Macaron ice cream sandwich – Melt

Macaron ice cream sandwich - Melt
Chocolate coconut ice cream and strawberry macarons.
Melt, Auckland NZ

Omg, this was SO good! I loved the chocolate coconut flavor of the ice cream and it had a great firm texture. The macaron was also very yummy. A great afternoon treat!

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Strawberry filled donut – Shipley Do-Nuts

Strawberry filled donut - Shipley Do-Nuts
Shipley Do-Nuts, Oxford MS

I liked this doughnut. It was simple, but the dough was really light and fluffy. I also liked that the strawberry filling wasn’t overly sweet especially since the doughnut was already sugar-glazed.

Strawberry filled donut - Shipley Do-Nuts

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.