Entrees – AQ Restaurant

Guinea hen - AQ Restaurant
Guinea Hen: sweet potato, cereals and salted persimmon butter. $26
AQ Restaurant, San Francisco CA

I’m sorry, but neither of these entrees were very memorable. There was a lot of stuff on each plate but it all lacked harmony and balance. The individual components were nicely prepared, but I wasn’t excited by any of it. Lame…

Duo of beef - AQ Restaurant
Duo of Beef: black garlic, broccoli with burnt ends and cheddar. $34

Sweet basil chicken and minced basil chicken – Coriander Gourmet Thai

Sweet basil chicken and minced basil chicken - Coriander Gourmet Thai
2 item combo with sweet chicken and crispy basil and minced basil chicken with pad thai and steamed broccoli. $9.77
Coriander Gourmet Thai, San Francisco CA

Oh, mall food… We definitely have a love/hate relationship. I love that you’re so convenient but I hate that you’re usually of really bad quality and typically super salty. Coriander Gourmet Thai was decent and a pretty good value so I can’t complain too much.

Phad pak ruam mid – Original Thai Cuisine

Phad pak ruam mid - Original Thai Cuisine
Thai garlic seasoned vegetable stir fry with shrimp, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, onions, zucchini with a touch of garlic. $15.95
Original Thai Cuisine, Kailua-Kona HI

This tasted pretty good. The shrimp were tender and the garlic sauce was flavorful. They included plenty of vegetables so that made me happy.

Hulihee Palace
Hulihee Palace, Ali’i Drive.

Thai bbq pork – Thai Lotus

Thai bbq pork - Thai Lotus
Seasoned skewer marinated bbq pork with tamarind sauce and steamed broccoli. Lunch special served with jasmine steamed rice, egg roll, soup, and salad with peanut sauce. $7.95
Thai Lotus, Reno NV

The lunch specials at Thai Lotus are such an amazing value! You get a lot of yummy food for very little. The pork had great flavor, but they could have been a bit more tender. Besides that, I had no complaints.

Seep monkey flowers (Mimulus guttatus, Scrophulariaceae)

Yellow seep monkey flowers (Mimulus guttatus, Scrophulariaceae), Mount Rose Summit Trail.

Broccoli beef cheek – Mission Chinese Food

Broccoli beef cheek - Mission Chinese Food
Whole beef cheeks with gai lan (Chinese broccoli), poached oyster, smoked oyster sauce, sesame seeds, served with steamed rice. $13
Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco CA

I really enjoy the taste and texture of Chinese broccoli – it’s delicious! There’s a slight bitterness to this dish that I like. It’s not for anyone on a diet though. The whole beef cheeks are super fatty and, therefore, tender and yummy. The poached oysters and smoked oyster sauce add even more textures and flavors to this plate. Noms!

Sprinklers at Dolores Park
Sprinklers at Dolores Park. Another beautiful San Francisco morning on my way to the gym.

Spicy bbq pork bowl – Sorabol

Spicy bbq pork bowl - Sorabol
Thinly sliced pork (dwegi gui) smothered in spicy chili pepper paste. Served with steamed rice, chap chae (Korean style glass noodles) and vegetables. $6.95
Sorabol, San Bruno CA

This probably wasn’t the best thing to eat after getting a teeth cleaning at the dentist, but I was starving and craving this yummy pork. Sorabol definitely isn’t authentic Korean by any means, but it somehow hits the spot nonetheless.

Stained glass window, San Bruno Bart Station
Stained glass window, San Bruno Bart Station. As you descend onto the station platform on the escalator, look up and witness this colorful stained glass.