I hope everyone is having a great weekend. It’s been a really busy month for us, so I’m only getting around to sharing my favorite bites from June now. Here they are:

Nutella Bombolone at Monello (San Diego, California)

This Italian-style donut filled with Nutella was fresh, warm, fluffy and everything a good donut should be. We really enjoyed our relaxing brunch at Monello and this donut was definitely a highlight. Full post here.

Citrus Cured Salmon at Pardon My French (San Diego, California)

We recently had a tasting menu during a private event held at Pardon My French. During the dinner, we ate many delicious courses, but the one that stood out most for me was the citrus cured salmon. The bright citrus notes gave this salmon such a light and refreshing feel. I also loved the vibrant red edges of the salmon, produced naturally with the help of a little beet juice.

These indulgent sandwiches are stuffed with pasta, marinara sauce and gooey melted mozzarella. The mozzarella cheese helps the pasta stay in place, making this one delicious sandwich.

Earlier this week, I had my annual physical. I was trying to be good the few days leading up to the physical and then when it was over, I immediately made these sandwiches which had been consuming my mind!

Herb & Wood is the most recent restaurant of Chef Brian Malarkey (Top Chef, The Taste, and other TV shows), opening a few months ago to very positive reviews. It’s located just a few steps away from Juniper & Ivy, transforming a massive warehouse space into an elegant and modern restaurant.

Weekend reservations are hard to obtain, but I finally managed to snag us an early seating on a Saturday night a few weeks in advance. I also spotted Chef Malarkey shortly after we were seated, moving around the room with his boundless energy and making sure everything was running smoothly in the kitchen.

While not explicitly stated, it’s clear after reading through the menu that it is divided into small sections: toasts, salads, raw seafood, pasta, vegetables, main entrees, pizzas, etc. I immediately wanted to try an item from each section. Luckily, my two dining companions were in agreement.