Sydney – 3/11/18 – Saint Peter and Quay

Saint Peter
My first meal on this trip was off to a good start with a G&T with my favorite gin – Four Pillars – which I would go on to drink at every opportunity.  I am so glad that I managed to fit this in and a bit mad that I didn’t come back everyday for lunch as it was that good.

raw diced 10 day aged Mooloolaba broadbill, sour onion & egg yolk

BBQ Coorong pipis, burnt tomato, lemon thyme & garlic mayonnaise

Berry’s creek blue cheese VIC

Is there another restaurant that has a more spectacular view?  This was overall such a lovely experience and I am so glad I got to try the famous snow egg right before it was taken off of the menu.

Another Four Pillars G&T with an opera house backdrop.

And extra course that unfortunately I can’t remember

new season muntries, sheep’s milk feta, sour cucumber, herbs, pistachios, verjus

congee of hand dived scallops, heart of palm, black vinegar laver

bread & butter

slow cooked quail, fermented mushroom custard, green walnuts, brioche porridge, seed crackling

smoked confit pig jowl, southern squid, shaved shiitake, sea cucumber crackling

steamed coral trout, heirloom radishes, sake, lemon

Arkady lamb, barletta onions, ice plant, oca, lemon puree, roasted hemp seed

snow egg

oloroso caramel, muscovado, dulcet, muscatel, walnut

LA – 3/9/18 – Majordomo

I am so excited to have Momofuku on the west coast!!!!  Too bad it is impossible to get reservations but if you time it right you can get a seat at the bar. The egg and smoked roe bing was delicious and a fun take on the Ko egg. Too bad peas will likely not be on the menu by the time I make it back.

Bing – eggs & smoked roe

raw sugar snaps, horseradish, lemon, shallot

Santa Barbara rock crab – spicy cured, chilled & crab fat rice

Nashville – 3/3/18 – Josephine, Urban Cowboy and Rolf & Daughters

A great stop for brunch in the increasingly packed 12 South neighborhood of Nashville.

baked oatmeal

bibb lettuce, bacon, croutons, radish, herb buttermilk dressing

quiche, arugula, country ham, caramelized onion

Urban Cowboy
We stopped at Urban Cowboy for an afternoon snack and a few cocktails.  Such a fun place, especially with a group and I was surprised by just how good the food was.  I can’t wait to go back.

charred olives & beef fat

smoked bread & smoked butter

raw beef, endive, apple, walnut

Rolf & Daughters
I will be honest, until I looked back at my photos all I remembered from this meal was the butternut squash salad.  It was so fantastic I reordered it for dessert.  I gave myself a terrible stomach ache and didn’t sleep at all, but it was completely worth it.  But the rest of the meal was pretty great as well.

butternut squash, salsa macha, mimolette, mint

lamb sausage, yellow eyed peas, chili, mustard greens

dry aged beef tartare, barley mayo, french breakfast radish, farro

rigatoni, pancetta, ceci bean, spinach, WI pecorino

garganella verde, heritage pork ragout, sarvecchio

beef short rib, salsa verde, caesar salad, sprouted rye


Nashville – 3/2/18 – Husk and Bastion

After watching the fried chicken episode of Ugly Delicious how could I not immediately head to Husk?  But it is really the pimento cheese that keeps me coming back.

Definitely go early for the fantastic bar in the front where you must order the nachos.  I had heard mixed things about Bastion and almost skipped it.  I’m so glad that I didn’t.  All delicious dishes, although did not find it quite enough food.  And I love when the dishes I am most skeptical of end up being my favorites – ie. the gizzard and XO carrots with sea urchin,

raw oyster + kimchee

raw beef + radish

sunchoke + pistachio

gizzard + peanut

XO carrots + sea urchin

beef tongue + rutabaga

grouper + chicken broth

sweet potato + pecan

strawberry + coconut

Nashville – 3/1/18 – Henrietta Red

Henrietta Red lived up to very high expectations.  But ending with fancy jello shots….awesome.

beef tartare – castelvetrano olive, preserved meyer lemon, cured egg yolk, brioche

roasted root vegetable salad, parsnip, radish, baby beet, buttermilk, dill, sesame seed

wood roasted oysters, dill, mustard butter, thyme breadcrumb

red butter lettuce, whole grain mustard, toasted almond, pickled turnip, orange, castelvetrano olive

red snapper crudo, cara cara orange, horseradish tarragon, quinoa

cauliflower steak, cashew aillade, sweet potato, pickled pepper, salsa verde

farro risotto, celery root, mushrooms, pine nuts, parmesan, scarlet frill

wild striped bass, oyster mushroom, creamed kale, mustard emulsion


San Diego – 2/25/18 – Cala Cala x Vino Carta

Loved this installment of the pop-up dinners at Vino Carta.  It is fantastic to see how these continue to grow.

roasted & fermented vegetables, trout roe, brown rice, charred bread

live scallop crudo, lardo, XO sauce, seaweed oil, preserved citrus

eucalyptus smoked lamb & beef tartare, blackberry, jicama, pine nuts

grilled chicories, pork, calabrian chili, kohlrabi

yakitori quail, wheat berries, green garlic, meyer lemon, wild mustard

San Diego – 2/17/18 – Ceviche House

Somehow they were out of the first two wines we tried to order but it was only up-hill from there.  I could eat these dishes everyday.

La Paz – big eye tuna, cucumber, orange zest, ginger habanero salsa

shrimp aquachile, cucumber, red onion, radish, serrano, cilantro, lime

grilled octopus, green pipian, toasted sesame, radish

Yellowtail – morita & hibiscus coulis, cucumber slaw, seasonal fruit, crispy hibiscus flower