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).

Scallop and pork belly – Poogan’s Porch

Scallop and pork belly - Poogan's Porch
Pan seared scallop and pork belly with pickled shallots, microgreens, arugula puree, finished with bbq reduction. $8.95
Poogan’s Porch, Charleston SC

Found this restaurant through Yelp, and I’m SO glad I did! The food was amazing and the service was sweet (and on the young side, lol). This pork belly was done pretty well with a great sear and caramelization on the outside. You never know how fatty pork belly is gonna be when you order it, but this cut wasn’t too fatty at all. I really don’t mind either way, but this is Charleston y’all and I needed to save fat calories where ever I could, lol! I will say that the scallops tasted a little too sharp and metallic-y for me. They were beautifully cooked though, the flavor was just off.

Home made biscuit and honey butter - Poogan's Porch
Home made biscuit and honey butter. Complimentary. This biscuit was light and fluffy and everybody frickin’ loves honey butter so I was in heaven.

St. Matthew's German Evangelical Lutheran Church

St. Matthew’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church. This is a pretty cool looking church along King Street opposite Marion Square.

Marisha’s turkey chili meatloaf – Fork Cafe

Marisha's turkey chili meatloaf - Fork Cafe
Turkey chili with kidney beans, onion, carrot, corn, shallots and herbs served with homemade mashed potatoes. $13.95
Fork Cafe, San Francisco CA

The meatloaf was moist and flavorful and the mashed potatoes were silky smooth. The combination of the bean chili and meatloaf was a bit odd, but the flavors were good. Overall, this was a decent dish.

Colorful graffiti artwork, Osage Street
Colorful graffiti artwork, Osage Street. There are many murals similar to this one around the city and they are all bright and colorful. They don’t appear to be of anything in particular.