Cocchi Cup cocktail – Starbelly

Cocchi Cup cocktail - Starbelly

Cocchi Americano, blackberries, soda, lime garnish. $8
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

This was ok, but the soda was flat! It took forever to make it to our table too. I swear this place must have gotten new management because the service and food has gone to sh!t.

Do not sit on steps

“Do not sit on steps” residential signage, Noe Valley. San Franciscans hate it when you sit on their stoop.

Loco moco – Starbelly

Loco moco - Starbelly
Prather Ranch beef patty, steamed rice, sunny egg, green onions and sweet soy. $10
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

Ugh, this was a joke! In my nostalgia for Hawaii, I was stupid enough to order a loco moco from Starbelly. The hamburger patty was tough and bland and there was no yummy gravy! And by the time it made it to the table, it was cold. Gross. I usually love this restaurant, but we were having brunch with a group and the service was terrible! They were super slow and inattentive. Also, more than one of our dishes came out overcooked and they even forgot a couple of our plates. Lame!

Muni wires
Muni wires criss-crossing the intersection at Market and Castro.

Chilaquiles – Starbelly

Chilaquiles - Starbelly
House made chorizo, eggs, corn chips, chile sauce and cilantro, house salad with goat cheese and tomatoes. $12
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

Noms, this was SO good! I loved the house made chorizo and the sauteed chilies mixed into the scramble. Mmm, I’m hungry just thinking about this dish again! Definitely not an authentic chilaquiles, but it was packed with delicious flavors.

Pink 'Coral Seas' passion flowers (Passiflora jamesonii, Passifloraceae)

Pink ‘Coral Seas’ passion flowers (Passiflora jamesonii, Passifloraceae), 25th Street. These passion vines are just around the corner from my house. I don’t think the color combinations are as dramatic as some other passion flowers, but I don’t mind. The solid pink petals are stil beautiful!

Starbelly 75 cocktail – Starbelly

Starbelly 75 cocktail - Starbelly

Cocchi Americano apertivo, ginger, fresh lemon juice, prosecco. $8
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

I loved the beautiful pale pink/peach color of this cocktail. The ginger flavor was subtle, but a great addition to this lovely brunch drink.

Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands
Golden Gate Bridge from the Marin Headlands. We are kinda spoiled with breathtaking views here in the Bay Area! 🙂

Cornmeal crusted fish tacos – Starbelly

Cornmeal crusted fish tacos - Starbelly
House pickled jalapeno and radicchio slaw, mixed greens salad with goat cheese and tomatoes, pickled jalapenos, limes. $9
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

I loved the texture of the fish, but they were difficult to taste among all the other ingredients. They were nicely cooked though and not greasy at all. The salad was actually my favorite part. The tomatoes and goat cheese were delicious!

Dahlia flowers (Dahlia sp., Asteraceae)
Yellow, magenta and peach dahlia flowers (Dahlia sp., Asteraceae), Noe Street. Not many houses in my neighborhood have front yards, and while this one is just a small strip of grass, I like that they’ve planted these bright dahlias.

Grapefruit Splash cocktail – Starbelly

Grapefruit Splash cocktail - Starbelly

Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, fresh grapefruit juice, prosecco. $9
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

There’s nothing better than a well-made breakfast cocktail! This had great flavor and was bright and sparkly to ease you into the morning.

Tree shadows on orange wall, Edison Elementary School
Tree shadows on orange wall, Edison Elementary School. I was walking to the gym one morning and was struck by the beautiful colors!

Blue cheese and pear pizza – Starbelly

Blue cheese and pear pizza - Starbelly
Point Reyes blue cheese, market pears, roasted onion, and arugula. $13
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

I usually love the pizzas at Starbelly, but I think this one was just ok. It was tasty, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve liked some of the other flavors better. I should have added their house-made bacon or something. That would have made it amazing!

Garage with bull artwork and poem, Valencia Street

Garage with bull artwork and poem, Valencia Street.

Pan roasted black mussels – Starbelly

Pan roasted black mussels - Starbelly
Mexican chorizo, market chiles and cilantro. $10
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

Noms, I’m in love! It’s difficult to tell from this pic, but there are actually quite a lot of mussels in this bowl. The sauce with the chorizo and chiles is to die for! Mmm, I’m getting hungry again!

Pan roasted black mussels - Starbelly
July 30, 2014. Still as delicious as ever! The cilantro were wilted and sad though.

Skygate sculpture by Roger Barr, near Pier 39

Skygate sculpture by Roger Barr, near Pier 39. It stands 27 feet high, 17.5 feet wide, and is made of mirror-polished stainless steel.

Grilled local artichoke – Starbelly

Grilled local artichoke - Starbelly
With lemon aioli. Half $4
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

Simple, delicious! The lemon aioli was a wonderfully falvored, light accompaniment. I love artichokes even though they’re a lot of work to prepare and eat. I guess that’s why I tend to order them out, not cook them myself. Hehe!

San Francisco sunrise
Sunrise from my balcony with a view of downtown. Ahh!

Spring gazpacho – Starbelly

Spring gazpacho - Starbelly
Avocado, crab and Spanish paprika. $9
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

This cold soup was light, delicious, and refreshing! I loved the bits of crab hidden within the chunky puree, and the paprika added a bit of smokiness. A perfect starter on a warm day!

Garage door artwork, 24th Street

Garage door underwater artwork, 24th Street. The Mission is SO colorful and the people are very daring and creative with their homes – love it!

Housemade Pimm’s Cup – Starbelly

Housemade Pimm's Cup - Starbelly

Served over ice and garnished with cucumber and basil. $8
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

Wow, I love the presentation! The longitudinal slice of cucumber looks really pretty especially with the basil leaves peeking through. And the Pimm’s Cup tasted great, very refreshing!

Jungle mosaic mural, 24th and York Street Mini Park
Jungle mosaic mural, 24th and York Street Mini Park. This is such a cute mini park and the artwork is so colorful and fun!