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What fantastic items did you first try in 2012? Is there anything you forgot to post about and probably never will? Well, now's your chance to share those memorable experiences with the community.

Going with the convention, and to maximize signal for the SF Bay Area board, list up to ten new (to you) local tastes. Drinks allowed. To help us all plan our next excursion, feel free to list separately at most ten destination worthy dishes you ate while traveling.

Some previous "annual" Top 10 lists:
2011: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/824922
2010: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/751261
2009: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/677458
2008: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/584380
2007: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/468298
2005-2006: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/325439
2004-2005: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/36284
2003: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/27506

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  1. Sazerac (cocktail). My first, and best, was at the Alembic bar in the Haight

    "Two Kinds of Herring" -- Lighthouse Bar & Grill, San Rafael

    Cioppino -- Tadich Grill

    1. -Albacore Tuna from Liholiho Yacht Club @ Piccino
      -Dungeness Crab Pasta and Sam Giancana Pizza at Capo's
      -Chamomile Old Fashioned at Two Sisters Bar
      -Organic Moscow Mule at Lucky Horseshoe
      -Ethiopian coffees roasted by Blue Bottle: Tchembe and Gelana Abaya

      Away from the Bay Best Bites:
      "Fish Taco" - Slapfish - Huntington Beach, CA
      Coconut Shrimp - Eskimo Candy - Maui, HI

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      1. re: scarmoza

        I'll play, based on our two trips in 2012 (still hard to pick out only 10 bites, so I cheated and listed four beverages separately!):

        Bites:

        For me the standout at Lers Ros after half a dozen visits is 26) Yum Pla Duk Foo (fried catfish) which is hard to explain but easy to eat. The catfish is in tiny pieces caught up in a gossamer web of deepfried crunchiness. Along with the bright and zippy dipping sauce, I could eat a barrelful (had it twice, April and November)

        I had been wanting to try the simply prepared fish at Sotto Mare for several trips. It lived up to the hype, especially the petrale which was cooked perfectly

        polenta cooked in whey with poached egg, goat gouda, smoked braised greens and ricotta ($12) at Local Mission Eatery

        gnocchi dish with nettles or cheese at Cotogna (also special mention to both sformatas I tried there, in April and November)

        Mission Bowling Club Burger: "Kinda hard to find the words. Wow works."

        pan-fried shishito peppers at Harrow, which were complemented by an excellent Vermentino, and helped by the fact that they were only $3 at happy hour for a generous portion, though I would have happily paid full price

        fennel raisin and apricot sage toast by Josey Baker at The Mill. The combo of herb and fruit really works for me in bread, it would seem, especially when served with Riverview Orchard almond butter and Maldon salt.

        panna cotta from Il Borgo in Oakland -- I order pc whenever I see it on a menu and this specimen was the finest I have yet encountered

        an awesome coconut crunchy dessert called Moh Se Kyaw from Little Yangon in Daly City made with rice flour

        This last one really is a bite: pork belly bao with turmeric daikon and green shiso from the Chairman Bao food truck

        Beverages:

        Russian River Consecration sour aged in Cabernet barrels at $18 pretty pricey for a bottle of beer but worth it

        Dogfish Head Sah’tea ale on tap at Sycamore ($8 for 9 oz) which was delicious with strong clove notes and honey sweetness

        the Ethiopia Sidama Shakiso and the Nicaragua Nueva Segovia El Progreso pourovers from Wrecking Ball

        mint mojito iced coffee at the Philz on Diamond. Something magical about fresh mint leaves in a cold coffee, who knew?

        1. re: scarmoza

          @scarmoza How was everything else at Liholiho Yacht Club? Yours is the first mention of this pop-up on these boards.

