I am on a quest to know become an encyclopedia of deliciousness. As part of this quest I am eating 100 items off of 7 X 7s Big Eat lists in San Francisco. It's hard work but someone's got to do it. This is Part 2 of a trip to eat Gluten-Free Big Eats in San Francisco for my friend Debi's birthday. Part 1 can be found here.
One of the most interesting things about the gluten-free life is the joy when you find something that is "suprise gluten-free" like... macarons! Yes! Macarons are gluten-free. So, we ate a lot of them.
#43 Macarons from Paulette Macarons
With Ginger Elizabeth's Macarons located directly across from my dentist (the cruelty!) I am spoiled rotten and often dissapointed when I try macarons in other venues. Once I had them at Miette and they were terrible. Paulette's passed the test though. Each flavor was distinct and we had fun judging each of them reality-show judge style. We ate so many I can barely remember which was which so I'll let the pics do the talking.
Verdict: Eat the rainbow.
#44-Kelvin Made Ice Cream at Smitten
Did I mention it was not warm the day we went? Of course it wasn't, SF is fickle like that. After our epic macaron throw down no one was particular excited about ice cream, especially not since we were shivering in our wind breakers but sometimes it's like Lord of the Rings. You must push further than you think possible!
Because you will be rewarded, and richly with some of the best ice cream I've had. Smitten Ice Cream is made to order with liquid nitrogen. It is fresh, creamy and deliriously delicious. I can't even recall what flavor it was, something about rosemary, lemon or caramel? We had a few different flavors. I do remember that despite the fact I was shivering and high off macarons that I really, really, really wanted more of that ice cream.
Verdict: I am smitten with you Kelvin.
#45-Duck Larb at Les Ros Thai
After four straight desert stops a palate cleanser is in order and what better than some blow your face off hot thai food, am I right? Les Ros Thai has an outpost in Hayes Valley and we made it the last stop of our day. The ambiance is pleasant, the service is exremely attentive and the food is much more economical than the storefront would imply. The Larb was pretty intense in terms of the spice and flavor but it was balanced nicely by the richness of the duck fat. I can imagine that this salad would be really appealing on a sunny hot day.
Verdict: A nice way to cap off the sugar rush.