Seaweed noodle, creme fraiche, spicy red curry, bok choy, cilantro. $16 Revel, Seattle WA
SO good! This was definitely another delicious and comforting dish from Revel. The seaweed noodles were delicious and the large chunks of dungeness crab were nice treats to find in every few spoonfuls. And the spicy red curry sauce brought everything together. Noms!
The Seattle Mural, Paul Horiuchi, Mural Amphitheatre.
Sauteed mushrooms, gruyere cheese, scrambled egg, bacon, farmhouse creme fraiche from Bordier Creamery, espelette pepper. Galette made with organic buckwheat from Brittany and local eggs. 12,50€ Breizh Cafe, Paris FR
Mmm, I really loved these buckwheat galettes! They were nutty tasting and perfectly cooked and the ingredients were of high quality and delicious. They weren’t overly huge so we were actually able to finish them. To stay with the regional theme, we also ordered Bretonne beer. Perfect! 🙂
Biere blonde Lancelot (Roc-St-Andre). La bout 33 cl 6€
Jardin du Luxembourg. These gardens are absolutely beautiful and immaculately kept. During our visit, there seemed to be an army of gardeners edging paths and cleaning brush. There were even these guys who were just pulling out dead flowers from all the flower planters, amazing!
Creme fraiche and lemon ice cream, malt, brandy. Bloomspot 4-course chef’s tasting menu with cocktail pairings for two. Maven, San Francisco CA
I liked this dessert because it tasted great, but it was really difficult to eat. The cookies were a bit too hard to break through so the chocolate mousse just kept oozing out every time you tried to cut into it. Hmm…
With leeks, onions, fennel, creme fraiche, salsa verde. $16 Universal Cafe, San Francisco CA
Mmm, this was good. Very delcious and comforting food. I kinda wish the salmon was in bigger chunks but I understand that it was a hash. It was also very pretty with the salsa verde on the poached eggs.
Planter of scouring rush, rough horsetail or snake grass (Equisetum hyemale, Equisetaceae) in front of the restaurant.
With creme fraiche, local eggs, and herbs. Slice $4.95 Tartine Bakery, San Francisco CA
This quiche was definitely a rich, decadent breakfast treat! I love Tartine Bakery and that they have a variety of sweet and savory breakfast options. The line gets ridiculously long though so I’ve recently found myself ducking into Craftsman and Wolves when I’m too impatient.
Pink false freesia flowers (Freesia laxa, Iridaceae), Divisadero Street. It took me a while to figure out what this plant was, but I had a hunch that it was in the Iris family. I felt kinda stupid when I realized that Freesia was in this family, oops! Anyway, I love the red spots on the lower three petals.
I’m learning a lot at this conference – mostly about labor laws and conflict resolution. There’s a lot of information being thrown at us and I’m trying to take in as much as I can. I ran over to The Bellagio and had lunch at Todd English’s Olives. We were only given a short lunch today, so I barely made it back to the conference on time. We have a reception this evening where they will be providing basic drinks and oeur d’oeuvres. I think that since I’ve been pigging out way too much this trip, I’ll attend that and forgo having dinner afterward.
With creme fraiche and lime. Pre fixe dinner $180 Benu, San Francisco
Ok, let’s just call this an eel cigarette! This wrapped eel dish was really small, but tasty nonetheless. It was difficult to get a really nice eel flavor since there was only a sliver of it inside the feuille de brick. I appreciated the delicateness of it especially since its fried.
Served with maple chive creme fraiche. $6.50 Frances, San Francisco
Omg, this was the third time I’ve had these and they STILL knock my socks off! I’m SO in love with these beignets! I have to order them every time I eat at Frances. They’re very light and fluffy, but the amount of flavor that they pack into these things is absolutely mind-boggling! I’d go back just for some wine and a bowl of these lovely treats.
These days before my birthday weekend are DRAGGING by! It’s painful, hehe.
Omg! Hubbs and I booked our flights to Dublin and London last night! I’m SO excited. We’re meeting Kryan and D-Dubbs in Ireland to celebrate Kry’s birthday, then heading to London to visit our friend D. Did I mention how excited it am?!?! The airfare did cost a pretty penny so I’m feeling a bit poor right now. Not the way to be when you have dinner at Benu coming up. Lol! So I’m gonna have a pretty busy Spring in terms of travel. I have a Caribbean cruise, a Europe trip, Las Vegas trip, and a possible trip to Ohio for a friend’s birthday. This is the most I’ll be travelling in a while! Heck yeah!
Egg frittata with asparagus, potatoes and tomatoes with smoked salmon and lemon wedge on top. Served with creme fraiche, mixed greens and toast. $6.75 La Boulange de Noe, San Francisco
I stopped by La Boulange on the way home from the gym this morning and ordered what I thought was going to be a small snack because I was starving yet again. It ended up being an entire plate of food which I couldn’t finish. Gotta love breakfast at La Boulange though! The food is consistently good and super cheap. You get all this for $6.75! The frittata was a little overdone but it still tasted great. It was filled with lots of vegetables and topped with plenty of smoked salmon. The salad was good but overdressed.
Large bowl of warm corn soup with aleppo pepper, creme fraiche, and chopped serpolette. $14 Bar Agricole, San Francisco
This soup was absolutely heavenly! The flavors were great and the texture was awesome. The corn was coarsely pureed so you could still feel pieces of kernel in your mouth. The garnishes looked great against the soft yellow color of the corn soup. I didn’t get much of a kick from the crushed and ground aleppo flakes and the serpolette was completely lost flavor-wise. It didn’t matter though, the soup was tasty enough to stand on its own. The portion was a generous one, which was great since everyone at the table wanted to taste it!
Serpolette (Thymus serphyllum), more commonly spelled “serpolet”, is a wild thyme. I learned something new, haha!