Grass-fed beef chili bowl – Mountain Room Lounge

Grass-fed beef chili bowl - Mountain Room Lounge
Local free range beef simmered with organic pinto and kidney beans, Fiscalini Farms cheddar, sour cream, red onions, and corn muffin. $12.75
Mountain Room Lounge, Yosemite National Park CA

This tasted great, and there was plenty of it to fill you up of a chilly evening. Spoiler alert: I think they sell the same thing at the food court for much cheaper. Wish I would have known, lol! No matter though, it still tasted great!

Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Falls.

Chili calamari – Sky Deck View Bar

Chili calamari - Sky Deck View Bar
Crispy egg battered squid, chili, aioli, lime wedge, cilantro. 310 PHP
Sky Deck View Bar, Manila PHILIPPINES

Mmm, these calamari were done right! They weren’t dry and over-fried and chewy. They were still tender and packed with flavor, a little heat and some sweetness. A nice early evening snack to kick off the night.

Manhattan and Long Island Iced Tea - Sky Deck View Bar
Manhattan and Long Island Iced Tea. Each 280 PHP

Intramuros view
Intramuros view from the Bayleaf Hotel.

Chicken with chili and lemon grass – Sisters Cafe

Chicken with chili and lemon grass - Sisters Cafe
Served with rice, lettuce, tomato. 79,000 VND
Sisters Cafe, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

Mmm, this lemon grass chicken was SO much better than the one at Vietnamese Kitchen! It was like night and day. This chicken was tender and the sauce was SO delicious. The portion was larger and the price was noticeably lower. Score!

Binh Tay Market
The bustling Binh Tay Market, Cholon (Chinatown).

Pickled Pink sliders – Sliderbar

Pickled Pink sliders - Sliderbar
Ground shrimp with chili and ginger patty, house made pickled onions, cilantro and lime mayo, arugula on an artisan white bun. Two for $10
Sliderbar, San Francisco CA

Mmm, there are some delicious Asian flavors in this unique slider! Gotta give it to Sliderbar for creating some pretty creative sammies.

Chocolate chili terrine – Staple & Fancy

Chocolate chili terrine - Staple & Fancy
Caramel ice cream, caramel sauce and brittle. Family style supper $46 per person
Staple and Fancy, Seattle WA

Of the two desserts we received, I preferred this one. The brittle was really good, and the caramel ice cream helped to balance out the rich, dense cake.

Seattle manhole cover
“City Light, City Bright” Seattle manhole cover.

Spicy fish – Burmese Kitchen

Spicy fish - Burmese Kitchen
Fillet fish, chili flake, garlic and fried shallots. $7.95
Burmese Kitchen, San Francisco CA

This was delicious, although not very spicy. I like heat so I’m always a little disappointed when they promise spice and it ends up mild anyway. The fish, however, was tender and very flavorful!

Colorful San Francisco homes

Colorful San Francisco homes, Noe Valley.

Garlic prawns – Zadin

Garlic prawns - Zadin
Prawns lightly fried and tossed in a caramelized garlic chili sauce. Served on a bed of coconut scented rice and garnished with a pea shoot mango salad. $19
Zadin, San Francisco CA

This was flavorful, but definitely over-sauced. I love me some sauce, but these poor prawns were drowned in it and totally got lost. The pea shoot and mango salad was very tasty though.

Parrot wind decoration
Parrot wind/yard decoration, Cole Valley.

Brunch cocktails – Twenty Five Lusk

S.F. Yacht Club cocktail - Twenty Five Lusk

S.F. Yacht Club: vodka, grapefruit, cucumber, lemon, lime, mint. Gilt City brunch menu
Twenty Five Lusk, San Francisco CA

I thought this cocktail would be more refreshing and would knock my socks off, but it didn’t. It was pretty to look at, but fell flat in the taste department which is surprising considering the great combination of ingredients.

Lusk Bloody Mary - Twenty Five Lusk

Lusk Bloody Mary: vodka, roasted tomatoes, lemon, roasted garlic, thai chili paste, aged balsamic vinegar.

Mmm, this bloddy mary delicious! I sometimes buy the daily deal certificates for restaurants I haven’t tried, and I have to say that I was really impressed with this Gilt buy for Twentry Five Lusk. We had a great time, the food was delicious (for the most part), and the service was friendly and professional. I’d definitely got back for more!

Construction stencil artwork
Construction stencil artwork, 16th Street.

Beef panang curry – Pad Thai Restaurant

Beef panang curry - Pad Thai Restaurant
Beef in chili sauce with ground peanut, bell pepper, kaffir lime leaves and fresh basil with coconut cream. $9.50
Pad Thai Restaurant, San Francisco CA

Beef panang curry - Pad Thai Restaurant
Panang curry is probably my favorite type of Thai curry. I love that Pad Thai will actually add some real heat to their dishes when you request them “spicy”. Mmm!

Pink river lily flowers (Hesperantha coccinea, Iridaceae)

Pink river lily or crimson flag flowers (Hesperantha coccinea, Iridaceae), Roosevelt Way with Twin Peaks in the distance.

Crispy calamari – The Tropicale

Crispy calamari - The Tropicale
With spicy Asian red chili sauce. $9
The Tropicale, Palm Springs CA

Yuck, this was gross! The calamari was super dry, overcooked, rubbery, tough to chew, and lacked flavor. It definitely tasted like poor quality frozen calamari that was abused by the fry cook. And the chili sauce was really an Asian-inspired salsa, just sayin’.

Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens, Fouquieriaceae)

Ocotillo, desert coral, vine cactus, etc. (Fouquieria splendens, Fouquieriaceae) in the yard. Can’t wait to catch it blooming.

Asian short rib tacos – Grand Lux Cafe

Asian short rib tacos - Grand Lux Cafe
Three mini corn tortillas filled with grilled marinated kogi-style short rib, house-made Korean kim chi and chili aioli. $5.95
Grand Lux Cafe, Las Vegas NV

These tacos were pretty tasty, but the tortillas were a little dry and had a weird texture. I will say that our server was super friendly and hilarious though so it made the dining experience enjoyable regardless of some of the food missteps!