Dessert duo – Cafe Bastille

Dessert duo - Cafe Bastille
Pave chocolate creme brulee and raspberry key lime mousse. Three course dinner prix fixe $35
Cafe Bastille, San Francisco CA

These desserts were decent. They weren’t super fancy or delicious, but they were different enough from each other to hold my interest.

Holocaust Memorial by George Segal
Holocaust Memorial by George Segal, California Palace of the Legion of Honor

Dessert plate – DADS Kamayan Saisaki

Dessert plate - DADS Kamayan Saisaki
Chocolate layer cake with strawberry frosting, lemon cookie, peach crepe with chocolate ice cream and chocolate sauce. Buffet
DADS Kamayan Saisaki, Manila PHILIPPINES

The cake and cookie were throw-away dessert, but the peach crepe was pretty good because they make it to order and it’s got ice cream on top. Ice cream makes any dessert better, duh! 🙂

AERA Memorial Museum
AERA Memorial Museum, Villa Escudero.

Caramelized apple cake – Starbucks

Caramelized apple cake - Starbucks
Traditional pound cake with caramelized apples and brown sugar. $2.45
Starbucks, San Francisco CA

Caramelized apple cake - Starbucks
As far was “American” Starbucks pastries go, this was actually ok. It’s not the best cake ever, but it was at least moist and didn’t taste like cardboard (like most of the crap the pass off as pastries).

California poppy
California poppy (Eschscholzia californica, Papaveraceae), Bon Tempe Lake.

Chicken caldereta – Philippine Airlines

Chicken caldereta - Philippine Airlines
With rice, steamed vegetables, macaroni salad, chocolate chip bread, and pound cake. Complimentary
San Francisco (SFO) to Manila (MNL), Philippine Airlines

This was the first time I’d flown Philippine Airlines and I was pretty impressed. I was way back in Economy, but the seats were still comfortable and there was a surprising amount of leg room for the back of the plane. The food was decent too. I don’t eat much Filipino food, but I definitely crave it now and then. I enjoyed that the PAL food was distinctly Filipino. 🙂

Ninoy Aquino International Airport
Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL), Terminal 2.

Gateau Basque – Piperade

Gateau Basque - Piperade
Cherry preserves. $9
Piperade, San Francisco CA

This almond flour based cake was good and had a good texture, but I wasn’t amazed. I think part of my disinterest comes from the fact that I’ve been to this restaurant about three times now and it’s a frickin’ snoozefest in there! The servers, bussers, and expediters were all cold and mechanical and could care less if you were enjoying your experience or the food. For instance, I had the rack of lamb for my entree this past visit. It came out cold and way underdone so I had a few bites and left the rest on my plate because it was unappetizing. The plate was eventually removed from the table as if everybody orders a $32 plate just to eat two bites. Nobody asked me how it was or if I was enjoying it. They don’t care if you like the food and apparently they don’t care if the food is properly prepared in the first place. Once our dinner order was placed in the beginning, we no longer existed and the staff was just going through the motions. They just want to get you in and get you out! I’m actually really surprised that this restaurant is as popular as it is given my recent experiences here.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013

Colorful aeoniums
Colorful aeoniums, Kentfield.

Coconut cake – Luce

Coconut cake - Luce
Figs, honey ricotta sherbet. Tasting menu $95
Luce, San Francisco CA

Coconut cake - Luce
This dessert was REALLY pretty, but I don’t know if everything came together seamlessly. I liked all the individual components but the flavors didn’t really gel for me. But then again I’m not a huge dessert person in the first place.

Mini macarons - Luce
Mini macarons. Oh, how I love macarons!