Summer Menu Tasting with Craft Beer Pairings @ Vessel Restaurant, Kona Kai Resort & Spa, San Diego, CA in Pics
One of the perqs of this whole blogging/social media-ing thing is that every once in a while, you get invited to partake of special things.
If one of the things you happen to blog about is food and drink, every once in a while, you get invited to partake of specially delicious things.
|My hot date for the evening - Kelli May|
(@ ShivaLife Yoga! Shout-out, GF! ❤)
Like a fabulous six course Summer menu tasting in a fantastically San Diego kind of setting like Vessel Restaurant at Kona Kai Resort & Spa.
Where they pour a stiff cocktail... (Thank you, Peter!)
|A Vessel Old Fashioned for me and an old fashioned|
Old Fashioned for Kelli.
...and maybe not everybody, but somebody (namely the person who printed out your place card), knows your name. (That's a corny 80s reference, kids! :P)
And they pair some truly fantastic food...
...with some truly fantastic craft beer...
...in true San Diego fashion.
The food was thoughtful, playful, and most importantly, well-executed and delicious. (Chef's descriptions as usual.)
|48 Hour Pork Belly|
plantain powder, sweet potato spaetzle, anise, bitter chocolate
Craft Beer Pairing: Maui Brewing Co. Coconut Porter
|Yes, that belly was as melt-in-your-mouth porkalicious as it looks. :)|
borage flower, Cowgirl Creamery Smoked Bleu (Roquefort was originally
planned, and would have been delicious, but this selection was yums!),
fine herb medley, caramelized black pepper vinaigrette
Craft Beer Pairing: Alesmith .394 Pale Ale
It's hard to go wrong with Alesmith. ;)
|Kelli and I both thought that was deLISH!|
|Corn Dusted Albacore|
serrano custard, bacon powder, onion jam
Craft Beer Pairing: Refuge Brewery Blood Orange Belgian
(I loved this dish with all the elements together, and I liked
this beer, but I didn't love the pairing. Oh, and that crunchy freeze
dried corn surprise at the bottom of the custard - a fun touch!)
|Dry Aged Ribeye|
blue cheese popcorn, foie gras butter, bordelaise
Craft Beer Pairing: Stone Brewing Co. Delicious IPA
Everyone LOVED that popcorn. I loved that ribeye even more... :)
|I think I tricked Chef Roy Hendrickson into that winning grin.|
(He's got that Serious Chef Face thing happening, IYKWIM. ;))
|Dessert's on the way, but first let us take a selfie. :P :P :P|
almond semolina biscotto and Port
|Lovely texture - delicate yet velvety.|
Service was warm and accommodating without a hint of pretense. I always love when you can have elevated food in a friendly and comfortable environment.
And of course the surroundings don't hurt one bit.
Fantastic food, wonderful service, and a lovely location.
What a treat.
Kudos and gratitude to the team at Vessel and Kona Kai for a fabulous evening. :)
Vessel Restaurant at Kona Kai Resort & Spa
1551 Shelter Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92106