Nettle and ricotta gnocchi – A16

Nettle and ricotta gnocchi - A16
Pioppi mushrooms, bianchetti truffles, mushroom brodo, herbs, caciocavallo. $14
A16, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this pasta was delicious and it had a great earthy quality. The ricotta gnocchi were perfect pillows of goodness, and it was cool that it was served with mushroom broth. I haven’t had gnocchi this way before and it was refreshing.

Capri cocktail - A16
Capri: Cocchi americano, lemonade, rosemary, sparkling wine. $12

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Chilled spring onion soup – Rich Table

Chilled spring onion soup - Rich Table
Bay shrimp (chips), green strawberries. $7
Rich Table, San Francisco CA

This was a very interesting soup. It had a thick, smooth consistency which was very pleasant. The crispy shrimp chips were great with the velvety soup and the sliced green strawberries were surprising and delicious. The soup felt rich and refreshing at the same time – pretty cool.

Dried porcini doughnuts – Rich Table

Dried porcini doughnuts - Rich Table
Raclette (cheese sauce). $7
Rich Table, San Francisco CA

Mmm, SO good! These little porcini donuts were absolutely perfect! They were beautifully fried and very flavorful. I loved the rich raclette dip that came with it (and they also tasted great dipped in the horseradish creme fraiche that came with the sardine chips, hehe). NOMS!

Chorizo & House cured boquerones – Coqueta

Chorizo & House cured boquerones - Coqueta
Chorizo, roasted artichokes, and piquillo pepper. White anchovies, olives, pearl onions, and guindilla pepper. $10
Coqueta, San Francisco CA

This place did NOT make a good first impression. The service was excruciatingly slow, and the food was overpriced. Each of these tiny skewers were $2.50, really?! And I ordered a glass of sangria when I first sat down, but it didn’t arrive until half way through our meal even after asking about it several times! That is simply unacceptable especially when the sangria is pre-made! They kept saying, “The bar is really busy.” Puhlease, it shouldn’t take 40 minutes to pour a single glass of bland sangria! Shame on you, Coqueta! #FAIL

Sangria - Coqueta
Sangria: red wine, manzanilla sherry, orange, lemon, ginger, berries, chamomile, and local apples. $9

Sardine chips – Rich Table

Sardine chips - Rich Table
Horseradish creme fraiche. Each $2
Rich Table, San Francisco CA

These little bites were so much fun to eat! I didn’t know what to expect, but I loved that the sardines were weaved into the thin potato slices. But the star of the dish was the horseradish creme fraiche. Omg, it was SO good! I expected the sardines chips to be reasonably crispy, but they were actually a bit chewy. That was fine though.

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Flashpoint and Manhattan cocktails - Rich Table
Flashpoint: Rittenhouse, pineapple gum, lemon cappelletti, lemon. $11
Manhattan: Buffalo Trace bourbon. $11

Cape cod cocktail – The Corner Spot

Cape cod cocktail - The Corner Spot
Vodka and cranberry juice. Happy hour $3
The Corner Spot, San Francisco CA

This sports bar is kinda cool. It’s laid back and you can easily tell who the regulars are. I went here after work to kill some time before dinner and I had a pretty good time. My bartender was friendly and attentive so I can’t complain. The drinks were on the weak side, but then again I’m used to the Castro.

Sesame fried chicken – Foreign Cinema

Sesame fried chicken - Foreign Cinema
Marinated chick peas, Mexican style quelites, avocado sauce, spiced honey. $24
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco CA

Wow, this fried chicken was amazing! The flavors that they created and combined were really interesting and delicious. The chicken itself was cooked perfectly and super moist and juicy. I loved the delicate accompaniments because they tasted great, and they didn’t detract from the fried chicken which was the star. Noms!

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Saratoga cocktail - Foreign Cinema
Saratoga: Wild Turkey 101 bourbon, Germain Robin brandy, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, bitters. $11