Emirates Team NZ chellenger burger – Waiheke Island Yacht Club

Emirates Team NZ chellenger burger - Waiheke Island Yacht Club
100% NZ beef and lamb, smoked tomato chutney, beets, lettuce, kikorangi blue cheese and egg. $15
Waiheke Island Yacht Club, San Francisco CA

Omg, this burger was killer! If this is what all New Zealand burgers are like, I need to visit NZ soon! The patty was juicy and flavorful, and all the toppings were delicious. The burger was huge so I just rolled up my sleeves and got down and dirty with it. I don’t care what anybody say, but I’m a fan of eggs on burgers and this sunny side up egg was a thing of beauty. I was also delighted by the kikorangi blue cheese which I’d never had before. It was spread on the top bun and I initially thought that it was some kind of decadent pate spread because it was so rich and delicious, NOMS!

White and yellow Narcissus
White and yellow Narcissus (Amaryllidaceae), Castro.

Pork sisig taco – Senor Sisig

Pork sisig taco - Senor Sisig
6″ corn tortilla, onions, lettuce and cilantro cream sauce. $3
Senor Sisig, SF Street Food Festival 2013, San Francisco CA

Ugh! I was really excited to try the sisig taco because I’ve read quite a bit about this food truck. I was sadly disappointed because the pork had an odd flavor and it was WAY too tart. I love sisig, but this didn’t do it for me. Perhaps their burritos are better, but then again it’s the same sisig filling inside. 😦

Senor Sisig truck
Senor Sisig truck at the SF Street Food Festival.

Double double burger “loaded” – In-N-Out Burger

Double double burger loaded - In-N-Out Burger
Two 100% pure beef patties, lettuce, tomato, spread, two slices of American cheese on a freshly baked bun.  “Animal style” with extra spread, pickles, and grilled onions. “With chopped chilies” adds slices of spicy yellow pickled chili peppers. And I also requested a side of peppers, lol. $3.40
In-N-Out Burger, Millbrae CA

OK, so I ordered this double double burger “animal style with chopped chilies”. Omg, it was huge and amazing!!! My co-worker recently told me about the chilies option on their hidden menu. Well I love spicy peppers so I thought I’d give it a try. This burger definitely filled me up, and it was messy and fabulous. The yellow chilies actually had some kick too! I was expecting mild pepperoncini slices, but these had some heat to them. Oh, how I love you In-N-Out!

Red zinnia flowers

Red zinnia flowers (Asteraceae), West Field Road.

BLT sandwich – Dolce Sitges

BLT sandwich - Dolce Sitges
With hard boiled eggs, mixed root chips, side salad.
Dolce Sitges, Sitges ES

Wow, this hotel was beautiful! It’s situated on a hill above the town with great views of the Mediterranean. After taking the train from Barcelona, I was super hungry when I arrived so I went straight to lobby bar/restaurant and ordered some food and mojitos! Mmm, just what the doctor ordered.

Passeig Maritim
Passeig Maritim, the main drag along the beaches. Sitges is SO charming with many visitors from all around the world there to enjoy the beautiful beaches and warm weather. The town is small enough to easily navigate, but at the same time feels cosmopolitan because it’s packed with people.

Sandwich mixte – La Cooperative

Sandwich mixte - La Cooperative
Ham, swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. 5,90€
La Cooperative, Paris FR

After a long day of sightseeing, we really needed some food on our way back to the hotel. We came across La Cooperative on our walk from the Louvre. It looked like a cute cafe and the clientele appeared to be a mixture of business people, locals and tourists so we decided to give it a try. The food was fairly good, but the service was really erratic. We were served by two different waiters both of whom were really difficult to wave down when we needed anything.

While this sandwich was pretty standard, the bread was really good. I also prefer the mayonnaise they use in France. It has a better consistency and flavor.

