Sunday, October 14, 2007

San Francisco road trip

Not a real road trip, but just across the bridge for a afternoon adventure in the city. While taking the kids to the zoo, we came across a Russian church with a booth in front selling home made piroshki. We stopped and bought the two kinds they were selling, ground beef and mushroom. They were both really good and only $2 dollars each. Next for a restaurant at lunch time it was a visit to the Asian district of upper Clement street. Packed with lots of small markets and restaurants, we headed to my daughters favorite Pho noodle house and ordered the usual pot stickers, Hong Kong crispy pan fried noodles with beef and vegetables and a big steaming bowl of chicken noodle pho which comes with a plate of vegetable and herb garnish to add for a flavor boost. We skipped desert and headed to one of the bigger Asian markets for Japanese mango mochi treats. The fog burned away leaving a warm afternoon as we headed back across the bridge home.

Fall duck breast salad with goat cheese stuffed figs

Its been awhile since my last post, a new job has kept me busy. This salad was conceived for my fall menu using seasonal ingredients like figs and cranberries. It is a simple salad of a 7oz duck breast cooked medium rare and sliced set atop a bed of mixed greens dressing with a citrus vinaigrette, garnish of cranberry compote and three ripe figs stuffed with herb goat cheese. A sprinkle of orange zest completes the salad. Its a nice entree sized salad with the comfort food quality's of thanksgiving flavors, enjoy.