Thursday, March 28, 2013

#FoodTour: San Francisco, CA - II


San Francisco, CA. Another bright and sunny day, another day to feast our eyes on some tasty San Francisco eats on this #FoodTour II. Round one took us through some of the local favorites and this new day quickly followed suit. Unsure of how exactly the day would turn out, we played it by ear and went where our tastes took us. What does that mean? Well, let's just say it adds to the choices from #FoodTour: San Francisco I in quite the complimentary way!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tartine Bakery


San Francisco, CA. Walking around the city, stumbling upon new neighborhoods and trusting in a guide that has made SF his home for nearly 20 years, initiated #FoodTour: San Francisco I. Tartine Bakery, noted for its sandwiches, pastries, and daily baked breads, was added to the list with no question. Acknowledged by friends, locals, and foodies as the PLACE to go, we did.
Thursday, March 21, 2013

We Like Ike's


San Francisco, CA. When I used to think of sandwiches, I thought of childhood. Bagged lunches containing Hawaiian sweet rolls stuffed with egg salad; briny tuna sandwiches made years before I even knew albacore existed; crispy spam and egg with mayo on soft white my mom would make if we asked nicely. These were the sandwiches I knew, and one of the first things I ever cooked for myself was an artery-clogging monstrosity containing two eggs, two slices of pan-fried spam, and two frozen hashbrown patties, set between two slices of wheat bread. Ike's Place in San Francisco–an unassuming hole-in-the-wall that is actually part of a much-loved NorCal chain preparing to open their first SoCal outpost–transported me back to a time when a sandwich held limitless possibilities, before carbs were vilified.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

#FoodTour: San Francisco, CA - I


San Francisco, CA. Though I've been wanting to go for quite some time to this highly acclaimed 'food city,' timing just never allowed for the excursion. Exploring a community through food is how I travel and lucky for me, the years have identified a number of local eateries to try. On this spontaneous visit to San Francisco, CA, I applied my method: food, food, and more food. Of course, my only hope was that my friends would share in the interest and help make this #FoodTour a memorable one. Either I have great friends, hungry friends, or both, because that's exactly what we did!
Thursday, March 14, 2013

Philz Coffee


San Francisco, CA. A late night, and reasonably last-minute roadtrip, landed a friend of mine and I in San Francisco, CA. The next morning we made a list of priorities, and before dining in one or two restaurants, we agreed on coffee. At Philz Coffee, we quickly acquainted ourselves with a unique blend of flavor, a smiling and helpful staff of baristas, and embraced our individually crafted coffee. The menu of choice blends seemed intimidating at first, but the baristas guided us on our journey to the perfect cup.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013



Los Angeles, CA. Though bars, gastropubs, and otherwise American eateries serve up this Latin-American dish, when do we reach a point where someone truly does it best? Or rather, is it even possible to mess up? Blue cheese crumbles slowly melting over blue corn chips, nacho rounds smothered in melted cheddar, a stack of freshly fried sprinkled with jack cheese, guacamole, olives, and ground beef...endless possibilities of savory sights that I've seen across my restaurant journeys.  Simple in its making and readily shared, its role has become clear, and I'm not mad at it. Serving up  several boastful renditions is Tinga, not a bar, but a mid-city Mexican eatery.
Thursday, March 07, 2013

Candied Walnuts


Is it snack time yet? I rarely have food in my cupboards purposed for grazing. I'm not a grazer; when I eat it's generally more than a handful. When the mood strikes, however, I'll throw together an Unda-Snack if I'm being healthy or I'll make something that is the complete opposite. These Candied Walnuts skew toward the complete opposite and like most snack foods, are difficult to resist when sitting innocently on a table. Snack foods aren't always meant to be 'healthy,' are they? Mix this versatile snack into a salad, sprinkle over ice cream, or just grab a handful and eat up!
Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Monte Alban Restaurant


Los Angeles, CA. For months a friend teased me with images of this gigantic Burrito a la Oaxaquena. Once with a picture at Monte Alban Restaurant but many times as a sauce laden "To Go" order. Proudly serving authentic Oaxacan cuisine, this restaurant introduces dishes with traditionally known foods like chorizo and chicharron, while integrating less commonly known names like the opuntia cactus, molcajete salsa, and their famed mole negro. So why go here for just a burrito? Though the restaurant has a number of dishes I'd try, I was already hungering for only one in particular.

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