Jerusalem artichoke and butternut squash soups – Radio Africa & Kitchen

Jerusalem artichoke and butternut squash soups - Radio Africa & Kitchen
Artichoke soup with leeks and fenugreek. Butternut squash soup with chestnuts and Ethiopian curry. Pre fixe menu
Radio Africa & Kitchen, San Francisco CA

The artichoke soup was really delicious, and nice and warm. The butternut squash soup on the other hand was cold and not very appetizing because of it. Thank goodness there were two to choose from.

Crab salad crostini - Radio Africa & Kitchen
Crab salad crostini. Complimentary
These were delicious little bites compliments of the chef. I liked that it was made with real crab and not imitation.

Downtown view
Downtown view from my office.

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Valdostana – Princi

Valdostana - Princi
Ham, cheese, artichoke and mushroom. £4.60
Princi, London ENGLAND

I didn’t know what a valdostana was, but it looked good and hearty in the display case so I thought I’d give it a try. Apparently, valdostana refers to a region in Italy and what I ordered was a torta valdostana. It was very tasty and rich. The inner layers of dough seemed a bit undercooked though. Maybe there was just too much butter in the dough. Look at me complaining about overly buttery crust, lol!

Americano - Princi
Americano. £4.60

Green Park
Green Park.

Cream of artichoke soup – Duarte’s Tavern

Cream of artichoke soup - Duarte's Tavern
Served with freshly baked bread. $8.75
Duarte’s Tavern, Pescadero CA

Cream of artichoke soup - Duarte's Tavern
This place is FAMOUS for their cream of artichoke soup! They’ve received many awards and national recognition including a James Beard Foundation Award. When I found out that we were going to be traveling nearby, I had to include a stop-over to try their food.

There have been mixed reviews online regarding the artichoke soup, so I’m gonna throw my hat into the ring and say that I really liked the soup! It had a great texture and a nice natural artichoke flavor. They use sour cream and corn starch to thicken the soup instead of cream. They use bread from Half Moon Bay Bakery and it was delicious. The bread was reheated before serving so it was nice and warm and fluffy. NOMS!

Duarte's Tavern storefront
Duarte’s Tavern storefront.

Duarte's Tavern parking lot sign
Parking lot signage.

Grilled jumbo California artichoke – Fable

Grilled jumbo California artichoke - Fable
Marinated, zesty lemon vinaigrette, aioli, smoked bacon herbed bread crumbs. $12
Fable, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I love artichokes! This dish was very tasty and the bacon herbed bread crumbs were fabulous. It took a while to eat through all the leaves, but we enjoyed savoring each one!

Bread and butter - Fable
Bread and butter with pink sea salt. Complimentary
Gotta love warm bread for the table!

Orange orchid flowers
Orange orchid flowers (Orchidaceae), Upper Market.

Rare grilled ahi tuna – Lot 7

Rare grilled ahi tuna - Lot 7
Artichoke, cauliflower, roasted potatoes, muhammara. $25
Lot 7, San Francisco CA

This was delicious! The tuna was beautiful and the vegetables were perfectly cooked too. I’ve never had muhammara before, but this condiment was SO tasty! I guess it’s traditionally made from aleppo peppers, ground walnuts, breadcrumbs, and olive oil and can have additional ingredients. Noms!

Antique wall fixture
Antique wall fixture, US Customhouse, Battery Street. Not really sure what this was used for, hehe.

Tosti prosciutto – Il Fornaio Caffe Del Mondo

Tosti prosciutto - Il Fornaio Caffe Del Mondo
Grilled panini with cure Italian ham, artichoke hearts, provolone chese, dijon mustard. $9.50
Il Fornaio Caffe Del Mondo, San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

This sandwich was ok. The bread was dry and hard, but I liked the oozy gooey melted provolone cheese. The prosciutto was also extra salty for some reason. And forget about the service – it’s SUPER slow! If you’re in any hurry, avoid this place with your life!

Small coffee - Il Fornaio Caffe Del Mondo

Small coffee. $2.25

Grilled local artichoke – Starbelly

Grilled local artichoke - Starbelly
With lemon aioli. Half $4
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

Simple, delicious! The lemon aioli was a wonderfully falvored, light accompaniment. I love artichokes even though they’re a lot of work to prepare and eat. I guess that’s why I tend to order them out, not cook them myself. Hehe!

San Francisco sunrise
Sunrise from my balcony with a view of downtown. Ahh!