Wafu salad – Izakaya Takonoki

Wafu salad - Izakaya Takonoki
Baby spinach, radish, tofu, tomato with sesame shoyu dressing. $8.50
Izakaya Takonoki, Honolulu HI

This was ok, nothing special. I actually would have preferred it if the salad came tossed and with smaller pieces of fresh tofu.

House chardonnay - Izakaya Takonoki

House chardonnay. $5.50

Sunset at Waikiki Beach
Sunset at Waikiki Beach, Oahu.

Middle Eastern plate – La Mediterranee

Middle Eastern plate - La Mediterranee
Chicken Cilicia, Grecian spinach and feta, Levant sandwich, and Lule kebab (lamb meatball) over rice pilaf. Served with cup of curry cauliflower soup, hummus, fruit and cheese. $13.50
La Mediterranee, San Francisco CA

Damn, this plate was certainly a value! And all the components were really yummy, expect maybe the levant sandwich because it was a little dry for me. This was enough food to feed two people though especially after having had an appetizer.

San Francisco Federal Building
San Francisco Federal Building at dawn, 7th Street.

Castro Special slice – Nizario’s Pizza

Castro Special slice - Nizario's Pizza
Chicken, pesto, spinach and feta cheese. $4
Nizario’s Pizza, San Francisco CA

Ah, the good ‘ole 2 AM slice of pizza! I always seem to add more parmesan cheese and dried pepper flakes on top. The better to soak up those pesky Cape Cods, lol!

Mosaic mural artwork, McKinley Elementary School
Mosaic mural artwork, McKinley Elementary School.

Smoked duck – 17 North Roadside Kitchen

Smoked duck - 17 North Roadside Kitchen
Cherry wood smoked duck breast, white stone grits, spinach, peach gastrique. Three course dinner $30
17 North Roadside Kitchen, Mount Pleasant SC

Mmm, this dish was SO delicious! The duck was cooked perfectly and had a yummy smoked flavor. And how can you resist peaches when you’re in South Carolina? I don’t think it’s possible. This plate had some of my favorites things so it was definitely a success!

Fort Moultrie
Fort Moultrie. I thought that the signal tower (on the right) was pretty cool!

David makes a pan-fried pork chop dinner!

Aw, I love it when David cooks dinner! I try and offer to do the dishes, but he’s such a putzer that he ends up doing them before I can get the chance. Hehe! This meal was lovely and a nice change of pace from eating out. As much as I love dining at restaurants, it’s the home cooked meals that I remember the most!

Pan fried pork chop and dirty rice
Tender pork chop served with dirty rice and beans.

Mixed greens, beets and feta salad
Mixed greens salad with sliced beets and feta cheese. Simple and delicious.

Assorted marinated olives
Assorted marinated olives. He knows that I love olives so he was sweet enough to purchase some to snack on.

Ornamental lemon tree (Citrus sp., Rutaceae)

Ornamental lemon tree (Citrus sp., Rutaceae), Roosevelt Way. You can see Twin Peaks in the background covered in a shroud of fog.

Hot link scrambler – Toast Eatery

Hot link scrambler - Toast Eatery
Scrambled eggs with hot link sausage, peppers, spinach, onions, and pepper jack cheese. Served with hashbrowns and wheat toast. $9.50
Toast Eatery, San Francisco CA

I enjoy that there are 2 Toast Eateries in Noe Valley. With all the yuppies and their kids runnning around and very few brunch spots, my neighborhood definitely needs both locations. The fare is standard, but the prices are great and the atmosphere is lively.

House coffee - Toast Eatery
House coffee. $2.50

San Francisco dawn from Roosevelt Way
San Francisco dawn from Roosevelt Way. Looking towards the bay on a beautifully crisp morning.

Eggs benedict – Jones

Project 365: Day 117

We ended up having Chinese food last night, then staying in and watching White Girls on TV, lol! I’d never seen the movie and it was ridiculous, in a good way.

