Gyoza – Wasabi Bistro

Gyoza - Wasabi Bistro
Japanese pot stickers with pork and vegetables inside. $5.95
Wasabi Bistro, San Francisco CA

I came here for a random weekday lunch after hitting the gym and it was pretty empty. The food was pretty good though and decently priced. These gyoza were delicious, but I rarely meet a gyoza I don’t like. Hehe.

Edamame - Wasabi Bistro
Edamame. Complimentary

Place setting - Wasabi Bistro
Place setting. Omg, I just noticed that the chopsticks are from a different restaurant. Perhaps the same owner? Tacky…

Edamame with citrus salt – Ken Ken Ramen

Edamame with citrus salt - Ken Ken Ramen
Savory boiled soy beans in shell with homemade citrus salt. $3
Ken Ken Ramen, San Francisco CA

This was new to me – citrus salt with edamame. It was refreshing and tasted great. A little something different to jumpstart the meal.

House merlot red wine 2010 - Ken Ken Ramen
House red wine – Merlot 2010. Pretty decent house red and very drinkable. $5

Sneakers sidewalk stencil, Guerrero Street

Sneakers sidewalk stencil, Guerrero Street. This corner at Liberty Street has several different stencils. Pretty cool.

Spicy edamame – Barracuda Sushi

Spicy edamame - Barracuda Sushi
Soy beans sauteed with shoyu, sesame oil and togarashi. Happy hour $4
Barracuda Sushi, San Francisco CA

These weren’t very spicy, but they were definitely flavorful! The togarashi (dried chili pepper seasoning) added a yummy flavor and texture on the outside of the edamame.

Jungle themed mural artwork, 24th and York Street Mini Park
Jungle themed mural artwork, 24th and York Street Mini Park. I wouldn’t want to be the person who painted the the top of the mural on the right. That’s three stories up!

Edamame – Miyabi Japanese Cuisine

Edamame - Miyabi Japanese Cuisine
Boiled green soy beans with salt. Standard. David always orders these for the table. I’m of the belief that they just take up tummy room that could be better filled with other yummy items. $3.50
Miyabi Japanese Cuisine, San Francisco CA

California poppy (Eschscholzia californica, Papaveraceae)
California poppy (Eschscholzia californica, Papaveraceae). Our state flower in a sidewalk garden on Dolores Street.

Warm edamame – Wang’s in the Desert

Warm edamame Wang's in the Desert

Chinese soy beans, wokked in a garlic, soy sauce. $6
Wang’s in the Desert, Palm Springs CA

Wow, this was SO salty! It was kind of disgusting. I would try to quickly eat one then have to chug some water to combat the saltiness. Ew!

Pickled cucumber Wang's in the Desert

Pickled cucumber with white and black sesame seeds. Complimentary.
Thank goodness these were good. Wish the rest of their dishes we the same.  😦

Walu nigiri – Hecho

Project 365: Day 66

This is the day I went to French Laundry in Yountville. It was an 8:45 dinner reservation so I drove all the way up and had to drive back to the city afterward because I had to work the next morning. My friend has a Per Se connection so we received spectacular service and extra food, heck yeah! We were in and out of the restaurant in 5 hours! Previously, my longest dinner was 4 hours at Mistral Kitchen in Seattle. Dinner was amazing and I can’t wait to go back!

Walu nigiri Hecho

Hawaiian butterfish. $6
Hecho, San Francisco

This was definitely a buttery fish, SO good! I have to say that overall, Hecho is a bit overpriced though.

Edamame Hecho

Edamame, boiled soy beans. $5

Rainbow Roll – Kama Sushi

Rainbow Roll Kama Sushi

8 pieces snow crab, avocado roll topped with tuna, salmon, ebi, hamachi, tai and avocado.  $11.95
Kama Sushi, San Francisco

The rainbow roll is perfect for the indecisive person like me because you essentially get an assortment of sashimi on top of a California roll.  Yay!  The fish quality at Kama was great and the services was very friendly and attentive.  Went there for happy hour and will definitely return!

Edamame Kama Sushi

Complimentary edamame.

My worst dining experience in Palm Springs!

Happy Sushi Ro Ba Ta, Palm Springs

FAIL!!!  This has possibly been my worst dining experience to date, no joke! We arrived a little after 5 on a Saturday and there were 3 tables taken outside and a few people at the sushi bar. Regardless, after getting our drinks and the extremely sad Dynamite Bites, it still took 45 minutes to finally get our sushi! Way too long!

Some food highlights:

Dynamite bites

The Dynamite Bites ($5) are billed as crabmeat baked with dynamite sauce. Sounds delicious, right? Wrong! In actuality, this abomination is a pile of imitation crabmeat on a scrap of aluminum foil with an indistinguishable sauce on top. They do provide some lemon wedges with it, no doubt to kill any lingering bacteria on this laughable heap!

Spicy tuna roll

The spicy tuna roll ($6 happy hour) is huge! Awesome, right? Wrong! No one wants to eat more of a crappy roll. There was enough rice on this thing to feed a small Japanese prefecture! And the tuna wasn’t spicy at all, but it was mutilated to the consistency of Whiskas cat food.

And how about some avian bird flu with your sushi?!!! The outside tables are conveniently situated under an eave where a menagerie of feathery locals hang out to take their dumps. Once we heard the rain of bird poop showering the hibiscus plant beside our table, and saw well-aimed poo bombs land on our table and splatter onto our food and my arm, we called it quits!

And no, our food was NOT comped! I wanna barf just recalling that catastrophic experience.

Note: Although they overtly display a happy hour checklist menu at the front, they sneakily hand you a normal checklist when you’re seated. So be sure to request a happy hour list.

Or save yourself some time and bird flu vaccination costs and don’t go there at all!

Other forgettable dishes:

Samurai Rock

Samurai Rock sake cocktail. $5

Albacore nigiri

Albacore nigiri.  Surprise, it comes seared!  No doubt to kill anything on the outside of this not-so-fresh cut of fishy fish.  $3.95 happy hour

Mackerel nigiri

Mackerel nigiri.  I’ll admit that this wasn’t bad.  $3.75 happy hour

Eel and avocado roll

Eel and avocado roll.  Tasted ok until it was splattered with bird poo!  $8 happy hour

Edamame

Edamame. $3

Asahi beer

Asahi beer. $4.50