{sf} japanese nara

May 22, 2018

Nara is located so close to me but I seriously had no idea it existed until a couple of weeks ago when I went for dinner with a friend. We were looking for a sushi place that wasn’t the place we always go to in Lower Haight. The usual place is greater but we were just looking for something new!

There is a serious plethora of sushi places in the area, but I thought Nara stood out because aside from all the regular stuff, they had some other interesting Japanese-inspired dishes like a pot pie and Japanese nachos. Yum!

A Japanese-style photo adventure:


{sf} where yaks dance

May 19, 2018

The Dancing Yak (very north end of the Mission headed into whatever neighborhood is north of the Mission) opened earlier this month. Lucky for those of us in San Francisco, they had a soft opening for a few weeks before their grand opening. Soft openings are always exciting to me because I feel like I am a part of something greater (like helping this restaurant set up) even though anyone is invited.

Anyway, I was a part of a big group that visited The Danckng Yak to try its Himalayan/Nepalese food during the soft opening phase. The group had mixed reviews. Certainly the staff was very nice. The samosas and other appetizers were delicious. Some of the curries were very good while others were a bit basic. Most were very soupy, which begs the question is this how Himalayan curry is supposed to be? I’ve just not been exposed enough to know for sure. Free dessert of milk popsicles were yummy! Too bad they had such amp incredibly difficult time with figuring out their payment system, which put a weird damper on the end of the night. Overall though I’m sure after that they were quite ready for their grand opening!

A dancing photo adventure:

{sf} himalayan firsts

May 14, 2018

Recently, I was in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco headed to eat dinner. The place I was originally going to ended up being either too busy or closed (I don’t remember, but there was a valid reason for not eating there). After wandering around for a bit, I happened upon a Himalayan restaurant: Himalayan Pizza and Momo. Immediately, I wanted to try this place because a number of Nepalese/Himalayan restaurants had opened up in the City and I was very interested in what kind of food they offered. I was super excited to see an interesting mix of East Asian and Indian flavors and foods including dumplings (momos), samosas, and various hot and cold noodle soups. Yum! I was definitely being eating more Himalayan food from now on!

A Himalayan photo adventure:


I was in London for a number of days with my mom and sister. During that time, we were able to enjoy a number of delicious foods. Even though England is known as being the birthplace of non-descript boring food, we tried a number of delicious plates that were thoroughly enjoyed. Cream Tea was particularly enjoyable … as were the Tiki Masala options. Did you know Tiki Masala was actually invented in England?!? It’s not Indian at all!

Read more about our United Kingdom adventure here:
Scotland – edinburgh, the old cityall things national museum • holyrood views 15th century st. giles cathedral closes abound edinburgh’s castle headed north dunkeld, the first stop the highlands killiecrankie’s soldier’s leap a wee dram of tomatin here comes the snow clava cairns’ standing stones crossing the bridge to skye isle of skye sites the old man of storreilean donan castle the heeland coo kilt rock “city” of portree black and white glen coe the last loch celebrating william wallace it’s the food!
Wales – cardiff’s majestic castle countryside it’s the food!fantasy costell cochcaerphilly castle + dragons dusk cardiff buildings the national museum collection mermaids in cardifffireworks
England – bath’s abbey bath’s baths bath’s royal crescent bath’s eats bath’s pulteney bridge bath’s medieval sights mysterious stonehengesalisbury’s cathedral the queen’s calvary westminster cathedral’s stripes

An English photo adventure:

This customer on horse in Suffolk, England was refused service at a McDonald’s Drive-Thru. The UK McDonald’s website devotes a full page on the reasons for not serving horseback riders in Drive-Thru.

Although, recently, a woman in Cleethorpes, UK was able to order a bag of carrots as treat for her pony, Savvanah, at a McDonald’s.

Wendy gladly served an order of Frosty for this horse Buns.

Others also seem less concerned about horses or horse drawn vehicles. I guess the Royal Society does not rule everywhere.

Dunkin Donuts                            Jack in the Box

Starbucks does not discriminate whether it’s a big or miniature horse.

Well … I wonder what the Royal Society has to say about this?