A few weeks ago I went to San Francisco during the weekend. I was doing some exploring and it was time to get something to eat. I wanted to get some brunch that was close by. Plus, having brunch on a Sunday is a ritual for me. I checked on Yelp and Red Door Cafe had some good reviews. I looked at the photos of the food and the establishment and it was very eccentric lol. I drove over and luckily parking wasn’t too bad. I arrived 30 minutes before it closed. The hours here are limiting. I believe they’re open from 10AM-2PM. It’s a very small place that doesn’t allow a party of no more than 2 or 3. Sounds like a good spot because I think the day I went was on Mother’s Day so I’m sure every restaurant in the city was packed. I tried to open the door to the restaurant which was locked, but the owner opened the door for me and seated me. Got to sit wherever since it was just myself and this other couple. The owner was really friendly, sweet and funny. After I picked my seat, he grabbed this plastic penis decor with rings around it and placed it on my table saying, “here’s a lovely small Asian cock for you” lol. Once I got seated, my eyes continued to wander all over the place. Definitely not your typical brunch spot, but I really liked it. There was so much to look at and to me not in a bad way. It was a very unique place. I looked through the menu which was quite small, but the selections they had to offer wasn’t bad. I ordered “the Wet Pussy”, which consisted of grilled French butter croissant with layered Alaskan smoked salmon, tomatoes, onions, capers, topped with 2 fried eggs and “the works”. It was really good, even though it was a bit uncomfortable on my end ordering my dish out loud lol. The girl next to me ordered the same thing and asked me if I liked it as much as she did haha. Overall, great food and service. I’d definitely come back again if I want to be in a smaller, quieter restaurant for brunch. If you’re a total prude this place probably wouldn’t suit you lol. I think it was fun.
Check it out: http://www.yelp.com/biz/red-door-cafe-san-francisco-3
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Before I mixed it all together
Natto with rice and scallions and a side of avocados. Soup with tofu, mushrooms, daikon, cilantro and scallions
Since I’m on this newfound Pescatarian path, I’ve been exploring more options and things I haven’t tried before. I don’t want to just eat a salad every single day. I want to give myself more variety. Something I’ve seen was natto and I’ve always been curious to try it but just seeing it all mixed together with rice and a raw egg doesn’t look that appealing to me. Today I ventured off to the market and bought some. I bought two different brands since there was only 3-4 other brands I believe. I decided to test out this single packet since the other brand I bought comes in a packet bundle of 3. I know it’s a traditional Japanese breakfast, but I didn’t know what to make for dinner so why not? I made some soup as a back up to help me wash down the natto in case I don’t like it. So glad I did lol. The soup was definitely a life saver. I have to say natto is definitely an acquired taste. There was something about the taste of it. It tasted kinda familiar, but it was kinda gross lol. I decided to try it without a raw egg and see if I would like it. Nope haha. I totally forgot to add some seaweed with it but I don’t think that seaweed would’ve helped as a topping. I was already forcing myself to finish it since I hate wasting food. I was scooping large spoon fulls of this and immediately having it with my soup to wash it down. What’s worse was that I was taking my time to eat it and it doesn’t help that I’m a slow eater, so my bowl got cold. I was dreading finishing it but glad I didn’t waste it. I think the next time I try it I’m gonna try it with a raw egg and see how that goes. I saw a recipe where you can make fried rice with natto. That’s another possible option I can try because I’m quite standoffish about the whole raw egg thing. I’m hoping the other brand tastes better. This is something I need to get used to and experiment with some more. :p
Cold tofu with some tuna
Soup with daikon, shiitake mushrooms, cilantro, scallions and seaweed
Sauteed spinach, spicy creamy alfredo penne pasta, and steak tips with a glass of wine 🙂
Waffles with a glass of green juice
Beef tacos with cilantro, red onions, avocados, lime juice and sour cream
Breakfast “tacos” with eggs, spinach, tomatoes, sausage, red onions, cilantro, avocados, and sour cream
I’ve mentioned in an old post how that after I moved to Cali that I’ve definitely started eating a lot more light, clean and fresh. Another one of my new year’s resolutions is to try to go vegetarian for a month, but I’ve decided for the Pescatarian route instead since I do love fish. I already hardly eat beef unless I’m making a certain dish where I think beef would be much more suitable. The only time I’ll have beef is probably if I’m out having a steak or a burger, which isn’t often. For some odd reason as I’ve grown older beef has made me nauseous. It doesn’t matter how the beef is prepared or anything, I felt like tossing my cookies. I’ve grown less fond of chicken since it seems so bland to me. I spent some time browsing at some recipes or ideas of what to try before the start of my lifestyle change. I just hope I don’t get bored and run out of ideas of what to cook.
