Having just read coraline
's post (on LJ, I keep forgetting the dw syntax for lj users) of her ongoing Spain/France travelogue, I'm reasonably sad that I've never managed such a fabulous writeup of any of my trips (let alone pictures half as good).
I started this sitting in OAK about to board a flight back home after being in SF since the very start of July 4th.
I spent the 1st few days of that square dancing with about 1100 others (including about 18-20 others from Tech Squares) at Weave Your Heart In San Francisco
and then the rest of the time touristing with 2 of the Tech Squares folks. (1 has an LJ she almost never uses and I can't remember, and the other, I don't know/doubt if he has one at all.)
I really hope to write more later, but for now, 2 things:
A) Ice Cream
I didn't make it to Humphrey Slocombe. Their hours were always too early for me to get there.
I DID make it to BiRite Creamery twice, and Ici (in Berkeley) once, as well has having Gelatto in the SF equiv. of Little Italy once.
A1) why is ice cream cheaper there than here? We both have cows... and almost all the rest of the food in the region is more expensive than here.
A2) BiRite: Strawberry Balsamic, Orange Cardamom, Roasted Banana, Basil. All were excellent. the OC was amazing. I bought the cookbook.
A3) Ici: Nectarine, Burnt Caramel, Vanilla. All were very good. Nectarine was excellent. BiRite won this contest. The Pink Peppercon/Sour Cherry was too peppery (and a bit too gritty) for me, but the concept was solid.
B) Incanto. As both of my regular traveling companions are vegetarians, I went here with Twitter user=@sunshinemug. It was excellent. Chris was in the restaurant for a while, but I didn't quite feel up to intruding - though he was working the floor for part of it. The men's room stall came equipped with an Encyclopedia Brittanica for your reading pleasure.
Beginnings: Smoked pork tongue, stone fruits, mustard & watercress; Boccalone salumi platter (piglet (small))
Supper: Beef heart, sweetbreads, radish, pea tendrils & bone marrow vinaigrette; Pork belly, salsiccia, plum agrodolce & mizuna.
Ending: Bushberry crostata, Douglas fir & pinenut brittle ice cream
Everything was excellent except the bread & butter (so called) pickles on the salumi plate and some of the greens on one of the plates, which were too bitter for me. (I DID try them 2-3x to be sure.)
The pork belly was the best hunk of same that either of us had ever had. The fat was sort of the ideal essence of fat, not at all greasy or chewy, and not even really unctuous. Just ideally fatty, and the lean was tender and beautifully bathed in said fat.
It was almost a shame that the sausage was on the same plate, as it was a VERY good sausage, but next to that pork belly...
I had a bunch of other good food that I hope to burble about later. In the mean time, I should've been asleep 90m ago at least.