Blackened fish tacos – PassionFish

Blackened fish tacos - PassionFish
Jicama slaw, tortilla. Happy hour $5
PassionFish, Reston VA

That one piece of fish was SO small! I almost laughed out loud when I saw it. I know that they’re trying to keep costs down for happy hour, but this was ridiculous! They also poured wine really lightly – lame.


Chicken inasal – Philippine Airlines

Chicken inasal - Philippine Airlines
Grilled chicken, steamed vegetables, rice, chicken jicama salad, dinner roll, mango parfait. Complimentary
Manila (MNL) to San Francisco (SFO), Philippine Airlines

Chicken inasal is a well known Ilonggo dish of marinated chicken that’s grilled. I don’t think I’d ever had it before, but this airplane version wasn’t very good. I don’t know what spices they used, but it was kind of sour and unpleasant tasting. I’m not sure how authentic the PAL version was, but I don’t think I’d eat it again if that was how it was supposed to taste.

Filipino street food cart
Filipino street food cart with banana cue, potato wedges, and what I think are large lumpias?

Chicken curry – Philippine Airlines

Chicken curry - Philippine Airlines
With rice, steamed vegetables, carrot and jicama salad, dinner roll, and red wine. Complimentary
Manila (MNL) to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN), Philippine Airlines

Meh, this dish wasn’t very good. The chicken curry tasted ok, but I didn’t like the verging-on-slimy texture of it. The carrot and jicama salad was different, and I think it had pieces of ham in it. It was decent. Thank god for free wine on international legs!

Driving from Manila
Driving from Manila to San Pablo City.

Jerk pork shoulder sandwich – Mission Bowling Club

Jerk pork shoulder sandwich - Mission Bowling Club
Pork with grapefruit, red onions, jicama and fries. $14
Mission Bowling Club, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I loved the combination of flavors in this delicious sandwich! The pork was tender and juicy, but it was the addition of grapefruit, red onions and jicama that really surprised me. Noms! I wish the fries were less greasy, but they still tasted great.

Pink foxgloves and cosmos
Pink foxglove (Digitalis purpurea, Plantaginaceae) and Cosmos (Asteraceae), The Castro.

Cilantro-crusted fish tacos – Liberty Cafe

Cilantro-crusted fish tacos - Liberty Cafe
Fresh wild flounder, avocado mayo, jicama slaw, chile de arbol salsa. $15
Liberty Cafe, San Francisco CA

I really wasn’t in the mood for proper brunch food when I was here so I opted for these fish tacos. OMG, what a mistake! As you can see, the plate looks like a messy pile of crap and the random thimble-sized side of bland black beans they threw in was just ridiculous. There was not even a hint of cilantro flavor in the greasy fish. And don’t even try to eat these like proper tacos because the single tortillas underneath become way too soggy from the sloppy mound of wet ingredients on top.

Unknown immature sea animals
Unknown immature sea animals emerging from the sand, Fort Funston. These probably would’ve tasted better than the crap tacos above!

Shrimp tacos – Poquito

Shrimp tacos - Poquito
On jicama wrapper with pickled slaw, guacamole, and guanabana (soursop) reduction. $9
Poquito, San Francisco CA

This was very good and I loved the jicama wrapper. Great for a low-carb diet! The shrimp were nicely cooked and I simply devoured these tacos.

Smile car

“Smile” car. This killer car was parked beside the Mission Dolores. I think they spelled “smile” backwards so that it reads correctly if you’re looking at it from your rearview mirror. Hehe!

Rock shrimp tacos – Hog & Rocks

Rock shrimp tacos Hog & Rocks

Red cabbage slaw, chipotle cream, mango and jicama salsa.  $5 happy hour
Hog & Rocks, San Francisco

Wow, these were amazing!  And only five dollars for two huge tacos!  The shrimp was tender inside with a great crispy fried coating.  Sometimes it’s hard to taste the batter when there’s so many other components, but this batter stood out to me.  The chipotle cream was delicious and I loved the crunch from the cabbage slaw and the mango and jicama salsa.  I wish the salsa came on the taco though.  It would have provided just another smattering of color, and I’m too lazy to put add it myself, hehe.  I would order this again any day!