Veal Scallopini with Tempura Fried Squash Blossoms Stuffed with Ricotta and Basil

Last week our friend Cindy came over to eat with us, and it was the first chance I have had in about three months to make a nice home-cooked meal. I wanted to do something fun so I did some traditional and some playful.

We had a tasty veal scallopini made with chanterelle and porcini mushrooms.

With the veal I served tempura fried squash blossoms stuffed with ricotta and basil. These were very tasty. Crunchy on the outside and sweet and delicious on the inside.

Instead of serving the veal over pasta, I cut some zucchini very thin like angel hair and marinated it in Figone’s Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and some lemon zest.

I think everyone enjoyed.  

Herringbone Restaurant – La Jolla

Recently, we tried Brian Malarkey’s newest restaurant Herringbone. The experience, from beginning to end, was a total disappointment. We originally made a reservation a week early for four people. When we called two hours before our reservation to ask if we could add one extra person, we were rudely told they would be unable to accommodate us. Instead of calling back, I went on Open Table and made a reservation for the exact same time for five people. Awful.

When we arrived, the place had a few people, but was nowhere near busy. Nonetheless we were kept waiting for our table, even with a reservation, for 15 minutes. There were no less than 10 open tables in plain view. While looking over the menu, our waiter hovered uncomfortably staring at us until we ordered.

For starters I had a spinach salad and we ordered arancini balls for the table. The arancinis were tasty, but the spinach salad was overdressed and rather plain.

Kathleen’s dad ordered Salmon and instead was served a salmon pizza. I ordered a flatbread with pancetta, egg, lamb’s quarters and fontina. It was underwhelming and came to me luke warm. The chef did create a nice vegetarian dish for our friend, which was probably the only halfway impressive dish of the night.

While we were big fans of Malarkey’s work at Oceanaire, and have had a couple of good experiences at Searsucker, this is the second straight disappointment we have had at Malarkey/Brennan’s newer restaurants. We were also underwhelmed by Gabardine in Point Loma.

Post-Bar Exam Celebration – Brooklyn Girl Eatery

After three months studying for the bar exam, and existing primarily on coffee shop sandwiches, I am back…Kathleen and I have several posts to share with you. Enjoy!

The evening after the bar exam, Kathleen took me to the new Brooklyn Girl Eatery in Mission Hills. Brooklyn Girl has only been open a couple of months, but is already doing a booming business. There are several communal eating tables for which you do not need reservations, plus a bar area, and a dining room.

Our first court was clams casino. The clams were prepared wonderfully, and the broth was delicious. We did however get a small  amount of grit.

For our main course we shared the Roasted Duck for Two in a Ginger and Honey glaze. Even with a roasted preparation the fat was rendered pretty nicely. The glaze was delicious.

Perhaps the most successful dish (and I never say this) was dessert. Kathleen had the Key Lime Pie in a Jar, and I had the Brooklyn Bomb Shell Brownie with Salted Caramel and Creme.

All in all a very tasty first meal back from the bar.

Grilled Ribeye with Herb Compound Butter

This is a tardy post from last weekend. This was my last supper before I started studying for the California Bar Exam (pun intended).

I made a grilled ribeye steak with a homemade herb compound butter (herbs straight from our garden).

We had that with an arugula salad tossed with roasted beats, strawberries, almonds, Feta cheese and some delicious 20-year aged balsamic.

We washed that down with one of
favorite wines: the Ridge Vineyards Jimsomare.

We also had some tasty Brie.

Delicious Last Supper.

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Burgundy Braised Short Ribs with Roasted Fingerlings and Patty Pan Squash

Tonight we had Kathleen’s mom over for dinner. I made burgundy braised short ribs. I served them with garlic herbed roasted fingerling potatoes and oven-roasted patty pan squash with thyme and rosemary.

The short ribs fell right off the bone. Very tasty.

We also had a 2005 Gevrey-Chambertin Champonnet.

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Book Review: “Taste What You’re Missing” by Barb Stuckey

Did you know that taste is actually only 10% something we do with our palate and 90% by smell? Did you know that most of smelling the food you eat happens inside your mouth? Did you know that the reason you might like brussels sprouts while your wife cant stand them is because she might have more taste buds in her mouth?

I picked up this book last weekend on our trip up to Sonoma. Barb Stuckey’s book is a must read for anyone interested in understanding the science and psychology behind the foods we love and hate. The book has great tricks to help you enjoy foods you thought you never would. There are tips on helping teach your kids how to try new foods. Most importantly though, “Taste What You’re Missing: The Passionate Eater’s Guide to Why Good Food Tastes Good” teaches us how we should be enjoying our food. I highly recommend this book as a quick read for anyone interested in great food

Mission Cheese – San Francisco, CA

The last stop on our anniversary trip was the perfect spot for the proverbial cherry on top. We went to Mission Cheese in San Francisco where we tried a selection of excellent domestic cheeses, wines, beers, and salumi. The duck and pork pâté with cherries and pistachios was an excellent salty-sweet treat. However, by far the best part was the service by our incredible waitress Sarah. She was knowledgeable, thoughtful…and oh yeah, she is family.

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