Honey poached pears – Radio Africa & Kitchen

Honey poached pears - Radio Africa & Kitchen
Chocolate, citron cream and berries. Pre fixe menu
Radio Africa & Kitchen, San Francisco CA

This was a delicious, simple dessert! I loved the flavors of this dish and the fact that it wasn’t too sweet. The rich, dense chocolate torte was sliced thinly enough so that it didn’t weigh down the other components. Noms!

Rose wine - Radio Africa & Kitchen
Rose wine.

Poison oak
Poison oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum, Anacardiaceae), Bon Tempe Lake.

Afternoon drinks at Covent Garden – Laduree

Afternoon drinks at Covent Garden - Laduree

Laduree rose champagne. £12.30
Chablis domaine de Varous 2011, France. £8.50
Laduree, London ENGLAND

I think it’s funny that we didn’t go to Laduree in Paris. The ones in Paris just seemed so touristy and a bit of a turn off. Instead we randomly walked into one in London during a warm afternoon stroll through Covent Garden. The restaurant looked inviting and relaxing with it’s crisp white table cloths and cushy upholstered chairs. So we sat outside to enjoy the sunny weather.

Our visit was peasant enough. The service was friendly but a little erratic and slow at times. The menu did say that the champagne was “Served with salty petits fours”, but we never received any. Lame! So was Laduree worth all the hype? I’d say no.

Laduree menus

Laduree menus.

Paella vendor
Paella vendor at Covent Garden market.

Wines – Tinto

Hondarrabi Beltza, Ameztaoi 'Rubentis'

Rosado wine, Hondarrabi Beltza, Ameztaoi ‘Rubentis’, Getariako Txakolina, 2011. $12
Tinto, Palm Springs CA

Tempranillo, Senoriode de Valdehermoso 'Joven'

Red wine, Tempranillo, Senoriode de Valdehermoso ‘Joven’, Ribera del Duero, 2011. $10
Mmm, the wines at Tinto were pretty good and they were all from Spain so they went perfectly with the meal!

Rainmaker Fountain

Rainmaker Fountain at night, North Palm Canyon Drive.