Gloria Ferrer Winery, Sonoma CA
I usually enjoy my visits to Gloria Ferrer, but during my last visit the annoying idiot girls working the hostess desk were ridiculous! Gloria Ferrer really needs to reevaluate who they hired to represent their brand and be the first people they encounter when walking in. I was tempted to write a scathing Yelp review right then and there! Bad service is bad service and there’s no excuse for it!
Gloria Ferrer Winery.
Buttered bread, sweet onion marmalade, grain mustard. $11
Starbelly, San Francisco CA
This pate was good. I liked the texture of it and the onion marmalade was great. I have a love/hate relationship with Starbelly though because the service and food is so damn inconsistent. I would say more so the service, but I’ve also had some horrible dishes here too.
7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2014
Malbec red wine.
Graffiti mural, Mission.
Arugula, fried artichoke. $18
Le Pigeon, Portland OR
Mmm, another delicious appetizer from Le Pigeon! The toast was rich and delicious and the duo of sauces worked perfectly with the main components. The fried artichoke was cooked perfectly and not greasy at all. So good!
Aged provolone, pickled jalapeno and bacon. Each $2.50
Marlowe, San Francisco CA
These little bites were delicious, but actually not as good as the ones at their sister restaurant Park Tavern. They had a lot of flavor, but they weren’t as refined. They’re definitely better than most deviled eggs out there though!
Monastrell, Juan Gil, Jumilla, Spain 2011. Carafe $22
Red wine, red onion, ancho cress, green peppercorns. $26
A16, San Francisco CA
Eh, I wasn’t very impressed with this dish. I felt like it could have been more rich and flavorful, and the sauce could have been a little thicker. There also wasn’t any starch or something carb-y to balance the dish. Thank goodness we ordered a side of polenta.
Masciarelli, ‘Marina Cvetic’, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, San Martino Sulla Marrucina, Chieti, Abruzzo 2009. $16
Ragu napoletana, house-made ricotta salata. $14
A16, San Francisco CA
Mmm, this pasta was delicious! I don’t think I’ve had this type of pasta before and I really liked the texture of it. The house-made ricotta salata was also pretty amazing with the awesome ragu. So good!
7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010, 2011, 2012
Stefano Mancinelli, Lacrima di Morro d’Alba, Superiore, Morro D’Alba, Ancona, Le Marche. $15
Most San Franciscans complain that they need to make it up to wine country more often because it’s such a short drive from the city. And it’s completely true! Wine country is SO beautiful and relaxing that there’s no reason why we shouldn’t visit on a regular basis. Just make sure to have a responsible driver along! 🙂
Etude, Napa CA
Fingerling potato, celery, saffron broth, frites, aioli. $11
Wine Kitchen, San Francisco CA
Mmm, I really liked this dish. The mussels were a bit sour and tart from the marinade, but I thought it worked well with the saffron broth and aioli. The components seemed a bit odd to me at first, but they all tasted great together.
Flights of wine.
Weird head sculpture, SoMa.
Tomales Bay. With chili cider mignonette and cocktail sauce. $14
Hutch Bar & Kitchen, Oakland CA
I’m definitely becoming a big oyster fan (of the smaller varieties anyway). These miyagi’s were delicious especially with the mignonette, but they could have been shucked a little bit cleaner though.
House chardonnay and cabernet.
Cherry tomato, aged balsamic vinegar, basil oil, served with crostoli (fried dough with sugar). Pre fixe menu
Mozzeria, San Francisco CA
Ugh, what a disappointment! I love burrata, but this version had none of the characteristics that make the cheese so lovely. I don’t know if they make this in-house, but it wasn’t very good. This burrata was hard and chewy like a plain mozzarella, not soft and super creamy as it should have been. You could cut through this sad disc and it would hold its form without oozing out onto the plate. This made me really sad! 😦
Primaterra Primitivo, house red wine.
Tall flatsedge (Cyperus eragrostis, Cyperaceae), Bon Tempe Lake.
From Washington state. Served with a mignonette and cocktail sauce. Happy hour $1 each
Bar Crudo, San Francisco CA
Wow, these little oysters were SO tasty! (And SO cheap during happy hour.) We liked them so much that we ordered another half dozen. They were perfect, and I liked that Bar Crudo still had a classy presentation even for happy hour. Loved the seaweed decoration on the plate.
Syrah blend, Chateau de Vaugelas, France, 2010. Happy hour $6
Tariquet, Cote de Gascone, France, 2012. Happy hour $6
Walking the dog at Fort Funston.
With rice, steamed vegetables, carrot and jicama salad, dinner roll, and red wine. Complimentary
Manila (MNL) to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN), Philippine Airlines
Meh, this dish wasn’t very good. The chicken curry tasted ok, but I didn’t like the verging-on-slimy texture of it. The carrot and jicama salad was different, and I think it had pieces of ham in it. It was decent. Thank god for free wine on international legs!
Driving from Manila to San Pablo City.