Yummy Eats Happy Me

How many pizzas I made at home since Friday: 2

How many restaurants I ate at in the past four days: 7

How much unnecessary window-shopping, which turned into regret and sadness in less than 20 minutes: $178

So much food to go over, so little time before Breaking Bad comes on. I am literally shaking in my jammies waiting for the next episode by the way. (No spoilers) I know I have been talking about it since it started back up in August, but I have never been so emotionally attached to a show like the last episode. Don’t mean to sound like a wuss, but it was hard for me to fall asleep after thinking about Walt went through last Sunday. Can someone e-mail me today so we can discuss this weeks episode along with what else you have on your mind?

Moving back in time, my roommate Taylor texted me on Friday and asked me if I wanted to make pizzas with her. Yes, please! She picked up the ingredients on the way home and we worked our magic.

Before:

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After:

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It tasted just as good as it looks! Really easy to make by the way. Just lay the sauce and mozzarella cheese, bake for 10 minutes on 450° and lay the uncooked arugula and prosciutto on top. Took us literally 15 minutes and only had to wash two dishes, a knife and spoon.

Also, look what was waiting for me from Amazon when I got home. 🙂

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Lisbon House just got a little more raunchy.

Saturday involved my usual morning shift at the ol’ Chiropractor’s office and a new addition I have been embracing these past few weeks: Mexican for linner (or dunch, depending on what kind of person you are).

La Taqueria, /the/ official taqueria of San Francisco, holds a special place in my heart. My dad, sister and I use to come here all the time when I was younger and I always remember the carnitas and agua de fresa whenever I drive by.

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I don’t come here very often because there’s always a long line and it is a pretty expensive taqueria but so worth it at the right place and right time.

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This picture was taken to make my sister extremely jealous. I sent her a selfie of me eating my taco and she texted me back, “Were you there? I hate you for that”. Clearly this gem of a restaurant is worth a little sibling angst. I will be sure to take her when she comes to SF for Thanksgiving. (Also Maykadeh, but that’s a story not due for another few months).

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I ordered one chorizo and one carne asada taco. They filled me up to the point of wanting to throw up at any speed bump or pot hole on the way home. Worth it.

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Played a whole game Cards Against Humanity on Saturday night with a few house members and friends. I do not think it’s appropriate to post what some of the real winning cards of the night were. Can I brag and say I won 2nd place? Yeah, baby.

Sunday started with a bit of morning yoga in the living room via Comcast On Demand. It did not go so well because the yoga teacher was really intense and had us doing things I didn’t know the human body could do. We wrapped it up quickly, showered up and headed to Noe Valley for brunch.

I never ate at Griddle Fresh, but I have heard good things about it and had to pick something up for school so we gave it a try. Brunch on a Sunday in San Francisco is no joke, meaning the good places (all 200+ of them) have about 1-2 hour wait in line. Sometimes it is fun but sometimes you just want to eat and not stare at the lucky people who are sitting down and pretend that you are the one enjoying the pancakes or benedict.

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Being told there was a 30 minute wait=success, so we perused the menu and had our game plan set before we were seated.

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Abby told me that the corn beef hash was the best thing ever, so I obliged. This was the 6-hour cooked corn beef hash with a wasabi aioli and home fries. I was full about half way in but forced myself to finish because I just wanted the flavor in my mouth.

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Taylor ordered the bacon, spinach and tomato benedict with fried hash browns.

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I had a bite and they were amazing. The picture below looks picture perfect, no? I’m a sucker for a runny yolk, I can eat it on almost everything.

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We shared the Banana Mascarpone Soufflé Pancake. It was so fluffy and melted in my mouth. Perfect balance of salty and sweet if you ask me.

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While waiting for my favorite Froyo place to open, we passed by a fair trade store and got suckered in by the kitchen supplies in the front. I fell in love with these wooden spoons and table clothes. Seriously spent a lot more than I should of. 🙁 I suppose if they are fair trade than they are worth the extra money. Can’t be too mad for paying someone in Kenya what they deserve.

Yes, we ate Froyo after a whole stack of pancakes and plate of corn beef and potatoes. Don’t judge because you have not tried Easy Breezy yet.

Also can’t wait to do Tequila Loteria night. Abby, come over okay?

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Does your city have a restaurant it is known for? Also, sorry for asking again but thoughts on Breaking Bad (NO SPOILERS!)?

Smash Time

Thank you everyone for your nice comments and e-mails over the week. A little tidbit for you: FAOT received the most page views ever in one day on Wednesday. Wahoo, here’s to many more to come! (insert festivus emoji icons here)

As my sister mentioned in the comment section of my panko eggplant recipe, summer in San Francisco is fashionably later than the traditional times of June-August. It all fits in some how, considering the stereotypical ‘more different, even better’ persona that is usually tied to our little city by the bay. (And if you were to ask me what my opinion is, then I would respond and warn you that there are a lot of degrees of uniqueness in this seven mile twilight zone.)

