Lamb burger – Barking Frog

Lamb burger - Barking Frog
Red wine onions, arugula, goat cheese, aioli, pickle, brioche bun. Served with portabello mushroom soup. $21
Barking Frog, Woodinville WA

This was a pretty heavy and rich burger, but I liked the combination of flavors. The lamb patty wasn’t too strong and it had a nice sear on the outside. The soup, also very heavy, was a tasty accompaniment.

Beef burger – Barking Frog

Beef burger - Barking Frog
Candied bacon, Oregon blue cheese, smoked tomato ketchup, bibb lettuce, caramelized onion aioli, pickle, brioche bun. Served with portabello mushroom soup. $21
Barking Frog, Woodinville WA

This was good, and the beef patty was juicy and cooked nicely. The mushroom soup was also very tasty although I should have gone for a lighter side since the burger was quite large and heavy.

Pan seared diver scallops – Pesce

Pan seared diver scallops - Pesce
Capesante. Field mushrooms, green onion, cream. $14
Pesce, San Francisco CA

Beautifully prepared scallops are a wonderful thing! These scallops were perfectly prepared and very tender. The cream sauce was pretty heavy especially since there was SO much of it for only 3 scallops, but it was still tasty.

Fort Funston
Fort Funston, graffiti on abandoned bunkers.

Spicy miso ramen – Ramen Underground

Spicy miso ramen - Ramen Underground
With kakuni (braised pork belly) and boiled egg.
Ramen Underground, San Francisco CA

Wow, this ramen was really good. The spicy miso broth had a great kick to it and lots of flavor. They have a basic ramen bowl, and you just keep adding extra toppings at additional cost. It’s really about the broth and ramen though, and this place is solid in both aspects. Everything else is just icing on the cake.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013

Spicy miso ramen - Ramen Underground
April 21, 4014
With chicken dumplings, boiled egg. $11

Memorial graffiti mural
Memorial graffiti mural, 24th Street Bart Station.

Ham and scrambled eggs – Philippine Airlines

Ham and scrambled eggs - Philippine Airlines
Hash browns, mushrooms and tomato, pineapple, cranberry raisin bar, roll, orange juice. Complimentary
Manila (MNL) to San Francisco (SFO), Philippine Airlines

Ugh, not the best way to end a vacation – with subpar breakfast food from PAL. The ham was a bit salty and the hash browns were super mushy. I never expect much from airplane eggs so I really didn’t dock PAL points for them. Oh well…

Manila Bay
Ominous skies over Manila Bay.

Sauteed mixed vegetables – Mr. Choi Kitchen

Sauteed mixed vegetables - Mr. Choi Kitchen
Cabbage, mushroom, bok choy, broccoli, black fungus, carrot. 195 PHP
Mr. Choi Kitchen, Manila PHILIPPINES

This dish was boring and really was just an attempt to try to eat something healthy during our trip. They just used the usual vegetables and the sauce was basic.

San Augustin Church
San Augustin Church, Intramuros.

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.

Roasted beet and tangerine salad – Radio Africa & Kitchen

Roasted beet and tangerine salad - Radio Africa & Kitchen
With arugula and spiced red walnuts. Mushroom wot with mustard greens and smoked cheese. Pre fixe menu
Radio Africa & Kitchen, San Francisco CA

I love roasted beets and this salad had a awesome combination of flavors and textures. It was super refreshing and delicious. I’ve never had Ethiopian wot before, but this mushroom wot reminded me of an Italian crostini. It tasted great!

Red wine - Radio Africa & Kitchen
Red wine.

de Young Museum
de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park.