2nd Fillmore Street Happy Hour Crawl and in the process of completing last year’s crawl. It actually was my God-sister, Nikki’s idea since I always tell her my favorite happy hour spots that won’t break the bank. We decided to stop by 3 places: Fat Angel, The Social Study and Black owned Sheba Piano Lounge. All three were in walking distance from my home and all were on my favorite street - Fillmore.



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My Beautiful God-sister Nik...


Jun
28
Palace Garden Court Restaurant Review

By Phyllis Bowie



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Savory Scone



I really am a meeting burnout person. I avoid them like the plague. So when I was invited to a lunch meeting and could choose the venue, I was all in. The lunch at the luxury Palace Garden Court made the meeting enjoyable and productive. Since 1909 The Garden Court has been recognized as one of the world's most beautiful public spaces. With its incredible architecture, dome stained glass ceiling and Austrian crystal chandeliers.



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J Vineyards Pinot Noir & Austrian Crystal Chandeliers




Walter our server was so much fun as he recommended a J Vineyards Pinot Noir from Russian River, to go with my truffle wagyu burger. When the bread basket came there was no question in...


Jun
27
Fillmore Farmer's Market Crawl

By Phyllis Bowie



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Farmer's Market Organic Arugula


I am thrilled that I find extreme joy in the simple things in life. The Farmer's Market is one of those simple joys. I am in heaven at my local Fillmore Farmer's Market in San Francisco. Fillmore is a histortically African American community. Due to gentrification and soaring outragous rents the population of Black folks in San Francisco is down to 3% and steadily decreasing. So the Fillmore Farmer's Market brings me that extra joy as I watch a few Black families strolling and shopping the market. It gives me a warm sense of community as we all gather to support our local farmer's. Building relationships with your farmers is key to having an in...


Jun
24
MY KITCHEN: Fast Food - Salad with Chicken & Mushrooms Leftovers

By Phyllis Bowie


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Salad with Chicken White Wine Sauce & Mushrooms



I created this quick salad with the last of my weekly Farmer's Market Haul. I basically, took the last of the veggies in my frig. Arugula, Cherry Tomatoes, Green Onions, Avovado, I dressed with EVOO and reduced aged Balsamic Vinegar and topped with crumbled aged Blue Cheese. These are my staples - avocado and cherry tomotoes. Having the avocado as a staple is a challenge. The challenge is buying them hard and then waiting for the magical 1 day window when it is perfectly ripe, before it is unripe with dark spots. Tip: I buy 4 Avocados weekly from my local Fillmore Farmers Market. The trick is to select all 4 in differant stages o...


Jun
16
MY KITCHEN: Plant Based Nacho Salad

By Phyllis Bowie



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Plant Based Nacho Salad




I love when my vegan God-sister comes to visit. Because it gives me an opportunity to explore plant based recipes. I create this soy chorizo nacho salad. My favorite brand of soy chorizo is by Trader Joe's, spicy, great texture and delish. In a large skillet I sautéed chopped red onions in EVOO added the chorizo and browned until caramelized. I then added 2 cans of diced organic tomatoes, chopped jalapeños, cilantro, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and cumin and let simmer for 15 minutes. I also, heated a can of Wolfgang Puck's organic black beans. Plated - on a bed of chopped romaine, I spooned on the warm chorizo, drained and spoo...


Jun
11
Cali meets Louisiana: Food of African Diaspora

By Phyllis Bowie



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Wood Smoked Ribs


Chillin' & Grillin' California meets Louisiana


African Diaspora Food - My baby brother and I are children of the African-American Great Migration. Our grandparents migrated from Louisiana to California to escape the brutality of jim crow. The truth is when our grandparents and great-grandparents arrived in San Francisco and Stockton racism, discrimination and redlining prevented our family from buying property or even renting. Those who stayed were able to buy in the blight areas of Fillmore and Bayview Hunterspoint. The Fillmore Japantown area had vacancies because of the Japanese being forced into internment camps. We were allowed to buy in Bayview because ...


Jun
11
Shai Lai Seafood Restaurant Review


By Phyllis Bowie


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Potstickers


Dim Sum







Do you like Dim Sum? Well, I have passed by Shai Lai Seafood Restaurant for years on my way to Grocery Outlet. I was either in a hurry or not hungry. I noticed it was always crowded and the crowd was majority Chinese. To me that is an indicator of authentic Chinese food. So the other day it was the perfect storm. I was not in a hurry and I was Starvin' Mervin! I walked in and I was so surprised to see only a few tables occupied. I was getting excited to have practically the entire place to myself. Until I noticed the time was 2:25pm and they closed at 2:30. I could see the 'I want to go home' look in my servers eyes. So I rushed with my order and she ...


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