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.


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.

French cruller hole cream puffs – Rolling Pin Donuts

French cruller hole cream puffs - Rolling Pin Donuts
Chocolate, maple, and vanilla. $0.45 each
Rolling Pin Donuts, San Bruno CA

The custard was way too thick for me – I could only down one. I prefer my cream puff filling on the whipped side. I was surprised how much custard they fit into these tiny cruller holes though!

Trays of donuts - Rolling Pin Donuts
Trays of donuts.

Trays of donuts - Rolling Pin Donuts
More trays of donuts!

Rolling Pin Donuts storefront
Rolling Pin Donuts storefront.

Demon lover – 900 Grayson

Demon lover - 900 Grayson
Spicy fried Sonoma Valley chicken, buttermilk waffle with Vermont maple syrup. $12.50
900 Grayson, Berkeley CA

This was REALLY tasty! And there was plenty of fried chicken – I could barely finish. I kinda wish the chicken was bone-in though, it feels more homey that way and it keeps the meat super moist.

Coffee - 900 Grayson
Coffee. $2

Sugar and salt - 900 Grayson
Sugar and salt.

Liberty Farm Pekin duck – The French Laundry

Liberty Farm Pekin duck - The French Laundry
Cornbread, cavolo nero, bean puree and barrel-aged maple. Chef’s Tasting Menu $270
The French Laundry, Yountville CA

This tasted amazing, but I wish that the duck skin had been seared. The fat underneath was pretty thick and it was difficult to cut and chew through. A good sear would have made eating it a little easier. The cornbread cubes were perfectly cut and were SO flavorful. I was afraid that this dish was gonna be too salty, but it was perfectly seasoned.

The French Laundry signage

Signage at the front of the restaurant.

Legendary cocktails – Hubbard Grille

“Hubbard Grille was proud to host our ‘Become Legendary’ cocktail-naming contest in which patrons submitted cocktail names. Fans voted & celebrity judges deliberated, listed below are the nine newly named cocktails, try one and enjoy! All cocktails are $10.” – Hubbard menu

But on Sundays, the cocktails are only $5. Heck yeah! I liked that the cocktails were tried were very different and all of them tasty. Sundays at Hubbard are the way to go!
Hubbard Grille, Columbus OH

Little Miss Rosemary Hubbard Grille

Little Miss Rosemary – named by Ron Hosenfeld. Watershed vodka, rosemary syrup, lemon juice, lemonade; served in a chilled martini glass, garnished with a sprig of rosemary.

Cider House Rules Hubbard Grille

Cider House Rules – named by Allen Cochran. Absolut Citron vodka, apple cider, Pama liqueur, cinnamon sugar rim; served in a short rocks glass.

Rumdog Millionaire Hubbard Grille

Rumdog Millionaire – named by Holly Beach. The Kraken black spiced rum, basil, honey, 7-up; served in a short rocks glass.

The Housecat Hubbard Grille

The Housecat – named by Samantha Giesige. Fireball cinnamon whiskey, apple cider, OYO whiskey, amber maple syrup; served in a short rocks glass garnished with an apple slice.

Hubbard Grille beer

We sat at one of the tables next to the bar that has a couple beer spouts attached. Unfortunately, they were experiencing a glitch in their system to the spouts were working that day, but it’s a great idea. Apparently your table is charged by the amount of beer that you pour.

Fried chicken and waffles – Little Skillet

2 piece (breast and thigh) fried chicken and 2 waffles with house syrup and powdered sugar. $8.50
Little Skillet, San Francisco

Farmerbrown’s Little Skillet location is very cute. It’s this tiny little window in the middle of an alley near the ballpark where are the nearby techies go for amazing chicken and waffles during lunch! Noms! The chicken is fried perfectly and SO delicious. The waffles are also amazing. I love combining everything together and eating them in one bite. Gotta have the syrup and some hot sauce in every bite. It’s good, people!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010, 2011, 2012