Grilled shutome – Roy’s

Grilled shutome - Roy's
Catch of the day (broadbrill swordfish) with vegetable tempura, black bean and corn salsa, queso fresco (?).
Roy’s, Waikoloa HI

This was a pretty thick cut of swordfish, yeah! I appreciated their straighforward preparation and clean plating.

Waikoloa's crisp pork potstickers - Roy's
Waikoloa’s crisp pork potstickers. Spicy peany curry sauce and Thai aromatics. $9.50
Sorry for the horrible pic, but it really didn’t taste that great anyway. 😦

White frangipani flowers
White frangipani flowers (Plumeria obtusa, Apocynaceae), Ali’i Drive.

Work bbq at Marina Park

Marinated chicken on the grill

Marinated chicken on the grill (with Maggie girl in the background)!

Our work group decided to have another weekend bbq to celebrate a birthday/last day of work. We decided to switch it up and have it in the East Bay this time around. It was a little cold and windy, but we had a great time eating, drinking, playing volleyball, and just hanging out.
Marina Park, San Leandro CA

Lighting the charchoal grill
It took a bit of effort and lot of lighter fluid to get this baby going!

Kalbi spareribs and more meat
Kalbi spareribs, fried chicken wings, more meat and corn on the cob wrapped in foil.

Cheese and fruit plate
Cheese and fruit plate.

Lemon cheesecake
I made a lemon cheesecake!

Roasted chicken and potato gnocchi – Briscola

Roasted chicken and potato gnocchi - Briscola
House made potato gnocchi served with braised chicken, summer corn, roasted red peppers, green beans and finished with parmesan cheese. $18
Briscola, Reno NV

Is it just me or does this look like barf on a plate? The presentation is a joke! I should have known not to order this when the the title and description of the dish had contradicting information – roasted or braised chicken? I didn’t enjoy this dish one bit. The sauce was disgusting and tasted like it was out of a can. For some reason I imagined a substantial piece of chicken, not mutilated bits thrown in with the random veggies and gummy gnocchi. They should advertise this dish as their buffet leftovers gnocchi plate, seriously.

As a whole, this meal was a disaster and I would not recommend this place to anyone. The service was horrible and the food was marginal. Argh!

Red wines - Briscola

Rodney Strong, cabernet sauvignon, Sonoma 2010. $10
Columbia Crest “Les Cheveaux”, Washington 2010. $8
These wines were decent, but honestly their wine menu is definitely lacking for a “high end” restaurant.

Focaccia - Briscola
Focaccia. Complimentary

Chopped tree trunks
Chopped tree trunks, Mount Rose Summit Trail.

Stir-fried corn and peppers – Mission Chinese Food

Stir-fried corn and peppers - Mission Chinese Food
Sweet corn, shishito peppers, country ham, scallions, chilies. $10
Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco CA

Dare I say this was a little too greasy for me! I usually love most of the dishes I try from Mission Chinese, but this just had a little too much oil. I enjoyed the flavors though, and you can’t go wrong with shishitos!

Royal trumpet vine (Distictis riversii, Bignoniaceae)
Pinkish-purple royal trumpet vine flowers (Distictis riversii, Bignoniaceae), Roosevelt Way.

Sweet summer corn ice cream – Humphry Slocombe

Sweet summer corn ice cream - Humphry Slocombe
This had great flavor, but I was disappointed by its texture. It wasn’t waxy like some of the other scoops I’ve had here, but it was icy and very crumbly. Humphry Slocombe seems to be very inconsistent with their ice cream and I haven’t been blown away during any of my recent visits. Single scoop $3.25
Humphry Slocombe, San Francisco CA

Morning at Mission Dolores Park

Morning at Mission Dolores Park with Christian Science Church in the background.

Ham and corn quiche – Tartine Bakery

Ham and corn quiche - Tartine Bakery
With creme fraiche, local eggs, and herbs. Slice $4.95
Tartine Bakery, San Francisco CA

This quiche was definitely a rich, decadent breakfast treat! I love Tartine Bakery and that they have a variety of sweet and savory breakfast options. The line gets ridiculously long though so I’ve recently found myself ducking into Craftsman and Wolves when I’m too impatient.

Pink false freesia flowers (Freesia laxa, Iridaceae)
Pink false freesia flowers (Freesia laxa, Iridaceae), Divisadero Street. It took me a while to figure out what this plant was, but I had a hunch that it was in the Iris family. I felt kinda stupid when I realized that Freesia was in this family, oops! Anyway, I love the red spots on the lower three petals.

