Served with strawberry butter. Complimentary
The Rotunda, San Francisco CA
Mmm, these were SO good! I loved the airy, eggy interior especially with the subtle strawberry butter spread all over. I thought that the exterior was a little overdone and almost burnt tasting, but maybe it was just the one I got. I would have requested a second but I didn’t want to seem like a pig, lol!
7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010
The beautiful glass ceiling at The Rotunda over the holidays.
Served with bread. 35,000 VND
Pink Tulip Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM
So this is what Vietnam considers an omelet. OK, I can live with it. The omelet tasted pretty good, but I’m not quite sure what kind of cheese this was. It looked and tasted like Kraft American cheese singles.
Amazing crusty bread. Ugh, the bread here was SO good. The exterior was flaky and crunchy, and the interior was light and airy. I didn’t want to eat SO many carbs during the trip, but I HAD to eat an entire loaf every morning. 🙂
Butter and strawberry jam.
Street view from our hotel.
Broccoli di ciccio, pluot, brown butter. Tasting menu $95
Luce, San Francisco CA
This was a miss for me. The flavors were there, but the texture of the lamb loin was really rubbery and squishy at the same time. It was off-putting and kind of ruined the rest of the great components on the plate. 😦
Blue trumpet vine (Thunbergia laurifolia, Acanthaceae), Kentfield.
I haven’t had a lot of gluten free cookies yet, but I enjoyed this one. My constant fear for gluten free cookies is that’ll be too dry or have a weird aftertaste. This cookies was still very moist and tasted great! $1.75
Flour Craft Bakery, San Anselmo CA
Shortbread cookie. Complimentary
Pretty tasty and free with purchase!
Powder-puff pincushion cactus (Mammillaria bocasana var. multilanata, Cactaceae), Kentfield.
(Clockwise) Butter croissant, rhubarb danish, onion gruyere thyme pastries, kouign amanns, gougeres, pear tartlettes.
Honore Artisan Bakery, Seattle WA
Omg, this box was heaven! I tried a little bit of everything and each seemed tastier than the previous. I don’t think I could choose a favorite; they were all good. What a marvelous bakery with delicious creations for us common folk!
Approaching sunset on the Puget Sound, West Seattle.
Steamed and served with cocktail sauce and melted butter. $34.95
Fishermen’s Grotto, San Francisco CA
I love dungeness crab and this plate was surprisingly good! I’m always weary of the touristy restaurants on the Wharf but this crab was very tasty and fresh, and a great value.
Crab meat extracting utensils.
House chardonnay. $7
Yellow Dyckia flowers (Bromeliaceae), West Field Road.
Fried soft-shell crab served on a bed of sauteed noodles tossed with soy garlic sauce, egg, and butter. Garnished with a wedge of lime and cilantro. $20
Zadin, San Francisco CA
Mmm, this had SO much flavor! The lime and cilantro were a great touch to bring it back to the Asian side of things. I love soft shell crab! 🙂
Pinot Noir, Kings Ridge, Oregon, 2009. Bottle $32
Alluring aromas of rose petal with spicy red fruits, black cherry cola and earth. Soft and elegant style.
San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.
Half size charcuterie plate with 3 items, served with cornichons. I chose Zoe’s Meats salami (air dried pork salami made in Seattle), jambon cru serrano (air cured ham from the Spanish Pyrenees), and pate albigeois (country-stly pork pate). $7
Le Pichet, Seattle WA
Mmm, I love charcuterie plates! This was really good and I think the pate was my favorite. So simple, so delicious!
Baguette and butter. Complimentary
Schubert Sonata, 1992, Mark di Suvero, Olympic Sculpture Park. Painted and unpainted steel.
Pan seared scallop and pork belly with pickled shallots, microgreens, arugula puree, finished with bbq reduction. $8.95
Poogan’s Porch, Charleston SC
Found this restaurant through Yelp, and I’m SO glad I did! The food was amazing and the service was sweet (and on the young side, lol). This pork belly was done pretty well with a great sear and caramelization on the outside. You never know how fatty pork belly is gonna be when you order it, but this cut wasn’t too fatty at all. I really don’t mind either way, but this is Charleston y’all and I needed to save fat calories where ever I could, lol! I will say that the scallops tasted a little too sharp and metallic-y for me. They were beautifully cooked though, the flavor was just off.
Home made biscuit and honey butter. Complimentary. This biscuit was light and fluffy and everybody frickin’ loves honey butter so I was in heaven.
St. Matthew’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church. This is a pretty cool looking church along King Street opposite Marion Square.
With honey butter. $1.95
Jestine’s Kitchen, Charleston SC
I’m not sure if it was the actual corn bread or the honey butter that made these SO good, but they were irresistible! I could have eaten the entire basket all by myself!
Sweet homemade pickles. Complimentary. I’d rather have these free, delicious pickles than free dinner rolls any day!
United States Custom House, East Bay Street. Construction of this building first started in 1853 and was finally completed in 1879.
Breton cake with layers of butter and sugar. $4
Four Barrel Coffee, San Francisco CA
This was a delicious, buttery treat! I don’t think I would normally order this because it looks kinda boring in a display case, but it’s absolutely exquisite. This flaky pastry is surprisingly complex from the multiple layers and condensed form. Loved it!
7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2012
Coffee with cream and sugar. $2
Pink passion flower (Passiflora caerulea X rubra, Passifloraceae), San Jose Avenue. This hardy perennial vine caught my eye as I was randomly walking down the street. I particularly loved the 2-toned filamentous anthers!
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. Complimentary
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!