food tour of the bay

/day 3/

I don't know if I can ever eat anything again. I am so incredibly full. I keep thinking these thoughts, and then we arrive for our next reservation and end up eating and repeating the cycle!

bar tartine- mission dolores, san francisco

        We arrived a few minutes before the restaurant opened for brunch to find a line already forming at the door! Now I understand why! This meal started off with the most amazing bread! Their oven must have been extremely hot because the crust was dark, crunchy, and amazing while the center of the loaf was almost elastic-y, like it was barely cooked. It was an amazing contrast. And tasted delicious! We started with this bread and an assortment of condiments: cultured kefir butter, pistachio dip (wow was it good!), and an uptauer cheese dip.

kefir pound cake with rhubarb compote
        This pound cake was slightly lemon-flavored, so the sweet rhubarb compote (which had a bit of cinnamon and anise I think!) was a nice contrast. The pound cake melted in your mouth- more similarly to how powdered sugar treats do than butter, but I'm sure there was quite a bit of the latter as well:)

broccoli with goat cheese and mushrooms over smørrebrød

        This goat cheese was amazing! Definitely made the dish. The smørrebrød was great too- very wholesome with lots of seeds!

potato flatbread with pears and sweet cream

        I have to admit that I expected something more bread like rather than donut like (I was picturing something more like potato lefse when I ordered), but the mild potato flavor combined with the thin pear slices and amazing sweet cream was delicious!

avocado toast with scrambled eggs, mustard, and cheese sauce
        This was delicious! The cheese sauce was so creamy! And the eggs must have had cream in them as well because they were so flavorful! Avocado always equals mmmmmmm so the combination was perfect!

rueben toast with smoked brisket and paprika island
        I'm picky about island dressing... very picky. This one was great though because it wasn't sickly creamy and had a really nice spice to it. I was also really impressed with the cabbage! It wasn't too sour but was really flavorful.

and then we couldn't resist bringing some bread home! 

our lemon tree!!!

Just had to post this- it's too cute not to! We have a lemon tree in our backyard! Actually, we have two. Oddly, one has a million lemons and the other only has one. 

snack time

Fruit is so fresh in California. I just cannot get over it. We tried to catch the end of the farmer's market but arrived when they were packing up, so we picked up a few things from Whole Foods on our way home from walking 24th street. Even though I buy fruit from Whole Foods in MN, the fruit here does not compare! I don't think I can go home. In addition to lots of berries, I also had some lemon hummus and a feta-olive-sun dried tomato mix over spicy falafel chips (I'm addicted to those things... SO good!). It was the perfect snack to tie me over until dinner:)

contigo- noe valley, san francisco

Alright, I couldn't possibly take pictures of all of our courses tonight, but I can tell you that they were all amazing and list the courses below:) My favorites are #1, 6 and 7!

corqueta de jamón serrano

wood oven roasted local sardine and avocado toast

seared caña de cabra goat cheese with chicories, clementines, Buddha's hand citron, hazelnuts, and px vinagreta

spinach and chickpeas"el rinconcillo" style, simmered with Moorish spices and sherry vinegar

local xipirons (squid) a la planxa with arròs negre, chorizo, squid ink, artichokes, allioli, and guindilla chile

seared McFarland Springs trout "a la Navarra" with jamón serrano, roe, turnips, carrots, capers, and cava butter

albóndigas pork, lamb, and jamón meatballs in a tomato sherry sauce

And then for dessert we had xocolata calenta (a thick, creamy, Barcelona-style hot chocolate for sipping) and a caramel cappuccino flan.

Like I said, I am so full! But the food was delicious!! Sadly, I leave tomorrow morning:( But first I'll make something delicious for breakfast with the bread from bar tartine and some cheese from a local cheese shop! Check back for some recipes!

/conclude day 3/

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