Charcuterie board – Niagara Brewing Company

Charcuterie board - Niagara Brewing Company
Cured meats, toasted crostini, raw and pickled vegetables, sage white bean spread. $12.30
Niagara Brewing Company, Niagara Falls CANADA

This charcuterie board was such a great value! This would have cost more in the States. I liked all the meats, and the veggies were delicious too. This was a great board to eat with all the yummy beer!

House made charcuterie – Barboursville Vineyards

House made charcuterie - Barboursville Vineyards
Duck prosciutto, beef bresaola, mortadella, speck, norcino salami with sangiovese wine, orange scented mustard, roasted shallot-dried blueberry jam. Small $15
Barboursville Vineyards, Barboursville VA

I actually liked this charcuterie board and appreciated that they were home made. However, I’m going to repeat myself – the service here is despicable. It was a while since I visited and am finally getting around to posting, but that just goes to show that I still remember vividly how rude and bitchy the server was. She certainly knew how to ruin my time at Barboursville Vineyards, and I will forever remember.

Charcuterie, cheeses, and wine - Barboursville Vineyards

Croque Italienne – Patisserie Valerie

Croque Italienne - Patisserie Valerie
Grilled granary bread sandwich filled with prosciutto ham, mozzarella and topped with sundried tomatoes, black olives and gruyere bechamel. Servied with a salad garnish. £6.70
Patisserie Valerie, London ENGLAND

This was a great variation on the a croque sandwich. I think it was the combination of the crispy granary bread and the “Italian” toppings covered in gruyere bechamel, all broiled to bubbly perfection that made this dish delightfully interesting. Noms! And the “salad garnish” was more substantial than I expected, score!

Raspyberry Heaven smoothie and OJ - Patisserie Valerie
Raspberry Heaven smoothie: raspberry, blueberry, mango and apple. £4.05
Freshly squeezed orange juice. £3.05

Monument of the Great Fire of London view

View from the top of the Monument of the Great Fire of London, including the 30 St Mary Axe building (the Gherkin).

Asiette de charcuterie – Ma Bourgogne

Asiette de charcuterie - Ma Bourgogne
Auvergne pork assorted meats, cornichons, butter. 16€
Ma Bourgogne, Paris FR

OMG, we made it to Paris and ran to the first inviting restaurant near our hotel in Le Marais neighborhood. We came across Ma Bourgogne around the corner and decided to grab a table situated on the sidewalk. (First, let me say “Wow!” It’s my first time in Paris!) This place was cash only so we had to order according to how many euros we had on us. Don’t fret, we ended up ordering more than we could eat anyway (and we never really figured out how to order the free tap water, lol).

This charcuterie plate was great and the rolled tripe was a new one for me. It was pungent and had a very strong and distinct flavor, but I tried eating as much as I could. There was A LOT on the plate so it took some time. The dark red salami(?) chunk was REALLY hard and we couldn’t even cut through it with a knife so that stayed on the plate. It was also a surprise to get butter with the charcuterie plate as if there isn’t enough fat on the plate. How do the Parisians stay SO thin?!

Bread - Ma Bourgogne

Bread. Complimentary (Thank god, everything is expensive here!)
I think the bread was great everywhere we went!

Place des Vosges
Place des Vosges. This beautiful square is across the street for the restaurant and appears to be a popular place to sit, picnic, and relax. It was overcast when we arrived and even started drizzling while we ate, but that didn’t last long. The next few days would be hot, hot, hot!

Renzo special sandwich – Molinari Delicatessen

Renzo special sandwich - Molinari Delicatessen
Prosciutto, coppa, fresh mozzarella, and sun dried tomato. $9.75
Molinari Delicatessen, San Francisco CA

Ew, I was not a fan! The prosciutto had so much fat and tough connective tissue that I couldn’t even gnaw through the sandwich! I had to keep spitting out balls of fat that I couldn’t eat, and lord knows that I can usually chew through anything. The meats were subpar and the bread wasn’t even fresh. The sundried toamtoes also had a weird aftertaste. This was a total letdown!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013

First crop fig and burrata – Jardiniere

First crop fig and burrata - Jardiniere
Cress, prosciutto, toasted baguette. Tasting menu $140
Jardiniere, San Francisco CA

First crop fig and burrata - Jardiniere
Mmm, silky burrata! I’ve actually never thought of pairing fig with burrata before but it’s a delicious combination. I appreciated the variety of textures and flavors in the dish and everything worked well together.

Purisima Creek Redwoods

Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.

Artisan salumi mixed plate – Beretta

Artisan salumi mixed plate - Beretta
Lardo, sopressata, hot coppa, prosciutto di parma, mortadella, with giardiniera and grilled bread. $18
Beretta, San Francisco CA

If you didn’t know that I love salumi, here’s proof! Hehe. Omg, this meat antipasti boards makes me SO hungry. Suffice it to say that every piece was joyfully devoured. NOMS!

Pink daisies
Pink daisies (Asteraceae), Noe Street.