Arugula salad – Tinto

Arugula salad - Tinto
Serrano ham, mission fig, fried goat cheese, spiced almonds, sevilla orange vinaigrette. Summer prix-fixe menu $38
Tinto, Palm Springs CA

This salad was pretty tasty! I especially loved the little fried goat cheese balls – they were delicious. The salad had lots of great ingredients and they all tasted great together.

Large rock formations, Joshua Tree National Park
Large rock formations, Joshua Tree National Park.

X roll – Arizmendi Bakery

X roll - Arizmendi Bakery
Mushrooms, pasilla peppers, goat cheese, asiago, swiss. $2.75
Arizmendi Bakery, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this was warm and cheesy and SO good! I can’t say I’ve had too many rolls that had pasilla peppers in them, but this was tasty!

YBCA advertisement
YBCA advertisement, 24th Street Bart Station.

Goat cheese pizza – Arizmendi Bakery

Goat cheese pizza - Arizmendi Bakery
With homemade tomato salsa, queso de cabra (goat cheese), and fresh basil. $2.50 per slice
Arizmendi Bakery, San Francisco CA

This has been one of their more simple daily pizzas, but it was still delicious! They always use good quality ingredients which makes the difference.

Seaside tree mallow (Malvaceae, Lavatera maritima)
Seaside tree mallow (Malvaceae, Lavatera maritima), Dolores Street.

Frittata – Foreign Cinema

Frittata - Foreign Cinema
Squash blossoms, zucchini, goat cheese, spring onion, tomato vinaigrette, chicken sausage, mixed greens. $16
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco CA

Another delicious brunch dish! I particularly liked the nice sear on the chicken sausage. Everything was super flavorful and tasted fresh and spring-y.

Water service - Foreign Cinema

Water service.

Castro Castle Guest House, 17th Street

Castro Castle Guest House, 17th Street. I’ve always thought that this building was super cheesy looking and out of place. But I appreciate that it has SO much character. I don’t think I’d ever want to stay here though.

Chilaquiles – Starbelly

Chilaquiles - Starbelly
House made chorizo, eggs, corn chips, chile sauce and cilantro, house salad with goat cheese and tomatoes. $12
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

Noms, this was SO good! I loved the house made chorizo and the sauteed chilies mixed into the scramble. Mmm, I’m hungry just thinking about this dish again! Definitely not an authentic chilaquiles, but it was packed with delicious flavors.

Pink 'Coral Seas' passion flowers (Passiflora jamesonii, Passifloraceae)

Pink ‘Coral Seas’ passion flowers (Passiflora jamesonii, Passifloraceae), 25th Street. These passion vines are just around the corner from my house. I don’t think the color combinations are as dramatic as some other passion flowers, but I don’t mind. The solid pink petals are stil beautiful!

Cornmeal crusted fish tacos – Starbelly

Cornmeal crusted fish tacos - Starbelly
House pickled jalapeno and radicchio slaw, mixed greens salad with goat cheese and tomatoes, pickled jalapenos, limes. $9
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

I loved the texture of the fish, but they were difficult to taste among all the other ingredients. They were nicely cooked though and not greasy at all. The salad was actually my favorite part. The tomatoes and goat cheese were delicious!

Dahlia flowers (Dahlia sp., Asteraceae)
Yellow, magenta and peach dahlia flowers (Dahlia sp., Asteraceae), Noe Street. Not many houses in my neighborhood have front yards, and while this one is just a small strip of grass, I like that they’ve planted these bright dahlias.

Scrambled eggs with fresh goat cheese – Boulettes Larder

Scrambled eggs with fresh goat cheese - Boulettes Larder
With butter lettuce, lemon oil, sea salt. $15
Boulettes Larder, San Francisco CA

Omg, these eggs were frickin’ amazing! They were the most perfect soft scramble I’ve ever had. I thought that the goat cheese might make the eggs too heavy or make their texture too dense, but they didn’t. The cheese added a great flavor and silky texture to the eggs. The coarse pepper and seat salt added even more flavor and a crunchy texture, and the lemon oil added brightness. Even the beautifully separated butter lettuce leaves were perfect and tasted great with the delicate eggs. Noms!! Fiftenn dollars for scrambled eggs you ask? I’d pay it again in a heartbeat for these sublime eggs.

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Table salt and coarse pepper - Boulettes Larder
Table salt and coarse pepper. I like the wooden bark scooper!

Elephant door handles, Castro Street
Elephant door handles, Castro Street. There is something about elephant door handles that I find really cool. These are more in the likeness of Asian elephants than African. I’m not a fan of the garage door colors, but I like the finish of the elephant handles.

Fried Sonoma goat cheese – LaSalette Restaurant

Fried Sonoma goat cheese - LaSalette Restaurant
Breaded and fried with fig compote and walnut bread. 7-item Tasca tasting plates $34
LaSalette Restaurant, Sonoma CA

Fried Sonoma goat cheese - LaSalette Restaurant
Mmm, warm cheese with sweet fig compote and tasty bread! You can’t go wrong with that.

Backyard, Anaba Wines
Backyard, Anaba Wines. We hit this small tasting room on our drive home. It’s located at the intersection of Hwy 121 and Hwy 116 so it’s very convenient to stop by when leaving town. The people behind the bar are friendly and the back area is small but cute.

Brunch plate 3 – Wicked Spoon Buffet

Brunch plate 3 - Wicked Spoon Buffet
Roasted beet salad with citrus and goat cheese, home made Italian sausage, goat cheese ravioli with fried sage. Brunch buffet $22
Wicked Spoon Buffet, Las Vegas NV

This was definitely a heavy plate! The beet salad was delicious and the citrus wedges helped to lighten things up. The Italian sausage tasted great, but omg, it was super fatty. The ravioli wasn’t as tasty as it looked. It was too soft and mushy and drowning in butter.

Autumn salad – Fish & Farm

Autumn salad Fish & Farm

Red endive, frisee, red pear, candied walnuts, pomegranates, and Humboldt Fog goat cheese with mustard vinaigrette. Menu says $11 but receipt says $12 – BOO, LAME!!!
Fish & Farm, San Francisco

So the price discrepancy is totally lame! I don’t know if the menu wasn’t updated or out server was completely brain dead. I did mention during dinner that our server wasn’t very good compared to the server at the next table. Ours didn’t even give us the specials before we ordered. I didn’t even know there were specials available until the server at the adjacent table told her guests! Whatevs, our server was definitely “slow”, if you know what I mean.

This salad was tasty, but not very original.

Red bell pepper soup Fish & Farm

Red bell pepper soup. Complimentary. I really liked this shot of free soup. It was hot and very flavorful.

Devils on horseback – Magnolia Pub and Brewery

Devils on horseback Magnolia Pub and Brewery

Goat cheese stuffed, bacon wrapped dates with a kolsch gastrique. $6
Magnolia Pub and Brewery, San Francisco

These bites were very flavorful and heart-stopping! No really, I could feel my arteries getting clogged and my heart stop for a second, lol! Like that’s stopped me before. 🙂  These were delicious and the beer gastrique provided additional sweetness. I did eat the bed of lettuce leaves to balance out all the fat, lol!

Devils on horseback Magnolia Pub and Brewery

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