Painted Hills top sirloin and pork belly – Roxy’s Cafe

Painted Hills top sirloin and pork belly - Roxy's Cafe
House cured bacon, sprouted beans, red pepper, okra. 10-course chef’s tasting menu $75
Roxy’s Cafe, San Francisco CA

Aside from the beautifully cooked and delicious proteins on this plate, the sprouted beans were my favorite part! I’d never had them before, and they had a wonderful texture and tasted great! I will say that my cut of beef had a lot of connective tissue, so while it was still tasty, I really couldn’t cut through it very easily. Lame.

Weathered mailboxes
Weathered mailboxes, The Castro.


Salami pizza – Del Popolo

Salami pizza - Del Popolo
Tomato, mozzarella, basil, sweet peppers. $14
Del Popolo, San Francisco CA

This food truck is pretty cool because it’s over a story tall and they literally have a pizza oven conveyor belt in there! It’s super popular and the pizzas are pretty good, but honestly I’m not a fan of the brunt, blistered crusts. For me, the ash taste is overwhelming and pretty much contaminates the rest of the pizza’s flavor. I guess I’m one of the few who doesn’t like it that way.

Del Popolo food truck
Line for the Del Popolo food truck, Picnic at the Presidio.

Chorizo hash browns – The Breakfast Club

Chorizo hash browns - The Breakfast Club
A BC original, chorizo, mushroom, home-style fried potatoes with peppers and fried eggs. £8.30
The Breakfast Club, London ENGLAND

OK, this was another little surprise and nothing like what I expected for a “hash brown”. It was good though. I think I was expecting for it to be more like an American-style hash with everything mixed together. I didn’t realize that the Spanish chorizo sausages would be separate along with the portobello mushrooms. I thought all the ingredients would be chopped up and cooked together. I will say that I enjoyed the sunny side up eggs; they were nicely cooked. Overall, the dish could have been seasoned better though.

Hahn/Cock statue
Hahn/Cock statue, 2013, Katherine Fritsch, Trafalgar Square.

Grilled baby squid

Grilled baby squid
Served with steamed vegetables.
Sitges ES

Ugh, I can’t remember the name of this restaurant. It was located inland in their downtown area near(ish) the train station. Oh well. The food was pretty good though and the service was excellent. Our waitress was very sweet and helfpful. We sat outside in their back patio area and had a wonderful meal. These baby squid were adorable and tasty too! I would have enjoyed a different side than the steamed veggies though.

Crostini and Luis Canas rioja

Complimentary crostini with roasted peppers and cheese. Luis Canas Crianza 2007, rioja.

Casa Bacardi Sitges
Casa Bacardi Sitges. I thought it was weird to have a large Bacardi tasting room/museum in Sitges, but I’m usually clueless about most things. 🙂

Super hero sandwich – Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse

Super hero sandwich - Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse
Whole wheat hero, tri-tip with bbq sauce, cheddar cheese, bacon, avocado, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion, mild pepper rings, pickle on the side. $7.99
Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse, Los Gatos CA

Super hero sandwich - Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse
Wow, this sandwich was SO good! . It was packed with so many delicious ingredients, and the beef was very flavorful and tender!

Canadian geese
Canadian geese at Vasona Park.

Roast turkey sandwich – Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse

Roast turkey sandwich - Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse
Whole wheat hero, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion, mild pepper rings, pickle on the side. $6.49
Los Gatos Meats & Smokehouse, Los Gatos CA

The sandwiches at Los Gatos Meats are delicious! They smoke and roast all their meats and make their own sauces too. Come hungry because the sandwiches are huge – heck yeah!

Los Gatos Meats pink pig bbq grill
Los Gatos Meats pink pig bbq grill, cute!!!

Vasona Reservoir
Vasona Reservoir.

Provencal tart – Comme Ca

Provencal tart - Comme Ca
Slow cooked peppers, Primetime Farms tomato, nicoise olive, goat cheese, white anchovies, basil. Happy hour $7
Comme Ca, Las Vegas NV

Mmm, I loved the food at Comme Ca! We went during happy hour so the menu items at the bar and lounge were half off – score! This tart was very tasty and the ingredients were great.

Bellagio Hotel
Bellagio Hotel at night.

The Sao Paolo burger – Frjtz

The Sao Paolo burger - Frjtz
6 oz burger served on a Dutch crunch bun with bacon, fried egg, cheddar cheese, mild peppers, caramelized red onions, chipotle remoulade, lettuce, tomato, and pickles. $13
Frjtz, San Francisco CA

This was a pretty large burger, not necessarily from the beef patty but from all the toppings! The meat was juicy and flavorful so I can’t complain. 🙂

Scenic graffiti mural
Scenic graffiti mural on construction boards.

Octopus carpaccio – Workshop Kitchen + Bar

Octopus carpaccio - Workshop Kitchen + Bar
Cooked sous vide, pickled cauliflower fleurettes, peppers, cilantro, lemon and olive oil. $14
Workshop Kitchen + Bar, Palm Springs CA

Mmm, this was beautiful and delicious! And I loved the pickled cauliflower. Is it me or does octopus carpaccio always seem to be on the pickled/sour side? Every time I’ve ordered octopus carpaccio at different restaurants, they’re usually sour-ish.

Mt. San Jacinto hike

Large boulders and pine trees, Mt. San Jacinto hike.

The Mission scramble – Crepevine

The Mission scramble - Crepevine
Chicken chorizo, eggs, scallions, peppers and jack cheese on a bed of black bean chili topped with salsa fresca, avocado and sour cream. Served with house potatoes and whole wheat toast. $9.95
Crepevine, San Francisco CA

This definitely filled me up. The scramble actually comes as a breakfast burrito, but I requested it not wrapped in a flour tortilla. I don’t need the extra carbs, hehe!

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.

Escolar crudo – Staple & Fancy

Escolar crudo - Staple & Fancy
With roasted peppers and micro greens. Family style supper $46 per person
Staple and Fancy, Seattle WA

Mmm, SO good! I remember hearing that there’s some kind of controversy with escolar, I think because they’re often mislabeled or something. Anyway, this was delicious whatever it was, lol!

Seattle Cloud Cover glass bridge
Seattle Cloud Cover glass bridge, Teresita Fernandez, Olympic Sulpture Park.