Cheese omelet – Air New Zealand

Beef casserole - Air New Zealand
Tater tots, tomato, fruit, yogurt, coffee. Complimentary
San Francisco (SFO) to Auckland (AKL), Air New Zealand

Airline breakfasts are never good, and this was no exception. The omelet had that weird dry and spongy texture, and the tater tots were super dry too. I didn’t even try the yogurt.

Breakfast #3 – Boracay Regency

Breakfast #3 - Boracay Regency
Beef, pork, garlic rice, scrambled eggs, bacon, pancit.
Boracay Regency, Boracay PHILIPPINES

Ugh, I couldn’t stop filling my breakfast plate with SO much food every morning! I really didn’t have to eat so much and I wasn’t even that hungry, but I couldn’t pass up on tasting a little bit of everything. Hehe!

Breakfast #3 - Boracay Regency
Waffle, ube (purple yam) bun, fruit, cheese bun.

Boracay sunset
Boracay sunset, Station 2.

Chicken adobo- Philippine Airlines

Chicken adobo- Philippine Airlines
With scrambled eggs, sauteed mushrooms, tomato, fruit, sweet roll, dinner roll. Complimentary
San Francisco (SFO) to Manila (MNL), Philippine Airlines

I’m sure most people wouldn’t think of chicken adobo as a breakfast meal item, but it is, lol! I don’t think there’s much difference in the kinds of foods that Filipinos eat for different meals. I’m all for it!

Ayala Blvd murals
Street murals, Ayala Blvd, Manila.

Scrambled eggs and chicken sausage – Philippine Airlines

Scrambled eggs and chicken sausage - Philippine Airlines
With bacon, hash browns, sauteed mushrooms, tomato, fruit, sweet roll, dinner roll. Complimentary
San Francisco (SFO) to Manila (MNL), Philippine Airlines

Ugh, I was NOT liking this breakfast. The bacon was OK because it’s really hard to mess up bacon, but everything else was a little off. I’ve never been a fan of Asian sausages because of their soft squishy texture so that was already a point off. The eggs weren’t very good either, even by airplane food standards. The sweet rolls was pretty tasty though.

Taal Volcano Island
Taal Volcano Island, Tagaytay.

Grilled steak and egg sandwich – Stock in Trade

Grilled steak and egg sandwich - Stock in Trade
Grilled hanger steak, two fried eggs, pickled red onion, garlic aioli, wild arugula, chimichurri, toasted pain de mie, crispy skinny fries, and fruit. $13
Stock in Trade, San Francisco CA

This burger had a lot of great flavors, but it was super cold – EW! I think the server must have forgotten it on the counter for a long time before bringing it out. I was surprised that the skinny French fries stayed crispy and delicious though. I can only imagine how much better they would have been served warm. Kind lame, Stock in Trade!

Fort Funston beach
Fort Funston beach.

Power poach – Grange Restaurant

Power poach - Grange Restaurant
Two eggs, whole wheat toast, apple wood smoked bacon, fresh fruit. $13
Grange Restaurant, Sacramento CA

Omg, the guy running the host desk was HORRIBLE! I walked in to a barely seated restaurant during breakfast service and he was way too busy on the phone. He made eye contact with me and kept talking, and even switching from the phone at the bar to the phone at the host desk. I’m literally just standing there watching him for almost 10 minutes. Some sweet busser finally had to come over and offer to seat me! And my waiter even apologized that I had to wait forever to get seated. How can an entire restaurant know that someone is waiting WAY too long to get seated and the clueless, idiot host doesn’t?!? This boggles my mind. I don’t make it so Sacramento very often, but if this is their idea of fine service I’ll stick to San Francisco thank you very much. Btw, my power poach was boring and bland.

Orange juice - Grange Restaurant
Orange juice. Small $4

Happy hour cocktails – Nola

Ginger julep - Nola

Ginger Julep: Bulleit bourbon, house made ginger syrup, Evolution lemon juice, muddled fresh mint, Bundaberg ginger beer. $6
Nola, Palo Alto CA

You never know how a bar is gonna pour when they have happy hour cocktails, but these drinks were quite large and actually had alcohol in them! Score! The bartenders at Nola were super nice and made great, tasty cocktails. Perhaps the sangria was a bit sweet, but I can forgive that for the enjoyable experience.

Saucy's sangria - Nola

Saucy’s Sangria: a refreshing house infusion of red wine, apples, oranges, lemons, limes, pineapples, agave nectar and fresh fruit juices with a brandy float. $6

Pink flower
Pink flower that I can’t seem to identify by appearance (Vasona Reservoir). Help, anyone?

Croque Italienne – Patisserie Valerie

Croque Italienne - Patisserie Valerie
Grilled granary bread sandwich filled with prosciutto ham, mozzarella and topped with sundried tomatoes, black olives and gruyere bechamel. Servied with a salad garnish. £6.70
Patisserie Valerie, London ENGLAND

This was a great variation on the a croque sandwich. I think it was the combination of the crispy granary bread and the “Italian” toppings covered in gruyere bechamel, all broiled to bubbly perfection that made this dish delightfully interesting. Noms! And the “salad garnish” was more substantial than I expected, score!

Raspyberry Heaven smoothie and OJ - Patisserie Valerie
Raspberry Heaven smoothie: raspberry, blueberry, mango and apple. £4.05
Freshly squeezed orange juice. £3.05

Monument of the Great Fire of London view

View from the top of the Monument of the Great Fire of London, including the 30 St Mary Axe building (the Gherkin).

Fresh fruit salad – Laduree

Fresh fruit salad - Laduree
Pineapple, mango, orange, guava, passion fruit, kiwi, raspberry, strawberry, mint, grapefruit. £6.80
Laduree, London ENGLAND

This was a pretty fancy bowl of fruit! I was very impressed at how many different fruits they included. I was on vacation so that’s why I could justify spending that much on fruit salad, hehe! 🙂

Covent Garden Market
Covent Garden Market. You can spend plenty of time looking through the shops and searching for food at this popular tourist destination.

Mascarpone stuffed deep fried French toast – Kitchen Story

Mascarpone stuffed deep fried French toast - Kitchen Story
Two eggs, bacon, fruit, served with real Vermont maple syrup and honey butter. $15
Kitchen Story, San Francisco CA

Wow, talk about decadence and a heart unhealthy meal! This was delicious though and worth every heart-clogging calorie. Lol!

Pink flowers

Pink flowers of a succulent plant (Crassulaceae, maybe Echeveria?), West Field Road.