Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Fish and fish

Eastside Road, Healdsburg, December 15, 2008—

  • Tacubaya, 1788 4th Street, Berkeley; tel. 510-525-5160
  • WE NEEDED A QUICK and inexpensive place to meet and we were a little hungry but guarding against an early dinner, so settled on Tacubaya, a fast taqueria but a good one. I had a taco de pescado- battered & fried pollock with arbol chile aioli, shredded cabbage and cilantro; frijoles pintos (pinto beans mashed with chorizo) on the side, and washed it down with — what else? — cheap Pinot grigio.
  • Café Chez Panisse, 1517 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley; tel. 510.548.5525

  • Then the early supper: rocket (rucola, arugula, roquette) with Pecorino and hazelnuts in a light fragrant olive-oil dressing, followed by the yellowtail jack you see here, sautéed and tossed with spinach, artichokes, Meyer lemon, and green olives; Clay's smooth, substantial, yet subtle chocolate ice cream for dessert.
    Chignin-Bergeron, Savoie, 2007

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