Chorizo jalapeno tartine – Griddle Fresh

Chorizo jalapeno tartine - Griddle Fresh
Pepper jack scramble, chorizo and roasted jalapeno relish, chipotle aioli on a brioche bun, potato wedges, cantaloupe. $12
Griddle Fresh, San Francisco CA

First of all, the service here was SO horrible! They were super slow and completely unattentive. It was the hardest I’ve had to work to flag a server down every time I needed something. Now to the food. It gave me heartburn. Between the spicy chorizo, spicy jalapeno, pepper jack cheese, and chipotle aioli there was SO much heavy spice and fat that I really couldn’t take it. On a positive note, the scramble was well cooked, the bun nicely toasted, and the cantaloupe was ripe and sweet.

Coffee - Griddle Fresh
Coffee. $2.50

Ceviche – Bossa Nova

Ceviche - Bossa Nova
Peixe com limao. Red onion and pickled jalapenos. $12.50
Bossa Nova, San Francisco CA

This ceviche was ok. The dish was a little on the sour side for my taste and the red coloring in the juices had a gritty texture. It was not my favorite item.

Twin Peaks from Potrero Hill
Looking toward Twin Peaks from Potrero Hill.

Shaking beef banh mi – Dinosaurs

Shaking beef banh mi - Dinosaurs
Sliced beef sauteed with onions and vinaigrette, pickled carrot and daikon radishes, cilantro, cucumber, jalapeno, and mayo on a French baguette. $5.39
Dinosaurs, San Francisco CA

This sandwich was good, but not one of my favorites at Dinosaurs. The beef wasn’t as flavorful as some of the other fillings they have available.

Dried rattlesnake grass
Dried rattlesnake grass (Briza sp., Poaceae), Potrero Hill.

White tortilla soup – Velvet Cantina

White tortilla soup - Velvet Cantina
Mildly spicy chicken jalapeno broth, shredded chicken, tortilla strips, sour cream empanada. $6.99
Velvet Cantina, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this was delicious and I loved the fun sour cream empanada floating on top. That’s a new one for me! The soup had a lot flavor – it could have been spicier for me but that’s a minor complaint.

Velvet Cantina mural
Mexican themed mural outside the restaurant.

Chalet spicy bloody mary – The Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant

Chalet spicy bloody mary - The Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant

House made tomato mix with all the fixings and jalapeno vodka. $11
The Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant, San Francisco CA

These drinks were really cute! A bit cheesy, but cute. I don’t think I’ve ever had my bloody mary garnishes made into a face before, hehe. The drink itself was pretty tasty, but for some reason neither of us could finish it. It wasn’t very spicy (we can handle spicy!), but it seemed very filling for some reason.

Sutro Baths
Sutro Baths site, Point Lobos Avenue.

Houston burger – Johnny Rockets

Houston burger - Johnny Rockets
1/3 pound beef patty, jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomato, and spicy sauce, served with fries. $10.95
Johnny Rockets, Las Vegas NV

Sheesh, these burgers look much more substantial in the pictures! This tastes pretty good, but the patty was perhaps a little dry. The French fries were delicious!

Paris Hotel

Walking the Strip near Paris Hotel.

Grilled pork sandwich – Pho Big Bowl

Grilled pork sandwich - Pho Big Bowl
Banh mi thit heo nuong. French bread with grilled pork, cucumber, mayonnaise, pickled daikon and carrots, jalapeno, and cilantro. $4.85
Pho Big Bowl, Seattle WA

This was a pretty sizeable sandwich for costing less than five bucks! That’s why I love banh mi’s, they tend to be delicious and a great value. The pork on this sandwich was tender and flavorful.

Seattle Cloud Cover glass bridge
Seattle Cloud Cover glass bridge, Teresita Fernandez, Olympic Sulpture Park.

Veggies and mushrooms – Hahn’s Hibachi

Veggies and mushrooms - Hahn's Hibachi
Delicious mixture of veggies cooked to order in Hahn’s special spicy sauce. Served with rice, bean sprouts and kimchee. $8.95
Hahn’s Hibachi, San Francisco CA

Hmm, this was just ok – really nothing special. I chose the spicy sauce option and there wasn’t any heat despite the presence of chili flakes.

St. Kevin Rectory
Courtyard at St. Kevin Rectory, Cortland Avenue.

Chairman Mao’s chicken – M.Y. China

Chairman Mao's chicken - M.Y. China
Crisp chicken bites, jalapeno. $9
M.Y. China, San Francisco CA

Chairman Mao’s chicken must be the sad, poor cousin of General Tso’s chicken. These chicken bits weren’t any better than the frozen variety from Safeway, just sprinkled with a mound of MSG! The dipping sauces also tasted like they came from bottles purchased from Safeway. No, not even from a legitimate Asian market. From Safeway…

Spring has sprouted
Spring has sprouted!

The Crispy Tofu banh mi – Dinosaurs

The Crispy Tofu banh mi - Dinosaurs
Shredded fried tofu, rice noodles, and taro with Vegenaise, pickled carrot and daikon radishes, cilantro, cucumber, jalapeno, and mayo on a French baguette. $4.75
Dinosaurs, San Francisco CA

Hmm, this was fun to eat but it wasn’t really my kind of banh mi. I definitely prefer the more meaty variety. The tofu shreds were also really small so it didn’t seem substantial enough for me.

Orange Aloe sp
Orange Aloe sp. (Xanthorrhoeaceae) flowers, West Field Road.