Thursday, May 13, 2010

Food log: Thursday, May 13

I skipped breakfast today. I had to see someone about some bagels! See, this friend I have on Flickr is a Montreal bagel aficionado so I brought him a couple dozens and met him in the Mission district for some Mexican food at El Farolito. He even treated me! Isn't life swell?
A man and his loot!
The taqueria we went to was on Mission near 24th street. Everything was fresh and delicious. 
On Mission and 24th, San Francisco
Inside the taqueria
The Mexican food we have in Montreal is pure comedy compared to this. Here's what I had:
Tortillas chips
tortillas chips
Horchata 
Horchata - my new favorite drink
This is my new favorite drink. It's a perfect balance to the greasy, spicy goodness of the Mexican food. It's made with rice, water, and cinnamon bark, filtered, then flavored with sugar and vanilla. From the dots I could see floating in the liquid, I think that it was made with real vanilla bean, too.

Burrito
Huge burrito. Wow.
Huge burrito. Seriously.
Filled with pork, black beans, olives, avocado, cheese, sour cream, it was bigger than a kitten. I moaned at every bite. I could not finish it but it's sitting pretty in my hotel fridge right now and I can see a bright future for it as a breakfast item.
Soft tacos
soft tacos - so fresh and tasty
Meat, onions, fresh herbs... What more could you ask of life?
Cheesy beef quesadilla (I think?)
cheesy goodness
This, my friend, is what heaven is made of.

Later that day, I had the rest of the quesadillas with a Pocari Sweat I bought in Japantown (2 for $2.60)
Pocari sweat from japantown ($2.60 for 2) and mexican food leftover
For dinner, after realizing that my Alcatraz tour ticket was valid tomorrow and not today (oops), I headed to this retro looking crab restaurant near Peer 39: Franciscan Crab Restaurant.
retro look of the Franciscan restaurant
Inside, you get a fantastic view of Alcatraz, pretty good food and d├ęcor that makes you feel like you are a star of yore on a holiday.
I had a table with a view
Beer
A local brew I forgot the name of
Bread
Bread
Oysters
oysters
Crab and mashed potatoes I could not finish
Crabe eating accoutrement
Whole crab!
The top of the crab
The server removed the head of the crab so fast I could not take a picture of it. Grr... I also had mashed potatoes, but it seems I forgot to take a picture. 

Dinner at Franciscan was $80 including tip. Crab is expensive, yo! 

Later that day, I bought some Diet Cokes and chocolate - $5.30
Diet Coke 6 pack, chocolate - $5.30

Money spent on food today: $87.80

Food log: Wednesday, May 12

I had the same breakfast as yesterday. (no pic)

I took a wonderful tour of Chinatown. We ate flat fortune cookies at the bakery where they were invented.
Flat fortune cookies at the factory where they were invented
She made them, I ate them
For lunch, we had dim sum. It was included in the price of the tour. It's great to eat in Chinatown with a guide to explain everything and teach us some ordering tricks and chinese etiquette. For example, if you lift the lid of the tea pot, it means "please add some more". (Click on each photo to identify each dish)
Our dim sum meal meanu
deep fried pork dumpling
Bok Choy and chicken chow mein
Bird's nest deep fried shrimp dumpling
steamed shrimp dumpling
pan-fried shrimp cakes
Dim sum happiness
Pot stickers and a Mai Tai: $10.50 There a 30% discount during happy hour.
BBQ pork bun
Shrimp and pork dumpling
Bean paste sesame ball


I came back to Chinatown later that day for an afternoon break at Empress of China. The restaurant is like a time capsule, kitsch but classy at the same time. It's a great deal, everything is 30% off during happy hour.
Happy hour menu at Empress of China
I had some peking pot stickers and a Mai Tai - $14.50 with tip
Mai Tai at Empress of China
Peking pot stickers at Empress of China
Peking pot sticker at Empress of China
Peking pot sticker at Empress of China
Caught a baseball game at the AT & T stadium and ate some overpriced yet delicious hot dogs and nachos, as well as a coupe of beers. The Giants lost. But junk food tastes so much better in a sports arena.
"Giant" hot dogs and a beer - $19
2 "giant" hot dogs, beer at AT & T Stadium - $19
Nachos and a beer - $15
Nachos, beer at AT & T Stadium - $15


Money spent on food today: $48.50