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18 Hours in San Francisco

travel - vegetarian

A little airport snafu severely delayed Abe’s work trip to San Francisco last weekend.  So I found myself picking him up at Burbank, and hitting the road north!

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People gave wonderful food suggestions on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (I compiled a list at the bottom of this post).  We wound up arriving a little too late, a little too tired to deal with a parking/lines/reservations, so I yelped the nearest vegetarian-friendly place en route to the city and found Hummus Mediterranean Kitchen in San Mateo.

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We were both very happy with our food – Abe got a falafel burger with fries…

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…I ordered a half portion of their Greek Salad, with grilled chicken on top.
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We got an amazing last-minute hotel deal (unfortunately, the parking was half the price of the room).  The next morning, while Abe did his BuzzFeed shoot, I wandered around my overpriced area with Goh and H.P. – we stumbled upon Lori’s Diner

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…and caught up over eggs.  I got an egg white omelet, with spinach/tomatoes.  Fruit instead of potatoes.  Strawberry jelly on my toast.

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DSCN8022Two hours later, I wasn’t hungry, but Abe had just wrapped and was starving.  So we stopped by Taqueria Cancun in the Mission for a burrito…
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…which, of course, I could not resist several bites of.  Supremely delicious.

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Loved the chips n salsa!!!

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And then we were back in the car, back to LA.

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Next time I’m in town, I’ll have this list ready to go – thanks everyone for the suggestions!

  • 54 Mint
  • Art’s Cafe
  • Bi-Rite Creamery
  • Crabhouse
  • El Farolito
  • Fraiche
  • Halu
  • Hard Knox
  • HRD Coffeeshop
  • Mama’s
  • Miette
  • Mint Leaf
  • Mr. Holmes Bakeshop
  • Outerlands
  • Pearls on Post
  • Piccino
  • PPQ
  • Red Chili Restaurant
  • Rosie’s Cafe
  • SPQR
  • Starbelly
  • State Bird
  • Tartine
  • Wayfare Tavern
  • Millenium
  • Yoshi’s
  • Zero Zero

More San Francisco Eats <—click!
Hummus Mediterranean Kitchen on UrbanspoonLori's Diner on UrbanspoonTaqueria Cancun on Urbanspoon

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Slow Cooker Sweet Potatoes

crockpot recipe - recipe - sandwich - trader joe's - vegetarian

I usually bake my sweet potatoes in large batches, but in the summertime, I choose to ignore the oven.

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Crockpot, who knew you were my year-round buddy?  Scrub the potatoes clean, pierce them with a fork, wrap in foil, and slow cook on low for 6-8 hours.

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Eat with maple butter

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…or mash it up!  I used Trader Joe’s Boxed Carrot Ginger Soup to thin some out…

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…then spread on toasted bread with Vegenaise

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…baby spinach…

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…and TJ’s Balsamic Glaze.

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I wouldn’t really call this a crockpot “recipe” (<—click for past blog posts) but I’m definitely using this method to make sweet potatoes from now on.

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Blue Apron Meals

product review - vegetarian

I’ve heard a lot about Blue Apron Meals. Joy is a big fan, and was kind enough to gift me with a box.

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Three vegetarian-friendly meals arrived, packed on ice…

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…complete with step-by-step instructions.

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While the ingredients are all measured out, you still have to clean/prep them…

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…which does wind up taking a bit of time…

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…but I love that I don’t have to figure out what to do with all my leftover herbs/spices.

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Packaging-wise, there’s a lot of plastic…

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…but the results are quite good, and stunning too! This is the Fresh Beet Pasta, and above is the Louisiana-Style Red Lentils (<—click for recipes).

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Still have yet to make the last dish. Overall, the results are great and I love the concept – I just wish there was a way to customize dietary preferences/order just one meal a week, rather than the required 3 – for a food blogger who eats out almost every meal, finding time to stay home/cook is challenging. My friend Emily recently did a very thorough, detailed review which included the meat options – she has a link for 2 free meals on her site, as well.