Fennel absinthe bonbon – Pineapple & Pearls

Fennel absinthe bonbon - Pineapple & Pearls
Bar seating $180
Pineapple & Pearls, Washington DC

This fennel bonbon was beautiful and it tasted great! It was carefully presented over an absinthe cocktail garnished with a sachet of herbs. They said that they were going to phase this amuse bouche out to make room for new items. I’m so glad I was able to try it before then!

Welcome cocktail - Pineapple & Pearls
Welcome cocktail.

Fritto misto – Pesce

Fritto misto - Pesce
Calamari, shrimp, fennel, green beans, zucchini, marinara. $14
Pesce, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I love fritto mistos! Who doesn’t love a plate of battered and deep fried seafood and vegetables?! I thought the marinara sauce was a little lame, but I’m not gonna complain too much. 🙂

Fall Smash cocktail - Pesce
Fall Smash: George Dickel rye, maple, lemon, mint, fresh cranberry. $10

Baby arugula salad – Pesce

Baby arugula salad - Pesce
Rucoletta. Shaved fennel, parmesan, oil, lemon. $7
Pesce, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I love peppery arugula simply dressed and topped with parmesan shavings. These basic flavors are work perfectly together and whet the appetite for more to come.

Jeepney Gimlet cocktail - Pesce
Jeepney Gimlet: Swan’s Neck vodka, coconut water nectar, lime, Batavia. $10
Not too impressed with this cocktail – it was off tasting.

Chilled New Caledonia blue prawns – Luce

Chilled New Caledonia blue prawns - Luce
Summer melon, fennel, dill, lemon verbena. Tasting menu $95
Luce, San Francisco CA

The prawns were really good in this dish, but it was the accompaniments that really made it interesting. The variegated leaves were beautiful and the combination of different herbs and melon were new and delicious.

Green olive bread - Luce
Green olive bread. Complimentary

South African daisy
South African daisy (Gazania sp., Asteraceae), Kentfield.

Olive oil poached tuna sandwich – King’s Highway

Olive oil poached tuna sandwich - King's Highway
Toasted baguette, red onion fennel salad, nicoise olives, hearts of celery, Kennebec chips. $14
King’s Highway, Palm Springs CA

Wow, this sandwich was pretty big! It was more of a very chunky nicoise tuna salad on top of a split baguette than a proper sandwich. I’m not complaining because it was delicious, but it was not what I expected. The fresh potato chips were also very yummy.

Water - King's Highway
Water.

Boomers in Cathedral City
Boomers in Cathedral City. We went go karting here, lol!

Pork belly with fennel – Eureka Restaurant and Lounge

Pork belly with fennel - Eureka Restaurant and Lounge
Endive, caramelized grapes, honey-thyme vinaigrette. $10
Eureka Restaurant & Lounge, San Francisco CA

I think they replaced the endive with pickled onions! I really enjoyed this appetizer. I know that this pork belly is super fatty, but it was oh so yummy. The thinly shaved fennel underneath and the acid from the pickled onions helped to cut the fat. I must say that I enjoyed the caramelized grapes the most, lol! Those little suckers were amazing!

Christmas decorated Noe Valley parklet

The sidewalk parklets in my neighborhood have also been decked out for the holidays!

Poached eggs and charcoal-grilled king salmon hash – Universal Cafe

Poached eggs king salmon hash - Universal Cafe
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.

Scouring rush (Equisetum hyemale, Equisetaceae)
Planter of scouring rush, rough horsetail or snake grass (Equisetum hyemale, Equisetaceae) in front of the restaurant.

Seafood stew – Trio Restaurant

Seafood stew - Trio Restaurant
Mussels, clams, shrimp and whitefish in a tomato and fennel broth. $22
Trio Restaurant, Palm Springs CA

This was one of the dishes that I actually liked at Trio. This stew was super flavorful and had plenty of seafood. Thank goodness dinner wasn’t a complete disappointment!

Palm Springs midday sun
Palm Springs midday sun from the pool.