Wednesday, June 17, 2009

What I Did Ate On My Summer Vacation

Yeah, so our San Francisco trip was almost a month ago, but work and general summer shenanigans (i.e. lounging about the apartment in my underwear) have kept me from updating this here web log. Rest assured, my delay in posting about our trip was not for a lack of tasty foodstuffs.

The Metro Hotel, our home away from home.

BBQ seitan cheesesteak from Jay's

Pizza with Cheezly from Amici's. Yeah, so I don't get the big deal about Cheezly. I mean, it was good, but to me it didn't taste any different than Follow Your Heart. Which is fine because I really like FYH, but I'm just sayin'.

Lemon chicken (vegan, of course) from Golden Era

Vermicelli with fried rolls and tofu from Golden Era - totally worth the terrifying walk through the Tenderloin to get there.

I haven't heard particularly good things about Herbivore but since it was mere blocks away from our hotel, we ate breakfast there a couple of times. There were some hits as well as some misses.
The hits:
French toast - as French toast goes, this was sort of perfect, I've gotta say.

Pesto scramble

The misses:
Pancakes - these were nice and thick but virtually flavorless

Southwestern scramble - this wasn't bad, but mostly because anything is good if you cover it in guacamole.

We also patronized the tiny and adorable Weird Fish on two different occasions: once for brunch and once to meet a friend for lunch.
Capp St. Potatoes - smothered in vegan cheese and sour cream, salsa, and green onions

The pancakes were on the thin side but had a delicious, old-school diner taste.

Buffalo tofu. These were okay, but here in Denver we're spoiled by the amazing seitan buffalo wings from Watercourse/City O' City, to which these paled in comparison.

Seitan fish and chips with vegan ranch. Holy fried, Batman! This was delicious but was a bit more fried food than I can handle in one meal, even when shared with my husband.

Raw strawberry cheesecake from Cafe Gratitude

Vegetarian platter from Axum. Best Ethiopian food I've ever had.

Ethiopian beer!

My dude still managing to look smokin' with a face full of messy Ethiopian food.

Vegan truffles and espresso from a little truffle shop on Divisidero near our hotel

We also had some amazing Japanese food at Cha-Ya and delicious ice cream from Maggie Mudd (okay...several delicious ice creams as well as a milkshake) that I failed to snap pictures of. We walked all over the city, went to the beach and saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time (we're east coast kids), toured Alcatraz, and had a total blast. I must say, though, that I was happy to return home to my dog and my beloved city. And my kitchen!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

If you are going to San Francisco...

...Be sure to bake some peanut butter blondies for your friends who will be dog sitting for you. These rich, fudgy morsels of peanut butter goodness come from the upcoming Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar, with a sprinkle of bittersweet chocolate chips subbed for peanuts on top (because what the hell, right?) The hubs and I are leaving tomorrow to eat our way through the City by the Bay for the next couple of days, so stay tuned for what promises to be some killer food porn. Oh yeah, and I guess we might do some other stuff too.

Before I leave you, check out the shameless begging I had to endure while photographing the blondies:

I miss that little beast already.