So. What do you think of eating during the climax of summer, burgers on the grill? What about smash burgers for a change?

I received a media invite from Smashburger’s team a few weeks ago and was a little wary of going because I am not a huge fan of fast-food chains. However, I did my due diligence and researched the company a little before I made the decision to go for it. It didn’t hurt that the tasting happened to take place during the few short hours I’m free during the week and I also live close by.

Reflecting back, I’m happy with myself for going because I really enjoyed their corporate culture and most importantly, the burgers!

A friend of mine (and writer over at Mrs. Spaghetti) accepted my invitation to feast. We have almost all of the same classes together, which is awesome because studying just got a little bit easier.

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I never heard of Smashburger before, but recently learned that they opened in 2007 and already have 235 locations! The first SB was in Denver, CO and the founder wanted a burger that was delicious and juicy in every bite.

The guy in the middle looking down at something is Tom Ryan, the founder of Smashburger. He was our host of the meal and told us his philosophy and why they do things the way they do. I just wanted to tell you guys his credentials because they are pretty bad ass.

-Masters in Lipid Toxicology and Ph.D. in Flavor and Fragrance Chemistry

You don’t hear those everyday!

-Created the Stuffed Crust (a high person’s dream come true) at Pizza hut, the Dollar Menu and McGriddles from McDonalds

I really respect Tom because he does not just let other people do his work. He knew almost every statistic about all 235 chains and I could tell he was really proud and involved in the business.

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While getting my drink, I noticed they had Honest as their tea company. I usually do not see that very often so I used it to my advantage.

Smashburger also hand selects local craft beer to serve depending on your area. He even asked us for recommendations for what to put in San Francisco!

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First to come out was a huge tasting of different fries. The Smashfries (left picture) were so addicting, tossed in pesto, rosemary and sea salt. Veggie frites (on the right) were also tasty and great for people who have a potato phobia. My favorite (and the one I kept grazing on throughout my meal) were the flash fried dill chips. I’m not the biggest pickle fan but I loved the crispiness.

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The 7-course burger meal sounded scary, but rest assured, they cut them in quarters. Still, I ate the equivalent to 2 full sized burgers, a side of fries and a smoothie. Talk about getting it all in…

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My favorite part of the Smashburger tasting was seeing that they had more than just a standard classic. I might even over touch and call some of the options gourmet, like my favorite burger: the Truffle Mushroom Swiss on an egg bun (+fried egg=heaven) or the Bay Chicken (w/ baby arugula on a ciabatta bun).

Vegetarians, they even had an amazing spicy house-made black bean burger (first picture on the left)! Everyone loved it and it’s better than the frozen Morningstar ones that I see at some restaurants.

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Our cutie helper passed out PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY Haagan Dazs shakes at the end. It was almost as if I died and went to heaven.

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Just wanted to share other dining options, like a real Cobb salad. I don’t order salads much when I go out, but when my friends do I can’t help but notice how sad they look.

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The whole gang of burgers, ranging from angus beef all the way to chicken and vegetarian.

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Tom liked me so much, he hired me as the Executive Patty Operator.

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Just kidding, but he did show me the secrets to making a juicy, delicious burger.

Everywhere you read tells you to not flatten your patties (and don’t do it at home!). Smashburger doesn’t pack their patties, which allows air to go through and create enough space for the juices to stay in the patty. Although the burgers look flat, there was a significant amount of juice (enough to trail down my hands while eating!).

Thank you, Tom!

Oddly enough, he reminded me so much of my favorite biology teacher. I wonder if they’re related.

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PS: Really need to get my hair done. Rocio, come back to San Francisco…

My final verdict? I would try it at least once! There are so many restaurants in San Francisco that I hate visiting the same place twice, but I wouldn’t mind coming back if I was in the area and needed a quick bite to eat. This particular Smashburger is located in the Potrero Hill shopping center.

**Smashburger provided me with a meal but I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are proudly my own!

Have you had Smashburger? Are you a classic burger lover or the more different the better?

Three’s Company

Everyone believes they were the cutest kid ever, but is it truly narcissistic of me to really think I was the most adorable?

I was reminiscing on my childhood, decided to dust off the old photo-albums and take a stroll down memory lane.

Also, I do not think that way of myself now (because adults are never as cute as children, unfortunately), but I mean come on…

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Stop it.

