For our Culture Club event in February, my friends and I tasted Southern cooking and followed that up with a matinee show at the San Francisco Ballet. Culture club is a way for my friends and I to make sure we see each other at least once a month while indulging in some culture, whether it’s viewing a new exhibit at the De Young museum or having a “Frenchie” night where we open a bottle of wine, share a cheese platter, and watch Midnight in Paris.
We first had brunch at The Boxing Room, a Creole and Cajun restaurant celebrating New Orleans and Louisiana cuisine. I had been there once before and immediately suggested it to my friend when we needed to make a reservation somewhere for before the ballet. It was sooooo good. The table started with some oysters and complimentary crispy boudin balls with creole mustard aioli. What I really love though is their beignets which come with chocolate-espresso cream. While I know they must be nothing compared to the beignets from Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, they’ll have to hold me over for now until I can buy the real thing.
For my main dish, I ordered a sunny-side egg on top of a bed of pork on top of kale, sweet potatoes, and mushrooms. It was so delicious and even though I knew it would probably be enough to fill me up, I couldn’t resist ordering a buttermilk biscuit on the side. Anything goes on a Sunday, am I right? The restaurant filled up fast for brunch and it got pretty lively, especially when a live band started to play. I would gladly go back to The Boxing Room again and again, especially to try their dinner menu.
Just down the block from the restaurant is the War Memorial Opera House where we watched the ballet Giselle. The San Francisco Ballet’s season runs from January through May but of course you can always watch the famous Nutcracker ballet in December. The story of Giselle is about a peasant girl of the same name who literally dies of a broken heart yet protects her lover from a group of supernatural women who are infamous for dancing men to death. It’s dark, yet whimsical and beautiful at the same time and it’s one of the most famous ballets ever created and worth a see if you love ballet.
Only culture club can enjoy New Orleans foods and the fancy-schmancy ballet all in one afternoon!