Peanut butter & lemon coconut mini cupcakes – Sweetly Baked

Peanut butter & lemon coconut mini cupcakes - Sweetly Baked
Sweetly Baked, Salem OR

We went up to Salem to see the solar eclipse in August and ended up seeing it from Coria Estates Winery. Sweetly Baked was giving out free mini cupcakes to the guests, and they had a variety of flavors to choose from. These cupcakes were pretty tasty and super moist. Noms!

Lemon and cream dessert – Tordomatto

Lemon and cream dessert - Tordomatto
Pine nuts, limoncello. “Tradition” tasting menu €65
Tordomatto, Rome ITALY

This was a super creative dessert, but I’m not sure that it was successful overall. I loved that it mimicked the look of an egg, but it didn’t feel satisfying on the mouth. The gelatin cellophane was odd and didn’t allow the other ingredients to blend. I liked the flavor of the dessert though.

Additional dessert - Tordomatto
Extra lil’ palette cleanser.

Evening drinks – Perry’s

Gold Rush cocktail - Perry's
Gold Rush: Four Rose’s bourbon, honey syrup, lemon. $10
Perry’s, San Francisco CA

This place is an interesting mix of locals and tourists. The bartenders are all pretty nice and professional which is what really counts! I’m really liking the combination of bourbon and lemon lately.

Gloria Ferrer Brut - Perry's
Gloria Ferrer Brut sparkling wine. $10

Meyer lemon huckleberry donut – Dynamo Donuts

Meyer lemon huckleberry donut - Dynamo Donuts
Meyer lemon base glazed with huckleberry. $3
Dynamo Donuts and Coffee, San Francisco CA

I chose this donut because of the beautiful, pink huckleberry glaze. I also love lemon flavored pastries so this donut was a winner all around! Dynamo Donuts makes some mighty fine donuts for sure!

SF Giant's baseball game, AT&T Park
SF Giant’s baseball game, AT&T Park.

Dessert plate – DADS Kamayan Saisaki

Dessert plate - DADS Kamayan Saisaki
Chocolate layer cake with strawberry frosting, lemon cookie, peach crepe with chocolate ice cream and chocolate sauce. Buffet
DADS Kamayan Saisaki, Manila PHILIPPINES

The cake and cookie were throw-away dessert, but the peach crepe was pretty good because they make it to order and it’s got ice cream on top. Ice cream makes any dessert better, duh! 🙂

AERA Memorial Museum
AERA Memorial Museum, Villa Escudero.

Crispy lemon chips – Park Tavern

Crispy lemon chips - Park Tavern
Burrata, chickweed, sorrel, and Hawaiian black sea salt. $14
Park Tavern, San Francisco CA

A new combination for me – fried lemons and burrata cheese! I’ll admit that I really haven’t had fried lemon slices as an actually appetizer before; perhaps as just a garnish in the past. Anyway, this was delicious and the lemons were nice and crispy!

Beautiful San Francisco homes
Beautiful San Francisco homes, Castro.

Little gem lettuce salad – Incanto

Little gem lettuce salad - Incanto
With lemon-anchovy vinaigrette.
Incanto, San Francisco CA

Sad. This was probably one of the saddest salads I’ve seen in a while. When I chose it, I wasn’t expected a bunch of limp butter lettuce leaves drenched in caesar dressing. Everyone at our table who ordered this asked for some grated parmesan to at least add some texture. This was sad.

Little kid eating his boogers
Little kid eating his boogers on the streetcar. LOL!

Hue spicy noodle soup – PPQ Beef Noodle House

Hue spicy noodle soup - PPQ Beef Noodle House
Bun bo hue. Beef shank, pork hock, fancy pork and tendon in spicy lemongrass beef broth with round noodles. Accompanied by sprouts, lemon, jalapeno, basil, onions and cilantro. Medium $8
PPQ Beef Noodle House, San Francisco CA

Wow, this was really good! I loved the spicy broth and the mixture of ingredients. The last hue soup I experienced had blood cubes in it which is probably more authentic (I’m guessing), but I liked this version better. Blood cubes are a bit too rich more my taste. This broth had a deep, rich flavor that was brightened up a bit by the lemongrass. I could eat this for days!

Bon Tempe Lake
Bon Tempe Lake.

Shredded chicken noodle soup – PPQ Beef Noodle House

Shredded chicken noodle soup - PPQ Beef Noodle House
Pho ga xe phay. Hand pulled chicken in chicken broth with flat noodles. Accompanied by sprouts, lemon, jalapeno, basil, onions and cilantro. Medium $7.75
PPQ Beef Noodle House, San Francisco CA

This place was packed when we ate here and I could see why. The food is pretty good and the prices are great. The service is friendly enough but sometimes a little confused because the large volume of tables constantly turning. It’s all about the broth for me when eating pho, and this place has good broth. The flavor could have been a little deeper, but that’s easily compensated for by adding some spicy condiments. Yum!

Soup add ons - PPQ Beef Noodle House
Soup add-ons.

Thread agave
Thread agave (Agave filifera, Asparagaceae), West Field Road.

Cocktails – Luce

Stone Sour cocktail - Luce

Stone Sour: Knob Creek bourbon, fresh lemon and blood orange juice, shaken with barrel-aged syrup and served tall on the rocks with brandied cherries. $12
Luce, San Francisco CA

The cocktails at Luce were really fun and delicious. Each one had several ingredients and they all generally worked well together. The Stone Sour was probably my favorite because it had bourbon, but the Moscone Pear was tasty in its own way.

Moscone Pear cocktail - Luce

Moscone Pear: Dimmi herbal grappa liqueur, shaken with fresh pear puree, fresh squeezed lime and lemon, served up. $12

Noe Valley
Noe Valley.

Bianca pizza – Ragazza

Bianca pizza - Ragazza
Onion crema, shaved garlic, preserved lemon, aged provolone, wild arugula. Banquet-style dinner
Ragazza, San Francisco CA

Sorry for the dirty plate, but I had a lot of food before grabbing a piece of this pizza, hehe. And it was a delicious piece of pizza at that! I think it was the combination of the onion crema, garlic and preserved lemon that really made this pizza sing. The wild arugula was a great peppery topping. Noms!

Golden Gate Park
Golden Gate Park.