‘Ice cream’ sandwich – State Bird Provisions

Ice cream sandwich - State Bird Provisions
Candied almond and chocolate, apricot meringue. $8
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco CA

This was a really fun and delicious dessert! I liked that it wasn’t overly sweet and the components worked well together.

Pink crystalline ice plant
Pink crystalline ice plant flowers (Mesembryanthemum crystallinum, Aizoaceae), Great Highway.

Almond croissant – Thorough Bread and Pastry

Almond croissant - Thorough Bread and Pastry
With almond cream, almond slivers and powdered sugar. $2.50
Thorough Bread and Pastry, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this was REALLY tasty! I loved the buttery, super flaky crust and the generous slathers of almond cream. A great decadent weekend treat!

Almond croissant - Thorough Bread and Pastry
7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013

Pink poppies mural
Pink poppies mural, Thorough Bread and Pastry patio.

Asian chicken salad – Escena Lounge & Grill

Asian chicken salad - Escena Lounge & Grill
Shredded napa cabbage, carrots, red peppers, mandarin oranges, caramelized almonds, cilantro, green onions, wontons and grilled chicken tossed in soy-ginger vinaigrette. $13
Escena Lounge & Grill, Palm Springs CA

Wow, this was like a huge Asian chopped salad! And a very good one at that. I loved the perfect combination of all the different textures and flavors.

Escena Golf Club view - Escena Lounge & Grill

The view from our table – absolutely beautiful!

Huckleberry and peach crostata – Staple & Fancy

Huckleberry and peach crostata - Staple & Fancy
Vanilla ice cream and almonds. Family style supper $46 per person
Staple and Fancy, Seattle WA

I’m not a fan of super sweet desserts, but this was on the other end of the spectrum. It was bland and the dough was thick and undercooked. Perhaps this is why I rarely order desserts. Unfortunate since the rest of the meal was delicious up to this point. 😦

Christopher Columbus statue

Christopher Columbus statue, Seattle Waterfront Park.

Arugula salad – Tinto

Arugula salad - Tinto
Serrano ham, mission fig, fried goat cheese, spiced almonds, sevilla orange vinaigrette. Summer prix-fixe menu $38
Tinto, Palm Springs CA

This salad was pretty tasty! I especially loved the little fried goat cheese balls – they were delicious. The salad had lots of great ingredients and they all tasted great together.

Large rock formations, Joshua Tree National Park
Large rock formations, Joshua Tree National Park.

Toasted almonds – LaSalette Restaurant

Toasted almonds - LaSalette Restaurant
These almonds came out with our tasting plates and they were very good. I loved the seasoning they put on them because it had a deep, strong flavor. Complimentary
LaSalette Restaurant, Sonoma CA

Bread roll and butter - LaSalette Restaurant

Bread roll and butter. Complimentary

Sonoma Valley view, Viansa Winery
Sonoma Valley view, Viansa Winery. The back area of Viansa has tables and chairs set up overlooking Sonoma Valley where you can relax and enjoy your glasses of wine.

Brut rose & Sonoma brut late release – Gloria Ferrer Winery

Brut rose & Sonoma brut late release - Gloria Ferrer Winery
2007 Brut Rose – “Vibrant flavors of wild strawberry, rosehips, and crisp blood orange character.” 92% Pinot Noir/ 8% Chardonnay. Equally delicious with shellfish, crab, roasted chicken, sushi, or Indian/Thai cuisine. $9
Sonoma Brut Late Release – “With five more years on the cork this wine has developed into a more mature flavor profile.” 87% Pinot Noir/ 13% Chardonnay. Floral notes of honeysuckle, baked apple delicate hazelnut and honey on the palate. Delicious with shellfish, roasted fowl or sushi, or pair with triple creme cheese and fruit compote. $6
Gloria Ferrer Winery, Sonoma CA

Mmm, another delicious couple glasses of California sparkling wines! Very bright and fresh tasting. Be careful with the complimentary almonds though. They’ll make you keep going back for more wine, lol!

Gloria Ferrer patio
Gloria Ferrer patio. You order your sparkling wines and snacks at the inside counter, grab a table (preferrably on the patio), and they bring out your flutes as they’re ready. Very relaxing and easy.