Spaghettini with tuna hearts – Incanto

Spaghettini with tuna hearts - Incanto
With Sardinian cured tuna heart shavings, egg yolk, and parsley.
Incanto, San Francisco CA

Wow, this pasta was SO good! I’ve never had shaved tuna hearts before, but they tasted mighty fine. For me, they were more a textural component than flavorful. It was fun to mix the egg yolk into the pasta ourselves then portion the dish out.

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

Bay Bridge lights
Bay Bridge lights!

Jilled-up hush puppies – Zella’s Soulful Kitchen

Jilled-up hush puppies - Zella's Soulful Kitchen
Cornmeal fritters topped with aioli and chopped parsley. $3
Zella’s Soulful Kitchen, SF Street Food Festival 2013, San Francisco CA

Jilled-up hush puppies - Zella's Soulful Kitchen
Mmm, these were delicious! They were beautifully fried, moist, and not greasy at all. I loved the whole corn kernels inside – they were like little hidden treats. The aioli was pretty light so along with the parsley they kept the fried balls fresh tasting. Take note all you other street vendors, this is how you properly fry food! 🙂

Apples by Gustav Kraitz
Apples, 2005, Gustav Kraitz, glazed ceramic, de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park.

Grilled calamari stuffed with spanish chorizo – Alicante

Grilled calamari stuffed with spanish chorizo - Alicante
Fried parsley and capers. $6
Alicante, Palm Springs CA

I don’t think I’ve ever had calamari presented quite like this. Usually when I’ve had stuffed calamari it’s served whole and you cut it yourself, but these were already prechopped into small pieces. They were pretty small and prefect as finger food, but then you had to fiddle with the individual capers.

Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park.

Roasted beef marrow and oxtail jam – Comme Ca

Roasted beef marrow and oxtail jam - Comme Ca
Parsley, shallot, capers, lemon. Happy hour $9
Comme Ca, Las Vegas NV

Wow, I wasn’t expecting the oxtail jam to end up being a full-on stew of sorts. I expected it to be more of a spreadable accompaniment to the marrow. The roasted bone marrow in this dish was so rich and perfect! The oxtail jam, while hearty, was a little on the tart/sour side. I thought there was too much going on with both items so I could have done without the oxtail jam.

Flamingo Hotel

Flamingo Hotel at night.

Italica mussels – Frjtz

Italica mussels - Frjtz
One pound of fresh steamed mussels served with bread. Made with tomato-basil sauce with garlic, parsley, and red pepper flakes. $13
Frjtz, San Francisco CA

This had a lot of flavor, but was a tad on the salty side. I enjoyed that the mussels were large and meaty. They were nicely cooked so they were still tender and delicious!

Red wine and prosecco - Frjtz

Merlot, Grayson Cellars, California. $7
Sparkling, Valdo, Prosecco. $7

Bernal Heights Branch, San Francisco Public Library
Bernal Heights Branch, San Francisco Public Library. I love the colorful mosaic they have in the front of the buidling.

Chicken parmigiana – Firewood Cafe

Chicken parmigiana - Firewood Cafe
Served with a side of capellini pasta, oven roasted seasonal vegetables and bread. $15.50
Firewood Cafe, San Francisco CA

Chicken parmigiana - Firewood Cafe
Mmm, I love chicken parmigiana. This was huge and very good! The chicken was generously smothered in marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese which was amazing! I know that Firewood is the best restaurant in the world, but it definitely holds a place in my heart for quick quality Italian food.

Marinated olives - Firewood Cafe
Marinated olives. Complimentary