Pumpkin gnocchi – Wine Kitchen

Pumpkin gnocchi - Wine Kitchen
Maitake mushroom, beets, arugula, goat cheese, pumpkin seeds. $13
Wine Kitchen, San Francisco CA

These were really good and earthy tasting with the pumpkin and maitake mushrooms. I think maitakes are some of my favorite mushrooms because they have a wonderful texture and flavor. The gnocchi was a bit on the soft side but they were still nice and airy. And I could have done without the toasted pumpkin seeds though.

Contours in the Air sculptures
Contours in the Air sculptures, Ruth Asawa, de Young Museum.

Lentils, lamb and barramundi – Radio Africa & Kitchen

French green lentils - Radio Africa & Kitchen
French green lentils with spinach and goat cheese. Pre fixe menu
Radio Africa & Kitchen, San Francisco CA

After we saw this plated trio, we knew we were gonna be full! The items were all really different and very tasty. I thought that the column of French green lentils was creative and beautifully presented. The lamb prepared two ways was good, and the barramundi had a nice flavor. Everything was pretty heavy though so we had to pace ourselves. 🙂

Roasted leg of lamb - Radio Africa & Kitchen
Roasted leg of lamb with lamb shoulder alicha, snap peas and couscous.

Wild barramundi - Radio Africa & Kitchen
Wild barramundi with broccoli, wild rice, pomegranate and pistachios.

Insalata – Roxy’s Cafe

Insalata - Roxy's Cafe
Heirloom Farms mixed greens, shaved squash, seasonal stone fruit, goat cheese, balsamic vinaigrette. 10-course chef’s tasting menu $75
Roxy’s Cafe, San Francisco CA

I’m not usually a big salad fan – I can take it or leave. But this was really tasty! Surprisingly, my favorite component was the thinly shaved squash. It added an unexpected flavor and texture to the dish. Noms!

Hamon Education Tower view
View toward the Richmond district from Hamon Education Tower Observation Deck.

Tasting of goat cheese – Jardiniere

Tasting of goat cheese - Jardiniere
Sunflower seed, apricot. Tasting menu $140
Jardiniere, San Francisco CA

This tasting had 4 goat cheeses aged for various amounts of time, but they were all delicious! Their textures and flavors were distinct and it was difficult to choose a favorite. At first, I enjoyed the sunflower seed butter but it eventually ended up dominating all the cheeses. It had a thick consistency and a permeating flavor so a little went a long way. The cheeses should have been the stars though.

Winged thistle

Winged thistle (Carduus tenuiflorus, Asteraceae), Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.

Soft scrambled eggs – Plow

Soft scrambled eggs - Plow
Oyster mushrooms, spinach, cheddar, 14 cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, crispy potatoes and toast. $14
Plow, San Francisco CA

Ugh, this scramble was pretty greasy! The soft scramble was executed correctly and the flavors were good, but I couldn’t get past the excessive oil. Also, I had forgotten that there was goat cheese until the very end when I uncovered the huge blob of it at the bottom. I wish it had been incorporated more evenly throughout.

Thanks goodness for those crispy potatoes – they were AMAZING! I could not stop eating them because they were SO flavorful and had the most perfect texture. I think when we go back, I’ll order and extra side of these delicious potatoes!

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

America's Cup Pavilion
Heart concert at the America’s Cup Pavilion with Coit Tower in the background.

Wild mushroom omelet – The Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant

Wild mushroom omelet - The Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant
Bloomsdale spinach, goat cheese, fine herbs, breakfast potatoes, sourdough toast. $14
The Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant, San Francisco CA

Meh, this omelet was pretty boring even though it looked like it had pretty good ingredients. The filling was dry and bland and the eggs were under-seasoned. The toast was the best part. Boo!

Pinkish tree mallow flowers

Pinkish tree mallow flowers (Lavatera arborea, Malvaceae), Point Lobos Avenue.