Chicken liver and herb pate on grilled bruschetta, each $2.50. Mozzarella filled saffron-risotto fritters, english peas, each $3. Whole grain polenta fritters, lobster béchamel, each $3. Pesce, San Francisco CA
Mmm, these little bites were great! We decided to try a variety for the table, and I’m happy with the items we decided on because they were all delicious. Noms! I don’t know why not more people like chicken livers though. I think they taste wonderful and these fegatini were prepared perfectly.
I wasn’t too impressed with this paella. I think they precook it and then reheat ordered portions in the paella pan because there wasn’t a delicious, crusty layer of rice on the bottom that you get from cooking the paella in the pan the entire time. The flavors were ok, but I thought the quality was mediocre.
Our waiter portioning out the paella from the pan.
With smoked mozzarella and sun-dried tomato pesto. Banquet-style dinner Ragazza, San Francisco CA
We came here for a friend’s birthday celebration and sat in the cool white tent located in the back patio. We had a great time with amazing friends and, of course, the food was fabulous. These arancini were delicious and perfectly cooked (not greasy at all!). The smoked mozzarella inside the fried risotto ball was gooey and flavorful, and the accompanying meat sauce was wonderful too.
I really liked this (tacky) cowboy statue at the de Young Museum, hehe! Hey, it has lots of movement! 🙂
Arborio rice, cream, cheese, cod and mushrooms. £6.50
The Stockpot, London ENGLAND
Damn it! Unfortunately, The Stockpot failed to make a decent risotto; and I love risotto! This dish was WAY too salty and really fishy tasting (in a bad way). I liked the initial texture because it was creamy and the rice still had a nice firmness. But after a few minutes, the sauce seized up and quickly became too thick and gloppy. I’ve learned after-the-fact that this place is a local institution, but usually institutions are known for making at least something really well. All the dishes we tried were marginal and lackluster. 😦
Tulips and primroses at St. James Park. Here’s some beautiful flowers to brighten up this dreary food post.
Lieu noir roti, croustillant de risotto. Pollock, crispy fried risotto, root puree, foam, sprout. Entree/Plat option 24€
L’Epigramme, Paris FR
Mmm, another beautiful and delicious dish from L’Epigramme! It was a simple preparation but the fish was cooked perfectly and the accompaniments tasted amazing. The crispy polenta was warm and comforting, and the sauce worked well with the sablefish. Noms!
Ecole Militarie (Paris Military School), Champs de Mars. This huge school sits on the opposite side of the Champs de Mars from the Eiffel Tower. It’s not very pretty since it’s just a huge dirt field as you approach.
Pedro Ximenez sherry and parmesan cream. La Mar Salada, Barcelona ES
This restaurant is on the boardwalk naer the Playa de St. Sebastia. I was hungry after walking around all day so I ducked in for a late lunch. I think I was the only non-Spanish person in the restaurant, lol! The food was really good and decently priced. I loved this risotto! It was super creamy and the prawns were cooked perfectly. Unfortunately, I was REALLY bad at taking food pics during this trip so don’t expect many, sorry. 😦
La Sagrada Familia, Passion Facade (western side). The cranes are kinda ugly, but I guess this Roman Catholic church designed by Antoni Gaudi is constantly under building and restoration. It’s pretty frickin’ amazing regardless!
With celery root, parmesan, black trumpet mushrooms. New Year four-course tasting menu $80 RN74, San Francisco
This was very rich, creamy, and delicious. I like the bits of chopped chestnuts, they provided great texture and flavor. The black trumpet mushrooms were also delicious. I think the white dollop on top was mascarpone.
I really should stop going out on a work night, ouch! Met Hubbs and Shumster out for drinks last night and of course all the usuals were out too. Needless to say, I stayed out later than I should have and ended up eating cheap, greasy Chinese take out. Not good. What is good is that Hubbs might join the Ireland trip, yay!
I love risotto because I can just whip it up and throw in any leftovers I need to get rid of. I had a package of chicken sausage that I had purchased on sale so I made this risotto that I will be eating the next couple of days for work lunches. It’s not very traditional but it tastes fickin’ good! I try to cook using all natural and organic ingredients when I can.