Pumpkin gnocchi – Wine Kitchen

Pumpkin gnocchi - Wine Kitchen
Maitake mushroom, beets, arugula, goat cheese, pumpkin seeds. $13
Wine Kitchen, San Francisco CA

These were really good and earthy tasting with the pumpkin and maitake mushrooms. I think maitakes are some of my favorite mushrooms because they have a wonderful texture and flavor. The gnocchi was a bit on the soft side but they were still nice and airy. And I could have done without the toasted pumpkin seeds though.

Contours in the Air sculptures
Contours in the Air sculptures, Ruth Asawa, de Young Museum.

Pumpkin cream cheese loaf cake – Starbucks

Pumpkin cream cheese loaf cake - Starbucks
Pumpkin cream cheese in a classic, reduced-fat coffee cake recipe. $2.79
Starbucks, San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

I’m still disappointed with Starbucks pastries even though they’re now “made” by La Boulange. They still look sickly and inferior in the display case. Why do Starbucks stores in other countries serve such better quality bakery items?! I mean, Starbucks originated in the US. Why should be punished with these horrible products? 😦

Whale tail
Whale tail made of rope, Terminal 3.

Maple and brown sugar pumpkin ice cream – Smitten

Maple and brown sugar pumpkin ice cream - Smitten
4 oz small $4.75
Smitten, San Francisco CA

Sheesh, this ice cream isn’t cheap! Part of the reason is that they make the ice cream to-order in a cool machine using liquid nitrogen (kinda fun to watch). The resulting ice cream is very flavorful and has a great, smooth texture. Is it worth it? Maybe as a rare special treat.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2012

White camellia flower
White camellia flower (Theaceae), 16th Street.

Assorted bundtinis – Nothing Bundt Cakes

Assorted bundtinis - Nothing Bundt Cakes
Red velvet, white chocolate raspberry, carrot, pumpkin, chocolate, and lemon.
Nothing Bundt Cakes, Emeryville CA

These mini bundt cakes are SO yummy! They’re super moist and the cream cheese frosting is sinfully good. I’m a sucker for red velvet and these even had mini chocolate chips in them, noms! I’d never heard of this place before but a co-worker brought a couple dozen to work. OMG, these are ruining my diet but I can’t stop eating them, ugh! LOL

Nothing Bundt Cakes box logo
Nothing Bundt Cakes box logo.

Homemade glutinous rice cakes – Benu

Project 365: Day 107

Yay, I’m back in San Francisco! And apparently, the weather has been frickin’ amazing. It’s the early evening and it’s still very warm outside. Ah, how I’ve missed you, my home! Whenever I get back from a trip, I always crave certain food. The first thing I did when I got back was order delivery from Mission Chinese Food. I needed something spicy and with punch-you-in-the-face flavor, and MCF always does it for me.

Honestly, I shouldn’t be eating again since I had a large and delicious brunch buffet at Wicked Spoon in The Cosmopolitan this morning. I was hungry again at the airport so I had a Whopper Jr. from Burger King. Argh, I can’t believe I did that!

Homemade glutinous rice cakes Benu

With pine nut, pumpkin, black truffle, garnished with flat leaf parsley. Pre fixe dinner $180
Benu, San Francisco

Wow, this dish was amazing! It was like a pumpkin gnocchi. The texture was different, but the flavors were warm, delicious, Italian. I loved that this wasn’t what I expected when I read the description. “Glutinous rice” doesn’t conjure up Italy in my mind, but I was pleasantly surprised. Everything work perfectly together and the flavors were absolutely spot on! Noms!

Homemade glutinous rice cakes Benu