The original clam bake cioppino – The Old Clam House

The original clam bake cioppino - The Old Clam House
Clams, mussels, crab, shrimp, calamari, fish filet, potatoes, carrots, onions, olives, garlic, corn in a spicy cioppino sauce. Couple $49.99
The Old Clam House, San Francisco CA

OMG, this was SO much food! This was pretty much a small pail of cioppino for only two people, and it was SO delicious! I liked that the sauce was on the spicy side. Most cioppinos are kinda bland these days. This cioppino was also packed with seafood. This was definitely worth it, and I would go back for this dish. Noms!

Steamed shell fish combination – Mission Street Oyster Bar

Steamed shell fish combination - Mission Street Oyster Bar
With green lip mussels, black mussels, clams, and shrimp. $20.95
Mission Street Oyster Bar, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this was really delicious and there was plenty of seafood on the plate. The broth was very tasty and full of fresh sprigs of thyme. Everything was steamed beautifully and not overdone. Noms!

House merlot - Mission Street Oyster Bar

House merlot. $6

Colorful Aeonium
Colorful Aeonium (Crassulaceae), West Field Road.

Seafood and beef soon tofu soup – Jang Su Jang

Seafood and beef soon tofu soup Jang Su Jang

Sizzling bowl of combination soft tofu soup with beef, prawns, clams, mussels, egg, and green onions in spicy broth. $10.99
Jang Su Jang, Santa Clara CA

This spicy tofu soup always hits the spot. I think the shrimp in this soup was the best part! I love sucking the heads with the spicy broth. You can actually choose from white, mild, medium, spicy, and extra spicy broth options. Nice!

Egg Jang Su Jang

They bring out the egg with the banchan.

Seafood and beef soon tofu soup Jang Su Jang

Then you crack the egg into the soup and stir it in.

Banchan Jang Su Jang

Here is the array of banchan that comes complimentary with the meal, noms! My favorite were the spicy bean sprouts, fried tofu, the greens, and the sweet mayonnaise-y fruit were surprisingly good too.

Why did I go to a lunch buffet? – Fresh Choice

We must have been bored or something and that’s why we randomly went to Fresh Choice for lunch. OK now I remember! Papa Chang thought he found a coupon we could use for the buffet, but it ended up being expired. They ended up giving us a discount anyway so we paid less than $8 for the lunch buffet. Although the food wasn’t amazing, I’m not going to complain at that price. And I have to commend them because they have healthy options and they post the ingredients and calorie counts for the dishes. I’m not a big lunch buffet kinda guy (except in Vegas, omg), but it’s fun to go every once in a while.
Fresh Choice, San Bruno CA

Mama Mia's pasta toss Fresh Choice

Mama Mia’s pasta toss. Spaghetti with a meat sauce of ground beef, tomato, onions, celery, garlic, and spices, sugar and salt. Pretty good. Carbs + meat sauce = comfort food!

Tuna pasta salad Fresh Choice

Tuna tarragon salad. Medium shell pasta wtih tuna, red onion, celery, carrots, red peppers, relish, mayonnaise, oil, lemon juice, tarragon, and black pepper. Decent.

Watermelon radish Fresh Choice

Watermelon radish. These were pretty, healthy, crunchy, and tasty!

Tomato basil soup Fresh Choice

Tomato basil soup wtih shaft blue cheese. Tomatoes, onions, vegetable stock, basil, croutons, blue cheese, parmesan cheese, garlic, canola oil, olive oil, kosher salt, thyme, black pepper. This soup tasted like it had cream in it too but it didn’t! It was rich and tasty and the croutons added a nice texture.

Pepperoni pizza Fresh Choice

Pepperoni pizza. Standard.

Sasame kale toss salad Fresh Choice

Sesame kale toss salad. Kale, rice wine vinegar, canola oil, carrots, red cabbage, sesame seeds, olive oil, kosher salt, sugar, sesame oil, black pepper. I loved this salad! It had a great texture from the kale and the light dressing was flavorful.

Greek orzo salad

Greek orzo salad. Orzo pasta, spinach, balsamic vinegar, red onion, feta cheese, olive oil, pinyon pine nuts, dried walnuts, basil, white pepper. Yuck! Too sour for my taste and it had an odd texture.

Clam chowder Fresh Choice

New England clam chowder with oyster crackers. Clams, clam base, cream blend, red potato, celery, yellow onion, diced red pepper, garlic, Tabasco, sherry, parsley, roux, and spice. Good standby. Pretty flavorful.

Hard boiled eggs Fresh Choice

Hard boiled eggs. Great source of protein. Try not to add salt.

Swirl soft serve Fresh Choice

Chocolate and vanilla swirl soft serve ice cream. Somehow not very satisfying. :-(F

Clams with black bean sauce – Grand Palace Restaurant

Clams with black bean sauce Grand Palace Restaurant

Wok sauteed clams with chopped onions, red and green bell peppers in a black been sauce. $5.85
Grand Palace Restaurant, South San Francisco

These weren’t all that good. I think they were overcooked or something. The clams were tough and chewy and the whole dish didn’t taste particularly special. It looks like a lot of food, but the clams they use have really thick shells which makes up most of the volume. Don’t think I’ll be ordering these again.

Boston clam chowder – Anchor Oyster Bar

Boston clam chowder Anchor Oyster Bar
A mouth watering cup of one of the best clam chowders in San Francisco! Cup $4.25
Anchor Oyster Bar, San Francisco

This creamy Boston clam chowder has such amazing flavor! It’s not too thick, nor is it too runny. What I love about this chowder is it’s simplicity – the ingredients are the stars. You can taste all the vegetables, the clams, and the cream. Anchor Oyster Bar has always served straightforward food made with amazing ingredients. And I think that’s the key to their success. It’s a small restaurant and there’s always a wait for their delicious seafood, but don’t get discouraged, the tables somehow turn quickly.

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

Boston clam chowder - Anchor Oyster Bar
March 14, 2015. Bowl $6.50

Sourdough bread Anchor Oyster Bar
There’s a bowl of cute oyster cracker bags on every table for the chowder, but you can also get a large chunk of delicious, crusty sour dough bread with pats of Dairygold butter.  How cute!  $1.95