Double double burger “loaded” – In-N-Out Burger

Double double burger loaded - 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. “With chopped chilies” adds slices of spicy yellow pickled chili peppers. And I also requested a side of peppers, lol. $3.40
In-N-Out Burger, Millbrae CA

OK, so I ordered this double double burger “animal style with chopped chilies”. Omg, it was huge and amazing!!! My co-worker recently told me about the chilies option on their hidden menu. Well I love spicy peppers so I thought I’d give it a try. This burger definitely filled me up, and it was messy and fabulous. The yellow chilies actually had some kick too! I was expecting mild pepperoncini slices, but these had some heat to them. Oh, how I love you In-N-Out!

Red zinnia flowers

Red zinnia flowers (Asteraceae), West Field Road.


Castro Special slice – Nizario’s Pizza

Castro Special slice - Nizario's Pizza
Chicken, pesto, spinach and feta cheese. $4
Nizario’s Pizza, San Francisco CA

Ah, the good ‘ole 2 AM slice of pizza! I always seem to add more parmesan cheese and dried pepper flakes on top. The better to soak up those pesky Cape Cods, lol!

Mosaic mural artwork, McKinley Elementary School
Mosaic mural artwork, McKinley Elementary School.

Smoked cheddar gougere – Craftsman & Wolves

Smoked cheddar gougere - Craftsman & Wolves
With hot pepper. $3
Craftsman & Wolves, San Francisco CA

Smoked cheddar gougere - Craftsman & Wolves
Wow, this gougere tasted incredible! I loved the delicate texture of the interior and the bold flavor of the smoked cheddar combined with the slight heat from the flecks of chili peppers. I’m SO glad that Craftsman and Wolves opened up in the neighborhood – I’m a total fan! The people behind the counter are super friendly too.

Hamburger graffiti artwork, Osage Street

Hamburger graffiti artwork, Osage Street. This is a random one at the end of the street, but I think it’s charming!

Pizza margherita – Pizzeria Delfina

Pizza margherita - Pizzeria Delfina
Tomato, fior di latte mozzarella cheese, basil. $13
Pizzeria Delfina, San Francisco CA

I love, love, love the pizzas at Pizzeria Delfina! Their crust is so light, airy and flavorful and their sauce tastes amazing. They must use great quality ingredients because no matter how simple the pizza may be, it’s always spectacular. The service is always friendly (not so much when they first opened) and I love sitting at an outside table and people watching.

Pizza margherita - Pizzeria Delfina
7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014

Breadsticks and pizza toppings - Pizzeria Delfina
Breadsticks, chili flakes, grated parmesan, dried oregano leaves. Complimentary

Dolores Hidalgo church bell replica, Dolores Park

Dolores Hidalgo church bell replica, Dolores Park. This park is one of my favorites in the city, partly because it’s so close to my apartment. My doggie loves running around and playing fetch at Dolores Park too.

Dark chocolate and chilli petite – Starbucks

Dark chocolate and chilli petite - Starbucks
A chilli infused, fudgey, dark Belgian chocolate torte with a smooth dark chocolate ganache topped with dried chillis. Contains nuts, vegetarian. 170 calories, 4.9 g sat fat. Buy 3 or more, Eat in £1.20 each
Starbucks, London ENGLAND

This was my favorite of three bars I tried because it was the least sweet! It had a great chocolate and chilli flavor and I enjoyed the dense, fudgey texture.

St. Paul's Cathedral, Statue of Saint Paul

St. Paul’s Cathedral, Statue of Saint Paul. We approached the cathedral from the back side where it’s actually green and quaint as opposed to the stark, cement area in front of it. We walked inside for a little bit and it’s absolutely beautiful! The stained glass windows and large organs are amazing!

