Lentils, lamb and barramundi – Radio Africa & Kitchen

French green lentils - Radio Africa & Kitchen
French green lentils with spinach and goat cheese. Pre fixe menu
Radio Africa & Kitchen, San Francisco CA

After we saw this plated trio, we knew we were gonna be full! The items were all really different and very tasty. I thought that the column of French green lentils was creative and beautifully presented. The lamb prepared two ways was good, and the barramundi had a nice flavor. Everything was pretty heavy though so we had to pace ourselves. 🙂

Roasted leg of lamb - Radio Africa & Kitchen
Roasted leg of lamb with lamb shoulder alicha, snap peas and couscous.

Wild barramundi - Radio Africa & Kitchen
Wild barramundi with broccoli, wild rice, pomegranate and pistachios.

Brass Monkey pizza – Little Star Pizza

Brass Monkey pizza - Little Star Pizza
Sausage, spinach blended with ricotta and feta, mushroom, onion and garlic on a deep dish cornmeal crust.  Large $27.50
Little Star Pizza, San Francisco CA

Brass Monkey pizza - Little Star Pizza
Omg, this pizza is amazing! It’s not on the regular menu, but it’s just the Little Star pizza with sausage added and the servers know it by name. And the result is heaven! Paying almost thirty bucks for a pizza may seem like a lot, but this pie can last me for multiple meals. I find that each deep dish slice is super filling and it’s great to know that there’s some for later. I always reheat individual slices in the oven and they’re perfect as leftovers. 🙂

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013

Bon Tempe Lake
Bon Tempe Lake.

Spinach pizza – Mozzeria

Spinach pizza - Mozzeria
Almonds and red onions. Pre fixe menu
Mozzeria, San Francisco CA

I’m all for pizzas not having sauce, but this wasn’t very good. It was super dry and sad. The only thing providing any juicy element were the few strands of caramelized red onions because even the spinach had dried out from baking. The dough was also a little too thick to have it without sauce, and the warm toasted almonds dried out your mouth even more. I’d say this pizza was a FAIL.

Fort Funston graffiti
Random graffiti, Fort Funston.

Hot sausage has brown sandwich – Art’s Cafe

Hot sausage has brown sandwich - Art's Cafe
Spinach, onion, mushroom, melted cheddar cheese on hash browns, 2 eggs over-medium, and wheat toast. $7
Art’s Cafe, San Francisco CA

Ugh, I was not impressed by this hashbrown sandwich. Yes, I thought this small diner was super cute and neighborhood-y, and the family running it was sweet and efficient, but the food left much to be desired. My eggs were overcooked, and the hashbrowns were super thin and pretty greasy. Because it was so thin, it really didn’t hold up to the filling which there was little of anyway.

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013

Wheat toast - Art's Cafe
Wheat toast with grape jelly.

Orange pansies
Orange pansies (Viola tricolor subsp. hortensis, Violaceae), Noe Valley.

Cornmeal fried oysters – Town Hall

Cornmeal fried oysters - Town Hall
Herbsaint spinach puree, Zoe’s bacon, preserved lemon. $15
Town Hall, San Francisco CA

Please forgive the poor pic quality. I had my friend snap it with my iPhone and they’re a Galaxy user and not familiar with the iPhone camera, lol! Anyway, these oysters were delicious and super juicy inside. The flavors were great and I loved the presentation using the shells.

Ruth Asawa

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

Free range half chicken – Curbside Cafe

Free range half chicken - Curbside Cafe
With tarragon white wine cream sauce, served with “Gratin Dauphinois” and sauteed spinach. Chef Special (soup + entree) $18
Curbside Cafe, San Francisco CA

This was such a delicious dish at a great value! I was surprised at how moist, tender, and flavorful the chicken was. I was a little skeptical of this restaurant at first, but they really delivered on the food. The gratin dauphinois was super rich and creamy (as it should be) and the cream sauce was perfect for the chicken. This plate was definitely tasty and prepared wonderfully.

Coulter's Matilija poppy
Coulter’s Matilija poppy (Romneya coulteri, Papaveraceae), Land’s End.