Today was another full day of sightseeing and shopping: Green Park, changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, Burlington Arcade, Piccadilly Circus, The Monument, London Bridge, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Covent Garden, and Oxford Circus. I bought some great tops at Topman and a cute decorative tile for David at Covent Garden Antiques Market. I still can’t believe how much we’ve fit into 2 days! D has been an amazing host and tour guide.

Tonight we’re going to eat in, then head out for drinks at The Black Cap in Camden with one of D’s roommates Dan. This will be our last night of an amazing London visit!

Eggs benedict Jones
Black forest ham, sauteed spinach, hollandaise, smashed/fried fingerling potatoes, and side salad. $12
Jones, San Francisco CA

A brunch standard, but very good. I liked the smashed and fried potatoes – so good with ketchup, hehe.

"Ring of Fire" annular solar eclipse 2012

“Ring of Fire” annular solar eclipse. On Sunday May 20, 2012 we experienced a rare solar eclipse. Of course, I was out drinking with friends but I was reminded by people outside the bar with black viewing films, ready for the occurrence. My iPhone camera wasn’t equipped to handle a glaring photo, but it did have a cool optical/lens effect. In the photo, the eclipse is actually projected back onto the sky (upside-down and backwards?).

Jake sandwich – St. Germain Bistro & Cafe

Jake sandwich St. Germain Bistro & Cafe
Chicken, tahini sauce, walnuts, tomato, spinach, carrot, and hummus on a pita. Served with a watermelon, cucumber and radish salad. $10.32
St. Germain Bistro & Cafe, Old San Juan, PUERTO RICO

This was the weirdest sandwich I’ve ever had. The combination of ingredients wasn’t necessarily bad, but the it made for a dense mass with an odd texture. I would have preferred less of the sandwich and more of the delicious watermelon salad!

Discoverer statue Plaza de Colon

“Discoverer” statue of Christopher Columbus at the Plaza de Colon. This plaza marks what I think is the entrance to the main section of Old San Juan. Most of the traffic into this area passes by this plaza on the way to the nearby hotels and restaurants. The square isn’t very large, but the pillar and statue in the middle of the square stands prominently over the neighboring buildings.

Niman Ranch country pork chop – Fish & Farm

Niman Ranch country pork chop Fish & Farm

Pork chop cooked medium with fingerling potatoes, roasted bacon, sauteed spinach, salsa verde. $26
Fish & Farm, San Francisco

Omg, another great entree! This slab of a pork chop (it’s two frickin’ portions) was huge and delicous! I loved the salsa verde on top, it tasted amazing and the meat itself was cooked perfectly. It was SO tender and easy to cut. There are only a few entree items that Fish & Farm has kept on their menu since they’ve opened and this is one of them, and for good reason! I’ll admit that I wasn’t a huge fan of the stuff underneath though. It seemed a little clunky and superfluous compared to the amazing pork chop. I think the pork would do better on top of some sort of vegetable root puree. That way the pork gets to shine without the unnecessary distractions.

Five Dot Ranch bavette steak – Frances

Five Dot Ranch bavette steak Frances

Fingerling potato, roasted shallot, spinach, sunchoke puree, chopped chives. $26
Frances, San Francisco

This beef dish was an absolute winner! The steak was SO tender, warm and delicious. The hearty vegetables, smooth sunchoke puree and beautiful sauce all came together perfectly to create a wonderful plate. Yes please!

Mushroom and spinach focaccia – Arizmendi Bakery

Mushroom and spinach focaccia Arizmendi Bakery

Buttery focaccia bread topped with tomato sauce, marinated mushrooms and spinach. $3
Arizmendi Bakery, San Francisco

I usually love the items at Arizmendi, but this wasn’t very good. It tasted more like pizza than focaccia. I think the tomato sauce and mushrooms were a bit too much. The sauce gave the bread a damp texture and the marinated mushrooms tasted off. Even the spinach had a weird texture. Oh well…