Sparkling and red wine tasting – Gloria Ferrer Winery

Sparkling and red wine tasting - Gloria Ferrer Winery
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
Gloria Ferrer Winery.

House made chicken liver pate – Starbelly

House made chicken liver pate - Starbelly
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 - Starbelly
Malbec red wine.

Graffiti mural, Mission
Graffiti mural, Mission.

Warm deviled eggs – Marlowe

Warm deviled eggs - Marlowe
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 red wine - Marlowe
Monastrell, Juan Gil, Jumilla, Spain 2011. Carafe $22

Lucky Dog ranch beef shortribs – A16

Lucky Dog ranch beef shortribs - A16
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 wine - A16
Masciarelli, ‘Marina Cvetic’, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, San Martino Sulla Marrucina, Chieti, Abruzzo 2009. $16

Maccaronara – A16

Maccaronara - A16
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 red wine - A16
Stefano Mancinelli, Lacrima di Morro d’Alba, Superiore, Morro D’Alba, Ancona, Le Marche. $15

Wine tasting – Etude

Wine tasting - Etude
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

Etude Winery
Etude Winery.

Marinated mussels – Wine Kitchen

Marinated mussels - Wine Kitchen
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 - Wine Kitchen
Flights of wine.

Weird head sculpture
Weird head sculpture, SoMa.

Cove miyagi oysters – Hutch Bar & Kitchen

Cove miyagi oysters - Hutch Bar & Kitchen
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.

Chardonnay and cabernet wines - Hutch Bar & Kitchen
House chardonnay and cabernet.

Burrata cheese – Mozzeria

Burrata cheese - Mozzeria
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 - Mozzeria
Primaterra Primitivo, house red wine.

Tall flatsedge
Tall flatsedge (Cyperus eragrostis, Cyperaceae), Bon Tempe Lake.

Pickering Passage oysters – Bar Crudo

Pickering Passage oysters - Bar Crudo
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.

Wines - Bar Crudo
Syrah blend, Chateau de Vaugelas, France, 2010. Happy hour $6
Tariquet, Cote de Gascone, France, 2012. Happy hour $6

Fort Funston
Walking the dog at Fort Funston.

Chicken curry – Philippine Airlines

Chicken curry - Philippine Airlines
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
Driving from Manila to San Pablo City.