Friday, February 26, 2010


Luv is all I bring (Soldier of Love RMX) by djcollage aka mr chatman

mas new Badu niceness

Soul Cocina Pani Puri set up at Precita Park, something to chaat about

go get the tunes: Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense.

....the much anticipated, long awaited NAGABEATZ mix from Selector Suresh
Ngbtz 1 by nagabeatz

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Thursday Food and Dance

Tune: Dance Dance from Kasam Paida Karnewale Ki music by Bappi Lahiri
This Movie has a MJ Thriller video scene.

Tune: Dance Music From Commander music by Kalyanji Anandji

Soul Cocina Vegan Feast this Thursday at La Victoria

2937 24th St
@ Alabama St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 642-7120

Roasted Beet Salad $8
~Cara Cara and Blood Orange * Chayote Squash * Candied Walnuts * Cactus Pear Gastrique

Chips w/ Guacamole and Salsas $7
~Soul Cocina Chile De Arbol Salsa, Salsa de Venas, Tomatillo Salsa & Guacamole

Huarachs de Nopal $10
~Hand made cactus tortilla filled w/ Rancho Gordo Black Beans * Local Foraged Chanterelles * Epazote * Pickled Red Onion * Olive Oil Poached Garlic

Enchiladas Pipian $10
~Green Mole of Radish Leaf and Pumpkin Seed * Fresh Tortillas * Roasted Della Cota Squash * Heirloom Radishes

Garbanzos and Braised Mustard Green Potaje $10
~Tamarind Pomegranate Glaze * Mustard Flower Salad * Crispy Cumin and Chile Tepin spiced Garbanzos

Special Dessert by Wholesome Bakery

Afterparty at Little Baobab to celebrate Santero's Bday with Djs: DJ Mr.E, DJ Platurn, DJ Leydis, DJ RasCue, DJ Marcella, DJ Aebldee,DJ Green B, DJ Jimmy Love, DJ Zita & DJ Dmadness!! dang.

These fun folks will be happy to serve you some Filipino treats at Outside In #3

Saturday, February 20, 2010

El Corazón de La Cocina

Tune: Ventilaor R-80 by Ojos de Brujo

Soul Cocina Suppers at La Victoria every Thursday Night w/ live Music 6pm - 9pm

Saturday Nights at La Victoria Live Music & Food from the SF Street Food Carts

Sunday Night Suppers at Little Baobab 6pm - 9pm w/ special DJs
Sunday Feb 28 Menu at Little Baobab:

Scallop Crudo $11
w/ cara cara, blood orange, pistachio, peppermint, wildflower, local olive oil & huckleberry gastrique

Lamb Shakshuka $11
~Soul Food Farm Egg Slow Poached in Green Zebra Tomato Sauce with Lamb Meatballs and Garlic Confit

Totopos de Pato $11
~Crispy Orange and Cinnamon scented Duck Confit with Organic Tortilla Chipa tossed in Soul Cocina Chile De Arbol Salsa topped with Queso Anejo and Crema Centroamericana

Huaraches Chingones $13
Black Bean filled Cactus tortillas topped with Mole Pipian Della Cota Squash, Local Foraged Chanterelles, Radish Leaf and Pumpkin Seed Powder

Chicken Tajin Pot Pie $14
~w/ celery root & celery leaf chermoula & Soul Cocina preserved lemons & tfaya

Turkish Affogato $7
~Pistachio Gelato in Turkish Coffee w/ Date Mamool

I've had a few requests to re up the Cumbia Clandestina Mixes. Recomended listening for work, pleasure, love and travel.

Cumbia Clandestina Mix Part I by Selecta Rajah

Cumbia Clandestina Mix Part II by Selecta Rajah

Cumbia Clandestina Part III Mix by Selecta Rajah

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Word to the streets of bangalore

Hello all you pretty people.

Roger has graciously invited me to contribute to the Soul Cocina blog, and I thought it would be prudent to introduce myself. You can find me on the streets alongside Roger with the ever present Pizzahacker, hacking pizzas and ovens and tomatoes into magical works of art. And now, the requisite "Follow me on Twitter!" if you so desire to listen to my 140 character rantings. Which are sometimes actually interesting.

