{sf} nopales @ nopalito

April 4, 2017

Did you know there’s a NOPA and a Nopalito in the Nopa (North of the Panhandle) neighborhood of San Francisco, but they’re not actually related to each other?

Recently, I got a chance to dine at Nopalito, which by the way is named for the cactus and actually has nothing to do with the name of the neighborhood at all. Nopales are common in regions of Mexican cuisine, which is why this name makes sense for this Mexican-inspired restaurant. There’s usually quite a wait here due to its popularity, but I since the grocery store Falletti’s is next door, we were able to wander around there for our short 20-minute wait. I feel like all the food we tried here were quite delicious, but considering their menu changes regularly, we decided to try a few of the items that are not regulars, in case we get the chance to go back because then the regular items will still be on the menu! I knew I wanted to try the Pozole because I knew so many Mexican families in Phoenix who made their own and I wanted to know how it stacked up. The Pozole at Nopalito uses way fancier meat than in the homemade Pozoles I’ve had in the past, but both versions are quite delicious.

Now if only the paletas cart out from actually sold real paletas!



Tacos de Pescado al Pastor

Quesadilla de Esparragos


The art teacher at my school is seriously the best in the entire world. She is amazingly patient and caring when it comes to working with my students, but is still firm. She is able to come up with projects and accommodate/modify projects that she does with other grades really well for my class. Last week, my students finished up self-portraits that they drew with pencil, then traced over with permanent marker, then water colored. They turned out pretty amazing … take a look!

A portraits photo adventure: