Manti – Tuba Restaurant and Grill

Manti - Tuba Restaurant and Grill
Stuffed beef dumplings topped with yogurt, red pepper flakes, sumac and dried mint. $16
Tuba Restaurant and Grill, San Francisco CA

These beef dumplings were so cute and small. They were dense and delicious and the yogurt sauce was flavorful! I would definitely order these again.

Orange African daisy (Arctotis sp., Asteraceae)
Orange African daisy (Arctotis sp., Asteraceae), Dolores Street. My street is full of beautiful blooms!

Hunkar begendi – Tuba Restaurant and Grill

Hunkar begendi - Tuba Restaurant and Grill
Pureed eggplant wtih mozzarella cheese topped with lamb cubes. Garnished with roasted tomato and pepperoncini pepper, sprinkled with chopped parsley. $17
Tuba Restaurant and Grill, San Francisco CA

Wow, I’ve never had this dish before and I loved it! The pureed eggplant was delicious and had a wonderful texture. And the lamb was nice, tender and tasty. Mmm!

Dia de los Muertos decorative grates, Valencia Street
Dia de los Muertos decorative grates, Valencia Street. I had never noticed that the tree grates in The Mission had awesome designs!

Feta prawns – Tuba Restaurant and Grill

Feta prawns - Tuba Restaurant and Grill
Sauteed in a tomato and pepperoncini sauce. Garnished with chopped parsley and lemon wedge. $10
Tuba Restaurant and Grill, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this was nommy! The prawns were tender and well seasoned, and I loved the flavorful sauce.

Our Lady San Francisco graffiti mural, Cunningham Place
Our Lady San Francisco graffiti mural, Cunningham Place. Ok, I made up the name for this artwork in The Mission district, but it does apear to be a human manifestion of our beloved City protecting her homeless and artisans.

Turkish bread – Tuba Restaurant and Grill

Turkish bread - Tuba Restaurant and Grill
Served with flavored butter, olives, and crumbly cheese (feta?). Complimentary.
Tuba Restaurant and Grill, San Francisco CA

As complimentary bread goes, these were frickin’ amazing! I don’t think I’ve really had Turkish bread before (that I can remember), and it was really good! The bread is flavorful enough on its own but I love the extras that it comes with too.

Trailing African daisy (Osteospermum fruticosum, Asteraceae)
Trailing African daisy (Osteospermum fruticosum, Asteraceae), Dolores Street. I love this ornamental flower! The mature petals fold back onto themselves and create an awesome visual effect.

Filus malbec 2008 – Tuba Restaurant and Grill

Filus malbec 2008 - Tuba Restaurant and Grill

Red wine, Argentina. An affordable, easy, drinkable wine that pairs well with most dishes. $7 glass
Tuba Restaurant and Grill, San Francisco CA

Mission Dolores High School
Mission Dolores High School. Coming from a small town, it amazes me that city kids get to attend really cool high schools in historic buildings. I guess it’s probably lost on them at the moment, but they’ll appreciate it later in life.