Trouble Coffee, San Francisco

Another fav of mine.


SFFD is to Trouble Coffee as SFPD is to Philz.20141011TroubleCoffee1


I want to believe this sign so bad.420141011TroubleCoffee5


Gibralter.  Supposedly an SF original (but not via Trouble), gone global.20141011TroubleCoffee2


The standard coffee comes with attitude.420141011TroubleCoffee4


DAT CINNAMON TOAST THO!  If Trouble didn’t start the American toast trend, I don’t know what did.  Seems it inspired milkmade out in NYC.20141011TroubleCoffee3


Trouble Coffee, 1730 Yosemite Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124.

Chez Panisse, Berkeley

A culinary landmark.



I went upstairs for the more casual cafe.20140809ChezPanisse0220140809ChezPanisse0320140809ChezPanisse0420140809ChezPanisse0520140809ChezPanisse06


Though known for focusing on quality ingredients, I thought the bread was rather standard.20140809ChezPanisse07


I think this might have been my favorite part of the meal!  Local halibut tartare with cucumbers, radishes, green coriander and ginger.20140809ChezPanisse08


I eventually tried to recreate a dish similar to this.  Baked andante dairy goat cheese with garden lettuces.20140809ChezPanisse09



The pasta was al dente!  Rigatoni with wild mushroom ragu.20140809ChezPanisse10



From this dish I realized I don’t particularly like nettles.  Grilled James Ranch lamb rack, leg, and loin with summer vegetable tian, nettles, amaranth, and tapenade.20140809ChezPanisse11


I had higher expectations for the panna cotta, but in the end it was fairly standard.  Buttermilk panna cotta with Lucero Farm strawberries and raspberries.20140809ChezPanisse12


This was better than expected.  August fire nectarine galette with lemon verbena ice cream.20140809ChezPanisse13


Chez Panisse, 1517 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

Dandelion Chocolate, San Francisco

Dandelion Chocolate is one of my favs!20140806Dandelion120140806Dandelion220140806Dandelion3


I remember liking this Butuo Liberia bar, but their selection changes.20140806Dandelion4


Packaging is nice, and it looks even better on a hipster table.20140806Dandelion5


Those marshmallows can be easy to miss.20140806Dandelion6


Hot chocolate is rich.20140806Dandelion7


Actually all the chocolate drinks are rich!  Horchata included.20140806Dandelion8


I recommend washing it down with a marshmallow or two.20140806Dandelion9


Dandelion Chocolate, 740 Valencia St (at 18th), San Francisco, CA 94110

Bouchon Santa Barbara

Went on a brief trip to Santa Barbara back in 2014 (I know, it’s been a while) and found this beautiful place!



Bread and butter to start.  Served warm, as it should be.DSCF0842


The Market Salad was good.  Fennel, herbed chevre, almonds, and a fennel vinaigrette.DSCF0844


The Market Soup was perfect for the season, but I don’t think I care much about summer squash puree.DSCF0845


The rack of lamb was really good.  I recommend it.DSCF0851


The sea bass tasted a lot better than it looks.DSCF0854


And service was good, as it should be.DSCF0847


Bouchon, 9 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101