Guacamole – Babalu Tapas & Tacos

Guacamole - Babalu Tapas & Tacos
Prepared table side, served with house chips. $10.50
Babalu Tapas & Tacos, Memphis TN

This guacamole was huge! It had SO much avocado. I thought it was a little bland so it could have used more salt and lime.

Mojarita - Babalu Tapas & Tacos
Mojarita – house blanco tequila, agave nectar, fresh lime, mint, sour mix. $9

Southern bbq chicken sandwich – Split Bread

Southern bbq chicken sandwich - Split Bread
Spit-roasted pulled chicken, avocado, black bean puree, jalapeno slaw, bourbon bbq sauce, on toasted ciabatta. $10.95
Split Bread, San Francisco CA

I liked the flavors of this sandwich, but the chicken was on the dry side. I think that’s been a theme every time I’ve been to Split Bread. The proteins have always been dry. Not good…

Ceviche tostadas – Frida’s Mexican Grill

Ceviche tostadas - Frida's Mexican Grill
Three tostaditas with fresh fish ceviche and avocado. Happy hour $4
Frida’s Mexican Grill, Napa CA

These definitely weren’t the best ceviche I’ve ever had, but I will say that they were a steal at only four bucks. The fish was a bit on the grainy side and it was overall on the acidic side. Thank goodness for the avocado slice that helped mellow it out.

Grapevines
Grapevines.

Porkivore – Sushirrito

Porkivore - Sushirrito
Oven-roasted pork belly, shaved cabbage, red radish, avocado, cilantro, mustard seed mayo. $9.50
Sushirrito, San Francisco CA

These sushi burritos are super popular during lunchtime in the Financial District/SoMa. I think they’re delicious but it’s also a lot of rice and I’m trying to cut back on carbs (I need to maintain my trim figure, lol). I’ve tried several varieties now and I liked this Porkivore. The pork belly was delicious and the mustard seed mayo was a good sauce accompaniment especially with added hot sauce. Noms!

MLK Memorial Fountain
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Fountain, Yerba Buena Park.

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.

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

Spicy tuna specialty roll – Barracuda Sushi

Spicy tuna specialty roll - Barracuda Sushi
California roll topped with spicy tuna, tobiko, unagi sauce. Pre fixe dinner
Barracuda Sushi, San Francisco CA

This roll wasn’t very creative with its standard components, but I liked the flavors nonetheless. It’s not very authentic, but spicy tuna is always a safe bet (especially is if there’s any doubt in the freshness of the fish, not that Barracuda uses bad fish).

Women kissing sidewalk stencil
Women kissing sidewalk stencil, Castro.

Japanese cowboy beef roll – Barracuda Sushi

Japanese cowboy beef roll - Barracuda Sushi
Crab meat, mango, avocado, gobo (burdock) covered with lightly torched, thinly sliced kobe beef, seasoned with sesame oil and green onions. $12.95
Barracuda Sushi, San Francisco CA

Japanese cowboy beef roll - Barracuda Sushi
This rolls sounds amazing and it was actually very tasty, but I think that there was WAY too many things packed inside. I really couldn’t taste many of the ingredients individually and forgot that some of them were even in there. The beef was the dominant flavor and it was a little on the salty side. The roll was good but I probably wouldn’t order it again.

Serpentine monardella
Serpentine monardella (Monardella purpurea, Lamiaceae), Bon Tempe Lake.

Red dragon & Reward rolls – Barracuda Sushi

Red dragon & Reward rolls - Barracuda Sushi
Reward Roll: deep fried shrimp, soft shell crab, cucumber, crab roll topped with salmon and avocado with tobiko and unagi sauce. $12.95
Red Dragon: Unagi tempura and cucumber roll topped with spicy tuna, tomato, jalapeno, spicy miso sauce and tobiko-garlic chips. $14.95
Barracuda Sushi, San Francisco CA

Red dragon & Reward rolls - Barracuda Sushi
The rolls at Barracuda are always pretty tasty and large, but you’d expect that at this above-average price point. I do like that they offer plenty of fried (tempura) roll options for my fat-craving self, lol! Their flavor combinations are also inventive and varied.

Enchiladas suizas – Casa Azteca

Enchiladas suizas - Casa Azteca
Two corn tortillas filled with beef, covered with a mild red chile sauce and cheese. Topped with guacamole and sour cream. Served with Spanish rice, refried beans, and tortilla soup. $12.95
Casa Azteca, Milpitas CA

This was a great value for only thirteen bucks and everything was pretty good, but all the textures on the enchilada plate were soft. I didn’t mind too much but I wish they would have thrown in something crunchy to balance things out. I think that’s why other places thrown in a small pile of that cheap iceberg lettuce “salad”. You all know what I’m talking about. The tortilla soup was also on the salty side.

Tortilla soup - Casa Azteca
Tortilla soup.

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.