Emirates Team NZ chellenger burger – Waiheke Island Yacht Club

Emirates Team NZ chellenger burger - Waiheke Island Yacht Club
100% NZ beef and lamb, smoked tomato chutney, beets, lettuce, kikorangi blue cheese and egg. $15
Waiheke Island Yacht Club, San Francisco CA

Omg, this burger was killer! If this is what all New Zealand burgers are like, I need to visit NZ soon! The patty was juicy and flavorful, and all the toppings were delicious. The burger was huge so I just rolled up my sleeves and got down and dirty with it. I don’t care what anybody say, but I’m a fan of eggs on burgers and this sunny side up egg was a thing of beauty. I was also delighted by the kikorangi blue cheese which I’d never had before. It was spread on the top bun and I initially thought that it was some kind of decadent pate spread because it was so rich and delicious, NOMS!

White and yellow Narcissus
White and yellow Narcissus (Amaryllidaceae), Castro.


Butter lettuce and Fuji apple salad – Town Hall

Butter lettuce and Fuji apple salad - Town Hall
Candied walnut, radish, Pt. Reyes blue cheese dressing. $12.50
Town Hall, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this salad was pretty tasty with all the classic flavor combinations. I’m a huge fan of Point Reyes blue because this local cheese company produces great products. And the dressing that Town Hall created with the blue cheese was delicious!

Golden Gate Park Music Concourse
Spreckels Temple of Music “Bandshell”, Golden Gate Park Music Concourse.

Assorted cheese plate – La Perle

Assorted cheese plate - La Perle
Planche de fromages. Bleu d’auvergne AOP, emmental, Cantal AOP, camembert. 13€
La Perle, Paris FR

Omg, when this came out we were unsure if we had miscommunicated with the waitress and were subsequently served 2 orders of the cheese plate. Our French is nonexistent and she wasn’t completely fluent with English (god bless her for baring with us). There was SO much cheese! Instead of worrying about it, we decided to just go with the flow and eat. We if had to pay for 2 cheese plates we were fine with that. The cheeses were delicious and very filling. I was fooled by the hard pat of butter on the plate which I mistook for another cheese, lol! In my defense it really tasted different from American butter, hehe. I’m still puzzled why they serve butter with cheese and charcuterie as if any more fat is needed. There was no way we were going to finish this cheese plate so we ate as much as we could. It ended up being a single order! Sheesh, how can anyone eat that much cheese. 🙂

Sliced baguette - La Perle
Sliced baguette. Complimentary

The Wall for Peace

The Wall for Peace, Champs de Mars. Clara Halter and Jean-Michel Wilmotte, 2000. Inspired by the Wailing Wall of Jerusalem.

Endive salad – Ma Bourgogne

Endive salad - Ma Bourgogne
Salade d’endives au bleu des causses. Blue cheese, tomato, carrot, chives. 10€
Ma Bourgogne, Paris FR

This was a simple but very tasty endive salad! The blue cheese came in large cubes tossed with the chopped endives in the center of the plate and was simply dressed.

Paris Plages 2013
Paris Plages 2013. During Paris Plages, they create artificial beach areas along the northern bank of the Seine River. These sandy oases were great because it was SO hot while we were there. They even have misters, showers, and plenty of food/beverage stations and seating areas. And of course the people watching was spectacular! 😉

Waimea chicken wings – Margaritaville

Waimea chicken wings - Margaritaville
Covered with a sweet Thai chili sauce, served with celery sticks and bleu cheese dressing. $11.99
Margaritaville, Las Vegas NV

Meh, these fried chicken wings were passable. They were really small and slightly dry. I did like the Thai chili sauce even though it probably came out of a bottle…

Flamingo Hotel courtyard
Flamingo Hotel courtyard.

Savory pork wings – Wingmasters Sports Bar

Savory pork wings - Wingmasters Sports Bar
With authentic Buffalo sauce served with celery sticks and bleu cheese dressing. 3 piece $6.99
Wingmasters Sports Bar, Seattle WA

Mmm, pork wings! They French these pork ribs for easy eating and slather them with your choice of sauce – heaven! This place is around the corner from my bro’s in Ballard so we often head over for food, drinks, and games.

Hefeweizen - Wingmasters Sports Bar


Decorative fence
Decorative metal and glass fence, 24th Ave NW.

Savory pork wings - Wingmasters Sports Bar
September 2013. With sweet ‘n hot sauce. 3 pieces $7.59
Looks like the price has gone up since my last visit!

Celery sticks - Wingmasters Sports Bar
September 2013. Celery sticks and bleu cheese dressing.

Roasted baby beet salad – Trio Restaurant

Roasted baby beet salad - Trio Restaurant
Baby beets, mixed greens, pecans, blue cheese, citrus sections, balsamic vinaigrette. $9
Trio Restaurant, Palm Springs CA

You can’t really tell, but there are tiny pieces of roasted beets in there – I swear! That was another disappointing thing about this restaurant – if I’m ordering a beet salad, I think the beets should be a prominent component! Ugh!

North Palm Canyon Drive nearing sunset
North Palm Canyon Drive nearing sunset.

Russet potato chips – Social Wine Bar

Russet potato chips - Social Wine Bar
Blue cheese fondue and scallions. $6
Social Wine Bar, Charleston SC

This was a really tasty snack to share. The potato chips may have been a bit on the greasy side but the fondue was SO yummy and I liked that they also put bleu cheese crumbles on top. Noms!

Doubletree Guest Suites Charleston lobby

Doubletree Guest Suites Charleston lobby. One of my co-workers stayed at this hotel so I spent lots of time in the lobby waiting… lol!

Blue cheese and pear pizza – Starbelly

Blue cheese and pear pizza - Starbelly
Point Reyes blue cheese, market pears, roasted onion, and arugula. $13
Starbelly, San Francisco CA

I usually love the pizzas at Starbelly, but I think this one was just ok. It was tasty, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve liked some of the other flavors better. I should have added their house-made bacon or something. That would have made it amazing!

Garage with bull artwork and poem, Valencia Street

Garage with bull artwork and poem, Valencia Street.

The Sleeper burger – Poe’s Tavern

The Sleeper burger - Poe's Tavern
Half-pound burger ground in-house and cooked to order. Served on a freshly baked bun, with lettuce, tomato, pickles, fried onions, and a side of hand-cut French fries. Topped with roasted garlic blue cheese and Buffalo shrimp. $11
Poe’s Tavern, Sullivan’s Island SC

The Sleeper burger - Poe's Tavern
What was I thinking ordering this super heavy burger? It was delicious, but super rich and large! I wasn’t very hungry at the time so perhaps this wasn’t the best choice. I will say that the patty had a weird texture. It was very crumbly underneath the sear and fell apart quite easily. The Buffalo shrimp was great though!

The Sleeper burger - Poe's Tavern
These fries were delicious, but they got soggy as they cooled down.

Gun powder room at Fort Moultrie
Gun powder room at Fort Moultrie. In the middle of the Fort, they had a reconstructed powder house containing barrels of gun powder. You can’t go inside, but I snapped this pic through the bars of the door window.