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.

Tagliolini mare e monte – Cafe Renzo

Tagliolini mare e monte - Cafe Renzo
Homemade tagliolini noodles served with chanterelle mushrooms, tiger prawns, asparagus, parmesan in a light white wine garlic sauce. $19
Cafe Renzo, Palo Alto CA

Ugh, where were the chanterelles?! Either they completely forgot to add them or they slyly substituted a bunch of asparagus (which wasn’t indicated in the menu) instead. In either case, that was LAME! Overall, this was just ok anyway. The prawns were on the verge of being tough and the sauce wasn’t all that exciting.

Pacific starflower
Pacific starflower (Trientalis latifolia, Myrsinaceae), Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.

Lentil and asparagus soup – The Stockpot

Lentil and asparagus soup - The Stockpot
Set menu £8.20
The Stockpot, London ENGLAND

We wanted to try this no frills eatery located across the street from our hotel. The dining room was basic and cozy, and our waiter was very outgoing and confident. The menu was really eclectic and all over the place so it was a bit hard to decide on anything. I’m always wary of restaurants with large menus filled with random items because I feel like they won’t cook any of the dishes REALLY well. In this case of The Stockpot, I was right. All the food we tried was marginal. This soup looked unappetizing and was really bland.

Cuvee Jean Paul house red wine - The Stockpot

Cuvee Jean Paul house red wine. Half bottle £7.50
At least the wine was really affordable!

Soho Square
Soho Square. This is such a cute park and a perfect location to picnic with friends. We met up with an old SF friend who lives in London now, and along with a group of his friends, partied with too many bottles of champagne at this park. It was a blast from what I can remember, lol!

Oeuf a la coque – L’appart Resto

Oeuf a la coque - L'appart Resto
2 soft-boiled eggs and black truffle mouillettes served with serrano ham, roasted potatoes and green asparagus. $13
L’appart Resto, San Anselmo CA

Mmm, this was really tasty! I love little tastings of food so this was a perfect meal for me. Everything was delicious and I loved dipping the mouillettes into the soft-boiled eggs.

Bon Tempe Lake
Beautiful Bon Tempe Lake, Marin County.

Asparagus and popcorn – Mission Bowling Club

Asparagus and popcorn - Mission Bowling Club
Zuckerman Farms asparagus, roasted spring onions, popcorn “bechamel”, chips and crisps. $12
Mission Bowling Club, San Francisco CA

Huh, this isn’t what I expected. But the asparagus tasted great (and I loved the shaved bottoms). The popcorn bechamel – not so much. It’s texture was weird and I didn’t enjoy the flavor. I don’t think I’d order this again.

Beef tongue – Namu Gaji

Beef tongue - Namu Gaji
Asparagus, broccoli, collard greens, cedar, lime. $14
Namu Gaji, San Francisco CA

Boy, was this good! I’ve only previously had beef tongue sliced into sandwiches, shredded into tacos, or cut up in different ways as an ingredient in soups and stews. This was large pieces of tongue, perfectly cooked and beautifully dressed, simply presented so as to enjoy the beef tongue in all its delicious glory. Great job, Namu Gaji!

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

Banchan - Namu Gaji
Banchan. Mung bean sprouts, daikon greens, kimchi. Complimentary

Ling cod tartare – The Walrus and the Carpenter

Ling cod tartare - The Walrus and the Carpenter
Scallion, ginger, miso, egg yolk, asparagus. $10
The Walrus and the Carpenter, Seattle WA

I’ve never had ling cod tartare before so this was a new experience. I’m glad I tried it, but I’m not sure I would order it again. It tasted fine, but there were a slimey textural element that I wasn’t fond of. I don’t know if it was from the ling cod or the egg and miso combination. Honestly, I’m not sure what the texture of raw ling cod is supposed to be in the first place. 🙂

Moss clumps
Moss clumps, Renton.

Poached eggs with wild mushrooms – Cafe Chloe

Poached eggs with wild mushrooms - Cafe Chloe
With sage-truffle beurre blanc, mixed green salad with asparagus and citrus. $12.75
Cafe Chloe, San Diego CA

Omg, another delicious brunch dish from Cafe Chloe! The sauteed wild mushrooms combined with the beurre blanc sauce and runny poached eggs created heaven on a plate. Noms!

It's Panda Monium
“It’s Panda Monium” wall graffiti, downtown San Diego.