Hot cross bun – Noe Valley Bakery

Hot cross bun - Noe Valley Bakery
Spiced bread with raisins and walnuts. $2.60
Noe Valley Bakery, San Francisco

Bought a dozen of these yesterday to take on our Easter wine tasting trip to Sonoma. It was a fun way to spend Easter with friends, but I might have over done it! I’m suffering today because of it, lol!

San Francisco Ferry Building
San Francisco Ferry Building.

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Sweet and sour seafood hot pot – Nha Hang Ngon

Sweet and sour seafood hot pot - Nha Hang Ngon
Lau hai san chua cay. Shrimp, clams, fish, squid, cherry tomato, cilantro. 295,000 VND
Nha Hang Ngon, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

Assorted greens and oyster mushrooms - Nha Hang Ngon
Assorted greens and oyster mushrooms. I have no clue what most of these greens were, but I think there were even mimosa (sensitive plant) stems and leaves!

Vermicelli rice noodles - Nha Hang Ngon
Bun rice vermicelli noodles.

Sweet and sour seafood hot pot - Nha Hang Ngon
All the ingredients stewing in the hot pot! The server placed them in there once the pot was hot enough.

Sweet and sour seafood hot pot - Nha Hang Ngon
The end result was a delicious bowl of beautifully cooked seafood in a delicious broth with a little kick.

Hung King's Monument
Hung King’s Monument, Tao Dan Park.

Samalamig and San Mig beer – Villa Escudero

Samalamig - Villa Escudero
Brown sugar flavored beverage with gulaman (gelatin).
Villa Escudero, San Pablo City PHILIPPINES

They serve this “welcome” drink when you first arrive at the plantation. It tasted ok, but I didn’t really like it so I just ended up fishing out the gelatin pieces from the bottom.

San Miguel light beer - Villa Escudero
San Miguel light beer. I love how they individually wrap the napkins around each bottle for service so it doesn’t fall off!

Mano Filipino tradition statue
Awkward “mano” Filipino tradition statue. Hehe!

Caramelized apple cake – Starbucks

Caramelized apple cake - Starbucks
Traditional pound cake with caramelized apples and brown sugar. $2.45
Starbucks, San Francisco CA

Caramelized apple cake - Starbucks
As far was “American” Starbucks pastries go, this was actually ok. It’s not the best cake ever, but it was at least moist and didn’t taste like cardboard (like most of the crap the pass off as pastries).

California poppy
California poppy (Eschscholzia californica, Papaveraceae), Bon Tempe Lake.

Combo 5 Garden couple’s beef – Barbecue Garden

Combo 5 Garden couple's beef - Barbecue Garden
Bo nuong phan hai nguoi. Beef with cheese, beef 5 spices, beef with lemongrass and chili, beef with honey, vegetables, and steamed rice. 209,000 VND
Barbecue Garden, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

I liked all the flavors of beef and it was really fun cooking them on the grill. We had to change seats though to avoid the smoke getting blown directly at our faces. The servers were also very good at changing the grill tops when they got too dirty midway through.

Beef with cheese - Barbecue Garden
Beef with cheese. Can’t say I’ve had something like this before. It was kinda random, but delicious!

Tabletop grill - Barbecue Garden
Tabletop grill ready for some beef!

Saigon River
Saigon River from the Cau Mong Footbridge.

Pugon roasted asado – Panciteria Lido

Pugon roasted asado - Panciteria Lido
Sizzling pork asado with onion, garlic, chives, plum and taosi sauce. 285 PHP
Panciteria Lido, Manila PHILIPPINES

This dish was SO DISGUSTING – it tasted like ass! The pork was really tough and dry and it was super hard to chew through. The combination of flavors from the rub and sauces tasted like old, wet dirty laundry. I guess this place specializes in this roasted pork so I don’t know if we just got a really bad batch but it sucked. If this is what it’s supposed to taste like then I’m really surprised that this chain remains open. GROSS!

Place setting - Panciteria Lido
Place setting.

Kalesa horse drawn carriage
Kalesa, horse drawn carriage, this one in the Intramuros.

Pork and shrimp stir fried rice vermicelli – Nha Hang Ngon

Pork and shrimp stir fried rice vermicelli - Nha Hang Ngon
Bun gao xao tom thit. With carrots, cabbage, onion, green onion, cilantro. 120,000 VND
Nha Hang Ngon, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

This was pretty good and I liked the slightly al dente texture of the vermicelli noodles. The pork was ok, but the shrimp were really tasty. Overall, it was good but I probably wouldn’t order it again.

Nha Hang Ngon outdoor dining area
Outdoor dining area.

Nga sau Phu Dong Thien Vuong
Nga sau Phu Dong Thien Vuong, super busy roundabout!