Chicken with orange sauce – Makli Chinese Cuisine

Chicken with orange sauce - Makli Chinese Cuisine
Chicken breast filet deep fried with a crispy batter served with a spicy orange sauce. $10
Makli Chinese Cuisine, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I love deep fried chicken dishes at Chinese restaurants. I know they’re not authentic and they tend to be super greasy and bad for you, but I still crave them. This orange chicken was executed pretty well. The batter was actually crispy (not soggy like most) and not greasy. The orange sauce was tasty, but not very spicy as advertised.

SOMA mural
Beauty and the beast mural, SOMA.

Seared salmon filet – Curbside Cafe

Seared salmon filet - Curbside Cafe
With Curbside orange salsa, served with mashed potatoes and sauteed rainbow kale. Chef Special (soup + entree) $20
Curbside Cafe, San Francisco CA

I tend to steer clear of pan seared salmon at restaurants because, more often than not, they come out dry and disgusting. This was surprising moist and juicy so I was happy. The potatoes were silky and lovely and the orange salsa was packed with flavor. Pretty yummy!

Francis Scott Key Monument
Francis Scott Key Monument, Golden Gate Park.

Fresh fruit salad – Laduree

Fresh fruit salad - Laduree
Pineapple, mango, orange, guava, passion fruit, kiwi, raspberry, strawberry, mint, grapefruit. £6.80
Laduree, London ENGLAND

This was a pretty fancy bowl of fruit! I was very impressed at how many different fruits they included. I was on vacation so that’s why I could justify spending that much on fruit salad, hehe! 🙂

Covent Garden Market
Covent Garden Market. You can spend plenty of time looking through the shops and searching for food at this popular tourist destination.

Brunch cocktails – Chambers Eat + Drink

Spa collins cocktail - Chambers Eat + Drink

Spa collins: gin, basil, mint, cucumber, orange, citrus, ginger beer. $11
Chambers Eat and Drink, San Francisco CA

I loved brunch cocktails, especially when they’re expertly made. These cocktails were ok. The Spa Collins was on the tart side and the Bloody Mary was on the bland side. I did really enjoy the Lucky Lemonade though!

Lucky lemonade cocktail - Chambers Eat + Drink
Lucky lemonade: bourbon and house made lemonade. $8

Bloody mary cocktail - Chambers Eat + Drink

Bloody mary: the traditional favorite made with house sambal and vodka. $9

Cocktails – Workshop Kitchen + Bar

Town and Desert cocktail - Workshop Kitchen + Bar

“Town & Desert, the original name of one of our favorite local mid-modern hangouts (orbit in’s hideaway). White whiskey, solerno blood orange liqueur, lemon and egg white bring vintage Palm Springs to mind with its abundant citrus, bright flavors and creamy texture.” $10
Workshop Kitchen + Bar, Palm Springs CA

I was really impressed by the cocktails at Workshop. They were expertly made and while not all of them agreed with me in flavor, I appreciated the thoughtful ingredients they used to make these concoctions.

Ward 8 cocktail - Workshop Kitchen + Bar

“Ward 8, rye, house made grenadine, fresh lemon and orange juices, originating in Boston around the turn of the 20th century and named after a notoriously corrupt voting district; fortunately for us the political corruption of yesteryear is virtually extinct (insert big wink here). However, this drink is as delicious and morally in debt as it ever was.” $10

Old fashioned - Workshop Kitchen + Bar

Old fashioned with Eagle rare single barrel 10 year bourbon. $10

Workshop Kitchen + Bar sign
Workshop Kitchen + Bar sign.

Cocktails – Wayfare Tavern

Briar Patch cocktail - Wayfare Tavern

Briar Patch: rye, rhubarb, lime orange bitters. $11
Wayfare Tavern, San Francisco CA

Noms! We went to Wayfare Tavern with my roomies and had a fabulous time. The service was amazing and I loved the drinks. Dare I say, I loved them more than the food? It’s true. The drinks are expertly made. Although, you really can’t beat their popovers (more to come about that).

Pomegranate Fizz cocktail - Wayfare Tavern

Pomegranate Fizz: vodka, pomegranate, ginger rosemary syrup. $11

Sazerac cocktail - Wayfare Tavern

Sazerac: rye, herbsaint, peychauds, sugar. $11

Beef cheek “a l’orange” – Mission Chinese Food

Beef cheek a l'orange - Mission Chinese Food
Orange glaze, kaffir lime leaf, satsuma, sesame. $14
Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco CA

Wow, I really liked this dish! Mission Chinese Food is always updating their menu (well, at least their online to-go menu that I order from) and some dishes are more successful that others. Boom, beef cheek a l’orange was da bomb, lol! The cheeks were rich and juicy and the sauce was delicious. The coating could have been crispier, but I think it got soggy during the delivery time. This would kick ass straight from the kitchen!

White sangria and beer – Sliderbar

White sangria - Sliderbar

Fresh mint, peach white sangria: California chardonnay, fresh mint, summer peaches, fresh oranges and lime. $5
Sliderbar, San Francisco CA

Mmm, sangria! This cool sports bar is a nice addition to the restaurant scene in the Castro. It replaced Criolla Kitchen, and was Bagdad Cafe before that. We ended up here after a day of hanging out with friends and the service was amazing! The crowd was young and fun, and the food was pretty tasty too!

Allagash White beer - Sliderbar

Allagash White beer. Refreshing with orange peel and coriander notes. Portland, MA, 5.2% ABV. $6

Naked lady door handle
Naked lady door handle, 24th Street.

Cocktails – Hattie’s Hat

Rye Hook cocktail - Hattie's Hat

Rye Hook: Ballard street twist off the pretentious Manhattan made with Old Overholt sweet vermouth and bitter served up. $7
Hattie’s Hat, Seattle WA

We slipped into the bar area late one night and grabbed seats at the counter. They have an extensive cocktail menu – heck yeah! I tried a couple whiskey drinks and was happy. 🙂

One-Legged Duck cocktail - Hattie's Hat

One-Legged Duck: Bulleit bourbon, fernet, galliano, orange bitters. $8

Orange squid bike rack
Orange squid bike rack, Seattle waterfront.

Sundance Kid cocktail – Ballard Station Public House

Sundance Kid cocktail - Ballard Station Public House
Rye whiskey, lillet, cynar, orange zest. $8
Ballard Station Public House, Seattle WA

This bar didn’t exist the last time I was up in Seattle so we visited it this time around. It’s actually a smallish space, but very cute and warm with all the exposed brick. They have a decent specialty cocktail list too. They could use another bartender though because it was very slow going to get any drinks.

Railroad themed artwork
Railroad themed artwork at Ballard Station Public House.