Cheese and charcuterie – Villa San-Juliette

Cheese and charcuterie - Villa San-Juliette
Assortment of cheeses and select cured meats accompanied by vegetables, nuts and dried fruit. Served with bread. $15
Villa San-Juliette, San Miguel CA

This was a straight forward meat and cheese plate, but everything on it was pretty tasty. I would have appreciated more variety in the meats to balance out the kinds of cheeses.

Pizza of the day – Villa San-Juliette

Pizza of the day - Villa San-Juliette
Salami, artichoke, tomato, caramelized onion. $15
Villa San-Juliette, San Miguel CA

I liked this winery and I’m glad that they had food offerings as well. It was nice to sit in their patio to eat and drink after our wine tasting. This pizza was good. I liked the combination of toppings, but I wasn’t a big fan of the dough and crust. It was kinda dry and hard.

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

Salami pizza – Del Popolo

Salami pizza - Del Popolo
Tomato, mozzarella, basil, sweet peppers. $14
Del Popolo, San Francisco CA

This food truck is pretty cool because it’s over a story tall and they literally have a pizza oven conveyor belt in there! It’s super popular and the pizzas are pretty good, but honestly I’m not a fan of the brunt, blistered crusts. For me, the ash taste is overwhelming and pretty much contaminates the rest of the pizza’s flavor. I guess I’m one of the few who doesn’t like it that way.

Del Popolo food truck
Line for the Del Popolo food truck, Picnic at the Presidio.

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!

Italian classic sandwich – Boudin Bakery and Cafe

Italian classic sandwich - Boudin Bakery and Cafe
Italian salami, mortadella, provolone, lettuce, dijon mustard, mayo, sourdough baguette. Served with chips and a cookie. Boxed meal $10.99
Boudin Bakery and Cafe, San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Uh, this was NOT the sourdough baguette I was expecting. It was really thick and dense, and totally threw off the bread-to-filling sandwich ratio. I actually had to carve out some of the bread from the top bun! Basic sandwich, little payoff.

Chips and cookie - Boudin Bakery and Cafe
Tim’s Cascade sea salt and vinegar potato chips and a chocolate chip cookie.

Classic Italian sub – Quiznos

Classic Italian sub - Quiznos
Capicola, genoa salami, ham, pepperoni, all-natural mozzarella, black olives, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, onions, red wine vinaigrette on toasted wheat bread. $10.49
Quiznos, Honolulu International Airport (HNL)

Meh, Quiznos is Quiznos. I do like that they toast their bread and their toppings seem better quality than Subway for some reason. I also like how they have a pickle and sauce bar. I love their sauce!

United Airlines ticket counters
United Airlines ticket counters.

Petite assiette – Le Pichet

Petite assiette - Le Pichet
Half size charcuterie plate with 3 items, served with cornichons. I chose Zoe’s Meats salami (air dried pork salami made in Seattle), jambon cru serrano (air cured ham from the Spanish Pyrenees), and pate albigeois (country-stly pork pate). $7
Le Pichet, Seattle WA

Mmm, I love charcuterie plates! This was really good and I think the pate was my favorite. So simple, so delicious!

Baguette and butter - Le Pichet
Baguette and butter. Complimentary

Schubert Sonata, 1992, Mark di Suvero
Schubert Sonata, 1992, Mark di Suvero, Olympic Sculpture Park. Painted and unpainted steel.

Darby Dan sandwich – Darby Dan’s Sandwich Co.

Darby Dan sandwich - Darby Dan's Sandwich Co.
Ham, mortdadella, Italian salami, cheese, mayonnaise, garlic spread, mustard, crushed jalapenos, lettuce, and tomato on Dutch crunch bread. $7.75
Darby Dan Sandwich Co., South San Francisco CA

The sandwiches here are quite large and pretty good! They tend to pile on the spreads so if that doesn’t interest you, I’d suggest requesting a light application, hehe. I also love that their Dutch crunch bread is extra flaky on top!

San Francisco Bay Trail sign

San Francisco Bay Trail sign.

Matt Cain sandwich – Ike’s Place

Matt Cain sandwich - Ike's Place
Roast beef, turkey, salami, godfather sauce, provolone, lettuce, and tomato, dirty on Dutch crunch bread. $9.99
Ike’s Place, San Francisco

I thought that it was appropriate to post this today since the San Francisco Giants are playing the Detroit Tigers this evening in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series! Matt Cain put out a stellar performance in Game 7 of the NLCS to help get the Giants to this point. GO GIANTS!!!

Oh, and the sandwich was delicious!

San Francisco dawn
Dawn comes to San Francisco. Hopefully the day will end with an SF Giants win!!!