And so, hello, Soul Cocina followers, (and pau bhaji lovers), and I will leave you with this:

Read about a seaweed farmer while listening to these chill tracks.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

San Jueves: Thursday Soul Suppers

Soul Cocina at La Victoria Thursday Nights
Menu for Thursday February 18th
La Victoria Bakery
2937 24th St @ Alabama St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 642-7120


Tune: Feria de Los Jueves en Lules by The Peronists

Totopos de Pato
~Orange and Cinnamon scented Duck Confit & hot and crispy tortilla chips tossed in Chile de Arbol Salsa w/ Queso Anejo

Roasted Beat Salad
w/ Spiced Candied Pecans, Pomegranate Gastrique, Dandelion Greens and house Queso Fresco

Tostada de Coctel de Pulpo
~Crispy tortilla topped with citrus marinated octopus, blood orange, cara cara orange, local olive oil, spearmint & watermellon radish

Pork Belly Tacos
w/ Avocado, Tomatillo Salsa & Jalapenos Curtidos

Panucho de Pollo Pibil
~handmade tortilla filled w/ black beans from Rancho Gordo, topped w/ organic slow cooked achiote-garlic chicken, habanero salso and pickled red onions

Enchiladas Pipian
~Dela Cotta Squash, Queso Fresco & Fire Roasted Chilaca Chiles wrapped in Cactus Tortillas and smothered in Green Mole made from radish leaves, cilantro and pumpkin seeds

Special Dessert

Monday, February 15, 2010

Musical Cooking

The Next OUTSIDE IN is going ot be very special. A night of Filipino cuisine from the Bay Area's best street food carts, plus food themed musical sets by some top Bay Area DJs. Mark your calendar for March 27th.

Tune: Egg Roll by The M & S Band

Tune: Strokin the Grits by The Poets of Rhythm

Tune: Hot Grits! by Elijah & The Ebonies

Tune: Standing In The Grits Line by Don Covay & The Jefferson Lemon Blues Band

Tune: Grits by RZA

Food and Music. It's like Music and Medecine.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine's Soul Cocina Sunday Dinner @ Little Baobab

Little Baobab
3388 19th St @ Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 643-3558

6pm - 10pm

Octopus salad with cara cara and blood oranges, mint, radish, sumac, and z'taar lavash and Palestinian olive oil powder

Lamb meatball shakshuka w/ Israeli cous cous and garlic confit

pork belly special

Black Sea Bass Moqueca with basmati rice and parker house roll

Kala Chana Methi
Slow cooked black Indian garbanzos with braised fenugreek leaves, lacinto kale and dandelion greens served with pomegranate tamarind chutney, papadams, crispy spiced kala chana and basmati rice

w\ special dessert

Taking a break from the cameras at Precita Park this Sunday for another feast at Baobab

Get some tunes by the Bay's Princess of Soul Joyo Velarde here.
And check out hte 5th Annual Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Benefit @ Fish Restaurant

Monday, February 08, 2010

Project Ahimsa

The Dhol Rhythms dance crew brings it big, reppin the Bay, top celebrity style, in a video for a song from Project Ahimsa

The Hindi music breakdown where the Dhol Rhythms girls are featured in this video is from a dance scene song from the movie Dil Se. It's a great scene from a visually stunning movie.

Chhaiyya Chhaiyya

Next Non Stop Bhangra

Mix It Up (ft DJ Collage & Mandeep Sethi) - Non Stop Bhangra by DJ JImmy Love

Soul Cocina Indian food set up in Precita Park - pic via Roaming Hunger

New Badu

Just grabbed the New Erykah Badu track from FroLab. Some may disagree, but each Badu album that comes out gets better and better. It's like she knows what to release and when.

Tune: Window Seat by Erykah Badu from the upcoming New Amerykah Part Two {Return of the Ankh}

SF Public School food. not so happy.
Magic Curry Cart - working to make food for SF youth more happy.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Pav Bhaji

Here is an old post with Pav Bhaji love.

Utterly Butterly Delicious Pao Bhaji

Pao Bhajis and "Indian Pizzas" in Mumbai. These Indian 'za's and subs are way tastier than these and these. Probably because this cook grills his tomatoes for a long time before adding the rest of the ingredients, then tops off his Bombay hoaggies and pies with more chopped tomatoes, this time uncooked. Not to mention the fresh bread that is delivered to his stall every morning by the bicycle pao wala. He also said he uses a good pav bhaji masala he gets from his brother. Also, he grills the bread w/ Amul butter. Here is a recipe for from a great little cookbook I picked up in Bombay called "Street Foods of India" It's a summertime recipe actually because of all the tomatoes involved, but in India there are always tomatoes.
Pao Bhaji

1 KG Potatoes, peeled, diced, boiled w/ tumeric and salt
1 C Ghee
2 cups Tomatoes, diced
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
6 Green chiles, chopped fine
1 1/2 T Ginger, minced
1 1/2 t Tumeric powder
1 t Red chile powder
2t Garlic paste 2t Ginger paste
1 C Water
3/4 C Amul butter (or annato butter)

