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Does Flour + Water Live Up to the Hype?

When I asked my friends for San Francisco restaurant recommendations, more than one person suggested Flour + Water. To be honest, I’d never heard of it, but after looking at their website and reading reviews, I thought it sounded like a great dinner option for my husband and me.

I’d read about the fact that it can get very busy and that reservations are recommended. Since we didn’t have our daughter with us, we decided to give it a try even though we might have to wait a couple hours to eat. When we stepped out of our cab, we thought we had it made. There didn’t seem to be many people waiting by the hostess stand. It turned out there was a three hour wait…everyone had gone down the street to grab a drink at a nearby bar. The hostess told us to check back after an hour or so. Sure enough, we came back and were seated after about 90 minutes of total wait time. (We went on a Saturday night, by the way.)

One thing that stood out to me immediately was that despite all of the hype, this is a very unpretentious restaurant. I love that. I don’t like places that are formal, where you feel like the servers are hovering over you. Our waiter was very friendly and helped me decide what to order.

Flour + Water specializes in pasta and pizza. The pasta servings are fairly small, so our waiter recommended that my husband and I share two pasta dishes and a pizza. This was the perfect amount of food for us and allowed us to try multiple dishes.

We ordered the prosciutto pizza (with chicory!), cauliflower tortelli with brown butter and capers, and pork raviolini with black trumpet mushrooms. I liked the pork-filled pasta the best, which was interesting because I usually don’t gravitate to pork dishes. Both pasta dishes were not heavy at all, and they weren’t overwhelmed with sauce. The flavors were subtle.

The pizza was very good, and we really liked the crust. However, I wasn’t so sure about the chicory. If I were to go back, I’d try a different pizza.

For dessert, we ordered the chocolate budino with espresso caramel cream and sea salt, which was the perfect end to our meal. I love the sea salt and caramel combination. The dessert wasn’t too rich or heavy.

Overall, we very much enjoyed our dinner at Flour + Water. We would return without hesitation and would recommend it to others. It’s hard for any restaurant to live up to such high expectations, but I think the accolades are deserved.

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For more foodie fun, stop by Wanderfood Wednesday.

Note: All opinions are my own. Menu changes frequently. Contact the restaurant for more information.

Another note: Sorry the pictures aren’t better. It was dark in there!

Homesick

Subject: Re: Ciao!
Sent: 7/14/2001

It was good to get a message from you in Florence. How handy is the internet cafe there? How does the hotel compare to the one in Rome? How are the 2 girls you and jen are rooming with? I’m full of questions today. I hope the cold medicine helps. If you can tell me some times daily (on your time there) that you are likely to be in your room, I’ll give you a call in a day or two. That way you can save the minutes on your phone card. I will be putting some more money in your account on Monday. I expect your last paycheck will arrive in a day or two. You and I got our new checkcards in the mail today. That’s it from me. Love, Mom

Hi Sarah! It could be that they had cats at your last Hotel to control rodents. ??? Or maybe it is a cold. Have you been pinched? Homesick? This isn’t any different than being at school for two or three weeks without coming home. You are just in need of a little extra rest. As soon as the trip is nearing an end you will wish that it could last a week or two longer. Remember that most people can only dream of what you are doing. They would give just about anything to be in your place. I would! Keep taking pictures, in Italy for sure. I can’t wait to hear about your trip and see your pictures when you get back. Lots of Love and if possible pinch them back. DAD

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Abroad? Yes. Studying? A Little

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If I look particularly young and refreshed in the above picture, it’s because it was taken eight years ago. The summer after my junior year of college, I went on a summer study abroad trip to Italy and Germany. And thus started my obsession with travel.

I was so excited about the trip, I was sure some catastrophic event would prevent me from getting to Europe. Maybe I’d get hit by a bus. Or there would be a problem with my passport. But there was no way that little old me would end up living such an incredible dream.

Luckily, I made it to Europe without any problems. This was my first trip outside of the United States. I still remember the way I felt as I looked out the window of the plane. Even though we were thousands of feet in the air, Italy looked so different from my home country.

It was an unforgettable experience. I gazed up at Michelangelo’s ceiling in Rome, drank wine in Florence, ate pretzels in Munich, and stood by Albrecht Durer’s gravesite in Nuremberg.

Looking at this picture, taken in Florence, is bittersweet for me. So much has happened since then, both good and bad. My mom passed away, I earned a Master’s degree, I got married, I had a baby, I wondered if I would ever sleep again, I wondered how I managed to be so lucky.

Remember to check out other travel photos at Delicious Baby’s weekly Photo Friday.

Just an added note: my heart goes out to the families at Fort Hood and to the men and women who risk their lives EVERY day.

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