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!

Crab noodle salad – Dragonfly

Project 365: Day 109

It’s finally hitting me that I’m leaving for Europe in a couple of days! I’m still doing all my laundry and planning all my outfits, hehe. What sucks is that it’s going to be raining the entire time that we’re there. It’ll be fun traveling Hubbs. This will only be his second time outside the US. After this trip, I’ll have been to 20 countries. I know that’s not a lot, but I’m still happy that I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to travel.

Crab noodle salad Dragonfly
Crab and seaweed salad tossed with glass noodles and chili garlic sauce. $10
Dragonfly, Old San Juan, PUERTO RICO

Another disappointment. There was almost no crab in there, and the seaweed made everything too slimey. I thought maybe the glass noodles would balance out the slime, but they didn’t. Yuck!

Crecimiento Monument San Juan

Crecimiento Monument along the Paseo de la Princesa. These spike-like sculptures erupting from the ground look dramatic against the old city walls.