Wild mushroom and gorgonzola pizza – The Tropicale

Wild mushroom and gorgonzola pizza - The Tropicale
Roasted garlic, diced tomatoes and fresh thyme. $13
The Tropicale, Palm Springs CA

The flavor combinations in this pizza were to die for! The wild mushrooms were earthy and the gorgonzola was sharp and pungent. The roasted tomatoes and garlic were delicious and the crust was pretty good too. I generally prefer a thinner, more airy crust but this thicker crust was needed to handle all those great toppings.

Assorted pastries – Honore Artisan Bakery

Assorted pastries - Honore Artisan Bakery
(Clockwise) Butter croissant, rhubarb danish, onion gruyere thyme pastries, kouign amanns, gougeres, pear tartlettes.
Honore Artisan Bakery, Seattle WA

Omg, this box was heaven! I tried a little bit of everything and each seemed tastier than the previous. I don’t think I could choose a favorite; they were all good. What a marvelous bakery with delicious creations for us common folk!

Sunset on the Puget Sound
Approaching sunset on the Puget Sound, West Seattle.

Ribeye steak and eggs – Twenty Five Lusk

Ribeye steak and eggs - Twenty Five Lusk
Two eggs poached, clamshell mushroms, hollandaise, thyme reduction. Gilt City brunch menu
Twenty Five Lusk, San Francisco CA

Mmm, so good! The hollandaise sauce was a beautiful color and tasted amazing as did the thyme reduciton. The ribeye was beautifully cooked and of a decent size. This was definitely a filling dish. Noms!

Flowering maple (Abutilon pictum, Malvaceae)

Yellow flowering maple shrub (Abutilon pictum, Malvaceae), 17th Street. I love the bright, variegated leaves!

Pork belly with fennel – Eureka Restaurant and Lounge

Pork belly with fennel - Eureka Restaurant and Lounge
Endive, caramelized grapes, honey-thyme vinaigrette. $10
Eureka Restaurant & Lounge, San Francisco CA

I think they replaced the endive with pickled onions! I really enjoyed this appetizer. I know that this pork belly is super fatty, but it was oh so yummy. The thinly shaved fennel underneath and the acid from the pickled onions helped to cut the fat. I must say that I enjoyed the caramelized grapes the most, lol! Those little suckers were amazing!

Christmas decorated Noe Valley parklet

The sidewalk parklets in my neighborhood have also been decked out for the holidays!

Bul jol spread – Waterfront Cafe

Bul jol spread Waterfront Cafe

Classic salted codfish salad, blended with lime, oil and fresh thyme. Served with baguette slices. Part of “Tapas for Two” $64 (Barbados dollar)
Waterfront Cafe, Bridgetown, BARBADOS

This wasn’t my favorite. It wasn’t bad tasting, but salted codfish is definitely an acquired taste. I did enjoy the light airy texture of the spread.

Royal Clipper
This was a pretty cool looking 5-masted ship called the Royal Clipper docked at the cruise ship terminal.

Garlic dungeness crab – Anchor Oyster Bar

Garlic dungeness crab Anchor Oyster Bar

Pan roasted 1/2 dungeness crab with sliced garlic, sprigs of thyme, parsley, lemon and LOTS of butter.
Anchor Oyster Bar, San Francisco

This was actually a special they had that night, and I was in absolute heaven!  The crab was fresh and tasted amazing!  I squeezed most of the lemon onto the dish and it added even more flavor and brightened up the garlicky butter sauce.  It was no easy feat extracting all the flesh from the crab, but I did a pretty good job.  I didn’t want any of that soft, tender crab meat to go to waste.  As you will see, I don’t mind getting messy and eating with my hands – I am Filipino, lol!  This dish was so comforting and I used the table sourdough bread to soak up all the butter sauce.  Thank goodness I live in San Francisco.  We get our fair share of amazing crab!

Chardonnay Anchor Oyster Bar

Mezza Corona Chardonnay 2009, Italy

I didn’t like this white wine very much.  I rated it 3.3/10 on the Wine Notes app on my phone.  But dinner always tastes better with a glass of wine, mediocre or not…