Let’s Go Warriors!

Any basketball fans reading? It’s been such an exciting post-season so far with the Warriors actually in the playoffs (this is a huge deal to the Bay Area!), the 3 OT on Saturday and the Lakers getting swept on Sunday!

After I got off work on Friday, I came home to take a shower and drove to the Marina to watch the Warriors game with Chi. We ate and had a beer at Pizza Orgasmica and in case you were wondering- Raspberry Hefeweizen sounds like a good idea on paper but it tastes like children’s medicine (I should have gone with something more reliable)

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We shared two slices- Margheritarita and feta, sun dried tomato, and basil pizza. Day two of my healthy eating gone down the drain. I can’t complain though because these thin crust pizzas were so crispy and delicious.

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Chi went back to Toma to make sure everything was running smoothly while I went home to get ready to sleep. I wake up early for work on Saturday and nothing is worse than a chaotic morning at the office when all you want to do is crawl back into bed.

The weather in San Francisco has been on another level! It’s expected to be in the 70s all week, which means the whole city will be in an all-around good mood. I can’t stress enough how San Francisco becomes the best city in the world on a hot day.

I made Caprese + avocado flatbread sandwiches and packed them up while Chi finished watching the Bulls vs. Nets game and we left to go to Dolores Park to hangout by ourselves.

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I haven’t been to Dolores Park since we had visiting Alaskans, so it was nice to sit down and people watch. If you have been to Dolores, this GIF might be highly funny to you.

(PS: Whilst In SF tumblr is one of my favorite sites ever.)

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Look at my model guy pondering the finer things in life.

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Something that is really popular at Dolores Park (and maybe around the world? I’m not sure) is people trying to balance on lines between trees. This guy almost made it to the other end and had a crowd cheering for him behind us.

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After, we met up with our friend to have snacks and rehydrate. The Sycamore is a neighborhood bar that has awesome food as well. We’ve had brunch here a few times in their back patio that retains the sun’s heat really well.

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Look at this awesome painting on the side of the building. The Mission/Valencia is one of my favorite districts of all time; there’s some of the best food, nightlife, art everywhere, shopping and it’s just such a laid back and chill neighborhood. I’d like to move closer in toward the inner Mission but rent is exploding everyday. It’s crazy to think how far Valencia St has become in the past ten years, it use to be a lot more ‘hood’ and now it’s the perfect breeding grounds for hipsters. I love it.

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We left when it started coming home and ate at Pollo Campero, which is Latin America’s premier place for chicken. They opened their first location in San Francisco and the lines were crazy long for the first few weeks. This is my third time having it and it’s the best ‘fast food’ grilled chicken I have had.

To the Breaking Bad fans, doesn’t it remind you of Los Pollo Hermanos?

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After pigging out, we relaxed for a few hours before meeting up with a few of my friends on Polk St. Good news is we made it home before 12:00a, leaving plenty of time to sleep before the next day begins.

My breakfast tasted a lot better then it looks, I admit that I made the mistake of mixing before photographing! Fage yogurt, strawberries, bananas and chia seeds. I ate this in less then five minutes because I was late to my volunteering shift.

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Dinner was absolutely amazing. I got to break in my new salad tosser today, I’m so happy with it! Salads in the Lisbon household will never be the same. The plate consists of avocado, italian chicken sausage, grilled portobello mushrooms and a fried egg on top of mixed greens from TJs with a side of flatbread. At least my weekend ended up on a healthy note!

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What was your favorite meal from this weekend? Are you watching the playoffs; if so, who’s your team?

And We Just Keep Truckin’

Hi friends, meal planning has been anā€¦interesting ride so far.

Pros: I love going to the fridge and seeing meal possibilities instead of opening it and screening each level and trying to figure something out.

Cons: I feel so bad when I don’t follow my rules!

I set out my goal to not eat out as much and to make as many meals at home as possible. However, I’m sad to report in that I ate out twice and it’s already Wednesday! šŸ™ Things just keep coming up! The good news is that I didn’t exceed my allowance, just met it a lot earlier then I was planning to.

