Burrata – 1760

Burrata - 1760
Grilled bread, garbanzo beans, asian pear, walnuts. $13
1760, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this was pretty tasty! I loved the sculptural presentation and the variety of textures. I think there was also some pickled onions in there so it was all good. 🙂

Fountain of Four Seasons
Fountain of “Four Seasons”, executed in bronze and Italian stone by French sculptor Francois Stahly, Sydney G. Walton Square.

Honey poached pears – Radio Africa & Kitchen

Honey poached pears - Radio Africa & Kitchen
Chocolate, citron cream and berries. Pre fixe menu
Radio Africa & Kitchen, San Francisco CA

This was a delicious, simple dessert! I loved the flavors of this dish and the fact that it wasn’t too sweet. The rich, dense chocolate torte was sliced thinly enough so that it didn’t weigh down the other components. Noms!

Rose wine - Radio Africa & Kitchen
Rose wine.

Poison oak
Poison oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum, Anacardiaceae), Bon Tempe Lake.

Cocktails – Luce

Stone Sour cocktail - Luce

Stone Sour: Knob Creek bourbon, fresh lemon and blood orange juice, shaken with barrel-aged syrup and served tall on the rocks with brandied cherries. $12
Luce, San Francisco CA

The cocktails at Luce were really fun and delicious. Each one had several ingredients and they all generally worked well together. The Stone Sour was probably my favorite because it had bourbon, but the Moscone Pear was tasty in its own way.

Moscone Pear cocktail - Luce

Moscone Pear: Dimmi herbal grappa liqueur, shaken with fresh pear puree, fresh squeezed lime and lemon, served up. $12

Noe Valley
Noe Valley.

Assorted pastries – Honore Artisan Bakery

Assorted pastries - Honore Artisan Bakery
(Clockwise) Butter croissant, rhubarb danish, onion gruyere thyme pastries, kouign amanns, gougeres, pear tartlettes.
Honore Artisan Bakery, Seattle WA

Omg, this box was heaven! I tried a little bit of everything and each seemed tastier than the previous. I don’t think I could choose a favorite; they were all good. What a marvelous bakery with delicious creations for us common folk!

Sunset on the Puget Sound
Approaching sunset on the Puget Sound, West Seattle.

Poire belle Helene – Le P’tit Laurent

Poire belle Helene - Le P'tit Laurent
Poached pear with vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream. $7.50
Le P’tit Laurent, San Francisco CA

This was the perfect dessert to end our meal. It wasn’t too sugary sweet and it had a great firm texture. And how can you go wrong with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce?!

Large chalk lettuce
Large chalk lettuce (Dudleya lulverulenta, Crassulaceae), West Field Road.

Cheese plate – Maven

Cheese plate - Maven
Delice de bourgogne (triple creme cow’s milk cheese), petit agour (sheep’s milk aged cheese), roaring forties (blue cheese) with pears, pistachios and honey. $16
Maven, San Francisco CA

Wow, this was A LOT of cheese! We were having a four-course tasting menu but we weren’t sure how much food it would be so we ordered this cheese plate early on to supplement our meal. Boy, we wish we hadn’t. No, the cheese was amazing but we were SO full that we really didn’t need anymore food. We tried our best ot eat as much of it as we could though. I think the roaring forties blue cheese with the honey on top was my favorite. NOMS!

Four Roses Manhattan - Maven
Four Roses Manhattan. $9

Idiazabal cheese – Tinto

Idiazabal cheese - Tinto
Semi-firm, raw, sheep’s milk. with pear, membrillo and honey. Summer prix-fixe menu $38
Tinto, Palm Springs CA

Never had this cheese before and it tasted great. I’m a huge cheese fan so I’m always excited to try varieties that are new to me. I think the good food helped to calm me down after dealing with the clueless hostess and my eyes finally adjusting to the cave-like dimness of the restaurant even when it was blindingly bright outside.

Bread with smoked salmon spread - Tinto
Bread with smoked salmon spread. Complimentary
This was frickin’ delicious!

Purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum, Poaceae)
Purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum, Poaceae) in the backyard of the PS house.

Pear tartelette – Fiore Caffe

Pear tartelette - Fiore Caffe
This place is now serving full on lunches and dinners and even have a happy hour with discounted beer and wine. I haven’t made it for an entire meal, but I’m glad that this cafe is on my way to Bart so I can always duck in for a yummy snack to go. This mini pear tart was tasty! $3.75
Fiore Caffe, San Francisco CA

Christmas tree in the Castro

Christmas tree in the Castro in front of the Bank of America.

Pastrami and eggs – Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

Pastrami and eggs - Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen
Pastrami scrambled with eggs served with rye toast, pear. $10
Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen, San Francisco CA

Noms! This place rocks and the workers are pretty cool too. The pastrami is SO delicious as is their rye bread. I wish the bread was thicker, but that’s only because I want more of it, hehe.

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen to go container
Branded to-go container.

Chandelier at the Curran Theater
Chandelier at the Curran Theater. This place is smaller than the Orpheum, but equally as charming.

Blue cheese and pear pizza – Starbelly

Blue cheese and pear pizza - Starbelly
Point Reyes blue cheese, market pears, roasted onion, and arugula. $13
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

I usually love the pizzas at Starbelly, but I think this one was just ok. It was tasty, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve liked some of the other flavors better. I should have added their house-made bacon or something. That would have made it amazing!

Garage with bull artwork and poem, Valencia Street

Garage with bull artwork and poem, Valencia Street.

Beef braised in pear – Benu

Beef braised in pear Benu

With beech mushroom, sunflower seeds and leaves. Pre fixe dinner $180
Benu, San Francisco

Sorry that this pic didn’t turn out very well, but the meat was dark and it was served on a dark plate. The beef, however, was tasty (perhaps a little on the tasty side though). My favorite part was the sunflower seeds and leaves. I’ve never had the leaves before and they were fun to eat along with the seeds.

Beef braised in pear Benu

Autumn salad – Fish & Farm

Autumn salad Fish & Farm

Red endive, frisee, red pear, candied walnuts, pomegranates, and Humboldt Fog goat cheese with mustard vinaigrette. Menu says $11 but receipt says $12 – BOO, LAME!!!
Fish & Farm, San Francisco

So the price discrepancy is totally lame! I don’t know if the menu wasn’t updated or out server was completely brain dead. I did mention during dinner that our server wasn’t very good compared to the server at the next table. Ours didn’t even give us the specials before we ordered. I didn’t even know there were specials available until the server at the adjacent table told her guests! Whatevs, our server was definitely “slow”, if you know what I mean.

This salad was tasty, but not very original.

Red bell pepper soup Fish & Farm

Red bell pepper soup. Complimentary. I really liked this shot of free soup. It was hot and very flavorful.