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.