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.

Chickpeas with smoke octopus – Staple & Fancy

Chickpeas with smoke octopus - Staple & Fancy
Family style supper $46 per person
Staple and Fancy, Seattle WA

I think they sprinkled smoked paprika on top and there were red bell peppers mixed it too. Anyway, this dish was SO delicious! The slices of smoked octopus had SO much flavor and gave the dish a nice meaty quality. Noms!

Market Memories mural, Billy King

Market Memories mural, Billy King, 2011, Pike Place Market.

Chorizo sausage scramble – Portage Bay Cafe

Chorizo sausage scramble - Portage Bay Cafe
House-made chorizo sauasage, organic bell peppers and tomatoes scrambled with three eggs and topped with queso fresco, sour cream, homemade slasa and fresh green onion. Served with a warmed flour tortilla instead of toast. $14
Portage Bay Cafe, Seattle WA

This place was packed with a line out the door! Thank goodness we had reservations. I don’t completely agree why this place is super popular though. I get that they use fresh, mostly healthy ingredients but their preparations aren’t anything special. I expected a little bit more considering their shear popularity. The food was good, but I thought it was overpriced for what it was. And the service was random and slow at times.

Coffee - Portage Bay Cafe

Pike Place Public Market sign
Pike Place Public Market sign at the corner of Pine and Pike.

Spicy eggplant chicken – Thai Lotus

Spicy eggplant chicken - Thai Lotus
Sauteed chicken, eggplant, onion, jalapeno, bell pepper and basil. Lunch special served with jasmine steamed rice, egg roll, soup, and salad with peanut sauce. $6.95
Thai Lotus, Reno NV

I didn’t know it at the time, but this was going to be one of the best meals we had in Reno. Now I don’t wanna talk smack about Thai Lotus because their food was decent, but that’s just really sad for Reno!

Egg drop soup - Thai Lotus
Egg drop soup.

Egg roll - Thai Lotus
Egg roll.

Side salad - Thai Lotus
Side salad.

Steamed rice - Thai Lotus
Steamed jasmine rice.

Ensalada de remolacha – Poquito

Ensalada de remolacha - Poquito
Ecuadorian beet salad with carrots, peas, bell pepper and cilantro. $5
Poquito, San Francisco CA

This was not what we expected when we saw it on the menu, but we really loved this salad! Everything tasted great together, even the peas which I was originally skeptical about.

SF MoMa posters Cindy Sherman exhibit
SF MoMa posters for Cindy Sherman exhibit, 16th Street.

Chicken pad ped – Pad Thai Restaurant

Chicken pad ped - Pad Thai Restaurant
Sauteed eggplant, bell pepper and fresh basil in a red curry and coconut cream sauce with sliced chicken. $8.50
Pad Thai Restaurant, San Francisco CA

Chicken pad ped - Pad Thai Restaurant
I love Thai and Chinese dishes with sauteed eggplant! This dish is very good, especially when they make it hot and spicy.

Ghirardelli Square
Ghirardelli Square. Ugh, I will only come here if I have out-of-town visitors.

Tacos Chava’s – Chava’s Restaurant

Tacos Chava's - Chava's Restaurant
Beef, bell pepper, onion, tomato, and mushroom. Served with rice and refried beans. $8.75
Chava’s Restaurant, San Francisco CA

Ugh, this was the first time I’ve been here and I wasn’t impressed. The beef was super chewy and the whole thing just had a weird flavor. You should never name a dish after your restaurant if it isn’t very good. 😦

Tortilla chips and salsa - Chava's Restaurant
Tortilla chips and salsa. These chips tasted old and were stale, ew.

Corn tortillas - Chava's Restaurant
Extra corn tortillas.

Beef panang curry – Pad Thai Restaurant

Beef panang curry - Pad Thai Restaurant
Beef in chili sauce with ground peanut, bell pepper, kaffir lime leaves and fresh basil with coconut cream. $9.50
Pad Thai Restaurant, San Francisco CA

Beef panang curry - Pad Thai Restaurant
Panang curry is probably my favorite type of Thai curry. I love that Pad Thai will actually add some real heat to their dishes when you request them “spicy”. Mmm!

Pink river lily flowers (Hesperantha coccinea, Iridaceae)

Pink river lily or crimson flag flowers (Hesperantha coccinea, Iridaceae), Roosevelt Way with Twin Peaks in the distance.

Shaking beef – Jiao

Shaking beef - Jiao
Served over lettuce with cherry tomatoes, red bell pepper, red onion, cucumber, lime, and fried shallots. $16
Jiao, Palm Springs CA

Shaking beef - Jiao
This was a great light version of shaking beef! I was pleasantly surprised that it came out as more of a large salad than a pile of meat. Surprising for me, I know, but I was in the mood for a lighter meal that day.

Place setting - Jiao
Place setting with spoon and chopsticks.

Joshua Tree National Park
Entering Joshua Tree National Park and seeing our first few Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia, Asparagaceae).

Rock cod filet in black bean sauce – Grand Palace Restaurant

Rock cod filet in black bean sauce - Grand Palace Restaurant
With green and red bell peppers, onions, served with steamed rice. Lunch special $7.25
Grand Palace Restaurant, South San Francisco CA

Mmm, fish in black bean sauce is always a winner for me! Soft fish filets with a salty sauce with juicy veggies, heck yeah!

Rock cod filet in black bean sauce - Grand Palace Restaurant

"47 til infinity" girl and giraffe sidewalk stencil
“47 til infinity” girl and giraffe sidewalk stencil, San Francisco Bay Trail.