          @grayelf Thanks for the tip about Borgo's Italia in Oakland's panna cotta. Their pastry chef hasn't been in (much?) recently, and I think that's one of the few desserts that's in the case with or without him around. (Note that Il Borgo is a place in SF)

        2. Top 10 local (alphabetically):

          China village: west style spicy fish filet soup (Albany)
          Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen: Rabbit tostada (St. Helena)
          Cotogna: Roasted romanesco (San Francisco)
          Happy golden bowl : sesame pancake (El Cerrito)
          Maru Ichi : either the kuro ramen or the miso ramen (Milpitas)
          Old Mandarin: west lake dumplings (San Francisco)
          Oren's hummus : red chile sauce (Palo Alto)
          Queen's Louisiana Po-Boy: fried oyster po-boy sandwich (San Francisco)
          Sandbox Bakery: chocolate banana heart (San Francisco)
          Statebird Provisions: green garlic bread with burrata (San Francisco)

          Travel bites, all competitive with top local bites. Each restaurant was courtesy of a Chowhound tip:

          Au Pied De Cochon: Foie Gras poutine (Montreal, Quebec)
          Joe Beef: sunchoke soup (Montreal, Quebec)
          Jose Enrique: avocado w/ olive oil, salt, & pepper (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
          Neptune: lobster roll (Boston, MA)
          Nodo: roast beef, caramelized onion, cheddar, Guinness BBQ mayo (Iowa City, IO)
          Stanley Hotel: Bananas Foster Red Rum Brioche French Toast (Estes Park, CO)
          Taco temple: BBQ tri-tip burrito (Morro Bay, CA)

          1. "Oyster Plant" at Atelier Crenn. Had never before encountered this briny bit of deliciousness.

            1. Locanda coppiette (pork jerky) and cuscini (a luscious plate of gulf shrimp and burrata ravioli sauced w shrimp brains )
              Off the Grid Ft. Mason kale chips (forget which vendor and now I make them)
              Mission Chinese uni chawanmushi
              Mt Vesuvius cherry tomato, in Slow Food Ark of Taste, homegrown from Flatland plant
              Knead pomme d'amour (not an apple-y as the name suggests, but a grownup egg custard)
              Pho Ao Sen lemongrass satay chile sauce
              Wexler's smoked chicken liver mousse
              Zanze's pumpkin cheesecake
              Fried grass shrimp @ Chez Panisse w a glass of Chidaine Montlouis
              Suzhou, China: green scallion pancake from a street tandoor

              DRINKS
              Adesso: Michter's rye manhattan
              Local 123: Four Barrel pourover redolent of apricots
              Constellation, Shanghai: Hair of the Dog, scotch, honey, cream, gently rolled

              1. Chicken tartare at Ippuku
                Caramelized squash mousse at Luce

                I also, for the first time in my life, tried a California burrito, i.e., a burrito with French fries in it. Works better than one would think. The version I had was at Taqueria Los Coyotes; a friend from Socal likes the version at Dos Pinas in Potrero Hill.

                Out of town:

                The entire tasting menu at Schwa was just killer. Absolutely killer. A must visit when you're in Chicago, unless you've only got two nights and you already have reservations at Alinea and Next.

                Roasted marrow bones at Longman and Eagle (Chicago)

                Roast pork sandwich at Paesano's (Philadelphia) (don't bother with Pat's or Geno's, they are well past their prime.)

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                1. re: dunstable

                  "Chicken tartare?" Was this really raw chicken?

                  1. re: pikawicca

                    Check out this thread for more on the chix tartare which seems to be lightly blanched: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/718932

                    1. re: pikawicca

                      It is good. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would.

                  2. Liver and onions at Bouchon in Yountville.
                    It was a great lunch on a great December day. The place was calm, less than half full. It makes a difference.

                    1. A few new for me:

                      1. St. Louis-Style Pizza with Sausage – Tony’s Pizza (SF)
                      2. Quinoa/Tempeh Slider – The Portal (Oakland)
                      3. Garlic bread with burratta (but really anything) – State Bird Provisions
                      4. Beef Tongue with Frozen Horseradish Crème Fraiche – Plum (Oakland)
                      5. Bun Rieu – Soup Junkie (SF)
                      6. Brussels Sprouts – Marlowe (SF)
                      7. Squid with crushed potatoes – Barbacco (SF)
                      8. Dungeness Crab Salad – Southie (Oakland)
                      9. Cassoulet – The Whole Beast (SF)
                      10. Cheeseburger – Monk’s Kettle (SF)

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                      1. re: The Dive

                        Ah, need to add the Roasted Dungeness Crab at Camino. So good!

                        1. re: The Dive

                          A Quinoa/Tempeh Slider on the same list as a cheeseburger is a strong recommendation! I think this is the first report of Portal. It's been open since the summer and they have a nice patio in the back.