I do admit though, I had a few awkward stages before five. My hair did not grow in until I was ~two years old, I mainly dressed like a Chinese boy and my mom cut my bangs by placing a piece of scotch tape horizontally across and cutting it off with scissors. You can see the unevenness in the bottom left picture, thanks mom…

Moving on, look at what I spotted while going out Friday night. Yes, it is the Creme Brûlée Cart! I know it’s going to be a good week when I get to eat creme brûlée twice in a week. I forgot that they park in the Castro late nights.

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I am a traditional vanilla bean girl myself, but how can I resist a berry compote? It was as if heaven rained down, fired the torch to glaze the sugar, blew me a kiss and floated back up. As if all the evil on earth decided to take a day off and only delicious and positive energy stayed. It felt like the warmth of blowing out candles on a birthday cake with all of your favorite people surrounding you.

It was magical. I might of even went back and got another one, which would not have been too difficult because I finished it before we started the car.

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I feel bad for the caprese salad pictured below because it has to compete with my ode to creme brûlée, but it also looks pretty sexy if I say so myself.

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I also ate at Company on Guerrero St. over the weekend. I have been meaning to try this place because I wanted to visit a certain someone…

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The decor is very…my mind draws a blank. What kind of vintage of this restaurant and logo font? Help a girl out here.

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My friend Cal was our waiter! He has worked there for the longest time and I’m so thrilled to finally get a chance to experience the A++ service.

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He gave us a tasting of the Crispy Confit Chicken Wings w/ red jalapeños and basil. A little too sweet for my taste but still enjoyable overall.

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I was so excited when this came, the Steak Frites with parmesan-herb frites, cab reduction and chimichurri sauce. It was cooked to perfection and I almost didn’t share. The Company was offering a $25 prefix for two plates of your choice (picking between appetizer, entree and desert), so I picked a main plate and after sweets. I had to add an additional cost for the steak but I have no regrets.

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Last but not least, the orange buttermilk Panna Cotta with raspberry and rose syrup.

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Hate to cut this post short but Breaking Bad starts in exactly three more minutes. Wouldn’t miss it for the world!

EDIT: Just came back from watching BrBa. I don’t know how I feel.

How cute was I on a 10 scale? Also, Breaking Bad open discussion in comments (no spoilers for people who haven’t watched it yet). Feelings on this episode?

Sauteed Mushrooms

I know this has nothing to do with a list of things you might possibly care about, but I really want to share.

A distant family member of mine sent over a newspaper clipping from April 5th, 1973. Connoisseur was my dad’s pipe shop back before he moved to San Francisco! Isn’t that amazing how I’m able to see it online at this day and age? I truly love how simple the ads were back then compared to how flashy everything is these days. Now I need to try to find someone to recreate it so I can frame it in my house.

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Now that we got that out the way, I’ll introduce this week’s recipe. I love mushrooms and usually eat them in a stir fry with veggies. This time I wanted to try them in a different way and just rounded up a few ingredients I already had in the house.

Sautéed Mushrooms

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Serves: 2

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Ingredients:

  • ~15 White Mushrooms
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/3 Medium Onion
  • 1 Serrano Pepper
  • 1 Green Onion
  • 2-3 Tbs Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Olive or Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 Tsp Thyme
  • 1 Tsp Oregano
  • 1 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

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1. Wash the mushrooms and cut the stems. Dice the white onion and pepper, mince the garlic and chop the green onion.

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2. Pour two tablespoons of red wine vinegar into a measuring cup and fill the rest with olive oil.

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3. Heat up a pan on medium low and throw in half of the oil/vinegar mixture and all of the chopped vegetables.

4. Put all of the mushrooms into the pan and let them cook for 5 minutes and pour in the rest of the oil/vinegar mixture. Toss in the rest of the dried herbs, salt and pepper.

5. Cook the mushrooms until they are tender, stirring frequently.

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I served this in a mini cast iron skillet and ate it as an appetizer with a baguette. 🙂

Short post today, but I still want to show you a cool place I ate at earlier this week. After class, I met up with one of my favorite people ever and ate dinner at Mission Rock Resort. It started getting cold, so we opt for a table inside. However, this view is pretty amazing, no? One of the many faces of San Francisco.

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I love my V, you might of seen her in past posts. We have been best friends since middle school! She knows everything about me. I wish she lived a little closer so I can see her more than once every few months.

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We had this jaw dropping Mac and Cheese (w/ tarragon bread crumbs) to start. I was a little leery because I must of ate Mac and Cheese three times in the past two weeks, but the regret vanished as soon as I took a bite. The whole table really enjoyed it.

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One more with me and my V. The white screen behind us was the first game of the NFL season. Go Niners!

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I’ll see you back on Friday! Today has been a busy day and I need to hit the sheets, ASAP.

Football fans, who are you going for? (Don’t disappoint me). Favorite way to cook mushrooms?