Judy Joe scram – Judy’s Cafe

Judy Joe scram - Judy's Cafe
Two scrambled eggs, spinach, ground chuck, onion and mushroom, served with homefried potatoes and 9-grain wheat toast. $13
Judy’s Cafe, San Francisco CA

Another huge scramble from Judy’s Café. They jam-pack the ingredients into their scrams so it’s mostly filling than egg. I don’t mind one bit! 🙂

Manzanita flowers
Manzanita flowers (Arctostaphylos sp., Ericaceae), Land’s End.

Soft scrambled eggs – Plow

Soft scrambled eggs - Plow
Oyster mushrooms, spinach, cheddar, 14 cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, crispy potatoes and toast. $14
Plow, San Francisco CA

Ugh, this scramble was pretty greasy! The soft scramble was executed correctly and the flavors were good, but I couldn’t get past the excessive oil. Also, I had forgotten that there was goat cheese until the very end when I uncovered the huge blob of it at the bottom. I wish it had been incorporated more evenly throughout.

Thanks goodness for those crispy potatoes – they were AMAZING! I could not stop eating them because they were SO flavorful and had the most perfect texture. I think when we go back, I’ll order and extra side of these delicious potatoes!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013, 2014

America's Cup Pavilion
Heart concert at the America’s Cup Pavilion with Coit Tower in the background.

Wild mushroom omelet – The Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant

Wild mushroom omelet - The Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant
Bloomsdale spinach, goat cheese, fine herbs, breakfast potatoes, sourdough toast. $14
The Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant, San Francisco CA

Meh, this omelet was pretty boring even though it looked like it had pretty good ingredients. The filling was dry and bland and the eggs were under-seasoned. The toast was the best part. Boo!

Pinkish tree mallow flowers

Pinkish tree mallow flowers (Lavatera arborea, Malvaceae), Point Lobos Avenue.

Andy’s sage fried chicken benedict – Hash House A Go Go

Andy's sage fried chicken benedict - Hash House A Go Go
With fresh spinach, hardwood smoked bacon, market tomato, griddled mozzarella, chipotle cream and scrambled eggs served on a fresh split biscuit with griddled mashed potatoes. $15.95
Hash House A Go Go, Las Vegas NV

OMG, this fried chicken benedict was digustingly awe-inspiring, lol! We came to Hash House A Go Go to try this monstrousity because someone in our group had seen it on Man Vs. Food where Adam Richman ate the entire thing (ew!). Thank god I wasn’t the one who ordered it, but I did help eat it (hehe!).

The chipotle cream was a little on the bland side which is probably a good thing because you’d probably get sick from eating it all especially if it was spicy. The biscuits were dense and seemed underdone, and the mashed potatoes were also under-seasoned. The fried chicken tasted good but they were greasy. I guess what I’m saying was that this dish wasn’t very good, but it was worth the opportunity to see it in person and to give it a go. And really, it was only sixteen bucks! 🙂

The Flamingo Hotel

The Flamingo Hotel.

Spicy seafood dumplings – M.Y. China

Spicy seafood dumplings - M.Y. China
Scallops, shrimp, spinach wrapper. $9
M.Y. China, San Francisco CA

This dish was SO mediocre that I don’t even remember ordering it. That’s not surprising because the food runners tried to drop off several dishes that we didn’t order. So perhaps we really didn’t order this in the first place. At least they were consistent with their lameness. Get a clue!

 Large wild iris/fairy iris (Dietes grandiflora, Iridaceae)

White, lavendar and yellow large wild iris/fairy iris (Dietes grandiflora, Iridaceae) flowers, Castro Street.

Ginger hoisin smoked duck breast – Sansei Seafood Restaurant

Ginger hoisin smoked duck breast - Sansei Seafood Restaurant
Sauteed spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, and crispy tempura fried maki roll in a sweet soy demi-glace. $26.95
Sansei Seafood Restaurant, Waikoloa HI

Ginger hoisin smoked duck breast - Sansei Seafood Restaurant
This tasted ok. Perhaps it was a little on the salty side. And the duck had a spongy texutre and I didn’t enjoy. The plate looked great, but I wish it had blown me away.

Sunset at Anaeho'omalu Bay
Sunset at Anaeho’omalu Bay, Waikoloa.