Assorted salad with garlic and vinegar – Nha Hang Ngon

Assorted salad with garlic and vinegar - Nha Hang Ngon
Xa lach tron dau dam. With cucumber, tomato, onion, cilantro, and mayonnaise. 50,000 VND
Nha Hang Ngon, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

Ugh, what is up with all that mayo on this salad – I don’t get it! You find loads of mayonnaise in Japanese salads but I didn’t know they put it on Vietnamese salads too. It was SO gross! I’m not a big fan of globs and globs of unincorporated mayonnaise so I didn’t like this salad very much. I tried eating around it, but it kept getting everywhere.

Military tank and helicopter
Military tank and helicopter, War Remnants Museum.

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Sandwich mixte – La Cooperative

Sandwich mixte - La Cooperative
Ham, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. 5,90€
La Cooperative, Paris FR

After a long day of sightseeing, we really needed some food on our way back to the hotel. We came across La Cooperative on our walk from the Louvre. It looked like a cute cafe and the clientele appeared to be a mixture of business people, locals and tourists so we decided to give it a try. The food was fairly good, but the service was really erratic. We were served by two different waiters both of whom were really difficult to wave down when we needed anything.

While this sandwich was pretty standard, the bread was really good. I also prefer the mayonnaise they use in France. It has a better consistency and flavor.

Drinks - La Cooperative

Coca-Cola light. 50 cl 7,20€
Kir au Sauvignon. 25 cl 5,70€
OK, I’m still baffled why drinks are SO expensive here! We spent more money on soda and water than we did our food. Am I just being a ridiculous American that I think this is outrageous?! :(

Fountain of Warsaw, Jardins du Trocadero
Fountain of Warsaw, Jardins du Trocadero. The Gardens of the Trocadero are beautiful and a great place to view the Eiffel Tower and take photos. Of course I did a customary “jump” photo with the tower in the background, lol.

Beef banh mi – Little Saigon

Beef banh mi - Little Saigon
Grilled beef, pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro, mayonnaise. $4.50
Little Saigon, South San Francisco CA

Ok, I’m offically banh mi’d out right now, lol! This is probably not true but I have been eating a lot of banh mi’s lately. I can’t help myself!

Aleutian maidenhair ferns
Aleutian maidenhair ferns (Adiantum aleuticum, Pteridaceae), Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.

Chicken banh mi – Little Saigon

Chicken banh mi - Little Saigon
Grilled chicken, pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro, mayonnaise. $4.50
Little Saigon, South San Francisco CA

Mmm, I’ve been on a banh mi kick lately. I really can’t get enough of these delicious Vietnamese sammies!

Yellow redwood violet
Yellow redwood violet (Viola sempervirens, Violaceae), Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.

Pork banh mi – Little Saigon

Pork banh mi - Little Saigon
Grilled pork, pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro, mayonnaise. $4.50
Little Saigon, South San Francisco CA

The banh mi’s at Little Saigon are pretty large and super affordable! And they don’t skimp on the meat either, yeah!

Sword ferns

Sword ferns on the forest floor (Polystichum munitum, Dryopteridaceae), Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.

Super hero sandwich – Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse

Super hero sandwich - Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse
Whole wheat hero, tri-tip with bbq sauce, cheddar cheese, bacon, avocado, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion, mild pepper rings, pickle on the side. $7.99
Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse, Los Gatos CA

Super hero sandwich - Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse
Wow, this sandwich was SO good! . It was packed with so many delicious ingredients, and the beef was very flavorful and tender!

Canadian geese
Canadian geese at Vasona Park.

Roast turkey sandwich – Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse

Roast turkey sandwich - Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse
Whole wheat hero, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion, mild pepper rings, pickle on the side. $6.49
Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse, Los Gatos CA

The sandwiches at Los Gatos Meats are delicious! They smoke and roast all their meats and make their own sauces too. Come hungry because the sandwiches are huge – heck yeah!

Los Gatos Meats pink pig bbq grill
Los Gatos Meats pink pig bbq grill, cute!!!

Vasona Reservoir
Vasona Reservoir.

Shaking beef banh mi – Dinosaurs

Shaking beef banh mi - Dinosaurs
Sliced beef sauteed with onions and vinaigrette, pickled carrot and daikon radishes, cilantro, cucumber, jalapeno, and mayo on a French baguette. $5.39
Dinosaurs, San Francisco CA

This sandwich was good, but not one of my favorites at Dinosaurs. The beef wasn’t as flavorful as some of the other fillings they have available.

Dried rattlesnake grass
Dried rattlesnake grass (Briza sp., Poaceae), Potrero Hill.

Cajun lobster roll – Lobster ME

Cajun lobster roll - Lobster ME
Maine lobster with cajun spices, seasoned mayo, spicy butter and fresh lemon on toasted New England-style split-top bun served with Cajun garlic fries. $21
Lobster ME, Las Vegas NV

Sadly, this lobster roll didn’t have a lot of the cajun flavor that was advertised in the menu description. The fries tasted ok but were limp and greasy.

Caesars Palace
Caesars Palace from the Bellagio lagoon.

The original “Maine Style” lobster roll – Lobster ME

The original Maine Style lobster roll - Lobster ME
Maine lobster served with a touch of mayo and lemon and topped with secret spice blend on toasted New England-style split-top bun. Medium $17
Lobster ME, Las Vegas NV

This sandwich was just OK. The lobster quality was marginal, definitely from previously frozen lobster since it had a squishy texture. The spice blend they used was tasty, but the sandwich did not have enough lobster flavor. You mostly tasted butter.

Purple Petunia flowers
Purple Petunia flowers (Solanaceae) in the Flamingo courtyard.

Grilled pork sandwich – Pho Big Bowl

Grilled pork sandwich - Pho Big Bowl
Banh mi thit heo nuong. French bread with grilled pork, cucumber, mayonnaise, pickled daikon and carrots, jalapeno, and cilantro. $4.85
Pho Big Bowl, Seattle WA

This was a pretty sizeable sandwich for costing less than five bucks! That’s why I love banh mi’s, they tend to be delicious and a great value. The pork on this sandwich was tender and flavorful.

Seattle Cloud Cover glass bridge
Seattle Cloud Cover glass bridge, Teresita Fernandez, Olympic Sulpture Park.