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.

Short rib hash – Hilltop 1892

Short rib hash - Hilltop 1892
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
Pink rock purslane flower (Calandrinia spectabilis, Portulacaceae), Kentfield.

Fried plantain and black bean burrito – The Little Chihuahua

Fried plantain and black bean burrito - The Little Chihuahua
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 salsa - The Little Chihuahua
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.

Dolores Park
Dolores Park during SF Pride 2013.

Grass fed Mongolian beef – Region

Grass fed Mongolian beef - Region
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.

Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach, Great Highway.

Asian chicken salad – Escena Lounge & Grill

Asian chicken salad - Escena Lounge & Grill
Shredded napa cabbage, carrots, red peppers, mandarin oranges, caramelized almonds, cilantro, green onions, wontons and grilled chicken tossed in soy-ginger vinaigrette. $13
Escena Lounge & Grill, Palm Springs CA

Wow, this was like a huge Asian chopped salad! And a very good one at that. I loved the perfect combination of all the different textures and flavors.

Escena Golf Club view - Escena Lounge & Grill

The view from our table – absolutely beautiful!

California crepe – Crepevine

California crepe - Crepevine
Savory crepe with avocado, bell peppers, tomatoes, sauteed onions and cheddar topped with salsa fresca and sour cream and spicy chipotle on the side. Served with house potatoes and mixed greens with vinaigrette. $9.50
Crepevine, San Francisco CA

To me, these crepe places tend to be cookie-cutter and predictable which is both a good and bad thing. You always know what to expect, but nothing is ever new and interesting. That’s why quality is the deciding factor when comparing these establishment. Crepevine is pretty good. The food is yummy and the ingredients are of nice quality.