MONDAY

I had a fruit smoothie for breakfast. We didn’t have any spinach left in the house, so I figured I’d add a cucumber in.

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I don’t normally make smoothies, but when I do, they come out tasting a lot better than I expected! Besides the cutting board of fruits and (1) vegetable above, I also added ice, chia seeds and almond milk. No extra sugar needed!

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My friends from middle school called me up on Sunday to grab lunch the next day. I couldn’t say no! I haven’t seen one of them for a few months. The other one, I luckily got to eat lunch with a few weeks ago, which is also the time I sadly found out she’s moving to Colorado. We ate at a Peruvian restaurant (not the same one I went to last time) in West Portal called Fresca.

The appetizer we shared was Shrimp Chupe, described as a shrimp bisque con andean corn, green peas, potatoes, aji panca and a poached egg. Did I mention how much I love poached eggs?

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My entree was the Lomo Saltado, which was two thumbs up! Steak, french fries, onion, rice. What more can I ask for?

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For dinner, Chi and I had a steak cooked in wine, served on a bed of kale and mushrooms with a moat of roasted red potatoes. Not our best, but definitely edible.

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TUESDAY

Since I had to leave the house so early, I couldn’t be assed to make breakfast so I just ate a banana on the way to work. No picture necessary, you guys know what a banana looks like! Ha. I also stopped by my grandma’s house after and I ate a bowl of Jook, which is a Chinese porridge. Since I was still full, I made myself a small lunch and put together this salad made with spring mix, tomatoes, onions and mushrooms.

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Chi’s cousin and her wife just moved to the Bay Area from LA, so we arranged to have a gathering with everyone. We went to an awesome hidden gem, Southern Pacific Brewing! It’s a brewery/bar/restaurant that’s HUGE.

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It’s nussled in an alley, so you can’t see it when just walking on the street.

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All 9 (or 10?) of us shared pitchers of beers and fries for the table. I ordered a pizza and Chi got fish and chips.

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The food was good, although a little over priced.

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And that’s it! Today I’m going by my list and sticking to it. The point is to save money, not spend more!

To remind you of the plan I madeā€¦

Breakfast

  • Smoothie (bananas, strawberries, raspberries, spinach, almond milk and chia seeds)
  • Yogurt parfait (Fage yogurt, strawberries, raspberries and granola)
  • Apples with nut butter (Almond, peanut, sunflower butter)Ā Plain ol’ banana
  • Cereal and almond milk w/ bananas.
  • Banana Bread Oatmeal

Lunch

  • Flatbread Sandwich (w/ tomato, avocado, spinach and mozzarella)
  • T’s Salad (w/ spring mix, mushroom, raw onion, tomato, jalapeƱo and cucumber)
  • Pasta (w/ pesto, capers, pine nuts and artichoke)
  • Toma tacosĀ Fresca with friends
  • Omelette (w/ eggs, potatoes, mushrooms and avocado)

Dinner

  • Steak, red roasted potatoes and kale & mushroom salad
  • Bell Peppers stuffed (w/ turkey) (recipe coming soon!)
  • Chicken breast (w/ sweet potato and a side salad)
  • Flatbread pizza
  • Blue Barn, maybe? Southern Pacific Brewing Co.

Doing the food diary posts are kind of exhausting, I don’t plan to do it everyday, but it is fun to do it once in a while. I also see it as a little motivating to stick to my goals. I will continue until the week is over to let you know how it goes!

Do you allow yourself cheat days when you meal plan? Any hidden gems in your local town?

Chicago Comes To San Francisco

A few weeks ago, Chi and I went to Noe Valley for a date night. I was really excited to post about our deep dish pizza, but came home and saw that my pizza pictures were just not cutting it. So, I put them in the archives to let them cool off until we ate at Patxi’s again. I was leaving lab yesterday and had a huge craving for pizza, so I called DubVEatz and ordered one, and waited until it was delivered home. I love this delivery service because no matter how busy the restaurant might be, it always takes between 30-60 min to get home.

Patxi’s Pizza is a Bay Area based, Chicago deep dish specializing restaurant. They have a few locations scattered across SF, but Noe Valley is the closest to mine.

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They also offer a great deal of a pizza slice, salad and soda as a lunch combo for only $9.99! I haven’t had the pleasure to eat here for lunch, but I will have to snag them on their offer one day.

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Since the pizza is cooked to order, it takes around 35-40 minutes to wait for it to bake. The restaurant is jam packed on the weekends, so we usually order a pizza while we’re waiting, and then go to the bar next door and grab a drink.

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We ran into our friends at the bar (surprisingly, har har), and all shared a pitcher of Blue Moon. Ironically enough, it was placed in a Gordon Biersch pitcher.

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After we caught up with everyone, we closed our tab and headed back to Patxi’s. Our table was almost ready, and I happened to see this adorable card on their wall. Pizza makes me happy too, Minna. (Mima? Any guesses to what the name can be?)

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Our chopped salad included herbed chicken, spicy salami, mozzarella, veggies, kidney beans and roasted garlic vinaigrette. I really liked this salad and I’m going to try to recreate it at home with avocado.

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Now this is where I cut you back into this week, and show you how amazing this pizza looks.

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Drumroll pleaseā€¦

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Ta da! Look how high the pizza sits in the crust! I have always been a thin crust girl, but I think I’m finally coming around to deep dish. I picked up ‘The Special’, which is garlic-fennel sausage, mushrooms, green bell peppers and substituted banana peppers.

Now off to study for a Microbiology lab exam, I’m already drained just thinking about it. See you on Friday!

Do you prefer thin crust or deep dish?

Sigh Of Relief

After volunteering at the hospital on Wednesday, I walked over to one of my favorite local grocery stores, Bryan’s, and picked up fresh strawberries and raspberries. A smoothie was calling for me and I answered.

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In my smoothie was bananas, strawberries, raspberries, carrots, spinach, some matcha I found on aĀ Matcha Wholesale and almond milk. Such a good way to get my raw veggies and fruit servings for the day, and I can promise it tasted a lot better then it looked after it was blended.

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Yesterday, I had a pretty long day. I woke up at 5:15a to help nanny my kids a little bit earlier than usual because their dad was out of town and mom had to go to work. We played a few rounds of hangman, and I helped E set up all her dolls for a slumber party. I took them to school, went to my grandma’s house for breakfast and left to go to school for last minute cramming. The Micro exam was overwhelming and I don’t think I did as well as I should of, unfortunately.

What really wore me out was how long it took me to get home. My school is (on average) 50 minutes away from my house and it took me 1 hour and 45 minutes to get home. There was crazy traffic when I got off the bridge with stop and go right to my house. I was ready to unwind, so my boyfriend and I went to go eat at one of my favorite local chains, Pasta Pomodoro.

Pasta Pomodoro first opened in the Marina in ’94 and rapidly started to extend their locations throughout the Bay Area. My sister worked in the Laurel Village location in either high school or summers in between college and it quickly became a family favorite.

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It’s so funny, the percentage of people eating at all locations are roughly 50% families with kids and 50% first date nights. There’s a definite stereotype to this restaurant.

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We start with the focaccia and olive oil + pesto dip, so much better than bread and butter.

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Next, is the traditional Bruschetta. Chi had just finished eating a huge burrito a few hours before, so he was just keeping me company. I’m ashamed (and proud at the same time) that I pretty much finished everything from dinner.

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The spinach salad is one of my favorites, it has a taste that I can’t recreate in my own kitchen. Included is tomatoes, red onions, shaved pecorino, crispy bacon in a balsamic vinaigrette.

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The main course, the Gemelli. Fusilli pasta with grilled and smoked chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms and cream sauce. I could of made this at home, but the convenience is worth the few extra dollars.

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And for the cherry on my day, I came home to great news: I got accepted into my first school! šŸ™‚ Now three more letters to wait on.