So, yes! I have a sister! Ha, ha. We had a lot of fun this week going out after work, especially when I left work early. On Monday, we went to Palo Alto where we had oysters for Happy Hour at Gravity Bistro and Wine Bar. It was pretty good but no Shell Shock. We had the oysters, calamari and eggplant bruschetta. It was tasty and we had fun but it's not my favorite restaurant. We decided to move on and try to find outdoor seating somewhere. We ended up at Local Union 271 where we almost missed out on an outdoor table after we were waiting for it to be cleared and someone almost swooped in even though we were first. That would have been a bummer but SMS saw what was happening and secured our table. Hooray! B and I shared a beet salad and chicken tacos. It was all very delicious. We then took a long-ish walk to the Stanford campus and went to the main courtyard, saw the Burghers of Calais installation and strolled through the Rodin garden. It was really nice. To make sure we didn't incur a calorie deficit, we bought ice cream at the Scoop "microcreamery." The flavors there are subtle- not overwhelming sweet but really delicious.
|Half Moon Bay|
|Half Moon Bay|
Dinner was pretty epic. We ordered a lot of dishes and ate everything. The portions were moderate and we were hungry. SMS and I each had a Yonsai oyster, an oyster with urchin, roe and citrus soy. It was delicious! The three of us shared the Kakiage appetizer and the Greens and Shrooms (broccolini, king trumpet, shimeji and mung sprouts). The Kakiage was fried goodness but the greens dish was amazing with a really good miso sauce binding all the veggies. Plus, I love king trumpet mushrooms.
For mains, we shared again. SMS ordered the black garlic gnocchi, I ordered the salmon and B got the mussels. I loved the first two and didn't quite care for the combo of mussels and miso broth. Brady and SMS did so it was just a personal preference issue.
As good as dinner was, could things get better? Yes. We had desserts that were so awesome. We had homemade donuts with an amazing butterscotch custard and an almond mud pie. There was also a dessert drink menu and we ordered a Uptown Egg Cream, which was outstanding! The drinks at the restaurant are really on point. I had ordered a maple old-fashioned and Brady had an incredible Kentucky daiquiri with bourbon, strawberry, lemon and ginger beer. I was leary of it initially because I thought the strawberry would be fake and cloying but it was real and awesome!
|Set-up at the Fox Theatre|
|BF in action|