Bbq combo plate – 4505 Meats

Bbq combo plate - 4505 Meats
Brisket, smoked chicken, pork spare ribs, with B&B pickles, coleslaw, potato salad, white bread. $15
4505 Meats, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this combo plate was delicious! It’s a bit pricy for a food stand at lunch, but the meats are certainly quality. I was really surprised at how tender and smoky the chicken was. It almost looked undercooked, but it was so juicy and perfect. The brisket and spare ribs were also super tasty. Noms!

Transamerica Pyramid
Transamerica Pyramid, Financial District.

Yangtze spareribs – Jasmine Tea House

Yangtze spareribs - Jasmine Tea House
Marinated tender spareribs BBQ with chef’s special light honey sauce. $11.95
Jasmine Tea House, San Francisco CA

Meh, I wasn’t a fan of these spareribs. The chef’s special sauce wasn’t very tasty and you couldn’t taste much honey. You would think that a honey sauce would have some sweetness and thickness to it, but this was somewhat bland and runny. The meat was also on the tough and dry side. I wouldn’t order this again.

Holiday topiaries

Holiday topiaries, Embarcadero Center.

Mixed appetizer platter – Tuk Tuk Noodle Bar

Mixed appetizer platter - Tuk Tuk Noodle Bar
Thai fish cake, calamari, chicken satay, salt and pepper spare ribs, spring rolls and prawn crackers. Set Menu A £11.80 per person
Tuk Tuk Noodle Bar, London ENGLAND

Oh lord, this plate was large! And unfortunately, everything on it was overcooked, dry, rubbery and disgusting. The only thing that was actually ok even when it was over-fried was the prawn chips. They still had a great crunch and good flavor. We kind of just picked through everything else, took a small bite and that was enough. That was probably for the better because this was just WAY too much fried items for two people especially since there was plenty more food yet to arrive. It made me sad to look at the large pile of uneaten food on this plate though. I guess that’s why the set menu was so affordable – they sacrificed quality for quantity.

Diet Coke - Tuk Tuk Noodle Bar

Diet Coke.

Statue of Winston Churchill

Statue of Winston Churchill, bronze, Ivor Roberts-Jones, Parliament Square.

Pile o’ pork – Hahn’s Hibachi

Pile o' pork - Hahn's Hibachi
Combination of sliced pork, smoke pork kabobs, pork chop and pork spare ribs. Served with rice, bean sprouts and kimchee. $15.95
Hahn’s Hibachi, San Francisco CA

From the elaborate description on their menu, I actually thought there was gonna be more meat, lol! This was ok. I guess I was looking for volume and not necessarily quality when I order this.

Quaking grass/rattlesnake grass
Quaking grass/rattlesnake grass (Briza sp., Poaceae), Bernal Heights Park.

Work bbq at Marina Park

Marinated chicken on the grill

Marinated chicken on the grill (with Maggie girl in the background)!

Our work group decided to have another weekend bbq to celebrate a birthday/last day of work. We decided to switch it up and have it in the East Bay this time around. It was a little cold and windy, but we had a great time eating, drinking, playing volleyball, and just hanging out.
Marina Park, San Leandro CA

Lighting the charchoal grill
It took a bit of effort and lot of lighter fluid to get this baby going!

Kalbi spareribs and more meat
Kalbi spareribs, fried chicken wings, more meat and corn on the cob wrapped in foil.

Cheese and fruit plate
Cheese and fruit plate.

Lemon cheesecake
I made a lemon cheesecake!

St. Louis pork spare ribs – The Dancing Pig

St. Louis pork spare ribs - The Dancing Pig
Pork spare ribs smoked in-house, dry rub served with a light barbecue sauce, and two sides. Half slab $14.95
The Dancing Pig, San Francisco CA

You definitely get A LOT of food! So if you’re looking for a great value, perhaps The Dancing Pig is for you. I’m a lover of bbq pork ribs and I’ll enjoy most preparations, but I wasn’t a fan of these. They had a weird grainy texture that did scream bbq to me! I was disappointed!

Collard greens and mac 'n' cheese - The Dancing Pig
Sides of collard greens and mac ‘n’ cheese. Noms, I loved the mac and cheese! They’re of that creamy, loose variety that always reminds me of those I had growing up. And as you can see the sides are huge!

Decorative urn and succulent, 17th Street

Decorative urn and succulent, 17th Street. I don’t like the fake greenery around the urn, but I love the wall mounted succulent – super cool!

Pork ribs in Mandarin sauce – Jun Ming Xuan

Pork ribs in Mandarin sauce - Jun Ming Xuan
Fried pork spareribs in a tangy sweet sauce. £5.80
Jun Ming Xuan Chinese Restaurant, London ENGLAND

Mmm, these were really good! I loved the flavor of the Mandarin sauce and its sticky consistency. I’m a sucker for ribs, noms!

Buckingham Palace during Changing of the Guard
Buckingham Palace during Changing of the Guard. Wow, this place is an absolute madhouse during this ceremony and unless your next to the inner fence you really can’t see much! I would say it’s kinda cool, but I wouldn’t waste my time waiting on future visits.

Brunch plate 1 – Wicked Spoon Buffet

Wicked fried chicken, grilled Korean beef spare rib, spicy orange garlic chicken. Brunch buffet $22
Wicked Spoon Buffet, Las Vegas NV

Twenty two bucks, heck yeah! And it includes a mimosa or bloody mary. Wicked Spoon is definitely one of the nicer buffets on The Strip. They have a good selection and I like how some of the dish come pre-portioned. The fried chicken was good, and the spare ribs was flavorful but tough. The orange garlic chicken wasn’t spicy and the breading was a little mushy but it still tasted good.

2 item combo – Fung Lum Express

2 item combo - Fung Lum Express
With sweet and sour spare ribs, orange chicken, and vegetable fried rice.
Fung Lum Express, San Francisco (SFO)

The Chinese food here is sad and pathetic. If you want your week’s worth of sodium, then grab a plate at Fung Lum. The food quality is super low and most items are overcooked and dry. Lame!

Seaside tree mallow (Malvaceae, Lavatera maritima), Dolores Street
Seaside tree mallow (Malvaceae, Lavatera maritima), Dolores Street. There are several large bushes near Dolores Park.