Sugar egg puffs – Shanghai Dumpling King

Sugar egg puffs - Shanghai Dumpling King
Wow, these egg puffs were awesome! They reminded me of a fried version of light, airy, eggy popovers. The interior was smooth and custardy, and SO delicious! I shook most of the sugar off because I’m not a huge sweet fan, but really these warm puffs didn’t even need the extra sugar to make them better. They’re perfect as is! 3 pieces $3.25
Shanghai Dumpling King, San Francisco

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

Vaillancourt Fountain
Vaillancourt Fountain, Justin Herman Plaza.

Caipirinha – Eureka Restaurant and Lounge

Caipirinha - Eureka Restaurant and Lounge
Cachaca 51, muddled lime and sugar over ice. $10
Eureka Restaurant & Lounge, San Francisco CA

I do love a good caipirinha! They are super refreshing and crisp tasting – a great drink to unwind with.

Bloody cranesbill
Bloody cranesbill (Geranium sanguineum, Geraniaceae), Marina.

Sazerac – The Alembic

Sazerac - The Alembic
“In New Orleans, they like to do things their own way. Judging by this famous variation on the old-fashioned, that way may be the right way. Rittenhouse 100 rye whiskey, the Crescent City’s own Peychaud’s bitters, a bit of sugar – and a glass rinsed with a green bitter liquid that shall remain nameless.” $11
The Alembic, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I’ve grown to appreciate a well-made sazerac. The Alembic knows how to make proper cocktails so I’m a happy man!

Banana people street art

Banana people street art, The Mission.

Assorted malasadas – Leonard’s Bakery

Assorted malasadas - Leonard's Bakery
Original (white sugar), cinnamon, and Li Hing sugar. 1 dozen $11.31
Leonard’s Bakery, Honolulu HI

Malasadas are Portuguese donuts without holes! Leonard’s Bakery is famous for them so I had to try some while I was in Honolulu. Boy, was it worth it! The malasadas were fresh out of the fryer and newly coated with sugar. They were still warm when I tried my first one and it was heaven! The dough was soft and flavorful, with a bit of chewiness and a dense center. Nom nom noms! I even sent some to Seattle for my brother cause he was craving them!

Original malasada - Leonard's Bakery
Original white sugar malasada. You definitely have to try one fresh and warm!

Li Hing malasada - Leonard's Bakery
Li Hing (Chinese plum) sugar malasada with coffee.

Malasada box - Leonard's Bakery
Malasada box.

Leonard's Bakery storefront
Leonard’s Bakery storefront.

Kouign amann – Four Barrel Coffee

Kouign amann - Four Barrel Coffee
Breton cake with layers of butter and sugar. $4
Four Barrel Coffee, San Francisco CA

This was a delicious, buttery treat! I don’t think I would normally order this because it looks kinda boring in a display case, but it’s absolutely exquisite. This flaky pastry is surprisingly complex from the multiple layers and condensed form. Loved it!

Kouign amann - Four Barrel Coffee
7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2012

Coffee - Four Barrel Coffee

Coffee with cream and sugar. $2

Pink passion flower (Passiflora caerulea X rubra, Passifloraceae)
Pink passion flower (Passiflora caerulea X rubra, Passifloraceae), San Jose Avenue. This hardy perennial vine caught my eye as I was randomly walking down the street. I particularly loved the 2-toned filamentous anthers!

El Topo roll – SUSHISAMBA

El Topo roll - SUSHISAMBA
Salmon, jalapeno, shiso leaf, fresh melted mozzarella, crispy onion. $14

El Topo roll - SUSHISAMBA
This was a fun sushi roll with lots of textures. I’ve never had a roll with melted fresh mozzarella before so that was different. It was warm and creamy and the fried onions gave it more flavor and crunch. I think the sauce was sriracha based and spicy. Very good!

Soy sauce - SUSHISAMBA
Soy sauce.

Hakata cocktail – SUSHISAMBA

Hakata cocktail - SUSHISAMBA

A Samba signature cocktail – Svedka clementine vodka, yuzu juice, simple syrup, grenadine, sugared rim, lemon slice. $12

I liked the flavor of this cocktail and I thought that the chipped ice was fun, but there is WAY too much sugar on that rim! It made the drink way too sweet and difficult to taste anything else. Sweet lady bartender though!