Cassava vermicelli soup with crab meat – Nha Hang Ngon

Cassava vermicelli soup with crab meat - Nha Hang Ngon
Mien cua. With onions and cilantro, served with assorted greens. 60,000 VND
Nha Hang Ngon, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

This soup was really good! The crab meat was actually dried crab meat which was a letdown for me. I don’t mind the flavor and texture of dried crab meat, but I was looking forward to fresh tender crab instead. Again, the amount and variety of greens they give you for your soups is SO awesome in Vietnam!

Soup additions - Nha Hang Ngon
Assorted greens, sprouts, limes, and chilies for the soup.

Food preparation tables - Nha Hang Ngon
Food preparation tables along the side of the restaurant.


Vietnamese pancake with shrimp – Bamboo Garden

Vietnamese pancake with shrimp - Bamboo Garden
Banh khot tom. Served with assorted greens for wrapping. 84,000 VND
Bamboo Garden, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

This was a new dish for me. I didn’t know what to expect when I read “Vietnamese pancake”, but it sure wasn’t these thick delicious morsels. They had a soft, almost custardy texture but were more firm and savory. The shrimp were a little overcooked though.

Assorted greens - Bamboo Garden
Omg! And I certainly didn’t expect an entire bowl of all these greens for wrapping around the pancakes before dipping them into the sweetened fish sauce mixture. Although I didn’t know what everything was, they sure tasted great!

Tran Hung Dao statue
Tran Hung Dao statue and new high rise construction.

Insalata – Roxy’s Cafe

Insalata - Roxy's Cafe
Heirloom Farms mixed greens, shaved squash, seasonal stone fruit, goat cheese, balsamic vinaigrette. 10-course chef’s tasting menu $75
Roxy’s Cafe, San Francisco CA

I’m not usually a big salad fan – I can take it or leave. But this was really tasty! Surprisingly, my favorite component was the thinly shaved squash. It added an unexpected flavor and texture to the dish. Noms!

Hamon Education Tower view
View toward the Richmond district from Hamon Education Tower Observation Deck.

Frittata – Foreign Cinema

Frittata - Foreign Cinema
Squash blossoms, zucchini, goat cheese, spring onion, tomato vinaigrette, chicken sausage, mixed greens. $16
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco CA

Another delicious brunch dish! I particularly liked the nice sear on the chicken sausage. Everything was super flavorful and tasted fresh and spring-y.

Water service - Foreign Cinema

Water service.

Castro Castle Guest House, 17th Street

Castro Castle Guest House, 17th Street. I’ve always thought that this building was super cheesy looking and out of place. But I appreciate that it has SO much character. I don’t think I’d ever want to stay here though.

Roasted baby beet salad – Trio Restaurant

Roasted baby beet salad - Trio Restaurant
Baby beets, mixed greens, pecans, blue cheese, citrus sections, balsamic vinaigrette. $9
Trio Restaurant, Palm Springs CA

You can’t really tell, but there are tiny pieces of roasted beets in there – I swear! That was another disappointing thing about this restaurant – if I’m ordering a beet salad, I think the beets should be a prominent component! Ugh!

North Palm Canyon Drive nearing sunset
North Palm Canyon Drive nearing sunset.

Crab and mango tartine – Papillote

Crab and mango tartine - Papillote
With avocado, radish, grapefruit, Italian parsley and spiced sauce on toasted brioche. Served with greens and ginger vinaigrette. $10.99
Papillote, Savannah GA

This was bright and refreshing, and so different from anything I’ve tried before! There were so many yummy components to this and they all tasted great together. I do wish that the salad was pre-dressed because it was difficult to toss the salad on such a small plate. The ginger vinaigrette was a nice addition though. A beautiful dish!

Coffee - Papillote

Coffee. $1.99

Revolutionary War Haitian Soldiers Monument
Revolutionary War Haitian Soldiers Monument. Walking around Savannah was quite fun and you can’t help but feel the history surrounding you. This statue is located in a cute plaza next to the City Market.

Poached eggs and braised greens – Outerlands

Project 365: Day 75

Today we arrived in St. Georges, Grenada. We had a large breakfast at the Oceanview Cafe, then went ashore to explore the area adjacent to the cruise ship. We first walked into town to explore some of the markets, but the people were SUPER pushy trying to sell you spices and get into their cabs, so we turned around and walked up the hill to Fort George. After entering and looking around the mostly destroyed police department, we walked down the other side of the hill to explore The Crenage. We had a lovely lunch at BB’s Crabback Restaurant before surviving the Melville Street tunnel back to the cruise ship. We laid out on the pool deck, had food at the AquaSpa Cafe, ate an fun and inventive dinner at Qsine Restaurant, saw the Courtney Act perfromance, then finished it off at the Equinox Rising Dance Party.

