Sopa de tortilla – Chilango

Sopa de tortilla - Chilango
Traditional Mexican tortilla soup with chicken broth, chicken, avocado, potato, carrot, celery, and queso fresco. Lunch pre fixe (prifex fijo) $15
Chilango, San Francisco CA

Tortilla soup is SO warm and comforting. I’d venture to say even more so than regular chicken noodle soup. It definitely has more flavor! Often times, this soup is made way too salty, but Chilango’s version is perfect. You get all the comfort and flavor that you’re looking for without the salt overload.

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

The Women's Building

The Women’s Building with murals, 18th Street. The programs in this building help prepare women and girls to lead a productive and fulfilling life in society. They’ve been in this space since 1979.

Bloody mary – The Girl & The Fig

French bloody mary - The Girl & The Fig

French bloody mary. House-made bloody mary mix, pernod. Garnished with lime, caper berry, and celery. $8
The Girl & The Fig, Sonoma CA

Balsamic bloody mary - The Girl & The Fig

Balsamic bloody mary. House-made bloody mary mix, blasamic vinegar. Garnished with olive, lime, caper berry, and celery. $8

We sat in the back patio of this cute restaurant on the northwestern corner of the town plaza. You can’t do Sunday brunch without yummy bloody mary’s! I think I liked the balasamic bloody mary a little better because it had a more vibrant flavor.

Red-orange roses (Rosa sp., Rosaceae), Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Beautiful red-orange roses (Rosa sp., Rosaceae), Gundlach Bundschu Winery. This was my favorite winery of this Sonoma trip. The wine was delicious and the lady behind the bar was SO helpful and friendly.

Chicken lettuce wrap – Jun Ming Xuan

Chicken lettuce wrap - Jun Ming Xuan
Chopped chicken with corn, carrot, peas, celery and crispy noodles served with lettuce cups. £7.80
Jun Ming Xuan Chinese Restaurant, London ENGLAND

Chicken lettuce wrap - Jun Ming Xuan
A delicious bite topped with hoisin sauce. This dish tasted fresh and bright, and I appreciated the similarly sized cuts of all the ingredients in the chicken filling. Mmm!

K2 red telephone boxes, Broad Street, Covent Garden
K2 red telephone boxes, Broad Street, Covent Garden. These iconic telephone kiosks designed by Gilbert Scott are SO cute! I think it’s standard for any tourist of London to have their photo taken inside one of these British telephone booths.

Carolina shrimp and grits – The Glass Onion

Carolina shrimp and grits - The Glass Onion
With andouille sausage and braised tomatoes. $17
The Glass Onion, Charleston SC

This dish was pretty good with great flavor. I loved the texture of the grits, but the shrimp may have been a little overcooked. Not too much, but they were definitely not as tender as I would have liked. Also, I did want to mention that the service was a bit awkward.

Cornbread and honey - The Glass Onion
Cornbread drizzled with honey. These were delicious and I wish I had requested another round!

Doubletree Guest Suites Charleston-Historic District

Lobby of the Doubletree Guest Suites Charleston-Historic District. Sat here several times waiting for my friend to get ready before heading out to dinner, hehe!

Moulard duck “foie gras en terrine” – The French Laundry

Moulard duck "foie gras en terrine" - The French Laundry
Celery branch, cara cara orange, juniper yogurt, almond sable and red ribbon sorrel. Chef’s Tasting Menu $270 + $30 supplement
The French Laundry, Yountville CA

Moulard duck "foie gras en terrine" - The French Laundry
Another beautifully plated dish! I love the soft, pale colors on the plate from the cara cara (red navel) orange wedges to the pink foie terrine and green sorrel. For a tasting menu, the terrine portion was generous but I did my duty and ate it ALL up, lol!

Warm brioche - The French Laundry
Warm brioche. This was kinda cool – I was finishing the first half of the thick brioche when a server came up behind me and replaced the remaining half with a new, warm slice. Fresh and warm is best for this dish!

Trio of salts - The French Laundry
Trio of salts. Pretty and tasty! You could definitely taste a difference between the salts.

Pancit – Baby’s Eatery and Palabok

Pancit Baby's Eatery and Palabok
Filipino style noodles with chicken, celery, carrot, onion, and green onions.
Baby’s Eatery and Palabok, San Francisco CA

This wasn’t my favorite version of pancit. I had a tray of it for a party and it didn’t taste the freshest. Also, I’m partial to the version that has slices of Chinese sausage. Probably because it adds lots of flavor (and fat), lol!