At the moment I’m trying to finish up the remaining meat I have left in the fridge, which isn’t much. I’ve stocked up my fridge with tons of veggies like usual so that’s nothing out of the ordinary. Also I’ve started drinking green juice again for breakfast, which I do enjoy and it’ll be a better replacement for coffee since I’m trying to cut down. Clearly I’m becoming a health nut over time since I’ve been here, but it’s a good thing. I’m just trying to be much more aware of my own health since I haven’t been taking care of myself as well as I should.
I’m excited to give this Pescatarian thing a try, but not gonna lie I’m gonna miss prime rib and all that good stuff lol. 😦
Definitely more than ever, I probably cook 98% of the time now compared to when I was back in Boston. Back at home, I would dine out quite often. It would be at least 4-5 times a week, then it eventually minimized and got cut down to 2 times a week. I did dine out a lot when I first arrived in California. Mostly feasting on crawfish or eating at a Vietnamese restaurant. Now I really have no one to go out and enjoy good eats with. My friend here isn’t as adventurous when it comes to food. It gets boring when you dine out at the same restaurant so I guess I’m saving myself a good chunk of money from cooking at home haha. Growing up, I’ve always had to cook for myself and when I lived on my own. You can say I’ve always been pretty self-sufficient. I’m a self taught cook. I always kept it very simple when it came to cooking. I don’t add any salt or oil for when I cook. The only time I do use any oil is probably for frying eggs. I prefer to keep it light and fresh. I’ve definitely eaten even more healthier since I been here. It seems like produce here is definitely a lot cheaper than back in MA., so I do stock up on the greens. I always try to include a hefty portion of greens versus meat. When I do purchase meat it’s usually chicken or salmon. I realized I haven’t purchased any beef at all since I’ve been here. Although I do crave for a bomb ass piece of prime rib from time to time haha. Sighs I’ve been craving for bomb ass Korean food, lox and bagel, smoked salmon eggs benedict, dim sum, etc. Wish one of my close friends was here with me to explore good eats with me. Anyways brace yourself for the food porn that’s underway!
Egg noodles in tom yum broth with shrimp, beef balls, chili peppers, cilantro and scallions
Tofu stir fry with sausage, shiitake mushrooms, red onions, spinach, and this cilantro/fish sauce/chili pepper sauce I make
Omelette with greens, Chinese sausage, tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers topped with Tabasco sauce and a side of bananas. Oh man, I could eat Chinese sausage for days … and yes that’s what she said haha
Cold tofu with minced ginger, scallions, bonito flakes and ponzu sauce
Vermicelli with cucumbers, mint, carrots, cha lua and fish sauce
Snack platter! Cucumbers with roasted red pepper hummus is so bomb! A side of peanut butter for the apples and unsalted Saltines
Steamed chicken breast with my bomb ass cilantro/fish sauce/chili pepper sauce. This sauce I make is so good with any meat especially steak!
Spinach salad with red onions, tomatoes, hard boiled egg, and Pietro Sesame & Miso Dressing. Farfalle pasta with shrimp and broccoli in a cayenne pepper alfredo sauce
Steamed broccoli and carrots. Steamed chicken breast with my bomb ass cilantro/fish sauce/chili pepper sauce. Farfalle pasta with parsley in a cayenne pepper alfredo sauce
Farfalle pasta with shrimp and broccoli in a cayenne pepper alfredo sauce
Rice with garlic stir fried bok chou, Chinese sausage, and that usual chicken breast with my bomb ass sauce
Farfalle pasta with sausage, broccoli and some feta cheese
Brown rice with garlic stir fried boo chou, seasoned chicken breast and topped with seaweed
Stir fried bitter melon with ground pork in black bean sauce and chili peppers
Vermicelli noodles in tom yum broth with red onions, cha lua, greens, cilantro, and mint
Thai red curry salmon with veggies and brown rice
Mixed greens salad with carrots, red onions, hard boiled egg, cilantro, mint, shrimp and Pietro Sesame & Miso dressing
Steamed pork belly with some rice and garlic stir fried greens with some fish sauce
Fish and cilantro soup with tofu, enoki mushrooms, cabbage, and scallions