Camarones al pisco – Fresca

Camarones al pisco - Fresca
Marinated sauteed shrimp, garlic, pisco, spicy tomato sauce with a touch of cream, grilled garlic toast. $14
Fresca, San Francisco CA

This dish was really tasty! The shrimp were well prepared and the tomato sauce was delicious. I was glad that they gave us more bread because the two dinky pieces was definitely not enough to sop up the yummy sauce. Noms!

Bird house graffiti mural
Bird house graffiti mural, Mission.

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Ceviche trio – Fresca

Ceviche trio - Fresca
Ceviche Mixto: catch of the day, calamari, shrimp, scallops, cilantro, onion, rocoto, lime juice.
Ceviche de Coco: ahi tuna, lime, coconut juice, rocoto, scallions, cashews, jicama, fresno chile.
Ceviche Pasion: salmon, passion fruit, red onion, yellow pepper, cilantro, purple corn.
Served with Peruvian bar snacks. $16
Fresca, San Francisco CA

I love getting the trio (or quarto) at Fresca because you get to try a variety of their ceviches and the price is great. This time around, I really liked the mixto. It’s the most traditional one, but I really just liked the flavors. I was surprised by the ceviche passion with it’s passion fruit dressing. It tasted pretty good!

Plantain chips - Fresca
Plantain chips. $5
I think it’s kinda lame that you have to pay for plantain chips. They should just give you less and make it complimentary.

Dragon roll – Wasabi Bistro

Dragon roll - Wasabi Bistro
Shrimp tempura roll topped with unagi, avocado, tobiko. $14
Wasabi Bistro, San Francisco CA

Dragon rolls served at most Japanese restaurants tend to be similar and they’re all pretty good. I mean it has fried things and salty things and plenty of different textures! It’s really a no-brainer as a crowd pleaser. This was a yummy version and a great size.

Skygate sculpture by Roger Barr
Skygate sculpture by Roger Barr, near Pier 39.

Curry tonkatsu – Wasabi Bistro

Curry tonkatsu - Wasabi Bistro
Fried pork cutlet with curry, vegetables and rice. With additional tempura side. $12
Wasabi Bistro, San Francisco CA

Japanese curries can be really rich and heavy, but this dish was nice and balanced. I liked the addition of the vegetables to help neutralize the richness of the curry sauce and fried pork. And you can’t say no to pickled daikons!

Tempura - Wasabi Bistro
Fried shrimp and assorted vegetables.

Sutro Tower
Sutro Tower as the fog rolls in, Castro.

Fritto misto – Pesce

Fritto misto - Pesce
Calamari, shrimp, fennel, green beans, zucchini, marinara. $14
Pesce, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I love fritto mistos! Who doesn’t love a plate of battered and deep fried seafood and vegetables?! I thought the marinara sauce was a little lame, but I’m not gonna complain too much. :)

Fall Smash cocktail - Pesce
Fall Smash: George Dickel rye, maple, lemon, mint, fresh cranberry. $10

Tiger roll – Wasabi Bistro

Tiger roll - Wasabi Bistro
Shrimp tempura, topped with snow crab and walnut. $13
Wasabi Bistro, San Francisco CA

Ugh, I was not a fan of the abundant, goopy white sauce on top. It reminded me of condensed milk (among other things) and it tasted a little sweet too. It definitely turned me off. I tried a piece and left the rest for the table.

Side door
Side door, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Fresh spring rolls – Basil Leaf Asian Cuisine

Fresh spring rolls - Basil Leaf Asian Cuisine
Goi cuon tom thit. Shrimp, rice vermicelli, cucumber, and lettuce wrapped in rice paper. Served with peanut sauce. $4.25
Basil Leaf Asian Cuisine, Fremont CA

There were standard fresh rolls and tasted pretty good. I liked the size of them and that they were open on both ends. I never like chewing through thick overlapping rice paper at the ends.

San Francisco-style cioppino – The Rotunda

San Francisco-style cioppino - The Rotunda
Mussels, clams, shrimp, dungeness crab, halibut, tomato-oregano broth, sourdough roll. $27
The Rotunda, San Francisco CA

This cioppino was good, but I was honestly surprised that it wasn’t better! I expected it to be AMAZING for almost thirty bucks. The ingredients were nice but I wasn’t blown away by the broth. It lack the all the flavor and depth that I was looking for. The mussels were also a little overdone.

The Fall Gem cocktail - The Rotunda
The Fall Gem: Eagle Rare single barrel bourbon, St. Germain, pomegranate, fresh-pressed lemon, orange bitters, orange peel, rocks. $12

Dimsum combination – Mr. Choi Kitchen

Dimsum combination - Mr. Choi Kitchen
Fried spring roll, fried shrimp dumpling, shrimp and pork siomai, chicken siomai, japanese siomai, fried gyoza, and dumpling hakaw. 305 PHP
Mr. Choi Kitchen, Manila PHILIPPINES

This was decent. It was a good selection from their limited dim sum options at a great price. It’s not dim sum that you’re going to write home, but it gets the job done in terms of giving you different flavors/textures and filling you up. A lot of the pieces seemed dry to me though.

Intramuros at night
Intramuros at night.

Shrimp tostas – Cozina

Shrimp tostas - Cozina
On house baked ciabatta, served with shoe string French fries. 650 PHP
Cozina, Boracay PHILIPPINES

We actually weren’t very full towards the end of our dinner since the portions were really small for most items, so we ordered this final item. It tasted pretty good, but the ciabatta bread was a little chewy perhaps undercooked? I don’t think I’d go back to this place.

Sailing around Boracay
Sailing around Boracay.

Shrimp cake – Mesa

Shrimp cake - Mesa
Shrimp patties skewered with asparagus, served with sweet and sour sauce. 220 PHP

Ugh, these were SO frickin’ dry! It was like biting into cardboard. Even the sweet and sour sauce couldn’t save these thin shrimp disasters.

Lights decoration
Lights decoration strung from coconut trees along the beach strip.