Natural ground beef, onions, red bell pepper, hardboiled egg. $2.75 Venga Empanadas, San Francisco CA
Omg, the service here was super LAME! The guy at the counter appeared and acted like he was too busy doing nothing than actually wanting to help customers. There was nobody in the frickin’ restaurant! I guess he also assumes that everyone wants their food to-go because he didn’t even ask and just shoved my food into a paper bag. They reheat the premade empanadas before serving, which is nice, but the dough/crust still tasted raw and uncooked. The Argentine beef empanada was boring and very forgetful. It’s like I never even ate the damn thing. Why is this on the 7×7 List?! Ridiculous.
7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2012
With sauteed onions and bell peppers, served with vinegar sauce. 238 PHP
Chelu Bar and Grill, Manila PHILIPPINES
I was really confused by this dish. When I saw the menu item, I didn’t expect it to come out with a mound of sautéed vegetables on top. Oh well, it still tasted fine. And dipping anything in a vinegar based sauce is fine by me!
Margarita and mai tai. The cocktails here weren’t very good at all! It was definitely better to stick with beer.
Quirino statue and sleeping homeless person, Manila Ocean Park.
Wok fried premium flank steak with basil, bell peppers and black pepper in lava sauce. $12.95 Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine, San Francisco CA
Hmm, I wasn’t a fan of this dish. The “premium” beef was really tough and it didn’t have much flavor. The lava sauce wasn’t lava-ish at all. I guess I should have requested it extra hot, but you would think that something called “lava sauce” would already have some heat to it.
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, Legion of Honor.
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.
Two eggs scrambled with diced ham, onion, bell pepper, served with homefried potatoes and 9-grain wheat toast. $12 Judy’s Cafe, San Francisco CA
We came across this busy brunch spot in the Marina because another restaurant we were planning on eating at was closed. The menu items were pretty basic and standard fare. The Denver scramble was ok. There was A LOT of it so you definitely got your money’s worth. The potatoes were delicious though and I couldn’t stop eating them! They were soft and tender and super flavorful. The service, on the other hand, was sporadic, confused and difficult to flag down.
Mimosas with orange juice and grapefruit juice. Each $9
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!
The Edward E. Hillis Gallery, California Palace of the Legion of Honor.
Two eggs, roasted red pepper coulis, arugula. $13 Hilltop 1892, Novato CA
This dish was such a disappointment! I asked for my eggs to be cooked “a runny over-medium”. Another person also asked for their eggs to be runny. What I received was FRIED eggs! They weren’t even cooked over-hard – they were completely FRIED. The other guy also got rockhard fried eggs. I would have appreciated runny eggs with this dish because the short rib hash underneath was stringy and dried out. There really was no saving this dish. LAME!
Pink rock purslane flower (Calandrinia spectabilis, Portulacaceae), Kentfield.
With cheese, roasted red bell peppers, rice, sour cream, smoky chile salsa, pico de gallo and fresh cilantro and onion. $9.95 The Little Chihuahua, San Francisco
Wow, this burrito is definitely filling! I guess you don’t find a lot of fried plantain burritos in The City and maybe that’s why it’s on the 7×7 Big Eat List, but this isn’t my favorite item on their menu. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good but I actually expected it to be a little more flavorful.
7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013
Chips and with habanero and chipotle salsas. Complimentary
I like that Little Chihuahua has a salsa bar, but I’m not impressd with the options. All the salsa tend to be on the sour side.
Tossed with homemade potato chips. $17 Region, San Francisco CA
This was another first for me – Mongolian beef with potato chips. Most Mongolian beef dishes come with the fried noodles that add a crispy texture, but these had potato chips. They were only somewhat crispy because the sticky sauce had soften them a bit. Believe it or not, I found this dish oddly amazing! Perhaps it’s because of the fact that I was eating potato chips with my entree. I felt guilty and happy at once.