7 item tasting plate – Tasca Tasca

7 item tasting plate - Tasca Tasca
Goat stew with fingerling potatoes, beet salad with walnuts, fried piri-piri potatoes with saffron aioli, bacalhau (salt cod cakes), Achadinha Broncha cheese with honey, smoked duck breast with moscatel glaze, Pacific albacore tuna ceviche. $32
Tasca Tasca, Sonoma CA

This was a great Portuguese restaurant in Sonoma especially since there aren’t a lot of Portuguese restaurants out there! I loved all the different options they had on their menu and I thought that everything we ordered was really tasty. Noms!

Duck bolognese – Volt

Duck bolognese - Volt
Braised duck legs, San Marzano tomatoes, garlic, whole wheat radiatore pasta, smoked parmesan, pepperoni bread crumbs. Tasting menu $95
Volt, Frederick MD

I thought that this was a very successful dish. I loved the combination of the duck, whole wheat pasta, smoked cheese, and breadcrumbs. It was a hearty pasta dish, but the flavors were great and you can’t get it anywhere else!

Duck sarladaise – Le Diplomate

Duck sarladaise - Le Diplomate
Confit, sunnyside up egg, roasted potatoes. $15
Le Diplomate, Washington DC

Mmm, I love Le Diplomate. The service is wonderful and the food is very tasty. This duck dish was certainly heavy but it tasted great and the hollandaise sauce was surprisingly bright. Noms!

Pimm's Cup cocktail - Le Diplomate
Pimm’s Cup: Pimm’s no. 1, cucumber, L’Esprit de June. $10

Bread basket - Le Diplomate
Bread basket. Complimentary
Omg, this bread basket is glorious!

Morning at Thomas Circle
Morning at Thomas Circle.

Cassoulet – Cafe Bastille

Cassoulet - Cafe Bastille
Duck confit, toulouse and garlic sausage, and white beans. Three course dinner prix fixe $35
Cafe Bastille, San Francisco CA

I love cassoulets because they’re so hearty and delicious. And with both duck confit and sausage, you really can’t go wrong. This duck was nice but I actually liked the sausage even more. Noms!

Le Parisien cocktail - Cafe Bastille
Le Parisien: raspberry coulis, passion flavored cognac, champagne. $11

Crispy duck – Mesa

Crispy duck - Mesa
1/4 duck deep fried and served with sweet chili sauce. 390 PHP
Mesa, Boracay PHILIPPINES

This duck was ok. I think it was over-fried in my opinion, but I found that this is how many of the fried proteins come out. They tend to be too dry and tough for my liking. I guess that’s why they always come with some kind of dipping sauce.

Stir fried vegetables - Mesa
Stir fried vegetables in garlic sauce.

Roast pig
Roast pig displayed at one of the restaurants along the beach.

Duck curry – Duck Deli

Duck curry - Duck Deli
Cari vit. With potatoes, and served with fresh basil and French baguette. 75,000 VND
Duck Deli, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

Mmm, this duck curry was SO good. I actually loved all the bones and skin still attached to the duck. It’s so much more flavorful and fun to eat that way. And how can you deny the bread in Vietnam?! I definitely gained a few pounds on this trip.

Bitexco Financial Tower
Bitexco Financial Tower.

Cabbage salad with boiled duck – Duck Deli

Cabbage salad with boiled duck - Duck Deli
Goi vit. With sweet/spicy dressing, mixed greens, and roasted peanuts. Small 125,000 VND
Duck Deli, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

Wow, this was delicious! I wish I knew what all the stalks and shaved stems were, but they all tasted great with the duck and the gingery fish sauce dressing. The duck had pieces of chopped bones in it, but I didn’t mind at all. I always think that bone-in is more flavorful anyway.

Hotel de Ville de Saigon
Hotel de Ville de Saigon (City Hall) and Ho Chi Minh statue.

Duck confit hash – The Coterie Room

Duck confit hash - The Coterie Room
Brunch special with duck egg, Fresno chilies.
The Coterie Room, Seattle WA

The has was pretty tasty and filling, but the duck egg on top was kind of unappetizing because it had a weird texture as if it had been sitting under the warmer for too long. I also wish that you could taste more of the fresno chilies in the hash.

Seattle Great Wheel
Seattle Great Wheel from the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

Crispy duck leg cassoulet – Town Hall

Crispy duck leg cassoulet - Town Hall
Butter beans, chorizo, farm egg, Italian parsley, grilled bread. $25
Town Hall, San Francisco CA

Oops, I guess you really can’t see the duck, but I swear it’s in there under the farm egg. This dish had good flavors, but it was salty. I think the presence of duck confit and chorizo really upped the saltiness from the start, but I swear they must have added even MORE salt because there was too much! At twenty five bucks for this bowl, I think the execution could have been better.

View of downtown SF
View of downtown from the Castro.

Roasted duck curry – Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine

Roasted duck curry - Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine
Red bell pepper, basil, coconut milk, ordered “hot”. $8.99
Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this was really tasty! I loved that the duck still had all its bones because they’re always more flavorful that way. I just wish there was more duck in there! The rich coconut curry was delicious and very filling.

Cartoon animal skeleton
Cartoon animal skeleton sidewalk stencil.