Dungeness crab noodles – Revel

Dungeness crab noodles - Revel
Seaweed noodle, creme fraiche, spicy red curry, bok choy, cilantro. $16
Revel, Seattle WA

SO good! This was definitely another delicious and comforting dish from Revel. The seaweed noodles were delicious and the large chunks of dungeness crab were nice treats to find in every few spoonfuls. And the spicy red curry sauce brought everything together. Noms!

The Seattle Mural
The Seattle Mural, Paul Horiuchi, Mural Amphitheatre.

Quesadilla de pibil – El Techo de Lolinda

Quesadilla de pibil - El Techo de Lolinda
Braised pork shoulder, oaxaca cheese, cilantro, salsa. $9
El Techo de Lolinda, San Francisco CA

Finally, a dish from El Techo that was actually good and priced approriately! Actually this was pretty large so I wouldn’t have minded if it had cost a few more bucks. The pork was tender and really flavorful, and I like their smokey salsa. I thought the oaxaca cheese was going to be the white, crumbly kind but I was happy to see that it was thick and melty!

San Francisco Bay at dawn
San Francisco Bay at dawn, Upper Market.

Shrimp ceviche – El Techo de Lolinda

Shrimp ceviche - El Techo de Lolinda

Ceviche de camaron. Shrimp, lime, roasted tomato, red onion, cucumber, avocado, cilantro, served with tortilla chips. $13
El Techo de Lolinda, San Francisco CA

Eh, this was a standard ceviche; nothing special and maybe a little on the too sour side. I wasn’t very impressed with this ceviche knowing how popular this place is for drinks and bar food. I think they’re banking on their rooftop location more than providing delicious drinks and food. We’ll see how long before people catch on.

El Cid statue
El Cid statue, Anna Hyatt Huntington, California Palace of the Legion of Honor.

Larb gai – Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine

Larb gai - Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine
Minced white meat chicken, red onion, cilantro, scallions, chilies, lime, ordered “hot”. $7.95
Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine, San Francisco CA

I love larb! The rice powder gives it a great texture and I love the bright citrus flavors of the dish. The dish is also relative healthy compared to the other fried Thai options. I think it’s probably still high in sodium though. Mmm!

Filipino Festival

Filipino Festival at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Pork sisig taco – Senor Sisig

Pork sisig taco - Senor Sisig
6″ corn tortilla, onions, lettuce and cilantro cream sauce. $3
Senor Sisig, SF Street Food Festival 2013, San Francisco CA

Ugh! I was really excited to try the sisig taco because I’ve read quite a bit about this food truck. I was sadly disappointed because the pork had an odd flavor and it was WAY too tart. I love sisig, but this didn’t do it for me. Perhaps their burritos are better, but then again it’s the same sisig filling inside. 😦

Senor Sisig truck
Senor Sisig truck at the SF Street Food Festival.

Schmaltz rice – Mission Chinese Food

Schmaltz rice - Mission Chinese Food
Dressed in chicken fat, with cucumber, cilantro, ginger, green onion, fried garlic and hot sauce. $7.50
Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco CA

Ok, how can rice cooked with chicken fat not be simply amazing?! This was SO tasty. The rice had a softer texture with the fatty dressing and a lot more flavor. I can confirm that this rice had no chance and was quickly devoured!

San Francisco morning
A beautiful San Francisco morning. It’s great to be back!

Grandma’s spicy lamb dumpings – Mission Chinese Food

Grandma's spicy lamb dumpings - Mission Chinese Food
Peanuts, dill pickles, green onion, cilantro, chili oil. $9
Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco CA

These dumplings are kind of amazing! I just wish they give you more since they’re SO delicious. The dumplings have a great shape and the wrapper has a nice bite to it. I always love the combination of salty, sour, hot, spicy, and umami in the dishes from MCF. NOMS!

Taco plates – Crazy Coyote Tacos

Taco plates - Crazy Coyote Tacos
1 fish taco, 1 steak taco, rice, refried beans, and canned beverage. $8
Crazy Coyote Tacos, Banning CA

Mmm, I love the tacos at Crazy Coyote! The fish taco is still my favorite, but it’s really about that thick corn tortilla. Noms!

Taco plates - Crazy Coyote Tacos
1 steak taco, 1 chicken taco, rice, refried beans, and canned beverage. $8

Teddy Bear chollas
Teddy Bear chollas (Cylindropuntia bigelovii, Cactaceae), Joshua Tree National Park.

Carne asada nachos – Eureka Restaurant and Lounge

Carne asada nachos - Eureka Restaurant and Lounge
With spicy slaw, bbq sauce, cilantro, pickled onions and ricotta salata. $7
Eureka Restaurant & Lounge, San Francisco CA

Wow, I was a bit shocked when this arrived to the table and there were only 4 tortilla chips on the plate, lol! But I have to say that they were really filling, and pretty tasty! I tend to overeat so I was secretly relieved that there was just enough to taste and enjoy. 🙂

Columbus Tower (Sentinel Building)

Columbus Tower (Sentinel Building), North Beach/Financial District.

Beef banh mi – Little Saigon

Beef banh mi - Little Saigon
Grilled beef, pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro, mayonnaise. $4.50
Little Saigon, South San Francisco CA

Ok, I’m offically banh mi’d out right now, lol! This is probably not true but I have been eating a lot of banh mi’s lately. I can’t help myself!

Aleutian maidenhair ferns
Aleutian maidenhair ferns (Adiantum aleuticum, Pteridaceae), Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.

Chicken banh mi – Little Saigon

Chicken banh mi - Little Saigon
Grilled chicken, pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro, mayonnaise. $4.50
Little Saigon, South San Francisco CA

Mmm, I’ve been on a banh mi kick lately. I really can’t get enough of these delicious Vietnamese sammies!

Yellow redwood violet
Yellow redwood violet (Viola sempervirens, Violaceae), Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.

Pork banh mi – Little Saigon

Pork banh mi - Little Saigon
Grilled pork, pickled carrots and daikon, cilantro, mayonnaise. $4.50
Little Saigon, South San Francisco CA

The banh mi’s at Little Saigon are pretty large and super affordable! And they don’t skimp on the meat either, yeah!

Sword ferns

Sword ferns on the forest floor (Polystichum munitum, Dryopteridaceae), Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.