Grub Down

Introductions suck.

I don’t mean to sound blunt and rough, but there is something so nerve-racking about having a blank screen staring at you. Not only is it waiting for you to make your first move, but it also wants you to fill in the whole screen with senseless banter and colorful pictures. The latter part I can deal with; I can take the pictures of my food and I can write about my day, dining escapades or what have you, but how do I pop in every morning to say hello?

I’ve read somewhere that you should write your blog like you’re writing to your sister. It’s inviting. It gives you your writing voice and it’s how the reader can relate to you. When did I miss the lesson where I learn how to introduce myself to my family members? (By the way, I know I’m big time now because my sister now reads my blog! Hi Jie Jie! I love you!)

Anyways, I think I proved my point because that is my introduction for today. And I am going to leave it at just that.

Close curtain.

I have been eating out so much lately, which is good and bad at the same time. On one hand, it makes my blogging hobby easier because I can show off shiny pictures of delicious San Francisco food. On the other hand, I look back at my old posts and wonder what people think of my eating habits. It seems like a lot, but I still cook at home at least 3-4 times a week. I know it’s healthier, cheaper and a lot of fun to eat something you prepared yourself, but it is SO HARD to say no when someone texts/invites you to a night on the town.

With that, I’m going to show you pictures of one delicious eat in the Mission District. If you check out my Restaurants page, you might notice that most of the places are in the Mission. That’s because I live near by and there are so many options on Mission St., Valencia St., and now Guerrero St., that I don’t feel like making the trek to the north side of SF to eat.

If you’re not from or familiar with San Francisco, just ignore everything I said previously.

Fun fact: While checking my site stats, the majority of my readers are from the Bay Area and the second runner up is NYC. Feeling the love from both coasts. It’s like a warm love hug and I am just taking it all in.

Okay, on to pictures.

Grub is located on Valencia St. I was driving by, looking for somewhere new to try and stopped in when I noticed there wasn’t a wait. Being empty is an understatement, but it was maybe around 4:00pm on a Sunday and the dinner rush did not hit yet. I really digged (is that even a word?) their decor, especially the printed tables and funky art.

Their sign outside is just a picture of a fork and knife, kind of like my blog button up top. πŸ™‚ It made me feel a little close connection with them.


Who doesn’t love spicy popcorn instead of bread and butter for a pre-appetizer treat? It was a nice change of pace and I ate it faster than I am proud to say.


Horrible photo, but all bottles of wine were 50% off. I said no and thought I was pretty stern with my dinner companion, but they somehow convinced me that it was too good of a deal not to pass up. Okay, fine, I will drink half a bottle of wine when I have a million things to do when I get home.

Just kidding, I just had a glass. Maybe two.


Since we were going balls to wall for our appetizer and main course, I had to add a little bit of veggie to not feel like a total failure. This was a side of broccolini (love) with lemon, garlic and olive oil.


The next plate to arrive was their chorizo and bacon Mac and Cheese, provided from their famous Mac and Cheese bar. The fusilli pasta was coated in a creamy blend of white and sharp cheddar, topped with grand padana parmesan breadcrumbs. It was a mouthful in person and in writing.

See, I told you I have been eating A LOT of mac and cheese. I think it’s time for a break before I get MnC’d out. I just think the Burritt Room Round Table really got the ball rolling, because before that event, I have not ate this kind of cheesy dish in quite a long time.


And for a disappointing grand finale, a delicious burger with no picture. Whomp whomp. I know everyone is on the edge of their seats wondering what accessories I dressed it with. Did I cash out and add avocado? Sriracha aioli or white truffle? Sadly, this will forever remain a mystery…

Shortest post but I’m in the middle of what might be the longest week ever and will come back with cool things for you to read about soon. I promise. Well, I’ll try to promise.

50% off a bottle of wine, do you buy it or pass? What’s your introduction writing strategy? Try not to feel like you’re in an English composition class in college.

16 thoughts on “Grub Down

  1. I love everything about this post and i have so many comments- 1. omg intros- i sometimes skip them all together. or sometimes i need to explain what my crazy nonsense post is going to be about, and what spurred it on, so theres that too. 2. i eat out way too much. with so many awesome places outside your door, no, you cant just turn down plans, its whats fun about living in a city. 3. no, you cant turn down a 50% off bottle of wine! thats madness. 4. all your mac & cheese pics are making me crave mac & cheese. but not kraft or annies, like gourmet- i need to go on a hunt for it in boston. 5. yay for your sister reading your blog!! 6. have a great weekend!

