Combo over rice plate – Halal Cart

Combo over rice plate - Halal Cart
Lamb gyro and chicken with basmati rice, pita, and salad. $10
Halal Cart, San Francisco CA

I still love this combo plate for lunch. It’s definitely on the heavy side especially with all the white sauce and if you eat all of it at once. The hot sauce has been inconsistent the few times I’ve gone though. It was really hot to start with, but now it’s been kinda on the mild side. I like it when it’s on the hotter side.


Falafel sandwich – L’As du Fallafel

Falafel sandwich - L'As du Fallafel
Pita stuffed with chickpea fritters, hummus, lightly pickled red cabbage, salted cucumbers, fried eggplant, tahini, harissa. 5,50€
L’As du Fallafel, Paris FR

This place is a MUST visit when in Paris! It’s supposedly the best falafel in the city and some would argue the best in most of Europe. Those are some strong words that I’ve read on other sites, lol! I will say that this falafel was absolutely delicious. I didn’t try another falafel in Paris for comparison, but that didn’t take away from the enjoyment I felt from eating this one or how tasty it was.

L’As du Fallafel sits on the Rue des Rosiers which was relatively near our hotel. It’s a really cool section of the Marais that boasts an unexpected Jewish neighborhood complete with synagogues, kosher butchers and bakeries. It’s quite surprising to first walk into the area and feel completely transported to another city. It’s somehow starkly delineated from the surrounding neighborhood by the people, stores, and general vibe – quite exciting actually.

There’s always a line for this place because everyone seems to know about it, but it goes fairly quickly. A guy works the line and gets your order and payment before giving you a “claim check” for your order to turn in at the window. I feel bad, but we were standing in line talking when this random guy came up and started asking us something that we couldn’t understand. I mistook him for some street person trying to sell us something so I think I responded in a rudish kinda way. I immediately realized my error and apologized for not being about to speak French, lol! I’m such a dork!

We both ordered our falafels “hot” so they came with extra harissa. These “sandwiches” were HUGE! We didn’t want to sit in what limited indoor seating they offered so we just found a curb nearby and sat with everyone else. I think it took me 15 minutes or so to eats this monster! And it messy and fun! I would take little nibbles and immediately reach for napkins to wipe off my saucy mouth. The tahini-based sauce and harissa are a killer combination. Besides the perfectly cooked falafel, the eggplants were one of my favorite components. NOMS!

I think I’ll always remember that simple meal, sitting on the dirty curb alongside other tourists, watching people pass by while trying to fend off a throng of expert pigeons, and reveling in our communal enjoyment of a special piece of Paris.

View of Notre Dame Cathedral
View of Notre Dame Cathedral from Pont de la Tournelle bridge.

Open flame chicken meal – Goood Frikin’ Chicken

Open flame chicken meal - Goood Frikin' Chicken
Marinated over night in an herbal marinade, cooked slowly on open flame til tender and done. Served with macaroni and cheese, side salad, olive oil pita, and garlic dip. Half chicken $11.75
Goood Frikin’ Chicken, San Francisco CA

I love the marinade that they use for their chicken! It’s SO delicious and I end up devouring the entire chicken, skin and all. Actually, the skin is my favorite part, hehe. Although their mac and cheese isn’t oozy-gooey I still love it. It’s full of cheesy flavor and works well with the Mediterranean spices used on the rest of the food. And of course I could eat stacks of their pita and garlic dip. Noms!

Tzatziki and spicy hummos – La Mediterranee

Tzatziki and spicy hummos - La Mediterranee
With smoked paprika, sweet and spicy peppers, pita bread. $7.50
La Mediterranee, San Francisco CA

I used to hate the texture of tzatziki and hummus growing up so I would never eat them! Boy, was I missing out! I love the stuff now and these at La Mediterranee were pretty tasty. The hummus wasn’t very spicy but it was still delicious.

Red wine - La Mediterranee
Cotes du Rhone, Andre Brunel, France, 2010. $9
Tempranillo, Lan-Crianza, Rioja, 2008, $7.50

King palm (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana, Arecaeae)

King palm (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana, Arecaeae), 16th Street.

Ali Baba’s Plate with beef – Ali Baba

Ali Baba's Plate with beef - Ali Baba
Beef shawerma with pickled onions and parsley over hummus, served with pita bread. $9.95
Ali Baba, South San Francisco CA

This was a great value, but the beef was really dry. Thank goodness there was plenty of hummus to help moisten the beef. I will say that the meat was flavorful though.

Ali Baba storefront

Ali Baba storefront. The restaurant is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, lol!

South San Francisco Bart station artwork
South San Francisco Bart station artwork along the platform.

Falafel platter – Cafe Flore

Falafel platter - Cafe Flore
3 falafel balls, hummus, cucumber raiti, cous cous, mixed green salad with feta and sherry vinaigrette, and warm whole wheat pita bread. $9.95
Cafe Flore, San Francisco

I love platters because you get to try many things – perhaps it’s the non-committal part of me. This was ok, flavorful, but the falafel was a little dry and I wasn’t a fan of the whole wheat pita. They were too dense for my taste. The hummus, raita, and cous cous were my favorite parts.

Downtown San Francisco from Corona Heights Hill/Park
View of downtown San Francisco from Corona Heights Hill/Park.

Jake sandwich – St. Germain Bistro & Cafe

Jake sandwich St. Germain Bistro & Cafe
Chicken, tahini sauce, walnuts, tomato, spinach, carrot, and hummus on a pita. Served with a watermelon, cucumber and radish salad. $10.32
St. Germain Bistro & Cafe, Old San Juan, PUERTO RICO

This was the weirdest sandwich I’ve ever had. The combination of ingredients wasn’t necessarily bad, but the it made for a dense mass with an odd texture. I would have preferred less of the sandwich and more of the delicious watermelon salad!

Discoverer statue Plaza de Colon

“Discoverer” statue of Christopher Columbus at the Plaza de Colon. This plaza marks what I think is the entrance to the main section of Old San Juan. Most of the traffic into this area passes by this plaza on the way to the nearby hotels and restaurants. The square isn’t very large, but the pillar and statue in the middle of the square stands prominently over the neighboring buildings.