The original clam bake cioppino – The Old Clam House

The original clam bake cioppino - The Old Clam House
Clams, mussels, crab, shrimp, calamari, fish filet, potatoes, carrots, onions, olives, garlic, corn in a spicy cioppino sauce. Couple $49.99
The Old Clam House, San Francisco CA

OMG, this was SO much food! This was pretty much a small pail of cioppino for only two people, and it was SO delicious! I liked that the sauce was on the spicy side. Most cioppinos are kinda bland these days. This cioppino was also packed with seafood. This was definitely worth it, and I would go back for this dish. Noms!

San Francisco-style cioppino – The Rotunda

San Francisco-style cioppino - The Rotunda
Mussels, clams, shrimp, dungeness crab, halibut, tomato-oregano broth, sourdough roll. $27
The Rotunda, San Francisco CA

This cioppino was good, but I was honestly surprised that it wasn’t better! I expected it to be AMAZING for almost thirty bucks. The ingredients were nice but I wasn’t blown away by the broth. It lack the all the flavor and depth that I was looking for. The mussels were also a little overdone.

The Fall Gem cocktail - The Rotunda
The Fall Gem: Eagle Rare single barrel bourbon, St. Germain, pomegranate, fresh-pressed lemon, orange bitters, orange peel, rocks. $12

Marinated mussels – Wine Kitchen

Marinated mussels - Wine Kitchen
Fingerling potato, celery, saffron broth, frites, aioli. $11
Wine Kitchen, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I really liked this dish. The mussels were a bit sour and tart from the marinade, but I thought it worked well with the saffron broth and aioli. The components seemed a bit odd to me at first, but they all tasted great together.

Flights of wine - Wine Kitchen
Flights of wine.

Weird head sculpture
Weird head sculpture, SoMa.

Seafood chowder – Bar Crudo

Seafood chowder - Bar Crudo
Fish, mussels, squid, shrimp, potatoes, applewood smoked bacon. Happy hour $6
Bar Crudo, San Francisco CA

Omg, I loved this chowder! It was probably the “meatiest” version I’ve had a long time. It had SO much flavor and the most perfect, silky smooth texture. The seafood ingredients were delicious and abundant – I loved everything about it. NOMS!!!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2012, 2013, 2014

Bread and butter - Bar Crudo
Bread and butter. Complimentary

Sutro Tower
View of Sutro Tower from the Castro.

Sizzling mixed seafood – Leslie’s Restaurant

Sizzling mixed seafood - Leslie's Restaurant
Mussels, crab, squid, and carrots in a sweet garlicky sauce. 449 PHP
Leslie’s Restaurant, Tagaytay PHILIPPINES

This wasn’t my favorite. There was too much sauce for it to be served in such a shallow dish, and the crab was really hard to eat and break apart when it was slick with sauce. The mussels were also on the dry, overcooked side. I wouldn’t order this again.

Taal Lake and Volcano
Taal Lake and Volcano.

Ciopinno – Cafe Renzo

Ciopinno - Cafe Renzo
Clams, mussels, calamari, prawns and fresh fish sautéed in a tomato garlic broth. $23
Cafe Renzo, Palo Alto CA

Meh, this was ok. Definitely not the best ciopinno I’ve had. The sauce was a bit salty and some of the seafood were overcooked, but the flavors were there. I wasn’t feeling the love from this seafood stew though.

Dinner roll - Cafe Renzo
Dinner roll. Complimentary

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Pigeon Point Lighthouse.

Rio style moqueca – Bossa Nova

Rio style moqueca - Bossa Nova
Local shellfish (mussels, shrimp, fish), coconut milk, soffrito and croutons. $22.50
Bossa Nova, San Francisco CA

This is my favorite dish at Bossa Nova and I order it every time. Unfortunately, this time around they served it without any bread and it took a while to get the waitress’ attention afterward. That was a bit careless, but this seafood stew is so warm and comforting that it quickly eases any frustration. Mmm!

Ocean beach
Ocean beach, Great Highway.

Steamed shell fish combination – Mission Street Oyster Bar

Steamed shell fish combination - Mission Street Oyster Bar
With green lip mussels, black mussels, clams, and shrimp. $20.95
Mission Street Oyster Bar, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this was really delicious and there was plenty of seafood on the plate. The broth was very tasty and full of fresh sprigs of thyme. Everything was steamed beautifully and not overdone. Noms!

House merlot - Mission Street Oyster Bar

House merlot. $6

Colorful Aeonium
Colorful Aeonium (Crassulaceae), West Field Road.

Italica mussels – Frjtz

Italica mussels - Frjtz
One pound of fresh steamed mussels served with bread. Made with tomato-basil sauce with garlic, parsley, and red pepper flakes. $13
Frjtz, San Francisco CA

This had a lot of flavor, but was a tad on the salty side. I enjoyed that the mussels were large and meaty. They were nicely cooked so they were still tender and delicious!

Red wine and prosecco - Frjtz

Merlot, Grayson Cellars, California. $7
Sparkling, Valdo, Prosecco. $7

Bernal Heights Branch, San Francisco Public Library
Bernal Heights Branch, San Francisco Public Library. I love the colorful mosaic they have in the front of the buidling.

Black mussels – Lulu California Bistro

Black mussels - Lulu California Bistro
In white wine sauce with herbs and cheesy baguette. Happy hour $8.99
Lulu California Bistro, Palm Springs CA

The mussels were overcooked and tough to chew. Their flesh were also super small compared to their large shells – that’s always a bad sign… It’s hard to forgive poor quality and bad preparation when it comes to mussels.

Mossy boulder
Mossy boulder, Mt. San Jacinto hike.