I’ve apparently been spending a lot of my eating out times in the Mission lately. It’s just so easy to get to the Mission from my new apartment now (literally there’s a bus stop outside my window). My friend is visiting the states from Malaysia so we met up in the Mission and explored Mission Dolores Park for awhile before heading over to Valencia to find some eats. We ended up at Udapi Palace between 21st and 22nd streets. Udapi Palace serves south Indian dosas and uthappams. We both tried different dosas. His had spinach chutney and paneer while mine had spinach and spiced potatoes. I would say both turned out quite delicious. As someone from Malaysia who has grown up around many South Indians, my friend said that the dosa flavors seemed like authentic. Neat-o!

Giant dosa

I’ve been to Mission Dolores Park once before and was quite impressed with it since it had just reopened to the public after being closed off for about a year for renovation, etc. That day was a cloudy day so I think I didn’t really get the full effect of the park. This past Friday was absolutely beautiful, even if a bit too warm for my taste. Clearly everyone else in the City agreed that it was outdoor weather though because the lawn was filled with people on picnic blankets just hanging out. It’s as if Mission Dolores Park is the dictionary definition of “hanging out in San Francisco”.

My church community group recently finished reading Galatians for You by Timothy Keller. While I wouldn’t usually decide to read a commentary book by my lonesome, I do like reading them with a group because I like the extra insight that others bring to the table when we’re reading the same book then discussing it together. This makes me think maybe I would enjoy being in a regular book club, but I digress.

As you can conjecture from the title, Galatians for You goes through the Book of Galatians in the Bible, a letter from the Apostle Paul to the Church is Galatia. It’s interesting because Paul was such an amazing spiritual leader who used many strategies that we still use in modern society when encouraging others, but also offering constructive criticism. For example, when teachers call parents, we always start the conversation with a positive and end with a positive, but sandwich the “concern” in the middle. And guess what … that’s exactly what Paul does in his letter, too! The Church at Galatia has many areas that they are doing well in, but also some areas of great concern and so Paul shares those concerns with them sandwiched with encouragement. What an ancient and modern example of a great leader!

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April 22, 2017

I haven’t had Burmese food that many times, but I love it. There seem to be quite a few places in San Francisco to get this type of Asian food now and I’m excited that people now have access to more types of Asian cuisine. Just earlier this week, I had a chance to visit Burma Love in the Mission on Valencia. Just a block north of the crazy of where most of the restaurants on Valencia area, Burma Love is a bit set apart, but it’s quite the draw for people looking for something a little different. Of course I had to start with meal with Tea Leaf Salad, which is such an interesting mix of textures and flavors unlike any other salad you’ve ever had before. Then I tried the Moh Hinga (Catfish Chowder Noodle Soup), which is a fish chowder with rice noodles, ground catfish, onions, cilantro, lemon, and topped with chili. All so yummy!

Tea Leaf Salad

Ingredients to go into the Fish Chowder

Fish Chowder