I was digging around in my old personal blog archives and stumbled across this, from the pre-Feisty Foodie days. I was destined to be a food blogger obviously hahaha, but I thought I’d share this anyway… it’s from a trip to San Francisco back in early February 2005. I’ve since posted about many of these places on FF, so I added the links, but it’s cute to see how things have changed, yes? (I also have visited SF to return to many of these places again and again…) I also found a road trip food-rundown from the same month that I’ll be posting soon as well 🙂
(oh yes, btw, I lost another 2 lbs, despite all of this)
(click on any picture to see the larger, but not full size, version)
Day  in Sausalito
Clam Chowder in a Sourdough Breadbowl; hole-in-the-wall recommended by a “local”
Their ice cream is amazing- this is the 3rd time in 3 trips to the SF area I’ve had it- banana caramel chocolate (with no nuts/pecans, thank you Mr. Lappert!) with fresh bananas, sooooo good.
Dinner in San Jose
In & Out – The first one is a picture of the line at the drive through. We opted to eat-in, the bottom burger is a double-double, and the top is a cheeseburger. “Nothing frozen, ever”- the fries were fresh cut and the hamburger meat has never been frozen.
Breakfast in San Jose
The concierge said this place- The Country Way– was the best breakfast anywhere. Breakfast is generally, well, breakfast, yeah it can be really good, but I’m a meat(usually sausage)-and-eggs kinda gal. Well, the waitress recommended their sausage patty, so I said ok, thinking why the hell do they need 3 eggs for a sausage patty- imagining a McDonald’s sized patty- and when it came, holy moly! NO, that’s not steak, it’s a home/handmade sausage patty! And boy was it good, and the home fries, deeeelish and crispy!!! The eggs were just eggs. If they were freshly plucked from chickens in the back, I couldn’t tell.
(My next meal was actually at this fast food joint called “Yan Can“- apparently Mr. Martin Yan of Yan Can Cook fame has his own chain of restaurants in California! It was overpriced, interesting Chinese cuisine, but I couldn’t bring myself to take pictures of the food. It wasn’t terribly interesting to look at, though, so you didn’t miss much.
After that, BF and I headed San Francisco to eat at Colibri by Union Square with my cousin and his girlfriend- authentic Mexican tapas. It was interesting, to say the least, with the dude making the guacamole on the spot- scooping the avocadoes and mixing it right there at our table, literally- and lots of plates across the table. My cousin’s girlfriend is actually half-Mexican, so I’m going to assume the food was pretty authentic since I didn’t hear her complaining. BF had his usual molten cake, with a Mexican twist- it had cinammon mixed in, but he said it wasn’t overpowering and was pretty good. Unfortunately I had a monster headache and wasn’t much fun and- yes, it was a REALLY bad headache- I could barely taste my food.
The next morning, breakfast was a few delicious pastries from a place near my cousin’s apartment in Noe Valley.)
Lunch at the Crabhouse at Pier 39
Dungeness crabcakes (and the wrapper from the bread), my whole dungeness crab that BF was supposed to help me eat, but I wound up eating all by myself, the dungeness crab with all of its body meat (none of the meat from the legs) (right before I devoured it).
We walked leisurely over to Ghirardelli Square (yes, I took a picture of the sign, but I won’t post it) and had a World Famous Hot Fudge Sundae (their fudge is to DIE FOR). (We ate it before I could snap a picture, it was so good, but the picture here is the same, except ours had no nuts.)
Afterwhich we headed over to Ana Mandara. The atmosphere is such that I couldn’t bring myself to take pictures of the food, but it was delicious and well-presented- yes, like it was designed to have its picture taken. We indulged in Crispy Vietnamese Spring Rolls (yes, fancy cha gio), delicious, and I had the special of the day (butterfish with blah blah over bacon-braised Napa cabbage, really yummy), BF had the Wokked Tournedoes of Beef Tenderloin (the name was so funny I had to remember it), and dessert was for me, Vietnamese coffee pot de creme [which was wayyyy too big; pot de creme is designed to be just a little taste! so I only ate 3 bites, and felt guilty for leaving food], and for BF, of course, his standard melting chocolate cake.
So that was my trip to the Bay Area, in a food-nutshell. Non-food pictures to come tomorrow or later (depending on how busy/slow work is).
You’ll notice that some of those posts are from the same time period as this trip. I went back and wrote posts about them (since I had the pictures already), and back-dated the posts, so don’t be confused. I’m most amused by my reluctance to say “I hated In & Out” though in my post, written a year or two later, I was very blunt about it – you notice above, however, I just talk about it but I don’t mention liking or not liking it? Hehe. Also, nearly every place I posed about above, I’ve returned on later visits to SF. 🙂 Interesting to me…
Happy eating and have a lovely weekend!!! I’ll be at NYComicCon 😉