Squid ink paccheri – Rolf and Daughters

Squid ink paccheri - Rolf and Daughters
Octopus, chili, basil, breadcrumbs. $19
Rolf and Daughters, Nashville TN

This was good. I liked the flavor and texture of the squid ink paccheri. The sauce was also tasty, but the octopus was pretty chewy and difficult to eat. Hmm…

Grilled Spanish octopus – Pineapple & Pearls

Grilled Spanish octopus - Pineapple & Pearls
Bar seating $180
Pineapple & Pearls, Washington DC

This dish was SO good and fun to eat. The octopus tentacle was filled with what I think I remember as a chorizo stuffing. The tentacle was a bit on the chewy side, but the flavors were great and I loved creativity and presentation.

Octopus carpaccio – Workshop Kitchen + Bar

Octopus carpaccio - Workshop Kitchen + Bar
Cooked sous vide, pickled cauliflower fleurettes, peppers, cilantro, lemon and olive oil. $14
Workshop Kitchen + Bar, Palm Springs CA

Mmm, this was beautiful and delicious! And I loved the pickled cauliflower. Is it me or does octopus carpaccio always seem to be on the pickled/sour side? Every time I’ve ordered octopus carpaccio at different restaurants, they’re usually sour-ish.

Mt. San Jacinto hike

Large boulders and pine trees, Mt. San Jacinto hike.

Chickpeas with smoke octopus – Staple & Fancy

Chickpeas with smoke octopus - Staple & Fancy
Family style supper $46 per person
Staple and Fancy, Seattle WA

I think they sprinkled smoked paprika on top and there were red bell peppers mixed it too. Anyway, this dish was SO delicious! The slices of smoked octopus had SO much flavor and gave the dish a nice meaty quality. Noms!

Market Memories mural, Billy King

Market Memories mural, Billy King, 2011, Pike Place Market.

Baby octopus – Briscola

Baby octopus - Briscola
With saffron and olive oil. $5
Briscola, Reno NV

I don’t expect baby octopus served in Reno to be the freshest in the world, but these were disgusting! You could definitely feel the defrosted texture of these sad creatures in your mouth. The saffron dipping sauce was also chalky. I’m gonna continue with another complaint of this abominable restaurant – the clueless waiter kept bringing us dishes we didn’t order and ended up charging us anyway. Sheesh!

Focaccia and crudite - Briscola
Focaccia and crudite. Complimentary
The focaccia was undercooked and still doughy in the middle, yuck! The large tomato cans that they use as stands at your table were a tacky touch.

Red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa, Adoxaceae)
Red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa, Adoxaceae), Mount Rose Summit Trail.

Polvinhos – LaSalette Restaurant

Polvinhos - LaSalette Restaurant
Baby octopus. These are SO fun to eat! I guess it’s weird thinking that I’m eating a baby octopus, but they taste SO good! 7-item Tasca tasting plates $34
LaSalette Restaurant, Sonoma CA

Sonoma City Hall
Sonoma City Hall at night. This random (but pretty) building sits in the middle of the Plaza in downtown Sonoma and is surrounded by dozens of cute shops and restaurants.

Octopus tiradito – Lolo

Octopus tiradito - Lolo
Chili flakes, sea salt and cascabel aioli. $12
Lolo, San Francisco CA

All of these dishes were preassembled because everything came out suspiciously quick for a super busy restaurant! And I mean quick! I don’t mind getting my food quickly, but I still want to feel like they’re cooking back there and that I’m not being rushed out of my table! Sheesh! The octopus in this dish was a little chewy. I’d let you know what it tasted like but there was SO much crap on top of it that you really couldn’t taste the octopus at all.

Dolores Park, The Mission
Dolores Park, The Mission. I love the newly rennovated playground area in this beautiful park!