Mahi-mahi burger – Do Brazil

Mahi-mahi burger Do Brazil
Grilled mahi mahi steak on a sesame bun with lettuce and tomato, served with French fries. €25
Do Brazil, Gustavia, SAINT BARTHELEMY

If I remember correctly, this burger was a little dry and bland. The fries were pretty tasty though. Even with a mediocre dish like this, we couldn’t help but be merry since we were all having a great time on the island.

Shell Beach Gustavia
Shell Beach. You can see why this beach gets its name – there are shells all the way up to the restaurant. It was sporadically raining all day and people would have to run for cover. Fortunately, we had purchased the use of lounge chairs with umbrellas so we just laid there and drank cocktails. Hehe. By far, the most relaxing day of the trip.

Baked bbq pork bun – Tung Sing Restaurant

Project 365: Day 82

It still feels weird to be back to work and not on a warm sunny cruise ship. I’m stressing out already because I just found out that I have to go to Charleston for 2 weeks in both April and June to teach a course. ARGH! I leave in a week and haven’t received much information on the course and logistics. Oh well, gotta make it work! This means that between all my other travel, I’ll only be at the office for 2 days in April. That’s realy weird for me!

Baked bbq pork bun Tung Sing Restaurant

I love bbq pork buns and while this one was quite large, the meat to bun ratio was not what I wanted. It had SO much bun and not enough yummy bbg pork. $1.95
Tung Sing Restaurant, San Francisco

Baked bbq pork bun Tung Sing Restaurant

Niman Ranch cheeseburger – Fish & Farm

Niman Ranch cheeseburger Fish & Farm

Ground beef patty cooked medium with a fried farm egg, grilled onions, white cheddar, house made pickles, secret sauce, Acme bun, and French fries with fried parsley. $14 plus $2 additional for egg
Fish & Farm, San Francisco

Yum, this thing was delicious! You might think – a burger is a burger is a burger. Not so! There are plenty of shitty burgers out there and you all know it! This burger was absolutely nommy. It was also very large and I could only finish less that 3/4 of it. I didn’t even eat the top bun. I scraped the secret sauce off of it and set it aside. Way too much carbs already with the French fries and all.

The beef was so good and I loved their homemade pickles. Every part of that burger was good. The French fries was also delicious and I really like their dipping sauce. It took us awhile to figure out what it was, but I think we decided it was a horseradish bbq sauce. What a great combination! It was on the runny side, but it tasted great.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010

"Xinjian" cumin lamb buns – Betelnut Restaurant

Superior Farms xinjian cumin lamb buns Betelnut Restaurant

Superior Farms lamb with chilies, raita, cilantro and warm sesame buns. $9.88
Betelnut Restaurant, San Francisco

There are many variations to Xinjian style lamb but they usually include chilies, cumin, and Szechuan peppercorns. This was my favortie dish of the night. The lamb was SO tasty! Add the warm, buttery bun and the raita and you have a total winner! Noms! It was also fun to fill your own bun and stuff your face with it. 🙂

Superior Farms xinjian cumin lamb buns Betelnut Restaurant

Bacon wrapped hot dog with everything!

Bacon wrapped hot dog with everything

“With everything” comes with grilled onions, jalapenos, ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard on a toasted bun!
Hot dog cart in The Mission, San Francisco CA

I know, I know! This thing is a heart attack served on a bun, but it’s SO frickin’ good after a long night of clubbing. There are carts throughout the city, and it’s anybody’s guess where they’ll be on any given night, but The Mission always seems to have the lion’s share on weekends! I grabbed this on the way home from a late night out and I had to be careful not to squish it in the car, lol! (Don’t worry, I wasn’t driving.)Mmmm, so gross and so good at the same time!

Bacon wrapped hot dog with everything

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010, 2011, 2012

Double double burger animal style – In-N-Out Burger

Double double animal style In-N-Out Burger

Two 100% pure beef patties, lettuce, tomato, spread, two slices of American cheese on a freshly baked bun.  Animal style with extra spread, pickles, and grilled onions. $3.30
In-N-Out Burger, Millbrae CA

Ok, I went back and I wasn’t even on a road trip. I really can’t keep away from In-N-Out! I get a craving and I gotsta have me some! I was particularly hungry this time around so I reverted back to order my old standby, lol!

Diet Coke In-N-Out Burger

Medium Diet Coke. $1.55

"Mostly" organic breakfast

Project 365: Day 2

Egg sandwich

So this is what I make for breakfast pretty much every work day. Eating the same thing every morning probably sound boring, but it’s fast, delicious and mostly healthy! I’ll make a fried runny egg sandwich using a One Bun whole wheat 100 calorie bun, an organic egg, 2 slices of prosciutto, and cheese. La Quercia prosciutto is my preferred choice. I buy it at my neighborhood Whole Foods, but they sometimes run out of stock and won’t get more for over a week, lame! Then I have to buy some replacement brand. I think this one is Fiorucci – not as yummy. I rotate the cheeses depending on what’s on sale at Whole Foods. Right now I’m on a super nommy wedge of brillat savarin.

Egg sandwich and coffee

I have to have coffee in the morning! It helps wake me up and I love the taste. I buy organic coffee (different brands depending on what’s on sale) and use an organic vanilla flavored soy creamer. I’d prefer to use a milk based creamer, but none of the organic brands have a flavored option. Egg sammich + coffee = happy vicenteSF!

