Bacon maple donut – Gibson’s Donuts

Bacon maple donut - Gibson's Donuts
Gibson’s Donuts, Memphis TN

Someone brought a box of Gibson’s doughnuts into the office so of course I went straight for the bacon maple flavor, lol! This was pretty good! I liked the light fluffy donut although I thought that there was too much maple glaze for my taste.

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French toast – Mission Bowling Club

French toast - Mission Bowling Club
Mascarpone, maple butter, fruit compote. $9
Mission Bowling Club, San Francisco CA

This french toast was ok, it was a bit on the greasy side which is a definite theme at MBC. I’m not sure I liked the blob of mascarpone cheese either. It was a little too much for me and could have been incorporated more creatively.

Golden Gate Bridge
Driving on the Golden Gate Bridge.

Assorted babycakes – Cupcake Royale

Assorted babycakes - Cupcake Royale
Vanilla and chocolate cake with buttercream frosting, and seasonal maple flavor.
Cupcake Royale, Seattle WA

Assorted babycakes - Cupcake Royale
These little babycakes are cute, but they’re definitely not as good as their normal sized cupcakes. While the flavors were there, they were kinda dry and lifeless. I bought these for my niece’s birthday and the kids seemed to enjoy them nevertheless.

Chinatown duck sliders – Maven

Chinatown duck sliders - Maven
Shiitake mushrooms, Chinese greens, bacon. Bloomspot 4-course chef’s tasting menu with cocktail pairings for two.
Maven, San Francisco CA

These duck sliders were very rich and delicious! They were on toasted buttery poppyseed egg bun which helped soak up all the yummy juices from the pulled duck. The greens (not quite sure what they actually were) were flavorful, almost on the pungent side. The sliders were on the verge of being too salty from all the rich umami flavors, but I’m glad it didn’t go over the edge.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2014

5 Spot cocktail - Maven

5 Spot Cocktail: aged rhum, ginger, lime, maple, Thai basil, five spice.
This cocktail had a lot of flavors going on, but they actually all tasted pretty good together. The lime and basil also helped to freshen everything up.

Maple and brown sugar pumpkin ice cream – Smitten

Maple and brown sugar pumpkin ice cream - Smitten
4 oz small $4.75
Smitten, San Francisco CA

Sheesh, this ice cream isn’t cheap! Part of the reason is that they make the ice cream to-order in a cool machine using liquid nitrogen (kinda fun to watch). The resulting ice cream is very flavorful and has a great, smooth texture. Is it worth it? Maybe as a rare special treat.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2012

White camellia flower
White camellia flower (Theaceae), 16th Street.

Peach Blanket Barbecue cocktail – 15 Romolo

Peach Blanket Barbecue cocktail - 15 Romolo

“You can ants if you want to, you can leave your pants behind.” Laphroaig quarter cask, peach liqueur, lemon, amaro ciaciaro, maple, cayenne, pilsner. $10
15 Romolo, San Francisco CA

For those of you who aren’t familiar with San Francisco, the name of this cocktail is a play on a local variety stage show called Beach Blanket Babylon. All the ingredients sounded great, but I wasn’t too impressed. It tasted a bit bland to me. 😦

San Francisco Federal Building courtyard
San Francisco Federal Building courtyard before sunrise, 7th Street. I was waiting for a bus way too early in the morning, lol!

Maple donut – Philz Coffee

Maple donut - Philz Coffee
Philz serves a variety of vegan organic donuts from Pepples Donuts. $2.
Small Soooo good coffee. $3
Philz Coffee, San Francisco CA

Ok, I need to stop eating Pepples donuts because there’s just way too much glaze and it hurts my teeth to bite through them. But I will never stop drinking Philz coffee – it’s like crack!

Lion King opening curtain
Lion King opening curtain, Orpheum Theatre.