Food 4.5

Tofino, BC – The Pointe Restaurant at The Wickaninnish Inn (Tasting Menu) – Part 4

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There are only about 3 restaurants in Tofino I would call “fine dining”, but even so they are more casual than traditional fine dining. This is the only “fine dining” restaurant I visited in Tofino, so I can’t compare, but it is arguably “the best” in its caliber. The view is worth coming for alone even if it is just for a casual meal, their Sunday champagne brunch, or drinks.

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Tofino, BC – The Pointe Restaurant at The Wickaninnish Inn (Tasting Menu) – Part 3

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The fish was fresh, good quality and cooked perfectly, and they really understood their seafood and how to cook it. On the other hand many of the courses featured “surf and turf”, and I’m guessing the chefs get tired of cooking seafood all the time even though it was their strength.

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Tofino, BC – The Pointe Restaurant at The Wickaninnish Inn (Tasting Menu) – Part 2

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I decided to try the Chef’s Tasting Menu by Executive Chef Warren Barr and his Chef de Cuisine Nick Nutting, which ended up being the extended version of it. It was more adventurous and creative than the a la carte, and it was more representable of who chef was. Both menus feature local and sustainable meats and seafood.

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Bakeries & Pastry Shops in The Mission: Mission Pie, Tartine Bakery & Craftsman & Wolves – San Francisco (Part 2/2)

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Pies were a “food trend” from a couple years ago, so I wasn’t surprised and they’re still going strong in San Francisco. New places have moved on from the pies though, and I had to try the “old news” bakeries and the new ones to get a better idea of what The Mission bakery and dessert scene had to offer.

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San Francisco, CA – State Bird Provisions (America’s Best New Restaurant) – Part 4

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State Bird Provisions – America’s Best New Restaurant… or was it?! I have my issues with anything being called “the best”, so I won’t even go there, but it was an excellent restaurant. The food wasn’t necessarily the highlight (although I had some fantastic dishes), but it was the whole concept and execution. It was innovative, smart, original and memorable.

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San Francisco, CA – State Bird Provisions (America’s Best New Restaurant) – Part 3

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I felt like I was a friend of the chef at a catered party featuring funky tapas and hors d’oeuvres. It was a nice open kitchen and I got to watch all the food being prepared and “sample” all the food before going out. That’s not what really happened and I didn’t get to “sample”, but it’s how I felt. It was almost like the New American version of a Japanese Izakaya place.

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San Francisco, CA – State Bird Provisions (America’s Best New Restaurant) – Part 2

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Line ups build anticipation and it can really make or break the experience. The restaurant needs to bring their A-game and the food needs to be top notch to make it worth it, so the pressure was on especially after winning what the restaurant world would call an Oscar (James Beard Award).

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San Francisco, CA – State Bird Provisions (America’s Best New Restaurant) – Part 1

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I was in San Francisco during the James Beard Awards in New York and State Bird Provisions was just named “Best New Restaurant”. Well, @$#%. There goes my chances of getting in. It only opened in 2011, but it has already gotten so much hype and media attention.

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