Starters and sides – Wayfare Tavern

Wayfare caesar - Wayfare Tavern
Wayfare Caesar: soft egg, boquerones, garlic confit, herbed breadcrumbs. $13
Wayfare Tavern, San Francisco CA

This was a very yummy deconstructed version of a caesar salad. I loved all the different components.

Steamed Prince Edward Island mussels - Wayfare Tavern
Steamed Prince Edward Island Mussels: shaved Buddha’s hand, bay leaf, creme fraiche, uni butter. $15

The description of this dish sounded way better than what it was. The dish fell a little flat in my eyes and didn’t deliver all the flavor that the ingredients promised.

Baked macaroni and cheese - Wayfare Tavern
Baked Macaroni and Cheese: Vella dry jack, smoked olive oil. $9

Another ok dish. This wasn’t special or exciting.

Crispy brussels sprouts - Wayfare Tavern
Crispy Brussels Sprouts: garlic, pine nuts, parmesan. $8

These were delicious! I loved the texture of the brussels sprouts and they tasted amazing.

Heirloom radishes – The Girl & The Fig

Heirloom radishes - The Girl & The Fig
Mixed seasonal radishes, anchovy butter and grey sea salt. $7
The Girl & The Fig, Sonoma CA

Wow, David and I were a little surprised when they brought this to the table. I had expected the radishes to be tossed in dressing or cooked in some way. But it ended up being a plate a raw, cut radishes, lol! I’m not a big raw vegetable eater, but these were good I guess. After a while it seemed like work to eat them. I’m glad they came with the salted anchovy butter otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to eat much. I don’t think we even finished them.

Bread and butter - The Girl & The Fig
Bread and butter. Complimentary

Foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea, Scrophulariaceae), Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Purple and pink foxglove flowers (Digitalis purpurea, Scrophulariaceae), Gundlach Bundschu Winery. The grounds of this winery are super cute with multiple picnicking areas. The landscaping is tasteful and lush!

Boquerones – Firefly

Boquerones - Firefly
Spanish white anchovies on toasts with roast red pepper, yellow pepper vin, avocado, basil chiffonade, olive oil. $5.50
Firefly, Las Vegas NV

Boquerones - Firefly
Mmm, I love white anchovies! They are SO flavorful and Firefly does a great job topping them with even more delicious ingredients. I just wish the bread was a little more toasted – these were limp and soggy.

Caramelized anchovy – Benu

Caramelized anchovy Benu

With lily bulb, peanut, and pickles. Pre fixe dinner $180
Benu, San Francisco

I think the caramelized anchovy was actually the reddish, dome shaped gelee with more slices of lily bulb embedded inside. There were a few pieces of lily bulb scattered on the plate in addition to dried fish and pickle. I don’t know what the soft, white gelatinous cubes were. This dish totally brought me back to Filipino flavors and textures though. It struck me as odd to get that memory while eating at Benu!

Caramelized anchovy Benu

Warm egg salad sandwich – Il Cane Rosso

Warm egg salad sandwich Il Cane Rosso

Petaluma Farm egg salad, anchovy garlic butter, aged provolone cheese, greens. $9
Il Cane Rosso, San Francisco

This was REALLY good! And huge! I could barely eat it all but I didn’t want any of it to go to waste. The eggs were good perfectly, soft and creamy. The anchovy garlic butter put it over the top – SO nommy! I also loved the simple salad that helped to cut the richness of the egg salad.

Warm egg salad sandwich Il Cane Rosso

Definitely worth tackling the crazy tourists at the Ferry Building, hehe!

Flowers Il Cane Rosso

Roses on the table with my order number. It was cold outside that day, brr!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2011, 2012

The Little Star – Little Star Pizza

The Little Star Pizza

Spinach blended with ricotta and feta, mushroom, onion and garlic on a deep dish cornmeal crust.  $24 for large 12″
Little Star Pizza, San Francisco

This is my first Little Star Pizza blog entry, but I’ve been eating at this place and ordering pick-ups for a while!  I love their pizzas!  They are still my favorite deep dish pizza in The City.  I love their thick, buttery cornmeal crust.  YUM!  All their toppings always taste fresh and flavorful, and I enjoy their chunky tomato sauce.  I’m not a big eater so one slice is usually enough for a meal, they’re kinda large.

The Little Star Pizza

I cheated and added anchovies to half the pizza. That’s the Filipino in me, lol!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010, 2011, 2012