Ham and cheese strata – Rustic Bakery

Ham and cheese strata - Rustic Bakery
Savory layers of ham and cheese and foccacia bread. $3.95
Rustic Bakery, Novato CA

This was a lot denser than I was expecting. The focaccia was really heavy and there wasn’t enough ham and cheese to break it up. The strata was also pretty dry so I wish I had also ordered an ice coffee.

Yellow Peruvian lily centerpiece

Yellow Peruvian lily centerpiece (Alstroemeria sp., Alstroemeriaceae).

Baby octopus – Briscola

Baby octopus - Briscola
With saffron and olive oil. $5
Briscola, Reno NV

I don’t expect baby octopus served in Reno to be the freshest in the world, but these were disgusting! You could definitely feel the defrosted texture of these sad creatures in your mouth. The saffron dipping sauce was also chalky. I’m gonna continue with another complaint of this abominable restaurant – the clueless waiter kept bringing us dishes we didn’t order and ended up charging us anyway. Sheesh!

Focaccia and crudite - Briscola
Focaccia and crudite. Complimentary
The focaccia was undercooked and still doughy in the middle, yuck! The large tomato cans that they use as stands at your table were a tacky touch.

Red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa, Adoxaceae)
Red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa, Adoxaceae), Mount Rose Summit Trail.

Green squash and olive vegan focaccia – Arizmendi Bakery

Green squash and olive vegan focaccia - Arizmendi Bakery
With onions and poblano peppers. $2.50
Arizmendi Bakery, San Francisco

The focaccia bread at Arizmendi is delicious! I’ve found the simpler the toppings, the better. I’ve had the ones with tomato sauce and they weren’t as yummy.

Statue of Miguel Hidalgo, Dolores Park
Statue of Miguel Hidalgo (El Grito de Dolores), Dolores Park. It tucked behind a couple tall purple glory bushes (Tibouchina sp., Melastomataceae).

Chicken liver toscana – Mercato

Chicken liver toscana - Mercato
Grilled flatbread, fig marmellata, and arugula salad. $7
Mercato, Charleston SC

This chicken pate is a classic Tuscan dish and Mercato did it justice! It was simply delicious! The fig marmellata provided sweetness and the bright, citrus-y arugula salad helped to cut the heaviness of the chicken liver. Noms!

Warm focaccia and olive oil - Mercato
Warm focaccia and olive oil. Complimentary.

Charleston Harbor
Charleston Harbor. The view would have been perfect if not for the gross plastic bags in the water, lol!

The pressed Cubano – Legends of San Francisco

The pressed Cubano - Legends of San Francisco
Panini with thinly sliced ham, swiss cheese and sliced pickle, then spread with mustard and grilled on herbed focaccia bread with Classic Lays potato chips. $11.99
Legends of San Francisco Bar & Grill, San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

I was NOT impressed. The sandwich as super salty and the ham tasted like low-quality supermarket deli meat. The cheese wasn’t even melted all the way through! Ugh, Terminal 1 really needs to step it up on the food front!

"Wind Portal" art installation, Paul Woolford and Ned Kahn
“Wind Portal” art installation, Paul Woolford and Ned Kahn. Located midway down the Bart platform, this piece is composed of thousands of metallic sequins that move with the wind created by incoming Bart trains and aircrafts. It’s a spectacular installation and provides an beautiful San Francisco welcome to weary travelers.

Eggs benedict – The Girl & The Fig

Eggs benedict - The Girl & The Fig
Poached eggs, applewood-smoked ham, hollandaise, Italian parsley, red bliss potato home fries, on house-made focaccia. $12
The Girl & The Fig, Sonoma CA

I was a little disappointed by this. The hollandaise sauce was bright and delicious, I loved the smoked ham, and the eggs were poached beautifully but the focaccia wasn’t toasted enough and got really wet and doughy from the hollandaise. The potatoes were also dry and flavorless. The small, chewy pieces also made them a chore to eat.

Wine cave, Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Wine cave, Gundlach Bundschu Winery.

Little gem salad – Locanda

Little gem salad Locanda

Grilled persimmon, crescenza cheese, pistachio, aperol. $11
Locanda, San Francisco

This was a very nice salad. The ingredients tasted great together, and you can never go wrong with crescenza cheese. The persimmon added a delicious flavor and the pistachio added crunch. Simple and delicious!

Focaccia Locanda

Focaccia bread. Complimentary
Omg, this bread was SO frickin’ buttery and delicious! Even though it was also very salty, I still say “Yes, please!”

Corned beef sandwich – The Sentinel

Project 365: Day 56

Finished my training course today, yay! Now back to the office and the daily grind, sadness. The day has gone by quickly though since I had to work in two locations. Heading to the gym after work and getting dry cleaning on the way home. I need to pack some dress clothes for the Ohio trip in case we have a fancy dinner one night. Hope not since I want to keep it casual, but at least the food should be tasty if we do!
Corned beef sandwich The Sentinel
With cabbage, Russian dressing and Swiss cheese on focaccia bread. $9
The Sentinel, San Francisco

This sandwich was SO good! I love the soft focaccia and the corned beef was really delicious! I’m not sure if I’ve had Russian dressing before (I’ve read that Thousand Island is a variant though) but it worked well with the cabbage “slaw”. Noms!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010, 2011

Corned beef sandwich - The Sentinel
March 17, 2015. $10

Jalapeno cheese focaccia – Liguria Bakery

Jalapeno cheese foccacia Liguria Bakery

A large slab of addictive focaccia bread topped with jalapenos and cheese. $5
Liguria Bakery, San Francisco

This was the best focaccia I’ve EVER tasted, no joke! It has an amazing texture and it’s SO amazingly buttery. Even though this was my second choice, I’m glad that I ordered the jalapeno cheese flavor. It had a great flavor and had a little bit of heat which I wasn’t expecting from a focaccia!

I’ll still sing the praises of this bread even though my store experience wasn’t all that great. I arrived around 1:15pm on a random Thursday. The old lady at the counter must have been cranky because it was nearing the end of her shift. I patiently wait for her to finish with the customer in front of me, then she glares at me and asks “What do you want!?” I ask for some of the black olive focaccia. She responds, “We’re out” and continues staring at me. I was a bit taken aback, but decide to forge on. I’ve decided that she’s not going to give me any more information so I ask, “Well what do you have left?” She grudgingly tells me and I decide on the jalapeno cheese. Omg, how ruuuuuude! How about some customer service here? I was waiting for her to completely roll her eyes at me as it could’ve happened easily.

Anyway, I get home with the focaccia and I’m blown away! The piece was big enough to into six pieces which I continue to hoard for the next few days. It even tasted great when reheated in the oven! I’ll definitely go back (but when I’m up for that lady’s look of death)!

Jalapeno cheese foccacia Liguria Bakery

They wrap it in butcher paper and tie it up with string. How charming and old school!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013