Foie gras creme brulee – Lavender Bistro

Foie gras creme brulee - Lavender Bistro
Poached pear, toast points. $16
Lavender Bistro, La Quinta CA

Mmm, this appetizer was SO delicious! I loved the silky texture of the foie gras mousse combined with the hard bruleed crust. I thought the toast points were a little tacky though (and definitely not enough of them for the amount of foie gras).

Cape Cod cocktail - Lavender Bistro
Cape Cod cocktail. $9

Beef cheeseburger – The Pink Elephant

Beef cheeseburger - The Pink Elephant
Avocado, caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, tomato with garlic fries. $15
The Pink Elephant, San Francisco CA

This burger was very large and it rocked! The beef patty was juicy and flavorful and those garlic fries were killer! The burger got even bigger when you added the avocado and peppers placed on the side.

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Don Quixote, War Memorial Opera House.

Walnut bread and burrata – Beretta

Walnut bread and burrata - Beretta
Mushroom-truffle honey. $8
Beretta, San Francisco CA

Mmm! Just give me burrata and I’m one happy camper. I loved these delicious bites of food! It was salty, silky, umami, creamy, and absolutely perfect. NOMS!

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Wind Up Bird cocktail - Beretta
Wind Up Bird: Japanese whiskey, carpano bianco, curacao, salted cacao. $11
This cocktail was very herby and liqueury tasting and so it wasn’t my favorite. Although it wasn’t sweet per se, it was leaning toward that profile.

Sassy BLT – The Pink Elephant

Sassy BLT - The Pink Elephant
Sassy bacon, heirloom tomatoes, greens and avocado, with garlic fries. $15
The Pink Elephant, San Francisco CA

The sassy bacon was certainly sassy. Otherwise, this sandwich would have been on the ordinary side. I was actually surprised on their bread choice, but I though that it worked since it was still soft and not too hard and chewy. And their garlic fries rocked!

Bloody Mary cocktails - The Pink Elephant
Bloody Mary’s.

Pulpo – Lolinda

Pulpo - Lolinda
Baby octopus, beans, frisee, salsa verde. $13
Lolinda, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this dish was very good! They kept the flavors bright and the octopus was surprisingly tender. I’m always afraid with octopus dishes because they tend to get tough and unchewable, but these thick octopus pieces had a wonderful texture.

Rye Manhattan cocktails - Lolinda
Rye Manhattan: Italian vermouth, bitters, served on the stem with a sidecar. $12

Oysters – E&O Kitchen and Bar

Oysters - E&O Kitchen and Bar
Kim chee cocktail sauce. Happy hour $1 each
E&O Kitchen and Bar, San Francisco CA

I was a bit fearful of the kimchi cocktail sauce. Not because I don’t like the kimchi flavor, but because I usually don’t put cocktail sauce on my oysters and prefer a nice mignonette instead. Anyway, I opted against the cocktail sauce and just used the lemon for some flavor. You can’t beat a freshly shucked dollar oysters for happy hour!

Maple Old Fashioned cocktail - E&O Kitchen and Bar
Maple Old Fashioned: E&O single barrel whiskey, sugar, maple bitters. Happy hour $6
I was afraid that this was going to be too sweet, but thankfully it wasn’t. You could taste the maple bitters, but it wasn’t overpowering.