Yeah Nah cocktail – Waiheke Island Yacht Club

Yeah Nah cocktail - Waiheke Island Yacht Club
Monkey Shoulder whiskey, Creme Yvette, PX sherry, smoked plum, sliced lemon garnish. $12
Waiheke Island Yacht Club, San Francisco CA

This pop-up restaurant was really cool, partially because everyone who worked there was Kiwi and their accents rock, lol! Actually the cocktails and food were awesome so they were definitely doing things right. Add to that a relaxed setting on a SF Bay pier and you have a winner!

Legion of Honor fountain
Fountain in front of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.

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Prawn risotto – La Mar Salada

Prawn risotto - La Mar Salada
Pedro Ximenez sherry and parmesan cream.
La Mar Salada, Barcelona ES

This restaurant is on the boardwalk naer the Playa de St. Sebastia. I was hungry after walking around all day so I ducked in for a late lunch. I think I was the only non-Spanish person in the restaurant, lol! The food was really good and decently priced. I loved this risotto! It was super creamy and the prawns were cooked perfectly. Unfortunately, I was REALLY bad at taking food pics during this trip so don’t expect many, sorry. 😦

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia, Passion Facade (western side). The cranes are kinda ugly, but I guess this Roman Catholic church designed by Antoni Gaudi is constantly under building and restoration. It’s pretty frickin’ amazing regardless!

Salade frisee aux lardons – Le P’tit Laurent

Salade frisee aux lardons - Le P'tit Laurent
Frisee salad with bacon and poached egg, croutons, sherry vinaigrette. $11
Le P’tit Laurent, San Francisco CA

This salad was very tasty! I loved the poached egg and the crunchy croutons. Perhaps some people would think this salad was a bit tart from the sherry vinaigrette but I enjoyed its brightness.

Pinot Noir - Le P'tit Laurent

Pinot Noir, Tarrica, Monterrey, CA, 2011. Bottle $34
Mmm, nice and peppery!

Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach, Great Highway.

Autumn chestnut ravioli – Maven

Autumn chestnut ravioli - Maven
Golden apple, sage, maitake, sherry. Bloomspot 4-course chef’s tasting menu with cocktail pairings for two.
Maven, San Francisco CA

I purchased a Bloomspot dining certificate for this restaurant because I wanted to try it out for the first time. Overall, the food and cocktails were good and the certificate proved to be a great value (unlike some others I’ve purchased). All the food were shared plates, and we were pleasantly surprised at the generous portions we received especially with this pasta course. There were plenty of ravioli to share between us and the dish tasted amazing!

Fireside Cocktail - Maven
Fireside Cocktail: rye, chestnut, apple, cinnamon, lemon, egg white.

The cocktails ended up being smaller portions than normal, but I didn’t mind since we were served different cocktails with each course. I didn’t want to get too drunk, hehe. I enjoyed the Fireside cocktail and thought it paired wonderfully with the chestnut ravioli.

Place setting - Maven
Place setting.

Garlicky gambas – Canela

Garlicky gambas Canela

Shrimp with smoky paprika, sherry and lemon. Tapa $9
Canela, San Francisco

This was a different take on the gambas al ajillo that you normally get at other Spanish tapas restaurants. The smoky paprika added a lot of flavor and gave the broth a beautiful red color. The lemon wedge is also cooked into the sauce and gave the broth a nice citrus-y taste. The shrimp were cooked a little more than I would have liked, but the sauce made up for it. Ask for additional bread to soak it all up!