Monday, May 28, 2007

Food, Glorious Food

This past week, I have had some of the best food that I have had in a long time. If I lived in California, I would be in trouble. One of my favorite foods is crab. I went to San Francisco for the first time about 13 years ago. The first restaurant we went to after we arrived was Scoma's. I had the Dungeness Crab Louis Salad. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. It was the best crab I have ever had. There was so much crab, that I couldn't finish it all. That has never happened to me before.

Two years ago, we went back to Scoma's. The salad was just as large and every bit as good as the first time. This week, when Pops picked me up from the airport, the first place we went to was Scoma's. He had a seafood pasta dish that was just okay, but of course I ordered my $30 salad. It was so good! So good in fact, we went back again just before we headed home and both had the salad. I have definitely had my fill of crab for awhile. There was over a pound of crab on the salad.

One of the neatest cities outside of San Francisco/San Jose is Los Gatos. It is street after street filled with old buildings and shops. A one bedroom small house goes for about $2 million.

When we went to Los Gatos a couple of years ago, we went to Forbes Mill Steakhouse. We had one of the best meals we have ever had, so Forbes was on our agenda this time. The only bad part was that with the traffic, it took us 2 hours from San Francisco. I was a little irate from the drive, but it was well worth it.

We were greeted at the door by one of the owners, Dean. He could not have been any nicer. He quickly engaged in conversation with us and called us by name like we were old friends. Several times during our meal, he sat at the table with us and we talked like we had known each other for years.

When I saw the menu, I quickly remembered what I had the last time I was at Forbes and ordered the same thing. I had the Blue Cheese Wedge Salad and the Braised Asian Pear Short Ribs with Teriyaki Barbeque Marinade. It was SO good. Pops had the Blackened Ribeye with Caramelized Onions over Blue Cheese Compound Butter with Cabernet Demi-Glace. It had been marinated in the spices for 36 hours. It was great. The bread was also good. There were two different types, one being a dark sweet bread which is my favorite.

For dessert, we had the Kona Coffee Creme Brulee. They also have a dessert sampler with four different desserts. We have had that in the past, but were too full to try it again. Just before we left, I visited the bathroom. I am not fond of public bathrooms. When I am out of town I do not drink so that I can avoid them. This was so nice, I went twice. They had everything in there from mouthwash to hairspray and even deoderant.

When we left, Dean was not at the front door. We headed down the street to shop and as we were going back to our car, we saw Dean walking down the street. He was looking for us to say goodbye. We exchanged handshakes and hugs. I gave him my blog website and told him to check it out. Dean, if you are out there, thanks for the great meal and conversation. We really enjoyed it!


Gigi said...

Wow........I am absolutely full! This all sounds great! We are suppose to go out to SF sometime this year to see Ed's brother. I will have to keep these restaurants in mind! What a fun time you must have had!

Janelle & Ella said...

I'm so glad you had a great vacation!! Sounds like you had some fabulous food! Yum!