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Weekly Wanderings {week 33} {Bay Area edition}

Business trip! We spent the week in Palo Alto and San Francisco, meeting with clients.

We were starving when we got to Palo Alto, so we stopped at the hotel restaurant for a bite to eat. We figured the veggie panini ought to be a good, healthy option. It was tasty for sure, but oh so greasy!

Veggie panini and fries

Sandwich at the office.

Working lunch

Tacos! Our client took us to Nola for dinner the first night. They got an order of Churrasco Steak Tacos to share. Very delicious.

mini marinated steak tacos, smashed avocado, pickled red onions, house-made chimichurri


If there’s jambalaya on the menu, Son’s pretty much guaranteed to order it.

andouille sausage, tasso ham, chicken, shrimp, seared scallops, scallion rice, cajun spices, roasted tomatoes, crushed garlic, holy trinity, finished with a spicy sauce


I got Mr. T’s Famous Skirt Steak. It was definitely our favorite dish of the night.

teriyaki marinated skirt steak, hand-smashed garlic potatoes, grilled asparagus, crispy cornmeal onion strings


The second night we were on our own for dinner, so Son looked up nearby restaurants. We ended up walking to Pho Avenue.

Ca ri ga, bun bo hue from Pho Avenue



We started with an order of their spring roll sampler. Every single type was delicious.

Egg rolls

I ordered the ca ri ga with banh mi (chicken curry with bread). To say it was life-changing would not be an overstatement. The curry was fantastic, and the bread… well, I’d go back for the bread alone!

Ca ri ga

Son got the bun bo hue. I hear it was pretty tasty.

Bun bo hue

It was too legit to quit.

Bun bo hue blood cubes

Seriously, though, if it wouldn’t have been totally unprofessional we might have considered skipping the San Francisco part of the trip just to be able to eat at Pho Avenue again. It was that good.

We licked our plates clean!

Pretty designs at the hotel.


A coworker was kind enough to drive us up to San Francisco after the Palo Alto portion of our trip was done. We stopped at Curry Up Now in San Mateo on our way.

The mango lassi was some goooood stuff.

Mango lassi from Curry Up Now

And those “sexy fries” with lamb were totally Son’s jam.

We also got a Tikka Masala Burrito, although I didn’t get a good picture of it. Tasty!

Sexy fries with lamb from Curry Up Now

On our way out, we stopped by a dessert shop a couple of doors down called Bambu, which primarily sold Vietnamese-style che dessert drinks. Very delicious, and perfect for the looooong stop-and-go drive into San Francisco.

Me with a che dessert drink from Bambu

Our hotel in San Francisco was in the Financial District, which was right next to Chinatown. So of course we wandered in that direction for dinner, after we checked in.

And… we ended up at a Vietnamese restaurant. Who here’s suprised?

I went for the beef stew this time. It was quite chilly that night, so this was the perfect comfort food.

Hu tieu bo kho

Obviously, Son got bun bo hue. Again.

Son with his bun bo hue

The next morning, we had a day off from client meetings, so it was back to Chinatown for some takeout dim sum that we brought back to our hotel. (Hence the bare feet.)

It wasn’t bad, but we were a little disappointed that it wasn’t nearly as good as our go-to place in LA.

Dim sum

After pigging out on dim sum and getting some work done in our hotel room, we met my aunt for lunch.

She took us to a nearby vegetarian Chinese restaurant called Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant. None of us are vegetarian, but it was so good, we’d happily eat there on a regular basis!

Vegan Chinese food

We got:

Preserved Mustard Greens, Fried Rice Cake 雪菜炒年糕

Rice cakes with mustard greens

Coconut Sauce w/ Taro, Soy Chicken & Pumpkin椰汁香芋、南瓜 、芝麻雞

Kabocha and taro in coconut milk

Bean Curd Rolls w/ vegetable (stuffed w/Cabbage, Mushroom) 法海蒲團

Veggie tofu wraps

Tempura-fried kabocha squash

Tempura kabocha

Stir Fried Mixed Green Vegetables (Yau Choy, Shanghai Bok Choy & Broccoli) 清炒雜青菜

Bok choy and vegan chicken

Vegan squid

Vegan squid

… and a couple of other things I didn’t get photos of.

Everything was so good. We totally pigged out. Eight dishes, for three people. There were definitely leftovers, although maybe not as much as there should have been. 😉

After that it was back to the hotel to work a bit more, and then it was time to wander again to find some dinner.

We headed to the Ferry Building first, and because we’re adults and can do whatever we want, had dessert before dinner. 😀

Black sesame ice cream, and oolong tea ice cream, from Humphrey Slocombe. So good.

Black sesame and oolong tea ice creams

Looking for dinner. We found a very San Francisco sunset instead.

San Francisco

Although we got a little lost on the way (all those tall buildings really mess with GPS!), we finally found the place we were headed for dinner. Hello, Ramen Bar SF!

Of course, we had to try the Deviled Ramen Eggs – spicy miso, pork chashu, fried ramen, nori. We wouldn’t get it again, but we don’t regret trying it once.

Ramen deviled eggs

Son loves soft-shell crab, but this Tempura soft-shell crab with spicy kewpie mayo was sadly a bit soggy.

Tempura soft shell crab

Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen – shoyu tare, pork belly, benishoga, cabbage, soy-cured egg.

Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen

Hokkaido Ramen – spicy yasai miso tare, corn, garlic butter, pork belly, soy-cured egg. This was easily our favorite dish of the meal! Although we weren’t entirely wowed by the other dishes, we would go back again, just for this bowl of ramen.

Hokkaido Ramen

At our client meeting the next day, we got a taste (heh) of one of the many food delivery services available in San Francisco. Just saying, we wouldn’t mind if Bento Now delivered to us in LA too…

Bento box

And of course, can’t forget dessert. They also got cookies delivered, from another food delivery service.

Chocolate chip cookie

On our way out, before heading back to the airport, we stopped by SOMA Eats. Son got the Slow-Roasted Lamb Sandwich (house-roasted lamb shouldert with date almond relish and arugula on toasted ciabatta), and I got the BLT & Zataar Egg Sandwich (the classic with shredded iceberg lettuce, sliced tomato, bacon and avocado topped with a zaatar-spiced fried egg on thick-sliced white bread). Holy cow, those were some darn good sandwiches.


Au revoir, San Francisco, until next time!


Links I’ve loved lately:


I always adore watching Misty Copeland dance.

An important story.


Things I want to eat:

This is my kind of pizza.

I could happily eat these miso squash spring rolls every day.

These s’mores petit fours are so much fun.

Cannoli pound cake. *swoon*

Love the crust on these radish dumplings.

I adore everything about this ravioli dish.

Pimento cheese mac n’ cheese… yes, please!



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