  2. Ahh! My brother used to work there! The peanut butter chicken and waffles are insane.

    I don’t think anyone should be critical of of a foodie blogger’s eating habits. You are putting out there what everyone else does in secret.

    I hate intros, too. I just throw words down, finish my picture captions, then go back and tweak it up. Sometimes inspiration strikes, sometimes … suckville.

  3. Fifty percent off bottles of wine are definitely too good to pass up! At least in my opinion. My introductions usually start with…
    Good morning!
    Good afternoon!
    ……I think it’s time I step up my game.
    Ps this is my first time reading your blog and I really liked it and will continue to read πŸ™‚

  4. I don’t think I could pass up 50% off bottles of wine either. Is that a happy hour special or something? I’ve walked by this place too and always wondered, but there are just too many places in the Mission District to try! I’m there often too! We might bump into each other one night! BTW, the Burritt Room’s mac and cheese was the only one I’ve had in a long while. I will not let me fall down that rabbit hole! (As for introductions, I always say write what’s the first thing that comes in your head. Don’t feel pressure, some of my best introductions are when I feel inspired. But recognized there will be times when you have introductions that are just so-so. I always enjoy your storytelling though!)

  5. Cheers to the shout out, little sister of mine! I love you to the moon and back and now.. I’m hooked.
    First of all, holy mac n’ cheese binge! How are you not 600 lbs?? Clearly, you got your mom’s hot bod as opposed to our dad’s not-bod. Uncool (for me).

    Re: intros. I like starting with a few of my favorite things as a lovely little launch point.
    And so, in favor of faves
    See what nuggets of goodness + inspiration you can garner from some of the most delicious blogs I know. I’m obsessed with the writing style and general bad-assery of Gala Darling [] and Blonde Ink []. Everything these chicks have to say is solid gold, (in my humble opinion).

    Re: being a bang-for-your-buck wino
    Restaurants and bars have a standard 60-80% mark-up, so if your half-off 2010 Riesling was $10 – you can bet that you could find it at BevMo! for $8.99. That means, they’re taking a hit on their profit margin.. but worth it to them to promo wines that are about to turn or aren’t selling anyway.
    Don’t get me wrong, while I’m a total wine-snob (I own it), I go for value over all. Some cheap-ish bottles are must-haves!
    I use this grossly underused app called Wine Quest (free!!). It’s basically a Pandora for wine; and they’e coming out with a Beer Quest for Brewskies.
    Take a pic or type in a bottle that you love, rate it on a scale of Yuck! (0%) to Yum (100%) and it auto-generates matches for you based on what it knows about your palate. Freakin’ genius.
    So, in the case of your discount drinking dilemma, I would consult with my trusty personal pocket somm. I’m just sayin’

  6. You won me at spicy popcorn!!! There’s a rib place in Toronto that does the same and I may just go for the popcorn….for the record I LOVE your writing style. But seriously I think you’re funny and relatable and just someone I would want to be friends with. My childhood best friend lives in SF and she’s awesome. Hang out with her since I can’t! Her name’s Erica…go find her πŸ˜‰

  7. Haaaa this post is hilarious!

    No, you never turn down half-off wine – even if you have tons to do afterwards. πŸ˜‰

    I agree with you on intros… Half the time I totally talk how I would in real life and just say “hi,” “hello,” or, “hi friends” because I feel like there needs to be some sort of intro! One thing I have to say that I’m not a fan of is when bloggers go too much into it and start a post by saying, “Hi everyone! How are you? How’s your week going? I hope it’s going well.” It’s like okay enough! LOL

  8. Oh geebuz, if we’re meant to start a blog post like writing a letter to my sister… my blog might get blocked. :p

    That is so quirky for them to serve you popcorn over bread and butter- they should have chucked in a movie too. I’m not a huge drinker, but 50% off… I would easily be swayed! And PS 4pm dinner time?!

  9. I love the idea of popcorn instead of bread and butter or chips. I’m one of those people who always overeats anything they give me before the meal, and I usually end up ruining my meal! Popcorn seems just light enough to tide you over, but not take away from the actual meal! No worries about intros. I’ve been told multiple times that I have no talents in forming an intro! πŸ™‚

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