Roast beetroot salad – Oyster & Chop

Roast beetroot salad - Oyster & Chop
Shaved pickled beetroot, roast beetroot, candied walnuts, Drunken Nanny Ash goat’s cheese, lime and vanilla dressing $19 NZD
Oyster & Chop, Auckland NZ

Mmm, I loved this beet dish! It was so delicious and there was an amazing variety of flavors and textures. I especially liked the goat cheese spread underneath and the pea shoots on top.

Warm bread salad – Jardiniere

Warm bread salad - Jardiniere
Farmanova beet, arugula, crescenza. $16
Jardiniere, San Francisco CA

I liked this salad enough, but it was more of a leafy green salad with some bread thrown in than an actual bread salad. I liked the flavors, but I felt a little misled from the menu description. Definitely wouldn’t be on my list of things I have to try before I die.

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Pumpkin gnocchi – Wine Kitchen

Pumpkin gnocchi - Wine Kitchen
Maitake mushroom, beets, arugula, goat cheese, pumpkin seeds. $13
Wine Kitchen, San Francisco CA

These were really good and earthy tasting with the pumpkin and maitake mushrooms. I think maitakes are some of my favorite mushrooms because they have a wonderful texture and flavor. The gnocchi was a bit on the soft side but they were still nice and airy. And I could have done without the toasted pumpkin seeds though.

Contours in the Air sculptures
Contours in the Air sculptures, Ruth Asawa, de Young Museum.

Roasted beet and tangerine salad – Radio Africa & Kitchen

Roasted beet and tangerine salad - Radio Africa & Kitchen
With arugula and spiced red walnuts. Mushroom wot with mustard greens and smoked cheese. Pre fixe menu
Radio Africa & Kitchen, San Francisco CA

I love roasted beets and this salad had a awesome combination of flavors and textures. It was super refreshing and delicious. I’ve never had Ethiopian wot before, but this mushroom wot reminded me of an Italian crostini. It tasted great!

Red wine - Radio Africa & Kitchen
Red wine.

de Young Museum
de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park.

Guadalajara combinacion – Casa Azteca

Guadalajara combinacion - Casa Azteca
Chicken enchilada and tamale served with Spanish rice, refried beans, and salad. $12.45
Casa Azteca, Milpitas CA

I usually get the enchilada/chile relleno combination option when it comes to Mexican combos, but for some reason I was craving a tamale. Maybe masa seemed a bit healthier than a deep fried chile stuffed with cheese, but I’m pretty sure they’re both pretty unhealthy overall, lol! Regardless, this was yummy and it hit the spot.

Salad - Casa Azteca
Salad. Not the prettiness salad I’ve had, but I do appreciate that they threw in some beets.

Baby beets – Luce

Baby beets - Luce
Lightly smoked with fig branches, pickled cherries, black olive, fresh ricotta. Tasting menu $95
Luce, San Francisco CA

I can certainly appreciate an artfully plated dish, but this is going a bit far maybe. There are literally only four tiny pieces of beets on this plate. I understand that there are many components here, but give me some more damn beets! LOL, I’m only slightly joking… The beets were delicious, and so were the pickled cherries. I think that was a beet gelee too, but don’t quote me on that.

Blooming chalk lettuce
Blooming chalk lettuce (Dudleya lulverulenta, Crassulaceae), West Field Road.

Emirates Team NZ chellenger burger – Waiheke Island Yacht Club

Emirates Team NZ chellenger burger - Waiheke Island Yacht Club
100% NZ beef and lamb, smoked tomato chutney, beets, lettuce, kikorangi blue cheese and egg. $15
Waiheke Island Yacht Club, San Francisco CA

Omg, this burger was killer! If this is what all New Zealand burgers are like, I need to visit NZ soon! The patty was juicy and flavorful, and all the toppings were delicious. The burger was huge so I just rolled up my sleeves and got down and dirty with it. I don’t care what anybody say, but I’m a fan of eggs on burgers and this sunny side up egg was a thing of beauty. I was also delighted by the kikorangi blue cheese which I’d never had before. It was spread on the top bun and I initially thought that it was some kind of decadent pate spread because it was so rich and delicious, NOMS!

White and yellow Narcissus
White and yellow Narcissus (Amaryllidaceae), Castro.

Roquette salade – Le P’tit Laurent

Roquette salade - Le P'tit Laurent
Arugula salad with red beet and goat cheese, lemon mustard dressing. $8
Le P’tit Laurent, San Francisco CA

This is such a cute restaurant and the service was very friendly and attentive! Everything we had was very tasty, but I’ll admit that this salad was over-dressed. It tasted great, but there was way too much dressing so the greens were soggy.

Baguette and butter - Le P'tit Laurent
Baguette and butter. Complimentary

Purple iris flowers
Purple iris flowers (Iridaceae), West Field Road.

Local beet salad – Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar

Local beet salad - Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar
Goat cheese mousse, grapefruit, lemon citronette, pepitas. $11
Salt Kitchen and Tasting Bar, Honolulu HI

I’m a big fan of beet salads, and this versions was REALLY tasty! I loved the combination of ingredients with the peppery greens piled on top. Noms!

Red hibiscus flower
Red hibiscus flower (Malvaceae), Ainahau Triangle Park.