Cheesecake with blueberry swirl ice cream – Bi-Rite Creamery

Cheesecake with blueberry swirl ice cream - Bi-Rite Creamery
Oh Bi-Rite Creamery, how I still love you! You have never failed me on delicious flavors or served weird waxy ice cream. I will say that the blueberry swirl was verging on being too sweet, but the whole thing was still delicious! Kid size $2.50
Bi-Rite Creamery, San Francisco CA

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Country fried steak – Escena Lounge & Grill

Country fried steak - Escena Lounge & Grill
Hand-hammered cutlet, two eggs over medium, country gravy, toast and breakfast potatoes. $14
Escena Lounge & Grill, Palm Springs CA

OMG, this cutlet was ridiculously HUGE! I can usually eat A LOT, but I couldn’t even begin to finish this thing, lol. It was pretty good, maybe a bit on the dry side, but the gravy and breading were flavorful. I think my heart is screaming from the sight of this again, hehe.

Mini blueberry muffin - Escena Lounge & Grill
Mini blueberry muffin. Delicious!

Turkey burger – Escena Lounge & Grill

Turkey burger - Escena Lounge & Grill
Ground turkey, swiss cheese, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickle, secret sauce on a Kaiser roll, side salad. $15
Escena Lounge & Grill, Palm Springs CA

I love Escena. The setting is gorgeous, the service is wonderful, and it’s a great value. This turkey sandwich was pretty large and they have a lot of add-on options to personalize it to your taste.

Mini blueberry muffins - Escena Lounge & Grill
Mini blueberry muffins.

Blueberry streusel muffin – Starbucks

Blueberry streusel muffin - Starbucks

I think the bakery items at Starbucks taste like crap (at least at the U.S. stores), but if it’s the only coffee shop open at a small airport when it’s really early in the morning, I’m not past buying one. I swear these muffins have no flavor and taste like cardboard so you really need the coffee to help wash it down.. $2.59
Starbucks, Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)

Bighorn sheep statue

Bighorn sheep statue with oasis theme, PSP Airport.

Blueberry muffin – HNL Food Kiosk

Blueberry muffin - HNL food kiosk
$3.25
HNL Food Kiosk, Honolulu International Airport (HNL)

We were starving when we got to the HNL domestic terminals to fly to the Big Island, but there wasn’t much to choose from. The only thing open was a small food kiosk with generic snack options. We chose the blueberry muffin because it was large enough to share. It was ok…

Colorful carpet
Colorful carpet in the HNL domestic gates.

California benedict – Peg’s Glorified Ham N Eggs

California benedict - Peg's Glorified Ham N Eggs
Glorified eggs benedict with turkey, avocado, tomato, and hollandaise. Served with fruit. $11.99
Peg’s Glorified Ham N Eggs, Reno NV

This was also gross. The hollandaise had a weird texture and flavor and the avocado had a moldy black section. The deli turkey didn’t really add anything to the dish. I liked the fruit I guess.

Mount Rose Summit Trail
Beginning of the Mount Rose Summit Trail. The summit looks SO far away!

Blueberry snail – Arizmendi Bakery

Blueberry snail - Arizmendi Bakery

Organic flour, eggs, buttermilk, cream, sugar, yeast, butter, sea salt. $2.75
Arizmendi Bakery, San Francisco CA

I really like how this pastry isn’t too sweet. I’m slowly becoming more aware of super sweet and salty foods these days, and this was a pleasure to eat. Hehe!

Blue spiral bike rack

Blue spiral bike rack, 16th Street. This decorative rack stands in front of the Eureka Valley branch San Francisco Public Library. Almost snail-like! :)

Very berry coffee cake – Starbucks

Very berry coffee cake Starbucks

Reduced-fat crumble top coffee cake made with blackberries, blueberries and raspberries. $2.25
Starbucks, South San Francisco CA

It says “reduce-fat” and it certainly tastes like. I was super starving the morning that I bought this (along with the mini vanilla bean scone) and neither item really satisfied me. Pretty to look at but not much flavor.

Fresh fruit tartlet – Noe Valley Bakery

Project 365: Day 21

After leaving the gym, I started thinking about the late birthday party on Saturday that I’m having over at my place for some friends at work. I really don’t have anything for it yet and my apartment is a MESS! I thought that this would be less stressful than having dinner at a restaurant since everyone hates splitting the bill and there’s still someone who keeps underpaying (argh!).

I stopped by Noe Valley Bakery again because I initially thought I was going to get a bunch of their amazing cupcakes for the party, but they’re kind of expensive and my wallet is feeling overused lately. I checked out their book of cakes and thought I wanted one of them, but I’ve since decided that maybe I’ll just swing by Tartine Bakery on Saturday morning and grab whatever looks good. You can’t really go wrong with something from Tartine and I think pre-ordering something would just cause more stress and I don’t have the time.

Papa Chang and Rapunzel said that I shouldn’t worry about and just provide simple things like chips and other random snacks, but I always have to have food for guests – it’s the Filipino in me! Maybe I’ll stick to my original plan and have some Filipino food (lumpia and pancit), but just not order too much. Maybe people will bring food too. I just can’t spend too much money since I’m saving for all those trip’s coming up. I’ve also decided that I’m visiting Codes in Ohio for his 30th bday so that’s another unforeseen expense. It’ll be fun though and it’s always great seeing him.

Just made plans to have brunch with B2 on Sunday. She wants to take me out for a late birthday meal and to hear all about my Benu dinner. She loves food as much as I do so we’ll have a great time.

Fresh fruit tartlet Noe Valley Bakery

Mini 2 inch sweet pastry shell filled with pastry cream and topped with strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, and blackberry. $2.85
Noe Valley Bakery, San Francisco

This tartlet beckoned to me from the counter display. The berries looks so sweet and luscious, especially with the apricot(?) glaze on top. It was very tasty ! The pastry shell could have been a little thinner but I really can’t complain too much about this scrumptious tart.