Crispy duck salad – Hakkasan

Crispy duck salad - Hakkasan
Fried duck with glaze, pomelo, pine nut, shallot, micro greens, pomegranate seeds, fried lotus. $28
Hakkasan, San Francisco CA

Wow, this salad was amazing! But I’m still slightly reeling from the price tag for a lunch time salad though. Pretty steep, but worth it. The duck was melt-in-your-mouth tender and super juicy. It was nice and fatty and oh so flavorful. All the ingredients worked well together and created a very playful and fun dish. I would totally order this again, but maybe after a few days of just eating ramen to offset the cost. :)

Crispy duck salad - Hakkasan
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Fernet Julep cocktail - Hakkasan
Fernet Julep: Buffalo Trace bourbon, Fernet Jelinek, mint, ginger juice and spiced port infusion. $12

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Five spice braised English short ribs – Butterfly Restaurant

Five spice braised English short ribs - Butterfly Restaurant
Roasted butternut squash, scallion and pumpkin seed relish, sizzling rice cakes. $26
Butterfly Restaurant, San Francisco CA

I liked most things about this dish expect for those pesky rice cakes underneath. They were dry and then became soggy from the broth, so they just had an inconsistent and weird texture that didn’t work with anything else. The short ribs were very flavorful, but my pieces seemed to be super lean and not as tender as I would have liked. I liked the clean plating.

Pomegranate margarita - Butterfly Restaurant
Pomegranate Margarita: Tapatio tequila, freshed squeezed lime juice, agave nectar. $10

Cebiche mixto – La Mar Cebicheria Peruana

Cebiche mixto - La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
Happy hour $6
La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, San Francisco CA

This place is a mad house during happy hour! It’s filled with a mixture of tourists strolling the Embarcadero and the FiDi after-work crowd. I was able to squeeze in at the end of the bar and had a yummy (and nicely priced) snack before meeting my nephew for dinner down the street. The ceviche was good albeit small. I liked the assortment of ingredients and everything tasted really fresh. The pisco sour was also very tasty and much needed after a long day at work.

Pisco sour - La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
Pisco sour. Happy hour $6

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Buttermilk fried chicken – Ad Hoc

Buttermilk fried chicken - Ad Hoc
Pre fixe dinner $52 each
Ad Hoc, Yountville CA

We fortuitously were up in Yountville on a Monday when Ad Hoc had their fried chicken dinner, and oh, it was spectacular! The chicken is SO moist and tender and SO flavorful, NOMS! I don’t know how they prepare these things, but they’re doing it right. And look how much chicken they serve for only two people! I’m not complaining though because they made great leftovers the next day.

Upgraded Apparatus cocktail - Ad Hoc
Upgraded Apparatus cocktail: Monkey Shoulder whiskey, honey-lavendar shrub, egg white. $13

Grilled Shannon Ranch lamb shish kebab – Tarla Mediterranean Grill

Grilled Shannon Ranch lamb shish kebab - Tarla Mediterranean Grill
Marinated with Mediterranean herbs and spices, kale, Rancho Gordo cassoulet beans, basil-mint chimichurri sauce. $22
Tarla Mediterranean Grill, Napa CA

Mmm, this lamb was really good! It was tender and juicy and so flavorful. I think a bit of tzatziki on the plate would have knocked it out of the park. I thought the kale and beans were tasty too.

Bulleit Sidecar & Tarla's Manhattan - Tarla Mediterranean Grill
Bulleit Sidecar: Bulleit bourbon, cointreau, fresh lemon juice. $10
Tarla’s Manhattan: Buffalo Trace bourbon, carpano antica, angostura bitters, candied cherry. $10

Cassoulet – Cafe Bastille

Cassoulet - Cafe Bastille
Duck confit, toulouse and garlic sausage, and white beans. Three course dinner prix fixe $35
Cafe Bastille, San Francisco CA

I love cassoulets because they’re so hearty and delicious. And with both duck confit and sausage, you really can’t go wrong. This duck was nice but I actually liked the sausage even more. Noms!

Le Parisien cocktail - Cafe Bastille
Le Parisien: raspberry coulis, passion flavored cognac, champagne. $11

Fried chicken and waffles – Mission Bowling Club

Fried chicken and waffles - Mission Bowling Club
Salted chili, maple butter. $12
Mission Bowling Club, San Francisco CA

Ugh, I was NOT impressed! I’ve always said that the fried items at MBC are super greasy and this chicken was no exception. They were pretty gross and even the waffle was saturated in oil – yuck! I thought the salted chili was a cute substitute for the traditional hot sauce, but nothing could hide or counteract the overall greasiness of this dish.

Mimosas- Mission Bowling Club
Mimosas. Please help me to dilute the grease! :)

Fritto misto – Pesce

Fritto misto - Pesce
Calamari, shrimp, fennel, green beans, zucchini, marinara. $14
Pesce, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I love fritto mistos! Who doesn’t love a plate of battered and deep fried seafood and vegetables?! I thought the marinara sauce was a little lame, but I’m not gonna complain too much. :)

Fall Smash cocktail - Pesce
Fall Smash: George Dickel rye, maple, lemon, mint, fresh cranberry. $10

Evening drinks – Perry’s

Gold Rush cocktail - Perry's
Gold Rush: Four Rose’s bourbon, honey syrup, lemon. $10
Perry’s, San Francisco CA

This place is an interesting mix of locals and tourists. The bartenders are all pretty nice and professional which is what really counts! I’m really liking the combination of bourbon and lemon lately.

Gloria Ferrer Brut - Perry's
Gloria Ferrer Brut sparkling wine. $10

Ostrega oyster shots – Pesce

Ostrega oyster shots - Pesce
With cucumber, cocktail sauce, horseradish. Each $3
Pesce, San Francisco CA

I don’t know about these. I’m not a big horseradish fan with oysters and these just had a lot of murky liquid in the glass that scared me off. I definitely spent more time worrying about taking the oyster shot than actually enjoying it. It wasn’t bad, but my it was too much work for me to shoot it.

Bad Boy cocktail - Pesce
Bad Boy: Tito’s vodka, tobacco leaf tincture, orange bitters. $10