Sweater: Zara; Blazer: Banana Republic; Scarf: Nordstrom; Sunglasses: Chanel; Purse: Marc Jacobs; Pants: H&M; Shoes: Steve Madden boots.
What an eventful yet relaxing weekend! My husband and I had a nice Sunday walk to North Beach to enjoy brunch at Cotogna. Cotogna is owned by Chef Michael Tusk (also owner of neighbor, Quince). The restaurant is rustic Italian with a beautiful, casual environment. It’s very warm and welcoming, with exposed brick and a partial open kitchen where you see things from cauliflower to pork belly cooking on the spit to housemade bacon being made on the grill and a wood-oven for the pizza. We started with a Blood Orange & Cocchi Americano Mimosa and a Dry Farmed Tomato Bloody Mary with Aceto Balsamico & Espelette Pepper (both really unique and delicious). It was a really hard choice – everything sounded amazing (and we’ll have to go back). On this visit we had the Smoked Trout with Zuckerman Farm Asparagus, Rye and Sauce Gribiche and the Heritage Pork Shoulder Hash with English Peas, Cipollini Onion, and Baked Egg. The trout was very fresh and great with the rye. The hash was served in a cast iron pan and the baked egg was great with the pork (cooked perfectly). And while waiting for our dishes, you MUST request the bread. They bring out a skinny slab on fresh, warm foccacia bread that is worth the trip in itself! Cotogna is located in one of my favorite San Francisco neighborhoods – Jackson Historic District. My first PR job was in this area. The narrow streets are lined with brick buildings that range from antique shops to art gallery’s to high-end fashion boutiques.
The blood orange mimosa and simple, rustic plating.
The smoked trout served on a bright orange plate.
And the pork shoulder hash served in the cast iron on a wood board and rye toast on the side.