Friday Ti Couz
Picked Mom up from the airport at noon on Friday. Dinner Friday was at Ti Couz (16th/Valencia). Walked in at 6 pm and got a great table right up against the open window. Was surprised the other, newer half of the restaurant was closed on a Friday night (is this permanent?). I had my fave, the La Totale with caramelized onions. Mom had the special, shrimp (I think) with blue cheese and a pesto sauce. Both were excellent. Split a small green salad (plenty big for being a small) and we each had 2 cocktails (Ketel One on the rocks for $5 each thought that was a great deal) and got out for less than $50 before tip. This was a great meal with great service at a great price, IMO.
Saturday Farmers Market & Slanted Door
Saturday morning hit the Farmers Market at the Ferry Building. Mom loved the jewelry stands and bought two pieces - then we hit the food. Decided right then and there that for dinner wed be enjoying the fruits of our shopping spree. Grabbed a dozen beautiful ripe tomatoes for a tomato salad, drizzled with olive oil and fig basalmic from Hollow Hare. Then over to Acme for a fresh baguette, Point Reyes for some blue cheese dressing/dip, and Cowgirl for a nice white cheddar and a gruyere (great service - no attitude). Checked the wines at the wine shop but ended up hitting Safeway on the way home.
Walked into Slanted Door precisely on time for our noon reservation and were shown immediately to our table. Sat in the northeast corner with a view of the Bay Bridge. Mom was quite impressed. Started with the spring rolls and decided to share the Shaking Beef (after all the samples we had we werent all that hungry). Must say it was good but to me not quite remarkable. The beef was actually quite dry. Mom, however was blown away. So, that regard, it was a success, especially since the space is really beautiful and the service was great (although the server seemed disappointed we didnt order more). Aside the tables on either side of us shared at least 4 courses each with wine pairings. Mom was amazed they could pack this away at lunchtime as we were both quite satiated. To each his own.
Sunday Hairspray & Delfina
Hit the matinee showing of Hairspray (a riot of a show just a whole lot of fun) and followed it with dinner at Delfina. I was looking forward to this as its probably my favorite restaurant in the city, and once again it did not disappoint. We started by sharing the calamari (no longer substituted with shrimp) which slayed my mother. She was expecting of course the little fried rings with aioli. She loved the beans/oil mixture so much she sacrificed her last piece of calamari in favor of sopping up the mixture with bread. Then we split the gnocchi with baby tomatoes and peas. Shockingly, my mother had never had gnocchi before and I told her shes forever spoiled. Nothing like your traditional gnocchi (I think someone else posted on this recently), they arrived looking more pan-fried than boiled and each one just melted in the mouth. A perfect middle course. On to the entrees: Mom had the salmon which shed been craving since arriving. It was buttery pink goodness cooked perfectly (well done I think) over a bed of shredded leeks. Perfect. I had, at our servers suggestion, the pork loin and it didnt disappoint either. Several (four-five) shaved slices of pork loin served over a lentil/gravy combo. It was terrific. Generally this is the only place I order steak (love the accompanying marrow) but was glad to give it up in exchange for this. The only disappointment was that mom couldnt do a dessert. She said shed only do dessert for crème brulee which wasnt on the menu (my efforts to push the panna cotta sadly failed). All this with a lovely Zinfandel (cant remember the winery started with a K and had 2 syllables I think) and a total tab of $105 without tip. Worth every penny.
Wrapped up with dinner at Home (casual meal after the above excess and after a long day wandering through Sonoma). Mom had what she wanted a burger, and I had the sloppy joe special which Ive posted on before (although it used to be their Sunday special). A great ending to a great weekend. Im exhausted!
Bottom line I am my mothers favorite child (just between her and me). And dont miss Hairspray!
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