Had an amazing day so far! David and I are having a Cinco de Sonoma weekend. We started the day with lunch at Farley Bar in Sausalito, then made it to Gloria Ferrer and Viansa before checking into The Lodge in Sonoma. Our room is cute and overlooks the pool area. Now we’re just relaxing before heading to LaSalette for a Portuguese tapas dinner. Life is good!
5 ounces of fresh ahi tuna seared rare with ginger wasabi mayo and Asian slaw on a toasted egg bun. $14.99 Gott’s Roadside, San Francisco
Mmm, so good! This burger is pretty delicious. The ginger wasabi mayo and the slaw have so much flavor. The piece of tuna is quite large (which may account for the price), but it was a little too cold in the center to make this burger absolutely amazing. Again, I love that the egg bun soaks up all the yummy flavors.
7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2011
Outside the beautiful Ferry Building at the end of Market Street. I love its Farmers’ Market with all the beautiful produce stands and yummy food vendors.
Running around town(s) performing errands before Codes’ birthday party tonight. Just went and bought 10 potted orchids for centerpieces, dropped some stuff off at the event site, then gonna help prepare some food for the buffet. That sounds like a lot, but it’s actually been a pretty chill day. We kinda partied a little too hard last night and now we’re not feeling so spectacular today, hehe! At least I’ll look cute tonight!
Tuna, salmon, yellowtail, cream cheese, avocado, flash fried, topped with spicy tuna, spicy mayo, wasabi mayo, scallions, unagi sauce, masago. $12 Asian Gourmet & Sushi Bar, Gahanna OH
This monster roll had A LOT going on! Actually, there was too much going on and you really couldn’t figure out what everything was. It tasted great though, but so does everything that’s deep fried. I guess I ordered it because I AM in Buckeye territory and I thought that it’d be a safe bet in terms of sushi in a midwestern state. I remember having sushi in Ohio last year, and it was horrible. This wasn’t that bad.
Spanish white mackerel slices over sushi rice, with pickled ginger and wasabi. $6.50 Tokyo Go-Go, San Francisco
This was on their nightly special list so we decided to try it. The waitress told us it was Spanish white mackerel. I’m not sure if that’s correct because Googling “shima aji” comes up with many different results, none of which are for Spanish white mackerel. This just adds to my frustration with the use of common names in communicative nomenclature, but that’s for another blog – lol! Whatever we ate, I really liked it! The shima aji wasn’t fishy tasting at all. It had quite a firm texture and a mellow flavor. I loved the peach color that gradated to a bright pinkish red.
With citrus soy butter sauce, tobiko, and wasabi oil. $14 Tokyo Go-Go, San Francisco
This was such a beautiful dish! It’s hard to see the grilled scallops beneath all that foamy sauce and tobiko, but it’s there and it’s delicious! A bit on the small side, but you do get five them. I’m not sure what the leafy green garnish was, but like most random garnishes, it neither added nor detracted from the overall flavor. I did like the pop of green, though. I also wish I could have tasted the wasabi oil more because that would’ve added a nice punch to everything. The scallops were cooked perfectly and had such a soft buttery texture. A winning dish!
Slice of sea bass on a mound of rice with a dab of wasabi and garnished with sliced scallions. $3.99 for two pieces
Slice of tuna. $3.99 for two pieces Crazy Sushi, San Francisco
Both these nigiri have such a beautiful pink color. I loved the maguro, and I recommend maguro nigiri to all the novice sushi eaters out there since I think it’s one of the least fishy tasting. Maguro is readily available at sushi places and is more forgiving on a squeamish palette. I’m definitely no sushi expert, but I try to eat out of my comfort zone. That’s why I tried the suzuki, and I’ll say that I’m not a fan. Perhaps Crazy Sushi’s cut wasn’t fresh, but it had an odd flavor that did not agree with me. I had to dunk that piece mulitple times into the soy sauce to get it down.
I love the free side salad at Japanese restaurants with the familiar sesame, ginger dressing. Yum!
And what’s a sushi dinner without some Japanese beer? Sapporo is my prefered choice, hehe!
I ordered the lamb cooked medium, and I must say that they did a wonderful job! It had a great crust on the outside and was nice and tender on the inside, just how a lamb rack should be. It had a wonderful flavor and paired well with the Zinfandel and wasabi sauces. I must note that the scalloped potatoes had an overwhelming truffle aroma and taste. A little truffle oil goes a long way – remember that when cooking with it at home! The mushroom custard was a nice surprise accompaniment since it wasn’t on the menu.