Pan seared scallops – 17 North Roadside Kitchen

Pan seared scallops - 17 North Roadside Kitchen
Local quail eggs, sweet corn puree, asparagus crudo. Three course dinner $30
17 North Roadside Kitchen, Mount Pleasant SC

This dish was SO cute! I loved how they topped each scallop with a tiny quail egg. The scallops were perfectly cooked and everything tasted amazing. I did think that some of the raw asparagus shavings looked clunky and unappetizing.

Cheese and herb biscuit - 17 North Roadside Kitchen
Cheese and herb biscuit with honey butter. Complimentary
These warm, savory biscuits were oh so delicious and addictive. I had to stop eating them to save room for dinner, hehe!

General Homeboy & Blackened mahi tacos – Taco Mamacita

General Homeboy & Blackened Mahi tacos - Taco Mamacita
Any two tacos and a side $8.99
General Homeboy (on right): panko breaded shrimp with a sweet Thai chili sauce, shredded cabbage, sliced radish, green onion and cilantro, served spicy. Side of Mexican street corn.
Taco Mamacita, Sullivan’s Island SC

General Homeboy & Blackened Mahi tacos - Taco Mamacita
Blackened Mahi (on left): grilled blackened mahi mahi with jalapeno corn slaw, grilled pineapple, cilantro, diced tomatoes and baja sauce.

After eating many tacos from The Mission (SF), I will say that these weren’t authentic at all (which is fine). They were, however, on the small side and lacked bold flavors considering the ingredients used. I’m used to tacos that are overflowing with meats and toppings, and while these tacos tasted OK, I’ll have to say that the flavors at The Taco Spot were better. On a more positive note, the Mexican street corn was delicious!

Lobster corn chowder – We’re On A Roll

Lobster corn chowder - We're On A Roll
Served with fresh griddled bread. Cup $5
We’re On A Roll, South San Francisco CA

This chowder was SO flavorful, noms! I usually expect chowders to be on the creamier side so I was a little surprised at how thin this lobster corn chowder was. That said, it was so delicious that I completely forgave its thin consistency. I don’t know what they put in this thing to produce so much flavor, but I want the recipe!

New England Lobster Company "Welcome" sign

New England Lobster Company “Welcome” sign. I’ve purchased frozen lobster tails from here, and they were very good. The guys at the counter are also very nice and helpful.

Marisha’s turkey chili meatloaf – Fork Cafe

Marisha's turkey chili meatloaf - Fork Cafe
Turkey chili with kidney beans, onion, carrot, corn, shallots and herbs served with homemade mashed potatoes. $13.95
Fork Cafe, San Francisco CA

The meatloaf was moist and flavorful and the mashed potatoes were silky smooth. The combination of the bean chili and meatloaf was a bit odd, but the flavors were good. Overall, this was a decent dish.

Colorful graffiti artwork, Osage Street
Colorful graffiti artwork, Osage Street. There are many murals similar to this one around the city and they are all bright and colorful. They don’t appear to be of anything in particular.

Chicken lettuce wrap – Jun Ming Xuan

Chicken lettuce wrap - Jun Ming Xuan
Chopped chicken with corn, carrot, peas, celery and crispy noodles served with lettuce cups. £7.80
Jun Ming Xuan Chinese Restaurant, London ENGLAND

Chicken lettuce wrap - Jun Ming Xuan
A delicious bite topped with hoisin sauce. This dish tasted fresh and bright, and I appreciated the similarly sized cuts of all the ingredients in the chicken filling. Mmm!

K2 red telephone boxes, Broad Street, Covent Garden
K2 red telephone boxes, Broad Street, Covent Garden. These iconic telephone kiosks designed by Gilbert Scott are SO cute! I think it’s standard for any tourist of London to have their photo taken inside one of these British telephone booths.

Carnitas – Lolo

Carnitas - Lolo
With organic blue corn tortilla, roasted tomatillo sauce, guacamole, pickled onions. $14
Lolo, San Francisco CA

The carnitas had a good flavor, but the blue corn tortillas were super dry and thick and there was WAY too much sauce on top. The menu said it was a “roasted tomatillo sauce”, but I think they switched it out to some kind of red pepper sauce instead. It seemed like they brought out all the tapas at once which was ridiculous since the tables were SO frickin’ tiny! Argh!

Graffiti mural, 15th Street
Graffiti mural with shark, 15th Street. I love the vibrant colors in this. The sharlk and the turtle are nice additions, lol.