Lumache pasta with ricotta – Barzotto

Lumache pasta with ricotta - Barzotto
Tomato sauce, parmesan. $13
Barzotto, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this pasta was SO delicious and comforting! I loved the simple tomato sauce combined with two types of cheeses. NOMS!

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Wood fired oysters – Hog & Hominy

Wood fired oysters - Hog & Hominy
Parmesan, calabrian chile, butter, lemon. $14
Hog & Hominy, Memphis

Even though these oysters weren’t raw and fresh (my favorite way to have oysters), this preparation was really flavorful. I loved the texture of the wood fired oysters and its toppings. The calabrian chile was a great addition.

Cross-Town Fade cocktail - Hog & Hominy
Cross-Town Fade cocktail – Belle Meade bourbon, fernet branca, HH tonic, lemon, ananda ipa. $12

Duck bolognese – Volt

Duck bolognese - Volt
Braised duck legs, San Marzano tomatoes, garlic, whole wheat radiatore pasta, smoked parmesan, pepperoni bread crumbs. Tasting menu $95
Volt, Frederick MD

I thought that this was a very successful dish. I loved the combination of the duck, whole wheat pasta, smoked cheese, and breadcrumbs. It was a hearty pasta dish, but the flavors were great and you can’t get it anywhere else!

Baby arugula salad – Pesce

Baby arugula salad - Pesce
Rucoletta. Shaved fennel, parmesan, oil, lemon. $7
Pesce, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I love peppery arugula simply dressed and topped with parmesan shavings. These basic flavors are work perfectly together and whet the appetite for more to come.

Jeepney Gimlet cocktail - Pesce
Jeepney Gimlet: Swan’s Neck vodka, coconut water nectar, lime, Batavia. $10
Not too impressed with this cocktail – it was off tasting.

Butter basted eggs – Nopa

Butter basted eggs - Nopa
Broccoli de ciccio, green beans, soft polenta and parmesan. $14
Nopa, San Francisco CA

This was pretty tasty and I loved the smoky flavor of the roasted broccoli, but there really wasn’t much food in this little bowl. I was still hungry after eating this especially after the wait to get seated and then to receive the actual food. Perhaps they could considering adding a bit more food in the future because this wasn’t very satisfying.

Red-tipped echeveria

Red-tipped echeveria (Crassulaceae), West Field Road.

Tagliolini mare e monte – Cafe Renzo

Tagliolini mare e monte - Cafe Renzo
Homemade tagliolini noodles served with chanterelle mushrooms, tiger prawns, asparagus, parmesan in a light white wine garlic sauce. $19
Cafe Renzo, Palo Alto CA

Ugh, where were the chanterelles?! Either they completely forgot to add them or they slyly substituted a bunch of asparagus (which wasn’t indicated in the menu) instead. In either case, that was LAME! Overall, this was just ok anyway. The prawns were on the verge of being tough and the sauce wasn’t all that exciting.

Pacific starflower
Pacific starflower (Trientalis latifolia, Myrsinaceae), Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.

Lobster mac and cheese – Grub

Lobster mac and cheese - Grub
Maine lobster, fusilli pasta, creamy blend of white and sharp cheddar topped with grana padana parmesan breadcrumbs. $13
Grub, San Francisco CA

The mac and cheese was ok, but I would have preferred larger chunks of lobster. The small pieces got lost in all that pasta and cheese.

Alcatraz Island
View of Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay from Fisherman’s Wharf.