The meal that blew my mind

Since we only had one night in San Francisco I really wanted to have a special meal somewhere. I know there are so many great restaurants in the city, it was really hard to choose. But based on where our hotel was (Union Square), I decided to make us a reservation at Sons & Daughters. I had read about this place before in Food and Wine and read really good reviews. I don't typically go for restaurants that only offer tasting menus- I usually prefer more rustic, simple food and I can be really picky:) But this place offered a vegetarian tasting menu also so just in case I didn't like the regular one, I knew I had another option. Here are both menus.

I ended up choosing the regular menu because with the exception of one course (pork belly), everything else was seafood or poultry, which I eat. I decided to give Matt my pork and try everything else. I'm so glad I did! The whole meal was seriously amazing. Matt did the wine pairings which he said were awesome. As soon as we got back to the hotel, I wrote down a more full description of the menu because the ones above don't do it justice. So here it goes, I didn't take any photos but here's one I found- so pretty!

1. Marin miyagi oyster with lime and thai chili granita and salted watermelon foam, buttermilk chicharon with trout roe and smoked cream

2. Ft. Bragg sea urchin, seaweed, herbs, sea salt, cucumber, dashi vinaigrette

3. Marigold greens gazpacho, herbs and edible flowers, radish, fried Tomales Bay mussel (this was accompanied by a small piece of house made toast that came with butter topped with sea salt and was so insanely awesome, maybe my fave thing all night.)

4. Roasted beets, cucumber, yogurt, pickled mustard seeds, herbs, vadouvan (this came with a little house made sourdough roll)

5. Pork belly, farro, spring peas (whole and pureed), coyote mint, cauliflower, espelette pepper (the pork belly was off to the side so I got to give that to Matt and eat everything else)

6. Squab, pickled fennel, tangerine, marcona almond puree (this came with a house made pretzel roll)

7. Stonefruit semifreddo, pickled blueberries, blueberry meringue

8. Fromage blanc napoleon, wild strawberry, raspberry, lemon, vanilla bean ice cream

*9. Our bonus bite was a chamomile lavender madeleine

Fall Produce Share

I was inspired by my friend Sarah who blogged about her produce box subscription from Green Grocer so we signed up a few weeks ago. Below is a photo of our first week's box! Every Tuesday I pick up our produce and get to experiment with fruits and vegetables that I might not ordinarily buy.

Comer e Beber

As I try to escape the frigid Chicago air (but Spring is on the way!), here are some more images from my trips to Portugal. Food and drinks always trigger memories for me and I make it a point to enjoy some specific items whenever I go back to Portugal. Included above are: pasteis de nata (enjoyed in Belem of course), hot dog (Boca do Inferno, listening to AC/DC), grilled chicken, bread and cheese (Belem), pasteis de bacalhau (Cascais), grilled cheese and sumol (Ave Liberdade, Lisbon), SuperBock (Cascais waterfront).