                          http://www.portaloakland.com/menu/

                          1. re: hyperbowler

                            We have been hitting Portal on Saturday for a few weeks now. And I can't seem to not get the Quinoa/Tempeh slider (I have had the beef and turkey sliders as well -- good, but not necessarily noteworthy). The slider is a bit of a mess, with good BBQ sauce and avocado, but very tasty. Beer list is small, but well currated. It is definitely a new favorite.

                        2. - State Bird Provisions - Garlic bread w/ burrata
                          - Bar Tartine - Langos w/ fried chicken, tonkatsu, and eggs
                          - Craftsman & Wolves - The Rebel Within
                          - Rich Table - Dried porcini doughnuts
                          - State Bird Provisions - Uni pancake w/ ginger scallion and lime-soy
                          - Izakaya Sozai - Spicy tuna on crispy rice
                          - Bar Tartine - Salt roasted pear sorbet with goat buttermilk, chestnuts and rye
                          - Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous - Blueberry cobbler ice cream
                          - Hong Kong Lounge - Baked bbq pork bun

                          1. i won't be able to remember them, so i'm going to use my past posts, in no particular order:

                            1. Cotogna - sformata with fried mint leaves, fresh peas, and mint oil - quoting myself, "so delicious, we all moaned at first bite."

                            2. Namu Goji - shitake mushroom dumplings in dashi

                            3. Atelier Crenn - pear sorbet in the shape of a pear and "spray painted" with pear, apple, and quince, to look like a frosted, golden and rosy pear that had fallen from its wintry tree onto the forest floor below. The forest floor was made of more of the powdery, nutty browned butter, maple, sage cake, apple granita and greek yogurt snow.

                            4. Garcon - veal sweetbreads, with grilled mushrooms, pomme puree, capers, and lemon-brown butter.

                            5. Lolo - tuna tacon

                            6. Ken Ken Ramen - tonkotsu ramen with egg

                            7. Kiraku - stewed daikon and foie gras

                            8. Jai Yum - abalone with egg whites

                            9. Frances - chickpea fritters

                            10. Mission Bowling - to echo grayelf, that burger.

                            4 Replies
                            1. re: mariacarmen

                              maria, your #8 contains the best typo ever ;-). Glad to have shared two of your top bites of the year.

                              1. re: grayelf

                                ahahahaha! too funny. but too true.

                                8. Jai YUN.

                              2. re: mariacarmen

                                What are the Happy Hrs for Mission Bowling & how much for that burger during that time & regular?

                                1. re: hhc

                                  To the best of my knowledge, the MBC happy hour is 3-6 7 days a week and the burger is $10 during HH. The first time we had it at HH it came with a lame salad but in Nov it was gloriously alone.

                                  Regular like, it comes with fries and costs $15.

                                  It is not typically available during brunch on the weekends though they told me you can always ask and maybe...

                              3. "Toffee" at Saison, if you know what I mean ;)

                                1. Ramen Dojo (San Mateo)--mild spicy pork ramen

                                  Doughnut Dolly (Oakland)--doughnut w/ naughty (creme fraiche) filling

                                  Comal (Berkeley)--chips and guacamole w/ three salsas

                                  Bowl'd (Albany)--tofu stew, bi bim bap

                                  Frances (San Francisco)--chickpea fritter

                                  Chairman Bao (truck)--pork belly bao

                                  Samovar (San Francisco)--Earl Red tea

                                  Camino (Oakland)--roasted on the wood fire dungeness crab

                                  Chez Panisse Cafe (Berkeley)--wild nettle pizza

                                  Dry Creek Farm (Healdsburg)--Autumn Flame peach

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                                  1. re: sundeck sue

                                    I dream of the wild nettle pizza I had at Chez Panisse Cafe but it was in 2011 so not eligible for this list. Very glad to hear it is still worthy.

                                  2. 2012 was atypical because I had more dining-flexible international travel than usual and many more guests in SF with specific high-end restaurant requests.

