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Monday, May 31, 2010

Eating through San Francisco - part 3 - Getting touristy

We got a little touristy in San Francisco.  Enjoy our photos of eats, sights, and things on water.

My first In and Out Burger.  I love burgers.  This burger was pretty good.

Kara's Cupcakes in Ghirardelli Square

I'm not sure how @mousethedog would feel about this. Mouse Couture at Helpers Home Holiday Bazaar  was just a little weird. Even for me.

We tried the salted caramel hot cocoa at the Ghirardelli Cafe.  We had to try something.

I'm not sure that this is about.  There were also bagpipes. Not pictured. 

Clam Chowder at Pier 39, because we're tourists. It wasn't mind blowing, just touristy. 

A visit to Rogue Ale's Public House.

Sea lions at Pier 39.

Having some beers with @BisonBrew, @Sharayray, and @Knife4hire at Monk's Kettle.

Watermelon Hefe at 21st Amendment.

We found Cafe Zitouna Moroccan-Tunisian Cuisine during our walk up to the Golden Gate.  My favorite item there was the harissa sauce, a spicy North African Hot sauce.  I was addicted to it.  I haven't made some at home yet, but I will.  This item is the Breek, Tunisian Crepe.  It is a tissue thin Malsouka filled with potatoes, parsley, onions, eggs, tuna, and capers.  Yum!

These are Kufta Tajine, meatballs with bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, eggs, and spices.  These were pretty delicious too. 

Harissa- Basboussa - semolina cake with almonds, flavored with orange blossom water and topped with pistachios. 

Alcatraz. From afar.

Coit Tower.  To get up there might take many, many, many steps, but well worth the hike.  It's $5 for the elevator ride up to the top. 

Views from the top.

Inner workings of the Coit Tower elevator.

We found this little guy on a path down from Coit Tower. Kiss Me. I'm a prince.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Eating through San Francisco - part 2 - Chinatown and the Ferry Building

Post two of my eating adventure: running around Chinatown and checking out the Ferry Building.  Also, if you want to eat cheaply in San Francisco, Chinatown is the place to go.  Just walk along the busy street and pick up 30-70 cent dim sum, pastries, and savory buns at the endless rows of shops.  I can't report to you which shops had the tastiest treats because many of the shops had names that were either in not in English or not labeled at all.  They were all pretty tasty in general. 

Grace Cathedral

I'm on a hill.

This cost me $2. Yes, I'm so serious.

Want. Love. Gimme.  These sweets were filled with azduki bean paste.

I'm making myself hungry.  That is sad.

Want some? Dim Sum?

Chinese Charcuterie at Polk and Washington.

Cowgirl Creamery at the Ferry Building

Scharffen Berger at the Ferry Building

Sea Urchin, the Ferry Building

Divinity at the Ferry Building

Pigeon eating a muffin.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Eating through San Francisco - part 1

Welcome to MisoHungry's eating tour of San Francisco.  While I didn't get to explore every nook and cranny of the culinary diverse city, I did hit up some finds that aren't available in Austin.  A few tips before we begin:

bulletClear Coverage in San Francisco is a joke.  Don't even bother.  If you follow me on Twitter, you'll see that I complained about it many times, and Clear simply didn't respond. 
bulletAT&T coverage is terrible. Make sure your phone is charged. Make sure you have hard copies of maps.  Chances are that your iphone will leave you stranded if you rely on it for maps and communication.
bulletJust because a road looks flat on the physical map, it might be a gigantic steep hill.  Walking times should be estimated about 100 times longer than normal.
Lunch right off the subway started at Miss Saigon. I enjoyed the seafood clay pot that was utterly delightful.  The claypot held heat for a very long time, leaving some of the rice crunch, as advertised in the menu.  The rice was flavored with a slightly sweet fried shallot sauce that was to die for.

Clay pot number 63.

Spicy Shrimp.

I couldn't resist snapping a photo of this one. 
I started the next day with a visit to the Heart of San Francisco Farmer's Market.  One huge difference I saw in the San Francisco Farmer's Markets as compared to the Austin ones is sheer number of produce vendors.  Most Austin Farmer's Markets I've visited have a much smaller ratio of produce vendors. 

Cheese vendor.




Flavored honey straws.

A pork mole tamale.

Photo of a cafe window.

The case at Tartine.

Tartine tart.

A chicken taco from La Palma.

The "small" ice cream sundae from St. Francis Soda.

@windaddict and a Deschutes Porter