Las Vegas // San Francisco

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 0 No tags Permalink 0

22489493948_fde6a12ff7_cI was recently in Vegas to speak at the World Tea Expo (covering global tea trends in foodservice). It was a busy 36 hours, but the good kind where you’re producing and having fun. I had a few great meals before heading to San Francisco. Make time for the things you want ^-^

28042184996_6d53ae9157_cOmakase at Kabuto…

27998721021_9f07c61812_c…I never expected to find great sushi in Vegas…

27973647842_d9bc02786c_c…but I am definitely retuning here on my next trip.

27086338563_2ac903027e_cLunch at Lotus of Siam for nam kao tod…

27086332733_6f7b45a0aa_c…and khao soi.

27084353654_cd1f99c1dc_c…sticky rice, mangoes, and coconut cream for dessert.

27615078312_58fe7a9b1b_cAfternoon snack at Tacos El Gordo. One lengua and one cabeza.

27108279464_18016ff35e_cDinner at L’Atelier De Joël Robuchon. I’m slowly making my way to all the Robuchon restaurants…Monaco, Taipei, and Macau (The Monaco location is still my favorite.)

27686812636_7ec77811bf_cClassic foie gras torchon.

27645631251_680a42941b_cMushrooms and poached quail eggs. Tiniest ricotta ravioli in herb broth.

27686290346_2cea9ca875_cVeal sweetbreads with fresh bay leaves and stuffed romaine lettuce.

27107229654_62e7eda1e6_cFor dessert…green chartreuse soufflé and pistachio ice cream. And from Vegas it was off to San Francisco…

27728964681_5da69c63a2_c…to eat and cook and enjoy ^-^

27509951110_7555327232_cWe hosted a few dinner parties at Noelle’s

27650460332_70f394756a_c…and I finally got to Petit Crenn thanks to Julie. We spent the whole after drinking champagne and cider, devouring gougères (and salads)…

27650459162_321740507b_c…sharing a whole trout with sides of gnocchi and maitakes. I wish every lunch was this lovely.

27650458002_126ddfb0c4_cInternational Smoke at the Mina Test Kitchen…

27650455642_834f7da0f1_c…for this spicy merguez sausage, Sobel Bros pastrami, and char siu pork shoulder.

27472918860_b17684e5bd_cBreakfast with Jenn at Craftsman and Wolves. Earl grey tart with lemon and blueberries…

27650461452_f8fbcd6396_c…and the Rebel Within for afternoon snack. Whole runny egg tucked inside a bacon and cheese muffin.

27769763376_86ce619150_cDim sum with Greg and Noelle followed by an afternoon in Berkeley at Ici…

27804449865_8a97233470_c…so many good flavors. Remember my first visit way back in 2006? A decade a ago! I was still a college student.

27728967891_b36de80ea8_cAnother round of frozen pleasures with soft-serve from Bi-Rite. Chocolate and vanilla twist.

27525947420_5bf1c2eb5d_cLovely Sunday morning at Trou Normand…

27804435085_a345cdf5ed_c…fried chicken at Rich Table…

27193036533_2087cd7897_c…and how about this pie crust panna cotta and Angostura ice cream for dessert.

27772988451_68baccbed0_cMy favorite meal this trip? One meaty and martini-filled night at House of Prime Rib.

22894340172_24562f6c42_cI’m in San Francisco often for work. Good memories from recent trips include…

22515636659_369f3d4aa2_c…Boulettes Larder for breakfast. These scrambled eggs (with lebneh, squash, and olive oil) could not be any more perfect.

24862573949_b22bbc8e68_cMore breakfast at Little Gem. Beautiful fruits (sliced and peeled, heheh)…

25203963386_f789abaa48_c…and cured salmon with potato cakes.

22881783016_5b9b1eb0ef_cMourad for duck basteeya with lemon verbena, almonds, and crème fraîche…

22918906261_e7dc12482e_c…and panna cotta with rose, blackberries, and watermelon.

22489515098_8464ec6b86_cA prickly pear doughnut stop at Mr. Holmes…

22907825095_18ae2cd2ee_c…followed by an almond croissant stop at Jane on Larkin…

22489514128_298a5144c3_c…and a little treat at Boba Guys.

22285073204_f46cd41240_cPost-meeting hot Belgian waffle and cascara fizz.

22489493948_fde6a12ff7_cA stop at Saison…

22489438637_93b21498e0_c…for caviar and the most wonderful parker house roll.

22881803136_43432c6267_cUni on liquid toast.

22719782290_0b91f80152_cBeets and bone marrow.

22881791286_d2be0d5611_cTiny wild strawberries.

22515644559_eabe11da75_cSmoked milk ice cream, caramel, and cacao nibs.

22719778160_35b6b55667_cButtermilk-citrus ice cream and blood orange.

22894411812_ef0b062255_cDinner at Akiko’s. Oysters and caviar…

22285105674_c80e614981_c…toro and uni…

22489524888_c56859e231_c…hirame and ankino. Yes to everything…

22918972271_4e18bf9b79_c…and a spoonful of uni for dessert. I’ll be back in San Francisco soon again ^-^

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