Charred duck heart and porcini – Jardiniere

Charred duck heart and porcini - Jardiniere
Black cherry, mustard. Tasting menu $140
Jardiniere, San Francisco CA

I don’t think I could have ever thought that pairing duck heart, mushroom, and cherry would work but it was actually pretty great. I wouldn’t want any more of the duck hearts than the portion on the plate since it was very rich, but it was nice to get offal as part of a tasting menu.

Mushroom broth - Jardiniere
Mushroom broth. This was absolutely amazing! There was SO much flavor in this tiny cup of broth and I enjoyed every drop.

California hedge nettle

California hedge nettle (Stachys bullata, Lamiaceae), Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.

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Jerk spiced duck hearts – The Alembic

Jerk spiced duck hearts - The Alembic
With pickled pineapple and thyme salt. $5
The Alembic, San Francisco CA

These were tasty, but you really only need a piece or two. After that, it becomes too rich to eat. Thank goodness for the pickled pineapple’s acidity to cut through the richness of the duck hearts.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013, 2014

Lion-headed man doorway art

Lion-headed man doorway art, The Mission.