Foie gras creme brulee – Lavender Bistro

Foie gras creme brulee - Lavender Bistro
Poached pear, toast points. $16
Lavender Bistro, La Quinta CA

Mmm, this appetizer was SO delicious! I loved the silky texture of the foie gras mousse combined with the hard bruleed crust. I thought the toast points were a little tacky though (and definitely not enough of them for the amount of foie gras).

Cape Cod cocktail - Lavender Bistro
Cape Cod cocktail. $9

Chicken tacos – Ruby’s Diner

Chicken tacos - Ruby's Diner
Grilled chicken, vegetarian black beans, lettuce, shredded cheese, secret taco sauce, housemade salsa, green onions, flour tortilla. Served with guacamole and sour cream. $9.99
Ruby’s Diner, Cabazon CA

These tacos were pretty. Lame they were bland and super basic. They seemed more like stuffed quesadillas than proper tacos. Obviously, Ruby did not grow up in a Latino community…

Forever Marilyn sculpture by Seward Johnson
“Forever Marilyn” sculpture by Seward Johnson.

Caldo Tlalpeno con pollo – Nopalito

Caldo Tlalpeno con pollo - Nopalito
Chicken consomme, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, garbanzos, avocado, queso fresco and chipotle abodabo. $13
Nopalito, San Francisco CA

This soup was very flavorful, but surprisingly light compared to something like a pozole. I didn’t know what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised. The flavors were subtle but well developed. I was tickled by the dried whole pepper plopped in the middle.

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Fried garbanzo beans - Nopalito
Fried garbanzo beans. Complimentary

Polvoron cookie - Nopalito
Polvoron cookie. Complimentary

WhipOut slider & Fried chicken pups – WhipOut! Food Truck

WhipOut slider & Fried chicken pups - WhipOut! Food Truck
Beef burger with 4 oz ground chuck, truck-smoked cheddar, dill pickle, signature sauce, pickled red onion, romaine. $6.50
Bite-sized truck-smoked thigh pieces, buttermilk battered, bbq dipping sauce. $5.50
WhipOut! Food Truck, San Francisco CA

I liked the flavors of the slider but it was sitting in a pool of grease that completely soaked into the bottom bun, boo! I’m not sure if the grease was from the chicken pups or from the beef patty and cheese but it was gross! The top bun was also too thick for the small size of the slider. The fried chicken pups weren’t very good either. They were REALLY greasy and over-fried. They were really hard to chew and super salty! Overall, this was a failed lunch.

WhipOut! Food Truck
WhipOut! Food Truck.

Cheesesteak – The Grove

Cheesesteak - The Grove
Creek Stone Farm Black angus flank steak, fontina, roasted sweet onion, hot and sweet peppers. Served with Kettle chips and a pickle. $11.50
The Grove, San Francisco CA

I guess when I ordered this, I expected it to arrive more as a traditional cheesesteak sandwich rather than a panini. It’s not really what I wanted, but it tasted ok. I thought it was on the dry side and the batard was hard.

Clarion Alley, Mission
Clarion Alley, Mission.