Tamarind leaf salad – Burmese Kitchen

Tamarind leaf salad - Burmese Kitchen
Young tamarind leaf, onion, crushed peanuts, sesame seeds and shredded cabbage. $6.95
Burmese Kitchen, San Francisco CA

I love this tamarind leaf salad! It’s got a variety of flavors and textures and is really fun to eat. San Francisco has a few Burmese restaurants and I really need to venture out and try more of them. Who wants to join?

Chang beer - Burmese Kitchen

Chang beer. They don’t have Burmese beer, but Thai beer is close enough, hehe.

Leather Pride flag
Leather Pride flag, Castro and Market.

Crispy fish tacos – Circa 59

Crispy fish tacos - Circa 59
Avocado, tomato, cabbage, sriracha aioli, lime. $16
Circa 59, Palm Springs CA

Wow, I can’t believe I paid $16 for what looks like a pile of barf! The crispy fish nuggets weren’t even crispy – they were super soggy as was the super greasy tortillas that surround this messy dish. I felt like a 5 year old eating the little fish bits in my tacos.

As nice as this restaurant purports to be, they sorely lack in service and food for that matter. We were seated outside without misters and for some reason the scarce waiters refused to give us any water. We had to flag down management to finally get any water. WTF!?

Pool table area, Riviera Resort
Pool table area, Riviera Resort. I think that’s Mr. T on the left(?).

Peg’s glorified huevos rancheros – Peg’s Glorified Ham N Eggs

Peg's glorified huevos rancheros - Peg's Glorified Ham N Eggs
Monterey skillet breakfast served with golden hash browns, pico de gallo, cabbage slaw, fresh pinto beans and warm tortillas. $8.99
Peg’s Glorified Ham N Eggs, Reno NV

I had high hopes for this place since it had SO many great Yelp reviews. Wow, were they wrong! The food was marginal at best. This breakfast platter was definitely gigantic, but I’d rather have a little bit of good food than a large pile of crappy food. The eggs were cooked all the way through, the hash browns were also overdone and hard, and the beans were flavorless. Lame, a major disappointment! At least the cantaloupe was sweet.

Condiments - Peg's Glorified Ham N Eggs

Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus, Malvaceae)
Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus, Malvaceae) with white and pink flowers, South Meadows Parkway.

General Homeboy & Blackened mahi tacos – Taco Mamacita

General Homeboy & Blackened Mahi tacos - Taco Mamacita
Any two tacos and a side $8.99
General Homeboy (on right): panko breaded shrimp with a sweet Thai chili sauce, shredded cabbage, sliced radish, green onion and cilantro, served spicy. Side of Mexican street corn.
Taco Mamacita, Sullivan’s Island SC

General Homeboy & Blackened Mahi tacos - Taco Mamacita
Blackened Mahi (on left): grilled blackened mahi mahi with jalapeno corn slaw, grilled pineapple, cilantro, diced tomatoes and baja sauce.

After eating many tacos from The Mission (SF), I will say that these weren’t authentic at all (which is fine). They were, however, on the small side and lacked bold flavors considering the ingredients used. I’m used to tacos that are overflowing with meats and toppings, and while these tacos tasted OK, I’ll have to say that the flavors at The Taco Spot were better. On a more positive note, the Mexican street corn was delicious!

Spicy mixed seafood and tofu claypot – Jun Ming Xuan

Spicy mixed seafood and tofu claypot - Jun Ming Xuan
Calamari, shrimp, scallop, white fish, fried tofu, mushroom, cabbage, chilies, green onions. £12.80
Jun Ming Xuan Chinese Restaurant, London ENGLAND

This was pretty good and there was plenty of it! I liked that they used fried tofu instead of fresh tofu because I prefer the texture. There was also a nice helping of seafood in there. I just wish the dish was a little spicier!

Tower of London, Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress
Tower of London, Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress. Home to the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom, this historic castle is a very popular tourist attraction. We didn’t want to wait in line and, instead, opted to be outside to enjoy the much welcomed sun that day. I’m not crazy about the weird lion statues they installed in front of the fortress. They look out of place.

Vepro, knedlo, zelo – Pifko Bar and Grill

Vepro, knedlo, zelo - Pifko Bar and Grill
Czech national dish! Slow roasted pork served with cabbage and dumplings. €10.50
Pifko Bar and Grill, Dublin IRELAND

“Pifko” means “pint” in Czech. This is a random restaurant along the River Liffey but we were looking for a change. This was the first time I’ve had traditional Czech food and I don’t think I was made into a fan. The pork was really good, but I didn’t really like the cabbage or dumplings. They were on the sour side for me and the dumplings were soggy and unappetizing. I guess I’m just not used to these flavors and textures.

The Spire of Dublin, Monument of Light, O'Connell Street

The Spire of Dublin, Monument of Light, O’Connell Street. This 121.2 meter (398 feet) tall stainless steel monument is the tallest sculpture in the world! It was designed by Ian Ritchie Architects and finished on January 21, 2003. Some nicknames include The Spike, The Stiletto in the Ghetto, The Nail in the Pale, The Stiffy at the Liffey, The Erection at the Intersection, and The Pin in the Bin.

Ox tail empanadas – Lolo

Ox tail empanadas - Lolo
With tomato, red cabbage, and chipotle sauce. $8
Lolo, San Francisco CA

As much as I disliked my dining experience, I did like these empanadas. They were nicely fried and the texture was great. The oxtail had great flavor and the chipotle sauce was tasty. Overall, this place needs to greatly improve on service and timing! And lay off on the sauce, man!

Alice in Wonderland graffiti mural, Mission Street

Alice in Wonderland graffiti mural, Mission Street. This artwork was pretty cute. They painted it on a door and it depicts Alice approaching a tiny door with a key.

Corned beef – Local Mission Eatery

Project 365: Day 110

Argh, I totally don’t wan’t to be at work today! It’s kind of a waste to work on a Monday since I’m leaving for Europe tomorrow. My flight isn’t until 4pm, but I took the entire day off because I just want time to relax and make sure that I’ve packed everything I need. I tried searching for my electrical outlet adaptor earlier but I couldn’t find it. Oh well, I know that Hubbs is bringing one. Why aren’t outlets standardized across all countries, anyway? Geez!

Corned beef Local Mission Eatery
With poached eggs and beer braised cabbage. $12
Local Mission Eatery, San Francisco CA

Corned beef Local Mission Eatery
The corned beef was super tender and flavorful and I loved the sourness of the beer braised cabbage. The eggs were poached medium, as requested by David, lol! I don’t know why people even order poached eggs if they don’t like them runny! They’re missing out. 🙂

Rudolph Valentino house 1926, Roosevelt Way

Former Rudolph Valentino house, Roosevelt Way. I’ve walked by this beautiful house in the Upper Market Terrace neighborhood many times, but didn’t know that it had previously belonged to the silent film star, Rudolph Valentino, in 1926 according to the plaque in front. Apparently, that’s also the year he died. 😦

Korean spare ribs – Wang’s in the Desert

Korean spare ribs Wang's in the Desert

4 pieces of bite size pork ribs braised in a soy bbq sauce. Served with tangy Korean cole slaw. $9
Wang’s in the Desert, Palm Springs CA

These were sticky, sweet, salty, and absolutely delicious! Among all the small plates we tried, this was the most substantial. I love pork ribs and these did not disappoint!

Road trip snack – Jack in the Box

Project 365: Day 83

I’m still struggling to complete my work trip travel authorization on our systems without all the information I need. I’ll have a co-instructor but he hasn’t been very helpful either. Oh well, at least my gym workouts have been going well. I’ve been somewhat unmotivated, but I’m still trying to push myself. I don’t think there will be much of a gym at my hotel in Charleston so I’ve got to get in some quality workouts before then.

Egg roll Jack in the Box

Crispy egg roll (1 pc) filled with diced pork, cabbage, celery, carrots, onions, and spices and served with sweet and sour dipping sauce.
Jack in the Box, Kettleman City CA

Silverfox and I had this less than stellar fast food meal on one of our road trips down to Palm Springs. It’s fast food, what can you do?!

Egg roll Jack in the Box

This thing is super starchy, but familiar. Meh.

Chicken nuggets Jack in the Box

Crispy chicken nuggets (5 pcs) with bbq sauce.

Grilled chicken strips Jack in the Box

Grilled white meat chicken strips (5 pcs) served with teriyaki dipping sauce.

Beverages Jack in the Box

Diet Coke and coffee.

Vegetable deluxe – Sai Jai Thai Restaurant

Vegetable deluxe Sai Jai Thai Restaurant

Sauteed fresh broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrot, and fried tofu with oyster sauce. We requested that they add chicken. $7.95
Sai Jai Thai Restaurant, San Francisco

Silverfox wanted something on the healthier side, so we ordered this vegetable dish and had some chicken added to it. It was pretty good but nothing spectacular. Hadn’t eaten fried tofu in a while so this was a nice treat.