Charred duck heart and porcini – Jardiniere

Charred duck heart and porcini - Jardiniere
Black cherry, mustard. Tasting menu $140
Jardiniere, San Francisco CA

I don’t think I could have ever thought that pairing duck heart, mushroom, and cherry would work but it was actually pretty great. I wouldn’t want any more of the duck hearts than the portion on the plate since it was very rich, but it was nice to get offal as part of a tasting menu.

Mushroom broth - Jardiniere
Mushroom broth. This was absolutely amazing! There was SO much flavor in this tiny cup of broth and I enjoyed every drop.

California hedge nettle

California hedge nettle (Stachys bullata, Lamiaceae), Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.

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Gnocchi with porcini – Beretta

Gnocchi with porcini - Beretta
Pan fried with pancetta. $9
Beretta, San Francisco CA

This was scrumptious! It was earthy and rich, soft and packed with flavor (I guess butter will do that, hehe). Noms!

Light purple searocket flowers
Light purple searocket flowers (Cakile maritima, Brassicaceae), Fort Funston.

Bolognese – Pasta Pomodoro

Bolognese - Pasta Pomodoro
Rich beef, pork and porcini mushroom sauce tossed with rigatoni, topped with shaved pecorino. Lunch epxress with casesar salad $5.50
Pasta Pomodoro, San Francisco CA

I don’t know why, but the pasta at Pasta Pomodoro is always super comforting. Maybe that’s just the power of pasta, but I don’t think so. For a local chain restaurant, Pasta Pomodoro definitely presents a very tasty product!

Grilled focaccia - Pasta Pomodoro
Grilled focaccia with pesto and olive oil. Complimentary
SO good!

Green Muni streetcar
Green Muni streetcar, Market Street.