Sweet and sour pork – Deli Kiosk

Sweet and sour pork - Deli Kiosk
With hard boiled egg, rice, sweet and sour sauce. 180 PHP
Deli Kiosk, Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)

I swear I’ll eat almost anything when I’m hungry. I really didn’t even want this plate at the airport, but I was starving during our layover. It wasn’t very good. I do like hard boiled eggs though.

Drag show in Manila
Drag show at Club Red Banana, Malate.

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Spicy and sour soup with black cod – Little Uncle

Spicy and sour soup with black cod - Little Uncle
Lemongrass, galangal, lime leaf, cherry tomatoes, chanterelle mushrooms, served with rice. $10.95
Little Uncle, Seattle WA

This soup was very similar to the flavors of a traditional tom yum, but I really wanted it to be more spicy as advertised in its description. I think it was more sour than anything, and I like sour but some heat would have been much appreciate. I loved the large chunks of black cod in the soup and the chanterelle mushrooms were a nice change up for Thai food. Overall it was tasty.

Rice - Little Uncle
Rice.

Seattle Space Needle
Seattle Space Needle.

Braised pork cheeks steamed bun – Little Uncle

Braised pork cheeks steamed bun - Little Uncle
Pickled vegetables, garlic chili paste. Each $3.30
Little Uncle, Seattle WA

Which is better, braised pork cheeks or pork belly? I’m not gonna choose between the two because they’re both delicious! These buns were super tasty and I loved the braising sauce. The pickled radish and carrot gave these morsels the perfect bite. Mmm…

Encircled Stream fountain
Encircled Stream fountain, Ned Kahn, Founders’ Court.

Chang Mai chicken curry egg noodles – Little Uncle

Chang Mai chicken curry egg noodles - Little Uncle
Khao soi gai. Made with their own coconut milk and curry paste, pickled mustard, fried shallots, red onion, lime, sprouts, fried noodles. $8.80
Little Uncle, Seattle WA

Wow, this was really tasty and I loved all the different textures and the curried broth was amazing. It was also cute that they give you the dried chili flakes and spices in the wax paper so you could add it to taste. The place is really just a pick-up window in the middle of the block with a couple benches along the wall. I really like it this way way though. It’s no frills, but the food is delicious!

Seattle Great Wheel

Seattle Great Wheel, Pier 57.

Salami pizza – Del Popolo

Salami pizza - Del Popolo
Tomato, mozzarella, basil, sweet peppers. $14
Del Popolo, San Francisco CA

This food truck is pretty cool because it’s over a story tall and they literally have a pizza oven conveyor belt in there! It’s super popular and the pizzas are pretty good, but honestly I’m not a fan of the brunt, blistered crusts. For me, the ash taste is overwhelming and pretty much contaminates the rest of the pizza’s flavor. I guess I’m one of the few who doesn’t like it that way.

Del Popolo food truck
Line for the Del Popolo food truck, Picnic at the Presidio.

Gazpacho – The Whole Beast

Gazpacho - The Whole Beast
Mmm, this was pretty refreshing on a warm Sunday morning at Picnic in the Presidio, and Off The Grid weekly event. It had good flavor and I liked the texture of it too.
The Whole Beast, San Francisco CA

Bloody mary - Picnic in the Presidio

Bloody mary – Picnic in the Presidio stand. It could have been a little stronger, but hey, it was still morning. :) I did like that they used paper straws!

Picnic in the Presidio
As it approaches noon, the crowd increases at Picnic in the Presidio.

Crawfish and bacon poutine – Fins on the Hoof

Crawfish and bacon poutine - Fins on the Hoof
Fresh cut fries, crawfish and house-cured bacon gravy, cheese curds, peas, spring onions. $10
Fins on the Hoof, San Francisco CA

Omg, this was delicious! The fries were crispy and well-cooked and the toppings were amazing. This had so much flavor and I initially thought that it would be super heavy and gross, but it actually wasn’t! The large fluffy cheese curds along with the peas and scallions helped to break up the fried ingredients and gravy. It was a great well-balanced poutine. I want some more!

Fins on the Hoof

Fins on the Hoof
Fins on the Hoof food truck.

Cheeseburger – America’s Cup 2013

Cheeseburger - America's Cup 2013
What can you say about festival food?! It’s usually overpriced and of poor quality. We attended a music concert at the America’s Cup Pavilion and that’s exactly what we had – an overpriced, soggy burger that I had to wait 10 minutes in line for! I’m still not sure if the patty was 100% beef. It tasted like there could have been pork in there too! Lame. $10
America’s Cup 2013, San Francisco CA

Strongbow hard cider - America's Cup 2013

Strongbow hard cider. $10

Bay Bridge
New eastern span of the Bay Bridge, with the old span to the left.

Jilled-up hush puppies – Zella’s Soulful Kitchen

Jilled-up hush puppies - Zella's Soulful Kitchen
Cornmeal fritters topped with aioli and chopped parsley. $3
Zella’s Soulful Kitchen, SF Street Food Festival 2013, San Francisco CA

Jilled-up hush puppies - Zella's Soulful Kitchen
Mmm, these were delicious! They were beautifully fried, moist, and not greasy at all. I loved the whole corn kernels inside – they were like little hidden treats. The aioli was pretty light so along with the parsley they kept the fried balls fresh tasting. Take note all you other street vendors, this is how you properly fry food! :)

Apples by Gustav Kraitz
Apples, 2005, Gustav Kraitz, glazed ceramic, de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park.

Toffee mealworms vanilla ice cream – Don Bugito

Toffee mealworms vanilla ice cream - Don Bugito
Was this novelty dessert worth five bucks? I have to say no. The vanilla ice cream was already melted, and the mealworms were super dry and burnt tasting (I don’t think I tasted any toffee). I didn’t like the powdery/crumbly texture in my mouth. I’m glad I tried it, but it didn’t deliver on flavor and texture. $5
Don Bugito, SF Street Food Festival 2013, San Francisco CA

Legion of Honor
California Palace of the Legion of Honor. One of my favorite museums in San Francisco!

Fried pickled green beans – Jarred SF Brine

Fried pickled green beans - Jarred SF Brine
With aioli dipping sauce. $3
Jarred SF Brine, SF Street Food Festival 2013, San Francisco CA

These beans were very pickled tasting which was great, but they were SUPER greasy. I ate a couple and didn’t want to finish the rest. It was like chomping on a sticks of oil! And I can appreciate that they’ve prepared a lot of beans for the Street Food Festival, but they could have at least cleaned up the stems. Definitely not one of the highlights of the day.

Kanrin Maru plaque
Commemorative plaque to Japanese Naval Ship Kanrin Maru, Lands End. From here, you can get a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge.