I’m back, I’m back on U.S. soil! I actually got in last Tuesday, but really wanted to take a week off blogging because I was starting to feel like it was a unpaid job instead of writing as hobby. I’m happy to say that I’m feeling refreshed!
As much as I loved traveling, it feels good to sleep in your own bed, y’know? I’m finally getting back to the swing of things and and jet lag is a problem of last week. I still owe you a Japan recap, but will tell you all about it next Monday. I feel like blogging about food I actually made and San Francisco (I missed you, baby).
One of my favorite things about being back is eating all the different types of food I missed. Trust me, I could eat Chinese food for the rest of my life, but sometimes you just really want a good Italian pizza or a good ol’ fashioned all American bacon cheese burger (which we will get into later). Those are things that you can not find in Asia.
Shortly after I got back, we celebrated Eduardo’s birthday with tacos and bowling. They already had a few beers by the time we got there, if you can’t tell from the expression on his face. 🙂
The restaurant was close to pitch black, I’m surprised my camera picked up so much light. It felt a little weird to cheat on Toma, but it was nice to try a new restaurant.
We ate at Tortilla Heights and I had a fried avocado taco and habanero shrimp taco. I must admit that I never had fried avocado before and it was pretty interesting!
Let’s segway into this amazing view. Ah, it never gets old.
I was never the best bowler. In fact, when I was around 14, I ended up getting the ball into the next lane. I can’t even begin to explain how I let that happen. Talk about embarrassing…
I figured I would let enough years pass before I would try again.
Let’s just say that none of us are actually that good, which made me feel a lot better. Abby surprised me with how well she played! Every time she made a strike or a spare, her boyfriend would be by the jukebox missing the celebration, it was pretty funny. You had to be there.
However, I think the real news is MY TWO STRIKES in the last round?! I went from gutter ball to gutter ball and killed it at the end! The whole gang was just as surprised as I was.
Another thing I missed very much was fresh veggies. China had a lot of veggies (cooked) and Japan surprisingly had almost none. I really wanted a huge salad when I came back, so I schlepped to the Farmer’s Market and picked up a little bit of produce and a huge bundle of swiss chard that isn’t pictured.
The basil looks just like leaves with an addition of a nice smell to come home to. 🙂
I probably should of went to the Farmer’s Market before I went to Trader Joe’s, I could of saved a lot of money.
Now look how green this salad was. It tasted so fresh and delicious.
I actually promised myself I had to eat an avocado 24 hours after I got off the plane.
On Thursday, I went to visit one of my good friends that moved down to San Jose for school. I haven’t seen her in over a month, so it seemed mandatory that she was one of the first people I went to see. 🙂
We ate at The Counter, which is a burger chain that everyone has been telling me I have to try. Luckily, it didn’t take much convincing to get her to come eat burgers with me!
All these menu options gave me a little bit of anxiety. I felt like I was taking a test, ha.
First came out the fries,
then this beast of a burger! I couldn’t image eating a patty that weighed a pound.
I stayed in San Jose for a few hours and met her roommates before heading home. The next day, I really wanted to eat at home so I whipped up a pasta dish.
Prosciutto stuffed pasta, sautéed swiss chard & mushrooms with a butter garlic sauce. I had enough left over for the next day, which made me a really happy camper.
Finally, to round our week out, we went to SOMA street food to get a nice selection of our local food trucks.
Definitely got my burger fix in.
Well, I hope all this food made up for my lack of posting! I really miss you guys and will visit everyone’s blogs tomorrow. 🙂
Coming up this week is Chimichurri sauce and a little sit down talk about running (which is long over due)
Until next time!
What food reminds you of home? If you ate at The Counter, what would be your perfect burger?