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September 2016

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The Nifty Noodle Goes to San Francisco- What to Eat

September 23, 2016

All our friends who have been to San Francisco speak so highly of the food there. Especially, the Mexican food.

During our first night there we decided to try the top two Mexican restaurants that just so happened to be a block away from each other: La Taqueria and El Farolito. The difficult question was what we should eat at both places. We decied to try the tacos at La Taqueria and the burrito at El Farolito.

We started off at La Taqueria a variety of 4 tacos- pork, chicken, carne asada and Chorizo. However, the server messed up our order and we ended up with two carne asada tacos and no Chorizo. To my surprise, chicken was definitely my favorite. What made the taco was their hot sauce. I wish they bottled it so I could take it home with me. Even though their carne asada was their most popular, I found it a little dry.

fullsizerender-2We were full by the time we got to El Farolio. I guess you could say we were a tad overeager. We decided to split the “extreme” burrito. It basically came with the works. We were presented with a huge burrito. It was almost impossible to get a bit of everything in every bite. The burrito was delicious, but the hot sauce was disappointing. It’s difficult to say which place was better as comparing tacos to burritos is like comparing apples to oranges. 
img_7148Philz Coffee

It would be a crime to not go to San Francisco and not try some Philz Coffee. Everyone seems to absolutely love this place. I ordered their iconic Mint Mojito despite not being a huge mint fan. The coffee alone was amazing, but I could probably do away with the mint next time. img_7140Roli Roti

I stumbled upon Roli Roti when I was walking around the Ferry Building. This place has over 1000 reviews on Yelp. I had to see what the rave was all about. The line didn’t look so bad, but I ended up waiting almost 45 minutes for my pochetta sandwich. I was so hangry that I decided to get a side of roasted potatoes. Maybe I was just really hungry, but this was delicious! The meat was juicy and the potatoes were roasted using the fat. What wasn’t there to love about this combination? 

It’s been a while since I had an In-N-Out burger and Wes has been dying to get his hands on one, so lucky for us there was one at Fishermen’s Wharf. I’ll be honest, we were disappointed. The burger was alright, just alright. East coast friends, Shake Shack is way better! The biggest let down were the french fries. The fries were bland and the animal style did not make it any better. If you never tried In-N-Out, you’re not missing out. img_7201Good Mong Kok Bakery

Right before heading to the airport to go back home, we decided to pick up some dim sum and egg tarts for the road. It was the day before Labor Day and surprisingly, many shops were closed. We came across Good Mong Kok and at 8:30am, there was a line out the door. It’s always a good sign when people are lining up outside. It was a tiny hole in the wall with no seats. We waited about 20 minutes. We ordered strimp dumplings, Sui Mai, pork buns, basically everything we love back home. There were two main differences about dim sum in SF vs dim sum in NYC. The dim sum in San Francisco were huge, even the pieces of shrimp in the dumplings were abnormally large. The skin on the dumplings and rice noodle rolls were thicker than back home. That didn’t bother me since I enjoy chewier noodles. img_7228img_7229Eastern Bakery

I can’t eat dim sum without having an egg tart at the end. We wanted to try the famour Golden Gate Bakery, but they were opening later and we had a flight to catch. We settled for Eastern Bakery and it did not let down. It’s probably one of the best egg tarts I ever had. The custard was on point! If this was amazing, I wonder what Golden Gate Bakery’s egg tart would have tasted like. Guess I’ll have to save that for another trip. img_7230Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

We all know I have a love for donuts, so I had to try some in San Francisco. Mr. Homes Bakehouse was right by our hotel and a blogger that I follow posted Instagram pics of this place. The donut flavor of the day was Chocolate Stout. WIN! I love the fact that they did not skim on the cream. I also ordered the ham and cheese croissant, but it was not good as their donuts.  img_7150Ghiradelli

Last but not least, we had to go to Ghiradelli. We ordered the ultimate ice cream sundae. The ice cream and chocolate sauce made for the perfect combination. We got the dipped waffle bowl, but unfortunitely, the chocolate made the bowl soggy. Not good. I recommend just getting it in a cup and asking them for a waffle bowl on the side. img_7204


Lantern Fest

September 14, 2016

You need to go to a Lantern Fest! It was worth the 2.5 hour drive there and back home. We got there early to secure a parking space as they were expecting 12,000 people at this event. We brought our trusty lawn chairs and found a spot right next to a fire pit. There were some food vendors, activity booths for kids, games and live music. When the sun began to set they passed out s’mores kits to roast some marshmallows. I think we began lighting the lanterns around 8:30. It was pretty difficult to get the lanterns airbourne, but with the help of some people around us, we got both our lanterns up. I don’t normally say that things are magical, but this really was. The photos and video don’t accurately capture how cool this experience was. Be warned though, some of the lanterns started to fall back down, so be sure to look behind you every now and then to make sure you don’t get hit with one of these flying fireballs.


Life Travel

The Nifty Noodle Goes to San Francisco – What We Did

September 7, 2016

We had the opportunity to fly out to San Francisco for a quick Labor Day weekend getaway. Here are some of the highlights from our trip.

Go Car

We originally saw Go Cars when we were in Barcelona, but never had the chance to do it while we were there. My brother rented a Go Car in San Francisco and recommended that we check it out too. It seemed like a good idea since we would be able to see most of San Francisco’s “must see” places. We decided to rent the car for 3 hours in order to maximize time. Our route started at Union Square, followed by the AT&T Park, the Ferry Building, Fishermen’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach and Alamo Square. Even though I was scared for most of the 3 hours, I would recommend this to people. The car comes with a GPS /guide. The guide was pretty entertaining and the GPS was accurate for the most part. The car isn’t very powerful, so it was surprising that we made it up San Francisco’s infamous hills. img_7187

At one point our battery died, but lucky for us there was a spare battery in the back and we were able to quickly get back onto the road. The car’s motor was so loud, so it was difficult to hear the GPS at times. My biggest complaint is that it was difficult to see all the sites and enjoy them in the 3 hours they provide. img_7188

Fishermen’s Wharf

Fishermen’s Wharf is definitely a tourist spot, but they had alot of cool things to offer. We had to visit Ghirardelli Square and get ourself an ice cream sundae. Wes was also able to get his hands on his first In-N-Out burger here. We stumbled upon the San Francisco’s Historic Vessel Museum. Wes had a blast checking out the old ships. img_7260img_7257

Sonoma/Napa Valley

It was the biggest nightmare booking a last minute tour to the wine country, especially during a holiday weekend! But we were determined to make it out there and thanks to Wes we were able to get ourselves on a tour. The wineries on Long Island cannot compare to wine country in California. We were surrounded by miles and miles of beautiful vineyards. I can’t remember the name, but the last vineyard that we visited was the best. The combination of on point wine, aweseome outdoor furniture and amazing weather made for the perfect way to end the day. img_7241img_7242img_7244

Muir Woods

We didn’t get much time to explore the Muir Woods, but it was nice to get out of the city and breathe in some fresh air.

Big trees, little us.

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