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.
Cava, Bohigas Reserva, Penedes, Spain NV. $9
Flatbread and pimento cheese. Complimentary
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.
Colorful wine counter.
Happy hour $5
Mr. Smith’s, San Francisco CA
There aren’t a lot of decent restaurants or bars near the Orpheum Theatre, so Mr. Smith’s is a great place to go for a nice drink before seeing a show.
Sonoma Coast State Park.
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.
Domaine Carneros brut. Bottle $44
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, Proseco Dos Brut. Split $14
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, brut, Somoma. $10
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, PerlApp, Treviso, Veneto, Italy. $10