Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Piperade in San Francisco ~

It must be the season for eating amazing French Basque food.

First it was La Ferme, and now I was lucky enough to have just returned from a quick weekend to San Francisco where I was attending a dear friend's birthday celebration, and the grand fete was held at Piperade, one of my most favorite restaurants in the City.

It had been some time since I had the pleasure of dining at Piperade, so it was a real treat not only for my friend Alison (the birthday girl) and her 14 guests made up of family and friends, but for me, as well. Gerald Hirigoyen, the famed owner of Piperade and Bocadillos, and a good friend of mine, was on hand last Saturday making sure our table was having a great time and even took time out of his busy night to sweetly autograph his newest book, Pintxos, for Alison.

Onto the food...and my amazing gluten-free meal! Just so you all know, if you are a Celiac or on a gluten-free diet, Piperade's kitchen is very accommodating and able to ensure a safe and delicious GF meal. I have eaten there now for many years and always been safe and incredibly enjoy and just make sure to inform one of their friendly and professional staff of your special dietary needs.

My first course was this incredible Tipiak, or small plate that's a favorite - the flavors of sweet tanginess melded with creamy cheese are so unique.

Warm sheep's milk cheese and ham terrine with aged sherry

Next came this little lovely that was shared and devoured...

Pequillo peppers stuffed with goat cheese, pine nuts and golden raisins

And then my Handiak (or big plate) arrived...this amazing Euskaidun, or Basque classic dish of pork literally melted in my mouth and fell off the bone.

Roasted pork tenderloin with braised cabbage and figs

Sadly, I didn't get a snapshot of my "Koka", or caramel custard this time - it all happened so quickly, with candles and singing and birthday the time I pulled out my camera to shoot my dessert - most of it had been shared and eaten up...oh well, there's always next time! But I did get a shot of the birthday girl's beautiful sweet treat -

Next time you are in San Francisco, make sure to visit Piperade or Bocadillos for an unforgettable lunch or dinner dining experience...and tell Gerald that I sent you!

Eskerrik Asko Gerald and staff for a perfect night out on the town!!

Piperade is located at:
1015 Battery St.
San Francisco, CA

Lunch served / Monday - Friday
Dinner served / Monday - Saturday
Closed / Sunday

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