Heating Up and Cooling Down

bakeries/cafes/dessert places - dessert - dinner - restaurant - soup/stew - travel

My last day off in San Francisco was really fun – I’ve caught up with (almost) everyone I’ve wanted to see!

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First a coffee with Kedar (who directed me in X’s and O’s) at Cafe Bean . I ordered a decaf soy latte – just sweet enough that it didn’t need any sugar

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Back at my hotel I hung out with Sheetal in the lobby while she waited for her airport ride. Ate a Severus Snape orange to tide me over til dinner…

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…with my Thick Dumpling Skin co-founder Lisa!

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Bodega Bistro had a bunch of Pho options – and that’s all I wanted in this cold weather – noodles n soup

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Can you believe they use free-range chicken?!? I ordered that one, asking for additional veggies too

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The usual garnishes were added – basil, bean sprouts, hot pepper, and lime

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Plus plenty of Sriracha and Mystery Brown Sauce

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I devoured all the veggies/chicken/broth but didn’t have room for all the rice noodles

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Once we were warmed up, it was time to get cold again! Bi-Rite Creamery was recommended to me by many locals

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I kept my hat on (and gloves too)

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A taste of the Roasted Banana

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Wow, wow, wow. WOWZA!!! Talk about intensely concentrated flavors.

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See how excited I am? The guy behind the counter concocted me an even crazier (as in crazy delicious) sample:

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That’s not even on the menu, kids. Ask for “The Dainty Gentleman” and you won’t be sorry.

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Very similar to the sundae Parry ordered, which I also sampled and swooned over – olive oil, whipped cream, and ice cream. GADZOOKS!!! I’m going to be pouring olive oil all over my frozen treats at home.

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Like I do at my beloved Scoops, had just a taste of the full-fat dairy flavors but ordered the vegan version for tummy issues. This was their Coconut Chocolate kiddie size, and not only was it terrific, it wound up being on the house!!!

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Funny we’re filming a movie about infidelity, because I definitely felt like I had an affair behind Scoops’ back! We’re shooting in the Mission again today; I may come back for one more fling…

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Thanks Vin for treating us to Pho, and to Lisa for driving us all around town on our foodie adventures!

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  • http://keepitsweetblog.com Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    Bi-rite Creamery was one of my favorite places in San Fran… I think I’d move out there just for the ice cream!

  • http://www.saywhatyouneedtosayblog.com Lauren

    Roasted Banana??? I think I just got the next best idea of Banana Soft Serve. Sounds amazing!

  • http://www.branappetit.com brandi

    that little cafe is so cute! and roasted banana? yum.

  • http://sweetshanti.wordpress.com Roxan

    Ok, now I am totally craving pho! It’s weird because it’s not something I normally crave. Even when we go to vietnamese restaurants I usually don’t order phot… but right now, I feel like it would totally hit the spot. Yum.

  • http://www.gillianyoung.com Gillian

    Olive oil and ice cream? Hell yeah! Go to the Stinking Rose for the garlic ice cream!! So good!!

  • http://www.tryalilbite.com Miriam

    SO jealous of the Pho – there’s NOWHERE near here that makes it well. Last good experience I had was in a teeny place in NJ. I’ve been craving it for weeks!

  • http://superduperfantastic.com/ suki

    Did you get to try Humphry Slocombe yet? :) It’s also in the Mission, closer to Philz on 24th. I always visit Scoops when I’m in LA though, so every city has its place.

  • http://ingoodtasteblog.net/ Maris (In Good Taste)

    Everything looks so delicious. i think you just made me very hungry!

  • http://itzyskitchen.blogspot.com Erica

    Food is one of the best parts about traveling, isn’t it? Everything looks yummy. I’ve never had pho, but have heard such good things. And I’m always up for a frozen treat :)

  • http://snackingsquirrel.blogspot.com Kelsey

    <3 <3 loved this post Lynn!
    i cant imagine the idea of ice cream and olive oil- sounds so strange- but strange can be a good thing for sure :)

    xo

  • http://lifestylehealthtoday.com/ Jayson James

    Nice post!

    The noodles look yummy to me plus the fact that it has lime on it. I think it’s perfect as lime is known to be good for people who are trying lose some weight like me :)

    Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.pure2raw.com Pure2raw twins

    you are too cute, love the hat! and the ice cream sounds wonderful!

  • http://luvtoeat.wordpress.com LeQuan

    Hmm…wondering if the mystery brown sauce you’re talking about is hoisin sauce. They serve that at a lot of the Vietnamese restaurants here for dipping your beef in.