Thunderbird! 40 Twice! pizza – Hog & Hominy

Thunderbird! 40 Twice! pizza - Hog & Hominy
Fontina, mozzarella, calabrese, spicy honey. $16
Hog & Hominy, Memphis

Mmm, this pizza was really delicious! I loved the toppings and the spicy honey is what really put it over the top. The crust was pretty good too. It was a little chewy on the edges, but it had a great flavor.

Arancini – Cherry Blossom Pub

Arancini - Cherry Blossom Pub
Sticky rice, mozzarella, bechamel, marinara. $6
Cherry Blossom Pub, Washington DC

These were good (and different). I liked the sticky rice variation to keep in line with the Super Mario theme on our side of the bar. This had great flavor though. The service was nice enough, but the crowds were just too loud and crazy to really enjoy anything.

Fegatini, arancini, bottarga – Pesce

Fegatini, arancini, bottarga - Pesce
Chicken liver and herb pate on grilled bruschetta, each $2.50. Mozzarella filled saffron-risotto fritters, english peas, each $3. Whole grain polenta fritters, lobster béchamel, each $3.
Pesce, San Francisco CA

Mmm, these little bites were great! We decided to try a variety for the table, and I’m happy with the items we decided on because they were all delicious. Noms! I don’t know why not more people like chicken livers though. I think they taste wonderful and these fegatini were prepared perfectly.

Focolare cocktail - Pesce
Focolare: Buffalo Trace bourbon, benedictine, walnut liqueur, mezcal. $10

Golden Gate bridge
Driving on the Golden Gate bridge.

Holy cow quesadilla – Holy Cow!

Holy cow quesadilla - Holy Cow!
Toasted flour tortilla filled with ground beef and melted mozzarella cheese. Drizzled with garlic mayo and smoky barbeque sauce. 240 PHP
Holy Cow!, Manila PHILIPPINES

Holy cow quesadilla - Holy Cow!
I was excited for this quesadilla, but when it came out there was way too much sauce on top. I certainly like saucy things, but I don’t know if I really wanted that much mayonnaise on my quesadilla. Some of the right flavors were there, but I think the tortillas were old. They tasted a bit musty like it was about to mold.

Palacio del Sana
Palacio del Sana, Intramuros.

Calabrian sausage pizza – Stoneburner

Calabrian sausage pizza - Stoneburner
Bright lights chard, gaeta olives, mozzarella. Happy hour $8
Stoneburner, Seattle WA

Calabrian sausage pizza - Stoneburner
Omg, only eight bucks for this amazing pizza during happy hour?! Count me in!! Honestly, this pizza was frickin’ great. The ingredients were top notch and the crust was heavenly. I think Stoneburner definitely has one of the best happy hours in Ballard!

Bourbon Old Fashioned cocktail - Stoneburner
Bourbon Old Fashioned: bourbon, gum syrup, bitters, orange zest. Happy hour $7

Parmesan, oregano, dried chilies - Stoneburner
Parmesan, oregano, and dried chilies.

Seared mozzarella – Cozina

Seared mozzarella - Cozina
With organic tomato carpaccio, topped with grilled shiitake with dressed in light truffle oil vinaigrette. 480 PHP
Cozina, Boracay PHILIPPINES

This was pretty tasty and I loved the shiitake mushrooms on top. My only critique would be that they should have served this with some delicious, crusty bread to spread the mozzarella on and to mop up the yummy vinaigrette.

Boating around Boracay
Boating around Boracay.

Three-dal wave – Wave Bar & Lounge

Three-dal wave - Wave Bar & Lounge
Loaded potato skins, fried mozzarella, and tangy buffalo wings, served with sour cream, chives and marinara sauce. 420 PHP
Wave Bar & Lounge, Boracay PHILIPPINES

This was pretty good for a fried appetizer plate. The loaded potato skins ended up being bbq potato chips though. Ugh, whatever. Everything tasted great, but the chips were a bit soggy. The service was really friendly and they bring the food out to you on the beach. Lovely!

It took me a while to figure out what “three-dal wave” was referring to. I wasn’t sure if it was a tagalog thing at first, but then realized it was a play on “tidal wave”. Ugh, doesn’t sound very similar, lol!

Cocktails - Wave Bar & Lounge
Caipirinha. Happy hour 2-for-1, 160 PHP
Absolut vodka and Sprite. Happy hour 2-for-1, 160 PHP
Mojito. Happy hour 2-for-1, 170 PHP

Boat shuttle to Boracay
Boarding the boat shuttle to Boracay.

Warm hand pulled mozzarella – Ragazza

Warm hand pulled mozzarella - Ragazza
With heirloom tomatoes, brown butter and sage. Banquet-style dinner
Ragazza, San Francisco CA

Simple dishes with quality products are the absolute best! This was SO yummy! I love mozzarella and heirloom tomtatoes so it’s not a surprise that I would like this dish, but they added even more flavor with the brown butter and fried sage so I was a total fan.

California lilac
California lilac (Ceanothus sp., Rhamnaceae), Land’s End.

Fried arancini – Ragazza

Fried arancini - Ragazza
With smoked mozzarella and sun-dried tomato pesto. Banquet-style dinner
Ragazza, San Francisco CA

We came here for a friend’s birthday celebration and sat in the cool white tent located in the back patio. We had a great time with amazing friends and, of course, the food was fabulous. These arancini were delicious and perfectly cooked (not greasy at all!). The smoked mozzarella inside the fried risotto ball was gooey and flavorful, and the accompanying meat sauce was wonderful too.

Cowboy statue
I really liked this (tacky) cowboy statue at the de Young Museum, hehe! Hey, it has lots of movement! 🙂

Salami pizza – Del Popolo

Salami pizza - Del Popolo
Tomato, mozzarella, basil, sweet peppers. $14
Del Popolo, San Francisco CA

This food truck is pretty cool because it’s over a story tall and they literally have a pizza oven conveyor belt in there! It’s super popular and the pizzas are pretty good, but honestly I’m not a fan of the brunt, blistered crusts. For me, the ash taste is overwhelming and pretty much contaminates the rest of the pizza’s flavor. I guess I’m one of the few who doesn’t like it that way.

Del Popolo food truck
Line for the Del Popolo food truck, Picnic at the Presidio.

Fresh mozzarella and tomato – Curbside Cafe

Fresh mozzarella and tomato - Curbside Cafe
With basil and olive oil. $10
Curbside Cafe, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this was so tasty! I love simple and beautiful dishes like this. It’s all about the wonderful ingredients because there’s no fancy preparation or a million ingredients to distract you. Curbside did a great job with this plate!

Hunters Point Open Studios
An artist’s studio at Hunters Point Open Studios.