Espresso and pistachio macarons – Bouchon Bakery

Espresso and pistachio macarons - Boucon Bakery
Each $3.50
Bouchon Bakery, Yountville CA

Mmm, I love macarons! Bouchon Bakery is very popular and the wait can be ridiculously long. So were these macarons worth it? Hmm, I’d say so. They were nice and soft and very flavorful without being overly sweet.

Fireman statue, Van de Leur Park
Fireman statue, Van de Leur Park.

Apricot sorbet – Luce

Apricot sorbet - Luce
Cardamom crumble and pistachio. Tasting menu $95
Luce, San Francisco CA

I enjoy simple desserts and this one was lovely and delicious. The sorbet had a great apricot flavor and the cardamom crumbled and chopped pistachios were fun additions.

Spreckels Gallery

Adolph B. and Alma de Bretteville Spreckels Gallery, California Palace of the Legion of Honor.

Assorted macarons – Paul

Assorted macarons - Paul
Chocolate, coconut, raspberry, citron, caramel, pistachio. 8,70€
Paul, Paris FR

Assorted macarons - Paul
I grabbed these macarons at Gare du Nord. I had bought some fancier ones from Pierre Herme as gifts. I later found that the Pierre Herme macarons didn’t survive the hot weather though, aww. 😦 The Paul macarons did survive. I ate some on the train leaving Paris and they were pretty good. They definitely weren’t as soft and delicate as the ones from Pierre Herme. Those were super fancy and expensive.

Gare du Nord
Gare du Nord train station. I love the public transportation in Paris, it’s SO much more extensive and efficient than what we have in San Francisco (Muni and Bart both suck!).

Pistachio gelato – Pozzetto

Pistachio gelato - Pozzetto
Pistacchio del re de sicilia. 4,90€
Pozzetto, Paris FR

It takes a lot of energy to walk around sightseeing on a hot day, so I totally earned this large cup of gelato! 🙂 It tasted pretty good and I liked the texture. I just wish it had a bolder pistachio flavor.

Arab World Institute
Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute). We came here because they have a great view of the city from their rooftop which is open to the public and free – heck yeah!

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

Little gem salad – Locanda

Little gem salad Locanda

Grilled persimmon, crescenza cheese, pistachio, aperol. $11
Locanda, San Francisco

This was a very nice salad. The ingredients tasted great together, and you can never go wrong with crescenza cheese. The persimmon added a delicious flavor and the pistachio added crunch. Simple and delicious!

Focaccia Locanda

Focaccia bread. Complimentary
Omg, this bread was SO frickin’ buttery and delicious! Even though it was also very salty, I still say “Yes, please!”

Monkfish liver – Benu

Project 365: Day 104

The conference began today, and I’m both excited and dreading it. There’s people from all over the country and let me just say that the wardrobe is across the board. There are people in shorts and sandals, and there are others (like myself) in pressed slacks and dress shirts. It’s also during times like these that I wish I worked at a place where they can at least afford to provide coffee during breaks, hehe. The coffee in the lobby costs nearly $5 and doesn’t taste very good. I ran over to Caesars Palace to grab lunch at the bar at Mesa Grill. I’m not a huge fan of Bobby Flay, but I wanted to give his restaurant a go. It was pretty good and the bar service was friendly and expedient.

I kind of got carried away after the conference. I went for an early drink (Manhattan) and snacks (clam chowder and raw oysters) at P.J. Clarke’s, then went with a colleague for a full-on dinner at Grand Lux Cafe. Suffice it to say that I totally over-ate! Ugh, I have NO self-control when it comes to food.

Monkfish liver Benu

With caviar, pistachio, cauliflower, lemon jelly, and brioche. Pre fixe dinner $180
Benu, San Francisco

This was a very decadent course. It tasted great, but it was definitely on the heavy side. I’m still not sure what all the components were. The green crumbles were dried pistachio, but I’m not sure what the green blob was – it didn’t taste like lemon jelly. The orange disc was the monkfish liver. I got one! 🙂

Monkfish liver Benu

So many components, so little time (and tummy space, hehe)!

Brioche Benu

Brioche. So rich and buttery.

Meyer lemon cremeaux – RN74

Meyer lemon cremeaux RN74

With pistachio streusel, kaffir lime meringue, citrus wedges, coconut-shiso sorbet, micro Thai basil. New Year four-course tasting menu $80
RN74, San Francisco

I enjoyed this dessert very much. It was very different and fresh tasting. I think my favorite components were the kaffir lime meringues and the cremeaux. It was mostly citrus flavors but the pistachio streusel helped to neutralize the acidity. I’m still on the fence about the coconut-shiso sorbet. Maybe that was a little too out there for me. Perhaps the flavor wasn’t intense enough so it faded into the background.

Coffee RN74

Coffee. $3.50 per cup. Very cute service.

Sea urchin and Dungeness crab parfait – RN74

Sea urchin and Dungeness crab parfait RN74

With avocado, green apple, pistachio, trout roe. $10 supplement. New Year four-course tasting menu $80
RN74, San Francisco

I think there’s also pea shoots in there! This was very good and very different. Most of the textures were soft and creamy, but the crisp apples were a nice contrast. The avocado was almost like a mouse and they put it on the bottom of the bowl. The sea urchin tasted clean and fresh and the trout roe added a little saltiness. Very tasty!

Sea urchin and Dungeness crab parfait RN74

Lemon pistachio donut – Dynamo Donuts

Lemon pistachio Dynamo Donuts

Pistachio donut with lemon zest, lemon icing and toasted pistachios. $3
Dynamo Donuts and Coffee, San Francisco

I think this is the first time I’ve ever had this flavor combination in anything, and now I’m a huge fan!  They tasted great together and the donut was simply perfect.  The sugar glaze and pistachios added a great crunch, and while the lemon flavor was less pronounce it was very good.  This donut was fluffy, light and yummy – noms!

Coffee Dynamo Donuts

Small coffee.  $2.25

Cherry & Pistachio macarons – La Boulange de Noe

Cherry & Pistachio macarons La Boulange de Noe

2 more delicious macarons from La Boulange!  In a little bit, I’ll have tried all the flavors.  I’m a huge fan of pistachio macarons, but the cherry macaron was also very good.  I thought the lil’ pink sugary bits were a cute touch.  The pistachio macaron had a beautiful light green color and it tasted amazing.  Noms!  $1.50 each
La Boulange de Noe, San Francisco

Cherry macaron La Boulange de Noe

Cherry macaron.

Pistachio macaron La Boulange de Noe

Pistachio macaron.