Grilled Shannon Ranch lamb shish kebab – Tarla Mediterranean Grill

Grilled Shannon Ranch lamb shish kebab - Tarla Mediterranean Grill
Marinated with Mediterranean herbs and spices, kale, Rancho Gordo cassoulet beans, basil-mint chimichurri sauce. $22
Tarla Mediterranean Grill, Napa CA

Mmm, this lamb was really good! It was tender and juicy and so flavorful. I think a bit of tzatziki on the plate would have knocked it out of the park. I thought the kale and beans were tasty too.

Bulleit Sidecar & Tarla's Manhattan - Tarla Mediterranean Grill
Bulleit Sidecar: Bulleit bourbon, cointreau, fresh lemon juice. $10
Tarla’s Manhattan: Buffalo Trace bourbon, carpano antica, angostura bitters, candied cherry. $10

Cassoulet – Cafe Bastille

Cassoulet - Cafe Bastille
Duck confit, toulouse and garlic sausage, and white beans. Three course dinner prix fixe $35
Cafe Bastille, San Francisco CA

I love cassoulets because they’re so hearty and delicious. And with both duck confit and sausage, you really can’t go wrong. This duck was nice but I actually liked the sausage even more. Noms!

Le Parisien cocktail - Cafe Bastille
Le Parisien: raspberry coulis, passion flavored cognac, champagne. $11

Artic char – Maven

Artic char - Maven
Fried brussels sprouts, white beans, red verjus, golden raisins, dill. Bloomspot 4-course chef’s tasting menu with cocktail pairings for two.
Maven, San Francisco CA

I love how crispy they fried the skin on the char. The brussels sprouts were delicious and the shallot(?) compote on top was also yummy. A successful dish.

Bitter Brother in Law cocktail - Maven

Bitter Brother in Law Cocktail: pisco, vermouth, elderflower, gentian, Peruvian bitters.
Why the bitter in-law gotta be latino?! 😉

Arepa con relleno – Poquito

Arepa con relleno - Poquito
A plain arepa topped with pork fritada, green onions, sweet plantain, cheese, white beans, pickled onions. $9
Poquito, San Francisco CA

This was not what I was expecting when I saw “arepa” on the menu, but this was SO good! It pretty much had everything on it so it was pretty filling. The pork was delicious as was the fried plantain. A heavy dish, but very nommy!

African wood sorrel (Oxalis pes-caprae, Oxalidaceae)
Yellow Bermuda buttercup/African wood sorrel (Oxalis pes-caprae, Oxalidaceae), 17th Street. It’s wintertime in San Francisco so these weedy plants are popping up everywhere! I wouldn’t want these rampants weeds in my own garden, but I will admit that they’re cute.