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, Ruth Asawa, de Young Museum.
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 with lamb shoulder alicha, snap peas and couscous.
Wild barramundi with broccoli, wild rice, pomegranate and pistachios.
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!
View toward the Richmond district from Hamon Education Tower Observation Deck.
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 (Carduus tenuiflorus, Asteraceae), Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.
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
Heart concert at the America’s Cup Pavilion with Coit Tower in the background.