About vicentesf

Exploring life one meal at a time. Cause I'm not a foodie, I just like to eat!

Chung qing wings – New Ming’s Restaurant

Chung qing wings - New Ming's Restaurant
Dried peppers, Sichuan peppers, garlic, ginger, scallions, sesame. $10.95
New Ming’s Restaurant, San Francisco CA

These chicken wings were certainly flavorful. They weren’t necessarily hot or spicy, but all the different peppers kind of numbed your mouth anyway. What I didn’t like was that the wings were all cut up and so there were bone shards everywhere. I thought I was going to cut the inside of my mouth by accidentally biting into some. This also wasn’t a great value since there weren’t that may wing pieces. I wouldn’t order these again.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2014

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Fountain
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Fountain, Yerba Buena Park.

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Fried chicken po-boy – Starbelly

Fried chicken po-boy - Starbelly
Jalapano and radicchio slaw, sesame bun, served with French fries. $10
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

I liked the idea of this po’boy sandwich and I think that it’s a great value, but the chicken was over-fried and dry. Ew! Even the slaw and ketchup couldn’t save it. :(  At least the fries were good.

Movies at Dolores Park
Sparkling rose during movies at Dolores Park.

Crispy duck salad – Hakkasan

Crispy duck salad - Hakkasan
Fried duck with glaze, pomelo, pine nut, shallot, micro greens, pomegranate seeds, fried lotus. $28
Hakkasan, San Francisco CA

Wow, this salad was amazing! But I’m still slightly reeling from the price tag for a lunch time salad though. Pretty steep, but worth it. The duck was melt-in-your-mouth tender and super juicy. It was nice and fatty and oh so flavorful. All the ingredients worked well together and created a very playful and fun dish. I would totally order this again, but maybe after a few days of just eating ramen to offset the cost. :)

Crispy duck salad - Hakkasan
7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2014

Fernet Julep cocktail - Hakkasan
Fernet Julep: Buffalo Trace bourbon, Fernet Jelinek, mint, ginger juice and spiced port infusion. $12

Mushroom cheeseburger – Firewood Cafe

Mushroom cheeseburger - Firewood Cafe
Sauteed mushroom, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, served with French fries. $11.50
Firewood Cafe, San Francisco International Airport(SFO)

I liked this burger too! The patty was a little on the done side for my taste, but it was still tasty overall. The mushrooms were plump and juicy and the fries were killer.

Gate in Terminal 2
Gate in Terminal 2.

Spicy catfish lunch special – Banana House

Spicy catfish lunch special - Banana House
Sauteed crispy catfish in spicy chili paste, with beans and basil. Served with brown rice and salad. $13
Banana House, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this was pretty tasty! I liked that it was actually spicy too! I’m sure it was packed with sodium, but it still had a distinct catfish flavor and it was delicious. The portion could have been a bit larger but it was still good overall.

Vegetable soup - Banana House
Vegetable soup. Complimentary

Lamb gyro sandwich – Halal Cart

Lamb gyro sandwich - Halal Cart
I really do love gyros. I have weird cravings for them every once and a while. I love the meat at Halal Cart, a popular lunch spot on Market Street. It’s juicy and flavorful (and probably super fatty) and just kind of melts in your mouth. I also love their squeeze bottles of hot sauce that you can douse your food with. I don’t like that they use styrofoam. Did they not know we’re in San Francisco? Sheesh! $7
Halal Cart, San Francisco CA

Yerba Buena Park
Yerba Buena Park.

Wood oven roasted Peking duck – Butterfly Restaurant

Wood oven roasted Peking duck - Butterfly Restaurant
Seared duck breast, duck leg confit crepes, hoisin cream sauce, sprouts and mandarin sections. $29
Butterfly Restaurant, San Francisco CA

This duck had a great smoky flavor from the wood oven. It was moist and tender and perfect with the hoisin cream sauce. The skin and fat layer were especially delicious, and the confit duck leg crepes were an added bonus!

Humpback whale mural, Pier 39
Humpback whale mural, Pier 39.

Cheeseburger – Firewood Cafe

Cheeseburger - Firewood Cafe
Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, served with French fries. $10.50
Firewood Cafe, San Francisco International Airport(SFO)

As airport food goes, Firewood Cafe is solid. It’s a good value and the food is actually pretty good. This burger was moist and plenty big. I just wish they would toast the buns. The fries were delicious though!

Blue Moon and Sierra Nevada beers - Firewood Cafe
Blue Moon and Sierra Nevada beers.

Angels on horseback – Anchor & Hope

Angels on horseback - Anchor & Hope
Fried oyster wrapped in bacon, with arugula and aioli. Happy hour, each $3.50
Anchor & Hope, San Francisco CA

This fast good, but even with the sauce the entire bite was really dry! Between the fried oyster and the dry bacon, this appetizer was in desperate need of some moisture. Maybe they just overcooked my order, but I would never put this lame bite on a must-eat list.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010

Cristalino cava - Anchor & Hope
Cava, Cristalino, Spain NV. Happy hour $5

The complete galette – Galette 88

The complete galette - Galette 88
Buckwheat galette with emmentaler cheese, ham, soft cooked egg. Served with a mixed green salad. $10.50
Galette 88, San Francisco CA

I absolutely love savory buckwheat galettes and this one was SO tasty! I loved all the quality ingredients and the soft cooked egg was perfect. I will say that there was possibly too much cheese on the galette (like enough for an entire pizza), but I’m probably just complaining because I’ve been on a health kick lately. I would definitely go back for another!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013

Unsweetened black iced tea - Galette 88
Unsweetened black iced tea. $2