Octopus tiradito – Lolo

Octopus tiradito - Lolo
Chili flakes, sea salt and cascabel aioli. $12
Lolo, San Francisco CA

All of these dishes were preassembled because everything came out suspiciously quick for a super busy restaurant! And I mean quick! I don’t mind getting my food quickly, but I still want to feel like they’re cooking back there and that I’m not being rushed out of my table! Sheesh! The octopus in this dish was a little chewy. I’d let you know what it tasted like but there was SO much crap on top of it that you really couldn’t taste the octopus at all.

Dolores Park, The Mission
Dolores Park, The Mission. I love the newly rennovated playground area in this beautiful park!

Pepperoni slice – Nizario’s Pizza

Pepperoni slice - Nizario's Pizza

Nizario’s Pizza, San Francisco CA

Pepperoni slice - Nizario's Pizza

Back in graduate school, I would frequently hit this place after a night of clubbing. These days, I’m less likely to grab pizza with the afterhours crowd – I’m getting old! I did, however, find myself at Nizario’s recently. I’m surprised I was able to take these pics, lol! As if a greasy pepperoni pizza slice isn’t enough, I’ll also cover the slice in red chili flakes, oregano, and parmesan cheese. I’m a mess!

Valley oak (Quercus lobata, Fagaceae), Corona Heights Park/Hill
Valley oak (Quercus lobata, Fagaceae), Corona Heights Park/Hill. This is my favorite oak in California. I love the large, deciduous, deeply lobed leaves!

Pork and amarillo dumplings – Dragonfly

Pork and amarillo dumplings Dragonfly
Steamed dumplings with citrus mojo. $14
Dragonfly, Old San Juan, PUERTO RICO

Ew, these were gross! The dumpling wrappers were thick, dry and chewy. It was difficult to taste the filling because the wrapper was SO starchy. Thank god for dipping sauces. I’m guessing amarillo refers to some type of yellow chili pepper.

Frozen pina colada

This was a frozen pina colada we had puchased from a stand in the Plaza de Armas right before Rick Santorum and his family paraded through for a campaign rally. It was surreal to see him randomly in Old San Juan!

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum on the campaign trail!

Pozole – San Jalisco

Pozole San Jalisco Mexican Restaurant

Pork soup in a red, homemade spicy sauce complemented with corn hominy. Served with cabbage, radishes, lime wedges, chopped onions, Mexican oregano, and chili peppers on the side. $9.95
San Jalisco, San Francisco

This pozole had great flavor, but I wish it had come out hotter (temperature wise). It was only warm and quickly became luke warm. Not the way you should enjoy pozole! The preparation was rustic which I don’t mind, but Silverfox didn’t like picking around the bones and connective tissue of the pork. I did enjoy the number of accompaniments this came with. You could flavor the soup just the way you like it.

I do have to mention that the service at this restaurant was particular sweet and friendly.

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

Pozole - San Jalisco
June 27, 2014. $10.95
Looks like the price has gone up!

Szechuan eggplant – Grand Palace Restaurant

Szechuan eggplant Grand Palace Restaurant

Sauteed eggplants with green onions, bamboo shoots, onions, black fungus, ginger and dried chilis in a garlic sauce. To go special $8.00
Grand Palace Restaurant, South San Francisco

Oh how I love eggplant! These were SO good too. I love how they were super saucy and garlicky. I was also surprised how much food they give you for their To Go Special. This didn’t come with any rice so it’s just a huge container of Szechuan eggplants, noms!

Chicken wings – Hog & Rocks

Chicken wings Hog & Rocks

Chile and agave nectar sauce, sprinkled with chives and served with carrots, celery, and ranch.  $5 happy hour
Hog & Rocks, San Francisco

Yet another amazing happy hour value at Hog & Rocks.!  I’m not suer that the chile and agave nectar sauce really stood out though.  It didn’t have a very defined flavor.  In fact, it tasted pretty light and mellow – if that’s possible with chicken wings.  You certainly get a lot of wings for five bucks, but in terms of flavor I don’t think I’ll be ordering these again (and they were cold!).