What Gluttons we Have Been!

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Last week was spent in the San Francisco bay area. There’s something about being in a new place, and living in a hotel that makes even the most conservative eater (aka me) want to try new things.

Here are pics of some of the best food we sampled.

Excellent sambusak at Dishdash

#ABeautifulMess yummy sambusak #food #foodporn #nomnomnom

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And because we needed to try something else, we got the M’shakaleh there (a kind of saffron rice, topped with mushrooms and a delicious sauce). Highly recommend Dishdash for excellent Mediterranean food.

M'shalaleh #food #foodporn #nomnomnom

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On a work dinner, we went to The Crow’s Nest – a beachside (but not casual dining) restaurant in Santa Cruz. I absolutely loved the jasmine rice with stir-fry veggies and tofu that I ate there.

Awesome jasmine rice and veggies

Awesome sticky rice and veggies

Actually, this had to be the week of veggie stir fries. I also totally enjoyed another vegetable stir fry that I had at The Crustacean.

The presentation was not the prettiest, but the taste was mouth-watering.

The vegetable stir-fry at The Crustacean

The vegetable stir-fry at The Crustacean

Btw, The Crustacean seems to be one of the best places in San Francisco if you are into crab meat. I am vegetarian, but everyone else around me loved the crab they served.

Crab

Crab

The prawns were also apparently excellent.

Prawns atop garlic noodles

Prawns atop garlic noodles

I tried Japanese food for the first time at Kyoto Palace.

I enjoyed the vegetable tempura and the fried tofu, but probably because this is my first encounter with Japanese food, I found the flavors in the Yaki Soba vegetable and the miso soup a little overwhelming. I was later told by the Japanese folks in our team that the food wasn’t authentic, and that actual Japanese food is flavored quite differently.

Miso soup

Miso soup

And of course, I have to reference the awesome desserts that we swooned over in Napa, and which I have blogged about here.

To get an idea of the extent of our gluttony, think on the fact that in the space of a week’s time, I ate Japanese, Thai, Italian, Mexican (where I binged on the Margheritas and the nachos and salsa), and Mediterranean cuisines. Time to cut back a little bit on the eating, I think.

No regrets however. California seems to be a great place for eating out. The prices were reasonable in all the restaurants we visited, the produce was super-fresh, and the wines were a great accompaniment to the food.

Plus, it was Thanksgiving anyway, the only week perhaps when such gluttony can be excused πŸ˜‰ .

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  • Stefanie Hollmichel

    Good thing I just had lunch or I’d be drooling all over my keyboard! I love miso, it comes in so many different flavors and makes a great soup base whether you are doing it traditional Japanese or fly by the seat of your pants like my husband’s vegetable, tofu and miso soup for dinner last night.

    • Nishita

      @stefaniehollmichel:disqus I am looking for a good miso soup recipe, doesn’t have to be traditional authentic. Do you have your husband’s recipe online somewhere? I’d love to try it out.

      • Stefanie Hollmichel

        Sorry, he just makes the soup up as he goes along. It’s never quite the same from time to time but is always good.

        • Nishita

          @stefaniehollmichel:disqus awesome to have a husband that cooks well πŸ™‚

  • Sheila DeChantal

    Your trip sounds amazing and the food is mouthwatering!

    • Nishita

      @sheila_dechantal:disqus Thanks very much for visiting and commenting πŸ™‚

  • BethFishReads

    Wow! Everything looks wonderful! I’d much rather spend my Thanksgiving week in San Francisco eating around the world than at home cooking turkey!

    • Nishita

      @BethFishReads:disqus I did miss family though. I didn’t miss cooking πŸ™‚

  • An around the world culinary tour in one city — what a great opportunity!

    • Nishita

      @joyweesemoll:disqus yes, it was, truly a culinary trip πŸ™‚

  • Sounds like you had a fantastic time. So much yumminess!

    • Nishita

      @JanelGr:disqus Yes, we did. It was a great trip :). Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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