Chickpea fritters stuffed with fried onions, roasted sumac and pine nuts. Each $1.25
Old Jerusalem, San Francisco CA
Wow, who knew stuffing a falafel would taste SO good?! I loved the filling they use – it has so much flavor and it keeps the inside nice and moist. These fried balls are pretty big so one was enough for me to snack on with my shawerma.
7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013
Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Sunday bloody caesar cocktail – House-made clamato, fresh lime, Worcestershire and house-infused jalapeno vodka, flavorful yet lighter than the cousin Mary! $10
Foreign Cinema, San Francisco CA
Persian bloody mary – An exotic blend of lime, south Indian curry, sumac, and sherry vinegar and vodka. $10
I really enjoyed both of these bloody mary’s. The first one definitely had more of the traditional flavors and the Persian one took a few sips to get into, but I really enjoy its inventive flavor combination for a bloody mary. The sumac salt was also really pretty and the pickled fennel was a great addition.
7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010
Colorful San Francisco homes, Castro Street.
Allium, sumac and African blue basil. 4 course dinner $60
McCrady’s Restaurant, Charleston SC
There were so many components to this dish, but all I could think was, “Where’s the bone?” I guess it doesn’t say that the duck is actually served with it, but the “bone” is so prominent on the menu description that I just assumed it would be. Along with the cut of roasted duck breast is a seared tower of duck thighs! I actually preferred the thighs, lol, but the breast was perfectly cooked and very flavorful as well. I enjoyed that they included all parts of the allium prepared in different ways, the grilled bulbs were SO sweet and delicious! The white rice and onion sauce was on the boring side, but the duck reduction(?) was delicious. This dish is one the heavy side, so pace yourself! Hehe.
McCrady’s sign in front of the restaurant. The restaurant entrance is located in a small alley just south of the Market area, don’t miss it!
Stuffed beef dumplings topped with yogurt, red pepper flakes, sumac and dried mint. $16
Tuba Restaurant and Grill, San Francisco CA
These beef dumplings were so cute and small. They were dense and delicious and the yogurt sauce was flavorful! I would definitely order these again.
Orange African daisy (Arctotis sp., Asteraceae), Dolores Street. My street is full of beautiful blooms!
Blended chick peas (garbanzo beans) with olive oil, pine nuts, parsley, pickled beets, and sprinkled with sumac spice. Happy hour $2.95
Cafe Mystique, San Francisco CA
Wow, less than three bucks and SO delicious! What a value! The hummus was light and creamy, and the toppings added even more texture and flavor. Noms!
Chinatown, Grant Avenue. I don’t make it out to Chinatown very often because it’s out of the way and can be a total tourist trap, but there are so many cool stores and restaurants there. It’s great to live in a city that is so diverse!