Golden apple, sage, maitake, sherry. Bloomspot 4-course chef’s tasting menu with cocktail pairings for two. Maven, San Francisco CA
I purchased a Bloomspot dining certificate for this restaurant because I wanted to try it out for the first time. Overall, the food and cocktails were good and the certificate proved to be a great value (unlike some others I’ve purchased). All the food were shared plates, and we were pleasantly surprised at the generous portions we received especially with this pasta course. There were plenty of ravioli to share between us and the dish tasted amazing!
The cocktails ended up being smaller portions than normal, but I didn’t mind since we were served different cocktails with each course. I didn’t want to get too drunk, hehe. I enjoyed the Fireside cocktail and thought it paired wonderfully with the chestnut ravioli.
Original (white sugar), cinnamon, and Li Hing sugar. 1 dozen $11.31 Leonard’s Bakery, Honolulu HI
Malasadas are Portuguese donuts without holes! Leonard’s Bakery is famous for them so I had to try some while I was in Honolulu. Boy, was it worth it! The malasadas were fresh out of the fryer and newly coated with sugar. They were still warm when I tried my first one and it was heaven! The dough was soft and flavorful, with a bit of chewiness and a dense center. Nom nom noms! I even sent some to Seattle for my brother cause he was craving them!
Original white sugar malasada. You definitely have to try one fresh and warm!
Li Hing (Chinese plum) sugar malasada with coffee.
I was very much disappointed by this! It was too dense and doughy to qualify as a brioche in my book. I also thought it would pack more flavor, but it was surprisingly bland and the strongest flavor was of the undercooked doughy center. Boo!
12 oz latte. $3.45
I went across the street and grabbed this at Java Bean.
Father and Son fountain, 2005, Louise Bourgeois, Olympic Sculpture Park. Stainless steel, aluminum, water and bronze bell.
Freshly grated zucchini is baked into this hearty bread that’s complimented by crunchy walnuts and spiced cinnamon. $2.75
Napa Farms Market, San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
I think it’s interesting that this market sells baked goods from City Baking Company which is actually based out of South San Francisco and not Napa Valley. Oh well, the bread was delicious and cut nice and thick.
I enjoyed these cocktails at Fish & Farm but I don’t think they were worth $12 a pop. You can get delicious, more intricate cocktails and other places for less money. And you’ll get larger pours! Fish & Farm, San Francisco
Tender pork braised in orange, bay leaf, milk, cinnamon and beer. $15 Nopalito, San Francisco
This is one beautiful packet of pork, NOMS!!! The carnitas at Nopalito are so frickin’ good! The meat is so flavorful and tender, it’s ridiculous! You can smell and taste all the ingredients in the lovey braise. The cut isn’t overly fatty, but I think that the fatty pieces were worth every calorie!
You might not be able to tell from the pic, but you get a very generous portion of carnitas. David and I could barely finish the order, granted we did eat a few other things. 🙂
The pork is served with a cabbage salad, pickled jalapenos and salsa de tomatillo, and warm tortillas for wrapping.
7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014
When I saw this bun in the display case, I thought it would be SO gooey and sticky sweet! The healthy part of me was glad that is wasn’t nearly as decadent, but the other part was somewhat disappointed. Isn’t that why you order a sticky bun in the first place? Although it was pretty good, I wish it was a little more sinful, lol! $2.95 Koffi, Palm Springs