Grilled pork ribeye – Le Pigeon

Skate fish of the day - Le Pigeon
Garlic soy glaze, polenta, roasted pineapple, Maui onions, foie gras teriyaki butter. 5 course tasting menu $85
Le Pigeon, Portland OR

Mmm, this was a really tasty dish too! The pork was really flavorful and I liked all the components. After the really salty skate dish though, this teriyaki glazed pork tasted super salty as well. I think my salt tastebuds were shot at this point.

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Meatball and polenta – Farmers Fishers Bakers

Meatball and polenta - Farmers Fishers Bakers
Artichoke dip, guacamole, tortilla chips, flatbread. Brunch buffet $29.99
Farmers Fishers Bakers, Washington DC

This probably looks like the most random plate them all, but these were some of the things I hadn’t tried yet. (Except for the artichoke dip which I had to get seconds of!) The meatball and polenta were great! I loved the creaminess of the polenta although it could have used a bit more salt.

Fegatini, arancini, bottarga – Pesce

Fegatini, arancini, bottarga - Pesce
Chicken liver and herb pate on grilled bruschetta, each $2.50. Mozzarella filled saffron-risotto fritters, english peas, each $3. Whole grain polenta fritters, lobster béchamel, each $3.
Pesce, San Francisco CA

Mmm, these little bites were great! We decided to try a variety for the table, and I’m happy with the items we decided on because they were all delicious. Noms! I don’t know why not more people like chicken livers though. I think they taste wonderful and these fegatini were prepared perfectly.

Focolare cocktail - Pesce
Focolare: Buffalo Trace bourbon, benedictine, walnut liqueur, mezcal. $10

Golden Gate bridge
Driving on the Golden Gate bridge.

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.

Confit pork cheeks – Social Wine Bar

Confit pork cheeks - Social Wine Bar
Smoked pecans, mushrooms, polenta, blackberry jus. $15
Social Wine Bar, Charleston SC

Mmm, this was a very tasty dish! The pork cheeks were super tender and flavorful and I enjoyed all the different components on the plate. The sweet blackberry jus tasted great with the hearty protein, and the pecans added some crunch against the creamy polenta. I also loved the presentation!

Strings of lights, Mad River Bar
Strings of lights, Mad River Bar. Perhaps I had too much to drink and my vision had become blurry, hehe! 🙂

Polenta cake – Bar Agricole

Polenta cake Bar Agricole

Served with peaches, raspberries and whipped cream. $9
Bar Agricole, San Francisco

This dessert was very good. The polenta cake was perfectly baked, and I loved the texture. You could feel the polenta grains playing in your mouth. The peaches were simply prepared, but were ripe and delicious. And the raspberries looked beautiful on the plate. The syrup added extra sweetness and moisture to the entire dish. Simple and delicious!

Slow-cooked pork belly – Eos Restaurant

Pork belly Eos Restaurant
Sweet, tender pork belly atop creamy grits and a stone fruit chutney. Garnished with cilantro, flat leaf parsley, fennel and mint leaves and sliced nectarines.
Eos Restaurant & Wine Bar, San Francisco

This dish was very clean and delicious! I loved the combination of the creamy grits, slightly sweet fruit chutney, and the sweet and salty pork belly.  I’m not sure what they braised the pork in, but I’m guessing they used some soy and sugar.  The effect was fabulous and the pork just melted in your mouth. The fruit and herb salad on top were bright and contrasted perfectly with the rich pork belly.