Served on a freshly baked 12″ roll with grilled onions, hot cherry peppers, and provolone. $8.50 V Cafe, San Francisco CA
I’m so glad this place is open late! I was in the SoMa after 2 AM and I really needed something to eat before I made my way back home. Voila, V Cafe just appeared out of nowhere! The cheese steak wasn’t the best but it did its part.
Tossed with homemade potato chips. $17 Region, San Francisco CA
This was another first for me – Mongolian beef with potato chips. Most Mongolian beef dishes come with the fried noodles that add a crispy texture, but these had potato chips. They were only somewhat crispy because the sticky sauce had soften them a bit. Believe it or not, I found this dish oddly amazing! Perhaps it’s because of the fact that I was eating potato chips with my entree. I felt guilty and happy at once.
Served with tamarind sauce. $12 Region, San Francisco CA
These were ok, but I wasn’t expecting them to be ground meat served kebab style but using Japanese kushiyaki skewers. Hmm, perhaps they have their cuisines mixed up? Or maybe I’m just ignorant when it comes to skewers. Oh well…
“We love eating loco moco. A Hawaiian staple, great for hangovers.” Marin Sun Farms grassfed beef patty, dashi gravy, sunny-side up egg over rice. $12 Namu Gaji, San Francisco CA
Meh, this was a disappointment. You couldn’t taste the dashi flavor in the gravy and the portion was super small. There’s so little food that it wouldn’t begin to cure a hangover! I was also confused why this came in a paper boat while they use real boards and dinnerware for everything else. This was my first time at Namu Gaji and I was definitely NOT impressed.
Francois Pinon Vouvray “non-dose” NV (chenin blanc). $12
This sparkling wine tasted ok, but it was such a tiny pour for twelve bucks! Sheesh!
Crab cake, old bay tartar sauce. Pulled pork, jack and coke bbq sauce, slaw. Natural beef, cheddar, secret sauce, Achiote chicken, pulled spicy chicken, guacamole. Served with fries and a pickle. $12 Escena Lounge & Grill, Palm Springs CA
Mmm, all these sliders were pretty good but I think the pulled pork was my favorite. I also enjoyed that they tried to differentiate the sliders by having different toppings and sauces.
Trio of pulled pork sliders. $9
Had to order these another day since I liked them so much and they’re a great value.
View of Coachella Valley from Mt. San Jacinto summit.
Ground beef, pinto beans, red chile, lettuce, pico de gallo, cheese and crema served in a Frito bag! $8 Chile Pies, San Francisco CA
This is an upscale version of the delicious white-trash staple, but I think it missed the mark. There was so much lettuce and pico de gallo on top that you couldn’t really get into the “meat” of the dish which is the Fritos, beef and beans. Perhaps some things are better left unaltered…
Red and yellow columbine flowers (Aquilegia sp., Ranunculaceae), West Field Road.
These tacos were pretty tasty and at $3 a pop they made the perfect afternoon snack! I know it’s kinda ghetto for me to admit it, but the popcorn shrimp was probably my favorite. I don’t eat a lot of fried seafood so perhaps I just had a craving for it that day, hehe.
Chicken tinga with guacamole and salsa. $3
Carne asada with guacamole and salsa. $3
Mt. San Jacinto hike, looking back down into Coachella Valley.
Rich beef, pork and porcini mushroom sauce tossed with rigatoni, topped with shaved pecorino. Lunch epxress with casesar salad $5.50 Pasta Pomodoro, San Francisco CA
I don’t know why, but the pasta at Pasta Pomodoro is always super comforting. Maybe that’s just the power of pasta, but I don’t think so. For a local chain restaurant, Pasta Pomodoro definitely presents a very tasty product!
Grilled focaccia with pesto and olive oil. Complimentary
Hand-pattied certified angus beef, toasted brioche, pickles, and onion straws. Three for $9 Matchbox Palm Springs, Palm Springs CA
Thank goodness that we really liked our server/bartender because the food at Matchbox wasn’t all that good. These sliders were on the boring side – I mean they could have at least toasted and buttered the buns. The onion straws were also too thin to really enjoy and they quickly became soggy.