Smoked mozzarella breakfast focaccia – Arizmendi Bakery

Smoked mozzarella breakfast focaccia - Arizmendi Bakery
Egg, tomato, mixed herbs. $3.50
Arizmendi Bakery, San Francisco

I sometimes miss living near the Arizmendi on Valencia Street. I miss the fresh baked breads and other breakfast items. It was also convenient to grab something on my way to work. Yum!

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.