Pierna enchilada torta – La Torta Gorda

Pierna enchilada torta - La Torta Gorda
Pulled pork torta with refried beans, avocado, queso fresco, onions, mayo, jalapenos and chipotle. Junior size $5.75
La Torta Gorda, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this torta is SO good! You know that I love most things saucy and the pulled pork filling is definitely that. The pressed sandwich is stuffed with so many comforting ingredients and the they also provide a deliciously smokey salsa on the side. The tortas are quite large and I can never finish the junior size in one sitting. That’s perfectly fine with me because I get to save a little bit for later!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010, 2011, 2012

Mural above House of Brakes, 24th Street
Mural above House of Brakes, 24th Street. I remember first seeing this mural during a Mardi Gras parade way back when. I love that it depicts a lively celebration in The Mission.

Huevos motulenos – The Little Chihuahua

Huevos motulenos - The Little Chihuahua
Two eggs cooked over easy on top of crispy corn tostadas, refried black beans, Royal ham, smothered with their fresh ranchero sauce and queso fresco with a side of Mexican potatoes. $9.50
The Little Chihuahua, San Francisco

Huevos motulenos - The Little Chihuahua
Omg, there was so much food on this plate – definitely a great value that also tasted great! I was surprised by the thickness and size of the ham, honestly. Way too much food for me to finish. The potatoes were also tasty.

Mesa yellow blanket flower (Gaillardia x grandiflora, Asteraceae)
Mesa yellow blanket flower (Gaillardia x grandiflora, Asteraceae), Dolores Street. I’m not a big fan of yellow flowers, but I did like the silvery leaves of this ornamental.

Chilaquiles with scrambled eggs – Cheeky’s

Project 365: Day 11

Ok, so I’ve failed! I didn’t get this post out yesterday, but you know what? I’m still gonna move forward with my Project 365. We ended up partying a little too hard at Toucan’s last night so I completely forgot to post this, but I’ve noticed that some people post on a weekly basis. At least I’m only a day late.

We had a pretty full day yesterday. Had brunch at Cheeky’s, then went shopping at the Cabazon outlets (bought a couple cute t-shirts), had tacos at Crazy Coyote tacos, then happy hour drinks and food at The Tropicale, then more drinks and played trivia at Toucan’s. The last couple times I’ve been at Toucan’s, I’ve run into old friends. Previously it was old Seattle friends who now live in Los Angeles, and last night I ran into MT from San Francisco. Fun! He seemed very happy!

Palm Springs weekends always fly by way too quickly!  😦

Chilaquiles with scrambled eggs Cheeky's

Fried tortilla chips in a sauce made with homemade chorizo, tomatillo, sliced red onions, queso fresco and cilantro. $10. Scrambled eggs $2 extra.
Cheeky’s, Palm Springs CA

Cheeky’s is currently my favorite brunch spot in Palm Springs. Next time we’re down, we’re gonna try Jake’s next door. I must say that I’m not very impressed with the overall food scene in Palm Springs, but the food at Cheeky’s is consistently good. The service is friendly and there’s always great people watching. And I LOVE their bacon flight (post to come). The chilaquiles were pretty good. I liked the chorizo and the tomatillo was a nice surprise. I’m used to chilaquiles having a red sauce. Overall, the plate was bright and fresh. Just want I needed after the previous day’s debacle at Pinocchio. My only complaint is that some of the tortilla chips were very over-fried.

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Huarache de nopales – El Huarache Loco

Project 365: Day 3

Today has been a full day so far! I took my Baby-girl out for a walk at Fort Funston with Silverfox. She had a great time running around in the dunes and smelling everything in sight, even other dogs’ butts! We finally made it to the Alemany Farmers’ Market for the first time where we ate the huarache pictured below. That place was a mad house! But it’s so great to see such a diverse crowd gathering at these San Francisco Farmers’ Markets.

Huarache de nopales El Huarache Loco

Huarache is the signature dish of this particular booth at the Alemany Farmers’ Market. Huarache literally translates as sandal. They attribute this to the shape of the organic oval tortilla which is stuffed with homemade pinto beans before grilled. I order it topped with nopales, a cactus salad. It’s served with sour cream, queso fresco cheese, cilantro, onions, and salsa. $6.75
El Huarache Loco, San Francisco

Who knew that dogs aren’t allowed at this open air Farmers’ Market, unless their service dogs? The security girl who confronted me was nice enough to give me a pass by implying that one of her tags was a service dog tag. I played dumb and said I didn’t know because I was only watching her for a friend. Thanks nice lady!

El Huarache Loco is a crazy busy booth! I guess everyone knows that their huaraches are frickin’ delicious! The cactus salad huarache was awesome! I’ve never really had cactus as a main topping (only as a garnish I think), but I was surprised at how good it was. It kinda tasted like pickled jalapenos with a little slimier texture. The tortilla had a great hearty texture and it was topped with everything – nice and messy!

I’m feeling a little better today, but still not 100%. I couldn’t stay in again, though, so that’s why we decided to take Baby-girl to the beach. Also hit the gym afterward because I was starting to feel disgusting. I couldn’t do everything I wanted, but it was still a good workout considering my lingering sickness.

Ok, signing off!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010, 2011, 2012

Beets and orange salad – Nopalito

Beets and orange salad Nopalito

“Ensalada de betabeles y naranja”. Salad of beets, orange, pickled onion, queso fresco, chile de arbol, chile guajillo and lime. $6
Nopalito, San Francisco

I have never seen this particular combination of ingredients.  It’s SO good!  I think the queso fresco and chile powders totally make the dish.  The plate is bright and vibrant and the beets are oranges taste amazing.  Perhaps the lime wedge is over kill though, there’s already enough acid fromt he oranges and pickled onions.

Beef machaca – Taqueria Tlaquepaque

Beef machaca Taqueria Tlaquepaque
Scrambled eggs with shredded beef, refried beans with queso fresco, Mexican rice, and side salad.
Taqueria Tlaquepaque, Palm Springs CA

I really loved how rustic this dish was. You can’t get much simpler than scrambled eggs with shredded beef mixed in. They must have seasoned the beef with something prior to mixing it in with the eggs because it had such a great flavor! I will definitely come back and try more of their authentic dishes. I’ve had much fancier machacas (Nopalito’s in San Francisco for instance), but I like the simplicity of this preparation.

Margarita Taqueria Tlaquepaque
And brunch wouldn’t be complete without a Grande Margarita! Oh boy, this one was a doozy. It had a weird taste, and I was literally out for the next 3 hours.