Cheese and charcuterie board – Carpe Diem Wine Bar

Cheese and charcuterie board - Carpe Diem Wine Bar
Prosciutto, salame, brillat savarin and other cheeses, grilled bread, candied walnuts, cornichons, fruit compote and mustard. Happy hour $10
Carpe Diem Wine Bar, Napa CA

This wasn’t the fanciest charcuterie board I’ve ever had, but it was certainly delicious. And at ten bucks, it was a fantastic value. I loved the brillat savarin (one of my favorite cheeses) and the grilled bread and other accompaniments were yummy.

Pol Clement brut & Inkberry cabernet sauvignon - Carpe Diem Wine Bar
Pol Clement brut. Happy hour $6

Artisanal charcuterie and cheese platter – Sonoma Market

Artisanal charcuterie and cheese platter - Sonoma Market
Salami, prosciutto, cheeses, fig jam spread, olive assortment, grapes, strawberries, crackers, chocolate. $19.99
Sonoma Market, Sonoma CA

Wine tasting in Sonoma is great and and perfect with a charcuterie and cheese plate. A perfect pairing! This plate was pretty decent and I especially liked the fig jam spread.

Salumi with a side of booze board – The Partisan

Salumi with a side of booze board - The Partisan
Eva Peron salami, Campari rosemary, foie gras and truffle bologna, poached fig rillettes. $21
The Partisan, Washington DC

Mmm, this was SO delicious! Each of the meats were so distinct and flavorful. It was a toss up on which was my favorite. The tigelle bread was also a nice change from your typical toasted baguette. NOMS!

Salumi with a side of booze board - The Partisan
Eva Peron salami, Campari rosemary.

Salumi with a side of booze board - The Partisan
Poached fig rillettes, mustard, foie gras and truffle bologna.

Tigelle bread - The Partisan
Tigelle bread.

Tigelle bread - The Partisan
Tigelle bread.

“The Board” – Tinderbox Kitchen

The Board - Tinderbox Kitchen
House made charcuterie, TBOX breads, select cheese, other goodies. $16
Tinderbox Kitchen, Flagstaff AZ

This charcuterie board was delicious! I loved all the meats and the smoked duck breast was probably my favorite. Noms!

Churchill Manhattan & Hummingbird cocktail - Tinderbox Kitchen
Churchill Manhattan: Bulleit rye whiskey, sweet and dry vermouth, blood orange bitters, lemon twist.
Hummingbird: champagne, elderflower liqueur, lemon, soda.

Charcuterie board – Cured

Charcuterie board - Cured
Local lamb and citrus terrine, chicken liver mousse, and jalapeño sausage. Served with Brewer’s crackers, assorted pickled vegetables, coarse mustard, and strawberry clementine marmalade. Three-item $18
Cured, San Antonio TX

The charcuterie here is amazing! Everything is made in house and the quality is wonderful. The chicken liver mousse was definitely my favorite especially with a dollop of the marmalade on top. The bartenders were also very friendly and professional and make some killer cocktails.

Brewer's crackers - Cured
Brewer’s crackers.

Cured cocktail - Cured
Cured: lemon thyme moonshine, ginger, in-house citrus bitters, cava. Happy hour $5

Charcuterie & salumi board – Trou Normand

Charcuterie & salumi board - Trou Normand
French country salami (garlic, black pepper, red wine), dry guanciale (garlic, clove, red wine), with baguette and pickled fennel and herbs. Small board $26
Trou Normand, San Francisco CA

Mmm, all of these were SO delicious! They were expertly made and I loved all the different textures and flavors. I also loved the pickled fennel and herbs and the little bowl of aspic was a great touch. I will definitely be back for another chef selection.

Charcuterie & salumi board - Trou Normand
Pork pate (trumpet mushrooms, green garlic), ciccioli (black pepper, oregano), with aspic, mustard, and pickled fennel and herbs.

Charcuterie & salumi board - Trou Normand
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Boccalone antipasto platter – Incanto

Boccalone antipasto platter - Incanto
Assorted salumi served with roasted garlic, pickled radishes and onions, and coarse mustard.
Incanto, San Francisco CA

I LOVE SALUMI! Boccalone (Chris Cosentino’s salumeria) makes some fine cured meats. They have a storefront in the SF Ferry Building, and Incanto also sold some of their products at the restaurant. The meats were SO tender and flavorful. I loved everything on the plate!

Legion of Honor
California Palace of the Legion of Honor.

Asiette de charcuterie – Ma Bourgogne

Asiette de charcuterie - Ma Bourgogne
Auvergne pork assorted meats, cornichons, butter. 16€
Ma Bourgogne, Paris FR

OMG, we made it to Paris and ran to the first inviting restaurant near our hotel in Le Marais neighborhood. We came across Ma Bourgogne around the corner and decided to grab a table situated on the sidewalk. (First, let me say “Wow!” It’s my first time in Paris!) This place was cash only so we had to order according to how many euros we had on us. Don’t fret, we ended up ordering more than we could eat anyway (and we never really figured out how to order the free tap water, lol).

This charcuterie plate was great and the rolled tripe was a new one for me. It was pungent and had a very strong and distinct flavor, but I tried eating as much as I could. There was A LOT on the plate so it took some time. The dark red salami(?) chunk was REALLY hard and we couldn’t even cut through it with a knife so that stayed on the plate. It was also a surprise to get butter with the charcuterie plate as if there isn’t enough fat on the plate. How do the Parisians stay SO thin?!

Bread - Ma Bourgogne

Bread. Complimentary (Thank god, everything is expensive here!)
I think the bread was great everywhere we went!

Place des Vosges
Place des Vosges. This beautiful square is across the street for the restaurant and appears to be a popular place to sit, picnic, and relax. It was overcast when we arrived and even started drizzling while we ate, but that didn’t last long. The next few days would be hot, hot, hot!

Petite assiette – Le Pichet

Petite assiette - Le Pichet
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 - Le Pichet
Baguette and butter. Complimentary

Schubert Sonata, 1992, Mark di Suvero
Schubert Sonata, 1992, Mark di Suvero, Olympic Sculpture Park. Painted and unpainted steel.