salty taste of San Fran

San Fran has always been on my list of must-see cities. And finally, I can cross that off my list. And I’m SO glad this city was on my list to begin with. It’s a beaut! I need to go back. Who knew such a glorious little seaside city resides in the state of California?! Sorry, but it stood out to me from other CA cities, almost as a Boulder-esque type community but with palm trees/water/seafood/hipsters&hippies/colorful pastel houses “painted ladies”. These are bold generalizations I’m making here people, but isn’t that the fun and the purpose of having a blog? I think you’re expected to make bold generalizations. It’s a blogging rite of passage.

The following is the map we (Calvin and I – or Calvothy) used to wander about the city. Wander sometimes means get lost and getting lost in unknown places is probably one of my favorite things in life. Okay, so this map was really just some lame hotel wall art. But so retro it deserved a snapshot.

San Francisco map

Are you ready for what’s going to hit you next? A quick tour of SF, old school animated gif style!

Please don’t judge any of my shots from this trip. I def wasn’t on my A-game. I was on my what-am-i-eating-next game.

Tour of San Fran

Okay, I digress. I’ll get to what was most important to me, along with seeing the sites, the food.

I’ve compiled a list of my favorite places we stopped for nibbles and bites and what-nots. SF has some damn good food people!!

Swan Oyster Depot

The Gist: Hole-in-the-Wall Mom & Pop Seafood bar

We waited for an hr and a 1/2 to get a seat into this small little family-owned seafood joint. What lured us in? It was one of Anthony Bourdain’s fave eateries in the city. That Bourdain. He gets you every time. If you start to google Swan Oyster Depot, just a little, Anthony Bourdain’s name will follow. He described this seafood haven as “perfect happiness” and admitted to eating there daily while filming. So naturally, I had to try it out. And yes, it was pretty tasty. How can you go wrong with super fresh seafood, being its tantalizing seafood self and tempting you while you endure your grueling wait…mr. crab staring back at you through the window begging you to stick it out and give his claws a try …it’s a pretty good marketing ploy if you ask me. The atmosphere was very casual and the large apron-adorned scruffy men behind the counter scooped fresh meat with their bare hands onto your plate. Weird, but I still wanted to eat everything in sight. They actually fingered my oysters as they navigated around the plate, naming where each little round came from. Ya, I know, that sounded dirrrrty. Just like their dirty fingers touching my oysters. haha. We ate on, nonetheless, and everything tasted great. I will say, clam chowder was really soupy and didn’t contain much clam. Sad. And the 1 1/2 hr wait (did I mention that already?). Those were the cons. The rest was all thumbs up. Good call, Bourdain!

Swan Oyster Depot

Swan Oyster Depot San FranciscoSwan Oyster Depot San Francisco

Tartine Bakery

The Gist: French Bakery with the BEST croissants!

This place was SO good we went back after the first visit. When you only have a limited amount of vacation time in a city and limited stomach room, this is kind of  a big deal. But after we experience the croissant full of buttery, flaky goodness, we had to go back and sample more.

We also tried out the quiche, lemon tart, and one of the most memorable things I ate in San Fran, the croque monsieur (open face sandwich w/ bechamel, gruyere, thyme, pepper, topped with smoked ham and asparagus…drool). The bread alone would have done it for me.

If you’re in the area, you must go to this place! It was a pretty small, low-key location tucked in the Mission District. While you’re there, you can check out all the amazing graffiti nearby.

Okay, this is becoming the longest post EVER. There needs to be a Part II. Just decided.

Euclid Hall in Denver…you need to taste this…

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”  

– Marc Riboud

beef bone marrow

Fried Quail and Waffles

Pad Thai Pig Ears

Euclid Hall Denver, Colorado

Euclid Hall Denver, Colorado

Michelle Lopez

Euclid Hall Restaurant Menu

Euclid Hall Denver Food MenuUmami Oysters

We came, we saw, we SAVORED. Check out one of my new favorite Denver restaurants located on 14th Street downtown.

Euclid Hall Bar + Kitchen

1317 14th Street Denver, CO 80202

http://euclidhall.com/

Hear me out on this scenario…if you ever have a visitor fly in from out of town at a later hour in the evening, and are looking for a stellar meal despite the odd late-night hours (and Tom’s Diner open 24 hrs won’t cut it), you MUST take them to Euclid Hall! Their kitchen closes at midnight during the week, 1 AM on Friday/Saturday and midnight on Sunday. Not too shabby. It’s prob the best late night food you can get at this caliber in the area (if I’m wrong, please let me know where else I can go…we need more choices)!

During the freakishly hot Spring weather that occurred in the past few weeks, my amiga Michelle and I decided to enjoy some sunshine via dining patio-style. I’ve been to Euclid Hall before and wanted her to experience its goodness. Plus everything I had ordered thus far had been so good…I needed to sample more menu items and trumph the misconception that I just got lucky with what I ordered on my first drop-in.

Euclid Hall did not disappoint the second time around either. It made us especially impressed when they brought out extra oysters they had shelled for another group. Woo hoo! And wow, being a landlocked state, that was one of the best oysters I’ve had (just recently had oysters on the east coast and west coast too).

This was probably my second time having bone marrow…and I LOVE the way the bruleed the top, creating that toasty crunch. And the bone marrow itself is essentially hot gooey buttery gelatin stuff (do you love my technical foodie terms?), great spread on warm bread.

We had to order the Chicken Fried Quail and Waffles. It’s a must. That’s what I had ordered the first time around and what had left me wanting more. Habanero-maple syrup…the extra spice was so good with the sweet and salty.

While we tried to be a bit brave and experience Pad Thai Pig Ears for the first time, they were somewhat of a disappointment…mostly because of their strange chewy, some would say cartilage-y texture (i know, weird, like the time i had fried chicken feet..wwit-what was i thinking). The flavors were all good just couldn’t quite get comfortable with gnawing on piggie ears, as much of a pork fan as I consider myself. That’s a little too carnivore extremist for me but I gave it a go!

Extra thanks to the random mustached waiter who struck a GQ pose for me mid-snap. 🙂

 

I’ll be back Euclid!! Thanks for adding some spunk/flavor to Denver’s restaurant scene.

xoxo and pad thai piggie ears,

K

It’s okay to overeat

when you have a food blog to maintain! I’m committed to this blog which means I’m committed to excessive, some would say impulsive – gasp!, eating of the best food I can get my hands on. tasty preview of my favorite dish on a cold, snowy east coast, where-the-hell-was-this-place-when-I-lived-in-frigid-Ohio, kind of day….SOBA!
soba noodles
Not to fret, more noodley deliciousness to come!