                                    What I liked best that falls within the geography of the board, in no particular order:
                                    - Rhubarb yogurt from Gourmet & More
                                    - Knish from Old World Truck pop-up at La Victoria
                                    - shrimp and pork rice rolls from Cooking Papa
                                    - Walnut wheat toast with brown sugar + butter at Josey Baker Bread
                                    - Sardine chip at Rich Table
                                    - Neighbor Bakery croissant

                                    Because of the onslaught of visitors, this year I went to The French Laundry, Manresa, Coi and Crenn; when looking back at both the food and the experience, I remember the meal at Manresa most fondly.

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                                    1. re: pane

                                      Nice list, pane. Can you tell me if the rhubarb yogurt from Gourmet and More is their own brand? Also did you by chance get it at their Hayes Valley location? I'd love to try it on our next trip.

                                      1. re: grayelf

                                        Hayes Valley shop: yes! I don't recall the brand, but it was the only type of rhubarb flavored yogurt they carried--they used to import a luxurious (and very expensive) French brand in blue ceramic cups, but since switched over to a more affordable and only slightly less good sort.

                                        I've been meaning to do a cheese tasting on their back patio one of these days, but my availability never matches the weather.

                                        1. re: pane

                                          Thanks for the yogurt deets. I am still haunted by a rhubarb yogurt I ate in 1999 in Wales. Ye gods! But I am psyched to check this one out. Also thanks for the tip re cheese tastings there. We may be coming in May this year so that could line up.

                                          1. re: grayelf

                                            Rhubarb yogurt in Great Britain IS haunting--the best! Also now want to check this one out!

                                          2. re: pane

                                            Perhaps Mamie Nova rhubarb-rose yogurt?
                                            http://www.mamie-nova.com/

                                            Gourmet Corner in San Mateo imports it.

                                        2. re: pane

                                          Yeah, the schnitzel sandwich from Old World Truck would have to go on my list.

                                          Otherwise, I'm kind of drawing a blank -- I remember having one of those eye-rolling back in the head deliciousness experiences, but I don't remember what it was! I think it was the Tiger Blue cheese that I brought back from British Columbia that doesn't seem to be available here, so I guess it wouldn't count.

                                          Let's see ...
                                          Lemongrass pannacotta at AQ
                                          Gnocchi de yuca at Destino
                                          Fresh pea soup at New Tree Cafe

                                          1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                            Schnitzel sandwich...sigh.

                                            I think that if I were drawing up an honest 2012 list, only 2-3 items from SF would be on it, and all of the high end food experiences were blown away by an auberge in France.

                                            Which means that I've been traveling too much or eating out at home too little--I need to focus in 2013!

                                            1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                              Oh, I'm glad someone was keeping track. When I had the schnitzelwich, Old World was at La Victoria for the popup, and you could get it with chopped liver on top. But I think that was 2011. The knishes were potato with broccoli.

                                              Those gnocchi at Destino were great as were the meatballs at Radio Africa, mentioned in Dave's post below. And yes, I'd put the Tiger Blue in the list (Ruth talked AQ into plating the cheese she brought for us, and they did a beautiful job).

                                              I've been traveling a lot too and not eating out as much as usual at home.

                                              A few new & memorable bites:
                                              - cocoa carrot muffin at Craftsman and Wolves; excellent crusty baguettes gave Thorough's purple baguette a run for the money; and the shoyu caramels are awfully good
                                              - Madagascar bar from Dandelion chocolate
                                              - vegetarian duck at Thai Idea
                                              - fresh tofu and a lot of delicious sashimi at Sushi Aka Tombo
                                              - fake chicken breast made by Beyond Meat, in the deli section at Whole Foods
                                              - coconut pandan ice cream from Delise
                                              - updated pan jeon at Bowld
                                              - great cocktails and dinner I can't remember at Comal; get a table though, the jockeying with the bar and ordering food is just bs.

                                              I also had a perfect Blue Bottle cappuccino at Heath Ceramics; the milk was like toasted marshmallows. Still not sure if it's the machine or the barista, but not complaining.

                                              Out of town:
                                              - NYC: pork ramen at Ippudo, 20 kinds of baklava at Gulluoglu, and espresso shakerados all over town when it was 100 degrees in July; exceptional appetizers at Torrissi Italian Specialties (but an oversalted duck breast)
                                              - Portland: $20 prix fixe at Tanuki + Ike's wings with a tamarind whiskey sour at Pok Pok's Whiskey Lounge + chicken rice at Nong's
                                              - Peru + Chile: sopa de quinoa, queso helado, and tiny alfajores in Arequipa; gorgeous ceviche with Pisco sours in Lima and Hanga Roa

                                              1. re: Windy

                                                Great list! And funny how BB coffee is either amazing or crap depending on who makes it. Maybe that's all coffee, but I'm particularly annoyed when I pay $4 for a lousy cup at one of their non-BB owned outlets.

