Taste of the Swamp – Boxing Room

Taste of the Swamp - Boxing Room
Turtle soup, fried frog legs, alligator sauce piquant. $18.50
Boxing Room, San Francisco CA

The turtle soup and the alligator sauce piquant were delicious, but the frog legs were very greasy. The legs had good flavor but I didn’t like that they were limp and soaking in grease. I also didn’t like the serving dish and thought that the portions were really small. I would have rather opted for a full size of a single entree.

Bohigas Reserva cava - Boxing Room
Cava, Bohigas Reserva, Penedes, Spain NV. $9

Flatbread and pimento cheese
Flatbread and pimento cheese. Complimentary

Sparkling wines – Domaine Chandon

Reserve Blanc de Blancs - Domaine Chandon
Reserve Blanc de Blancs. Reserve tasting $20
Domaine Chandon, Yountville CA

Mmm, Domaine Chandon is one of my favorite places in Yountville. I love their sparkling wines and their grounds are lovely.

Reserve Pinot Noir Rose - Domaine Chandon
Reserve Pinot Noir Rose.

Colorful wine counter - Domaine Chandon
Colorful wine counter.

English trifle – House of Prime Rib

English trifle - House of Prime Rib
Grand Marnier creme anglaise. $9
House of Prime Rib, San Francisco CA

This trifle was simple, light, and perfect after a large prime rib dinner! Although the House of Prime Rib is super touristy, it’s one of San Francisco’s oldest restaurants and is a mainstay. The prime rib is also delicious and the service is great. The host was a bit of a jerk, but I guess it’s easy to develop an attitude when having to deal with so many tourists during a shift.

Madeleine - House of Prime Rib
Madeleine. Complimentary

Domaine Carneros brut - House of Prime Rib
Domaine Carneros brut. Bottle $44

Hokkaido scallop and shrimp risotto – Lavender Bistro

Hokkaido scallop and shrimp risotto - Lavender Bistro
Nanami togarashi seasoning, carnaroli rice, green sweet peas and shaved parmigiano reggiano. $25
Lavender Bistro, La Quinta CA

This risotto was really delicious and I loved its creamy texture and the slightly Asian flavors. The scallops were cooked nicely, but the shrimp were a bit overcooked.

Zardetto prosecco - Lavender Bistro
Zardetto, Proseco Dos Brut. Split $14

Dungeness crab and artichoke ravioli – Sutro’s at The Cliff House

Dungeness crab and artichoke ravioli - Sutro's at The Cliff House
Meyer lemon beurre blanc, brioche, artichoke chips. $33
Sutro’s at The Cliff House, San Francisco CA

A little of this went a long way! I liked the flavors at first, but after a few bites the beurre blanc dominated everything. It was so rich that it definitely overwhelmed the dungeness crab inside the ravioli. I wish this dish was a bit more balanced because it read so appetizingly.

Gloria Ferrer sparkling wine - Sutro's at The Cliff House
Gloria Ferrer sparkling wine, brut, Somoma. $10

Kalamata tapenade – Blush! Wine Bar

Kalamata tapenade - Blush! Wine Bar
Kalamata olives pureed with basil and garlic, served with bread and crackers. $6
Blush! Wine Bar, San Francisco CA

I don’t think I’ve ever had olive tapenade served with butter crackers at a restaurant. Crazy, right?! I thought it was kinda tacky, but I ended up really liking it, lol! Noms!

Prosecco - Blush! Wine Bar
Prosecco, PerlApp, Treviso, Veneto, Italy. $10