Truffled egg sandwich – Railgarten Diner

Truffled egg sandwich - Railgarten Diner
Fried egg, thick cut bacon, garlic aioli, lettuce, bruleed tomatoes, truffled oil. Served with duck fat fried three potato hash. $11.75
Railgarten Diner, Memphis TN

This sandwich was really good and I loved the truffle oil. The best part though was the duck fat potato hash! Omg, it was SO tasty!

Watermelon mimosa - Railgarten Diner
Watermelon mimosa. This mimosa was sickeningly sweet and I couldn’t even begin to finish it. Thank goodness that the server was kind enough to not charge me for it. Yay!

Truffled fries – Sky Deck View Bar

Truffled fries - Sky Deck View Bar
Fried potato wedges, truffle oil, crispy bacon bits, egg. 250 PHP
Sky Deck View Bar, Manila PHILIPPINES

We wanted to hit a rooftop bar while in Manila so we found the Sky Deck View Bar located at The Bayleaf Intramuros hotel. The bar is really cute and you get a 360 degree view of the city. We went during happy hour so the drinks were discounted. The snacks were also pretty tasty. These truffle fries were really good and sinful. Hey, I’m still on vacation!

Cuba libre & Vodka tonic - Sky Deck View Bar
Cuba libre & Vodka tonic. Each 280 PHP

Sky Deck View Bar
View from the bar.

Seared mozzarella – Cozina

Seared mozzarella - Cozina
With organic tomato carpaccio, topped with grilled shiitake with dressed in light truffle oil vinaigrette. 480 PHP
Cozina, Boracay PHILIPPINES

This was pretty tasty and I loved the shiitake mushrooms on top. My only critique would be that they should have served this with some delicious, crusty bread to spread the mozzarella on and to mop up the yummy vinaigrette.

Boating around Boracay
Boating around Boracay.

Whole roasted pig – Incanto

Whole roasted pig - Incanto
Served with warm baby leeks and truffle vinaigrette, broccoli rabe, pork stuffing, and pork jus.
Incanto, San Francisco CA

I’m back! OK, I know I’ve been MIA and I apologize. Life has been hectic and I haven’t been able to adjust as quickly as I wanted to.

Anyway, it took the closing of Incanto to get me to blog today. Over the weekend, we celebrated a friend’s bday with the FINAL whole roasted pig dinner ever to be served at Incanto. It was a wonderful dinner and the food was delicious.

Whole roasted pig - Incanto
They brought out the whole roasted pork and it looked beautiful! I thought the gold leafed snout was a nice touch.

Whole roasted pig - Incanto
Our server carved the pig tableside. I was surprised that the body had actually been deboned prior to cooking so only skin and meat remained.

Whole roasted pig - Incanto
The meat was SO tasty, especially smothered in the pork jus.

Roasted pig skin - Incanto
I made sure to go back for plenty of the crispy skin.

Warm baby leeks - Incanto
The sides were also very good. The baby leeks were beautifully presented.

Broccoli rabe - Incanto
The broccoli rabe had a nice bitterness to them.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010, 2011

Wagyu filet “carpaccio” – Luce

Wagyu filet carpaccio - Luce
Crispy sweetbreads, barley scented beef consomme, summer truffle. Tasting menu $95
Luce, San Francisco CA

Wow, this was a successful dish for me! The thinly sliced beef was delicious and the toasted barley pieces were fun to crunch. The deep aroma of the beef consomme was wonderful and the crispy sweetbreads were rich and tasty too. The summer truffle had a mild aroma, but had a great flaky texture that added to the dish.

Heirloom melon soda - Luce

Heirloom melon “soda” with olive oil.

SF modern home
The evolution of San Francisco homes, Noe Valley. Every now and then you’ll see ultra-modern homes beside your typical SF buildings.