                                                1. re: pane

                                                  After a lot of trial and error, I've concluded BB coffee tastes like nothing when I make it at home. The barely roasted beans really suffer when it's not espresso from a fancy machine or a two-day slow drip like the Kyoto.

                                                  De La Paz beans ($7 for 1/2 a pound at La Victoria) taste much better in my Aeropress.

                                                2. re: Windy

                                                  Shoyu caramels?! Please expound further, windy.

                                                  1. re: grayelf

                                                    Chocolate white shoyu as well as salted butter caramels. I think they're $1.25 in wax paper twists or less for a gift bag of 8. Their pâté de fruits are good too.

                                                    http://craftsman-wolves.com/

                                                    1. re: Windy

                                                      Thanks for the further intel, these are definitely on the list as I love the salty and sweet combo. We looked into C&W last trip but the space (and the 'tude) didn't appeal. Will have to do a drive by caramelling.

                                                      1. re: grayelf

                                                        The people who work there are extremely nice, especially given the recent crush of food photographers and national magazines. There's a lot more to try there than just the caramels.

                                                  2. re: Windy

                                                    There's still an option of getting the schnitzelwich with chopped liver (I don't like it, so I didn't add it).

                                                    I forgot about the meatballs at Radio Africa -- but now I remember scraping the bowl to get the last drops of sauce!

                                                3. re: pane

                                                  What kind of knish?

                                                4. In no particular order:

                                                  --porcini donuts at Rich Table
                                                  --salmon at Pizzaiolo served with tiny spring vegetables and aioli
                                                  --blueberry turnovers at Wood Tavern
                                                  --Emilia's pizza with calabrian chilis
                                                  --pasta with rabbit polpettine at Flour + Water
                                                  --chili with burnt ends at B Side BBQ
                                                  --wood grilled chicken sandwich at Bar Jules
                                                  --caveman blue from Mission Cheese with a first of season Sundowner apple

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                                                  1. re: BAnders

                                                    Have you tried the brisket from BSide? I thought it was probably one of the best I have ever had.

                                                  2. cheese souffle - la folie (lounge)
                                                    baked pork buns - lai hong (offshoot of hong kong lounge
                                                    tonkotsu/dandan mien ramen - himawari
                                                    crispy kale fried in lard - marin sun farms
                                                    brain masala - anjappar chettinad
                                                    pancake with "schmear" - state bird provisions
                                                    seniehet kafta b'tahini - arabian nights (admittedly more of a nostalgia pick because it reminded me of the homecooked middle eastern food i had growing up that i can't find in restaurants)
                                                    everything at contigo
                                                    mulled wine sorbet - humphry slocombe
                                                    macau iced coffee - vega at langton

                                                    other notable outside of SF:
                                                    everything on the menu at animal in LA
                                                    any meat dish at OX in portland
                                                    nam kao tod at lotus of siam
                                                    bone marrow luge in portland

                                                    1. Here's my list of my favorite Bay Area Bites this year...I limited it to things I tried this year for the first time, and have provided a link to the Chowhound discussion where I described it (or at least referenced it). These are in no particular order:

                                                      Brussels Sprouts with Lime and Mint at Haven in Oakland: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8289...

                                                      Pork Belly at Hawker Fare in Oakland: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/829296

                                                      Braised Fish Filet and Tofu Claypot at Hakka in SF: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/836833

                                                      Smoked Trout Sandwich at the Sentinel in SF: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/837746

                                                      Oatmeal at the Sentinel in SF: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/878541

                                                      Banh Khot at Vietnam House in SF: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/836475

                                                      Guatemalan Tamales de Chipilin at San Miguel Restaurant in SF: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/838612

                                                      Kufta Meatballs at Radio Africa Kitchen in SF: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/848557

                                                      Pasta Bolognese at Il Cane Rosso in SF: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/841797

                                                      Pache (Guatemalan tamal) at Universal Bakery in SF: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/854371

                                                      Mandalay Special Noodles at Mandalay in SF: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/855809

                                                      Dolsot BiBimBap at PyeongChang Tofu House in Oakland: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/877353

                                                      Soymilk with pandan leaf from the stand in the Grand Century Mall in San Jose: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/873680

                                                      Thai Boat Noodles at Zen Yai Thai in SF: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8542...

