Friday, August 1, 2014


Photo by Sarah Kabat
If you ever walk into Sierra Mar and see the entire staff in the dining room peering out the window, you can rest assured that something epic is happening.  While most of us get our Big Sur scenery fix through a quick peek out the kitchen pass or on our way to the garden, sometimes something so fantastic happens in the dining room that it lures even the cooks and dishwashers out of the kitchen.  It could be a pod of orca herding a school of sardines or a baby bobcat sunning in the tall grass.  Yesterday it was two giant Big Sur condors perching on the roof of Sierra Mar.  Seeing the condors soar beside the windows of the restaurant is not an uncommon experience, but getting this close of a look was really special.  So special in fact that I sacrificed my chef jacket to crawl up on the kitchen roof and grab these pictures!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sierra Mar Garden

The Sierra Mar Garden is in full summer swing!  Anton recently harvested some beautiful lettuces for us.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Billy Post Apples and Oysters

The two, near century old, apples trees in our garden are loaded with grapefruit sized green fruit.   Though nobody knows for sure what variety was planted here, most likely by Billy Post's grandfather Joe, we speculate it might be a pippin cross.  Over the last week a few almost ripe apples have been falling from the trees.  While they are still too astringent to eat, the juice has a sharp acidity that when frozen mellows into a refreshing balance of tart, bitter and sweet.

Today I am serving Morro Bay Oysters on the half shell, sprinkled with a touch of Hendricks Gin, Fresh Sea Beans and Dill then covered in a shaved ice made from the fresh apple juice, fresh horseradish, tarragon and Yerba Buena.

Friday, July 25, 2014

15 Leaves From The Garden

  • Kale - Miso - Espelette
  • Squash Leaf - Cava Batter One Side- Squash Compote with thyme and goat butter
  • Borage-  Meyer Lemon Zest, Salt
  • Veined Sorrel- Olive Oil
  • Nasturtium - Post Ranch Honey Droplets
  • Lettuce - Tomato Jam Puree, Crushed Bacon Bits
  • Dahlia - Goat Cheese, Wild Berries, Lavender
  • Pineapple Sage - Bacon Fat, Pink Pepper, Salt
  • Orach - Beet - Ginger
  • Garlic Chive - Olive Oil, Salt
  • Purslane - Raw
  • Squash Blossom - Corn Puree
  • Fennel Frond - with Flower
  • Hyssop Leaves

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

First Honey Harvest

We recently completed our first Post Ranch honey harvest!  The color was almost clear and the flavor was exceptional with a very herbaceous - spicy quality.

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Lunch Salad

Recently we added a summer stone fruit salad with nasturtium vinaigrette and acorn crumble to our lunch menu.