French cruller hole cream puffs – Rolling Pin Donuts

French cruller hole cream puffs - Rolling Pin Donuts
Chocolate, maple, and vanilla. $0.45 each
Rolling Pin Donuts, San Bruno CA

The custard was way too thick for me – I could only down one. I prefer my cream puff filling on the whipped side. I was surprised how much custard they fit into these tiny cruller holes though!

Trays of donuts - Rolling Pin Donuts
Trays of donuts.

Trays of donuts - Rolling Pin Donuts
More trays of donuts!

Rolling Pin Donuts storefront
Rolling Pin Donuts storefront.

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Demon lover – 900 Grayson

Demon lover - 900 Grayson
Spicy fried Sonoma Valley chicken, buttermilk waffle with Vermont maple syrup. $12.50
900 Grayson, Berkeley CA

This was REALLY tasty! And there was plenty of fried chicken – I could barely finish. I kinda wish the chicken was bone-in though, it feels more homey that way and it keeps the meat super moist.

Coffee - 900 Grayson
Coffee. $2

Sugar and salt - 900 Grayson
Sugar and salt.

Liberty Farm Pekin duck – The French Laundry

Liberty Farm Pekin duck - The French Laundry
Cornbread, cavolo nero, bean puree and barrel-aged maple. Chef’s Tasting Menu $270
The French Laundry, Yountville CA

This tasted amazing, but I wish that the duck skin had been seared. The fat underneath was pretty thick and it was difficult to cut and chew through. A good sear would have made eating it a little easier. The cornbread cubes were perfectly cut and were SO flavorful. I was afraid that this dish was gonna be too salty, but it was perfectly seasoned.

The French Laundry signage

Signage at the front of the restaurant.

Legendary cocktails – Hubbard Grille

“Hubbard Grille was proud to host our ‘Become Legendary’ cocktail-naming contest in which patrons submitted cocktail names. Fans voted & celebrity judges deliberated, listed below are the nine newly named cocktails, try one and enjoy! All cocktails are $10.” – Hubbard menu

But on Sundays, the cocktails are only $5. Heck yeah! I liked that the cocktails were tried were very different and all of them tasty. Sundays at Hubbard are the way to go!
Hubbard Grille, Columbus OH

Little Miss Rosemary Hubbard Grille

Little Miss Rosemary – named by Ron Hosenfeld. Watershed vodka, rosemary syrup, lemon juice, lemonade; served in a chilled martini glass, garnished with a sprig of rosemary.

Cider House Rules Hubbard Grille

Cider House Rules – named by Allen Cochran. Absolut Citron vodka, apple cider, Pama liqueur, cinnamon sugar rim; served in a short rocks glass.

Rumdog Millionaire Hubbard Grille

Rumdog Millionaire – named by Holly Beach. The Kraken black spiced rum, basil, honey, 7-up; served in a short rocks glass.

The Housecat Hubbard Grille

The Housecat – named by Samantha Giesige. Fireball cinnamon whiskey, apple cider, OYO whiskey, amber maple syrup; served in a short rocks glass garnished with an apple slice.

Hubbard Grille beer

We sat at one of the tables next to the bar that has a couple beer spouts attached. Unfortunately, they were experiencing a glitch in their system to the spouts were working that day, but it’s a great idea. Apparently your table is charged by the amount of beer that you pour.

Fried chicken and waffles – Little Skillet

2 piece (breast and thigh) fried chicken and 2 waffles with house syrup and powdered sugar. $8.50
Little Skillet, San Francisco

Farmerbrown’s Little Skillet location is very cute. It’s this tiny little window in the middle of an alley near the ballpark where are the nearby techies go for amazing chicken and waffles during lunch! Noms! The chicken is fried perfectly and SO delicious. The waffles are also amazing. I love combining everything together and eating them in one bite. Gotta have the syrup and some hot sauce in every bite. It’s good, people!

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

Lumberjack cake – Frances

Lumberjack cake Frances

Pink lady apple, medjool dates, maple-walnut ice cream, powdered sugar. $8
Frances, San Francisco

This sinfully dense cake was SO fickin’ good! It had a beautiful dark and rich color and it was bursting with yummy fruits which helped to keep the cake very moist. The ice cream scoop almost looks fake in the photo. I love the texture of it in the pic – it still looks super cool! Amazing flavors all around in this great dessert!

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

Applewood smoked bacon beignets – Frances

Applewood smoked bacon beignets Frances

Served with maple chive creme fraiche. $6.50
Frances, San Francisco

Omg, this was the third time I’ve had these and they STILL knock my socks off! I’m SO in love with these beignets! I have to order them every time I eat at Frances. They’re very light and fluffy, but the amount of flavor that they pack into these things is absolutely mind-boggling! I’d go back just for some wine and a bowl of these lovely treats.