                                                      Wide bean noodles with cucumber at I Dumpling in Redwood City:
                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8571...

                                                      Asian Fried Chicken at Southern Pacific Brewing Company in SF: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8311...

                                                      Indonesian Fried Chicken at Indo Café in Saratoga: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8567...

                                                      Thali with Shrimp Curry at Gajalee in SF: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/840506

                                                      Hot almond milk tea w/ tapioca from Wonderful foods: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8443...

                                                      It's definitely nice to be back in the Bay Area, and I've returned to try lots of old favorites again, too. Looking forward to another great year of eating in 2013!

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                                                      1. re: Dave MP

                                                        Thanks for the reminder about Wonderful, Dave, I've been meaning to try BBT in the Bay area and that looks like a good place to start. Also the oatmeal at the Sentinel for the SO is a must, though it may be tough to top Sweet Woodruff's.

                                                      2. We had grilled octopus at Goose and Gander in St. Helena and it was the best we've ever had, including Babbo in NYC.

                                                        1. Lamb/Eel Tartare - Atelier Crenn
                                                          Walk in the Forest - Atelier Crenn
                                                          Into the Vegetable Garden - Manresa (June 2012)
                                                          Chocolate, olive oil, salt, pepper - Manresa (September 2012)
                                                          Duck Confit Bateeya - Aziza
                                                          Roast Chicken - Zuni Cafe
                                                          Goat's Milk, Honey, Candy Cap Mushrooms, Yarrow, Sunchokes - Commis
                                                          49 Day Aged Snake River Beef - French Laundry
                                                          Butter Poached Lobster - French Laundry

                                                          1. Bay Area:

                                                            steamed bacon with spicy flour-Spices 3

                                                            Thai surf clam ceviche-Sabuy Sabuy II

                                                            Braised pork ribs in miso with king oyster mushrooms and
                                                            bok choi-Morimoto in Napa

                                                            Buta-Kim- (Sautéed Pork and Kimchi w/ Poached Egg).-Kiraku

                                                            guanciale & ramp shortstack with candy cap powder-State Bird provisions

                                                            Red snapper in a dashi broth with tangerine foam-Michael Warring-Vallejo

                                                            Pizza at Oenotri

                                                            Sushi at Sushi Sho

                                                            Asia:

                                                            ikan lilit sate (fish sate)- Kafe Batan Waru –Ubud Bali

                                                            This dumpling that was like a combination Shanghai soup dumpling and shu mai at Din ti fun in Taipe

                                                            Mexico-

                                                            Grilled lobster and conch ceviche on Holbox island

                                                            Purchased food items and snacks:

                                                            Huang Fei Hong Hot Chilli Pepper Snack Peanuts from 99 Ranch market - addicting

                                                            Dark Chocolate Chrunch bar- Coracao

                                                            Cheese at the Cheesboard

                                                            Duck flan from Fifth Quarter Charcuterie

                                                            Partanna Olive oil – Berkeley Bowl

                                                            Straus Family Greek Yogurt –Berkeley Bowl

                                                            Soba broth -Takumi No Dashi - Berkeley Bowl

                                                            1. Potato Salad-Benu
                                                              Chicken Tartare-Ippuku
                                                              Nduja-Barbacco
                                                              Green Garlic and Burrata Fried Bread-State Bird Prov.
                                                              Anchovy Pizza-Gioia SF
                                                              Chicken and yolk confit w/ morels and dashi-Manresa

                                                              Elsewhere:
                                                              Octopus w/ Black Garlic-Le Bernadin, NYC
                                                              Fresh Tofu w/ Ginger and Chrysanthemum Syrup-Lamma Island, Hong Kong
                                                              Crab Spawn Soup Dumplings-Luk Yu, Hong Kong
                                                              Honey and hay semifreddo w/ strawberries-Blackbird