Nibnibs pesto mini breadsticks – United Airlines

Nibnibs pesto mini breadsticks - United Airlines
With red wine and water. Complimentary
Rome (FCO) to Chicago (ORD), United Airlines

I love flying internationally. Even though I’m back in Economy, at least we still get free wine and beer on international flights. And their house wine is typically drinkable. 🙂


Yam soup – Laurel Court Restaurant

Yam soup - Laurel Court Restaurant
Prix fix $45
Laurel Court Restaurant, San Francisco CA

The food and service here were good overall, but I cannot forget or forgive the horrendous behavior from the jerk of a host! He completely ruined our experience and so we will never return to this Laurel Court.

Red wines - Laurel Court Restaurant
Decera, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina. $10
Davies Family, Pinot Noir, Sonoma. $15

Cherry Glen Farms goat cheese salad – Jardenea

Cherry Glen Farms goat cheese salad - Jardenea
Shaved beets and baby arugula, marcona almonds, orange blossom honey vinaigrette. Happy hour $5
Jardenea, Washington DC

I loved the flavors in this salad, but I thought the greens were overdressed and in a pool of dressing underneath. The beets and goat cheese combination worked perfectly though and the marcona almonds were a nice addition.

Cabernet sauvignon - Jardenea
Cabernet sauvignon. Happy hour $5

Maryland Inn
Maryland Inn, Annapolis MD.

Pan con tomate – Vinoteca

Pan con tomate - Vinoteca
Chorizo de revilla, manchego. Happy hour $7
Vinoteca, Washington DC

Mmm, I love this basic tapa but I love it even more with cheese and chorizo on top! This place was great and the bartender was friendly and on top of service.

Venta Morales tempranillo - Vinoteca
Venta Morales tempranillo. Happy hour $5
Ew, this wasn’t very good.

Luther Place Memorial Church, Thomas Circle
Luther Place Memorial Church, Thomas Circle.

Cheeseboard – Pizzetta 211

Cheeseboard - Pizzetta 211
Served with melon, walnuts, olives, and bread. $8.50
Pizzetta 211, San Francisco CA

Wow, I was surprised by the amount of cheese you got with this reasonably priced cheeseboard. I forget what they were, but they were delicious, especially the silky blue cheese. Noms!

Red wine - Pizzetta 211
2012 Clos la Coutale, Cahors, Malbec, Southwest, France. $7
2011 Cristom, Mt. Jefferson Cuvee, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon. $9.50

California Palace of the Legion of Honor
California Palace of the Legion of Honor.

Fried gator – Boxing Room

Fried gator - Boxing Room
Creole remoulade, lemon. $13
Boxing Room, San Francisco CA

I thought maybe the alligator would be tough and dry, but it really wasn’t. The breading was delicious and it was fried perfectly. I’m not sure that I could really taste and describe the gator apart from the breading and frying oil, but the whole thing tasted great to me.

Red wine - Boxing Room
Gamay Noir, Champier Buissonnate, Beaujolais Villages, France. 2012. Glass $11.50
Cabernet Franc, Filliatreau Grande Vignolle, Saumur Champigny, France 2011. Glass $10

Fried gator - Boxing Room
March 25, 2015. $14

Sidewalk stencil
Sidewalk stencil.