Sauteed abalone – Oswald

Sauteed abalone - Oswald
With watercress, apple and bacon. $15
Oswald, Santa Cruz CA

Mmm! I don’t eat abalone very often, but I’m definitely a fan when it’s prepared correctly. It has a tendency to become very tough and chewy so a skilled hand is needed for this delicate protein. Oswald did a great job with this dish. The abalone was beautifully cooked and still tender and very flavorful. NOMS!

Milk thistle

Milk thistle (Silybum marianum, Asteraceae), Pigeon Point, Pescadero.

Milk thistle

Yaki omusubi – Izakaya Yuzuki

Yaki omusubi - Izakaya Yuzuki
Grilled rice ball with uni and watercress soy butter sauce. Tasting menu
Izakaya Yuzuki, San Francisco CA

Hmm, I don’t think this was one of my favorited dishes. The grilled rice tasted great and had a strong flavor, but one that sadly over-powered the uni. I think that uni should be prominent if you’re going to include it in a dish since the ingredient is so delicate, but it just got lost in this one.

Salvia Dancing Dolls

Pink and white Salvia ‘Dancing Dolls’ flowers (Lamiaceae), 18th Street.

Homemade mozzarella – Staple & Fancy

Burrata - Staple & Fancy
Buffalo mozzarella With shaved golden bottarga (silver mullet roe) and watercress. Family style supper $46 per person
Staple and Fancy, Seattle WA

Mmm, I love all cheeses but homemade mozzarella is particularly delicious! It’s SO light with a beautifully silky texture. Yes please!

Bread, oil and vinegar - Staple & Fancy
Baguette with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Complimentary

Rachel the bronze pig
Rachel the bronze pig, Pike Place Market. How can you not love a 550-pound bronze cast piggy bank?!

Juicy Lucy butter burger – Maverick

Juicy Lucy butter burger Maverick
Made with 70% Meyer Ranch beef chuck which is cured for 24 hours and 30% butter with a slice of smoked gouda in the middle of the patty. The patties are individually vacuum sealed and sous vide’d with another stick of butter then seared in a buttered cast-iron skillet and topped with a slow-cooked egg yolk, sauce gribiche, and watercress.  Served with sliced cornichons and French fries.
Maverick, San Francisco