More food! We need sustenance so why not spend more time than necessary stalking Yelp looking for places I can blog about? In case you’re just joining for part 3 of this series, here’s the gist of it: my family and I went to San Francisco to visit my sister, we ate good food, and I consistently forced everyone to wait before eating so I could take pictures of it.
The fam hit up a popular Japanese restaurant, Izakaya Sozai. Izakayas are tapas-style restaurants, and that is perfect when you have five people who all want to try the same things. Overall, I enjoyed the food. My favorite dishes were the ramen and the pork jowl kebab. The braised pork in the ramen was particularly notable; I definitely enjoyed it a lot more than the pork from Ramen Yamadaya.
My sister and I stopped by a Vietnamese bahn mi shop called Dinosaurs before heading to Dolores Park in the Mission. We both got the Special bahn mi, and it was certainly very different from any other bahn mi I’ve ever had. They use mayo, and the pork pâté add a richer, creamier taste to it, and I loved it.
Dolores Park is the place to be on a sunny weekend day. It was poppin’ with groups of friends relaxing with six packs, cheese boards, and picnic snacks. Everywhere you looked a tiny vivacious dog was bounding around, young, wild, and free.
After leaving Dolores Park, we crossed the street and spotted Bi-Rite creamery, marked by the long line of customers outside the shop. They had interesting flavors, such as black sesame with sonoma honey, balsamic strawberry, and honey lavender. The ice cream was really creamy, but I’ve gotten to the point where I’m starting to think that maybe it’s no longer really worth it to wait 20+ minutes for ice cream. At a certain point of superb creaminess, there’s really no other way for me judge one quality ice cream from another. Unless the shop makes some irreplaceable specialty flavor, the hype usually doesn’t extend beyond interesting flavors.
Obviously, I’m probably still going to wait in line for what any region is going to call “the most amazing ice cream oh my gosh it changes lives,” but I have yet to be so impressed by an ice cream shop that I will no longer be satisfied by Ben & Jerry’s. Ben & Jerry’s never lets me down.
This was a real satisfying meal at a Vietnamese restaurant called Yummy Yummy. They got straight to the point with that branding.
The noodles were a perfect chewy texture. Not your regular vermicelli, and they had a bouncy bite to them.
Stay posted for my next series about spending a summer in Seattle aka Camille reads all the online “best of Seattle” lists and attempts to eat it all.
Note: all of these photos are unedited.