Christmas house Castro Street

Christmas decorated house on Castro Street across from Davies Medical Center. I used to live a couple doors from this house and it was great to see the holiday decorations come out every year. It’s a bit much, but I don’t think they’d have it any other way!

Flying fish and cou cou – Waterfront Cafe

Flying fish and cou cou Waterfront Cafe
Three fillets of fish steamed in a Caribbean fish broth. Served with cornmeal cou cou, fried plantain, and pickled cucumber. $48 (Barbados dollar)
Waterfront Cafe, Bridgetown, BARBADOS

The extras were better than the fish, lol! But you really can’t complain about pickled cucumbers and fried plantains. The flying fish, on the other hand, had a really strong fishy taste – not my thing. Great presentation though.

Independence Arch
Independence Arch at the end of the historic Chamberlain Bridge in Bridgetown. At the base of this colorful arch, there is The Pledge which reads, “I pledge allegiance to my country Barbados and to my flag to uphold and defend their honour and by my living to do credit to my nation wherever I go.” Pretty cool stuff.

Cornmeal cou cou – Waterfront Cafe

Cornmeal cou cou Waterfront Cafe
Scoop of ground cornmeal with sliced okra mixed inside and topped with a Caribbean fish broth with tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, peppers, and herbs.
Waterfront Cafe, Bridgetown, BARBADOS

Angela, our cab driver, suggested we try this local dish “cou cou”. It’s ground cornmeal cooked with what I’m sure is a LOT of butter, broth, and spices. This version also had slices of okra in it. It was pretty good, but the okra pieces were a bit slimey for my taste. The broth/sauce was very comforting.

Turnera ulmifolia
The first part of the day was off-and-on rain, but it didn’t detract from the beauty of the island and it’s lush greenery. This yellow alder or buttercup bush (Turnera ulmifolia) was prevalently planted, I’m sure for its vibrant yellow blooms. I was surprised to find out that it belongs to the Passifloraceae family.

Chicken with black moss – Benu

Chicken with black moss Benu

With mountain yam and celery. Pre fixe dinner $180
Benu, San Francisco

I loved the chicken and the broth in this dish, but I didn’t like the mountain yam. The yam was too slimy for my taste. Also, I liked how the black moss looked on the plate, but it didn’t taste like anything. The chicken, on the other hand, was so moist and delicious. I don’t think I’ve ever had chicken prepared this way. That’s another reason why I loved this dinner at Benu, it afforded me the opportunity to try so many different things. I didn’t like everything, but I certainly appreciated all the dishes.

Chicken with black moss Benu

Egg salad sandwich – Starbucks

Project 365: Day 93

Yay, I’m SO glad it’s Friday! Now I get to take a break from work and relax a little bit, maybe see some of downtown Charleston this weekend. I’m feeling kind of restless so I’ll probably check out the downtown nightlife this evening. Can’t get crazy with the alcohol though since I’ll be driving.

Egg salad sandwich Starbucks

“Classic egg salad with dill, mustard, celery and lettuce on whole-wheat bread. This traditional lunchtime favorite is dressed with all the trimmings of a truly outstanding sandwich. Crunchy bits of celery, crispy lettuce, delicate hints of dill and a touch of mustard for extra zip. At once creamy, tangy and bright, this superb egg salad, served on hearty whole-wheat bread, makes a deliciously substantial meal.” $5.25
Starbucks, Kettleman City CA

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.

Sopa de albondigas – Mijita

Sopa de albondigas Mijita

Mexican meatball soup. Beef and pork meatballs in a tomato based broth with carrots, onions, zucchini, celery, lime, parsley, and shredded tortilla chips. $8
Mijita, San Francisco

Yet another soup that was served luke warm! Was this suppose to be served that way? I like my soups HOT! If they’re too hot, then I’ll just wait a couple minutes for them to cool down, but I enjoy them so much more when they’re able to warm my stomach, literally! This soup was OK. Not sure why it’s on the 7×7 Big Eat list. There are plenty of other soups out there that have more flavor (and are served piping hot). The meatballs are tiny, making them easier to eat I suppose. With that much vegetables in the soup, you’d think that it’d have a little more flavor.

Oh, and a sea gull tried to attack me while sitting at the outside table. That was my cue to move inside, but there are still birds running around there too. Gross, so unsanitary!

Sopa de albondigas Mijita

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