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A San Francisco Girl's Down and Dirty Adventures in the Culinary Playground

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Oh, Hells Yeah!

If I had to sit down and tally up the top 10 moments of my life, tonight at approximately 5:14 p.m. would be one of them:

Diner #3 ate his very first bites of Delfina this evening. Mashed Potatoes. Loved every bite, and even managed to avoid getting it on his Delfina onesie (yes, we have problems, move along now). I don't think I've ever been so proud.

When the pediatrician asks us about whether he's started solids and if so, what he's been eating, I think I'll be pretty forthcoming about the baby cereal, avocadoes, homeade apple and asian pear purees and bananas. Not so sure how I'm going to explain Zuni's lemon granita, the broth of Ton Kiang's sizzling rice soup, smushed up and sauced cannelini beans at A16 or tonight's potato fest. We tried, I swear, to push off solids until 6 months, but at 5.5 months, when he was diving for our food and watching every mouthful like his life depended on it, we caved (P.S., he got his first two teeth at 4 months old, so clearly he is my kid). I'm still on bovine duty 90% of the time, but it's become somewhat liberating to be able to smash up something on the table when we're out, as opposed to whipping out the tits.

Wishing a happy mother's day to all you moms, to all of you that wish to be moms (because I know all to well from experience that being a mother is all in the intention, whether the universe cooperates or not) and to all of you that never want to be moms and are smart and strong enough to stand behind that choice (you know who you are).

And one of these days I'll write a real post that is not about my kid.


"To eat is a necessity. To eat intelligently is an art."
--La Rochefoucauld


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am ashamed to admit that I was 39 before I got my first bite of food at Delfina.
You are the best mother ever!

5/12/2008 1:14 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

please can you also spare a thought for the never-found-the-right-would-be-father non-moms too ;) we need validation!

Happy Belated Moms day to you. One of these days i will bring you your thin mints. In the meantime they are safe in my freezer.

5/12/2008 3:15 PM  
Blogger Joy said...


But of course! You are included in the "wish to be moms category":). Love you.

5/12/2008 3:18 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

But I am not sure I wish - I never was in a position to even have a choice so I am not sure what I would have chosen.

5/13/2008 9:15 AM  
Blogger Joy said...


Well in any case you are always in my thoughts and heart no matter the situation.

5/13/2008 9:38 AM  
Blogger shuna fish lydon said...

happy mother's day and solid food eating! as my grandmother would say (about your gourmet eating baby)

Ve Should All Be So Lucky!

5/14/2008 12:42 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Personally, I'm all in favor of "whipping out the tits" but that's just me. :-)

And Sam, while we probably-never-will-be-parents types might not know the joy of our little tyke consuming his/her first solid food at least we don't have to worry about watching it come right back up or cleaning the aftermath!

On a different topic, I found something very ironic and charming about the f-bomb hurling Restaurant Whore begging for Girl Scout cookies!

5/19/2008 11:23 AM  
Blogger Joy said...


I forgot to take a menu from Charlie Trotter's, so there's your answer. Glad you usually like my writing, but no one's paying me for this shit so I'll write what I like. At least I'm keeping it *somewhat* food related. Besides, it was Mother's Day for fuck's sake, so I think I earned some leeway to write about my kid.

5/22/2008 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Long time reader...

I have to say that I was also 39 before I experienced Delfina and even then only the pizza for lunch. I must put it back on my list of restaurant to-do's. The pizza was definately out of this world great!

However, I just wanted to say how sad I was after dining at A16 the other night. Based on your writings and those of other foodie friends, I had all these expectations. Maybe I also added to those expectations because I had my first date with my partner there 11 years ago when it was Zinzino's...

But unfortunately it was not a great experience. The bar/wine experience was great, but the food? Boring at best. The beans might be fit for diner #3, and I don't begrudge him that experience, but the indigestion I experienced afterwards haunted me for about 24 hours afterwards. It certainly inhibited my romantic night at the Hotel Vitale.

The pizza? Again, nothing exciting, certainly compared to Delfina, Pazzia, or even B (Oakland). The lamb dish looked pathetic on the plate and taste-wise was again, nothing exciting. Maybe we ordered the wrong things? I don't know, but the server was not so interested in being there and certainly didn't give us any tips or warm feelings.

I love reading your blog, but just wanted to pass along my experience.


5/25/2008 2:35 PM  
Blogger Joy said...


I do love A16, but you are not the only person I know who has disagreed. I definitely think the service can be hit or miss at times, but I've never been disappointed with the food. Still, the pizza appeals to certain folks and not to others -- the style is not for everyone for sure.

Also, don't berate yourself for "ordering the wrong things." A great restaurant should have only "right" things:)!

5/25/2008 7:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We took our 22 month old to brunch at SPQR on Saturday -- first time for all of us, sad to say -- and we could not have been more pleased. The server (who was amazing) recommended the ricotta pancake for the baby which was the perfect choice. Yours will love it when he can really chew. Thanks for the posts -- I miss seeing them more often but know how hard those first months of parenthood are. Once you get him sleeping through the night, life gets so much better, as I'm sure you know.

5/25/2008 10:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wait 'til Diner #3 is old enough to eat pasta. I took my 2 year old son to Delfina over the Memorial Day weekend and my eyes filled up with tears of pride as he devoured their divine spaghetti (without the chili). And, true to form, the staff treated us like royalty throughout the meal, even though we had to jet out before dessert due to my son's repeated outbursts.

6/03/2008 10:52 PM  

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