Chang Mai chicken curry egg noodles – Little Uncle

Chang Mai chicken curry egg noodles - Little Uncle
Khao soi gai. Made with their own coconut milk and curry paste, pickled mustard, fried shallots, red onion, lime, sprouts, fried noodles. $8.80
Little Uncle, Seattle WA

Wow, this was really tasty and I loved all the different textures and the curried broth was amazing. It was also cute that they give you the dried chili flakes and spices in the wax paper so you could add it to taste. The place is really just a pick-up window in the middle of the block with a couple benches along the wall. I really like it this way way though. It’s no frills, but the food is delicious!

Seattle Great Wheel

Seattle Great Wheel, Pier 57.

Local Marin miyagi oyster – Roxy’s Cafe

Local Marin miyagi oyster - Roxy's Cafe
House pickled shallots, red and black tobiko, black pepper. 10-course chef’s tasting menu $75
Roxy’s Cafe, San Francisco CA

What a great way to start a meal with great local ingredients that are beautifully presented and delicious to the taste! I really enjoyed the flavor combinations in this tiny bite and couldn’t wait to see what was next!

House red wine - Roxy's Cafe

House red wine.

Hamon Education Tower
View of the California Academy of Sciences from the Hamon Education Tower Observation Deck at the de Young Museum. Beautiful!

Shrimp papaya salad – Dinosaurs

Shrimp papaya salad - Dinosaurs
Shrimp with green papaya, carrots, daikon, tomato, and Thai basil. Served with crushed roasted peanuts, fried shallots, and a sweetened lime-fish sauce dressing. $5.75
Dinosaurs, San Francisco CA

Mmm, even the salads at Dinosaurs are delicious! The ingredients taste super fresh and I can’t get enough of those fried shallots and lim-fish sauce. 🙂

Seal Rocks
Seal Rocks, Ocean Beach.

Dijon crusted braised pork cheeks – Fable

Dijon crusted braised pork cheeks - Fable
Lacinato kale, apple, crispy shallots, cider vinaigrette. $13
Fable, San Francisco CA

This isn’t what I expected, but I really loved this dish! When I read “braised pork cheeks” on the menu, I assumed it was going to be wet and saucy. These cheeks were probably braised first, them coated in mustard and bread crumbs and sauteed. They were delicious and the accompanying kale salad was the perfect match. Noms!

Grande Cuvee Brut - Fable

Sparkling wine, Grande Cuvee Brut, Torley, NV (Hungary), chardonnary, pinot noir, riesling. Glass $9
Clean and crisp, with a subtle almond and green apple flavor.

Spotted pink Pelargonium flowers
Spotted pink Pelargonium flowers (Geraniaceae), Castro.

Roasted beef marrow and oxtail jam – Comme Ca

Roasted beef marrow and oxtail jam - Comme Ca
Parsley, shallot, capers, lemon. Happy hour $9
Comme Ca, Las Vegas NV

Wow, I wasn’t expecting the oxtail jam to end up being a full-on stew of sorts. I expected it to be more of a spreadable accompaniment to the marrow. The roasted bone marrow in this dish was so rich and perfect! The oxtail jam, while hearty, was a little on the tart/sour side. I thought there was too much going on with both items so I could have done without the oxtail jam.

Flamingo Hotel

Flamingo Hotel at night.

Chicken cabbage salad – Dinosaurs

Chicken cabbage salad - Dinosaurs
Shredded chicken with green and red cabbage, carrots, daikon, and rau rum. Served with crushed roasted peanuts, fried shallots, and a sweetened lime-fish sauce dressing. $5.75
Dinosaurs, San Francisco CA

I liked this salad, but the chicken wasn’t as good as the kind they put in their banh mi’s. But everything tastes better with that lime-fish sauce on top!

Horses at Fort Funston
Horses at Fort Funston Beach! Thank goodness my doggie doesn’t chase after them. 🙂

Entrees – Wayfare Tavern

Butcher's filet - Wayfare Tavern
Butcher’s Filet: shallot confit, bone marrow bordelaise, crispy onion, marjoram. $28
Wayfare Tavern, San Francisco CA

This filet dish was SO rich and delicious! The meat was really tender and flavorful and the shallot confit was amazing!

Seared tuna special - Wayfare Tavern
Seared Tuna Special: roasted baby carrots and turnips, root puree and herbs.

Organic fried chicken - Wayfare Tavern
Organic Fried Chicken: buttermilk brine, roasted garlic, crispy woody herbs, lemon. $24

The fried chicken was probably everyone’s favorite entree at the table. It was SO flavorful, juicy and tender. The breading was super herby and the chicken was perfectly cooked!

Sonoma duck - Wayfare Tavern
Sonoma Duck: mustard green tortellini, chanterelles, double consomme, poached winter citrus. $30

Grilled mackerel – Staple & Fancy

Grilled mackerel - Staple & Fancy
Hazelnut, cherry tomato, salsa verde, pesto and shallots. Family style supper $46 per person
Staple and Fancy, Seattle WA

This tasted good, but I wasn’t a fan of the fish texture. It was an odd combination of flaky and mushy. I loved the sauces and garnishes though, hehe.

Eye Benches III
Eye Benches III, Louise Bourgeois, black Zimbabwe granite, Olympic Sculpture Park.

Spicy fish – Burmese Kitchen

Spicy fish - Burmese Kitchen
Fillet fish, chili flake, garlic and fried shallots. $7.95
Burmese Kitchen, San Francisco CA

This was delicious, although not very spicy. I like heat so I’m always a little disappointed when they promise spice and it ends up mild anyway. The fish, however, was tender and very flavorful!

Colorful San Francisco homes

Colorful San Francisco homes, Noe Valley.

Boudin blanc sausage – Pig and Pie

Boudin blanc sausage - Pig and Pie
Shallot confit, arugula, mayo, preserved lemon. $9
Pig & Pie, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this was VERY good! My one food critique would be that the sausage could have been seared a little more – it was difficult to tear through the skin. I also had to wait a REALLY long time for it, but I guess this was OK since it was yummy!

Lavendar starflower (Grewia occidentalis, Malvaceae)
Purple crossberry or lavendar starflower shrub (Grewia occidentalis, Malvaceae), Dolores Street.

Shaking beef – Jiao

Shaking beef - Jiao
Served over lettuce with cherry tomatoes, red bell pepper, red onion, cucumber, lime, and fried shallots. $16
Jiao, Palm Springs CA

Shaking beef - Jiao
This was a great light version of shaking beef! I was pleasantly surprised that it came out as more of a large salad than a pile of meat. Surprising for me, I know, but I was in the mood for a lighter meal that day.

Place setting - Jiao
Place setting with spoon and chopsticks.

Joshua Tree National Park
Entering Joshua Tree National Park and seeing our first few Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia, Asparagaceae).