Remixed – NOPA

After a long hiatus, SF Eaters is finally revived! And what better way to kick off the revival than at Nopa on Divisadero at Hayes.  It was a wonderful turnout, and the mix included many budding entrepreneurs which was great too.  I will give them some love once they are ready!  

According to the Chef Laurence Jossel, Nopa is known for its simple, hearty food that’s made with local ingredients and focuses on sustainability.  For those of you that didn’t know, Jossel was a protege of Gary Denko at Ritz-Carlton, and was the original sous chef at Kokkari, a fabulous Mediterranean restaurant on Jackson St.  The food did not disappoint.  We debated a bit whether we should do family style for everything, but we ended up doing family style appetizers and then individual dishes for mains.  We started out with some bruschetta and warm goat cheese, and then had some greens, but my favorite starter had to be the flatbread which had bacon, fingerling potatoes, and gruyere – delicious!

Mmmm… And then for the mains the pork chop was a favorite: 

I had a bite, and it was quite tender, and the squash was a nice touch.  I ended up getting the housemade tagliatelle with spicy fennel sausage, brussel sprouts and cream sauce.  It wasn’t heavy despite the cream, and the brussel sprouts were a nice complement:


Everyone ended up being too full for dessert because we ate so many appetizers, but next time we’ll have to save room.  I also had a glass (ok, well maybe less than a glass) of the Chateauneuf du Pap which was delightful.  I like California wines, but am starting to grow fonder of French wines.  

Now, I’ve told myself that I’m not going to post too much about tech, but I thought I’d share a little about our table conversation about Twitter.  The question arose: what do you think about the future of Twitter?  One person suggested that it might have the same fate as Second Life 2.0 – or essentially a passing fad.  And a survey of the table revealed that less than a third of the group actually Tweet and the rest said they mostly follow.  Is Twitter better as a news source and a celebrity following medium?  Rather than a publishing medium?  Do only celebrities actively tweet and have a significant following?  If you want to read more about this, you may want to check out this article.    

Overall, what a great evening of friends, food, and lively discussion.  Couldn’t ask for anything more.  Now, where to go next? 

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