Popover – The Rotunda

Popover - The Rotunda
Served with strawberry butter. Complimentary
The Rotunda, San Francisco CA

Popover - The Rotunda
Mmm, these were SO good! I loved the airy, eggy interior especially with the subtle strawberry butter spread all over. I thought that the exterior was a little overdone and almost burnt tasting, but maybe it was just the one I got. I would have requested a second but I didn’t want to seem like a pig, lol!

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

The beautiful glass ceiling at The Rotunda
The beautiful glass ceiling at The Rotunda over the holidays.

Granola and yoghurt – Cassava

Granola and yoghurt - Cassava
House made steel cut oats granola, house made yoghurt, summer fruits. $7
Cassava, San Francisco CA

This was pretty tasty, but honestly, there wasn’t enough food! We were SO hungry after having our tiny brunch here that we had to go to get dumplings down the street! I’m not a huge eater, so that says a lot about how small the portions are here. I can definitely eat, but I eat in small portions. Cassava’s portion were even too small for me!

Coffee - Cassava
Coffee with cream and brown sugar.

Sidewalk parklet
Sidewalk parklet, Valencia corridor.

Omelet with cheese – Pink Tulip Hotel

Omelet with cheese - Pink Tulip Hotel
Served with bread. 35,000 VND
Pink Tulip Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City VIETNAM

So this is what Vietnam considers an omelet. OK, I can live with it. The omelet tasted pretty good, but I’m not quite sure what kind of cheese this was. It looked and tasted like Kraft American cheese singles.

Crusty bread - Pink Tulip Hotel
Amazing crusty bread. Ugh, the bread here was SO good. The exterior was flaky and crunchy, and the interior was light and airy. I didn’t want to eat SO many carbs during the trip, but I HAD to eat an entire loaf every morning. 🙂

Butter and jam - Pink Tulip Hotel
Butter and strawberry jam.

Pink Tulip Hotel
Street view from our hotel.

Butter poached lobster – Luce

Butter poached lobster - Luce
Sweet yellow corn, green strawberries, radish. Tasting menu $95
Luce, San Francisco CA

Another interesting flavor and texture combination from Luce, and I think a successful one. I don’t think I’ve ever come across green, unripe strawberries as an intentional ingredient before. They actually have a great texture and flavor profile (I grew up on a berry farm so I’m quite familiar). I also loved that there was a corn puree, roasted corn kernels, and shaved baby corn on the plate. And let’s not forget the beautifully poached lobster! Noms!

Black-eyed Susan vine
Black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata, Acanthaceae), Kentfield.

Cheese arepa – Roxy’s Cafe

Cheese arepa - Roxy's Cafe
Sweet white corn bread, Howard McGinnis Ranch fresh berries, homemade ice cream. 10-course chef’s tasting menu $75
Roxy’s Cafe, San Francisco CA

This dessert was very tasty and I liked that it wasn’t super sweet. The warm cheese arepa was delicious and slightly savory which was a great contrast to the sweet berries and ice cream. I also loved the colors on the plate.

Robert Emmet statue
Robert Emmet statue, California Academy of Sciences.

Custard French toast – Nopa

Custard French toast - Nopa
Strawberries and honey-lemon butter, maple syrup. Half order $7
Nopa, San Francisco CA

Oh my effing god! This was probably the best French toast I’ve ever had. Sometimes I don’t really agree with the food items on the 7×7 Big Eat list, but this was frickin’ amazing! And I’m not even a French toast/pancake kinda guy! I wish I had taken a photo in cross-section because it was the interior texture that truly made this dish. The inside of the French toast was so silky and custard-y, and oh so delicious. I would brave the ridiculous brunch line again for this dish! NOMS!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2012, 2014

Alamo Square Park
View of downtown SF during sunset from Alamo Square Park.

Prosecco and strawberry – Bar Jules

Prosecco and strawberry - Bar Jules

Breakfast cocktail with fresh strawberry puree. $12
Bar Jules, San Francisco CA

This was just ok tasting. I thought it would be a little sweeter because I assumed the strawberries used in the puree were gonna be super ripe, but this cocktail was pretty sour. And at twelve bucks a pop, you can’t help but feel a little disappointed.

Duck enmermelada tacos – Padrecito

Duck enmermelada tacos - Padrecito
Black beans, mixed chicories, arbol-strawberry marmalade and dry jack. $12
Padrecito, San Francisco CA

Omg, these tacos were SO delicious! All the ingredients were perfect and it was really pretty to look at. The marmalade and whiskey worked perfectly with the rich duck. I want more – NOMS!

Thimbleberry flower
Thimbleberry flower (Rubus parviflorus, Rosaceae), Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.