California benedict – Peg’s Glorified Ham N Eggs

California benedict - Peg's Glorified Ham N Eggs
Glorified eggs benedict with turkey, avocado, tomato, and hollandaise. Served with fruit. $11.99
Peg’s Glorified Ham N Eggs, Reno NV

This was also gross. The hollandaise had a weird texture and flavor and the avocado had a moldy black section. The deli turkey didn’t really add anything to the dish. I liked the fruit I guess.

Mount Rose Summit Trail
Beginning of the Mount Rose Summit Trail. The summit looks SO far away!

Ham and eggs – Big Ed’s Alley Inn

Ham and eggs - Big Ed's Alley Inn
Ham steak with scrambled eggs, served with home fries and an English muffin. $9.25
Big Ed’s Alley Inn, Reno NV

This is definitely a greasy spoon! Now I’m a huge fan of greasy spoons, but not by this one. While the service was super friendly and accomodating, the food was really low quality and SUPER greasy even for my taste. The home fries were also overcooked and dry, and the English muffin was drenched in butter.

Big Ed's Restaurant sign
Big Ed’s Restaurant sign.

Waxy checkerbloom (Sidalcea glaucescens, Malvaceae)
Pink waxy checkerbloom flower (Sidalcea glaucescens, Malvaceae), Mount Rose Summit Trail.

Fried egg sandwich – Universal Cafe

Fried egg sandwich - Universal Cafe
House-made sourdough English muffin, house-made porchetta, spicy tomato confit, yellow cheddar, mixed greens salad. $14.50
Universal Cafe, San Francisco CA

When the side salad is the best part of your meal, there’s something wrong. The housemade English muffin was dense, doughy and undercooked, the tomato confit was on the sour side, and the porchetta was too fatty and extremely difficult to chew.

Sugar salt and pepper - Universal Cafe
Sugar, salt and pepper.

Random house vent, Noe Street
Random house vent, Noe Street. I really liked the color combination of this house.

Egg sandwich – Mission Beach Cafe

Egg sandwich - Mission Beach Cafe
Roasted tomato, caramelized onion, aged cheddar, garlic aioli and arugula on toasted English muffin, yukon gold potatoes. $9
Mission Beach Cafe, San Francisco CA

This sandwich may look small and normal, but the ingredients were super rich that it made the sandwich filling enough for one person. Because I had also ordered a side of biscuits and gravy, I couldn’t finish the sandwich by myself. The melted aged cheddar over the roasted tomato and caramelized onions was particularly delicious.

San Francisco themed mural, 21st Street, The Mission
San Francisco themed mural, 21st Street, The Mission. This colorful mural depicts many things and people found in The City.

Dungeness crab and bay shrimp benedict – Mission Beach Cafe

Dungeness crab and bay shrimp benedict - Mission Beach Cafe
Two poached eyes, guacamole and citrus hollandaise on toasted English muffins, yukon gold potatoes. $15
Mission Beach Cafe, San Francisco CA

I’d say the best parts of this dish were the citrus hollandaise and potatoes. Sadly, the small pieces of seafood got lost in the guacamole, hollandaise and runny egg yolk.

Crazy eyed lion statue, Noe Street

Crazy eyed lion statue, Noe Street. This is a pretty popular lion statue found in front of many homes in San Francisco, but this house added funny eyeballs to theirs, hehe.

Egg sandwich – Dolores Park Cafe

Egg sandwich - Dolores Park Cafe
Scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese on an English muffin. $4.95
Dolores Park Cafe, San Francisco CA

This simple breakfast sandwich was delicious probably because there was a lot of butter involved, both on the English muffin and eggs. Mmm!

Coffee - Dolores Park Cafe

Coffee with cream and sugar. $2

The windy Lombard Street

The windy Lombard Street. Such a tourist trap but even I have driven down this thing, lol! I feel sorry for the homes on this street, especially since it’s one-way.

Eggs benedict – Jones

Project 365: Day 117

We ended up having Chinese food last night, then staying in and watching White Girls on TV, lol! I’d never seen the movie and it was ridiculous, in a good way.

Today was another full day of sightseeing and shopping: Green Park, changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, Burlington Arcade, Piccadilly Circus, The Monument, London Bridge, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Covent Garden, and Oxford Circus. I bought some great tops at Topman and a cute decorative tile for David at Covent Garden Antiques Market. I still can’t believe how much we’ve fit into 2 days! D has been an amazing host and tour guide.

Tonight we’re going to eat in, then head out for drinks at The Black Cap in Camden with one of D’s roommates Dan. This will be our last night of an amazing London visit!

Eggs benedict Jones
Black forest ham, sauteed spinach, hollandaise, smashed/fried fingerling potatoes, and side salad. $12
Jones, San Francisco CA

A brunch standard, but very good. I liked the smashed and fried potatoes – so good with ketchup, hehe.

"Ring of Fire" annular solar eclipse 2012

“Ring of Fire” annular solar eclipse. On Sunday May 20, 2012 we experienced a rare solar eclipse. Of course, I was out drinking with friends but I was reminded by people outside the bar with black viewing films, ready for the occurrence. My iPhone camera wasn’t equipped to handle a glaring photo, but it did have a cool optical/lens effect. In the photo, the eclipse is actually projected back onto the sky (upside-down and backwards?).