Andean gnocchi – Roxy’s Cafe

Andean gnocchi - Roxy's Cafe
Yucca dumplings in mushroom medley, locatelli, homemade garlic truffle oil. 10-course chef’s tasting menu $75
Roxy’s Cafe, San Francisco CA

Yucca gnocchi?! This was pretty cool and the gnocchi tasted great. I was afraid that the texture was gonna be off, but it was very similar to that of traditional gnocchi. The mushrooms rocked and the garlic truffle oil brought everything together. Mmm…

Golden Gate Bridge
View of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin headlands, Land’s End.

Oeuf a la coque – L’appart Resto

Oeuf a la coque - L'appart Resto
2 soft-boiled eggs and black truffle mouillettes served with serrano ham, roasted potatoes and green asparagus. $13
L’appart Resto, San Anselmo CA

Mmm, this was really tasty! I love little tastings of food so this was a perfect meal for me. Everything was delicious and I loved dipping the mouillettes into the soft-boiled eggs.

Bon Tempe Lake
Beautiful Bon Tempe Lake, Marin County.

Poached eggs with wild mushrooms – Cafe Chloe

Poached eggs with wild mushrooms - Cafe Chloe
With sage-truffle beurre blanc, mixed green salad with asparagus and citrus. $12.75
Cafe Chloe, San Diego CA

Omg, another delicious brunch dish from Cafe Chloe! The sauteed wild mushrooms combined with the beurre blanc sauce and runny poached eggs created heaven on a plate. Noms!

It's Panda Monium
“It’s Panda Monium” wall graffiti, downtown San Diego.

Tasting spoons – Saru Sushi Bar

Tasting spoons - Saru Sushi Bar
Four spoons $12
(left to right) Halibut – halibut tartare with grated lime, yuzu juice and Japanese sea salt. Kanpachi – young yellowtail with truffle oil, ponzu, garlic chips and scallions. Scallop – with cucumber sauce, yuzu and fresh wasabi. Ankimo – seared monkfish liver, spicy radish, scallions with garlic ponzu.
Saru Sushi Bar, San Francisco CA

These little spoonfuls were so fun and delicious, but I think $3 per spoon is a bit much. I do love that they all tasted so differently and had their unique flavors and textures. It’s hard to decide which was my favorite, but I think I’ll have to say it was the kanpachi because it had the most variety of taste and texture. The seared monkfish liver was a nice surprise. They were all very good though!

White yarrow flowers (Achillea millefolium, Asteraceae)
White yarrow flowers (Achillea millefolium, Asteraceae) mural, Church Street. This large, colorful mural is one of my favorites in the city because it has a botanical theme of course. I also think the little bee is cute, hehe!

Extra courses – The French Laundry

Project 365: Day 125

Another ho-hum day at work, not much to report. Had a good workout at the gym then grabbed an early dinner with CT at Barracuda. Wow, they have a pretty good happy hour. We didn’t have any drinks but their food specials were great and SUPER cheap! I think we got more than enough food for only $13.
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Omg, I highly recommend knowing an insider or anyone connected with the restaurant if you’re going to dine at The French Laundry. You’ll not only get the exceptional service and outstanding food that the restaurant is known for, but chances are the kitchen will also throw a few extra bites your way!

It was difficult remembering what everything was since they weren’t on the menu, but I’ve done my best in recollecting. Please correct me if I’ve gotten anything wrong.
The French Laundry, Yountville CA

Salmon tartare The French Laundry
Salmon tartare cone with seaweed sesame tuile, chives.

Gougere The French Laundry
Warm gougere. Choux pastry with cheese Mournay.

Soup with shaved truffle The French Laundry
Soup with shaved truffle and Oxalis(?) blossoms.

Truffled Guinea egg custard The French Laundry
Truffled Guinea egg custard with potato chive wafer.

Gaston Chiquet, Blanc de Blancs d'Ay Champagne
Gaston Chiquet, Blanc de Blancs d’Ay Champagne. Also free, thanks to Olivia’s restaurant connections.

It was my friend Olivia’s (foodie insider friend) 30th birthday and she was able to secure this amazing reservation at The French Laundry. I was definitely honored to be one of her guests and overjoyed that the experience was as amazing as I imagined it would be. The dinner lasted 5 hours and we literally closed the place down! Thanks, Olivia!