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

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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