So I’m still feeling sick today, but I’ve decided to go into work anyway. Partly because I don’t want to use up all my sick leave and partly because Rapunzel got screwed yesterday with SO much work. I guess some other people called in sick, too. I wish I could have another day in bed to fully recover but I guess I feel well enough to at least go in and get some work done.

Baked bbq pork buns – Hung To Seafood

Baked bbq pork buns Hung To Seafood

3 buns filled with tender bbq pork and coated with a sweet glaze. $2.50
Hung To Seafood, South San Francisco

This is definite comfort food, noms!  And you get three of these delicious buns for so little! These buns cover most craving bases – carbs, bbq meat, salty umami, and sweet. I just recently discovered Hung To Seafood Restaurant and it’s definitely going on my great food-great value list.

Baked bbq pork buns Hung To Seafood

Office Holiday Party Extravaganza!

So my office held our 2nd Annual Holiday Potluck and everyone (well almost everyone) brought delicious food to share! I’m posting some of the yummy food so you can get a few ideas for your next holiday get together.  If all else fails, make a Costco run apparently. I mean who needs a fancy corporate holiday party when you can have a good ole potluck?! All names have been changed to protect the innocent! 🙂

Pork belly steamed bun

Pork belly steamed bun – Papa Chang
We all know that most holiday plates are fattening so why not get it in the form of tender pork belly?! Just top the bun with shredded scallions and hoisin sauce for an elegant presentation! You can purchase frozen buns at your local Asian market and steam them prior to serving.  Xiexie!

Pigs in a blanket

Pigs in a blanket – Rapunzel
Simple but delicious, a perennial party favorite! Just wrap ‘Lil Smokies (these are turkey) with crescent pastry rolls (these use a low fat variety) and voile, you have an all-American treat! According to Rapunzel, each piece has only 45 calories!

Pomegranate kielbasa bites

Pomegranate kielbasa bites – Dumes
The perfect combination of beefy meat and sticky sweet. Simmer sliced beef kielbasa sausage in a mixture of pomegranate juice, ketchup and Tabasco sauce until the sauce is thick and reduced. Serve on a buttery Ritz cracker to make it classy! Thanks Dumes!

Spam musubi

Spam musubi – Sophie
Perfectly portioned and utterly delicious! Spam plus sushi rice and a nori strip equals a happy vicenteSF! Arigato!

Traditional Midwestern Queso Surprise

Traditional midwestern queso surprise – vicenteSF
OK, I made that name up but my roommate IS from Kansas and he makes this delicious dip once in a while. Just combine Velveeta cheese (SO American!) with browned ground beef and a can of Ro-Tel brand diced tomatoes with chiles (another midwestern staple) in a crock pot. Set it and forget it! It’s customary to eat this with potato chips, not tortilla chips, silly!

Quiche lorraine

Mini quiche lorraine – Mats
Another easy potluck option, the frozen mini quiche! Just throw into the toaster oven for a few minutes and these buttery, salty bites are sure to please everyone!

Shrimp cocktail

Shrimp cocktail – Pong
Costco wins again! Seafood always ups the chichi factor!

Roast chicken

Roast chicken – Pong
And antoher Costco treasure!

Chewy mixed chip holiday cookie

Chewy mixed chip holiday cookie – Rapunzel
These are surprisingly good despite Rapunzel’s baking track record! Just kidding. These nommy cookies have milk chocolate, white chocolate AND butterscotch chips! And lots of butter for all the good lil boys and girls!

Almond jello with fruit

Almond jello with fruit – Sophie
Sophie fights back with a more sophisticated dessert approach. The light almond jello pairs wonderfully with fresh fruit!

Walnut brownie

Walnut brownie – Jefe
And what’s more traditional than some chocolate brownies with NUTS! Walnuts are a safe, delicious and nutritious choice!

Melkesjokolade chocolate

Melkesjokolade chocolate – Huff
And Huff brings up the rear with a Norwegian contribution! Tusen takk!

Happy holidays, everyone!!!

Braised pork steamed bun – Chairman Bao Truck

Braised pork steamed bun Chairman Bao Truck

With savoy cabbage and preserved mustard seeds. $3.75
Chairman Bao Truck, San Francisco

I’ve almost tried all the different steamed buns available at The Chairman Bao Truck – I think I just the crispy garlic tofu to go.  The braised pork was very good.  It was super tender and I love the cabbage and mustard seed topping.  These guys sure know how to make a delicious bun!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2014

Red sesame chicken steamed bun – Chairman Bao Truck

Red sesame chicken steamed bun Chairman Bao Truck

Served with pickled paper-thin cucumbers, spicy carrots, and chopped parsley. $3.25
Chairman Bao Truck, San Francisco

So I’m a big fan of The Chairman Bao truck and I’ve been slowly trying all the buns whenever I see the truck on my way home from the gym (great way to lose weight, right?).  Although the pork belly bun is still my favorite, this chicken bun was also very good.  It had great flavor and I love the thin cucumber slices.  The chicken was tender and they certainly put plenty of toppings on the bun.  Go Bao!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2014

Pan fried pork buns – Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

Pan fried pork buns Xiao Long Bao Kitchen

I get hungry just looking back at this photo.  Pan friend pork buns are SO yummy, regardless of what my friend said about how they’re made.  Let’s just say their not diet approved.  I don’t care!  I’ll sacrifice my waistline any day to eat these amazingly flavorful buns.  Great job XLB Kitchen! 6 pieces for $5.95
Xiao Long Bao Kitchen, South San Francisco