Ahhh, well it sure is good to be home 🙂 After a week-long trip to mid and Northern California, this girl is more educated in the ways the city, aaaand the ways of Wine Country. I had a wonderfully relaxing trip, and honestly it was nice to stay off my computer/social media for the most part (aside from update Instagram pictures of course!).
Perfect timing to return to blogging! Lovely Thursday it is indeed for some California FOODIE thoughts and pictures 🙂 I thought you’d all like to see a recap of some incredible food I was able to indulge on during my trip!
After we (meaning my dad and I) got to our hotel, we were starving and pretty wiped from a long flight and train ride to the city, so we went up to the top floor and enjoyed some delicious appetizers. We split an assortment of olives, which was just heavenly, and also a small seafood salad that included crab claws, lobster, and some shrimp. It was pretty spicy, as the sauce had a good amount of horseradish added, but it really picked us up for the night!
After traversing San Francisco for awhile and getting ourselves familiar with the area, we wanted another little snack, so we stopped at a really cute bar called Annabelle’s to catch up on some of the NCAA basketball games. I don’t know why more restaurants don’t serve this, but we ordered these delicious deviled eggs along with a side of mashed potatoes, parsnips, and celery root. Holy cats you guys, the parsnips just snapped in the mashed mix, making it so sweet and tasty! And the deviled eggs were served with a smear of sriracha. Umm, perfection!
Finally, after a bit more walking around and touring the Union Square area, we got to our last awesome pub, and ordered their specialty: truffle fries. Now, we NEVER order fries just for the sake of ordering fries alone, but you guys, these were KILLER. The truffle oil popped and the spicy mustard dipping sauce made this an amazing last-day treat (albeit, fried… I know probably not the healthiest option. But it’s vacation, right?!)
We had breakfast free at our hotel, so we had to fend for ourselves at lunch. Luckily, right out our back door, there was a cool Jewish deli, advertising their traditional Matzo ball soup. OBVIOUSLY we had to stop here. We got the soup, half a pastrami sandwich, and a side of cole slaw. My dad insisted on cream soda too – so traditional 🙂
Unfortunately that’s all I captured for food that day… and the rest of my photos are a bit hodge-podgey for the rest of the trip. So I will just explain them as I remember 🙂
Hawaiian Rice Bowl. Consisted of black rice on the bottom, with an assortment of kimchi, a fried egg, one teriyaki burger, and macaroni salad on top. WOW this was probably one of the best things I have ever eaten. So traditional, and so filling. Good thing we split this!
Hawaiian Sweet Bun stuffed with Pulled Pork. We saved this INCREDIBLE sandwich for after our touring, for when we were both hungry. I can’t tell how you how moist and delicious it was – I could’ve eaten one all myself!!
Clam Chowder in Sourdough Bread Bowl. No, this is not from Panera. This is traditional, straight from the bay clam chowder in a homemade bread bowl, from the Sourdough Bread restaurant right in Fisherman’s Wharf. Creamy and delicious, with huge chunks of clams in it. Just couldn’t get enough!
Mahi Mahi Tacos. These were good, however, the sauce was crazy spicy on them! The sweet and cool cole slaw settled that spice, however, and the soft corn tortillas were very happy in my stomach at the end of the day.
Roasted Cauliflower. Once we were in Sonoma, I was really craving some home-grown, organic vegetables, and THIS really fit what I was tasting for. It was a solid slice of roasted cauliflower, with a side of butternut squash. It’s a weirdly lit picture, I admit, but it was PERFECTLY seasoned and just really hit the spot.
Grilled Salmon Tacos. Yes, that spicy guacamole on top was THAT green. These were a perfect palette cleanser during our winery tours. The salmon was perfectly grilled, again paired with cole slaw underneath, and helped give us a little protein for the rest of our day!
Last, but obviously not least, was my own concoction at our hotel for breakfast our last morning, this Apple Ginger Green Smoothie. I had them throw in a few handfuls of spinach, mixed with apples, banana, ginger, lemon/lime juice. Oooh it was so refreshing and gave me that happy feeling I get when I make my own homemade smoothies! Great last meal before we hit the road to come home.
Ahhh, well I hope you are all starving now 🙂 And head out to California to get a real tasty treat as soon as you can! The food was just the side-attraction, obviously, but I wanted to focus on it today since I obviously took so many pictures 😉 Napa/Sonoma and San Francisco are just truly beautiful cities, and I am so happy and blessed that I was able to make it out there for a fun Father-Daughter vacation!