3t Pao Bhaji Masala (recipe below)
1 C Cilantro, chopped
3 T Lemon Juice
12 Bread Rolls (Pao), cut horizontally

-Heat ghee in a tawa or heavy bottomed frying pan. Fry tomatoes for 3-4 minutes over med heat until the juices reduce and flavors concentrate. Add onions, green chiles, minced ginger and tumeric powder. Stir fry for 4-5 minutes over medium heat. -Add Potatoes, red chile powder and plenty of salt. Continue to cook over low heat mashing and stirring for 6-7 minutes. -Add the garlic and ginger pastes, diluted in 1 C water. -Add masala powder, cilantro and lemon juice. Stir well. - Coat the bread roll halves with Amul butter and a little garlic paste and place, face down on the griddle to lightly brown.

*Pao Bhaji Masala

Kashmiri chili powder
1.5 tsp Coriander powder
2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp Garam masala
1 tsp Cumin (jeera)seeds
1/2 tsp Amchur (mango powder)
1 tsp Cloves,
1/2 t Hing (Asafoateda),
1/2 t Black Salt
pinch Salt to taste
~Toast Cumin seeds and grind to powder with cloves. Mix together all spices
Tomatoes grilling for pao bhaji at Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai
Whatchu talkin' 'bout Willis?! -circa 1983 Amul as an alternative energy source. Meet Amul's mascot, the Utterly Butterly Amul Girl, famous for her witty comments on current affairs across the globe. The Amul company started as a cooperative of dairy farmers from the Kheda District of Gujrat in 1946 in an attempt to eliminate the middleman and ensure that profits go directly to the farmers. The co-op is now owned by over 2 million individual dairy farmers in Gujrat. This system ensures small scale production while enabling the farmers to market and distribute collectively.

posted by Rajah @ 1/25/2006 12:55:00 AM

Tune: Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition Was In by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Little City Gardens

A few weeks ago, the ladies at Little City Gardens picked some braising greens from their garden for my Mexican Feast at Little Baobab. The greens were wonderful and grown just a few blocks from where they were cooked and eaten. They are trying to do what they do best. GROW. Yes grow as in plant a seed and watch it grow, but also grow as in growing bigger. And they could use your help.

Help an Urban Farm Grow!

Little City Gardens is a blossoming urban farming business located in the Mission District of San Francisco. Farmers Brooke Budner and Caitlyn Galloway produce an artisinal salad mix, braising mix and culinary herbs, which they sell weekly to a restaurant, and neighborhood subscribers. As they work, they are developing and analyzing the potential of urban micro-farms to be financially viable within the local market economy. Little City Gardens seeks to serve a diverse population and to build a community dialogue about food systems, by involving and educating members in their processes and problem-solving.

They are expanding this spring to a larger lot and need your help to raise the funds for start-up capital! Meet Caitlyn and Brooke, learn more about their project, their plans, and their fundraising campaign at or check out their blog:

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Party at La Victoria Bakery Feb 13

poster by Philip Clark

To celebrate the debut of hand made products from Wholesome Bakery and Slow Jams at La Victoria Bakery.

Come find out what's cooking at La Victoria Bakery on 24th street at Alabama. There are some new chefs and grass roots start ups joining the La Victoria Familia this year. "Sweet corazon De La Mission" on Valentine's eve, Saturday Feb 13th will be the first of many special events at La Victoria celebrating the local community of culinary and musical artists.

FEB 13, VALENTINE"S EVE will mark the debut of products by Wholesome Bakery and Slow Jams at La Victoria Bakery. Soul Cocina will serve dishes from his upcoming weekly menu at La Victoria Bakery at "Sweet Corazon de la Mission"

Live Music:
LoCura Trio
Diana Gameros

Works from Antonio Del Mar and Claudio Nalerio

Food by:
La Victoria
Venga Empanadas
Wholesome Bakery
Soul Cocina
Slow Jams
Urban BBQ
Evil Jerk Cart
Lumpia Cart
Gumbo Cart
Sour Flour
The Spice Lady
House Kombucha
Peace Meals
...& more

La Victoria Bakery
2937 24th Street @ Alabama

February 13th
6pm - 10pm

Facebook Page

Local artist Philip Clark will be selling the "Corazon de La Mission" posters for $10 at La Victoria Saturday night

Monday, February 01, 2010

Time for a New Victory Garden

What happened to the San Francisco Victory Garden?
people still lining up for live chickens at the Civic Center Farmers Market

Feb 2009

This is how we gonna do things in February 2009

Tune: Tagbavo by Gangbe Brass Band from Togbe

Adobo Hobo kiosks in the airport? Disneyland? Ballparks? .....