Poached eggs and braised greens Outerlands

With yellow corn grits. $9
Outerlands, San Francisco

This was good, but standard. I was hoping that there would be something special to them, but they were straightforward.

Roasted chicken and bread salad – Zuni Cafe

Roasted chicken and bread salad Zuni Cafe

From the wood-fired brick oven. Roasted chicken for two with warm Tuscan-style bread salad. Approximately 1 hour. $48
Zuni Cafe, San Francisco

This is hands-down the best chicken I’ve EVER had! It was definitely worth the hour long wait. You better be dining with someone you like because you have plenty of time to chat while you wait for this amazing plate of food! The chicken is SO moist and flavorful and the warm bread salad soaks up all the yummy juices and drippings. I’m not sure what the greens were, but it was a hearty variety and held up nicely to the rich chicken and bread salad. I greedily ate a portion and nibbled on some more before getting the rest boxed up. Silverfox picked off the skin because he’s a healthy eater, so I helped myself to it, lol! The skin was the best part!

I think the portion is way too much for only two people, but a table of two guys near us quickly devoured theirs! They must have been super hungry, hehe. It’s a whole chicken so each person gets a breast, thigh, leg and wing.

And let me tell you, it even tasted amazing warmed up the next day, lol! If I could have this once a month, I would be such a happy person. I think I’ve found my last meal if I ever end up on death row!

Roasted chicken and bread salad Zuni Cafe

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Farm egg scramble – Local Mission Eatery

Project 365: Day 31

Lazy morning today. Putz around at home with Silverfox then walked down to the Mission for coffee at Philz Coffee then brunch at Local Mission Eatery. Don’t have much more to do today, it’ll be relaxing. I won tickets to a showing of Best In Show at the Castro Theater later. That’ll be fun! A couple of the actors in the movie are doing a Q&A beforehand. Silverfox has never seen the movie, but I think he’ll get a kick out of it. Codes is also arriving this evening and I’m sure he’ll want to go out. Thank goodness it’s only Saturday, lol!

Farm egg scramble Local Mission Eatery

Soft scramble with red and yellow beets, sliced radishes, greens on top of what I think was a sunchoke puree. $11
Local Mission Eatery, San Francisco

This was super tasty! It wasn’t what I was expecting since the menus said that the scramble was gonna come with “brussels, sweet potatoes, goat gouda”, but I think that this combination turned out better. I LOVE beets and the whole plate tasted fresh and light. The eggs were cooked perfectly and I loved the composition of the plate with all the beautiful colors.

Farm egg scramble Local Mission Eatery

Warm egg salad sandwich – Il Cane Rosso

Warm egg salad sandwich Il Cane Rosso

Petaluma Farm egg salad, anchovy garlic butter, aged provolone cheese, greens. $9
Il Cane Rosso, San Francisco

This was REALLY good! And huge! I could barely eat it all but I didn’t want any of it to go to waste. The eggs were good perfectly, soft and creamy. The anchovy garlic butter put it over the top – SO nommy! I also loved the simple salad that helped to cut the richness of the egg salad.

Warm egg salad sandwich Il Cane Rosso

Definitely worth tackling the crazy tourists at the Ferry Building, hehe!

Flowers Il Cane Rosso

Roses on the table with my order number. It was cold outside that day, brr!

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Red snapper – Frances

Red snapper Frances

Chanterelle mushrooms, new potatoes, Meyer lemon gremolata, greens. $28
Frances, San Francisco

I wanna know what kind of green those were on top! They looked (and tasted) great! This was such a beautiful presentation. The fish was cooked perfectly, but I will say that this dish was slightly over-salted for my taste. Everything tasted great but my salt taste buds had to work overtime. Despite the salt issue, I’d still order this lovely dish again!

Bone marrow canoe – The Monk’s Kettle

Bone marrow canoe Monk's Kettle

Served with diced pears(?), toast and mixed greens. $9
The Monk’s Kettle, San Francisco

Such a rich and decadent treat! This hit the spot and it tasted great with the Duvel beer. I loved the simple and cute presentation. The menu said that this was served with lemon, but I think it was actually diced pears on top. It was definitely a soft, sweet fruit. Regardless, everything tasted great together!