Cavoletti. Lemon caper aioli. $6 Pesce, San Francisco CA
These were delicious but a little bit too oily. Brussels sprouts are one of my favorite vegetables so I’m kinda picky on how they’re prepared. These had really good flavor, but the greasiness was a detraction.
Classic angus beef tartare, capers and crispy bone marrow, arugula. $15 Park Tavern, San Francisco CA
Surprisingly, I don’t remember this dish very well. It really wasn’t too memorable or maybe I got overwhelmed with venison carpaccio AND beef tartare on the same plate. I DO remember that the crispy bone marrow were amazing!
Wow, this was both a beautiful and delicious dish! And for only three bucks! I was first struck by the amazing color of the beet-cured salmon. There was a striking ombre effect from orange to pink. All the flavors were lovely and I only regret that I didn’t order more, but we only ducked in for a quick pre-dinner happy hour.
With sliced apples, fried capers, and fresh bread. Happy hour $7 Yield Wine Bar, San Francisco CA
This smoked trout rillette was really refreshing. It was bright and punchy and fun to eat. I would spread some of the rillette on the bread, embed some of the fried capers into it, and top it with an apple slice. Fun and tasty finger food!
Half-bottle carafe of house red wine. Happy hour $12
Corridor Pin, Blue, 1999, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, de Young Museum.
Fried parsley and capers. $6 Alicante, Palm Springs CA
I don’t think I’ve ever had calamari presented quite like this. Usually when I’ve had stuffed calamari it’s served whole and you cut it yourself, but these were already prechopped into small pieces. They were pretty small and prefect as finger food, but then you had to fiddle with the individual capers.
I really liked this smoked salmon bialy. The beer cream cheese had great flavor and wasn’t as heavy as normal cream cheese. The salmon also seemed lighter and fresher. Overall, it was a great way to start the day.
Narrowleaf self-heal (Prunella vulgaris var. lanceolata, Lamiaceae), Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.
1/2 lb aged and granulated patty, monterey jack, grilled onion, caper aioli. Served with lettuce tomato, pickles, and fries. $15 Mission Bowling Club, San Francisco CA
Noms, this burger was large and delicious! The beef patty was tender and juicy and the toppings tasted great. The french fries, while tasty, were REALLY greasy. I’ve kind of noticed that this is a trend with most of their fried items which is too bad because they have a lot of fried options.
7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013
Parsley, shallot, capers, lemon. Happy hour $9 Comme Ca, Las Vegas NV
Wow, I wasn’t expecting the oxtail jam to end up being a full-on stew of sorts. I expected it to be more of a spreadable accompaniment to the marrow. The roasted bone marrow in this dish was so rich and perfect! The oxtail jam, while hearty, was a little on the tart/sour side. I thought there was too much going on with both items so I could have done without the oxtail jam.
Dining at State Bird is kind of a trip because I sometimes expect the hipsters pushing the food carts around to yell at me in Cantonese or Mandarin. Instead, they kindly explain every dish and patiently wait to hear if you’d like any. What a trip, lol!
Mencia, D. Ventura, Vina do Burato, Ribeira Sacra, Spain 2011. $10
I make this sandwich with leftovers and things I already had in the house, so it’s super easy!
Leftover roasted chicken from the store, chopped
Celery, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
Bread or roll
Combine the first 6 ingredients in a bowl and mix to the consistency and seasoning you like. I’ve found that adding tartar sauce is great because it already has some of the great flavors I enjoy. There’s usually some in the fridge already so it’s also very convenient. Scoop a generous portion onto the bread, top with cheese, then I like to put it under the broiler until the cheese is melted and the bread is a little toasted.
There you have it! A delicious, quick and easy chicken salad sammy, enjoy!
Lavendar pansies (Viola tricolor, Violaceae), Jersey Street.
Veal cutlets sauteed with white wine, capers, caper berries, lemon, parsley, served with spaghetti tossed with toasted garlic and olive oil. $19 Briscola, Reno NV
The veal was over-breaded and disgusting. For a veal picatta, this dish lacked acid which is surprising considering there are cpares, caper berries, lemon peels, and a citrus based sauced! Then how did the kitchen still accomplish to make it devoid of citrus flavor? The side noodles are a throw away since they lacked any flavor or life, and just take up space. Horrible service and horrible food!
House salad for the table comes with entree orders. Meh.