Chicken wings – Frida’s Mexican Grill

Chicken wings - Frida's Mexican Grill
With chipotle chile and ranch dressing dip. Happy hour $5
Frida’s Mexican Grill, Napa CA

I was a little disappointed with these wings, partly because they looked so sad and lonely arranged on the plate. I guess 5 tiny wings look weird when they’re placed singly on a plate. And these wings were definitely frozen and of poor quality.

House margarita - Frida's Mexican Grill
House margarita. Happy hour $3
Not the best tasting, but I really can’t complain for three bucks.

Spicy beef empanada – Venga Empanadas

Spicy beef empanada - Venga Empanadas
Slow cooked ribs in hot chile sauce with chipotle peppers. $2.75
Venga Empanadas, San Francisco CA

Spicy beef empanada - Venga Empanadas
There was absolutely no spicy heat to this empanada. The overwhelming flavor was that of sour vinegar so they should really call this a vinegar beef empanada. To its credit, there was some great chile flavors and the beef cubes were nice and tender. Overall, this was good but it still didn’t make up for the atrocious service.

Bon Tempe Lake
Bon Tempe Lake with Mt. Tam in the distance.

Chorizo jalapeno tartine – Griddle Fresh

Chorizo jalapeno tartine - Griddle Fresh
Pepper jack scramble, chorizo and roasted jalapeno relish, chipotle aioli on a brioche bun, potato wedges, cantaloupe. $12
Griddle Fresh, San Francisco CA

First of all, the service here was SO horrible! They were super slow and completely unattentive. It was the hardest I’ve had to work to flag a server down every time I needed something. Now to the food. It gave me heartburn. Between the spicy chorizo, spicy jalapeno, pepper jack cheese, and chipotle aioli there was SO much heavy spice and fat that I really couldn’t take it. On a positive note, the scramble was well cooked, the bun nicely toasted, and the cantaloupe was ripe and sweet.

Coffee - Griddle Fresh
Coffee. $2.50

Pancho’s crispy fish tacos – Norma’s

Pancho's crispy fish tacos - Norma's
With chipotle salsa and pickled onions, guacamole and pico de gallo, lime. $22
Norma’s, Palm Springs CA

Another lame, basic dish for twenty two bucks! I guess if you add a grilled lime and stick long tortilla chips into the guacamole you can charge that amount. Someone should tell them that it would help if the food actually tasted good.

The Parker Hotel grounds
The Parker Hotel grounds.

Andy’s sage fried chicken benedict – Hash House A Go Go

Andy's sage fried chicken benedict - Hash House A Go Go
With fresh spinach, hardwood smoked bacon, market tomato, griddled mozzarella, chipotle cream and scrambled eggs served on a fresh split biscuit with griddled mashed potatoes. $15.95
Hash House A Go Go, Las Vegas NV

OMG, this fried chicken benedict was digustingly awe-inspiring, lol! We came to Hash House A Go Go to try this monstrousity because someone in our group had seen it on Man Vs. Food where Adam Richman ate the entire thing (ew!). Thank god I wasn’t the one who ordered it, but I did help eat it (hehe!).

The chipotle cream was a little on the bland side which is probably a good thing because you’d probably get sick from eating it all especially if it was spicy. The biscuits were dense and seemed underdone, and the mashed potatoes were also under-seasoned. The fried chicken tasted good but they were greasy. I guess what I’m saying was that this dish wasn’t very good, but it was worth the opportunity to see it in person and to give it a go. And really, it was only sixteen bucks! 🙂

The Flamingo Hotel

The Flamingo Hotel.

The Sao Paolo burger – Frjtz

The Sao Paolo burger - Frjtz
6 oz burger served on a Dutch crunch bun with bacon, fried egg, cheddar cheese, mild peppers, caramelized red onions, chipotle remoulade, lettuce, tomato, and pickles. $13
Frjtz, San Francisco CA

This was a pretty large burger, not necessarily from the beef patty but from all the toppings! The meat was juicy and flavorful so I can’t complain. 🙂

Scenic graffiti mural
Scenic graffiti mural on construction boards.

California crepe – Crepevine

California crepe - Crepevine
Savory crepe with avocado, bell peppers, tomatoes, sauteed onions and cheddar topped with salsa fresca and sour cream and spicy chipotle on the side. Served with house potatoes and mixed greens with vinaigrette. $9.50
Crepevine, San Francisco CA

To me, these crepe places tend to be cookie-cutter and predictable which is both a good and bad thing. You always know what to expect, but nothing is ever new and interesting. That’s why quality is the deciding factor when comparing these establishment. Crepevine is pretty good. The food is yummy and the ingredients are of nice quality.

Belgian fries – Sliderbar

Belgian fries - Sliderbar
Cooked fresh to order with hot chipotle ketchup, hot sriracha mayo, and their secret sauce. Family size $6.50
Sliderbar, San Francisco CA

Why are things that are bad for you so tasty!? French fries are my weakness and these were delicious. They have plenty of dippings sauces to choose from too.

Wooden piglets
Wooden piglets, Church Street.

Calamari – Don the Beachcomber

Calamari - Don the Beachcomber
Lightly seasoned and breaded, served with zesty chipotle remoulade and Don’s citrus cocktail sauce. $12.95
Don the Beachcomber, Kailua-Kona HI

I enjoyed these! They were pretty tender and not overly fried. I also liked that they weren’t covered in a thick shell of breading and that they included plenty of tentacle pieces. The sauce were also creative and tasty! I’m kinda bored of the typical citrus aioli that’s usually served with fried calamari.

Stacked rocks, Kailua Bay
Stacked rocks, Kailua Bay.

Kona fish tacos – Huggo’s on the Rocks

Kona fish tacos - Huggo's on the Rocks
Blackened mahi mahi, chipotle aioli, mango salsa fresca, roasted tomatillo sauce. Served with Manini green salad. $15.95
Huggo’s on the Rocks, Kailua-Kona HI

Mmm, these were really good and I loved all the sauces and salsa on top. The tortillas were also nicely grilled and warm. I thought it was cute that they served the plates in bamboo steam trays.

Western Hawaii
Western side of Hawaii along Queen Kaahumanu Highway.

Waipi’o stack breakfast – Island Lava Java

Waipi'o stack breakfast - Island Lava Java
Two eggs over easy, stacked on house-made wheat toast with applewood smoked bacon, fresh avocado, tomato, arugula and chipotle aioli. Served with a cup of fresh fruit. $11.95
Island Lava Java, Kailua-Kona HI

This was SO nommy! The bacon was perfect and I loved the chipotle aioli. Even their homemade wheat bread was tasty. I wish the eggs were less fried (they were advertised as over easy) because I love a super-runny yolk but that’s only a minor criticism. Noms!

Waipi'o Valley
We actually drove to Waipio Valley on the north side of the Big Island and it was beautiful and impressive! Although the breakfast stack was delicious, I think the Valley takes the cake. 😉

Chard and chipotle pizza – Arizmendi Bakery

Chard and chipotle pizza - Arizmendi Bakery
With red onions and cheddar cheese. $2.50 per slice
Arizmendi Bakery, San Francisco CA

I love Arizmendi’s daily pizzas! This was a new combination for me and I really enjoyed it. The chard and chipotle flavors were lovely and I always enjoy the sourdough crust. The extra sliver that they throw in is always much appreciated!

Art fence, Mission Playground, Valencia Street
Artist designed fence panels at Mission Playground, Valencia Street.