This past Thursday, I had the good fortune of attending a swanky happy hour with my great friend and new favorite hand model, Sam. The event was part of Zagat’s 30 Under 30 festivities, which honors up-and-comers in the world of cuisine.
Oh, did I mention it was free?
Free food always tastes better, but the food and drink here were truly stellar. Above are two of my favorites. The drink, Alligator Alley, combines olive oil-infused gin (?!!), chartreuse, vermouth and a kina aperitif. Next to that: boquerones on toast!
These tasty times took place at Trick Dog, a newish (and gorgeous) bar in the Mission.
Upon arrival, the place was already pretty busy.
We headed upstairs where we were greeted by St. Elmo’s Punch.Â This dangerous concoction included rum, bitter-sweet liqueur, pineapple, coconut, lime and cava. Oh boy…
Ham-dressed baby lettuces – I don’t how these tasted as amazing as they did. I’d guess I had about 8 throughout the night.
Gulf shrimp ceviche – light, refreshing, spicy.
Kettle Chip Spanish tortilla with a side of photo inception!
Brawn taco, compressed muffaletta, and wonton with smoked trout.
Wait a second, did they just put head cheese in a taco? And it was creamy and crispy and out of this world?
Yes, they did and yes it was.
Peaches with cottage cheese. The perfect not too sweet mini-dessert, and normally, I’m so not down with cottage cheese. Whoa.
The night ended with a drink called Trust No One Under 30. (I call shenanigans!) It had bourbon, Aperol, peach and lemon. Plus, it matched what was left of my chipped nail polish!
Sometimes, cool things just happen this easily: