Tavern burger – Stock in Trade

Tavern burger - Stock in Trade
Angus beef, aged Grafton cheddar, two fried eggs, pickles, caramelized onions, aioli, toasted Acme bun and fries. $13
Stock in Trade, San Francisco CA

This burger had a lot of flavor but it was super cold and lifeless! It was definitely a service mistake and I’m kinda surprised they served it. Damn, I would have microwaved it myself to get a bit of warmth on the plate!

Tavern burger - Stock in Trade

Mimosas - Stock in Trade

Mimosas. This was one of the most bland mimosas I’ve ever tasted. Ew!

Grilled steak and egg sandwich – Stock in Trade

Grilled steak and egg sandwich - Stock in Trade
Grilled hanger steak, two fried eggs, pickled red onion, garlic aioli, wild arugula, chimichurri, toasted pain de mie, crispy skinny fries, and fruit. $13
Stock in Trade, San Francisco CA

This burger had a lot of great flavors, but it was super cold – EW! I think the server must have forgotten it on the counter for a long time before bringing it out. I was surprised that the skinny French fries stayed crispy and delicious though. I can only imagine how much better they would have been served warm. Kind lame, Stock in Trade!

Fort Funston beach
Fort Funston beach.

Arepas de pernil – Pica Pica

Arepas de pernil - Pica Pica
Grilled sweet yellow corn pocket stuffed with slow cooked pulled pork, avocado, tomato, pica’pun, ajo aioli. Served with Pica slaw and taro chips. $10.75
Pica Pica, San Francisco CA

This was really tasty and very filling. The texture of the grilled corn arepa was fantastic and I liked that there were whole kernels mixed in too. The pulled pork was flavorful, and the crisp fresh Pica slaw was a great accompaniment.

Sangria - Pica Pica

Sangria. Red wine, passion fruit, apple, and Adriana’s special spices. Glass $7

Noe Valley
This is how people decorate their trees in Noe Vally, lol! Ok, maybe just this house.

Jilled-up hush puppies – Zella’s Soulful Kitchen

Jilled-up hush puppies - Zella's Soulful Kitchen
Cornmeal fritters topped with aioli and chopped parsley. $3
Zella’s Soulful Kitchen, SF Street Food Festival 2013, San Francisco CA

Jilled-up hush puppies - Zella's Soulful Kitchen
Mmm, these were delicious! They were beautifully fried, moist, and not greasy at all. I loved the whole corn kernels inside – they were like little hidden treats. The aioli was pretty light so along with the parsley they kept the fried balls fresh tasting. Take note all you other street vendors, this is how you properly fry food! 🙂

Apples by Gustav Kraitz
Apples, 2005, Gustav Kraitz, glazed ceramic, de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park.

Fried pickled green beans – Jarred SF Brine

Fried pickled green beans - Jarred SF Brine
With aioli dipping sauce. $3
Jarred SF Brine, SF Street Food Festival 2013, San Francisco CA

These beans were very pickled tasting which was great, but they were SUPER greasy. I ate a couple and didn’t want to finish the rest. It was like chomping on a sticks of oil! And I can appreciate that they’ve prepared a lot of beans for the Street Food Festival, but they could have at least cleaned up the stems. Definitely not one of the highlights of the day.

Kanrin Maru plaque
Commemorative plaque to Japanese Naval Ship Kanrin Maru, Lands End. From here, you can get a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The bacon-beef burger – Hi Tops

The bacon-beef burger - Hi Tops
Aioli, onion jam, wild arugula, gruyere served with fries. $12
Hi Tops, San Francisco CA

This burger was juicy and delicious. I loved all the different toppings on this burger and the patty was really flavorful too. NOMS!

The bacon-beef burger - Hi Tops
February 1, 2015.

Bourbon lemonade - Hi Tops

Intimidator cocktail: Four roses, angostura, ginger beer, agave, lemon.

Colorfully bedazzled fair-goer

Colorfully bedazzled fair-goer, SF Pride 2013.

Beef brisket sandwich – Il Cane Rosso

Beef brisket sandwich - Il Cane Rosso
Marin Sun Farms beef brisket, cherry tomato conserva, lemon aioli. $10
Il Cane Rosso, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I really liked this sandwich. All the ingredients were SO tasty, but I just wish they had used a slightly softer bread. This one was really crispy and dense and it took quite some effort to chew through. But paired with a yummy beer and sitting outside on the water, I really couldn’t complain too much! 🙂

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010

Rayon Vert pale ale - Il Cane Rosso

Rayon Vert Belgian-style pale ale. $5

Lamb's ear flowers
Lamb’s ear flowers (Stachys byzantina, Lamiaceae), Embarcadero with the Bay Bridge in the background.

Chicken croquettes – Bossa Nova

Chicken croquettes - Bossa Nova
Coxinha served with aioli. $8.75
Bossa Nova, San Francisco CA

Chicken croquettes - Bossa Nova
These were very interesting croquettes. The shell on these things were SO hard. It was actually really difficult to break into them with a fork and knife. The sheer hardness of it fascinated me to some extent but it was also annoying to eat. The interior was a bit bland and had an odd mushy texture.

Colorful floral mural

Colorful floral mural, The Mission.

Mission burger – Mission Bowling Club

Mission burger - Mission Bowling Club
1/2 lb aged and granulated patty, monterey jack, grilled onion, caper aioli. Served with lettuce tomato, pickles, and fries. $15
Mission Bowling Club, San Francisco CA

Noms, this burger was large and delicious! The beef patty was tender and juicy and the toppings tasted great. The french fries, while tasty, were REALLY greasy. I’ve kind of noticed that this is a trend with most of their fried items which is too bad because they have a lot of fried options.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013

Mission Bowling Club
Mission Bowling Club lane art.

Grilled jumbo California artichoke – Fable

Grilled jumbo California artichoke - Fable
Marinated, zesty lemon vinaigrette, aioli, smoked bacon herbed bread crumbs. $12
Fable, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I love artichokes! This dish was very tasty and the bacon herbed bread crumbs were fabulous. It took a while to eat through all the leaves, but we enjoyed savoring each one!

Bread and butter - Fable
Bread and butter with pink sea salt. Complimentary
Gotta love warm bread for the table!

Orange orchid flowers
Orange orchid flowers (Orchidaceae), Upper Market.

Brandon’s grass fed beef burger – Grub

Brandon's grass fed beef burger - Grub
Housemade bacon, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and sriracha aioli served on a toasted pain de mie bun. $13
Grub, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this burger was pretty tasty! It was well cooked and had lots of flavor. I loved the soft, toasted pain de mie and the thick slices of bacon. The sriracha aioli could’ve had more kick though.

Spiral aloe
Spiral aloe with emerging inflorescences (Aloe polyphlla, Xanthorrhoeaceae), West Field Road.

Kona fish tacos – Huggo’s on the Rocks

Kona fish tacos - Huggo's on the Rocks
Blackened mahi mahi, chipotle aioli, mango salsa fresca, roasted tomatillo sauce. Served with Manini green salad. $15.95
Huggo’s on the Rocks, Kailua-Kona HI

Mmm, these were really good and I loved all the sauces and salsa on top. The tortillas were also nicely grilled and warm. I thought it was cute that they served the plates in bamboo steam trays.

Western Hawaii
Western side of Hawaii along Queen Kaahumanu Highway.