Jungle curry – Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine

Jungle curry - Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine
Kaeng pa. Thai country style curry (no coconut milk) with chicken, bell pepper, eggplant, bamboo shoots, mushroom and basil. $8.99
Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine, San Francisco CA

This was another curry first for me. It was almost like a soup instead of a curry. Is it just the spices that make a curry? Perhaps the term is too broad that it confuses me when I try a variety that is out of the ordinary. Anyway, this “soup” curry was delicious and very flavorful.

Michael A. and Hanna Naify Gallery
Michael A. and Hanna Naify Gallery, Legion of Honor.

Pub wings – Belltown Pub

Pub wings - Belltown Pub
Buffalo style with ranch dressing. One pound $11
Belltown Pub, Seattle WA

I’m usually a big fan of wings, but these were super small so they were pretty much all bones and sauce. Lame! A pound of wings also doesn’t get you very much so you’re left hungry and unsatisfied.

Bourbon Basil cocktail - Belltown Pub

Bourbon Basil: bourbon, muddled basil, limes, simple and soda. $7
This drink was just OK – a bit on the sour side and very little alcohol.

Seattle Cloud Cover glass bridge
Seattle Cloud Cover glass bridge, Teresita Fernandez, Olympic Sculpture Park.

Salami pizza – Del Popolo

Salami pizza - Del Popolo
Tomato, mozzarella, basil, sweet peppers. $14
Del Popolo, San Francisco CA

This food truck is pretty cool because it’s over a story tall and they literally have a pizza oven conveyor belt in there! It’s super popular and the pizzas are pretty good, but honestly I’m not a fan of the brunt, blistered crusts. For me, the ash taste is overwhelming and pretty much contaminates the rest of the pizza’s flavor. I guess I’m one of the few who doesn’t like it that way.

Del Popolo food truck
Line for the Del Popolo food truck, Picnic at the Presidio.

Fresh mozzarella and tomato – Curbside Cafe

Fresh mozzarella and tomato - Curbside Cafe
With basil and olive oil. $10
Curbside Cafe, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this was so tasty! I love simple and beautiful dishes like this. It’s all about the wonderful ingredients because there’s no fancy preparation or a million ingredients to distract you. Curbside did a great job with this plate!

Hunters Point Open Studios
An artist’s studio at Hunters Point Open Studios.

Roasted duck curry – Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine

Roasted duck curry - Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine
Red bell pepper, basil, coconut milk, ordered “hot”. $8.99
Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this was really tasty! I loved that the duck still had all its bones because they’re always more flavorful that way. I just wish there was more duck in there! The rich coconut curry was delicious and very filling.

Cartoon animal skeleton
Cartoon animal skeleton sidewalk stencil.

Pad eggplant with chicken – Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine

Pad eggplant with chicken - Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine
Pad makur. Sliced chicken breast, eggplant, red and green bell pepper, onion, garlic, basil and chilies, ordered “hot”. $9.50
Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine, San Francisco CA

Again with the eggplants, yay! It’s a toss up whether I prefer Chinese or Thai eggplant dishes more, but this one was really good and spicy! The vegetables were cut nice and large and the flavors were amazing. Noms!

Edward E. Hillis Gallery
The Edward E. Hillis Gallery, California Palace of the Legion of Honor.

Lemon basil sorbet – Raimo Kiosk

Lemon basil sorbet - Raimo Kiosk
1 scoop 3€
Raimo Kiosk, Paris FR

I guess this flavor won some contest in Paris for the best sorbet in the city. Hmm, I’m not convinced, lol! This was a little too tart for me, and it was too icy and melted quickly. We went to the kiosk at the Jardin de Plantes so it was at least a really pretty location.

Raimo napkin
Raimo napkin.

The Pantheon
The Pantheon, Latin Quarter. This building now functions as a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens. It was under construction during our visit.

Eggplant with ground chicken – Little Saigon

Eggplant with ground chicken - Little Saigon
Com ca tim ga xao la hue. Onion, basil, garlic sauce over rice. $6.95
Little Saigon, South San Francisco CA

Mmm, even though this wasn’t the best quality and it was on the salty side I still love these flavor combinations. Actually, whether Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, or Japanese I uaually always like the eggplant dishes I order.

Veal and ricotta meatballs – Alicante

Veal and ricotta meatballs - Alicante
Spaghetti, tomato, parmigiano-reggiano cheese, basil. Half order $8
Alicante, Palm Springs CA

A half order only got you one meatball which was kinda lame, but the singular meatball was tasty and tender. Still, it’s all pasta and the meatball just looked lonely so I don’t think I’d order this again.

San Jacinto Mountains
San Jacinto Mountains.

Pesto chicken pizza – Alicante

Pesto chicken pizza - Alicante
Free-range chicken, pesto, sundried tomato, feta, mozzarella on a gluten-free crust. $13
Alicante, Palm Springs CA

This pizza was pretty good, but I wasn’t sold on the gluten-free crust. It had a weird, hard texture that didn’t sit well with me. It didn’t have that airy, elastic quality that’s SO fulfilling about normal pizza crusts. I sometimes try to eat healthy, but I’ll probably stick to gluten-full pizza crusts, hehe.