Autumn chestnut ravioli – Maven

Autumn chestnut ravioli - Maven
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!

Fireside Cocktail - Maven
Fireside Cocktail: rye, chestnut, apple, cinnamon, lemon, egg white.

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.

Place setting - Maven
Place setting.


Assorted malasadas – Leonard’s Bakery

Assorted malasadas - Leonard's Bakery
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 malasada - Leonard's Bakery
Original white sugar malasada. You definitely have to try one fresh and warm!

Li Hing malasada - Leonard's Bakery
Li Hing (Chinese plum) sugar malasada with coffee.

Malasada box - Leonard's Bakery
Malasada box.

Leonard's Bakery storefront
Leonard’s Bakery storefront.

Cinnamon chocolate brioche – Tall Grass Bakery

Cinnamon chocolate brioche - Tall Grass Bakery
Tall Grass Bakery, Seattle WA

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!

Latte - Java Bean
12 oz latte. $3.45
I went across the street and grabbed this at Java Bean.

Father and Son fountain, Olympic Sculpture Park

Father and Son fountain, 2005, Louise Bourgeois, Olympic Sculpture Park. Stainless steel, aluminum, water and bronze bell.

Zucchini bread – Napa Farms Market

Zucchini bread - Napa Farms Market
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.

Small drip Equator coffee - Napa Farms Market

Small drip Equator Coffees & Teas. $2.25

Cocktails – Fish & Farm

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

The Scofflaw cocktail Fish & Farm

The Scofflaw. Classic Prohibition Era cocktail. Templeton rye, dry vermouth, house-made grenadine, fresh squeezed lemon juice, Reagan’s orange bitters, orange peel garnish. $12

Basil Blush cocktail Fish & Farm

Basil Blush. Hangar One vodka, fresh lime juice, agave nectar with a fist full of basil and freshly Watkins cinnamon shaken and served up. $12

Taylor Street Margarita cocktail Fish & Farm

Taylor Street Margarita. Herradura Blanco tequila, cointreau, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar shaken hard and served on the rocks. $12

Pama Manhattan cocktail Fish & Farm

Pama Manhattan. Woodford Reserve bourbon, Pama pomegranate liquor, chilled and served up, garnished with a brandied cherry. $12

Carnitas – Nopalito

Carnitas Nopalito

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!

Carnitas Nopalito

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. 🙂

Carnitas Nopalito

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

Pecan sticky bun – Koffi

Pecan sticky bun Koffi

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

Ruby red velvet & cinnamon horchata cupcakes – Mission Minis

Red velvet cinnamon horchata cupcakes Mission Minis
Red velvet buttermilk cake with classic cream cheese frosting topped with red sprinkles.  Mexican rice milk cake with classic cream cheese frosting topped with freshly ground cinnamon. $1 each
Mission Minis, San Francisco CA

These mini cupcakes are SO cute!  I’ve purchased dozens of these delicious treats to serve at parties and everyone enjoys them a lot.  The staff is really friendly and it’s super easy to place and pick up orders.  Mission Minis has a variety of flavors to choose from and you can even request custom flavors.  At $1 per cupcake, I think they are a perfect treat.  Sometimes they even offer discounted deals through Groupon and other deal websites.