Bacon and pea quiche – La Boulange de Noe

Bacon and pea quiche - La Boulange de Noe
Their food warmer was down, so I had to eat this cold. Definitely not as good. $4.25
La Boulange de Noe, San Francisco CA

Small coffee - La Boulange de Noe
Small coffee. $1.75

Yellow-orange African daisy
Yellow-orange African daisy flowers (Gazania sp., Asteraceae), Point Lobos Avenue.

Kaeng pa-nang – Original Thai Cuisine

Kaeng pa-nang - Original Thai Cuisine
Panang curry with beef. Rich, strong, zesty with a touch of coconut milk, peppers, peas, carrots, zucchini, basil leaves and kaffir lime leaves. $13
Original Thai Cuisine, Kailua-Kona HI

This had a lot of great flavor and you can choose the spiciness level. Of course I asked for “Thai hot”! The beef was a little tough and chewy though.

Public telephones

Public telephones with orchid decorations, KOA Airport.

Chinese preflight snacks – Manchu Wok

Vegetable egg roll - Manchu Wok
Vegetable egg roll with sweet and sour sauce. $1.49
Manchu Wok, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

I was starving at the SeaTac airport so I ran to the closest restaurant and ordered a couple of snacks before walking to my gate. Unfortunately, they were super salty and unsatisfying. Sadness.

Egg flower soup - Manchu Wok
Egg flower soup with carrot, peas, and water chestnut. $1.49
Omg, who uses styrofoam these days?!?!

SEA gates
I was sad flying out of the older terminals. 😦

Empanadas – Poquito

Empanadas - Poquito
Beef with onions and peas. Chicken with onions and peppers. $6 each
Poquito, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I love empanadas and these were very tasty! The outside was nice and crispy and the fillings were delicious.

Salsa and aji - Poquito

Served with mild salsa roja and spicy green aji.

Tin man and child street performers
Tin man and child street performers, Union Square. Nothing says the holidays like the tin man!?

Ensalada de remolacha – Poquito

Ensalada de remolacha - Poquito
Ecuadorian beet salad with carrots, peas, bell pepper and cilantro. $5
Poquito, San Francisco CA

This was not what we expected when we saw it on the menu, but we really loved this salad! Everything tasted great together, even the peas which I was originally skeptical about.

SF MoMa posters Cindy Sherman exhibit
SF MoMa posters for Cindy Sherman exhibit, 16th Street.

Basil tilapia – Basil Thai Restaurant

Basil tilapia - Basil Thai Restaurant
Lightly floured, deep fried tilapia fillets, topped with vegetables, stir-fry sauce, side of carrots, cabbage, and lettuce. $16.95
Basil Thai Restaurant, Charleston SC

Mmm, this was very tasty! Having traveled through Thailand, I think I can say that this wasn’t authentic Thai food, but it certainly had a lot of flavor and was nicely prepared.

View from the Rooftop Bar at the Vendue Inn

View from the Rooftop Bar at the Vendue Inn. You can see Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church in the distance.

Charleston shrimp – McCrady’s Restaurant

Charleston shrimp - McCrady's Restaurant
Heirloom cauliflower, field peas and pole beans, vegetable and saffron emulsion foam, sorrel. 4 course dinner $60
McCrady’s Restaurant, Charleston SC

Charleston shrimp - McCrady's Restaurant
I’m used to having shrimp and grits when I visit Charleston, but this was a nice change. The shrimp were beautifully cooked, and I was surprised at how much I liked the vegetables underneath. While this dish could have veered toward the heavy side, the individual flavors remained delicate and unmuddled. I will say that the dish as a whole was on the salty side. I think the sauce underneath could have been the culprit. 😦

Dining tables opposite bar - McCrady's Restaurant
Dining tables opposite the bar. These tables are in a sort of alcove which provides a little privacy.