Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I Left My Tummy In San Francisco

As crazy as it sounds, My friends and I spontaneously decided to drive from LA all the way to San Francisco to eat and went back, all in 24 hours. Sleep deprived, food comma, and non-stop driving might not be good a combination, but to maximize the 6 hours drive (x2), let's make it worth it.

5 a.m. 
After 6 hours drive, we finally made it to SF

8 a.m. - Zazie
941 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 564-5332
French Toast Tahiti:  Pinkie’s challah stuffed with caramelized bananas and walnuts. Extremely scrumptious... thickly breaded, sweet, and bursting flavors. I want it now!

After 6 hours drive, we desperately need some good hearty breakfast.  Zazie is no stranger when it comes to pancakes and french toast, and so do I. This place is so cozy and cute, especially their little garden patio in the back. Breakfast was pretty solid and I'm hooked with the tahiti french toast, what's better than maple drizzled banana and thick breaded toast?

  La Mer: with fresh hand picked dungeness crab, green onions, and haas avocados. one of the best crab benedict I've tasted. the egg is so juicy, the yolk drizzled all over crunchy english muffin and non-chewy crab chunks.

 Gingerbread Pancakes:  with bosc pears and lemon curd. Not my cup of tea, too flavorless. I'll stick to blueberry pancakes next time. 

9.30 a.m - Japantown 

Murata Cafe Hana
1737 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115 
mochi green tea ice cream sundae. green tea ice scream, red bean chunks, and mochi is a sick combo. I scream, you scream, we all scream for green tea mochi ice cream!!!!

 Sophie's Crepe
1581 Webster St
San Francisco, CA 94115
 nutella & strawberry crepe. thin and crispy crepe, freakin' good. next time I'll make it a la mode! 

1747 Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA 94115 
 kinako mochi. red bean and soy powders. pure indulgence! thank goodness we don't have this in LA, unless I'll be 10 pounds heavier from munching mochi everyday.

2 p.m
1230 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 986-8612

Mi casa su casa. If this is my house, then I'll never do any take out or delivery, I'll have lunch and dinner at home, repeat that everyday. Surprisingly, this hole-in-the-wall has big flavor to offer. It's asian food not being too asian and far from traditional. Everything is mouthwatering and bang for the buck!

 deep-fried salmon roll with chinese hot mustard. crispy outside and slightly cooked. superb!

 warm wasabi house noodles with grilled salmon. noodles offer unique hint of spicy. uber yummy.

 unagi avocado sandwich. with so many good items on the menu, I think this one is not a crowd favorite.

 grilled sea bass with garlic ginger soy and udon. winner of them all, it will melt right in your mouth. the sea bass is so buttery, perfectly cooked to tenderness. the udon is comparably delicious. 

 600 Guerrero St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 487-2600 
 bread pudding. the legendary bowl might be moist and soft but I'm not a fan.

 banana cream pie. super duper rich and smooth blend of whipped cream and banana custard. it's crusty, rich, and filling. out of this world lusciousness. 

 WOW! This is the bomb. Tartine desserts are so lip-smacking and bold with flavors. No wonder this place packed and the chairs never empty. If only San Francisco is not up, up, and away, Tartine will be my favorite hot spots.

 chocolate mousse pudding. amazingly silky rich but not overly sweet. I love it. SO much. 

6.30 p.m - Thai Cafe
3407 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
  fish cakes

 crispy calamari.

With too much food already inside my tank, I feel like dinner at Thai Cafe wasn't enjoyable as usual. My taste buds were numb and all the food taste was just okay. I remembered the last time we ate that duck fried rice was so appetizing and finished so quickly, this time it tasted bland and leftovers remained on the plate. The calamari used to be crunchy and has tangy flavors, somehow become too salty and not so crispy. Either we ate too much earlier or the food was inconsistent, this was the least memorable cuisines of my SF trip. 

 duck fried rice.

8 p.m - Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream
 2790 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94110

secret breakfast & blue bottle vietnamese coffee. 

Before we hit the road for another 6 hours drive back to LA, we went for some desserts recommended by some locals. As if we still have some room in our tummy, for last one for the road sake, two scoops wouldn't hurt. We had the secret breakfast, rum and cereal, which has crunchiness and sweet never taste so good. Second scoop is blue bottle vietnamese coffee which I think the best coffee ice cream I've ever tasted, strong coffee flavors formed in creamy texture. Strange thing though, along enjoying these, my tongue went numb and it felt so weird...oh well maybe it was just me.

So in conclusion, this is how you gulp 3000 calories and gain 5 pounds in a day... woohoo!!

1 comment:

  1. inspiring monica. read the reviews on yelp. I'm in sf , please email any finds in SF
    warm regards,