Drinks - La Cooperative

Coca-Cola light. 50 cl 7,20€
Kir au Sauvignon. 25 cl 5,70€
OK, I’m still baffled why drinks are SO expensive here! We spent more money on soda and water than we did our food. Am I just being a ridiculous American that I think this is outrageous?! 😦

Fountain of Warsaw, Jardins du Trocadero
Fountain of Warsaw, Jardins du Trocadero. The Gardens of the Trocadero are beautiful and a great place to view the Eiffel Tower and take photos. Of course I did a customary “jump” photo with the tower in the background, lol.

Turkey burger – Escena Lounge & Grill

Turkey burger - Escena Lounge & Grill
Ground turkey, swiss cheese, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickle, secret sauce on a Kaiser roll, side salad. $15
Escena Lounge & Grill, Palm Springs CA

I love Escena. The setting is gorgeous, the service is wonderful, and it’s a great value. This turkey sandwich was pretty large and they have a lot of add-on options to personalize it to your taste.

Mini blueberry muffins - Escena Lounge & Grill
Mini blueberry muffins.

Spicy chicken with ssam – K-pop

Spicy chicken with ssam - K-pop
Korean style marinated chicken mixed with onion, scallion, and sesame seeds served with vegetable wraps. $14.95
K-pop, San Francisco CA

Even though K-pop isn’t the best Korean food around and the food tends to be on the salty side, I still crave it once in a while because it’s the only Korean restaurant nearby. The flavors are great and the banchan selection is respectable, but they really need to dial the salt level down. They service is also hit or miss, but beggars can’t be choosers.

Banchan - K-pop

Banchan. Complimentary

Western beaked hazelnut
Western beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta var. californica, Betulaceae), Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.

Cool ranch locos taco – Taco Bell

Cool ranch locos taco - Taco Bell
A crunchy taco made with seasoned beef, lettuce, and cheddar cheese in a shell made from Cool Ranch Doritos with more chips on top. 170 calories, 9g fat
Taco Bell, Palm Springs CA

Cool ranch locos taco - Taco Bell
OK, since I already tried the nacho cheese version a while back, I had to try cool ranch! I mean, cool ranch is the superior Doritos flavor anyway, right? And again, I was disappointed. Even when I’m slightly buzzed I can’t get into these silly taco shells.

Carne asada tostada – El Farolito

Carne asada tostada - El Farolito
Grilled beef, corn shell, refried beans, lettuce, tomato, avocado and sour cream. $3.50
El Farolito, San Francisco CA

I needed a quick snack before ducking into the 24th Street Bart Station so I grabbed this tostada at El Farolito. I’m not a fan of this place because the service is erratic and the food tends to be super salty, but it’s affordable and “usually” quick. I actually liked this tostada though. The grilled beef wasn’t overly salty and they piled on enough toppings to tide me over until my next actual meal.

Hook-shaped dock
Hook-shaped dock in the Marina.

Torta lengua – Taqueria San Jose

Torta lengua - Taqueria San Jose
Beef tongue, lettuce, toamto and avocado. $8.99
Taqueria San Jose, San Francisco CA

I really liked the huge chunks of beef tongue in this sandwich, but I didn’t like that everything was cold. I would have enjoyed this more if they had grilled or pressed the bread, or quickly grilled the beef tongue.

Green geometric mural
Green geometric mural, Potrero Hill.

Vietnamese spring rolls – Hula’s Island Grill

Vietnamese spring rolls - Hula's Island Grill
Tofu, peanuts, apple, lemongrass, carrots, basil, lettuce. $5
Hula’s Island Grill, Santa Cruz CA

These rolls were pretty bland and lacked Vietnamese flavor. They needed some mint and fish sauce or something. You really had to dip the rolls in the sauces to get any flavor – kinda disappointing.

Wild radish flowers
Wild radish flowers (Raphanus sativus, Brassicaceae), Pigeon Point, Pescadero.

Super hero sandwich – Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse

Super hero sandwich - Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse
Whole wheat hero, tri-tip with bbq sauce, cheddar cheese, bacon, avocado, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion, mild pepper rings, pickle on the side. $7.99
Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse, Los Gatos CA

Super hero sandwich - Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse
Wow, this sandwich was SO good! . It was packed with so many delicious ingredients, and the beef was very flavorful and tender!

Canadian geese
Canadian geese at Vasona Park.