Brined and braised short rib – Finn Town

Brined and braised short rib - Finn Town
Creme fraiche, potato puree, broccolini. $25
Finn Town, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this tasted great, but I thought that the short rib was on the small side. I liked the rich, deep flavors though. The potato puree was especially yummy with the pan suace and creme fraiche.

Super falafel – Sunrise Deli

Super falafel - Sunrise Deli
Falafel with hummus, eggplant, potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, pickled cabbage. Served in lavash wrap. $8
Sunrise Deli, San Francisco CA

This falafel wrap was definitely not very “super” in my book. The falafel themselves were ok, but the whole wrap was super dry and boring. There was way more wrap than filling, and even the filling seemed somehow dry even with the hummus. They needed some tzatziki or have the eggplant mixture more juicy. I was not a fan.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Construction the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Bbq pork belly – 1760

Bbq pork belly - 1760
Cole slaw, purple potato salad, pickled red onion, carrot, pea shoot. $21
1760, San Francisco CA

This tasted good, but I think it was overpriced for the portion. I also think that the sour/tart flavors dominated the dish and I hoped for more luscious bbq flavors to rise through. The purple potato salad wasn’t my favorite thing either. I’ve had purple potato salad before but they had better flavor and texture than this one by 1760. Overall, I kinda think that this restaurant is overrated. There were more missteps than successes during this meal.

Prosecco di Valdobbiadene - 1760
Sorelle, Bronca, Prosecco di Valdobbiadene ‘Particella 68’ NV. Bottle $45

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.

Ham and scrambled eggs – Philippine Airlines

Ham and scrambled eggs - Philippine Airlines
Hash browns, mushrooms and tomato, pineapple, cranberry raisin bar, roll, orange juice. Complimentary
Manila (MNL) to San Francisco (SFO), Philippine Airlines

Ugh, not the best way to end a vacation – with subpar breakfast food from PAL. The ham was a bit salty and the hash browns were super mushy. I never expect much from airplane eggs so I really didn’t dock PAL points for them. Oh well…

Manila Bay
Ominous skies over Manila Bay.

Poutine – The Gerald

Poutine - The Gerald
Hand-cut fries topped with house-made gravy, fresh cheese curds, diced red onion and parsley. Happy hour $4
The Gerald, Seattle WA

Mmm, I love poutine! And The Gerald’s version is pretty darn tasty. The gravy is delicious and the fries are freshly fried, crispy on the outside and hot and fluffy on the inside. The pieces of cheese curds dotting the dish are nice lil’ treats!

Bobby Burns cocktail - The Gerald
Bobby Burns: scotch, vermouth, Benedictine. Happy hour $7

Manhattan cocktail - The Gerald
Manhattan. $9