Eel, feuille de brick – Benu

Project 365: Day 105

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.

Eel, feuille de brick Benu

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.

Eel, feuille de brick Benu

It looks like a smiley face!

Creme fraiche and lime Benu

Creme fraiche and lime.

Applewood smoked bacon beignets – Frances

Applewood smoked bacon beignets Frances

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.

Smoked salmon frittata – La Boulange de Noe

Project 365: Day 15

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!

Smoked salmon quiche La Boulange de Noe

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.

Corn soup – Bar Agricole

Corn soup Bar Agricole

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!