Ostrega oyster shots – Pesce

Ostrega oyster shots - Pesce
With cucumber, cocktail sauce, horseradish. Each $3
Pesce, San Francisco CA

I don’t know about these. I’m not a big horseradish fan with oysters and these just had a lot of murky liquid in the glass that scared me off. I definitely spent more time worrying about taking the oyster shot than actually enjoying it. It wasn’t bad, but my it was too much work for me to shoot it.

Bad Boy cocktail - Pesce
Bad Boy: Tito’s vodka, tobacco leaf tincture, orange bitters. $10

New York steak – Jardiniere

New York steak - Jardiniere
Oxtail ravioli, horseradish, bordelaise. Tasting menu $140
Jardiniere, San Francisco CA

OK, so here’s where I get confused. Our tasting menu read that we were going to get wagyu beef during this course, but our first waiter said that they weren’t running the wagyu that night and would be replacing it with New York steak in the same preparation. Whatever, I’m fine with that. But as this course approached, another waiter mentioned that the wagyu would be next. I asked for clarification from our original server, and he said it would be New York steak. Then when we go the plates, they were presented as wagyu. Huh? I’m still confused.

Either way, the beef was WAY underdone and we really coudn’t eat much of it let alone cut through the cold, raw, stringy interior. This was the one truly failed dish of the night. The ravioli and accompaniments were delicious, but the star of the dish was a major flop. SAD!

Fallen redwood trees

Fallen redwood trees, Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve. This is how I felt about the dish above.

Half dozen oysters – The Walrus and the Carpenter

Half dozen oysters - The Walrus and the Carpenter
3 Sea Cow oysters (right), Hammersley Inlet, WA. 3 Treasure Cove oysters (left), Case Inlet, WA. Served with a mignonette and fresh horseradish. Happy hour $12.39
The Walrus and the Carpenter, Seattle WA

These little oysters were delicious! I sat at the oyster bar during happy hour and this place was packed. I waited over 30 minutes for a seat to open up but it was worth it. I will say that there was a little bit of shell debris in some of my oysters, but that was easily forgivable for their freshness. The service here was also top notch. The guy behind the bar was great as was the hostess!

Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Tacoma Narrows Bridge “Galloping Gertie”. New span on the left.

On an unrelated note, this is the BEST Wednesday EVER! SCOTUS has struck down DOMA and Prop 8. Love prevails and San Francisco is in celebration!

Smoked sturgeon pancake – State Bird Provisions

Smoked sturgeon pancake - State Bird Provisions
Horseradish schmear, “everything” pancake, frisee, pickled onion. $12
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco CA

Omg, I love State Bird! Their American dim sum fare is fun and delicious and they have amazing service. The hipsters who work there are super friendly and accommodating. This smoked sturgeon pancake was my favorite dish during our first visit. We’ve been there a couple times now, and this dish is still one the best!

Red Calibrachoa
Red Calibrachoa ‘MiniFamous Vampire’ flowers (Solanceae).

Caribbean crab cake – Waterfront Cafe

Caribbean crab cake Waterfront Cafe
Blended with potato and herbs, lightly crisped on the griddle with creamy horseradish sauce. $30 (Barbados dollar)
Waterfront Cafe, Bridgetown, BARBADOS

Simple, tender, and tasty! I think this was the first time I’ve had a crab cake paired with a horseradish sauce, but it totally worked.

St. John's Church cemetery
Cemetery behind St. John’s Church. I don’t know who first decided to plant Plumeria trees in tropical cemeteries, but I think they’re a perfect choice! These deciduous trees look sad and creepy when bare, but provide vibrancy and color when in bloom.